GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS FROM REPORTED DEATHS
THE NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE 1911-1914
By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003
January 6, 1911
Reverend F. A. LILES, for fifty years a Methodist local preacher, died in the residence of his son near Columbiana, Alabama, December 18, 1910.
C. M. LANGFORD, father of Rev. E. E. Langford, Yazoo City, Miss., died Dec. 18, 1910, lacking one month of his 80th birthday.
Rev. B. B. SULLIVAN, North Mississippi Conference, died Longtown, Miss., Dec. 18, 1910; "faithful to his trust as an itinerant" preacher.
Reverend JOHN RANDLE born Stewart Co., Tenn., Jan. 12, 1811; died West Point, Mississippi, November 19, 1910; one of eleven children of Thomas and Nancy Davidson Randle; the father fought in the Seminole War and drowned on his return from service when John Randle was five years old; married Nancy Harris, sister of Isham G. Harris and Rev. G. W. D. Harris, in 1831; licensed to preach in 1840 and labored in the Memphis Conference. Ordained deacon, 1832; ordained elder, 1845. "He was tall and angular but steady and manly in his step." [Photograph accompanied this obituary] During his long itinerancy, his family lived on their farm three miles northeast of Trenton, Tennessee. Father of eleven children. Retired in 1883. [Buried in Union Methodist Church Cemetery near Trenton]
I. L. PETERSON born near Tuscaloosa, Ala., July 1854; moved to Texas in 1869 and to Marlin in that state in 1883; married Catherine Foster, Dec. 1838; active Methodist layman. Died March 31, 1910.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SMITH born near Murfreesboro, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1841; died Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 22, 1910; lived in Milan, Tenn. until he moved to Memphis towards the end of the Civil War; merchant. Served in Captain Hale's company, 12th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; married Joe Smith, May 1869.
JAMES L. BERRY born Mar. 27, 1836; died May 24, 1910; moved to Dyer, Tenn. more than fifty years ago; married Martha J. Grier, Feb. 1861; five children, two surviving him, Mrs. W. S. Coulter, Dyer; James Thomas Berry, St. Louis, MO.
January 13, 1911
Rev. E. L. ARMSTRONG died recently; native of Wilson Co., Ala. and moved to Texas when young; admitted as Methodist preacher in East Texas Conference in 1857; transferred to North West Texas Conference in 1878; retired preacher.
ELIZABETH ESTER SHIELDS born near Morristown, Tenn., Feb. 4, 1844; died Dec. 20, 1910; married Dr Charles T. Carroll, Dec. 18, 1867; seven children.
Rev. JACOB R. PAYNE born Washington Co., Tenn., Jan. 24, 1840; died in same neighborhood, Dec. l0, 1910; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, May 25, 1861; ordained deacon, 1863; ordained elder, 1865; labored in Holston Conference and filled several charges; retired in 1884. Husband and father.
JAMES M. HOSS born in the foothills of east Tennessee [date not provided]; died Dec. 7, 1910.
January 20, 1911
Mrs. RUFUS SMITH, Cuero, Texas, died recently; willed $2000 to Coronal Institute. San Marcos, Texas.
Dr. J. H. FINCH, active Methodist layman, North Alabama Conference, died East Lake, Ala., Jan. 12. 1911.
W. B. CAMPBELL, brother of I. G. Campbell, died Nashville, Tenn., Jan. l0, 191l.
ADOLPHUS G. JONES, son of Henry and Ann Jones, died at "Oakwood", 1.5 mile from Cary, N.C., Oct. 3l, 1823; graduate, University of North Carolina, 1844; married Julian Frances Hooker, Dec. 16, 1851; daughter of Nathan and Julian Wright Hooker. Died Sept. 29, 19l0; one dau. mentioned, Evelyn.
Resolutions of respect for H. B. MITCHELL, SR. who died recently; by board of stewards, Carroll Street Methodist Church, Nashville; undated. He had been secretary of that board for many years and recording steward of this congregation from its inception, at first, as Claiborne Chapel.
January 27, 1911
The historic old Methodist Church in Aberdeen, Miss. will be torn down and replaced with a $40,000 structure.
Rev. JAMES COX died in residence of son, Dr. Goodson Cox, Waldron, Ark., Jan. 19, 1911 aged 89 years; retired Methodist preacher in Arkansas Conference. [See Feb. 3, 1911 issue.]
Rev. PAUL B. JEFFERSON, Memphis Conference, died in residence of his father-in-law, Rev. A. E. Scott, Martin, Tenn., Jan. 18, 1911.
SAMANTHA CUNNINGHAM wife of Rev. John W. Cunningham, DD, St. Louis, MO, died Jan. 11, 1911; 2 daus., 5 sons; aged more than fourscore years.
Rev. W. L. CUNNINGGIM, North Carolina Conference, late presiding elder, Raleigh District, died Jan. 18, 1911; surviving were his widow and a brother, Rev. J. L. Cunninggim, Nashville and a sister, Mrs. R. W. Bailey, Louisburg, N.C.
JAMES M. SINCLAIR born Edinburgh, Scotland, 88 years ago; died Toronto, Canada, Jan. 9, 1911.
JAMES HERBERT SIMPSON born Spartanburg, S.C., April 24, 1859; died Sept. 26, 1910; married Loula Woodruff, Oostanaula, Ala., June 15, 1881; husband and father.
JEREMIAH BOWEN born August 22, 1822; son of Jeremiah and Martha Spivey Bowen; his father was from Philadelphia, Pa. and his mother from N.C.; learned the tanner's grade; moved to Nashville; married Rebecca S. Buchanan (died 1900), daughter of James Buchanan, Donelson, Tenn.; nine children. He died in Donelson, Tenn., Sept. 19, 1910.
SUSIE A. ADKISSON, nee Easley, wife of J. B. Adkisson, born Sept. 8, 1876; married June 6, 1894; died Dec. 8, 1910; six children.
FRANCES KENDRICK DENHAM born Carroll Co., MO, Jan. 29, 1848; married John Denham; two children, Mrs. J. B. Hyder, Denver, Col. and a son [unnamed]; died Nov. 28, 1910.
ANNA K. McMILLEN oldest daughter of Colonel Wallace and Eliza Dixon; born Mar. 8, 1828; died Oct. 1, 1910; married (1) Rev. Isham G. Hearn (a dau., Florris Green Hearn married LaFayatte Fisher; sons, Wallace Dixon Hearn, Weakley Co., Tenn., Rev. Thomas Yetman Hearn, Oklahoma conference and Harris Van Lee Hearn who died at age 19 years, a man 6' tall and weighed 198 pounds, killed at battle of Shiloh, member of the "Decatur County Tigers", CSA). She married (2) Paul H. Fisher (two children, Pauline, died young and Dr. Robert Y. Fisher. She married (3) John McMillen and she died on the same day of the month eleven years after his death. A brother, Colonel Thomas Y. Dixon and a sister, Mrs. Hettie C. Dixon Fisher survived her.
MARTHA JONES born Aug. 10, 1828; died Hanceville, Ala., Nov. 24, 1910; married Samuel H. Jones (died Sept. 28, 1895), Nov. 22, 1850. Children, Bascomb Jones, Mrs. Travis Byars, Mrs. Asa Griffith, Mrs. Ella Gibbs and Mrs. W. D. Johnson.
February 3, 1911
Rev. C. J. OXLEY, Texas Conference, died Houston, Texas, recently; born in England, 1853; about 26 years a Methodist preacher.
ELLA HARRINGTON, wife of Rev. Francis R. Bridge, Florida Conference, died Plant City, Fla., Oct. 27, 19l0; born Union Co., Ky., Feb. 27, 1862; daughter of Thomas L. and Susan M. Harrington; when 12 years old moved with family to Corydon, Ky. School teacher before she married. Buried in Quincy, Florida cemetery; four children.
Reverend JAMES COX born Monroe Co., Tenn., May 4, 1821; died Jan. 15, 1911; buried in Duncan Cemetery, Scott Co., Ark.; moved to Jackson Co., Ala., 1844; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, Sept. 1845; a businessman and local preacher until he became an itinerant preacher in 1870; married, secondly, to Louisa Hatfield, Dec. 1844; eight children.
ISABEL TALLEY wife of John Talley; wife and mother, died recently.
MARGARET EVANS wife of J. H. Fall died Jan. 6, 1911; three children, Mrs. John Early, Nell Fall and Horton Fall.
Tribute of respect for Rev. E. W. LIPSCOMB died Nov. 17, 1910; by 4th Quarterly Conference, Main Street Methodist Church, Biloxi, Miss.; dated Dec. 4, 1910. [Encomium in his memory, by C. S. Kirkpatrick, Brevard, N.C., Mar. 3, 1911 issue, page 30]
Colonel T. Y. DIXON died Montgomery Co., Tenn., Dec. 2, 1910 aged 80 years, 2 months and 14 days [Sept. 18, 1830]; ironmaster; husband and father (nine children, Raimey W. Dixon, Willey Dixon, John Dixon, Lora E. Johnston, Pattie Medcalf, Mollie Powers, Hettie Batson, Eleanora Finley Travis.
RACHEL MARY SIDDONS daughter of John Wesley and Mary Banks Napier born Marengo Co., Ala., Mar. 4, 1842; married Franklin Wilson Siddons, June 8, 1859; died Uniontown, Ala., Dec. 6, 1910.
JOHN R. WATERS died Dec. 15, 1910; graduate, Vanderbilt University, 1908.
Rev. WILLIAM JONES WRIGHT born Hickman Co., Tenn., Jan. 1, 1845; died Jan. 5, 1911; married (1) Emma Turner (died 1894), 1889 (son and daughter); (2) Mrs. Julia Briggs; local Methodist preacher.
February 10, 1911
HORACE McCLUNG ELDER born Trenton, Tenn., 1847; son of Henry L. (Trenton merchant) and Harriet Houston Elder; died Trenton, Nov. 28, 1910; married Sarah Chrisp, 1874; several children; when Gibson Co. Bank was established in 1879, his uncle, John W. Elder, was its president and he himself served from that time until his death as cashier.
ELIZABETH NORMAN FLIPPEN, widow of Judge Thomas J. Flippen (who predeceased his wife by four months), born Columbia, Tenn., Mar. 3, 1839; daughter of Rev. Simeon and Elizabeth J. Norman; died Oct. 18, 1910. [Obituary repeated in February 24, 1911 issue]
MARGRAET BETHEL daughter of Richard and Evaline Olive, born in Kentucky, Feb. 22, 1833; married Rev. William Bethel (died Jan. 1863); three daughters, one son; moved from Kentucky to Gillespie, Ill., then to Brainard, Minn. and then to Washington and three years ago to Beardstown, Ky. where she died Dec. 30, 1910.
SAMANTHA SHEPHERD daughter of William and Harriett Ingram, born Germantown, Ky., April 9, 1828; became an orphan when "less than seventeen years old"; married Rev. J. W. Cunningham, Kentucky Conference, Sept. 17, 1846; lived in Ky. and MO; two daus., five sons; died Jan. 11, 1911. "Fourteen grandsons and grandsons and granddaughters are living in MO, Texas and California."
SEE LONG ARTICLE FROM FEBRUARY 10, 1911 ON PAGE 4.
February 17, 1911
No obituaries appeared in this issue.
February 24, 1911
Photograph of E. B. CHAPPELL, Sunday School editor, NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE; page 23.
LINNIE KERR MORRELL daughter of James K. Wolfe, dec. and wife; the father a Methodist preacher in the Holston Conference, a nephew of Rev. W. M. Kerr; her mother was Ella Sproule Wolfe. She was born Dec. 4, 1873; graduate, Martha Washington College, 1894; married Rev. W. M. Morrell, graduate of Emory-Henry College, July 7, 1897; three children; died Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 1911. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
February 10, 1911 continued
The Old Plantation Life
It is almost a half century since the old plantation days. Only those who number threescore years and ten have a personal remembrance of the cares, duties, and pleasures of the old plantation life. Only those who bore the cares, discharged the duties, and prepared the way for the pleasures really understand the life that died and was buried fifty years ago. People who know so much about that fanatic John Brown and the fantastic "Uncle Tom's Cabin" are asking what one fought and bled for (did he bleed?) and what the other was written for. Some of those inquiring souls are over fifty years old and, what is more; their fathers were slave owners. The few of us tottering around who can tell of the old plantation life are threescore years and ten, and if we do not hasten to tell the story it may never be told. It is well to leave a record of a life that has passed beyond resurrection, a glorified record it may appear, for as we stand beside the bier of a loved and lifelong friend we recall only his virtues. So as I look back on the old plantation life only the [several words smeared] pleasures troop before me. It had its (several words smeared); its care, but they were not burdensome, nor were its pleasures excessive. What we planned and accomplished for our slaves afforded us more satisfaction than any man of the present day can feel for his grand stables of hunters and roadsters and racers, that absorb their time and their means.
Booker Washington, in that very interesting volume, "Up from Slavery," tells of his early life when his mother (he never knew his father-thinks he was a white man) was the slave of a well- to-do Virginia farmer, and the slave quarters had dirt floors. That may have been in the clay hills of Virginia, but I never saw a cabin, lest it was a pigpen, with a dirt floor. I am no apologist for slavery; the whites, though; suffered more from its demoralizing influence than the blacks, but we were born to it, grew up with it, and lived with it, and, it was our daily life. We did well by it; no people could have done better. It is past now. When I tell of my own home, it is to tell of the plantation homes of everybody I knew. We did not differ or vary to any extent in our modes of life and management. Slaves were comfortably housed. Cabins were elevated above the ground, two rooms in each building; a chimney between, a porch in front and windows on two sides. They were well fed and well clothed, their clothing or osnaburgs and linseys cut and made in the sewing room of the "big house." Though the hookworm theory was not at that time exploited, they were well shod. There were drones; I guess there were hookworms too, but we did not know it. The old and infirm had light tasks. Men pottered around the wood pile or tended the cows on their promenades over the levee, and the women sewed a little and quarreled, as idly disposed old folks will, among themselves (we, who visit almshouses now know how that is), or fuss with the frolicking children. I never saw in those days a negro with spectacles or one who seemed to need them. There was an infirmary for the sick and a nursery for the babies under the charge of a granny, a well-ventilated room with a spacious fireplace, where pots and kettles were always on hand, mush and herb teas always on tap; there the babies were deposited in cribs all day while the mothers were at work in the fields. No woman went to work until her child was a month old. A large folio record was kept by the overseer of all the incidents of the plantation-when a woman was confined, when she was sent again to the field, who was ill in the hospital, if doctor was summoned, what part of the canefield was being cultivated day by day, when sugar making began, when finished, what the yield of the various "cuts," how many hogsheads and barrels of molasses shipped and by what boats-all these items and ever so many more were recorded. A doctor was employed at $600 per annum. He came only in extreme cases. Headaches and stomach aches, earaches, toothaches, and backaches, all these minor ills came under the care of the overseer and "Gunn's Domestic Medicine," a formidable volume of instruction. The lady, the "mistiss" of the big house, made frequent visits to the quarter lot, saw that things were kept tidy and ministered to the sick.
We did not have "made-over" dishes, cold meats, nor stale bread on our tables; little darkies were sent by the half sick and aged for "left-overs." Children were not spoon-fed; they consumed pot liquor and mush and molasses soon as they were weaned. Corn, cow-peas, and turnips were cultivated for the slaves, and when there was an overplus of garden vegetable it was sent to the quarter kitchen. Their meat was pickled pork — it was called "clear sides" — shipped from Kentucky or Missouri. All the cooking was done by two cooks in a big kitchen, but every cabin had a fireplace, with a pot or skillet, of course, for we all know how the darky dotes on little messes of her own doing. All the doors had locks, and the women went to the field with the keys hung around their necks.
Each spring was a house-cleaning, cabins whitewashed inside and out; also the stables and other plantation buildings, the fences and trees as high up as a long pole or brush could reach. From Saturday noon till Monday was holiday, when the enterprising men chopped wood, for which they were paid, and the drones sunned themselves on the porch steps, and the women washed their clothes. I knew of only one planter who made his negroes work on Sunday. He was an Englishman who married into a plantation. The indignant neighbors called the attention of the grand jury in that case-with success too. During sugar-making everybody worked day and night, but the season was short, terminating in December. I cannot recall more than three deaths in ten years. I have no record to refer to (I guess that plantation folio afforded some information to the Union army). There was a burial ground for the slaves. One of them, the engineer, by the way, and a mighty good negro too, played preacher. He married and buried and in all ways ministered to the spiritual needs of his flock. I recall teaching Lewis to sing "Canaan." He wanted to learn a hymn. Lewis had a lusty bass voice, and I did not have any at all. Lewis was not the only accomplished negro. We did not have white labor. There were carpenters, coopers, masons, and sugar makers; women who cut and made all clothing, shirts, coats, pantaloons, dresses. By law no child under ten years of age could be sold from its mother. I suppose that law is obsolete now. It happened a negro child born in the penitentiary of a convict mother had to remain ten years in confinement; he was taught reading and writing, probably all the "R's," by the convicts, while he imbibed in such surroundings a good many less desirable accomplishments. Hon. Mr. Alroy (he may have assumed more name) represented his native parish in the Louisiana Legislature of reconstruction
times. He was better fitted probably than some of his dusky colleagues, for he could read the laws; some of them could not. That is also of the dead (thank God!) past, and has no bearing on the old plantation life, except as an illustration of the law regarding slaves.
The "big house" had no fastenings on the front and back doors. In the absence of my husband, one time I was awakened in the dead hour of night by a touch on my shoulder. "It's me, mistiss; de levee's broke." A crevasse! Without taking time to put on an extra gown, I was an hour giving orders and dispatching men to the planters, even twenty miles off, for assistance. Another time I landed from a boat at the witching hour between midnight and dawn. The bell and whistle sounded to attract some light sleeper. By the time I was fairly ashore a glimmering light of a lantern was seen. I was escorted to the house by the coachman, but if any other negro had responded I should have felt quite as safe. Mammy Charlotte was supreme in the domestic department. The little cup- bearers from the quarters reported to her for the "dreenings" of the coffeepot or the left-over soup. The visitor by the library fire called to her for a glass of wine or a "finger" of whisky. I called Charlotte to ask what we were going to have for dinner. She was the busy one, and every plantation had just such a mammy. Charlotte and I belonged to the same Church. When there was a vacant seat in the carriage Sunday morning, she was called to occupy it.
One of our neighbors, that a New Englander would call a "near man," owned a few acres adjoining ours, but too remote from his to be advantageously cultivated. He would not fence his property nor work his road, nor keep his levee in repair (it was just there we had the crevasse); however, it afforded good pasturage, and Uncle Billy's cows would. "stray in dar" when he followed them. We had mushrooms. Billy's nets and lines supplied us with shrimp and fish. Small catfish that William cooked a la pompano, and young cats, as Billy called them, were not a poor imitation of that delectable gulf dainty. I heard Charlotte berating Billy for not bringing in some more of those fine shrimp, when he knew too there was company in the house. Imagine my consternation at Billy's reply: "Dey done gorn: dat ole mule is floated away."
Colonel Hicky was our nearest neighbor. When the dear old man was eighty and I was twenty-five, we were great chums. He never passed in his buggy, if I was visible on the lawn or porch, without stopping for a chat. There was frequent interchange of neighborly courtesies. He had fine, large pecans, and we didn't. We had celery and he didn't, so there was much flitting back and forth of baskets. If we were having an unusual occasion, like the dinner my husband gave in honor of Messrs. Slidell and Benjamin, when they were elected to the United States Senate, a big basket came from Hope estate. Didn't the dear old gentleman send a capon turkey which was too big for any dish we had, and didn't we have to borrow the Hicky dish? Colonel Hicky had a birthday dinner. I think he was eighty-two. What a grand dinner it was, to be sure! Judge and Mrs. Morgan, Judge and Mrs. Avery, Colonel and Mrs. Winthrop, and a whole host of others made the occasion memorable. Sam Moore — I never knew just who he was or why he was so essential at every function — sat at the host's right. The Colonel was too deaf to hear al1 the bonmots, and Sam interpreted for him, and read in a loud voice all the toasts, some of which were very original and bright. Any one remembering Colonel Winthrop or, better still, Judge Avery can understand there was no lack of wit and sparkle in any toast they might make.
The very last Christmas on the old plantation we had a tree. None of us had ever seen a Christmas tree; there were no cedars or pines, so we finally settled upon a tall althea bush, hung presents on it for all the house servants, as well as for the family and a few guests. The field negroes had their gifts Christmas morning, but the tree had to be lighted up, so it was postponed till later. The idea of the house servants having such a celebration quite upset the little negroes. I heard one remark: "All us house niggers is going to be hung on a tree." That was, as I have said, our very last Christmas. Before the dawn of another the negroes had become discontented, demoralized, and scattered, freer than the whites, for they recognized no responsibilities whatever. The family had abandoned the old plantation home. We could not stand the changed condition of things any longer, and the Federals had entered into possession and completed the ruin. Very likely some reminiscent darky told his new-found friends: "All de house niggers was hung on a tree last Christmas.
— Mrs. E. Ripley, in New Orleans Times- Democrat.
March 3, 1911
Rev. L. P. DAVIS, Methodist preacher, Harleton, Texas, died Feb. 21, 1911; survived by his widow and three children.
WILLIAM J. MILLAR, father of Rev. A. C. Millar, president of Hendrix College, Ark., died Little Rock, Ark., Feb. 23, 1911 in the 85th year of his age.
MARTHA VIRGINIA BERRY, nee Berkeley, born Westmoreland Co., Va., 1833; daughter of Rev. James Berkeley; married Thomas Cromwell Berry, 1856; children, Edwin C., Walker James and Lavinia. Died Helena, Montana, Dec. 25, 19l0.
BESSIE AKIN, nee Stovall, born Obion Co., Tenn., May 28, 1868; married (1) Rev. T. E. Smith (died Jan. 28, 1895); one son, Hickmon; (2) D. R. Akin, 1897 (one daughter, Bessie). She died in Polytechnic, Texas, December 7, 1910.
Rev. I. N. REEVES born Lawrence Co., Ala., Dec. 18, 1830; died Dec. 13, 1910; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, 1853; chaplain, 16th Miss. Inf. Reg., CSA; married (1) Rhoda Reynolds, nee Dyer (one daughter, Mrs. Molly Ussery); (2) Mrs. Mary Weaver, nee Tunnell (no children).
March 10, 1911
Rev. J. D. FORKNER, retired Methodist preacher, Virginia Conference, died Hanover Co., Va., Feb. 25, 1911.
MARGARET EVANS CAMPBELL born March 10, 1861; died in residence of her sister, Mrs. Nannie Jones, Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 3, 1911; married D. A. Campbell (died 1906), Feb. 1880; one child who died in 1899.
ROBERT B. BLEDSOE born Gibson Co., Tenn., Sept. 20, 1845; died near Humboldt, Tenn., Dec. 5, 1910; Confederate veteran; married Mattie King, Feb. 11, 1869; six children, two daughters and three sons surviving him.
SUE SEVIER HARALDSON born Mar. 26, 1877; died Brownsville, Tenn., Jan. 20, 1911; daughter of Dr. Charles H. and Chora Sevier, Brownsville; married Thomas W. Haraldson, Dec. 15, 1897; a dau., 10 years old and an infant, a week old.
HARRIET P. FARRAR, nee Russell, born April 15, 1833; died Arcadia, MO, Jan 12, 1911; widow of Dr. G. W. Farrar, SR.; thirteen children, among them Dr. J. W. and Dr. William Farrar.
MARGARET HELEN MILLER born Limerick, Ireland, Feb. 16, 1873; came to the U.S. at age 12 years with her mother and sister; married Lee H. Smith, Bonne Terre, MO, Sept. 7, 1898; moved to Los Angeles, California, 1901; died Dec. 30, 1910; no children.
March 17, 1911
Rev. JAMES WATTS SHOAFF, DD, born Va., April 29, 1852; son of David and Margarette Watts Shoaff, a direct descendant of Isaac Watts, the hymnologist; her mother was the daughter of James Watts whose four daughters all married Methodist preachers; alumnus, Randolph- Macon College; married in 1877; two daughters. Labored in the Baltimore Conference, then to Mobile, Selma and Montgomery, Alabama; transferred late in life to Los Angeles, California
SUSAN J. MIMS born Nov. 13, 1830; died Feb. 14, 1911; married Jervis M. Mims, May 18, 1851; six children.
NATHANIEL W. JONES died in residence of his son, H. C. Jones, on Granny White Pike, Davidson Co., Tenn., Feb. 11, 1911 aged 90 years, 7 months and 19 days [April 22, 1821]; born and reared in Maury Co., Tenn.; the oldest freemason in Tennessee; buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia, Tenn., beside his wife; had two daughters and two sons.
MARY JOSEPHINE CLAXTON daughter of J. J. and Cynthia Claxton, born May 17, 1873; died Feb. 2, 1911; married J. H. Fisher, Dec. 4, 1890; two daus., three sons.
Rev. JOHN PARKER LEE, DD, born Stanstead, Ontario, Canada; married Loelloh H. Pinkham (died 1905), Sept. 19, 1850. Educated in Methodist Theological Institute, Newbury, Vt.; moved to Ga. where he taught school; local Methodist preacher; president of Masonic College, Auburn, Ala.; president, Whitworth College for Young Ladies, Brookhaven, Miss.; moved to Los Angeles in 1890 where he died November 21, 1910.
Rev. L. CATEBY died Dinuba, California, Feb. 22, 1911 beyond fourscore years.
March 24, 1911
Sunday, March 26, 1911 will be the fiftieth wedding anniversary of JAMES A. ORMAN and SARAH F. ADAMS ORMAN.
MARY GODBEY, wife of Dr. J. E. Godbey, associate editor, WESTERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, died in Little Rock, Ark., Mar. 12, 1911.
Dr. HOWARD W. KEY son of Bishop J. S. Key, was killed instantly in a runaway horse-buggy accident, Mar. 13, 1911, Columbus, Ga.
Dr. D. L. ANDERSON, president of Soochow University, China, died Mar. 16, 1911 from pneumonia; native of Ga. [Tribute of respect in his memory, Mar. 31, 1911 issue, page 25, by the Methodist Board of Missions; a longer tribute by C. F. Reid, appeared in the April 21, 1911 issue, pages 12-13]
VINCENT WOLVERHAMPTON, prominent English Methodist died Feb. 25, 1911.
ELIZA RUTH DORRIS died Feb. 1, 1911 aged 81 years, 4 months and t days [Sept. 25, 1829); married Rev. W. G. Davis, 1853; twelve children, four daus., two sons, surviving her.
BETTIE SHOFNER REES wife of John H. Rees, Fayetteville, Tenn., died Feb. 25, 1911 aged 60 years; eight children, all living.
Major ISAAC SHELBY, grandson of the first governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby, died at Traveler's Rest, Ky., Mar. 15, 1911 aged 85 years.
Former governor of Florida, WILLIAM D. BLOXHAM, died Tallahassee, Mar. 15, 1911.
Rev. W. L. CLIFTON, retired Methodist preacher, North Texas Conference, died Commerce, Texas, Mar. 13, 1911 in the 75th year of his age; labored in Alabama from 1860 until he moved to Texas in 1883.
March 31 1911
Mrs. E. L. CRANFORD died Andalusia, Ala., March 20, 1911; buried in Montgomery, Ala.; daughter of Judge W. S. Thorington.
THOMAS S. WEAVER son of Dempsey Weaver, born Dec. 25, 1850; graduate, Washington and Lee University; a Nashville, Tenn. lawyer. [Died March 19, 1911, Petersburg, Florida]
LEWIS D. PALMER born 76 years ago in Ga.; moved to Nashville as business manager of the NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE; resigned in 1888 to enter business in Nashville. Left his widow and four children. [Died recently; further mention, April 21, 1911 issue, page 30]
Rev. W. L. CUNNINGGIM, North Carolina Conference, died Jan. l7, 1911; buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.
JENNIE ELIZABETH BRANDON born Barton Co., Ga., May 2, 1837; died Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 24, 1911; married Capt. Jerome De Armond, May 5, 1864; wife and mother.
THOMAS STAPLETON PERKINS son of James Perkins; born Nov. 1, 1857; died Jan. 25, 1911 near the house built by his grandfather, Hardin Perkins who was a grandson of Nicholas Perkins of Virginia; married Mollie D. Finch, Feb. 9, 1887; sons, Finch and Presley; daughters, Nannie and Mary; his wife was left a widow exactly fifty years to the day from the time her mother was widowed on the same day of the week.
W. G. ATKINS born Jan. 7, 1843; died Pickwick, Tenn., Oct. 11, 1910; married (1) L. E. Aldridge, Oct. 22, 1864 (two children, one died in infancy, the other, Mrs. Gabe Allen, Jackson, Tenn.); (2) Daisey Fielder (one child, Loraine).
R. J. HOLLAND born Feb. 24, 1847; died Jan. 16, 1911; joined Methodist Church at Sugar Grove near Waverly, Tenn. in 1878; surviving were his widow, seven children, three brothers and one sister.
Resolutions of respect for the late Mrs. KATHERINE SAGE "beloved friend and coworker" by Ladies' Aid Society [place and date not provided].
April 7, 1911
Photograph of JOSEPH H. BROWN, Raleigh, N.C.; LOUIS W. DAVIS, Baltimore, Maryland; THOMAS B. KING, Memphis, Tenn.; LAVENS M. THOMAS, Chattanooga, Tenn.; A. J. LAMAR, Nashville, Tenn.; page 1, as the committee to select place of meeting of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1914.
MARION PAGE son of Rev. Isaac M. Page and wife, died Mar. 29, 1911 aged 4 years. Denver, Col.
Photograph of Rev. W. O. TALBERT, pastor, Clifton Forge, Va. Methodist Church; page 21.
WILLIAM STREET BAKER born Westport, MO, April 28, 1859; died St. Louis, MO, Dec. 26, 1910; surviving were widow and two sons.
CATHERINE E. McLOUD, native of Tennessee, moved to N.C. where she lived until 1894 when she moved to Nashville, Tenn. to "make her home" with a daughter, Mrs. W. F. Tillett. Died March 31, 1911 in the 18st year of her age. [Further obituary in June 23, 1911 issue, pages 26-27]
April 14, 1911
Mrs. J. A. H. SHULER died East Redford, Virginia, April 2, 1911.
SUSIE HAMILTON RICHARDSON, Nashville, died April 2, 1911; born 1852; married Edwin R. Richardson, 1874; five daughters, two sons.
Mrs. JANE SMITH born Oct. 31, 1838; died Mar. 13, 1911; thirteen children, three surviving ones lived in "the west" and five surviving ones lived in Giles Co., Tenn.
EMMA REBECCA APPLEWHITE born Collierville, Tenn., Mar. 7, 1851; died in residence of brother, James Applewhite, Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 10, 1911. Her mother was a sister of Dr. John B. McFerrin. When 8 years old she moved with family to Vanndale, Ark. where she was buried beside her parents and brother.
Mrs. L. B. BRIDGERS and three of her children were burned to death in their residence, in Harrodsburg, Ky., March 26, 1911; resolutions passed to comfort the surviving husband and father; undated.
April 21, 1911
LEWIS DANIEL PALMER born Richmond Co., Ga., July 27, 1834; graduate, Emory College, Oxford, Ga.; at close of Civil War he moved to Dalton, Ga. but in 1876 moved to Wilmington, California; returned to work in the Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, 1878; married (1) Mary Barton Sims (died 1888), children, Walter B., Lewis Arthur, Lewis Marvin, Frank Sidney, Eva Lillian, wife of W. B. Blackburn; (2) Kate Cooper, 1891; died recently.
April 28, 1911
Long article about Major WILLIAM F. SLATON, Atlanta, Ga., still living at age 80 years, dealing with his career as a teacher at Oak Bowery Academy, Auburn, Alabama; pages 22-23.
MARCIA MARVIN born Aug. 3, 1846; died Oct. 29, 1910.
May 5, 1911
MARY LOUISE WALKER daughter of Rev. A. A. C. Walker and Sarah E. Wightman Walker, born Washington, N.C., April 16, 1843; died Marion, S.C., Mar. 21, 1911; graduate, Spartanburg Female College, 1860; married Major J. B. White (died 1906), 1879; four sons, Hugh Walker White, James Benjamin White, George Walker White and Richard Green White.
"A Memory," STANLEY DODD PEARCE, JR., oldest son of Stanley D. and Adeline McCarthy Pearce, died St. Louis, MO, Mar. 19, 1911 in the sixth year of his age.
MARTHA EMMA SHARP born Feb. 14, 1844; married R. F. Estes, 1869; four children, Dr. Sam Estes, Ark.; Fenner Estes, Memphis; Mrs. Sam Mulkerson, Brownsville, Tenn.; Frank Estes, Mercer, Tenn. Died Brownsville, Tenn., Mar. 14, 1911; buried in Ebenezer cemetery.
May 12, 1911
MARTIN RUFUS TUCKER son of George B. and Margaret Tucker born Giles Co., Tenn., Aug. 17, 1837; "married Hibernia Doyle, Oct. 1888 (children, John Doyle, Annie, Mattie E. and Willis Newton). She died July 1879. He died April 17, 1911. Methodist preacher, Tennessee Conference; ordained deacon, Oct. 1865; ordained elder, October 1867.
May 19, 1911
ANDREW MARCUS TRAWICK born Carroll Co., Tenn., Oct. 8, 1846; at age 13 years moved to Ark. with family; joined Confederate army at age 15 years; after the war returned to native state, studied medicine and practiced same in Henry Co., Tenn., Clarksville, Tenn. and since 1889
(Trawick) in Nashville, Tenn.; husband and father (seven surviving children). [Tribute of respect in his memory by representation of citizens of Nashville, May 26, 1911 issue, page 30; another lengthy tribute by Walter R. Lambeth, somewhat anecdotal, Aug. 25, 1911 issue, pages 30-32]
Rev. GEORGE B. WINTON recently elected as one of the editorial secretaries of the Methodist Board of Missions. He was born in Springfield, MO, Jan. 12, 1861; alumnus, Morrisville (MO) College and Vanderbilt; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, 1880; president of Pacific Methodist College, 1885-1888; labored thereafter four years as missionary in Mexico; former editor of the NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE; since 1910 pastor of Broadway Methodist Church, Armore, Oklahoma.
Dean FREDERICK WIGHTMAN MOORE born East Lynne, New London Co., Canada, Oct. 18, 1863; son of Ezra and Juliette Beckwith Moore; his family had been in his native county since 1651. He graduated from Yale University, 1886; studied further in Germany; in 1892 he went to teach at Vanderbilt University where he became dean. Died Denver, Col., Apr. 23, 1911.
May 26, 1911
Rev. GEORGE WILLIAMS WALKER, DD, born Augusta, Ga., 1848; entered Methodist ministry in S. C in 1872; president of Paine College, Augusta, 1884 until his death, May 17, 1911.
PROF. GRANVILLE GOODLOE: AN APPRECIATION.
BY REV. MOFFETT RHODES.
This was a man. Take him all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. So mixed in him were the elements of manhood that he stood boldly before the world a unique character-unique in his unwavering fidelity to the good name of his Father's house, in his loyalty to those who knew him as the truest of friends, and in the purity of his own strong life, humbly submitted unto God. The loss of Professor Godloe from among us is grievously felt, but the memory of his life still abides in the hearts of hundreds of college students who loved him for his genuine worth and knew him as a Christian, the highest type of man.
Some called him peculiar, but his peculiarities were marks of his virtue. Such marks were his constant affection for the memory of the old South, of which he was a genuine son, and for which he showed his love by wearing the gray in life and even in death. He was the Commandant or Camp Flanagin, No. 237, U.C.V., at the time of his death. Another mark of his peculiarity was his old-fashioned love for the old-fashioned honesty and virtue of his fathers, which formed a part of his life and which won him a peculiar place in the lives of many students. And, lastly, his keen, good-humored satires on student life, untouched by any trace of malevolence, served as checks for numberless frivolous boys and girls. "Billy Wiggins" and "Mary Snooks," creatures of his mind, found living embodiment in every college generation, and served to turn unthinking frivolity into strong character. Such were his claims to peculiarity, marks of an extraordinary man. What he said and what he did were a genuine part of what he was.
His friendship for worthy students found expression in arduous labors outside the class room. How often did he give the hours before breakfast and after supper to boys and girls who sought help in the classics or in history or in some problem of character! Unceasing and untiring were his efforts to serve, true not only to the letter but to the deepest spirit of all that a college professor should be, a scholar and a Christian friend.
The purity of his personal life was the distinguishing feature of his character. Those who knew him best loved him most, and found him in thought as pure as a mother, yet not effeminate; virile in action and speech, but not, vulgar. The dearest memories of my early college days are those of the intimate association with him as roommate and pupil, and by the chastity of his life my own spirit was kindled. He lived in the mid- stream of God's will, nor ever dared play upon the edge. Not infrequently did he say to boys who came too near to sin, "Leave a wide margin in your life," and this he practiced. Often he sought the solitude of the forest when a circus came to town, that he might not even hear the blare of the bands in the parade. Thus did he leave the impress of his life upon all whom he touched. With him there was no coming close to the shore. He had a margin in his life, and was driven by the omnipotence of God.
Granville Goodloe, eldest son of Rev. Albert Theodore Goodloe and Sarah Louise Cockrill, was born on January 23, 1857, near Forrest City, Ark.; and died on March 24, 1911, at 6:30 P. M., in Arkadelphia Ark., in the home of one of his truest friends and most ardent admirers, Rev. J. C. Rhodes. He was educated at Webb School, Emory and Henry College, and Vanderbilt University, where in 1879 he received the first Master of Arts degree conferred by the university, his name coming first among those thus honored. At his graduation he was chosen by the faculty to deliver the class oration. He was also the first President of the Y.M.C.A. upon its organization in the university.
After his graduation he began his career as a teacher in Black River Training School, Smithville, Ark., in 1878-80, and thence he was called to McTyeire Institute, where he served for six years, until he was offered the Chair of Greek in Wofford College, where he remained four years. Coming back to Arkansas, he was Principal of Stuttgart Training School, and then for three years served in the same capacity at the Fordyce Training School. From here he was called to the Chair of Latin and Greek in the Arkadelphia Methodist College, since known as Henderson College. Here he remained for ten years (1893-1903), being a part of this struggling, growing institution, giving to it much of its worth and strength and much of his labor and love.
For four years (1903-1907) he taught in Hargrove College, Ardmore, Okla., and for two years in Alexander Collegiate Institute, Jacksonville, Tex. But in 1909 he was called back among his friends in Arkansas to take for life the Chair of Latin in Henderson College. He served scarcely two years in this capacity when he was called home. What a joy those last days and months were to him and the college! He fell at his post of duty.
He was counted friend by many of our leading churchmen. He loved the Church which he served with unabated zeal in various offices. The Church was the center of his life and for thirty-seven years he read the ADVOCATE and found great comfort in it. He has finished his course; henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness. His father, his brothers, and his sisters who survive him have a great heritage in his life and character, and his friends a divine benediction.
HOT SPRINGS, ARK.
May 26, 1911 continued
Rev. NEWTON ELDREDGE MANLY son of Hamlin S. and Susan Elam Manly, born Henry Co., Tenn., but near McKenzie, Oct. 25, 1846; attended old Caldeonia College; joined Confederate army (Company G, 7th Tenn. Inf. Reg.), 1863; died May 5, 1911; married Clementine Caton, Henry Co., Tenn., Dec. 20, 1869; moved to Weakley Co., Tenn., 1873; local Methodist preacher.
GEORGIA BUTT YOUNG born near Columbus, Ga., 1835; died in residence of oldest daughter, Mrs. Thomas Franklin, Columbus, Miss., April 19, 1911; daughter of Moses and Priscilla Banks Butt and granddaughter of Ralph Banks of Elbert Co., Ga.
June 2, 1911
Mrs. SALLIE P. JERNIGAN, mother of Rev. Frank P. Jernigan, Argenta, Ark., died in Double Springs, Tenn., May 22, 1911.
June 9, 1911
Professor D. P. CHRISTENBERRY, Southern University, Greensboro, Alabama, died May 28, 1911 from a paralytic stroke.
ROBERT EDWIN BRASFIELD by Weakley Co., Tenn., Aug. 23, 1847; married Virginia Lowell Clement Feb. 12, 1868; eight children; for years a local Methodist preacher, he joined the itinerant ministry in 1892; died Bartow, Ky., May 5, 1911.
CURTIS RICHARDSON son of T. W. and Nannie Richardson, born Oct. 4, 1880; died Feb. 20, 1911; buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.
June 16, 1911
CARRIE MOORE NATION born in Kentucky nearly sixty-five years ago; married (1) Dr. Lloyd in 1875; (2) David Nation; died Leavenworth, Kansas, June 9, 1911. A celebrated advocate of prohibition.
Dr. ARTHUR T. PIERSON born 75 years ago in New York; died Brooklyn, N. Y., June 3, 1911; a Presbyterian minister since 1860; literary figure and lecturer.
Mrs. J. B. ANDERSON died in Pulaski, Tenn., June 2, 1911.
June 23, 1911
Mrs. CATHERINE E. McLOUD daughter of Jethro S. and Laura W. Wilson, born Tipton Co., Tenn., Nov. 18, 1830; moved to N.C. as a child with family; joined Methodist Church in Caldwell Co., N.C., 1846; married James Henry McLoud, Jan. 22, 1861, a Confederate soldier who died in POW camp, Camp Douglas, of typhoid fever, January 19, 1864; one child, Laura Elizabeth, wife of Dr. W. F. Tillett, in whose residence she died on the Vanderbilt University campus, March 31, 1911.
June 30, 1911
MARTHA CREIGHTON BOLEN daughter of James M. and Rachel Creighton, born Randolph Co., MO, April l3, 1849; died May 26, 1911; married Rev. H. C. Bolen, Mar. 27, 1867; eight children, surviving, Mrs. Marion Moore, Mrs. H. P. Williamson, Mrs. F. G. Stuart, Mrs. J. A. Veasey, Elizabeth John and Gay G. Bolen.
ADAM ADISON NEFF son of Jacob and Rose Neff, born Hardin Co., Ky., Mar. 6, 1846; married Mary Helen Willson when 27 years old; six children, two died in infancy (Earl and Pansy), surviving, Ola, Roderick, Lawrence and Zula.
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