By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003


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January 1, 1915

Mrs. DORA KIRKPATRICK, sister of Bishop E. E. Hoss, died Jonesboro, Tenn., Dec. 28, 1914; a widow with several children. [Obituary, Feb. 19, 1915 issue, pages 24-25]

Dr. RICHARD WATSON JONES, native of Greenville Co., Virginia, graduate of Randolph-Macon College, died Laurel, Miss., Dec. 19, 1914 in the 78th year of his age; Confederate veteran; president of Martha Washington College, 1871-1876; later president of the Industrial Institute College of Miss. and Emory-Henry College and finally a faculty member of the University of Miss. [See January 8, 1915 issue, page 29]

MARY E. BRADSHAW born Fayette Co., Tenn., May 9, 1836; married W. T. Tompkins, White Co., Ark., 1856; he was killed in battle at Helena, Ark., in 1863; married, secondly, Rev. J. C. Bradshaw, 1865; a Methodist preacher; died in residence of son, Dr. W. P. Tompkins, Prescott, Ark., July 28, 1914.

Mrs. OPHELIA M. BOYER wife of Prof. J. H. Boyer, daughter of R. H. Mitchell, the youngest of four daughters; mother of five children; died recently.

Tribute of respect for Mrs. RUTH ING QUISENBERRY who died in Atoka, Tenn., Oct. 2l, 19l4 in the 27th year of her age; wife of Edgar M. Quisenberry; by Woman's Missionary Society, Atoka Methodist Church; undated.


January 8, 1915

Mrs. VIRGINIA ELLIS GOODSON died Brent, Ala., Dec. 31, 1914; daughter of Rev. J. D. Ellis, dec.

Rev. JOHN N. COLE, Methodist preacher, N.C. Conference, died Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 1, 1915; since 1907 superintendent of Methodist orphanage in Raleigh, N.C.; husband and father (four children, one being the wife of Dr. Plato Durham, Atlanta, Ga.).

Rev. RICHARD WATSON JONES born Greensville, Virginia, May 16, 1837; graduate, Randolph-Macon College at 18 years; captain of a Confederate company, throughout the Civil War; married Bettie Sue Spratley, Jan. 6, 1869; had been president of several institutions in Virginia and was the first president of Miss. Industrial Institute and College, Columbus, Miss.; member of the University of Miss. for quarter of a century before he retired in 1905 and moved to Laurel, Miss., where he "was interested" along with a son, S. M. Jones, in the Gulft States Investment Company; for years president of the Miss. Historical Society. Died Dec. 19, 1914.

Rev. I. Z. T. MORRIS born Spalding Co., Ga., March 2l, 1847; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1867; alumus, Auburn College; served in Alabama and Texas conferences; married Belle Waters, June 2l, 1876; official with the Tesas Children's Home and Aid Society. Died Dec. 10, 19l4. Children, Marvin, Oscar, Robert T., Ethel, Gertrude, Mrs. Lucy Key Morris and Mrs. Ruth Whitaker.

Rev. LOUIS GANTT GRIMES born Maury Co., Tenn., Sept. 16, 1846; married (1) Lizzie Daulson, Nov. 1, 1865; a dau.; (2) Mary Zantha Wooten, Nov. 16, 1870; three daus., eight sons; served in Co. A, 20th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1867; served in several charges in Texas; from Oct. 1913 until his death Sept. 28, 1914 he was in ill health. Buried in Copperas Cemetery in Martha, Oklahoma.

WILLIAM BRUCE ROSS born Ft. Thomas, Ky., Sept. 1, 1878; died Globe, Arizona, Nov. 13, 1914; buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, beside his mother who died a year previously.


January 15, 1915

Rev. R. L. WIGGINS, So. Ga. Conference, died Augusta, Ga., Jan. 2, 1915 in the residence of his son, Rev. S. P. Wiggins; an itinerant Methodist preacher for fifty-six years.

Rev. S. J. DRAKE, W. Texas Conference, died in a sanitarium, San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 28, 1914; pastor of Methodist Church in Jourdanton, Texas.

Photograph of Rev. E. C. RIDDICK, DD, page 20.


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Resolutions of respect for Mrs. S. I. McCLAIN, Martin, Tenn., who died Oct. 17, 19l4; by Mother Class No. 11; undated.

Expression of Appreciation for PRISCILLA PAYNE ESTES, born Dec. 25, 1838 near Edgefield Junction, Tenn.; died May 12, 1914; youngest of six children of William and Margaret Payne. Her oldest brother, Robert, still living, aged 93 years; married Robert P. Estes, Jan. 17, 1866; graduate, Edgefield Female Institute, June 1865.

Resolutions of respect for LUCY DONALDSON LEWIS, wife of Dr. John W. Lewis, who died Dec. 9, 1914, Louisville, Ky.; by Louisville Preachers' Meeting; undated.

NANCY MARIA DOWNING SMITH born Marshall Co., Tenn., Oct. 23, 1834; died Lincoln Co., Tenn., Aug. 19, 1914 in residence of daughter, Mrs. B. A. Sherrell, Dellrose, Tenn.; married John Haywood Smith, Sept. 29, 1863; 2 daus., 2 sons; buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Lincoln Co., Tenn.

MARTHA A. POPE born Holmes Co., Miss., July 30, 1839; died Santa Ana, California, Oct. 16, 1914; daughter of James H. and Elizabeth A. Douglass; married John Wesley Pope at age of 19 years; he died in 1906; she reared the wife of Rev. E. C. Martin in whose residence she died and who accompanied her remains to Navarro Co., Texas where they were buried.


January 22, 1915

Dr. W. C. BLACK died Jan. 4, 1915; from 1871 a Methodist preacher in Miss. Conference (39 years).

Rev. R. J. HARP born Lawrenceburg, Tenn., April 29, 1829; died Shreveport, La., July 24, 1914; had been a Methodist preacher, presiding elder, editor and publishing agent.

Mrs. W. A. SCOTT daughter of C. B. and Amanda Gray, born Tallapoosa Co., Ala., Feb. 3, 1854; married Rev. W. A. Scott, Feb. 15, 1874; eight children, those surviving, Mrs. Q. J. Lowman, Mrs. F. C. Gabriel, Bettie Scott, J. M. Scott, Mrs. Fannie Hacker, W. H. Scott and C. O. Scott; fifteen grandchildren. Died Oct. 8, 1914.


January 29, 1915

Photograph of Rev. HOWARD M. HAMIL, DD, August 10, 1848-Jan. 21, 1915; page one.

[Resolutions of respect for him, by Executive Committee, General Sunday School Board, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, dated Feb. 4, 1915 in Feb. 12, 1915 issue, page 21; another notice of death, Feb. 26, 1915 issue, page 30; by Trinity Sunday school, Opelika, Ala.; undated. A long, nostalgic memoir about Hamil, written by Janie McTyeire Baskervill, appeared in the Sept. 24, 1915 issue, page 12. ]

A. S. DICKEY died in the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J. L. Gray, Taylorsville, Ky., Jan. 17, 1915 in the 84th year of his age; brother of Rev. J. J. Dickey.

Rev. JOHN D. PEGRAM, retired Methodist preacher, N.C. Conference, died Jonesboro, N.C., Jan. 17, 1915; husband and father (eight children).

Dr. JAMES W. BIGHAM, presiding elder, Gainesville (Florida) District, died Jan. 19, 1915; born Crittenden Co., Ky., May 7, 1844; transferred from Ky. Conference to Florida Conference about 12 years ago; husband and father (five children).

Dr. E. P. CHANDLER born Hatchett Creek, Ala., Mar. 2, 1844; died Sylacauga, Ala., Sept. 17, 1914; son of Mordica and Elizabeth Banks Chandler; served in Co. D, lst Ala. lnf. Reg., CSA; graduate, Atlanta Medical College; practiced medicine in St. Clair, Jefferson and Shelby counties, Ala. for 47 years; married Lula C. Allen, April 14, 1869; joined Methodist Church in 1867; active Methodist layman.

MARY W. HUGHES born April 3, 158; married Rev. J. W. Hughes, July 28, 1881; eight children. Died Dec. 20, 1914. She was a brunette, her husband, blonde; he was energetic, active and she was delicate and retiring; several children. Buried in Wilmore, Kentucky.


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February 5, 1915

Rev. JOHN HUTCHISON WITT born near Paris, Tenn., March 11, 1832; died Jan. 1, 1915, the same month and day 113 years after his father, Rev. John Witt, Adair Co., Ky., was born; son as well of Charity Dunlap Witt; he married Harriet M. Nichols, May 19, 1857; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, Aug. 7, 1853; labored in the Memphis Conference; ordained elder, Oct. 1857; retired in 1903. Children, Mrs. Maggie Stewart, Mrs. Mary E. Adams, Mrs. Mattie Graham, Mrs. Lizzie Wilford, Hattie (died young), John K. Witt, Nannie Witt, Mrs. Nettie Chandler. [A tribute of respect for him, by A. P. Warterfield, Feb. 12, 1915 issue, page 27, mentions that the writer met Rev. Witt, first, at Lebanon camp meeting, Henry Co., Tenn., in 1855, at which time he was ill with enlarged spleen]

JAMES VOLNEY WALKER born Logan Co., Ky., June 7, 1851; spent a few years with an uncle, David Browder, wholesale merchant, Montgomery, Ala.; married Bowden Rizer, April 20, 1875; a merchant in Olmstead and Russellville, Ky.; died Oct. 3, 1914.

J. W. HARRELL died Oct. 3, 1914; a tribute in his memory by Quarterly Conference, Methodist Church, Bethpage, Tenn.; undated.

WILLIE E. CARROLL son of W. P. and Mollie Morrison Carroll, born Coffee Co., Tenn., Nov. 7, 1874; married Sallie Melton; 2 sons; farmer; died Dec. 25, 1914. Buried in Gray's Chapel cemetery.


February 12, 1915

Rev. GEORGE C. RANKIN, editor, TEXAS CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, died Dallas, Texas, Feb. 2, 1915; born Jefferson Co., Tenn., Nov. 19, 1849; son of Creed W. and Martha Clark Rankin; spent childhood in northern Georgia; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1870 and labored in the Holston Conference but later transferred to SW MO Conference and later still to Houston and Dallas, Texas; became editor of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE in 1898; married Fannie Denton, Sept. 30, 1875; six children. Photograph of him on page five. [Tribute of respect in his memory, April 16, 1915 issue, page 31, by Rev. H. A. Bourland, extolling his virtues of character]

J. W. MARTIN died near Clinton, Ky., January 23, 1915.

JOHN PATTERSON BRANCH born Petersburg, Virginia, Oct. 9, 1830; died Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 2, 1915; entered mercantile business with his father in 1848; Confederate veteran; president of Merchants' National Bank, Richmond for nearly thirty-five years; active Methodist layman.

"In Memoriam", Rev. E. H. BOGLE, born Bland Co., Va., Aug. 1, 1840; died Bristol, Tenn., Dec. 26, 1914; entered Methodist itinerant ministry at age 29 years and so continued for forty-four years; Confederate veteran; retired in 1906; husband and father (eight children).

HATTIE WINGATE COX died Ozark, Ar., September 19, 1914.

ADELE TURNER SHINGLER daughter of W. G. and Addie Enochs Turner, born Covington, Ga., Dec. 20, 1881; married Prof. George Pinkley Shingler, Jr., Dec. 23, 1908; died Hendersonville, N.C., Sept. 17, 1914.

RICHARD HARMON "Dick" CHERRY born Warren Co., Ky., April 18, 1846; died in residence of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Slaughter, Mound City, Ill., Jan. 15, 1915; married Elizabeth Reeves, 1875; seven children.


February 19, 1915

IDA T. EAST, widow of Judge E. H. East, died Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4, 1915 aged 74 years.

FANNY COSBY, hymn-writer, born Putnam Co., N. Y., Mar. 27, 1820; died Bridgeport, Conn. Feb. 12, 1915; married Alexander Van Alstyne but known by her maiden name; blind from infancy she wrote more than 6000 hymns!

"In Memoriam", DORA ROSS KIRKPATRICK, oldest child of Henry and Anna Sevier Hoss, widow of Judge Samuel J. Kirkpatrick, born near Jonesboro, Tenn., May 11, 1847; died in same town, Dec. 29, 1914.


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Rev. JOE RIGGS BELL son of John M. and Elvira Lowrance Bell, the third of their six children; born McNairy Co., Tenn., Dec. 17, 1853; died Ft. Smith, Ark., Jan. 24, 1915; at age ten years his father died and four years later his mother died; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1875 but taught school for several years and afterwards admitted to Memphis Conference in 1878 in which he labored until he retired in 1899; married Ada Dent, Oct. 8, 1884; one son, Sam Dent Bell.

ELIZABETH "Lizzie" WHITE born Jan. 5, 1853; died July 6, 1914; married J. Henry White, Feb. 9, 1870; 1 dau., 4 sons; member of the Christian Church from 1887.

JOHN W. SEWELL born Fulton Co., Ga., Nov. 21, 1836; died in residence of her son, Jefferson D. Sewell, Miller Co., Ark., Jan. 17, 1915; married Mary A. Baker, July 29, 1855; four daus., 5 sons: John L. (died April 18, 1906); Samuel A.; Jefferson D.; Mrs. Johnnie Cochran; Mrs. Emma Ables; Mrs. Lovenia McLure; W. M.; Oscar; Mrs. Laurena Mack; O. E.; 32 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. Moved from Fulton Co., Ga. to Hempstead Co., Ark. in Nov. 1884; thence in Dec. 1894 to Miller Co., Ark.; Confederate veteran; had a paralytic stroke, April 1907.


February 26, 1915

JULIA STOKES HAMILTON born Beaufort District, S.C., Feb. 19, 1842; died El Centro, California, Jan. 7, 1915; married Colonel Joseph Hamilton, 1864; moved to Ga. and then in 1875 to California, eventually in Los Angeles; for 20 years treasurer of the Los Angeles Conference Foreign Missionary Society. Surviving children, T. S.; Mrs. A. C. Harper; Mrs. Edgar Hamilton; Mrs. M. W. Conkling; Mrs. T. T. Harris.


March 5, 1915

Dr. FRANK CLARY ANDERSON born August 12, 1880; graduate, Vanderbilt University (medical dept. ), 1900; married in 1907; died Jan. 11, 1915; "a cheerful, happy spirit."


March 12, 1915

Rev. RUFUS A. CHILD, S.C. Conference, died Hendersonville, N.C., Mar. 3, 1915 aged nearly 65 years.

Captain A. M. YOUNG, Confederate veteran, oldest member of Batesville, Ark. Methodist Church, died Feb. 26, 1915 in residence of his daughter, Mrs. John M. Watkins, Konawa, Oklahoma.

KATIE ALEXANDER, nee Burrus, born in Ark., Feb. 7, 1861; died Murfreesboro, Tenn., Nov. 28, 1914; daughter of Mrs. M. E. Burrus, Jacksonville, Fla.; children, Martha Alexander and Dr. Horace Alexander.

Mrs. S. T. A. JEFFRIES born near Athens, Ga., Oct. 28, 1828; died Decatur, Texas, April 15, 1913; was "of a large frame and large head with two of as fine eyes as ever sparkled with humor"; married (1) Colonel John N. Arnold; two children (2) H. L. Jeffries of Mecklenburg Co., Va., 1880.

LOUIS I. STEPHENS died Feb. 2, 1915 aged 64 years; husband and father (a son, Phinehas Varnum Stephens); active Methodist layman, Jacksonville, Fla.


March 19, 1915

Rev. GEORGE L. JENKINS, No. Alabama Conference, died Ensley, Ala., Mar. 13, 1915; a member of that Methodist conference since 1888.

HENRY DAVIS TIMMONS son of Samuel and Sarah Timmons, Chesterfield, S.C., born Jan. 21, 1848; died Waxahachie, Texas, Jan. 26, 1915; married Hannah Murdock, May 7, 1874; four children.

MARY ELIZABETH HILL died Feb. 3, 1915 aged 69 years; in the "Hillville community. " Wife of J. H. Hill.

Mrs. SUSANNA SMITH born Cherokee Co., Ala., Nov. 4, 1837; died Dec. 31, 1914; a widow for many years. Buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Ala.


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March 26, 1915

MARY COBB PILCHER daughter of Mrs. J. B. Cobb; died Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 18, 1915; married M. B. Pilcher 13 years ago.

Rev. GEORGE WASHINGTON DAMAN born Haywood Co., Tenn., Feb. 20, 1837; oldest son of F. W. and Mary A Daman; died Stilwell, Oklahoma, Feb. 28, 1915; moved to Searcy, Ark. in 1859; served in Co. E, 3rd Ark. Ca., CSA and later with the Army of Tenn., medical department; married (1) Anna Dodson, Nov. 29, 1866; a son, Willie P. Daman; his wife died in 1895 and he married (2) Frances Gertrude Cosby; a dau., Georgia who died at age 4 years; (3) Fannie Patterson, Aug. 15, 1906; for thirty-four years an active Methodist preacher in the Ark. and Indian Mission conferences. Buried in New Hope Cemetery.


April 2, 1915

HENRY N. SNYDER, SR., long a resident of Nashville, Tenn., died in residence of his son, Dr. Henry N. Snyder, president of Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., Mar. 27, 1915 aged 89 years. Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.

"In Memoriam", WILLIAM N. NEELY born Williamson Co., Tenn., July 15, 1843; joined Methodist Church when 12 years old; married (1) Melissa A. Wilson (died Jan. 1885), Sept. 1868; children, W. B.; Lizzie, wife of Dr. George White; Ewing, dec.; (2) Bettie Andrews, May 23, 1889. He died Feb. 5, 1915.

Rev. W. G. PERRY born Montevallo, Ala., March 20, 1833; died near Bremond, Texas, Nov. 13, 1914; graduate, Cumberland College, June 26, 1856; practiced law but entered Methodist ministry in 1859; ordained deacon, Dec. 15, 1861; ordained elder, Dec. 11, 1864; transferred from Ala. Conference to Texas Conference in 1873; Confederate veteran; married (1) Catherine Neighbors, (2) Martha Skains, Sept. 1, 1867 (sons, Will, Frank and Henry).

B. H. NEIL born east Tenn., April 20, 1833; died Marshall Co., Tenn., Nov. 22, 1914; lived in Rutherford Co., Tenn. for some time but moved to Nashville; husband and father (2 daus., 5 sons).


April 9, 1915

Rev. HENRY MARK SEARS born Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 16, 1836; son of Thomas R. and Elizabeth Sears, the second of their seven children; moved to Maury Co., Tenn. when young and in 1855 moved to Lawrence Co., Tenn.; married Jennie Wooten, Feb. 9, 1857; farmer, sometime blacksmith; he and brother, Will Sears, enlisted in Confederate army in April 1861 and he served throughout the Civil War; later farmed, taught school and ran a sawmill until 1871; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1869; he was member of the Memphis Conference for 42 years; delivered 3530 sermons; retired in 1902; served thereafter as chaplain in several organizations. Died March 4, 1915.

J. S. FLOWERS died Dec. 2, 1914; a tribute by the Quarterly Conference, Russellville Circuit, dated Feb. 11, 1915; a steward and trustee of the church for over fifty years.

Resolutions of respect for Mrs. ELIZA HARRIS, recently deceased; by Trinity, Alabama Methodist Sunday School; undated.


April 16, 1915

Rev. W. S. HARWELL, Tennessee Conference, died near Nashville, Tenn., April 4, 1915 in the 70th year of his age; a Methodist preacher in that conference since 1867. Buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.


April 23, 1915

Rev. JOSEPH FRANKLIN REDFORD, oldest member of the Louisville Conference, died in Bowling Green, Ky., in residence of his daughter, Mrs. John A. Turpin, April 14, 1915 aged 88 years; member of the Louisville Conference for 65 years. Brother of Dr. Albert H. Redford.


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"In Memory of Dr. PETER DOUB", by James R. Laughton; Doube labored for fifty-one years as a Methodist preacher in the Virginia and North Carolina conferences [no dates provided].

LAURA DOLLARHIDE HAWLEY widow of Rev. L. B. Hawley, Little Rock Conference, died El Dorado, Ark., Feb. 6, 1915; daughter of Judge J. S. and Martha King Dollarhide; born Little River Co., Ark., May 30, 1854; married in Richmond, Ark., Nov. 21, 1878; children, Minnie, died young; Mrs. J. W. Bryant; Mrs. Curtis Stout, George, Louis; a stepson, Frank. Stepsons Thomas and James were deceased.

JOHN H. HENDERSON born Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 18, 1849; died Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 27, 1915; son of Samuel Henderson; practiced law; at one time, president of the Tenn. Bar Association. He married Lizzie, daughter of Samuel Perkins, 1879; children, Thomas, John H., Jr., Mrs. Ed Hamilton.


April 30, 1915

Mrs. R. F. HENRY, mother of Rev. W. G. Henry, pastor, First Methodist Church, Jackson, Miss., died Columbus, Miss., April 17, 1915.

SUSANNA CHARLOTTE RANSOM daughter of Richard and Jane Langley Sims, born Bedford Co., Tenn., Nov. 11, 1839; married in 1861 to Benjamin F. Ransom, a justice of the peace for many years; Surviving children, Jennie Bowman, wife of William Parkes; Jennie Langley, wife of Frank Henry; Elizabeth, wife of Rev. William Simpson; George Ella, wife of Capt. B. McBride; Sue, wife of Robt. Circhlow; Benjamin C. Ransom.

"In Memory of Mrs. EFFIE HUMPHREY WILSON", recently deceased; by Milburn Sunday School and Woman's Missionary Society; undated.

Mrs. ORRIN SAMUEL ESTES born Smith [Smyth] Co., Va., Nov. 15, 1873; died Huchow, China, March 3, 1915; A.M. graduate, Howard-Payne College, Fayette, MO; married W. A. Estes, 1906; Methodist missionaries to China; 2 daus., 1 son; daughter of Mrs. Isabel Alexander, Corvallis, Oregon.


May 7, 1915

Dr. WILLIAM L. DUCKWORTH son of W. W. and Mary Duckworth, born Haywood Co., Tenn., June 29, 1834; died Brownsville, Tenn., Feb. 2, 1915; served in Confederate army, reaching the rank of colonel; graduate, University of Pa., 1866; married Timosene Capell, Dec. 1867; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, Oct. 21, 1871; labored many years in the Memphis Conference.

"Our Mother," LOUISIANA MAYS born near Nashville, Tenn., 1835, of Virginia parentage; married Dr. John Beck Hill, 1854 and lived in Pasquo, a village near Belleview, Tenn.; nine children.


May 14, 1915

CORDELIA BURKE TEMPLE born Nov. 18, 1845; died Mar. 10, 1915; married J. F. Temple; children, Mrs. Charlie Brann and Lutie Temple (son). Buried in New Hope Cemetery. [Additional notice, June 11, 1915 issue, page 30]

ELIZA CAROLINE PINKERTON born Polk Co., Ark., June 7, 1872; died Pike Co., Ark., Mar. 30, 1915; married Elijah E. Pinkerton, Jan. 12, 1828; nine children; daughter of Benjamin F. and Emily Bard.

EDWARD SAMUEL MATTHEWS born Madison Co., Tenn., Jan. 14, 1832; died ten miles from Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 23, 1915; son of Edward W. and Mary Rawlston Matthews; married Martha A. Smith, April 1858; daughter of Capt. James S. Smith. Children, Mrs. S. B. Lawrence, Mrs. B. L. Hayley, Mrs. T. J. White, Mrs. L. M. Morgan, Mrs. E. T. Riley, Mrs. E. C. Engles, E. W. Matthews, J. S. Matthews and A. R. Matthews; a county justice of the peace for many years; active Methodist layman.

COLUMBUS W. PATTERSON born Franklin Co., Ala., Oct. 25, 1862; died De Leon, Texas, Feb. 25, 1915; graduate, Vanderbilt University; married Mary Frances Redwine, Dec. 24, 1885; seven children. Lived in Miss. five years but moved to McAlester, Okla. but late in life moved to Comanche, then to De Leon, Texas.


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May 21, 1915

VIRGINIA A. MUNSEY died Washington, D. C., April 8, 1915 aged 75 years, 3 months and 2 days [January 6, 1840]; married William E. Munsey; several children, including William R. Munsey. Except for four others she was the last of the 23 sons and daughters of three Blair brothers, merchants in Jonesboro, Tenn. Her father was William K. Blair, lawyer. Her siblings were Dr. David Yearsley Blair, John Kelsey Blair, William White Blair, Kennedy Powell Blair and Irene Blair.

WILLIAM L. HALE born Grayson Co., Va., May 15; 1832; died Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan. 14, 1915; married A. J. Russell; six children.

ANNIE WARD BRUMMETT, nee Harris, born north Miss., about 50 years ago; died Arlington, Texas, Feb. 27, 1915; daughter of Rev. Dr. William T. Harris and granddaughter of Rev. Dr. George W. D. Harris, both Methodist preachers, Memphis Conference. Buried Oak Cliff Cemetery, Dallas, TX.


May 28, 1915

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        In connection with the campaign that is being waged for an increase of the subscription list of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE the presentation of some historical facts may be of interest.
        The Christian Advocate which was started in New York in 1826 was merged with the Wesleyan Journal, of Charleston, and the Zion's Herald, of Boston, and at the General conference of 1828 Nathan Bangs was elected editor of the Christian Advocate and Journal and Zion's Herald. After five years Zion's Herald again became a separate publication and the former combination became the Christian Advocate and Journal.
        The increasing population of the Western and Southern sections created a demand for other periodicals, and the General Conference of 1836 established among others the South Western Christian Advocate in Nashville and elected Rev. Thomas Stringfield, of the Holston Conference, editor.
        Mr. Stringfield was the father of Mrs. F. A. Butler, sometime editor of the Woman's Missionary Advocate. Mrs. Butler, after many years of faithful service, is now spending the evening of a long life with her children in Nashville.
        I have in my possession a copy of the Advocate of September 7, 1837. It is yellow with age, but prized because of the fact that it contains a letter from Rev. Lewis S. Allen giving an account of the death of my maternal grandfather, Rev. Thomas Duncan Porter, of the Tennessee Conference, who died of yellow fever while on a visit to the then distant republic of Texas. The editor in his prefatory remarks says: "Two weeks ago we announced the death of Rev. Thomas D. Porter, but informed our readers that we were not possessed of particulars. We have since been put in possession of the following letter written by a Methodist preacher in Texas. Its tones of sympathy are well timed and do great credit to the heart of the writer. But the most interesting features of the letter are those by which we are assured of the triumphant departure of Brother Porter from this land of trouble to that 'of pure delight, where saints immortal reign.'"
        The letter, which is dated Maiagorda, July 15, 1837, is addressed to my grandmother, and I take the liberty of quoting the following paragraph: "A few hours before his death he expressed a great desire that the whole town were there, that he might exhort them. It was a beautiful Sabbath evening, the last that he was permitted to see in this world. The sun was sinking behind the western hills, and the warblers were caroling forth their mellow notes in short, all nature seemed to join with the harmonies of heaven. And no doubt when your dear companion uttered these last memorable words, "To-day shall I be in paradise and wander forth through the vast extended plains of heaven and join the immortal millions in celebrating the triumphant songs of glory,' the angels were looking with intense interest over the battlements of heaven, with their harps in their hands, waiting to welcome him home; for that evening he fell asleep with his head pillowed upon the arms of a loving Saviour."
        The following excerpts from one of the editorials show that the question of sanctification was rife at that time: "We are publishing a series of numbers by Brother Williams on sanctification. Let us not stop to scrutinize theory or criticize on terms, but seek after the substance perfect love. We published last week an encouraging letter from Brother Abernathy on the progress of this work in the Limestone Circuit. This week we publish a communication from Brother Gray still more cheering. The subject is agitated. Examine it and let the blessing be sought after by all who desire to be made partakers of the divine nature, possessing the 'fullness of God.' Let the ministry seek after it more ardently. Were the Churches generally aroused and overwhelmed with revival influences, the work of entire sanctification would become quite common among us."
        In 1840 Mr. Stringfield declined reelection, and Rev. Charles A. Davis, of New York, was elected editor. Mr. Davis, after taking some time to reflect, declined to accept the office, and it devolved upon the Tennessee Conference to elect an editor to take his place. Dr. John B. McFerrin was elected editor and was continued as such for eighteen consecutive years. The General Conference of 1848, which assembled in Petersburg, Va., and was the first General Conference held after the separation, changed the name of the paper to the NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, under which name it continued until 1858, when the prefix "Nashville" was dropped. Rev. Moses M. Henkle was elected assistant editor, serving four years, when he became editor of the Ladies' Companion.
        The General Conference of 1858 elected Dr. McFerrin Publishing Agent, and he was succeeded as editor of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE by Dr. Holland N. McTyeire, of the Louisiana Conference.
        After the fall of Fort Donelson and the occupancy of Nashville by the Federal army, things were in a chaotic state, and business generally was suspended. The Publishing House was taken possession of by Federal troops and used by the United States government as a printing establishment. In the autumn of 1865 Dr. McFerrin visited Washington in the interest of the Publishing House and had an interview with President Johnson. In a few days the President sent an order to the post commander to restore the House to the authorities of the Church.
        Upon the election of Dr. McTyeire to the episcopacy, in 1866, Dr. Thomas O. Summers, of Alabama, became editor of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE and remained in that capacity until 1878, when he was succeeded by Dr. O. P. Fitzgerald, of the Pacific Conference, who served until elected bishop, in 1890.
        The General Conference of 1886 authorized the Book Committee to employ an assistant editor, and Rev. W. A. (now Bishop) Candler was elected. Dr. Candler, after serving two years, resigned to accept the presidency of Emory College and was succeeded by Dr. John Boswell.
        In 1890 the General Conference elected Dr. E. E. Hoss, of the Holston Conference, editor and adopted a resolution making the assistant editor elective by the Conference. Dr. E. M. Bounds was elected and served four years.
        The General Conference of 1894 passed a resolution similar to that of 1886, empowering the Book Committee to elect an assistant editor, and Dr. John W. Boswell was again chosen for the position.
        When Dr. Hoss was elected bishop, in 1902, he was succeeded as editor of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE by George B. Winston, of the Mexican Border Mission Conference, and Dr. S. M. Godbey became assistant editor. Drs. Winton and Godbey continued in office until 1910. This brings the succession down to the present editorial staff.
        The CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE long ago cast off her swaddling clothes and is not ashamed to let her age be known. She modestly owns to being almost an octogenarian, but, like Ninon de L'Enclos, the famous French beauty who lived to be a nonogenarian and was known as the "woman who never grew old," the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE is constantly renewing her youth.
        She has but one physical ailment namely, her circulation is not as good as it ought to be. This condition is causing her friends much anxiety. Her head physician, Dr. Ivey, is especially concerned over the condition of her circulatory system. But the remedy is simple, the only trouble being the mode of application.
        The Church has a membership, in round numbers, of 2,000,000, with 7,000 traveling preachers. Some of these are making responses to the appeals of the editors. If every preacher who is not already a subscriber would send in his own subscription and if each of the 7,000 would send in three new subscriptions, the subscription list of the ADVOCATE would be more than doubled. This is not an unreasonable expectation.


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        These things were taught me by my mother in the early forties: My Grandfather Pride was a chaplain in the Continental army, and in 1815 he moved from North Carolina to what is now Alabama. Because he exchanged negro slaves to keep man and wife together, the Methodist Church would not renew his license as a preacher. On account of this none of his six sons and two daughters would attach themselves to the Methodist Episcopal Church until later in life.
        I was born near Tuscumbia, Ala. in 1834 and have never had a home anywhere else. My earliest recollections of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE were associated with my learning my letters from that paper in the early forties. I Joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1850 and have never moved my membership from the Church where I Joined. Since I reached manhood, I have been a steward in the Church all these years until about five years ago. At the time I joined the Church I was the third male member. This Church was then in the Tennessee Conference; and I remember that J. D. Barbee, D. C. Kelley, and S. M. Cherry were then young men. I remember many of the old members of the Tennessee Conference. The first Annual Conference I attended was at Columbia, Tenn., in 1854. Bishop Joshua Soule presiding. The Methodists had at Columbia a large school for girls, Rev. J O. Church being the president. I went there often to accompany my sisters, who attended that school.
        I was a soldier in the Confederate army, enlisting in Company A, Sixteenth Alabama Regiment. My regiment was at Fishing Creek, Ky., where General Zollicoffer was killed, and was then with General Cleburne until the fall of Atlanta. In the fighting around Atlanta I was permanently disabled.
        With the exception of a break during the Civil War, I have been a reader of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE since the early forties and have therefore known it for more than seventy years. On the occasion of its Diamond Anniversary I send to the paper and its editors my hearty good wishes.




        Dear Brother: My father, John Carr, was a constant subscriber to the Holston Christian Advocate, published at Knoxville, Tenn., and edited by Dr. Samuel Patton. In 1854 the aforesaid paper was merged into the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, published at Nashville, Tenn., Dr. J. B. McFerrin, editor. My father continued to take it as long as he lived; then it was taken by my brother, William A Carr, during his lifetime, then by his family till the present time.
        I was married March 27, 1860, and in the September following I went to housekeeping, when I ordered the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE sent to my address, which was then Rock, Va., now Rock, W Va. In the May following I entered the Confederate service and served till the close of the war. I was in prison at Point Lookout, Md., at the time of the surrender, April 9, 1865. I got home July 5, 1865. So you see I lost out on the paper for four years. I was licensed to preach August 18, 1866, and joined the Holston Annual Conference on trial in October, 1867. I am now nearly seventy-seven years old and have been a superannuate for several years. My father kept, for that day, a good library of books and also the Church papers, and nearly all the advantages I had for an early education were from them.
        I am now shut in with my books and fine periodicals and still find great comfort in reading them. I am very weak and nervous, but have tried to give you the foregoing facts. Take them and use them Just as you choose.

Your devoted brother in Christ,



Dear Brother Ivey: I have been married fifty-seven years and do not remember when I was ever without the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE. I may have lost some time during the war when I was in the Confederate army and my little family was dodging the enemy. The ADVOCATE helped me to rear five children and one granddaughter, now a missionary in Mexico, of whom I am proud. All are Christians and read the ADVOCATE. I have in time past placed several new subscriptions and made several renewals in the days of Drs. Summers, McFerrin, Redford, and their successors. I will be eighty-six years old August 13; and if The Lord keep me here eighty-six more years I shall continue the ADVOCATE. I have been superintendent of our Sunday school fifty years, for which I claim no credit, and a regular customer of the Publishing House all of that time. I have enjoyed greatly your editorials on various subjects and especially on the Vanderbilt trouble, as I was greatly interested in the building of that university and was personally in touch with Dr. Garland, Dr. Green, Bishops McTyeire and Kavanaugh. I am trying to throw off the hurt and forget it. May God bless you in your great work!

Fraternally yours,


May 28, 1915 continued

JOHN THOMAS SHARP born Abbeville, S.C., April 15, 1832; died Madison Co., Miss. March 16, 1915; moved with parents to Ga., then to Miss. in 1856; civil engineer; Confederate veteran; farmer, married (1) Sue Ewing, Mar. 28, 1861; (2) Ida Ewing, his sister-in-law; he had 2 daus. 2 sons.

Miss MARY ELIZABETH "Bessie" SMITH born Dawson Co., Ga. May 17 1880; died Belton, S.C., Mar. 31, 1915; her father was a native of N.C. but later lived in Ga. and married a native South Carolinian, Susan, daughter of Capta. MiCajah and Matilda Tarrant Williams of Anderson County; graduate, Winthrop College, 1900; schoolteacher. Her brother, Claude Smith, a Methodist missionary.

GEORGE W. BENNETT born Feb. 13, 1825; died Dec. 1, 1914; moved with parents to Carroll Co., Tenn.; married (1) Nancy M. Edwards; seven children; (2) Mrs. Sarah Nesbitt, 1877.

SALLIE B. STANFIELD daughter of W. G. and Elizabeth Claggett, born Shelbyville, Tenn., Dec 1842; died April 11, 1915; married A. Stanfield, 1862. Children; Henry C., Mary T. Stanfied.


June 4, 1915

Rev. WILLIS J. BROWN born Giles Co., Tenn., Nov. 16, 1835; son of Rev. Davis and Lucy Perry Brown; joined Methodist Church at age 12 years; married (1) Illie Tungett, August 1856; (2) Octa Hopkins, May 1890; died near Pulaski, Tenn. of a stroke, Mar. 9, 1915. Surviving children J. E.; C. H.; Marvin; Mrs. John Beesley; Elizabeth.

ANNIE BRADSHAW, nee Hood, born Fayette Co., Tenn., Mar. 26, 1864; died near Bartlett, Tenn., Feb. 24, 1915; married J. O. Bradshaw, Nov. 24, 1872; no children. Sisters: Bettie Reams, Memphis and Tennie Tatum, Bartlett. Buried in Raleigh, Tenn. cemetery.


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June 11, 1915

MARION DUDLEY BOSWELL dau of Rev. E. B. Ross, born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Nov. 22, 1886; married Wilbur F. Boswell, Oct. 7, 1908; died Decatur, Ala., April 30, 1915.

CORDELIA BURKE TEMPLE born Weakley Co., Tenn., Nov. 18, 1845; daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Burke, the "baby," i.e. last child of eight children; married Joseph Franklin Temple, Jan. 12, 1871; children, Lutie (son) and Mrs. Maud Brann. Died March 10, 1915.

Mrs. JOHN R. REAVES daughter of H. and Sarah Scott Falls; born LaGrange, Tenn., Oct. 10, 1855; died Bolivar, Tenn., May 1915; married John R. Reaves, Jan. 24, 1877; children, Stella, Edward Hugh and an infant who died.

Mrs. ELIZABETH DUGAN died Mobile, Ala., April 26, 1915; a tribute by a Woman's Missionary Society group; undated.

MARTHA ADAMS ELDRIDGE died April 28, 1915; buried in Elmwood Cemetery beside her husband, Judge Thomas D. Eldridge, Memphis, Tenn.


June 18, 1915

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


June 25, 1915

[Transcriber's Note: the first column of the following article was missing the first letter on each line. I did my best to interpret the mission letter but may have made mistakes.]

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A Flaming Evangelist of the Olden Days

        Tall and spare in figure, his arms long, his hands thin and bony, the white locks falling upon his shoulders, and with a face of earnest and intense gaze who could forget such a patriarchal looking individual when once the eye fell upon him? The writer recalls him at a session of the Virginia Conference, many years ago, when this notable figure appeared before the audience and in a most dramatic style sang with feeble voice the old Methodist hymn, "The Old Ship of Zion." Bending under the weight of many years, the old battle-scarred veteran sang, and the scene made a profound impression; and at its close there were not many dry eyes in the congregation. Soon after this impressive episode the grand old preacher laid his armor down and, closing his eyes on earthly objects, went to his heavenly home to sing with the angelic choir. On another occasion at a session of our Conference this great preacher delivered a great sermon, in which he conducted an imaginary class meeting and had the patriarchs and other Biblical characters give their religious experience. It was a very unique and impressive discourse, and I shall never forget how it impressed me at the time it was uttered. The name of this remarkable man was Leonidas Rosser, A.M., D.D., so widely known as an evangelist, author, and preacher in the old days in the South and especially in his native State, the Old Dominion. It is not my purpose to give, of course, full details of his history, but simply to give some of the facts connected with his remarkable success in the Lord's vineyard.
        Leonidas Rosser was born in the city of Petersburg, Va., July 1, 1815, the son of Thomas and Christina Elizabeth Rosser. In 1828 he was converted to God on the steps of the pulpit of old Union Church, in this city, a historic Methodist edifice, being the seat of the first General Conference of the Southern Methodist Church, which met in 1846. He was sent to Wesley Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., where he spent one year and three months, and entered later Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Conn., then under the presidency of the distinguished and saintly Rev. Wilbur Fisk, D.D.
        Dr. Rosser first joined the New York Conference, in the bounds of which he remained nearly two years and where he had fifteen hundred souls converted to God under his ministry. Coming back to his native State, he went regularly into the work of an itinerant minister and began his successful and remarkable career, which extended over a long period of time, until his death, the date of which I cannot recall. The following summary will give the reader some idea of the toils of this unique and gifted man in his Lord's vineyard: For thirteen years or more he was in charge of pastorates; for two years editor of the Richmond Christian Advocate; for about seventeen years he was a presiding elder; for three years a missionary to Ewell's Corps in the Confederate army and within the fortifications around Richmond, during which time he had two hundred soldiers converted under his ministry. For a number of years Dr. Rosser was an evangelist and was greatly successful in winning souls to Jesus. It has been estimated that twenty thousand souls or over were converted under his flaming ministry. He had the evangelistic gift in a wonderful degree, being a powerful preacher and a most earnest worker. In the Richmond Christian Advocate he used to write characteristic accounts of his meetings, and he usually headed these bulletins "Gospel Flights." In these articles his style was terse and epigrammatic, the short, sharp sentences falling from his pen like lurid flashes of lightning. He delighted in the evangelistic work and was never happier than when engaged in a revival service. There is no telling how many stars will deck his crown at the final day of rewards nor how many then will rise up to call him blessed. Grand old hero and herald of the cross! You did a great work, and now you are reaping the glorious reward. But this busy man was not content to labor on districts or preach in pastorates or take gospel flights to win souls for Christ; he published books, some of which had a wide circulation. Here is a list of his published books: "Baptism," "Experimental Religion," "Reply to Howell's 'Evils of Infant Baptism,'" "Class Meetings," "Open Communion," and "Heavenly Recognition." Dr. Rosser also left in manuscript a number of his revival sermons to be gathered into book form, but they were never printed. Surely the character and labors of such a man ought to be familiar to young preachers of to-day, and I believe it would be a good thing if we had a published life of this wonderful man and of others who labored to save souls and build up our beloved Methodism.
        Leonidas Rosser was a man of scholarly attainments, as his numerous books attest; and as a polemical writer and debater he was strong and logical. The pulpit, however, was his throne, where his talents shone most conspicuously. His actions at the sacred desk were highly dramatic, his person picturesque to the verge of weirdness, while the intonations of his powerful voice fell upon the ears of his audience like thunderbolts. We shall in all probability never see the like again of this great herald of the cross. He, like John the Baptist, stirred the crowds to repentance, but he was not an organizer nor a great church builder nor a Church statesman but a wonderful soul saver. "And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever."



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June 25, 1915 continued

Resolutions of respect for ANNIE BRADLEY McCOY wife of James H. McCoy, who died May 26, 1915; by the Birmingham, Alabama Preachers' Meeting; undated.

ALICE McKELVY born May 22, 1870; married B. B. McKelvy, Feb. 5, 1890; children, Murray, Manette, Kalena, Bernice; died May 2, 1915.


July 2, 1915

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


July 9, 1915

Photograph of Rev. JOHN C. ORR, president of Sullins College, Bristol, Va., page 11.

Photograph of Dr. MIFFLIN WYATT SWARTZ, president of Woman's College of Alabama, page 13.

Dr. EUGENE. H. PEARCE born Decatur, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1838; married Annie E. Armstrong, Bloomfield Ky., 1874; graduate, National Normal University, 1865 and Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1867; lawyer; mayor of Carlisle, Ky., 1867-1868; entered the Methodist ministry in 1870; pastored except for tenure was president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1895-1900; died Ky., Nov. 28, 1914; children, Eugene L., Lillian A., Allene A. His great-grandfather (Pearce) was an exile to France from Scotland in 1688; then moved to Lurgan, Ireland, His son, George Pearce, immigrated to American, settling near Philadelphia, Pa. His son, Samuel Pearce, born in 1752, was a soldier in Continental Army, 1777-1779 and the War of 1812. His son, Wesley Pearce, born 1808, died in 1876. His mother was a descendant of Samuel Woods, immigrant, Wales to Carlisle, Pa., thence to Mason Co., Ky. and was also a Revolutionary War soldier.


July 16, 1915

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


July 23, 1915

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Pastor, Church Builder, Preacher, and Author

        Below the medium height, his body tough, elastic and sinewy, his face intelligent, with eyes that kindled and a head covered over with wavy, sand-colored hair, the strands of which, even at an advanced age, were unstreaked with tints of gray, John Ellis Edwards, pastor, church builder, preacher, and author, would have been noticed in any gathering. It is not often that nature bestows so lavishly her gifts on men as she did on this great itinerant, whose abundant labors built up Methodism in North Carolina and Virginia in past years. Think of it-a man over fifty-six years in the itinerant ministry, with scarcely a break during this long period of his active work, and who was never a presiding elder or president of a college! This man of versatile gifts, popular with the people, genial and fascinating in company, eloquent, witty, and interesting in the pulpit and on the platform, while the productions of his exuberant pen in the religious press were eagerly read! John E. Edwards refused tempting honors and stuck to the pastorate. Few men succeed in the pastorate as did this prince of pastors, whose life, if written, would be a profitable study for young preachers of the present day. I like to think of him as I saw him for the first time, over thirty years ago. The marks of age were plainly visible on the splendid physique, but the wonderful intellect was as bright and nimble as ever, and he was as quick to utilize an opportunity to speak for his Lord and the Church as in the days of his early years. His bow abode in strength, and with voice and pen he stood like a sentinel to advocate the truth and expose error. Grand old man! What a debt of gratitude do we of the present day owe him and his contemporaries, who wrought so well and faithfully for Methodism in the early years!
        John Ellis Edwards, A.M., D.D., was born in Guilford County, N.C., September 1, 1814. His father, Thomas Edwards, was of Welsh descent; while his mother, Susannah Edwards, was of Swedish lineage. His early education was received at New Garden Quaker School, where he spent four or five years. In later years, while traveling circuits, Dr. Edwards kept up his studies, becoming so proficient in scholarship that Randolph - Macon College conferred on him the A.M. and D.D. degrees. That young, ambitious preacher, studying books as he campaigned for souls, made an interesting spectacle.
        Taking up the thread of our story, Dr Edwards was converted at Center Camp Ground September 11, 1832, was licensed as a local preacher April 7, 1834, and he traveled as assistant to Rev. Joshua Leigh on the Iredell Circuit the remainder of that year. In February, 1835, he joined the Virginia Conference, which embraced at that time a considerable part of the State of North Carolina. In 1837 the Virginia Conference; and as a result of that division Dr. Edwards became appointed, falling into the territory of the North Carolina Conference; and as a result of that division, Dr. Edwards became a member of the latter, where he spent eight years. In 1838 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Clarke, of Prince Edward County, Va. In his native State he wrought well and successfully, receiving the pitiful sum of $450 as a yearly salary. In 1845, by special request, he was transferred to the Virginia Conference and stationed at Centenary Church, Richmond. Space and time would fail to tell of the successful labors of Dr. Edwards in our chief Virginia cities, where he was so useful and beloved. In Richmond, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Petersburg, and Danville he was wonderfully successful in building churches and conducting revival meetings. This great work he kept up until his death, March 31, 1891, when he fell at his post, dying in the harness, aged seventy-six years and eight months. His end was peaceful. How could it have been otherwise? Like a ripe shock of corn, he was gathered into the heavenly garner and rests from his abundant toils. The last words he uttered were: "All is well."
        For a great many years Dr. Edwards represented the Virginia Conference in the General Conference of his Church. He was the peer of bishops and other great leaders in our Southern Methodism, and his views and counsel in any matter were highly respected. Wielding a facile pen, Dr Edwards frequently contributed to the religious press and was the author of the following books: "Life of Rev John Wesley Childs," "Travels in Europe," "The Confederate Soldier," and "The Log


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Meetinghouse." "Travels In Europe" was written by Dr. Edwards in 1856 while he was pastor in Petersburg, and it is a valuable and interesting volume, written in charming style. While pastor in Petersburg, toward the close of his earthly career, Dr. Edwards had a very serious attack of sickness, which him close to the gates of death. This experience greatly mellowed and touched him, so that afterwards he was more serious and thoughtful of the real issues of life and death. This remarkable man never fell behind the times, but to the last kept in touch with the age in which he lived. But he is gone, and we shall see him no more in our Annual Conference gatherings. He has gone to join the glorious company of his departed comrades W. A. Smith, John Early, Pete Doub, W. B. Rowzie, Robert Michaels, D. S. Doggett, H. B. Cowles, L. M. Lee, and others.
          I close this paper with the following description of Dr. Edwards's preaching from the pen of his friend and contemporary the late J. J. Lafferty: "At the commencement of his career in the ministry he broke away from the custom by rule of thumb, 'the sixteenthly.' The discourse with him became growth, with sap, clusters, and flowers. His ornamented orations met with the rebuke of certain ancient worthies. He has never been noted for submissiveness to official stupidity. He went forward, crowding his sentences with poetic prose. He won the popular verdict, and through his extended life in the Conference the pews had never been empty. He was one of the first preachers of his day to wear a swallow-tailed coat."



MARY LAWSON BLAKE daughter of Andrew and Priscilla Douglas Lawson, born Talladega, Ala., June 4, 1848; married Dr. J. C. Blake, 1870; five daughters; died March 9, 1915.

SHERRELL STONE STEVENSON son of John H. Stevenson, born Nov. 9, 1809, Giles Co., Tenn.; died May 15, 1915. Buried Bee Spring Cemetery.

ANGIE E. RANDLE youngest daughter of "Uncle Johnny" Randle, a revered Methodist preacher died West Point, Miss., May 23, 1915 in residence of her sister, Mrs. N. E. Campbell.

SUE HARRIS GILLESPIE daughter of Bright B. and Sallie Walton Harris, born March 1, 1833; married Graham Gillespie, Oct. 26, 1853; seven children; died April 1, 1915.


July 30, 1915

MICHAEL A. McBRIDE son of William and Rosa McBride, born Lawrence Co., Tenn., Jan. 24, 1855; died June 14, 1915; preceded "to the grave" by his parents and eight siblings; married Etta May English, Nov. 1, 1883; no children.

MARY J. HENDERSON WARREN daughter of Samuel and Rachel Jane Hughes Henderson, born Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 17, 18?? [page wrinkled]; died Franklin, Tenn., May 29, 1915; married W. R. Warren, Dec. 19, 1883.

REBECCA L. HOTCHKISS daughter of Reuben and Elizabeth Thrower Blount, born near Waxham, S.C., Nov. 10, 1831; married (1) Andrew J. Steel (killed in Civil War); children, James W. and Dempsey (died young); (2) Seth Hotchkiss, Feb. 1866; children, two infants, Dr. Norton Royce Hotchkiss (dec), Mrs. Mattie Stewart. Died May 21, 1915.

WILLIE SANDERS son of William and Hattie Sanders, Nolensville, Tenn., died July 3, 1915 aged four years.


August 6, 1915

Along paneygric about Reverend GOLMAN GREEN, written by Peyton A. Sowell, long on praise, short on biographical content, among which: he had moved from Marshall Co., Tenn. to Lawrence Co., Tenn. where he married Mrs. Dony Curry, to whose children he was a "good father." He died in Columbia, Tenn., Oct. 29, 1880. His tombstone was simply inscribed, "Here lies a poor sinner saved by grave." He had been a Methodist preacher for decades in middle Tennessee.

Rev. ALFORD R. SEARS born Maury Co., Tenn., Feb. 14, 1846; died Tyler, Ky., April 9, 1915; buried in Oak Grove Cemetery; son of Thomas R. and Elizabeth R. Sears; enlisted in Confederate army in Sept. 1863, Lawrence Co., Tenn.; paroled in May 1865. He moved to Henderson Co., Tenn. and was licensed to preach; labored in the Memphis Conference; ordained deacon, 1877; ordained elder, 188l. Never a strong man, afflicted with asthma, he filled numerous appointments, including Big Sandy Circuit, Paris Circuit, Palestine Circuit, Farrington Circuit, Wickliffe Circuit; he married Emma McKenzie, Nov. 6, 1867. His brother, Joseph B. Sears (died Pittsburg, Texas, Mar. 6, 1911) and Henry M. Sears (died Mar. 13, 1915) were Methodist preachers.


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ADDELLA HARRISON JOHNSTON born Davidson Co., Tenn., April 8, 1858; married Rev. M. Johnston, Oct. 36, 1875; daughter of Rev. James H. Campbell; twelve children; died recently.

MARTHA H. NORWOOD WHITE born Summerfield, Ala., April 12, 1829; died Mar. 30, 1915; daughter of Daniel H. Norwood; graduate, Summerfield College, June 1845; married A. O. White, June 4, 1845, just after her graduation; no children; lived at the last with her sister in Junction City, Ark. where she died.


August 13, 1915

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GREENFIELD, TENN., July 29, 1915.

I hope you'll pardon my sending at this late day a few lines of congratulation on the Diamond Anniversary of the CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE. I have been a reader of the ADVOCATE for more than sixty-five years. I am the daughter of the late James Crowder, who was born in Wake County, Raleigh, N.C., in 1806, and departed this life November 1, 1878, in Tennessee, Henry County, eight miles northwest of Paris, Tenn. I am his fifth daughter. I was reared in a family altar, and O how I do love the old Methodist doctrine! I am an old-time Methodist. I was taken into the Methodist Church by our beloved patriarch, Rev. J. H. Witt, who died at McKenzie, Tenn., January 1, 1915.


[WATTIE CROWDER married Robert Akers, in Henry County, Tennessee, November 7, 1880]


Tribute to memory of Mrs. J. W. FRAZER; by Auburn Methodist Sunday School; void of anything but praise of a "fair flower."

Resolutions of respect for W. W. HILDEBRAND who died near White-Haven, Tenn., Feb. 11, 1915 aged nearly 78 years; by Second Quarterly Conference, Longstreet-Bethlehem charge, at Forest Chapel dated May 15 1915. He was noted as a "good" husband and father and member of Longstreet Methodist Church.

Prof. H. S. TAYLOR born LaGrange Tenn. April 19, 1852; died Arlington, Texas, June 29, 1915; graduate of University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University; entered the Methodist ministry in 1876; married Minnie Bishop, Nov. 1, 1876; children, W. S., T. H., W. V.

D. L. PERKINS born Memphis, Tenn., Mar. 8, 1853; died there, June 16, 1915; active Methodist layman; husband and father (two sons).

Resolutions of respect for J. N. ANDREWS, recently deceased; by Mississippi Avenue Methodist Church; undated.


August 20, 1915

Mrs. J. ALLISON MOLLOY wife of the pastor of that name, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., Methodist Church, died August 17, 1915 following surgery in Nashville. [Tribute of respect for her, Sept. 10, 1915 issue, page 31; by Woman's Missionary Society, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.; undated]

Mrs. HANEY HEAD daughter of Rev. B. T. Smotherman died Adams, Tenn., August 6, 1915.

Mrs. ISABELLA M. HARDWICK died Cleveland, Tenn., Aug. 4, 1915 in the 80th year of her age.

Rev. WILLIAM A. HANNA son of Samuel and Susan E. Hanna, born Callaway Co., MO, Nov. 1, 1847; served in Co. E, Woods' Battalion Cavalry, Marmaduke's Division, CSA; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, Dec. 8, 1866; he "cast his lot" with the Western Conference organized in 1870; married Mary M. Endler, Dec. 20, 1871; transferred to MO Conference in 1878. Considered to have been a successful preacher, he died recently.


August 27, 1915

Professor H. W. BROWDER, prominent in educational work in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, died Clarksville, Tenn., Aug. 16, 1915; born in Logan Co., Ky. about 60 years ago.

Full-length photograph of Rev. EDWIN J. STANLEY, pioneer in Montana Methodism, page 29.

AMANDA CAROLINE PEARSON wife of Rev. P. A. Pearson, born Sumner Co., Tenn., April 6, 1840; died Monteagle, Tenn., July 12, 1915; daughter of Thomas H. and Sarah Combs Roscoe; her grandfather, Rev. Alexander Roscoe, from N.C., was a pioneer Methodist preach in Tenn.; she married in July 1868; lived in McMinnville, Tenn. for years but in 1895 moved to Nashville; mother of Josephine A. Pearson.


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MARY FLORENCE POWELL born in Ala., July 28, 1841; married Alexander T. Howard, Aug. 20, 1860, native of Conecuh Co., Ala.; ten children, those surviving, H. C., W. B., P. J., Maude. E., Margaret, Alex T. and Mrs. C. W. Moss. Died Mobile, Ala., July 26, 1915.

Tribute of respect for Rev. J. B. MERRITT, father of Rev. D. T. Merritt, who died July 11, 1915; by the Norfolk Preachers' Meeting of which group he had been a valued member; undated.


September 3, 1915

SALLIE HOWARD ELDER born Lebanon, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1853; daughter of William B. and Mariah Rebecca Howard Chrisp; widow of H. M. Elder; died Trenton, Tenn., August 2, 1915.

Mrs. MARY T. HUDSON died recently.

MARY ABIGAIL HALL, nee Tripp, born Haywood Co., Tenn., Oct. 30, 1866; died Lauderdale Co., Tenn., June 3, 1915; married E. M. Hall, Jan. 6, 1892; six children.

JAMES EDWIN HENDRY born in Fla., Jan. 12, 1854; died Ft. Myers, Fla., July 10, 1915; alumnus, Emory-Henry College; married Julia Frierson, 1875; six children. Businessman in Ft. Myers from 1875.


September 10, 1915

Photograph of Rev. GROSS ALEXANDER who died in Long Beach, California, Sept. 6, 1915, page one.

Rev. CALEB SMITH died recently, Tyler, Texas; had he lived until Sept. 14, he would've reached his 91st birthday [1824]; fifty-three years a Methodist preacher in Texas.

Mrs. A. B. JONES died Trenton, Tenn., Sept. 3, 1915. [Obituary, Oct. 8, 1915 issue, page 31]

Dr. D. V. SEAY son of W. M. and Ann Stanfield Seay, born Smith Co., Tenn., Mar. 22, 1831; married Julia Cato, Mar. 22, 1875; one dau., Mrs. Thomas B. Steele, Philadelphia, Pa. Practiced medicine in Rome, Tenn. for years but moved to Nashville, Tenn. to better educate his daughter; he died in Philadelphia, June 21, 1915.

HENRY THEODORE AULT son of Henry and Mary Truslow Ault, born Knoxville, Tenn., July 26, 1848 died in that city, Mar. 23, 1915; married Eliza McClung, Feb. 21, 1872; she died a year after their marriage, leaving a child, Frederick A. Ault. He was cashier and afterwards president of Merchants' Bank, Knoxville; trustee of the Tenn. Deaf and Dumb Asylum; active Methodist layman.

MARY ELIZABETH CRANFORD born Montgomery Co., N.C., Sept. 22, 1838; died July 4, 1915; married John A. Cranford, Aug. 25, 1865; six children.

Dr. JOHN Y. MURRY died Ripley, Miss., July 6, 1915 aged 86 years.

HARRIET NEWELL FARRIS born Fayette Co., Tenn., Sept. 5, 1834; married Washington Farris, Dec. 18, 1850; died Whiteville, Tenn., July 21, 1915; ten children. Daughter of John D. McCarley, native of South Carolina and Annie Edwards McCarley, native of Virginia. Methodists.


September 17, 1915

JOHN McCAULEY DICKSON born Dickson Co., Tenn., June 14, 1842; son of James Corsan and Mary McCauley Dickson, one of thirteen children, three of whom "now" living, Newton, Fagan and Elnora, all of Christian Co., Ky.; in May 1861 he and brother, Newton, enlisted in the 11th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; twice wounded; married Martha E., daughter of S. C. and Maria Batson, Montgomery Co., Tenn., Feb. 5, 1868 (at the same ceremony, his first cousin, John McCauley, married Anne Batson, his wife's sister and the two couples rode horseback to the McCauley home in Hustburg, Tenn.; the Dicksons established their home with his widowed mother but in a year moved to Montgomery Co., Tenn. where they ever afterwards lived). They were active Methodists and he was also a freemason. He died July 27, 1915.

Resolutions of respect for Mrs. JULIAN S. CARR, recently deceased; by commissioners of the Southern Assembly; undated.


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September 24, 1915

Funeral of Reverend GROSS ALEXANDER was held from Broadway Memorial Methodist Church, Louisville, Ky., Sept. 15, 1915. Also, resolutions of respect for him by Louisville Preachers Meeting, of which he had been a member since 1877, except for a few years when he labored in the Tennessee Conference.

Rev. J. H. GRIFFIN born Ark., July 22, 1876; son of Rev. Z. T. Griffin, still living; entered the Methodist ministry; labored in Arkansas Conference, transferring to Los Angeles Conference last October; married Lillie Keith, Oct. 31, 1900; daughters, Marie, Ruth and Dorothy; son, Keith. Died August 12, 1915.

MARY CAMILLA COOKE wife of D. A. Cooke, born Rappahannock Co., Va., Mar. 13, 1855; her paternal lived in Fairfax and Culpaper counties, Va.; after her marriage moved to Jacksonville, Fla. in 1878 where she died August 1, 1915. Children, Virgil D.; Ashton S.; Mosella; Nellie Elizabeth; Mary D. She was a graduate of Wesleyan College, Stanton, Va.; a director of Daniel Memorial Orphanage and president of Home for the Aged.

ELAM CARR HAMILTON born Giles Co., Tenn., Feb. 1, 1842; died Limestone Co., Ala.; May 6, 1915; married S. A. Riddle, Feb. 8, 1871; eight children.

FRANK NOBLIN "a brave little Christian soldier" died recently, aged 7 years.


October 1, 1915

Mrs. W. B. CANDLER, Villa Rica, Ga., was struck and killed by a passenger train, Sept. 23, 1915; wife and mother (four children).

BUHRL WHITE WILLIAMS son of P. Williams, born Hornbeak, Tenn.; died Timon, La., July 1, 1915; as a small boy moved with parents to Covington, Tenn., then in 1914 to La.; having planned to enter the Methodist ministry, still a young man, he was killed in an accident with a runaway horse team.

CLINTON D. SEAT died Medina, Tenn., Aug. 16, 1915 "in the prime and virgor of his manhood."

Rev. ISAAC RYDER born Cheshire, England, Feb. 21, 1854; married Araminta Gallagher, Sept. 21, 1881; children, Ira E.; Arnold; Mrs. Charlotte Ky; Mabel; Grace S. A local Methodist preacher for years he entered the Fla. Conference and also served in the Baltimore Conference for years. Died in Fla., July 28, 1915.

SARAH KNICKBOCKER FRAZER wife of Rev. John W. Frazer, presiding elder of Mobile (Ala.) District; she returned to her childhood home in Iowa, with her infant, in search of health but where she died recently.


October 8, 1915

Photograph of Rev. S. B. Steele, pastor, St. Paul's Methodist Church, Butte, Montana, page 13.

MARY GORDON GATES daughter of Newton and Susannah Gates born Aberdeen, Miss., April 18, 1850; alumnus, Memphis Conference Female Institute, Jackson, Tenn.; married Capt. A. B. Jones, Feb. 8, 1868; died Trenton, Tenn., Sept. 2, 1915. Buried in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson. A dau., Mary Belle; a grandson, A. B. Jones, Jr.

Judge ANDREW J. ABERNATHY son of Charles Clayton Abernathy, born near Pulaski, Tenn., 1834; died Pulaski, June 27, 1915; served in Confederate army; practiced law; elected chancellor of 11th Chancery District for 16 years from 1886; husband and father (four daughters).

HANNAH ALLEN born Hardin Co., Tenn., Jan. 4, 1839; died Feb. 9, 1915; married (1) Jack Allen at the age of 18 years; a son, Elbert Allen, Hot Springs, Ark.; (2) George B. Allen (died 1910); dau., Mrs. Mollie Howell, Mt. Ida, Ark. Buried in Mt. Ida cemetery.


October 15, 1915

Photograph (Page 4) and biographical sketch about Dr. CLARENCE F. REID, born Chenango Co., N. Y., July 19, 1849; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, 1874; served in the Orient as a missionary; twice married; died Erlanger, Ky., Oct. 7, 1915.


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ALLIE FREEMAN wife of Dr. W. D. Freeman, born June 20, 1870; died June 21, 1915; born in Tenn. but reared in Montgomery Co., Ark.; married July 27, 1892; six children.

Resolutions of respect for J. M. DICKSON, recently deceased; by Marvin Methodist Sunday School, of which he had been a superintendent and teacher; undated.

Resolutions of respect for Mrs. ROBERT RODGERS; by a group of "coworkers", Bellbuckle, Tenn.; undated.


October 22, 1915

Mrs. CLARA D. ROTHROCK born in Ky., Nov. 29, 1826; died in Texas, Jan. 14, 1915; daughter of Rev William Kincheloe, a local Methodist preacher.

MARY LOU HARMON born Lexington, Tenn., 1866; married A. W. Harmon, 1889; he died in July 1905, after which she made a home with her mother, Mrs. Amanda J. Taylor, widow of Judge John M. Taylor in Lexington, where she died Sept. 27, 1915. Sister, Daisy. Brother, William, Blytheville, Ark. [Her infant son born June 9, 1890]

MARTHA CATHERINE CARTER, nee Brown, born Feb. 28, 1843; died Milan, Tenn., July 16, 1915; married (1) Jim Lanier (2) Asbury Carter, Oct. 16, 1910; no children. Two sisters, Mrs. Porter Jones and Mrs. Mary Williams.


October 29, 1915

ANNIE DOWNS MADDIN, fifty year member of McKendree Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn., who died in that city, Oct. 20, 1915 in residence of her son, Percy D. Maddin; native of Lawrence Co., Ga.; wife of Dr. J. W. Maddin.

Professor SIM V. WALL born Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 22, 1844; his grandfather, Captain Robert Wilson, veteran of Revolutionary War, married Jean, daughter of General McDowell and moved from N.C. to Tennessee in 1796. His parents were General John Brown Wall and Martha McDowell Wall, he being the last survivor of this couple's eleven children. He enlisted in Confederate army at age 16 years, when he weighed only 95 lbs. School-teacher; married Mamie Jane Comer, 1869; two daus., eight sons.

COSBY CARLISLE CLARDY born near Wytheville, Va., Nov. 29, 1841; married B. F. Clardy, Oct. 1, 1868; died Clarksville, Tenn., April 18, 1915 (having lived with her only dau., Mrs. T. E. Manson).

JOHN TANNAHILL born Fulton, Miss., March 1851; his father was a merchant; his mother died when he was 18 months old. His father moved his family to Ark. but in 1854 moved to Texas; he married Tabitha Hobbs, May 14, 18[page cut off here]; nine children; joined Methodist Church in October 1895.

EDWARD COVINGTON EVANS born Cherokee Co., Texas, Aug. 6, 1873; died near Jacksonville, Texas, July 31, 1915; husband and father (six small children).

JOSEPH NELSON ANDREWS son of Warren and Virginia Andrews; born near Bartlett, Tenn., Dec. 25, 1847; married Mattie Palmer, Sept. 29, 1881; five children. Died Memphis, Tenn., June 25, 1915.

LOUANNA DENNISON BROWN born Aberdeen, Miss., Dec. 1, 1859; moved with family to Texas when she was 8 years old; married Alex Brown, 1881; eight children. Died Ft. Worth, Texas, June 29, 1915.


November 5, 1915

CHARLES F. HARPER born Snow Hill, N.C., July 14, 1832; married Martha Mullen, Columbus, Miss., 1857; five sons; moved to southern California in 1868; died at his home "Ciela Vista" near Los Angeles, Sept. 13, 1915.

Rev. MILUS EDDINGS JOHNSTON born Wilson Co., Tenn., July 26, 1826; son of Oliver Campbell Johnston who moved his family to Jackson Co., Tenn.; licensed to preach as a local Methodist preacher, Aug. 16, 1845 but entered Tenn. Conference as itinerant preacher in 1851 but in 1855 resigned and moved to Madison Co., Ala. where he renewed his ministry; served in


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25th Alabama Inf. Reg., CSA; married Susan A. Ray; two daus., 3 sons; active freemason; his wife died and he married Mrs. Farley, nee Hume; four daughters. Died recently aged 92 years, two months and fourteen days.


November 12, 1915

LIZZIE JOHNSON daughter of J. Leslie and Margaret Elizabeth Johnson, born Monroe Co., Ala., Nov. 5, 1852; married (1) George D. Foster (died Oct. 7, 1872), Oct. 22, 1868; one dau., one son; (2) Rev. T. Y. Abernethy, April 19, 1876; four daus., four sons. Died Aug. 10, 1915.

ELIZABETH NAOMI WHITNEY born April 15, 1849; died May 11, 1915; married (1) Lewis Buzzhart, 1866; one child; (2) J. Mark Whitney, Jan. 11, 187l; four children. Wadesboro, Miss.


November 19, 1915

Photograph of thirty-four new members of Mt. Nebo Methodist Church, Williamsport, Tenn. page 24.


November 26, 1915

Rev. JEREMIAH W. CULLOM, Tennessee Conference, died Wilson, Ark., Nov. 21, 1915 aged 87 years.


December 3, 1915

Bishop DAVID B. MOORE, Methodist Episcopal Church, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1915. Born in Ohio, 1838. "His was a sunny, chivalrous soul" which seems manifested in his photograph, page 5.

Dr. ALLEN GARLAND HALL, faculty member of law department, Vanderbilt University, died in Nashville, Nov. 27, 1915; born Lafayette, Ky., July 12, 1862.


December 10, 1915

Photograph of Rev. F. S. H. JOHNSTON, pastor, Conway, Ark. Methodist Church, page 5.

J. M. RIGGEN born Oct. 17, 1838; died near Leeville, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1915; married (1) Margaret Thompson (died Oct. 23, 1907), Dec. 1, 1855; thirteen children; (2) Lizzie Henry, 1908.

MARY R. KELSEY MOLLOY born Mar. 10, 1871; married Rev. J. Allison Molloy, Jan. 10, 1894; died Nashville, Tenn., August 10, 1915; no children.

MARTHA HARKREADER widow of Major A. G. Harkreader, daughter of J. B. and Mary McClain Vivrett born Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Feb. 1, 1835; granddaughter of Micajah Vivrett, who lost his life in the War of 1812; married July 1855; after the Civil War the Harkreaders moved to Verona, Miss. where she died recently.

JOE CARDWELL EVANS son of Jesse and Sallie Scales Evans born Bedford Co., Tenn., Jan. 10, 1867; died near Hulett, Wyoming, Oct. 1, 1915; moved to Wyoming twenty years ago; schoolteacher married Daisy Hardy, Dec. 16, 1896. Buried in Shelbyville, Tenn.


December 17, 1915

EMELINA VALDES born in Cuba; adopted by an aunt, Mrs. Rosa Valdes, Key West, Fla.; the two of them moved to Tampa, Fla. in 1892. She died Oct. 27, 1915.

JOSEPHINE McCOOL daughter of Rev. J. Calvin Wilson, born Dec. 18, 1870; married T. J. McCool, Dec. 25, 1889; died Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 22, 1915; buried near Dancyville, Tenn.; wife and mother.

Resolutions of respect for Mrs. ROBERTA TAYLOR who died Oct. 10, 1915; by Ladies' Aid Society, Milan, Tenn. Methodist Church, of which she had been a member; undated.


December 24, 1915

ERMEN HEAD, nee Smotherman, born Sumner Co., Tenn., Aug. 10, 1891; graduate, Soule College, 1911; married H. W. Head, Adams, Tenn., May 28, 1914; died August 6, 1915.


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Hon. LEROY L. SMITH, Gates County [state not given], recently deceased.

MARY TAYLOR HUDSON daughter of David M. and Nancy Withers Lee, born Mecklenburg Co., N.C., Nov. 30, 1834; died Shelby, N.C., Aug. 8, 1915; graduate, Greensboro (N.C.) Female College; school teacher; married Rev. Hilary T. Hudson, DD, July 22, 1872; dau., Vernia Lee Hudson died at age of 8 years.

CHARLES WALTER RICHARDSON born Clarksville, Tenn., May 26, 1840; died New York City, Mar. 2l, 1915; "a prince of a man"; civil engineer; married Ella Rice; six children.


December 31, 1915

Rev. SAMUEL M. HOSMER, DD, Alabama Conference, died Brundidge, Ala., Dec. 24, 1915; nearly fifty years a Methodist preacher.


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