By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002


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July 3, 1886

Rev. JOHN NOBLE, Pilot Point, Texas, born May 27, 1813; died May 25, 1886; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1848; went to Indian territory as a missionary and taught there for several years, then moved to Texas.

J. T. BRENTS born April 9, 1850; died May 15, 1886.

ANN MARIA NELSON, nee Smith, married Martin Nelson, Mar. 13, 1823; 11 ch.; died April 17, 1886.


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DAVID A. WILKINS born Ky., June 18, 1815 of South Carolina-born parents; a brother, Franklin Wilkins, was still living and another brother, William Wilkins, was a well-known Cumberland Presbyterian preacher in Collin Co., Texas; he left home at age 16 years, winding up in Aberdeen, Miss. where he married Ann Elizabeth Wartington; 2 children: Mrs. Mary Ellen Loury, California and a son, Cyrus A., who died in POW Camp Douglas during Civil War; moved to Madisonville, Ky., then to Wilson Co., Tenn. where he married India Hooper; 2 children: Dr. C. A. Wilkins, Denison, Tex. and Mrs. Reta Hoffer, Denison, Tex.; in 1849 he went to Calif. during the gold rush but returned to Cheatham Co., Tenn.; in 1871 went to Clarksville and kept a hotel there but moved on to Nashville; then in 1881 went to Texas; died in that state from a painful facial cancer, May 1, 1886. Cumberland Presbyterian.

ANDREW J. SIMMONS born middle Tenn., Feb. 27, 1814; married Harriet Baird, Oct. 30, 1836; moved to Gibson Co., Tenn. in 1839 where he died, on his farm, Dec. 21, 1885; 2 surviving children.

AMBROSE KNOX RAMSEY son of Matthew and Ann (Scurlock) Ramsey, born Chatham Co., N.C., Jan. 22, 1795; died Meridian, Miss., Dec. 1, 1885; married Ann Graves Yancy of Caswell Co., N.C., Oct. 7, 1817; she died Jan. 18, 1858; he married Susan Ramsey, July 1863. In the spring of 1831 he moved to Marengo Co., Ala., then to Sumter Co. in 1848; after death of his second wife he went to live with his son, Colonel J. M. Ramsey in Meridian, Miss.; twice elected to the North Carolina legislature [N.C. House of Commons, 1824, 1826].

W. E. DRENNAN born Camden, S.C., Feb. 14, 1813; moved to Columbia, S.C.; married C. E. Muse, March 1837; 9 children; moved to Madison Co., Miss. in 1852 and in 1859 to Attala Co., Miss. where he died Jan. 21, 1886.

EMMA WHEELER daughter of James and Hattie Hayes, born in Ky. twenty-five years ago; moved away from there when young; at Ft. Smith, Ark. married James T. Wheeler; they moved into the Choctaw Nation, three miles from the Texas line; died June 7, 1886.

Mrs. ELIZA COLLIER born Mar. 1818, Stevenport, Ky.; her mother died when she was young and she was reared by a grandmother in Kentucky; died Yell Co., Ark., June 8, 1886.

HATTIE JULINA DAILY daughter of Benjamin F. and Julina Drake, born Davidson Co., Tenn., Nov. 24, 1866; married Samuel R. Dailey, Dec. 30, 1884; died Feb. 2, 1886.

JAMES ARMSTRONG WORD born Bedford Co., Tenn., Oct. 22, 1846; moved in the fall of 1857 with his parents to Gibson Co., Tenn.; joined Colonel Russell's regiment, CSA in 1863 and was wounded seriously at Tishomingo Creek, Miss.; later farmed; died Lee Co., Ark., Feb. 24, 1886.

OWEN WELBURN HARWELL son of James and Lorena Harwell, born Oct. 25, 1885; died May 28, 1886.

INFANT SON of L. P. and S. I. CAMERON born and died June 26, 1885.

LAMISA JACKSON wife of John W. Jackson, Rutherford Co., Tenn., died June 19, 1886.


July 10, 1886

Tribute of Respect for Rev. LEVIN M. LEWIS who died May 28, 1886; by First Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas of which he had served as a pastor; undated.

Rev. J. E. VERNOR born Bedford Co., Tenn., Jan. 14, 1819; died April 14, 1886; local Methodist preacher in No. Ala. and Texas conferences; married C. C. Price of Jackson Co., Ala., Oct. 1, 1844; 5 children; licensed to preach in Methodist Church Jan. 21, 1860; ordained deacon, October 1866; ordained elder, Dec. 4, 1871.

MARY THOMAS, nee Reeves, born Orange Co., N.C., Dec. 28, 1803 and moved with parents to Rutherford Co., Tenn. when she was three years old; married Anthony Thomas, July 5, 1845; he died Oct. 13, 1855; had a dau., now the wife of Z. T. Crouch; she died Aug. 18, 1885.

Mrs. ANN E. WARREN daughter of James S. and Mary Williams died June 6, 1886.


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MAGGIE ANN EVANS wife of H. F. Evans, daughter of Waller and Elizabeth Owens, born Randolph Co., Ala., Mar. 7, 1842; died Clay Co., Ala., Feb. 6, 1886; wife and mother.

MILLEY LATHRUM, nee Scruggs, born Marion Co., Tenn., Jan. 28, 1839; died Grundy Co., Tenn., June 5, 1886; wife and mother (3 children).

HARRIS BRADFORD COPE born Warren Co., Tenn., April 1, 1810; married Sarah Tipton, Nov. 29, 1830; she died Aug. 22, 1882 and he died May 26, 1886; 6 children.

WILLIAM E. ELLINGTON son of Jesse and Nancy Ellington, born Prince Edward Co., Va., Feb. 20, 1817 and taken to live in Cumberland Co., Ky. before he was a year old; married (1) Sarah Gaines, May 28, 1846; 2 children; (2) Eliza Dicken; 3 children; he died August 11, 1885.

ADDIE WALSTON daughter of James and Harriet Walston born July 17, 1858; died near Oakland, Ala., April 26, 1886.

JESSE THOMAS HOSKINS born Jefferson Co., Ky., Aug. 3, 1829; moved to Hardin Co., Ky. in 1852, supporting his widowed mother and younger sisters; married Mary Thornberry, Jan. 16, 1871; two sons, aged 12 and 7 years; he died June 13, 1886.

LAURA ANN CHILDERS wife of Wilson Childers, daughter of James R. and Elizabeth Brooks, born Feb. 7, 1825, Gallatin Co., Ky.; died May 12, 1886.

SALLIE A. PARCHMAN wife of J. J. Parchman, died near Cumberland City, Tenn., May 11, 1886 in her 34th year of age; wife and mother.

JOSEPH C. DRAPER born July 29, 1857; died Feb. 12, 1886; married Fannie Fryar, daughter of Dr. James and Martha Fryar, east Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 3, 1878; joined Methodist Church June 9, 1872

J. J. COCHRAN born Lincoln Co., Tenn., May 1, 1838; died Henretta, Texas, May 13, 1886; married in 1873.

EMMA CLARK only daughter of T. A. Clark born Aug. 25, 1875; died April 25, 1886.

HARRIET C. DIXON born DeKalb Co., Ala., Oct. 26, 1842; married Dr. R. H. Dixon, Jan. 18, 1860; moved to Ark. in 1882; died May 1, 1886; 4 children.

J. H. DUNCAN son of James and S. P. Duncan, born Hardeman Co., Tenn., Oct. 11, 1833; married R. E. Bailey, Dec. 1866; died near Saulsbury, Tenn., June 1, 1886; husband and father.

JOHN ROBERT ROSEBERRY son of J. R. and Laura Roseberry died Wharton, Texas, June 10, 1886 aged 1 year, 2 months and 18 days.


July 17, 1886

CASWELL HALL born "on the banks of the Little Tennessee River" in 1808; died 12 miles from his birthplace, June 4, 1886; youngest of nine children; married Mary Ann Thompson of Blount Co., Tenn. in 1828; 3 daus., 3 sons.

MARY A. IGON, nee Skillern, born Mar. 22, 1810; married General Samuel Igon in Bledsoe Co., Tenn. in 1828; died Loudon Co., Tenn., July 22, 1885; 2 daus., 1 son.

SOULE SEMMES SCARBOROUGH born July 29, 1862; died May 22, 1884; attended Vanderbilt University but left due to ill-health.

EMMA A. HORNBEAK, nee Cash, born Oxford, Miss., July 14, 1847; married F. B. Hornbeak, July 1, 1866; died May 25, 1886, consumption, Obion Co., Tenn.; a music teacher.

CARRIE BEATY, nee McCaul, died Lynnville, June 5, 1886 in her 29th year of age; wife of E. T. Beaty; granddaughter of Rev. M. L. Andrews, dec.; born and reared in Williamson Co., Tenn.; left three small children.

R. C. SHERRILL born Wilson Co., Tenn., Aug. 7, 1824; died Dec. 13, 1885; married Mary Bell, Mar. 22, 1840.


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ELIZABETH BURK, nee Ledsinger, born Sumner Co., Tenn., Nov. 23, 1811; married Lewis Burk, June 12, 1827; moved to Weakley Co., Tenn. in 1838 where she died recently; 8 children.

R. C. SHERRILL born Wilson Co., Tenn., Aug. 7, 1824; died Dec. 13, 1885; married Mary Bell, Mar. 22, 1840.

SAMUEL EARLE GRACE son of Dr. F. M. Grace, president of Mansfield [Louisiana] Female College; died Humboldt, Tenn., June 11, 1886 in his 25th year of age; school-teacher; married.

BEULAH NICHOLS daughter of Rev. G. W. and Arena Nichols, born Dickson Co., Tenn., Nov. 19, 1863; died June 18, 1886.

MATTIE LELIA ALEXANDER daughter of Chesterfield and Mary Sherrill, born Nov. 1, 1861; married W. P. Alexander, Aug. 1, 1880; 3 sons; died Mar. 20, 1886.

EMMA J. HERRON daughter of T. E. and Z. A. Farrar, born Shelby Co., Tenn., May 17, 1856; married Theophilus Herron, Feb. 22, 1877; died June 15, 1886.

LUCY ANN WINFIELD born Sussex Co., Va., Feb. 16, 1816; married (1) Samson Lane, Dec. 1838; (2) George Tarwater, Dec. 1844; died Mason, Tenn., June 13, 1886.

WILLIAM JAMES HOWARD born Greenville Dist., S.C., Oct. 14, 1806; became a lawyer and practiced law in Decatur, Ga.; married Mary Helburn, 1831; moved to Benton Co., Ark. in 1840 where he died June 12, 1886.


July 24, 1886

Captain WILLIAM BALLENTINE son of Andrew M. and Mary Ballentine; born Pulaski, Tenn.; died there at age 54 years; his father was a native of Ireland; his mother was a daughter of John Goff; he was a merchant and banker; served in the state legislature and held other important positions. [In the BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, edited by R. M. McBride, 1979, volume one, pages 39-40, it is recorded that William F. Ballentine was born August 24, 1832; married Sarah Leatherwood, Oct. 11, 1853; served in the House of Representatives from Giles County, 1883-1885; died June 29, 1886. ]

ELIZABETH WALLER MURRELL, nee Davis, born Va., Mar. 28, 1809; married Rev. Jesse P. Murrell in 1838; died Bowling Green, Ky., May 15, 1886.

GREENE B. TIDWELL born Aug. 14, 1816; died Nov. 9, 1884. SARAH (PILKINTON) TIDWELL, born May 1, 1821; died August 18, 1885. They were married July 23, 1850.

MARY A. C. LAXON born Mar. 30, 1828; died June 4, 1886. [It may be suggested that this surname was actually CLAXON.]

MARY SALE JETTON daughter of C. W. and Martinia Jetton, born Oct. 26, 1869; died Calloway Co., Ky., June 21, 1886 having been bitten by a mad dog and she suffered horribly.

CORNELIA FAWKS born Dec. 30, 1862; married Nov. 22, 1883; died April 6, 1886.

NANNIE TRAVIS born Weakley Co., Tenn., May 21, 1860; died Mar. 22, 1886.

J. A. BLYTHE born Northampton Co., N.C., July 28, 1814; died April 6, 1886; moved to Tenn. when young.

THOMPSON MITCHELL born Jefferson Co., Ky., July 3, 1819; died near Hartford, Ky., Sept. 19, 1885.

ALLIE F. WINFREY daughter of E. F. and F. J. Pettigrew, born Morristown, Tenn., Feb. 1863; married Jo. B. Winfrey, April 14, 1884; 1 child; died Adair Co., Ky., Mar. 26, 1886.

MARIANA PAFFORD daughter of David and Nancy Pafford born June 13, 1868; died June 10, 1886.

H. MILDRED NEEDHAM, nee Klinglesmith died June 23, 1886 aged 23 years, 6 months and 24 days, Grayson Co., Texas; married Ezra Needham.

MARY ANN ELIZABETH REID wife of B. F. Reid, died June 25, 1886.


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MAGGIE P. FITZPATRICK daughter of Benjamin F. and Minerva Fitzpatrick, born Culleoka, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1860; married Henry Z. Gardner and moved to Nashville, Tenn. where she died May 25, 1886.

Tribute of Respect for BRAXTON son of Rev. John M. and Nettie VICKERS, Cherokee Co., Ala., who died June 1, 1886.; by a Sunday School; undated.

THOMAS BARNET ALLISON born July 9, 1830; married Mary Chapman, Mar. 8, 1851; died Shelbyville, Tenn., June 18, 1886; husband and father.

LAURA F. WOOD daughter of G. F. and M. A. Wood, born Oct. 4, 1877; died Sept. 12, 1885.

BETTIE STOKES, nee Johnson, died "a few days ago."


July 31, 1886

HANNAH BUSKIRK COCHRAN born now-Spencer Co., Ky., April 15, 1798; married John Cochran, June 20, 1822; 7 children, 2 daus., 2 sons surviving her; died Spencer Co., Feb. 1, 1886.

SARAH A. CARLETON born Panola Co., Miss., July 24, 1836; married James E. Carleton, Dec. 29, 1853; moved to Sardis, Miss. in 1880; died there June 27, 1886; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

ROSA LOWE born Montgomery Co., Tenn., July 31, 1804; married Washington Lowe, Dec. 15, 1825; 13 children, only 3 surviving her; died Nashville, Tenn., June 1, 1886.

EVIRA GARNER wife of William Garner, Chilton Co., Ala., daughter of James and Mary Mayhew; married Dec. 12, 1838; she died April 17, 1886 aged 72 years and 7 months old.

MARY ELIZABETH WAGNER born Jan. 15, 1849; married Samuel S. Montgomery, Feb. 26, 1874; died Franklin Co., Tenn., Jan. 28, 1886; 1 dau.

MARGARET ELIZABETH ADAMS born Mar. 4, 1858; married William A. Bryant, Dec. 9, 1880; died Mar. 26, 1886; 1 dau., 1 son.

MARY EMMA McDONALD daughter of W. A. and Julia McDonald, born July 3, 1885, Weakley Co., Tenn.; moved with her parents to Texas in the fall of 1885; died April 28, 1886.

VIRGINIA A. TATTY wife of B. A. Tatty, daughter of E. R. and Tabitha Atchison, born March 30, 1848; died near Camden, Tenn., June 23'1886; 5 children; one, Jo E., killed when a tree fell on him [age 15 years], September 18, 1885. [This surname is properly spelled TOTTY. Virginia Atchison married Bolen A. Totty in Benton County, Tenn., September 1, 1867. ]

Tribute of Respect for JOHN P. GAITHER who was born Oct. 7, 1830; died June 24, 1886; by the Methodists at Jones Chapel, Williston, west Tenn.; undated.

SUSAN ALURA JONES daughter of Rev. James E. and J. A. Jones, born Marshall Co., Miss., June 29, 1868; died Denton, Texas, June 4, 1886.

MATTIE A. STRINGER daughter of Thomas and Lucy Stringer, born Robertson Co., Tenn., July 23, 1859; died there, June 18, 1886.

C. C. SINCLAIR born Robeson Co., N.C.; died June 14, 1886 aged 72 years.

ALVIN J. MORRIS son of Colonel W. P. and E. J. Morris, born Sept. 22, 1844; died in lunatic asylum, near Nashville, Tenn., June 4, 1886; married Ann Hill, May 2, 1865; husband and father.

Tribute of Respect for JACOB HILEMAN, deceased; by a Sunday School of which he had been a. supporter; undated.

MAUD BARMER daughter of Willis and Belle Barmer died May 27, 1886 aged 8 mos., 8 days old.

ANNIE RULEMAN daughter of William and Amanda Ruleman, born Shelby Co., Tenn., Aug. 31, 1873; died July 3, 1886.

MARY A. HOMER wife of J. P. Homer, daughter of T. J. and Nannie Braden, born Mar. 22, 1866; died May 11, 1886; lived in Waverly, Tenn.


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LAWRENCE W. FARRIS died Middleton, MO, June 10, 1886 aged about 5 years.

IRA SCARBROUGH son of J. W. and E. M. Scarbrough born Perry Co., Tenn.; died Jacksonville, Fla., recently, aged 22 years, 7 months and 19 days old.


August 7, 1886

Rev. W. P. BARTON. No. Miss. Methodist Conference, died 8 miles east of Memphis, Tenn., July 27, 1886 of malarial fever; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.

SARAH RALSTON daughter of Archer and Elizabeth Jordan, born Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 24, 1800; married Alexander Ralston, Feb. 5, 1818; 5 step-daughters; died May 6, 1886, Ralston, Tenn.

MARTHA D. LYON, nee Wolfolk [Woolfolk] born Jackson Co., Tenn., Sept. 15, 1805; married James Lyon of Carthage, Tenn. in 1824 and moved to Jackson, Tenn. in 1825 where she died July 1, 1886; lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. B. L. Rozell.

GEORGE H. BOOROM born Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 20, 1839 and soon moved south to Carroll Co., Ky.; Confederate veteran; married Laura G. Reeder, Oct. 25, 1866; lived in several locations, finally in Logan, Kansas; died of accidental wounds when thrown from a stage, Dec. 11, 1885; burial in Carrollton, Ky.

MARTHA A. SAWYER wife of Coston Sawyer; daughter of Elijah and Nancy Robertson, born Sept. 13, 1828; died July 3, 1886; married (1) Abraham Stevens (died Sept. 29, 1864), June 29, 1848; 5 children; (2) Jesse Jordan (died April 18, 1881); (3) Sawyer, Sept. 5, 1883.

ELIZABETH H. GREGORY born May 24, 1800; died Tazewell Co., Va., June 7, 1886; married John K. Gregory in 1816; he died May 28, 1843 leaving her with 6 daus. and 9 sons; moved to Tazewell County in 1845; a large progeny.

LEMIZA S. JACKSON wife of John W. Jackson, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Feb. 1, 1842; died June 19, 1886.

JOHN BRAXTON VICKERS son of Rev. John M. and Mary Vickers, born Tallapoosa Co., Ala., Sept. 12, 1870; died Cherokee Co., Ala., June 1, 1886.

RUTHA TAYLOR wife of W. P. Taylor, born Nov. 7, 1811; married Mar. 23, 1838; died June 6, 1886; 6 children, 3 surviving her.

SARAH E. CANNON daughter of Jesse and Mary Cannon, Georgetown, Ky., who married Minor Cannon in 1848; 3 daus., 1 son; died June 10, 1886 in her 61st year of age.

Mrs. FANNY CUTRELL born Jan. 12, 1812; died July 6, 1886; wife and mother.

NANNIE A. WESSON wife of Dr. I. A. Wesson, born Aug. 23, 1856; died June 26, 1886; married in 1875; lived in Wingo, Ky. for several years.

Mrs. OLIVER P. STROTHER daughter of Sanford Owen; born Henry Co., Ky., July 8, 1824; married Oct. 21, 1847; died Trimble Co., Ky., June 17, 1886; wife and mother.

SALLIE HENRIETTA COLLEY daughter of Thomas W. and Ann Colley, died May 13, 1886 aged 1 year, 27 days. Her sister, ELLA RYAN COLLEY died June 13, 1886 aged 4 years, 10 mos., 13 days.


August 14, 1886

Rev. L. M. McGehee of San Antonio, Texas lost two daughters [they died]; they were Fanny, 9 years old, died June 22, 1886; Alice, in her 21st year, died June 29, 1886.

ELIZABETH L. PARISH born Walton Co., Ga., June 22, 1843; died near Lebanon, Ala., April 12, 1886; wife of T. C. Parish.

JACOB HILEMAN born Cabarrus Co., N.C., Dec. 17, 1812; his parents, Jacob and Catherine Hileman, were Germans from Pa.; he married Mary Dunlap, Jan. 10, 1839; moved to Benton Co., Ark., 1855, settling on Pea Ridge died June 20, 1886.


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MARY PETERS COBB daughter of Tobias and Elizabeth Peters, born Anderson Co., Tenn., April 16, 1813; married James M. Cobb, Nov. 6, 1834; moved to LaFayette Co., MO in 1835; 13 children; died July 6, 1886.

Tribute of Respect for W. A. SLAUGHTER who died April 27, 1886 in her eighties of age; by Third Quarterly Conference, Van Buren Circuit, No. Alabama Conference; undated.

AUGUSTA E. SNYDER daughter of Marcellus Keene, born Caroline Co., Md., April 1, 1815; died Southland, Ky., July 7, 1886; married (1) John W. Webb, May 28, 1833; children: Charles H., John W., George W., Juliette R.; (2) John Snyder, 1851. A sister, Mrs. Juliette R. Merritt survived her also.

Mrs. EMILY F. OWEN born Fayette Co., Ky., Oct. 24, 1820; died Shelbyville, Ky., Aug. 27, 1885; 8 children.

CLARA BRANSFORD daughter of B. H. and M. E. Bransford, born Aug. 16, 1867; died July 9, 1886.

MARY A. STRATTON, nee Grimes, born Logan Co., Ky., Apr. 13, 1842; married J. E. Stratton, Mar. 24, 1864; died Lebanon, Tenn., May 28, 1886.

B. MAURY De GRAFFENREID born near Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 4, 1859; died July 5, 1886; graduate, Webb School at Culleoka and attended Southwestern and University of Tennessee; health failed in 1884.

MATTIE STREET daughter of W. H. and Mary Rees, born July 21, 1854; married J. W. Street, Jan. 26, 1875; died Lincoln Co., Tenn., Jan. 17, 1886; wife and mother.

NANCY CARTER daughter of James and Lucinda Buchanan born July 7, 1812; died June 9, 1886.

M. F. POLLOCK, nee Dickey, born Texas, July 22, 1859; died near Cedar Hill, Tenn., Jan. 27, 1886.

THORNTON BASCOM CRAIG son of J. D. and S. M. Craig, born July 8, 1884; died Feb. 4, 1886.

FANNIE ORANGE PENNINGTON born Maury Co., Tenn., 1847; married A. M. Pennington, Sept. 23, 1875; died July 3, 1886.

JAMES R. HESTER born Granville Co., N.C., Oct. 10, 1798; died Lincoln Co., Tenn., Dec. 21, 1885; married Elizabeth Gill and moved to Tennessee about 1827.

MARY GANAWAY wife of Jasper H. Ganaway born Jan. 22, 1853; died June 8, 1886.

ELLEN T. HEAD, nee Spence, born Oct. 20, 1846; died June 24, 1886.

R. W. CRAIG, nee Scott, born Mar. 26, 1842; married N. H. Craig, Apr. 27, 1865; died recently.

Mrs. ELIZABETH HENDRIX born Montgomery Co., Tenn., July 1, 1810; died July 7, 1886; burial in Oakwood Churchyard, Hickman Co., Ky.


August 21, 1886

Mrs. SARAH CATHARINE RUSSELL WOLFE born Culpeper Co., Va.; moved with her family to Winchester, Va.; died there, July 3, 1886 in her 76th year of age.

Dr. J. W. DODD, recent professor of Latin at Vanderbilt University, died Frankfort, Ky., August 15, 1886. [The Sept. 18, 1886 issue, page 13, notes that a movement was at hand to erect a monument to the memory of Professor James William Dodd.]

SARAH McFERRIN died Collierville, Shelby Co., Tenn., July 8, 1886 aged about 70 years; married (1) Robert Waters, 1833 and about forty years ago moved with him from their native S.C. to Collierville. (2) Rev. W. M. McFerrin, Feb. 4, 1880.

SOLOMON D. HUNT born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Aug. 17, 1828; died April 20, 1886; married Anne Lyle, April 2, 1851.

MILLIE V. COX daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth English, born Cumberland Co., Ky., June 29, 1859; died Adair Co., Ky., June 4, 1886; married A. B. Cox, September 25, 1882.


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The Octogenarian Member of the Memphis Conference.

            MR. EDITOR: Among the notable visitors to our late District Conference at Saulsbury, Tenn. was the Rev. Thomas J. Neely, who is now more than eighty years old. He has been more than sixty years a Methodist preacher, first in the Methodist E. Church, and, after the disruption and until now, a member of the Methodist E. Church, South-all the time true to God and his Church.
            I well remember hearing him preach at a place called Shady Grove, in Henderson county, Tenn., when I was a boy. He was then young and strong, well dressed in the old Methodist costume, round-breasted coat and all, hair combed sleek and turned to one side, and, altogether, good-looking. There was a large gathering of the people many more than could be accommodated in the little meeting house, and it was arranged for one of the preachers to occupy the house while Brother Neely took a rude stand hastily improvised in the grove. And what a voice he then had! It was trumpet-like, and it sounded and reverberated as if it filled all the woods round about. I can't describe it; but I reckon I have thought about it a thousand times during the roll of more than fifty years, and I still love to think about it as one of the bright spots in the memories of the past.
            But what of Brother Neely now? And how did be appear at the District Conference above-mentioned? Well, he has grown old in the service of God and the Church. He is now, in his physical man, bowing under the weight of more than four-score years and great personal affliction, while the inward and spiritual man is being renewed day by day, so that he is strong in spirit, giving glory to God, and hence full of faith and the Holy Ghost. His voice, though not equal to what it was sixty years ago, has been wonderfully preserved. He still sings and loves to sing the good old Methodist songs with power and good effect, and, as it were, prays right up into heaven.
            We were greatly edified with his visitations and labors at our meeting. We are always glad to meet Brother Neely. He is full of talk, abounds in anecdotes and incidents of the good old times, in the days of class meetings, camp-meetings, etc., and herein serves as a connecting link, in the way of contrast, between the past and the present. When he and a few others are gone there will be very little known of old Methodism, except from the page of history. The times have very much changed from what they were fifty years ago, and Methodism has changed with them, so that there is very little remaining of what it used to be. Time has proved that Isaac Taylor, in writing his book on "Wesley and Methodism," was something of a prophet. I did not believe it when I read it, but I have lived to see mach of it fulfilled. Still there is much that is good remaining in Methodism, and may God overrule all things for the good of our beloved Church. T. L. BOSWELL

[Reverend THOMAS JEFFERSON NEELY, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Dec. 23, 1803; son of Major John Neely; died Hardeman Co., Tenn., August 11, 1890; licensed to preach in 1822; one of the charter members of the Memphis Annual Conference in 1840; thrice married. See, NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, Nov. 15, 1890. ]

MARY J. CAMPBELL born Mar. 20, 1826; married T. J. Campbell, Nov. 22, 1844; "large family"; died July 16, 1886.

SADIE COLLIE daughter of David and Rosa Collie, died Trigg Co., Ky., July 14, 1886.

Colonel WILLIAM P. WILKERSON, Giles Co., Tennessee, born N.C., Feb. 3, 1822; died June 27, 1886; married Fannie Hughes of Maury Co., Tenn. in 1859.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. NANNIE WESSON who died June 26, 1886; by the Sunday School of the Wingo, Ky. Methodist Church, of which he had been a member; undated.

WILLIAM M. McDANELL born Harrison Co., Ky., Mar. 27, 1833; with father, John McDanell, moved to Gallatin Co., Ky. in 1839 where he ever afterwards lived; died recently.

ANNIE J. COGINS, nee Moore, born Troup Co., Ga., Feb. 6, 1867; died May 9, 1886.

WILLIAM POWELL GODWIN only child of Dr. William and Ellen Godwin, born June 12, 1885; died July 18, 1886.

EUSTACIA SIMMONS ROBERTS died Warren Co., Tenn., June 24, 1886.

PATIENCE KATHARINE TURNER born Nov. 25, 1812; married William A. Williams, Aug. 25, 1830; died July 12, 1886.

VENIA WEDDINGTON, nee Trail, born Nov. 5, 1854; married W. H. Weddington, Aug. 5, 1885; died June 18, 1886; had taught school.

WILLIAM PETERSON son of Garnett and Nancy Peterson, born Marion Co., Ky., Sept. 30, 1811; died recently.

JAMES BENNET FIELDING born Robertson Co., Tenn., July 26, 1861; died June 28, 1886.

The Shady Grove meetinghouse, mentioned in the Neely article was located about .1 mile off Poplar Sprs. Juno Road near Juno, Henderson Co., Tenn. All that is there now is an abandoned graveyard; a once very popular place of worship and gathering for camp-meetings.


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JAMES BENNETT FIELDING born Robertson Co., Tenn., July 26, 1861; died June 28, 1886.

SAVANNAH LAVINIA BRODIE daughter of Henry and Maria Neblett, born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Nov. 1, 1827; died July 1, 1886; married Dr. C. A. Brodie, June 23, 1842; obituary submitted by her son, W. T. Brodie.

HELEN MARY CADE wife of James W. Cade, daughter of Richard and Kitty Neale Miles, born Livingston Co., Ky., Oct. 26, 1825; married Cade on April 29, 1846; died in Smithland, Ky., July 15, 1886; consumption.

Miss JOSIE NEEL born Sept. l1, 18_8 [smeared]; died Coffee Co., Tenn., July 26, 1886.

LIZZIE WATSON, step-daughter of Rev. M. J. Holifield, born Feb. 24, 1867; died July 6, 1886.

Mrs. MARY SMITH born Feb. 22, 1848; died July 20, 1886.

JAMES A. GIBSON born Lee Co., Va.; at age of 4 years moved with his parents to MO; he moved to Oregon in 1872; died June 21, 1886.

Mrs. R. J. GUTHRIE born and reared near Brownsville, Tenn.; died July 6, 1886.

Miss UNITY VICTORIA SPENCE born April 3, 1860; died July 31, 1885.

WILLIAM HANCOCK WOODSON born Sept. 12, 1885; died June 17, 1886.

HOWARD B. MATTHEWS born Bourbon Co., Ky., July 24, 1845; died Bardstown, Ky., July 9, 1886.

SADIE only child of Hugh M. and Jane TUCKER born Dec. 4, 1885; died July 28, 1886.


August 28, 1886

MARTHA E. PITTS daughter of Josiah Britt, born Murfreesboro, N.C., Mar. 5, 1813; moved with parents to Sumner Co., Tenn. when she was four years old; married Rev. Fountain E. Pitts, "a young, eloquent and popular preacher," March 24, 1827; died Aug. l4, 1886; 10 children, 5 surviving her; died recently; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.

CALVIN K. SELLERS son of William and Elender Sellers born Buncombe Co., N.C., Nov. 20, 1818; died Butler Co., Ala., June 23, 1886; in childhood moved from N.C. to Ala.; married Elizabeth Talbot in 1836; 2 daus., 10 sons, 6 of whom died in infancy; active Methodist layman.

FRANCES M. A. LOWREY, nee Croft born Greenville Dist., S.C., Jan. 16, 1837; moved with parents to DeKalb Co., Ala. in 1858; married Rev. A. N. Lowrey, Mar. 31, 1860; died July 19, 1886; 6 ch.

A. J. SUTHERLAND, nee Gilliland, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Aug. 17, 1815; died Franklin Co., Ark., June 10, 1886; joined Methodist Church in Haywood Co., Tenn. in 1837; married Geo. W. Sutherland, Nov. 13, 1838; 11 children.

AMANDA M. COLE, nee Bondurant, born Davidson Co., Tenn., Feb. 14, 1804; died Denton, Tex., July 26, 1886 in residence of son-in-law, Colonel R. W. Pitman, "full of industry and sound sense."

MATILDA B. KEOWN, nee Alexander, born Elbert Co., Ga., Feb. 16, 1814; died Noxubee Co., Miss., July 1, 1886.

Colonel PETERSON W. KEY born Jan. 18, 1806; died Sumner Co., Tenn., July 26, 1886; moved from N.C. to Tenn. "a great many years ago" and served as a colonel in the Fla. [Seminole] War; intensely "southern" in his views.

THOMAS C. WINFRY born Cumberland Co., Ky., Mar. 1, 1830; died Adair Co., Ky., July 23, 1886; married Virginia Saufley, Feb. 12, 1852; a lawyer.

LOCKY S. MURRELL wife of Rev. S. L. Murrell, Louisville Methodist Conference, born Adair Co., Ky., Nov. 12, 1815; married April 26, 1838; died Horse Cave, Ky., July 27, 1886 after a third stroke.

Tribute of Respect for JOHN W. COLEMAN, now deceased; by Lebanon, Tenn. Sunday School, of which he had been a member; undated.

Mrs. JANE REDD, nee Pegram, born July 12, 1820; died July 16, 1886.


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ELIZABETH J. FREEMAN born Franklin Co., Ark., Mar. 1, 1851; died Parker Co., Tex., Mar. 22, 1886; daughter of S. W. and A. J. Sutherland; married J. Z. Freeman, Dec. 23, 1869; 8 children.

OLLIE LAYTON son of L. M. and R. E. Layton died Cleburne, Tex., July 25, 1886 aged 10 mos., 11 days.

REBECCA ANDREWS born Aug. 4, 1805; died July 31, 1886; wife and mother.

ADALINE NANCE born middle Tenn., Sept. 13, 1821; married Stephen Perry, Oct. 11, 1838; settled in White Co., Ark. in 185l; died Dec. 9, 1885.

JAMES MITCHELL son of Jarrett and Sallie Mitchell, born Trigg Co., Ky., April 18, 1820; married Martha Alexander, Jan. 8, 1840; died July 14, 1886.

CORNELIA E. ROPER, nee Lipscomb, born now-Trousdale Co., Tenn., April 3, 1856; died Itasca, Texas, May 24, 1886. Presbyterian.

MARTHA E. BARNES daughter of Henry and Frances Evans, wife of J. L. Barnes, born in Dinwiddie Co., Va., Feb. 1, 1818; moved with parents to Giles Co., Tenn. in 1837; later moved to Lincoln Co., Tenn. where she died July 7, 1886.


September 4, 1886

Rev. JAMES ATKINS born Laurens Dist., S.C., Feb. 25, 1817; died Tallahassee, Fla., May 16, 1886; son of Benjamin Atkins and wife who was a daughter of William and Margaret Howell of S.C.; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1838; Holston Conference; an itinerant preacher until 1874 when he transferred to Little Rock Conference and a few years later returned to Holston Conference.

LUCINDA C. GRISHAM wife of Rev. C. C. Grisham, No. Miss. Conference, born LaFayette Co., Miss., Nov. 17, 1856; died May 28, 1886; wife and mother.

HENRY CLAY SMITHSON youngest son of Rev. John G. and Anna Smithson, born Giles Co., Tenn., Feb. 13, 1865; died Vale Mills, Tenn., July 23, 1886.

ANNA VAUGHN SMITHSON daughter of Noble Ladd; born Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 10, 1818; married Rev. John G. Smithson, Feb. 18, 1841; died July 20, 1886.

W. H. FOSTER born Louisburg, N.C., June 10, 1838; died Haywood Co., Tenn., May 15, 1886.

LAURA E. UNDERWOOD daughter of Ezra L. and Sarah Foulks, wife of G. B. Underwood, born Logan Co., Ky., June 1853; at age 5 years moved with parents to Hopkinsville, Ky. where she lived until she died July 30, 1886 when "the wheels of life stood still."

JOHN BRANDON son of Jarratt and Jane Brandon, born Madison Co., Ala., Oct. 26, 1809; died Hillsboro Co., Fla., May 18, 1886; joined Methodist Church July 24, 1829; married Martha Carson, Nov. 25, 1832.

Mrs. ALICE E. RAMSEY wife of W. A. Ramsey of Memphis, Tenn.; died from congestion of the brain Columbus, Ky., June 25, 1886.

JOHN W. COLEMAN born Amelia Co., Va., 1837; died Haywood Co., Tenn., July 9, 1886; married Indiana Branch in 1859 and moved to Haywood County in 1860 where he lived until he died.

LYDIA SANDERS born Feb. 28, 1799; died July 27, 1886.

ELIZABETH L. HAYNES daughter of John and Elizabeth Lake, born Smithland, Ky., Jan. 14, 1830; married E. P. Haynes, July 30, 1846; died July 29, 1886.

JOHN C. BROWN born Pickens Co., S.C., Dec. 13, 1811; died June 9, 1886; married Martha Compton, Sept. 19, 1833; 12 children.

JAMES ANDREW WELCH son of Dr. J. W. and Lizzie Welch, born Perry Co., Tenn., Nov. 4, 1859; died West Point, Tenn., August 11, 1886.


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MARY JULIA daughter of L. D. and Julia MULLINS died Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 17, 1886 aged 8 years, 4 months and 16 days old.

PARKHAM S. NEEDHAM born Bradford Co., Pa., April 24, 1812; son of Timothy S. and Ruth Needham; moved with parents to Hardin Co., Ky.; married Rebecca South, Dec. 16, 1834; died June 8, 1886.

BARBARA JANE BYRN born Mar. 7, 1859; died Humphreys Co., Tenn., July 18, 1886.

SARAH ELIZABETH PAYNE daughter of John and Nancy A. Lander, born Christian Co., Ky., Oct. 238, 1823; married William Payne, Nov. 5, 1840; one child, a son who died at age 12 years; she died July 27, 1886.

P. C. ALLEY, nee Schoolfield, died Bridgeport, Ala., April 30, 1886.

SARAH SHIRLY born Lowndes Co., Miss., Mar. 1, 1825; she sent for her nephew, Burwell Joyner, to take her by buggy to go to her brother, Thomas Joyner's place; the harness broke, the buggy "ran on to the mule", spooking it, at which she was thrown and killed July 3, 1886.

JAMES LOVING HOLLAND son of William and Mary (Barton) Holland died near Florence, Ala., July 31, 1886, lacking a few days of his second birthday.

MILTON GADBERRY son of W. S. and D. C. Gadberry died Barren Co., Ky., July 13, 1886, "a sprightly child."

LIZZIE GRIFFEY daughter of Judge G. W. and Virginia Griffey died Clinton, Ky., Aug. 7, 1886.

SADIE COLLIE daughter of David and Rosa Collie died July 15, 1886.


September 11, 1886

Rev. GEORGE R. BROWDER died Logan Co., Ky., Sept. 3, 1886; burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Ky.; his 82 year old father survived him; he was buried one day before his thirty-sixth wedding anniversary.

General B. F. CHEATHAM died Sept. 4, 1886; veteran of the Mexican War and served as a major-general in the Confederate Army, Civil War; at time of his death he was postmaster in Nashville, Tennessee.

O. P. [OLIVIA PATRICK] RAMSEY born Robertson Co., Tenn., Feb. 10, 1799; died Bolivar, Tenn., July 23, 1886 in the residence of son-in-law, D. J. Newbern; moved with parents to Christian Co., Ky.; married Thomas Miers Patrick in 1818 and about 1822 moved to

Hardeman Co., Tenn.; husband died in 1829 leaving her with a son, Thomas G. Patrick; in 1830 she married William Ramsey (died Nov. 12, 1851); 3 sons. A Confederate soldier's gunfire accidentally had struck one of her hips rendering a wound that created a disability for life, crippling her. [Major Ramsey's tombstone in the old Bolivar cemetery provides his dates: Dec. 27, 1785-Nov. 11, 1851.]

Rev. ASA BYNUM born S.C., Oct. 10, 1806; died July 19, 1886; moved with parents from S.C. to Alabama, then to Texas; a local Methodist preacher.

EUGENIA M. MALONE daughter of Lewis and Margaret Malone born Marshall Co., Miss., Jan. 2, 1841; died June 19, 1886.

MARIA L. DAVIS born Mar. 29, 1838; died May 11, 1886; attended the Memphis Conference Female Institute, Jackson, Tenn.

WILLIAM SANGSTER born Fairfax Co., Va., Dec. 15, 1806; moved to Davidson Co., Tenn.; joined Cumberland Presbyterian Church; moved to Brownsville, Tenn. in 1836 where he died July 30, 1886.

ANGIE P. TAYLOR, nee Smith, married W. G. Taylor in 1869; died Blandville, Ky., July 3, 1886; formerly a resident of LaGrange, Kentucky.


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MARY LOU BALL born Gallatin, Tenn., August 1853; died Newton, Kansas, July 14, 1886.

GEORGE W. BROOKS father of Rev. G. M. Brooks, born Aug. 4, 1828; died Aug. 23, 1886; husband and father.

TYRE JONES CLARK born Oct. 16, 1816; died June 30, 1886. Patrick Wright married his only daughter [unnamed].

Tribute of Respect for SALLIE HARRELL, now deceased; by her former Sunday School; undated.

ZIMRI GRIMES born N.C. 70 years ago; died Crittenden Co., Ky., June 12, 1886.

AMANDA COPLINGER wife of S. T. Coplinger, daughter of Luke and Mary Wood, born Sept. 12, 1850; died Grayson Co., Ky., Mar. 8, 1886.

NEWTON WITT son of B. F. and Bennie Witt, born Dec. 10, 1884; died July 16, 1886.

JOHN R. JONES born Troup Co., Ala., Mar. 27, 1842; died July 28, 1886.

DANIEL W. JACKSON born Hickman Co., Ky., Nov. 15, 1859; died August 1886.


September 18, 1886

Dr. J. L. F. LUPTON died Malta Bend, MO, Sept. 5, 1886.

MARY MATILDA BINKLEY daughter of John P. and Henrietta Markham, born Bedford Co., Va., Nov. 10, 1844; when three years old moved with her parents to Tenn.; married B. F. Binkley, Mar. 25, 1866; died recently.

ELIZABETH JOHNSON wife of James Johnson, born Morgan Co., Ala., Mar. 19, 1820; married in 1839; died June 13, 1886.

DULA GOODWIN wife of Dr. F. B. Goodwin, born Tipton Co., Tenn., Aug. 23, 1855; died in Spring Creek, August 23, 1886.

W. R. HAYNES born June 29, 1844; married Mary Summers, May 31, 1876; died Aug. 17, 1886; a tribute by the Shelbyville Board of Stewards of which he had for years been a member.

Mrs. SARAH P. NOLEN born April 29, 1847; died August 15, 1886.

ETHEL LEE POOL daughter of Lawrence and Maggie Pool died Jan. 1, 1882 aged 3 years.

ENOCH MARVIN SPEED son of L. K. and Ella Speed born Oct. 21, 1885; died Aug. 22, 1886.

MARY TRIMBLE, nee Barnes, wife of Isaac Trimble, Livingston Co., Ky., born N.C., Feb. 6, 1817; died Union City, Tenn., Aug. 21, 1886; married Dec. 18, 1851; a step-mother; member of the General Baptist Church.

RICHARD L. HARDIN born Hardinsburg, Ky., May 1, 1824; when an infant taken to Rome, Ind.; returned to his family home where he died recently.

WILL A. DAVIS born Mar. 26, 1866; died typhoid fever, Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 16, 1886.

SALLIE V. CHOAT died Aug. 5, 1886, a "short life."

MARY JULIA MULLINS daughter of L. T. and Julia Mullins died Aug. 17, 1886 aged 8 years, 4 mos.

HENRY BELL son of W. A. and Elizabeth Bell, born Dec. 19, 1882; died July 24, 1886.

MOLLIE VANHOOK died August 1, 1886.

IDA HUNLEY daughter of Thomas and Jane Hunley died Hickman Co., Ky., Aug. 17, 1886 aged 8 years.

ELIZA ELLEN WRIGHT, nee Thomas, born Oct. 24, 1860; married Thomas W. Wright, July 30, 1882; died April 16, 1886.

S. S. BRASHEAR son of Joseph and Elizabeth Brashear born Breckinridge Co., Ky., Sept. 21, 1808; died April 16, 1886.


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SAMMIE J. DURHAM son of H. C. and Ella Durham, born Oct. 5, 1877; died July 16, 1886.

Tribute of Respect for AMY SWITZER "recently removed by death"; born Lampassas Co., Texas, Nov. 9, 1862; married S. R. Switzer, Nov. 14, 1882; died July 10, 1886; by Woman's Missionary Society, Comanche, Texas; undated.

PERNICIE HENDRIX daughter of Alonzo D. and Mary Hendrix, born Feb. 8, 1881; died near Honey Grove, Texas, August 20, 1886.

THOMAS WESLEY BOYD son of J. E. and Emily Boyd, born Graves Co., Ky., Mar. 19, 1884; died Aug. 1886.

BARNIE WRIGHT son of Thomas W. and Eliza Wright, born May 28, 1883; died April 11, 1886. His little sister, ELIZA ELLEN WRIGHT, JR., born April 10, 1886; died April 27, 1886.


September 25, 1886

Rev. WILLIAM P. BARTON born Warren Co., Ky., Feb. 25, 1822; died near Memphis, Tenn., July 27, 1886; many years a Methodist preacher in Memphis Conference.

Dr. J. L. EVANS born April 24, 1825; died Houston, Miss., Aug. 31, 1886; joined Methodist Church in Coweta Co., Ga. in 1841.

Tribute of Respect for MARY JETTON, dec. "so young and so noble" by Sunday School at Shiloh; undated.

Mrs. MARY A. BLACKWELL was born in Oxford, N.C., May 5, 1809, and died at her residence in Bartlett, Tenn., July 24, 1886. She was married to Edward Philpot, May 5, 1829, near Whiteville, Tenn. She professed religion Aug. 28, 1830, at Ebenezer Camp-ground. Her first husband having died, she was married to John Blackwell, Jan. 18, 1843, near Newcastle, Tenn. Sister Blackwell was a consistent, useful, zealous member of the Methodist Church for nearly fifty-six years. She was a woman of strong intellect and great decision of character. She greatly loved her Church, and was well-informed in regard to its doctrines and discipline. She loved to read, and had acquired a large fund of general information. Her Bible was her constant companion, and during the last twenty two years of her life she had read it through consecutively twenty-three times. Having been her pastor nearly three years, I visited her often, and found her always ready to talk on the subject of religion. We had many happy times together while worshiping at her family altar. For many years her house was the preacher's home; and especially did she love to talk about the old preachers with whom she had spent so many happy hours-Bishops Paine and Kavanaugh, Drs. R. H. Rivers, Boswell, and others. For several years prior to her death she was an invalid, and at times suffered greatly, but she endured her suffering with great Christian fortitude, and when the end came she was ready to depart and be with Christ and with the many friends whom she had loved so much on earth. Her end was peace. J. P. WALKER.

(courtesy of Betty Miller Ruffin)


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Mary Ann Taylor Blackwell (on former page) inherited the family Bible originally owned by her great-grandfather, John Taylor (1696-1780), resident, vestryman, militia officer, magistrate of Caroline County, Virginia, in which he had entered a complete family record, noting the births, deaths of his own children, their marriages and the births of his grandchildren; it was subsequently kept up for several generations.

In March 1855 Mrs. Blackwell bought a deluxe edition of the Holy Bible, published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co., Philadelphia, Pa., 1854 and engaged a scribe to transcribe the Taylor family data into it. Among the extensive entries were those of John Penn, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, his paternity and birth date (May 6, 1740) and the birth date (Dec. 19, 1753) of Colonel John Taylor of Caroline, a renowned agriculturist of the antebellum South and that of Howell Taylor (October 16, 1754), progenitor of the Taylors of Tabernacle, west Tennessee, as well as numerous worthwhile citizens, all direct descendants of John Taylor. This record was donated to the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia.


JAMES S. McCLELLAND born Oct. 4, 1854; married Emma Virginia Chunn, June 25, 1885; died Shelbyville, Tenn., July 31, 1886.

MOLLIE A. WEST daughter of Dr. G. T. and K. A. "Perkins" Montezuma, Tenn., wife of Dr. R. B. West, Johnson Co., Ark., died Aug. 9, 1886 aged about 25 years.

JOHN COLEMAN born Giles Co., Tenn., Feb. 4, 1801; died Cockrum, Miss., July 8, 1886.

DORCAS ELIZA PERRY, nee Witherspoon, born Maury Co., Tenn., Jan. 26, 1824; died July 31, 1886; married John A. Perry, August 19, 1841.

AMMY COLEMAN born 1826, Franklin, N.C.; died Cockrum, Miss., August 13, 1886.

Tribute of Respect for A. D. SCARBOROUGH who died August 22, 1886; by Sunday School at Dover; undated; he had been its former superintendent.

PARMELIA H. BELSHEE born, lived and died in Tazewell Co., Va.; lived with her parents and after their deaths she made a home with her brother, Z. P. Belshee; died Aug. 22, 1886

Tribute of Respect for JOHN P. GAITHER who died June 24, 1886; by Sunday School on the Williston Circuit, west Tennessee; undated.

HENRY B. MOORE son of J. H. and. Melissa Moore; born June 17, 1823; died Sept. 6, 1886.

SARAH E. ASHBY daughter of Presley and Nancy Roberts, born June 4, 1846; died July 26, 1886; wife and mother.

CONNER PARIS son of N. A. and W. C. Paris, born Aug. 22, 1883; died Aug. 24, 1886.

B. F. TRAVIS son of Rev. L. W. Travis, died Aug. 11, 1886 aged 5 years, 4 months old.

Tribute of Respect for SAMUEL S. BRASHEAR, the founder of the group that memorialized him, the Union Star (Ky.) dated Sept. 5, 1886.

WILLIS F. WHITE born Abbeville Dist., S.C., April 7, 1816; died Cooksville, Miss., Aug. 16, 1886; married Ann Johnson (died 1870), Oct. 1839.

SUSAN JOANNA WARNOCK born Sept. 2, 1860; died Aug. 27, 1886; married Calvin Warnock, Dec. 30, 1877; "a fond mother."

EUNICE VALERIA YOUNG daughter of R. W. and Malinda Young born July 3, 1884; died Lamar Co Ala., Aug. 26, 1886.

ELIZA HASSELL born Pulaski Co., Ark., Dec. 18, 1828; died Waynesboro, Tenn., Aug. 14, 1886.


October 2, 1886

Prof. J. W. WOOD born Winchester, Va., Mar. 25, 1835; died Frankfort, Ky., Aug. l5, 1886; graduate Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., 1850 (at the age of l5!); taught in several schools before being called to chair the Latin department at Vanderbilt University; a long panegyric.


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WILLIAM PILLOW MASSEY born Nov. 14, 1875; died Aug. 16, 1886, drowning in a small pond while visiting in Williamson Co., Tenn.

MARY B. DODSON born Loudon Co., Tenn., Nov. 25, 1850; died July 1, 1886.

SALLIE C. CORBETT daughter of Hugh and Mary Thomas, wife of D. R. Corbett, born May 21, 1837; married Dec. 28, 1865; died August 28, 1886.

ELIZA ANN BOBBETT daughter of Reuben and Parmelia Edmonston, born Nov. 26, 1825; died Aug. 29, 1886; wife and mother.

BENJAMIN PLATO ROBERTSON born Ga., April 11, 1843; married Frances J. Martin, April 18, 1868; died Woodruff Co., Ark., Aug. 14, 1886.

SARAH JANE GREEN wife of John P. Green, born July 1, 1822; died Aug. 15, 1886. JOHN P. GREEN, this person's husband, born March 1, 1817; died August 22, 1886.

EDMUND VAUGHAN born April 20, 1820; died Aug. 19, 1886; son of Edmund and Elizabeth Vaughan; married (1) Rebecca Davis; 10 children, 1 surviving him; (2) Caroline Morgan; 13 children (23 in all, 9 living).

R. V. BAKER born Fulton Co., Ga., May 30, 1839; married S. M. Baker, Feb. 29, 1869; died Aug. 31, 1886.

SAMUEL BLAIR died May 8, 1886 aged 20 years; consumption.

NANCY ANN CARTER born July 1, 1812; married James C. Carter in 1832; moved to Franklin Co., Tenn. in 1855 and to Lincoln Co., Tenn. in 1864, returning to Franklin Co. in 1868; died June 9, 1886.

Mrs. PENELOPE A. McCAUGHTRY born Aug. 21, 1825; died Union Co., Ky., Sept. 10, 1886.

JOSEPHINE HARRIS daughter of Peter and Anson Transon; died April 27, 1886 in her 57th year of age; her husband, Victor Harris, died in the Civil War, leaving her with 4 children.

LAURA V. ALEXANDER daughter of Isaac and Sarah Anderson, wife of Summerfield Alexander; born Bledsoe Co., Tenn., July 19, 1848; died Rhea Co., Tenn., Aug. 28, 1886.

HESTER J. BUTTS daughter of S. W. and Jane Stanley, born Warren Co., Tenn., Mar. 7, 1852; died April 25, 1886.

CATHERINE HOPPER born Nov. 23, 1833; died July 16, 1886.

F. F. SMITH son of F. W. and Martha Smith, born Lamar Co., Ala., Sept. 11, 1868; died Clay Co., Miss., June 6, 1886.

WILLIAM N. HALEY "of Virginia extraction" died Nolensville, Tenn., July 14, 1886 in the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Green.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. AMANDA D. PULLIAM, now deceased; by Bartlett, Tenn. Sunday School; undated.

MARY ELIZABETH MARABLE, nee Matlock, born Davidson Co., Tenn., Nov. 7, 1841; died May 11, 1886; married J. B. Marable, Apr. 18, 186l; wife and mother.

NANCY ANN SAMPLE born Sumner Co., Tenn., June 15, 1802; married Jared J. Sample, Nov. 18, 1823 and moved to Huntsville, Ala.; died Hendersonville, Tenn., August 30, 1886.

REUBEN ALLEN died Franklin Co., Tenn., April 16, 1886 aged 71 years; his granddaughter [unnamed] died August 21, 1886 in her 16th year of age.

JOSEPH VAUGHAN born April 26, 1869; died Aug. 7, 1886; son of E. M. and Margaret Vaughan.

SCOTTIE KILGORE died West Point, Miss., Sept. 14, 1886; a little girl.


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October 9, 1886

ELIZA J. HASSELL born Dec. 18, 1828; died Waynesboro, Tenn., Aug. 15, 1886; married (1) Telemachus Jones; (2) Amos T. Hassell; had one daughter.

Rev. JOHN HUCKABEE died near Henderson, Texas, September 17, 1886.

S. M. FRANCIS daughter of J. H. and E. H. Livingston, born Itawamba Co., Miss., Mar. 6, 1858; died July 14, 1886.

ZILPHA A. LEWIS born Sept. 21, 1860; died Aug. 8, 1886; wife and mother.

NANNIE SMITH EDWARDS only daughter of P. J. and Mary Smith; wife of Dr. William S. Edwards; born Center, Ala., July 22, 1866; married Sept. 14, 1884; died Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 13, 1886.

Rev. AUGUSTUS WHITE, MD, born Warren Co., N.C., Feb. 9, 1823; died July 28, 1886; moved when young to Ga.; graduate, Augusta Medical College; moved to Ky. in 1849; married Adeline Watkins of Logan Co., Ky.; moved to McCracken Co., Ky., 1854, five miles west of Paducah.

Rev. ENOCH R. KENNEDY died Green Hill, Ala., April 7, 1886 in his 62nd year of age; 45th in Methodist ministry; a local preacher.

LUCY BELL HERRINGTON born July 24, 1877; died near Mobley Pond, Ga., Aug. 28, 1886.

LAURA C. HARGROVE died Lee Co., Miss., July 20, 1886.

HAL M. DILLARD son of H. M. and Lizzie Dillard born Monroe Co., Ark., Aug. 22, 1866; died Bosque Valley, Texas, Aug. 13, 1886.

Mrs. COLEMAN EVANS wife of Rev. C. A. Evans, Texas Methodist Conference, born in Miss.; died San Felipe, Texas, Sept. 20, 1886.

ELLEN JANE AKIN wife of Andrew Akin, daughter of Robert and Rebecca Lusk, born Nov. 5, 1817; died Aug. 28, 1886.

SUSIE S. BYARS, nee Cleveland, born Limestone Co., Tex., Mar. 21, 1858; died Sept. 5, 1886; reared by her aunt, Mrs. Mattie Snead, Auburn, Ala.

Rev. J. B. BELL died Sept. 19, 1886.

SIMS P. DILLARD born Laurens Dist., S.C., 1816; settled in Howard Co., Ala. in 1856; died Mineral Springs, Ala., August 1886.

ALEXANDER A. FUQUA born Dec. 30, 1849; married Goodie W. Walker, daughter of Dr. A. S. Walker, Scottsville, Ky., Oct. 3, 1876; died LaFayette, Ky., July 13, 1886; a daughter, Maude.

NANNIE W. INZA daughter of J. J. and Jane Matthews, step-dau. Rev. F. L. Rossan; born Marengo Co., Ala., Dec. 7, 1845; married Rev. J. K. Inza, Feb. 7, 1867; died St. Clair Co., Ala., Feb. 28, 1886; wife and mother.

S. M. HEMPSTEAD son of H. L. and M. Hampton born West Point, Miss., April 17, 1858; died Aberdeen, Miss., July 23, 1886.

MARY LUCETTA BATES daughter of W. W. and Eliza Bates, born Dec. 21, 1869; died Sept. 17, 1886.

FEUDAL ROBERTSON born Jan. 16, 1816; died June 24, 1886.


October 16, 1886

BETTIE COX wife of W. H. Cox, daughter of L. D. and Sarah Lindsey, born Feb. 23, 1848; died Sept. 11, 1886; joined Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Sept. 20, 1862.

Tribute of Respect for EMMA J. SAGE wife of Rev. A. P. Sage, former pastor; by Quarterly Conference, Senatobia, Miss., dated September 25, 1886.

NANNIE TEMPLE daughter of J. W. Temple, born Mar. 9, 1869; died Union City, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1886.

JAMES S. WYNN born Attala Co., Miss., Apr. 19, 1857; died in Texas, July 10, 1886.


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Tribute of Respect for ROBERT A. GOODLOE who died Sept. 7, 1886; by the Pleasant Grove Church and Sunday School, Cherokee, Alabama, dated September 26, 1886.

REBECCA S. LEA, nee Hightower, born Nottoway Co., Va., Aug. 21, 1815; moved with parents to Caswell Co., N.C. in 1816; married Alanson M. Lea, Dec. 11, 1834; moved to Dallas Co., Ark. in the fall of 1847; died September 2, 1886.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. R. C. MAYES, now deceased; by a group in Brownwood, Texas; undated.

SARAH E. HUGHES born Nashville, Tenn.; died Dardanelle, Ark., Sept. 17, 1886.

VESTA JONES born Nov. 15, 1873; died Sept. 9, 1886.

LUCY A. BRAMAN wife of Capt. William H. Braman, born Sept. 30, 1840; married Oct. 21, 1868; died Sept. 13, 1886.

EMMA C. WENDEL wife of Dr. R. S. Wendel, died Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 27, 1886 aged 53 years.

Rev. RICHARD M. GWYN born Jasper Co., Ga., Sept. 11, 1828; died Gainesville, Tex., Aug. 1, 1886, "an acceptable and useful local [Methodist] preacher."

HENRY FRANK born Davidson Co., Tenn., Oct. 6, 1806; died Sept. 5, 1886. His wife, JANE FRANK, born July 2, 1812; died May 19, 1884; had been married forty-seven years.

Rev. WILLIAM E. CAMERON born Sept. 7, 1827; died July 13, 1886; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1853.

MARY ANN STEWART, nee Tinsly, born Nov. 19, 1826; died Sept. 27, 1886.

JENNIE VIRGINIA RUSHTON daughter of John and Mary West, Maury Co., Tenn.; born April 25, 1860; died Columbia, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1886.

WILLIAM T. HUGHES son of M. R. and Susie Hughes, born Oct. 6, 1875; died Aug. 16, 1886.

EDNA CARNES daughter of Philip and Laura Carnes born June 26, 1881; died Aug. 27, 1886.

R. H. PRESLEY born Chester Co., S.C., May 15, 1829; died Sept. 25, 1886.

JOHN M. WHEATLY son of Devalsten and Henrietta P. Wheatly, born Jan. 27, 1882; died Booneville, Miss., May 28, 1886.

ETHEL LEONARD daughter of H. D. and H. M. Leonard born July 18, 1883; died Sept. 22, 1886.

LETA PRICHETT daughter of Vally and Mollie Prichett born Dec. 10, 1877; died Sept. 12, 1886.

HERMAN CRAMLEY born Feb. 20, 1885; died Sept. 21, 1886.


October 23, 1886

SARAH DORSEY born Aug. 27, 1824; married Dec. 15, 1842; died Fayetteville, Ga., July 30, 1886; wife and mother.

Mrs. W. T. CHILDRESS daughter of Asa D. and Mary Thompson, born near Nashville, Tenn.; died Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 13, 1886.

Miss MARY BLEDSOE VANHOOK daughter of J. H. and S. A. Vanhook, born Shelby Co., Tenn., Feb. 27 1857; died August 2, 1886.

MALINDA HARMON daughter of Rev. John Helms (died 1821) of Va., born Oct. 11, 1805; died Sept. 13, 1886; her husband was living at the age of 81 years; numerous progeny.

FRANCES DUNLAP, nee Bugg, born April 15, 18l7; married Silas Dunlap, 184l; died Oct. 1, 1886; wife and mother.

LITTLETON H. PERKINS born Shelby Co., Tenn., July 10, 1842; died Saltville, Va., Aug. 29, 1886; "physically frail."


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Tribute of Respect for ESTELLA STANDLEY who died Sept. 17, 1886; by the Sunday School, Chestnut Grove, Tenn.; undated.

MARY LOU BALL born Gallatin, Tenn., Aug. 1853; died Newton, Kansas, July 14, 1886.

SALLIE ANN HALL born Sept. 11, 1846; died Madison Co., Ala., Aug. 21, 1886.

JAMES THADDEUS McCRACKEN son of S. W. and Eliza Ann McCracken, born Carroll Co., Tenn., Oct. 10, 1863; died Sept. 10, 1886.


October 30, 1886

Mrs. SARAH P. McDOWELL born April 2, 1828; died Mayfield, Ky., Sept. 12, 1886.

Colonel JAMES HERREN KENNEDY born S.C., 1814; died Baldwyn, Miss., Sept. 27, 1886; married Eliza Wasson.

HENRY B. B. GARDNER son of Rev. W. R. Gardner, born Mar. 13, 1853, Humphreys Co., Tenn. but was reared in Carroll Co., Tenn.; moved to Ark. in 1871, finally in Sevier County; killed while deer hunting Sept. 1, 1886.

JULIA NICHOLSON wife of Rev. W. D. Nicholson, North Alabama Methodist Conference, daughter of Joel and Isabella Graham, born Newberry Dist., S.C., Dec. 29, 1830; married in 1850; died Collinsville, Ala., Sept. 16, 1886; 4 children.

MIRIAM RHODES, nee Johnson, wife of M. E. Rhodes, born Henderson Co., N.C., Nov. 28, 1819; died Ringgold, Ga., Sept. 29, 1886.

BUCK OWEN JOHNSON son of Flavius Johnson, died Oct. 3, 1886 aged 3 years. His little brother, SALE JOHNSON, was buried Oct. 8, 1886 aged about ten months; burial in Fulton, Miss.

WILLIE H. HALL son of Henry W. and Martha Hall, born Nov. 8, 1873; died July 14, 1886.

NOAH W. COYCE born Fulton Co., Ky., Feb. 8, 1867; died Obion Co., Tenn., Sept. 3, 1886.

LUCY S. KELSEY born Davidson Co., Tenn., April 8, 1821; died Marshall Co., Miss., Sept. 27, 1886; married John Kelsey (dec.) in 1837.

BRAXTON R. POWELL born Warren Co., N.C., Jan. 21, 1807; died Marshall Co., Miss., Mar. 11, 1886; moved with parents to Rutherford Co., Tenn. and then he to Miss. in 1847; married (1) Mary Walker in 1834; (2) Sarah Green in 1839; large family of children in last marriage, 5 still living.

DRUSILLA ARMISTEAD born Bedford Co., Tenn., Jan. 4, 1817; died DeSoto Co., Miss., Aug. 28, 1886.

KIZA SMITH, nee Stringfellow, born N.C., Mar. 4, 1802; died Tuscaloosa Co., Ala., Oct. 3, 1886; married Rev. W. T. Smith of S.C. Methodist Conference.

LEMUEL D. SIMMONS born Monroe Co., N.C., Dec. 4, 1823; died Feb. 25, 1886.

SALLIE MENIFEE THOMPSON daughter of John Davis, born Dallas Co., Ala., Mar. 9, 1818; died Aug. 14, 1886; reared as an orphan and carried to Ga.; returned to Ala. where she married B. J. Thompson (died Mar. 28, 1864), May 23, 1839.

LAUNA ROGERS daughter of A. J. and N. J. Rogers, born Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Oct. 9, 1870; died Sept. 3, 1886.

PERNECY FELTS died near Murray, Ky., Sept. 9, 1886 aged 68 years; married (1) Almes Huykendal in 1841; (2) Warnie Felts in 1872.

THOMAS JEFFERSON MOSER born May 8, 1821; died Aug. 24, 1886.

HATTIE LEE LEWIS died Aug. 23, 1886, "14 summers" old.

ENOCH HEATH only daughter of Rowland and Nannie Heath born Oct. 11, 1880; died Sept. 4, 1886.

ROY ATKERSON son of Wesley and Eliza Atkerson died Oct. 10, 1886 aged 5 years.


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LISTON PANCO REECE died Jamestown, Ky., October 3, 1886.


November 6, 1886

JAMES WASHINGTON THOMAS, treasurer, State of Tennessee, died Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 25, 1886; son of Jesse Thomas; grandson of Joseph Lytton, an early Nashville merchant. He was born in Nashville, Sept. 12, 1838; veteran of Civil War; married (1) Mary Fanny Morgan, 1866; 1 son; (2) Emma DeJarnette, Nov. 20, 1872; 5 children. Elected state treasurer in 1885.

CASSANDRA JOSIE CAMPBELL born Washington Co., Ark., Oct. 12, 1854; married G. W. Droke, Sept. 24, 1879; died Benton Co., Ark., Sept; 26, 1886; consumption; had just spent a year in San Marcos, Texas for her health.

CHLOE RHOADES, nee Mays, born Pittsylvania Co., Va., Aug. 10, 1824; died Wise Co., Tex., July 13, 1886; her husband was talking with her shortly before she died "when suddenly she fixed her eyes on some object above her and said, 'Tony! Tony!' -the name of a son who died a few years ago. When asked if she saw Tony she answered, 'O, yes, yes!'"

MARTHA J. CAWTHON born Moore Co., N.C., Aug. 25, 1839, daughter of George Hunsucker who moved his family to Marshall Co., Miss. when she was a child; married N. W. Cawthon, Feb. 28, 1858; died Holly Springs, Miss., Oct. 10, 1886; two daughters: Mrs. Rev. J. A. Bowen and Mrs. Rev. J. H. Mitchell.

ANNA POWERS AULT born Aug. 2, 1860; married Dr. H. J. Ault, Dec. 4, 1884; died Perryville, Ark., Sept. 10, 1886.

JAMES H. "Uncle Harvey" KING born Franklin Co., Tenn., Oct. 30, 1811; died Lake Co., Tenn., Sept. 20, 1886.

MARIA FERGUSON, "colored," born Jackson Co., Tenn., Sept. 14, 1849; in slavery she belonged to Dr. A. M. Ferguson and remained as a servant in his family; died recently.

ELIZABETH BYERS born April 17, 1865, Todd Co., Miss.; died Sept. 5, 1886.

JOEL W. MABRY born June 22, 1840; married Mary Ledbetter, Feb. 22, 1866; died Oct. 2, 1886; husband and father.

DONA E. ROBERTS wife of William R. Roberts, daughter of C. L. and Margaret Yelton; born Overton Co., Tenn., July 10, 1867; died Sept. 16, 1886.

CLINTON BIBBY, Coffeeville, born Feb. 13, 1879; died Sept. 8, 1886.

Miss MAGGIE WEBB died Oct. 5, 1886. Cumberland Presbyterian.

MARY SHELTON born N.C., Sept. 15, 1806; married John Shelton, Oct. 16, 1828; died Warren Co., Tenn., July 30, 1886; 10 children, 3 surviving her.

LUCY CATHERINE CAIN wife of William H. Cain, born April 27, 1834; died Jan. 11, 1885.

LUCINDA TAYLOR wife of Rev. L. J. H. Taylor, born Dec. 11, 1860; died June 16, 1886. Her son, IRA GORDON TAYLOR, born Dec. 25, 1884; died Aug. 26, 1886.

MARY A. ROSS, nee Adkisson, born July 26, 1843; died Aug. 24, 1886.

MARY A. PROCTOR born Dickson Co., Tenn., Jan. 15, 1838; died Montgomery Co., Tenn., Sept. 26, 1886.

ENOCH MARVIN SPEED son of L. K. and Ella Speed, born Oct. 21, 1885; died Aug. 22, 1886.

MYRTLE LEE SHELTON daughter of Dr. W. P. and M. J. Shelton, born Dec. 2, 1884; died July 21, 1886.

JIMMIE POYNER son of George T. and Almira Poyner, born Dec. 18, 1883; died Sept. 9, 1886.

WILLIAM MARVIN WHITSON son of W. C. and Tavey Whitson, born Apr. 2, 1883; died Calhoun Co., Miss., Aug. 1, 1886.

ELIZABETH EMMA daughter of William and Jennie HAZLEWOOD died Sept. 1, 1886 aged 7 months.


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November 13, 1886


            MR. EDITOR: Within a Period of less than two months from July 27 to Sept. 16 I passed through an experience of sorrow unparalleled in my short, ministerial life. In this time I was called to attend nine funerals seven of them practically in one neighborhood, the neighborhood of Ash Spring Church. Four of one family, another a near relative of this family, and two infants from another house.
            The first was Mrs. Matilda Adams, a member of our Church at Keysburg. She had been a sufferer for years before death came to her relief, and it was a relief to her. I had the privilege of visiting her frequently for nearly two years before she died. I found her ever trustful, relying upon the Saviour, and having sweet communion with him. At times there was a little impatience to "depart and be with Christ," but this was tempered by a persuasion that God would do all things well. And "her wish is accomplished at last, and now she is entombed with the dead."
            About this time a very malignant flux broke out in the Ash Spring neighborhood, and on Friday of the same week I was called to bury Estelle, the youngest child of our Brother G. William Gill, one of the old members of Ash Spring Church. A few days afterward I buried James David Gill, a son of the same family. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and declared his readiness to meet death. He left a young wife. Not long after this Brother Gill himself was called away, and soon after him another son McKendree.
          Brother William Gill's age and the date of his conversion I do not know. But he was, as I have already said, one of the oldest members of the Church at Ash Spring; and in his death the Church has sustained a serious loss. During nearly two years' acquaintance I found him to be a true Methodist-a "man who both knew and loved our doctrine and discipline." During his illness, in consequence of his extreme weakness, I did not have much conversation with him, but what I had was very satisfactory. He was ready. He said several times: "If it were not sinful I could pray to die and be out of my pain; but the Lord knows best. Once on leaving him when I said, "God be with you," the tears sprang to his eyes as he pressed my hand and replied, "He is with me." His end was peace.
            The son McKendree, at the beginning of his sickness was not prepared to die, but a more penitent man I never saw. Once he said to me, "I am glad of one thing: that I set a resolution to be a better man and began to pray before I came to this bed of death." A few hours before death he said to those with him: "I have been praying, since eight days before I was taken sick. I have given my case into the hands of the Lord, and am not afraid to die."
            Of John W. Gill I desire to speak particularly. He was a nephew of G. William Gill, and son of J. F. Gill, who died less than two years ago. John died of typhoid fever Aug. 22. He was born Dec. 27, 1854. Born again at Cedar Hill Camp-meeting, when about sixteen years old. Married Nov. 16, 1881, to Miss Nannie Kennedy, who, with one sweet little girl- "Pearl"-survives him. John was a good personal friend to me, and I loved him as I have loved few men. From the beginning of our acquaintance I have been strongly drawn to him, and I am a sincere mourner over his grave. He was very quiet and modest in his manner, but I found him ready to do what he thought he could for the cause of the Master. Some time before his death he was urged to accept the position of steward in the Church. He replied, "I am willing to help in any way I can, but I am not able to attend to my own business, and don't think it would be prudent to intrust me with the business of the Church." About two years before his death he met with a serious accident, which rendered him an invalid for the remainder of his life. He was helping to work a "self-binder" harvesting machine, when the "needle" which carries the binding twine (a true needle, about as thick as a man's finger) was run through his hand, pinning him to the machine. It was found impossible to release him until one went to the house and brought tools to take the machine to pieces. This occupied about half an hour, all which time he had to stand with the "needle" through his hand, pinning him to the machine. The result was a fearful shock to the nervous system, which, together with blood poisoning, was more than his constitution ever rallied from.
            I was with him in his sickness as much as my duty to others would permit. I think I never saw a man approaching death better prepared. He talked of death as calmly and deliberately as about the business of life. Said he: "I have no preparation to make; since I professed religion I have had no doubt of my salvation." A day or two before he died his mother pressed him to take food. Looking calmly up into her face he said, "Mother, my eating is done; but it is all right with me." To his sister he said, "Farewell, sister; I will be with father soon."


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            Thus passed away a young man of lovely character and good promise. He is "where the weary are at rest."
            Please allow me space to speak of the last two of the nine-Mary Bell, daughter of E. R. and Annie Baily, died Sept. 5, and Ethel, daughter of John and Jennie Riley, died Sept. 16. Mary Bell was eighteen months old and Ethel six months. Both died at the residence of their grandfather, La Fayette Riley, our faithful steward at Ash Spring. Jennie's babe was taken sick, and Annie went to help in nursing, when her own sickened and died first. The pain is keen, especially for Annie, as this was her first and only child. Jennie has her first-born still with her. But all the parents and grandparents know who "hath torn," and are, through his grace, on the way to a happy reunion.
            God's blessing be upon the afflicted families and the afflicted circuit.

Madisonville, Ky., Oct. 18, 1886.


Rev. JACOB ROBERT BELL son of Joseph Hay Bell, born Graves Co., Ky., Feb. 27, 1852; his father died when he was young and he assisted his mother in supporting his siblings; licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in 1874; married Eunice Timmons and became an itinerant preacher in 1884; died Sept. 19, 1886.

SILAS PARKS DEBBS born Habersham Co., Ga., Feb. 14, 1829; died Sept. 26, 1886; captain in 7th Ala. Cavalry and was twice wounded during the Civil War; husband and father.

Colonel B. F. CHRISTIAN born in Nashville, Tenn., July 1, 1817; moved to Upshur Co., Tex. in 1844, then to Fannin Co., Tex., then to Grayson Co., Tex. where he died October 12, 1886.

JAMES JUDSON GAINES son of William B. and Mary Gaines, born Etowah Co., Ala., Jan. 4, 1865; died September 22, 1886.

ELIZA H. SILLS, nee Revell, born Northampton Co., N.C., June 29, 1839; when 5 years old moved with parents to Shelby Co., Tenn.; married H. E. Sills, February 8, 1856; she died October 9, 1886.

BENJAMIN D. CARTER son of Rev. William I. and Sarah A. Carter died Danville, Va., July 1, 1886 in his 35th year of age.

JOHN CARGILL SEWARD born Va., Mar. 8, 1818; when about 4 years old moved with his parents to Rutherford Co., Tenn.; married (1) Sarah Chadwell, Dec. 19, 1843; moved to Williamson Co., Tenn. in 1848; (2) Margaret Crockett (died Jan. 7, 1880), July 4, 1849; he died July 21, 1886.

MOLLIE JONES OWEN born Breckinridge Go., Ky.; married Richard Owen, Jan. 12, 1886; died Aug. 9, 1886 near Hardinsburg, Ky.

Tribute of Respect for Rev. W. P. OWEN, now deceased; by Quarterly Conference, Itasca, Texas; undated.

W. B. ROBERTSON born Perry Co., Tenn., Mar. 30, 1843; died Oct. l0, 1886.

NANCY WILSON, nee Shaw, born Mar. 28, 1814; died Bedford Co., Tenn., June 13, 1886; widow of William Wilson.

BELLE MELTON daughter of Rev. I. Q. and Fannie Melton, born St. Clair Co., Ala., Feb. 5, 1871; died Fayette, Ala., Oct. 23, 1886.

AUGUSTUS DEAUX born St. Charles, MO, Jan. 4, 1815; died Robertson Co., Tenn., Sept. 2, 1886; reared in Catholic Church but as an adult joined the Methodist Church; husband/father.

F. A. McBEE born Louisa Co., Va., Nov. 8, 1848; married W. J. McBee, Dec. 31, 1874; died Aug. 27, 1886.

WILLIAM SHELBY GUINN born Clinton Co., Ky., Aug. 30, 1834; died Oct. 7, 1886.

MARY EMMA ANDREWS daughter of Benjamin F. and Margaret Andrews, born Oct. 15, 1878; died Oct. 7, 1886.

MARY BET daughter of J. L. and Hattie NELSON born Aug. l0, 1883; died Aug. 7, 1886; granddaughter of Rev. Dawson Phelps.


November 20, 1886

MARY JANE TURNER wife of Rev. W. A. Turner, Tenn. Methodist Conference, daughter of James J. Pickett; born Marshall Co., Ala., June 3, 1845; school-teacher; married Oct. 16, 1865; died October 1886.


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GILBERT I. CHRISTIAN born Sequatchie Valley, Tenn., Jan. 29, 1819; moved with parents to Haywood Co., Tenn. in 1826 and settled near old Providence Church; moved into Jackson in 1844 and became a mercantile partner with Robert Anderson, his brother-in-law; died October 28, 1886. [He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Tennessee.]

SUSAN ALMEDIE KEATHLEY daughter of Robert and Rebecca Smith, born White Co., Tenn., Dec. 8, 1830; married T. R. Keathley in 1853; 5 daus., 3 sons (two, Isaac and William were Methodist preachers) ; she died recently.

WILLIAM D. ASHMORE son of William and Matilda Ashmore born July 13, 1854; died Sept. 16, 1886.

MARTHA ANN LEEK, nee Harwell, born Newton Co., Ga., April 21, 1826; died Ft. Smith, Arkansas, October 13, 1886.

FLORENCE P. BEVIL daughter of I. W. and Emma McLean, born Columbus, Ga., Sept. 18, 1869; married S. Bevil in 1885; died Sumter Co., Fla., Aug. 30, 1886.

MARGARET H. A. COUCH born Williamson Co., Tenn., April 4, 1822; died there, Aug. 2, 1886; married James Patton Couch (died Oct. 17, 1852), Sept. 26, 1839; 6 children.

MARTHA D. TAYLOR born Va., Dec. 26, 1809; died Sept. 5, 1886; married J. J. Taylor; a widow for twenty-six years.

Tribute of Respect for Mrs. MOLLIE B. MURREY who died Oct. 8, 1886; by her Sunday School; undated.

EMMEL HARRIS WALKER son of Rev. J. P. Walker, Memphis Methodist Conference, born Oct. 12, 1885; died Oct. 10, 1886.

DAISY MAYS DAVIS daughter of Capt. Samuel F. and Carrie (Hill) Mays; adopted daughter of J. F. Davis, died Oct. 12, 1886 aged 13 years; her mother died when she was 16 mos. old and her sister, Mrs. Davis, took her to rear in Louisiana.

G. H. MASON died Humboldt, Tenn., Aug. 31, 1886 in his 79th year of age.

ELIZABETH PYRON daughter of James and Nancy Tapley, wife of M. B. Pyron, born Madison Co., Ala., Oct. 25, 1828; died Chickasaw Co., Miss., July 11, 1886.

SARAH E. DISMUKES, nee Hughes, born Nashville, Tenn.; died Dardanelle, Ark., Sept. 17, 1886; her daughter, Mrs. Annie Schinn, mentioned.

SUSAN RAY wife of Joseph Ray born July 14, 1820; died Oct. 21, 1886; married 41 years.

SARAH A. SHELTON, nee Moore, born Va., Sept. 1817; died Oct. 3, 1886.

MAGGIE GIBSON born June 9, 1880; died Oct. 13, 1886; diphtheria.

JAMES W. TURNER born Jan. 7, 1834; died Carroll Co., Miss., Sept. 1, 1886.

MARTHA DIGGS daughter of D. J. and Harriet Loony, born Henry Co., Tenn., Jan. 26, 1829; married Dr. H. H. Diggs, Oct. 30, 1860; died Oct. 5, 1886; consumption.

JAMES PLEASANT COSPER born Edgefield Dist., S.C., July 20, 1821; married M. E. Remburt, 1846; died July 27, 1886.

MARTHA H. HUNTER wife of William Hunter born Muhlenburg Co., Ky., 1828; died Ohio Co., Ky., Oct. 25, 1886.

BESSIE GRIMES, daughter of H. A. and Annie Grimes, Clifton, Tenn., born Mar. 27, 1885; died Sept. 9, 1886.


November 27, 1886

Rev. JAMES T. MacGILL born Baltimore, Md., Mar. 28, 1812; died Sonora, Ky., Oct. 1, 1886; moved with parents to Hardin Co., Ky. in 1818. Methodist preacher.

W. D. WEAKLEY born Dec. 15, 1828; died Cheatham Co., Tenn., Oct. 24, 1886; married Nancy Teasley.


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MARY R. MATTHEWS born Aug. 26, 1805; died Madison Co., Tenn., Oct. 15, 1886; daughter of Major Alexander Ralston who served in the War of 1812; oldest of nine children; married E. W. Matthews, Sept. 30, 1824; her husband, aged 85 years old, survived her; 4 daus., 5 sons; joined Methodist Church in 1819.

MARY ANN DELOZIER, nee Cox, born Hardin Co., Tenn., April 8, 1826; died Sept. 14, 1886; her husband was murdered Sept. 23, 1863; 5 children.

ELIZA AMANDA WILLIAMS born Sept. 10, 1838; died Ala., July 30, 1886; daughter of Rev. Uriah Williams, No. Ala. Methodist Conference.

MARTHA I. RANDLE born Tuscaloosa, Ala., June 29, 1819; died Oxford, Miss., Oct. 27, 1886.

MABLE HIGH daughter of J. W. and Lina High born Smith Co., Tenn., Nov. 1, 1871; died Oct. 29, 1886; oldest of four children.

MARGARET HOUSTON born Scott Co., Ky., Sept. 27, 1835; married Dr. J. A. Houston; moved to MO in 1856; died Johnson Co., MO, Aug. 23, 1886.

AMANDA M. RULEMAN wife of W. H. Ruleman born Shelby Co., Tenn., May 12, 1843; died in same, Sept. 25, 1886.

LOUISA Y. AMIS daughter of Alexander and Mary Johnson, born Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 11, 1812; died, near Cornersville, Tenn., Aug. 3, 1886; married Lewis Amis in 1830; 13 children, 6 surviving her and the youngest, Rev. Lewis R. Amis, a member of Tenn. Methodist Conference

Miss SALLIE TURNER ALISON born Aug. 2, 1870; died Courtland, Ala., Oct. 25, 1886.

LILLIE A. HOOD daughter of James and Mary Hood, born Mar. 19, 1866; died August 1886.

JOSEPH M. MAXWELL, JR. son of Rev. J. M. and Lizzie Maxwell born Aug. 20, 1886; died Collierville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 1886.

H. A. WELCH born N, C., Sept. 5, 1810; moved to Madison Co., Tenn. in 1827; died Crockett Co., Tenn., Nov. 1, 1886.

Rev. FRANCIS MARION DAVIS born Henry Co., Tenn., Dec. 19, 1842; died near Huntingdon, Tenn., June 3, 1886.

JEFF. DAVIS GALLOWAY born Bibb Co., Ala., Nov. 28, 1860; died Sept. 19, 1886.

NANCY C. TUCKER wife of Wesley Tucker, born Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 17, 1814; died Oct. 21, 1886.

LIZZIE McCOWN died Denton Co., Tex., Oct. 20, 1886 aged 20 years and 14 days old.

JAMES J. CULBREATH born Mecklenburg Co., Va., Mar. 31, 1820; died Tipton Co., Tenn., Oct. 5, 1186.

ANNIE MAY RUCKER daughter of J. L. and Florence Rucker born Sept. 16, 1884; died July 24, 1886.

J. D. JOHNSON son of W. J. and Dora Johnson born Aug. 25, 1885; died Sept. 26, 1885.


December 4, 1886

JAMES B. ASHLY born Paducah, Ky., Jan. 29, 1837; died Alexandria, La., Oct. 20, 1886. He "served through the late war with merited distinction."

JOSIE P. FRIDAY died Itawamba Co., Miss., Sept. 20, 1886.

VIRGINIA LOVE, nee Dummond, born Ark. Co., Ark., Mar. 18, 1828; married Isaac Love, Nov. 12, 1847; died Yell Co., Ark., Nov. 13, 1886; 7 children.

HARRIET N. BLAKEMORE widow of Jackson Blakemore, daughter of Alexander McCorkle and granddaughter of Rev. Samuel McCorkle, DD; born N.C., Oct. 1818; died Sept. 28, 1886; orphaned, she was reared by her grandmother and aunts and moved to Tennessee.


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PARALLIE JONES wife of H. L. Jones, daughter of W. L. and Sarah Scott, born Obion Co., Tenn., Dec. 15, 1860; died July 14, 1886; married Mar. 4, 1885; her infant died shortly after her own death.

JIMMIE CARAHER son of J. J. Caraher died Oct. 19, 1886 aged 5 years and 4 months old.

FANNIE TURNLEY daughter of Rev. M. and Eliza MALONE, born Aug. 1, 1881; died Sept. 19, 1886.

SALLIE EVANS McFERRIN died Coffee Co., Tenn., Oct. 11, 1886.

SIDNEY B. COPE son of H. A. and Sarah Cope, born Wake Co., N.C., Feb. 28, 1846; died Washington Co., Ala., Oct. 7, 1886; when he was five years old his family moved to Perry Co., Ala. and in 1869 he moved to Washington Co., Ala.; married Sinai Smith, Feb. 1875; active Methodist layman.

SARAH D. MOORE wife of Rev. Jordan Moore, Tenn. Methodist Conference, daughter of John and Mary Viser; born Lawrence Co., Ala., Oct. 30, 1817; joined Methodist Church Aug. 1838; married Jan. 17, 1839; 8 daus., 2 sons; died Humphreys Co., Tenn., Oct. 29, 1886.

GEORGE DOUBLEDAY son of George and Susie Doubleday born July 17, 1886; died Oct. 5, 1886.

ELIZA BURDINE wife of Rev. W. R. Burdine, daughter of George and Rhoda Thompson, born June 7, 1818; died Itawamba Co., Miss., 1886; married in 1838.

MARY E. GRACE born April 3, 1853; died Sept. 20, 1886. Ky.

FRANCES DE FORD died south Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 1886 aged 77 years and 10 months old; wife and mother.

SAVELLA O. HARPER daughter of E. and Julia Harper, born Sept. 17, 1882; died Oct. 10, 1888.

SAMUEL T. "Sam" PAYTON only son of Silas M. and Lizzie Payton, died Oct. 28, 1886 aged 5 years and 11 months old.

CITTARA MAUD KING born Oct. 16, 1883; died Oct. 4, 1886.

HATTIE GERTRUDE HUTCHISON daughter of Ermson E. and Lula Hutchison died Dyer, Tenn., Oct. 3, 1886 aged 1 year.


December 11, 1886

Rev. A. B. ROZELL died near Brentwood, Tenn., Nov. 24, 1886 in his 85th year of age. [See, Addenda, II., page 117.]

ALICE PALMER MOORES daughter of Alexander and Mary Butler; wife of Olin G. Moores; born Tulip, Ark., Jan. 19, 1855; married in 1882 and moved to Malvern, Ark.; 2 children, one deceased, the other, Mattie, survived her; she died recently.

ELIZABETH REEVES BURGESS, nee Chambliss, born Bedford Co., Va., 1819; moved to Cornersville, Tenn.; married J. J. H. Burgess in 1846; died Clarksville, Tenn., Oct. 23, 1886.

ELIZABETH R. PYRON daughter of James and Nancy Tapley, born Ala., Oct. 25, 1828; died Chickasaw Co., Miss., July 11, 1886; married M. B. Pyron, Aug. 27, 1850

WESLEY B. SMITH born N.C., Dec. 13, 1816; moved to Ala.; then to Tenn.; then to no. Miss.; finally to present site of Corinth, Miss.; then to Iuka, Miss. where he died Oct. 11, 1886.

ELIZABETH SIMMONS, nee Grey, born Dec. 21, 1853; died Logan Co., Ky., May 19, 1886.

SUSAN GOODLOE daughter of Joseph and Sarah Mattison; born Trenton, N. J., July 31, 1803; married Albert G. Goodloe in Tuscumbia, Ala., April 23, 1833; died near Barton, Ala., Nov. 6, 1886; reared in Philadelphia but in 1830 went to Tuscumbia to visit her sister Harriet and met her husband there; moved to Texas but about 16 years ago moved to Ala.; three sons still lived in San Antonio; her oldest son died in childhood; her only daughter, Mrs. A. C. Barton, lived in Alabama.


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HARRIET JARMAN sister of Susan Goodloe, just above, born near Princeton, N. J., June 3, 1798; died near Leighton, Ala., June 15, 1886; married John Kennedy and moved to Tuscumbia, Ala.; he died leaving her with a daughter, Sarah; she then married Hall Jarman (died

1878) and was step-mother of 7 children; her daughter died leaving two grandchildren whom she seldom saw.

MARGARET ARBOGAST wife of Silas Arbogast born near Springfield, Ohio, 1828 and lived several years in Logan Co., Ohio; moved to Pawnee Co., Kansas where she died Oct. 18, 1886.

MARTHA ANN SMITH, nee Giles, born Williamson Co., Tenn., June 9, 1821; married W. R. Smith, June 8, 1842; 4 daus., 4 sons; died Sept. 20, 1886.

ANNIE HART daughter of Joseph and Mary Hart died Oct. 31, 1886, having been born Oct. 31, 1885; her twin, JOHNNIE, died a few days later; both of diphtheria.

ANNIE MAYO, nee Lake, born Grenada, Miss., Dec. 5, 1862; died Clarendon, Ark., Oct. 11, 1886; youngest child of Leven Lake.

AMOS MAUPIN born Aug. 14, 1825; died Sept. 18, 1886; married Hester Ann Hollingsworth, Nov. 3, 1853.


December 18, 1886

Rev. WILLIAM M. SHAW son of John and Elizabeth Shaw, born Orange Co., N.C., July 5, 1806; moved with family to Bedford Co., Tenn. in 1816 where he died Nov. 6, 1886; married Mahaley Wilson, Feb. 1827; filled several charges in his ministry, including several to black missions.

WILLIAM EWIN born Leitrim Co., Ireland, Oct. 18, 1818; died Tucker Co., W. Va., Nov. 25, 1886; left Ireland and came to the U. S. when about 16 years old, "landing" in New York City; learned the trade of mathematical instruments; married Frances Littlefield, also Irish; three children, only one, Dr. William D. Ewin, now living; he had moved to Baltimore where his first wife died; married Martha Ann Dennis and moved to W. Va. where he died; "by close application" he became a physician and a lawyer [apparently a very enterprising individual!].

Rev. THOMAS ALBERT FREEMAN born Oct. 26, 1863; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1882; taught school in Dallas, Texas but became ill and died recently.

SARAH JANE LUTER daughter of J. and Eleanor Poyner, born June 28, 1819, Humphreys Co., Tenn.; died Henry Co., Tenn., Nov. 22, 1886; married W. B. Luter, Oct. 27, 1846 and moved to Henry Co. in 1849; he died in 1864 leaving her with 6 children.

MARY JANE STEARMAN daughter of Richard R. and Susan Stearman born Jan. 20, 1842; died Oct. 13, 1886 near Greensburg, Ky.

Miss RUBIE WILSON died Oct. 29, 1886.

LUCY R. STONE, nee Avent, born Tippah Co., Miss., Nov. 10, 1858; died Hardeman Co., Tenn., Sept. 29, 1886; moved as a child from Miss. to Hardeman County; married E. B. Stone, Nov. 10, 1875; 4 children.

GEORGE HENRY BUTLER son of Major H. A. and M. E. Butler, born Sept. 22, 1872; died Oct. 2, 1886. Malvern, Arkansas.

MILLARD C. BISHOP son of Hardeman S. and Emma Bishop born Dec. 23, 1884; died Oct. 10, 1886.

JOHN G. M. WOODS born Jefferson Co., Tenn., Nov. 10, 1808; married (1) Susanna Willoughby (died Feb. 13, 1849), Mar. 31, 1831; (2) Mary Byars, Nov. 26, 1849; he died November 4, 1886.

OVELLA EDNA WILSON only child of Samuel and Mamie Wilson born Oct. 28, 1883; died July 13, 1886.


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Tribute of Respect for JULIA DAVIS McDONALD who died Oct. 29, 1886; native of Tennessee; married in 1851 and moved to Texas in the same year; by the Sunday School in Anderson, Texas where she had been a teacher; undated.

NANCY PICKERING wife of W. G. Pickering died Montgomery Co., Tenn., Mar. 26, 1886 aged 71 years and 6 months old.

THOMAS GORE born S.C., May 28, 1816; died Franklin Co., Tenn., Oct. 7, 1886; burial in Syler Cemetery.

BETTIE A. BEDFORD daughter of George A. and L. Bedford, born Dec. 11, 1873; died Oct. 18, 1886; burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

AYERS L. MAUPIN born Aug. 16, 1879; died Nov. 2, 1885.


December 25, 1886

Rev. JAMES ATKINS, SR. born Laurens Dist., S.C., Feb. 25, 1817; died May 17, 1886; moved when young to no. Ala.; began Methodist ministry in Holston Conference in 1839; a long-time presiding elder; transferred in 1875 to Little Rock Conf.; married (1) Mary Jackson (died May 1874), April 1, 1845; (2) Mrs. S. C. Goolsby, April 1881. In 1879 transferred to Fla. Conference where he died. This is a very long encomium. Also, a tribute of respect for him by the Quarterly Conference at Monticello, Fla., dated June 7, 1886.

JANE E. WELLS widow of James Wells, formerly of Decatur, Ala., died east Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 7, 1886 aged 61 years.

Mrs. CLARINDA GRAVES born Feb. 3, 1814; died Newport, Ky., Nov. 1, 1886; willed money to several religious charities.

BENJAMIN B. BATTS died Robertson Co., Tenn., Sept. 7, 1886 aged 77 years; married Susannah Cobb.

ANN SANDERS, nee Cheatham, born July 21, 1841; died Nov. 20, 1886.

EMMA J. HOUSTON daughter of J. H. Allen, wife of John Houston, died Poinsett Co., Ark Nov. 21, 1886 aged 21 years, 6 months and 1 day old.

W. T. PEAY died Maury Co., Tenn., Nov. 16, 1886 aged about 49 years.

Mrs. DOCIA E. RICE daughter of James H. and Martha Nance, wife of William I. Rice, born Mar. 31, 1867; married Aug. 6, 1885; died June 5, 1886.

SALLIE ANN JACOBS born Jackson Co., Ala., Sept. 3, 1844; married Rev. W. F. Jacobs, Dec. 27, 1865; died Johnson Co., Ala., Oct. 6, 1886.

ELIJAH ALLEN died Sept. 1886 aged 88 years.

THOMAS HUGHES born Boyle Co., Ky., Jan. 27, 1820; married Elizabeth Clark, Aug. 1840; died Dec. 3, 1886; husband and father.

ETHEL D. RAGLAND daughter of William H. and Mary Easley Ragland, granddaughter of S. D. and Mahala Easley; born Butler Co., Ky., Oct. 14, 1883; died Oct. 10, 1886.

P. H. BELCHER born Jackson Co., MO, June 9, 1837; died Nov. 23, 1886; moved to Texas in 1857; married Sarah Winton in 1868.

PHILIP YANCEY moved from Halifax Co., Va. to Haywood Co., Tenn. in 1833; died Aug. 16, 1886 aged 67 years; husband and father.

MARIA FIZGERALD, born N.C.; died Dec. 8, 1886 in her 78th year of age.

PAULINE infant daughter of Giles P. and Minnie GIBSON died Nov. 25, 1886.

NANCY JANE daughter of J. B. and Mary Jones died Nov. 27, 1886 aged 12 years.


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ERNEST W. HARBISON son of James R. and N.C. Harbison, born Nov. 22, 1882; died Hickman Co., Tenn., May 22, 1886.

EDWIN C. WOOD son of William M. and Mary Wood died Oct. 30, 1886 aged 1 year, 4 months and 25 days old.

DUDLEY TAYLOR WHITWORTH son of Robert and D. Whitworth, born June 30, 1886; died Nov. 23, 1886.


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