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


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July 4, 1845

MARY R. VASSER died Athens, Ala., June 7, 1845 in the 67th year of her age.

Rev. DAVID DANNELLY born Columbia Co., Ga.; died May 21, 1845 in 64th year of his age. Methodist preacher.

ANNIS SHACKELFORD son of R. M. Shackelford, died Logan Co., Ky., June 7, 1845; six children.

JOSEPH WINTER died Chickasaw Co., Miss., May 16, 1845; born N.C., 1798; moved from N.C. to Ala., to Miss. "and from there to heaven."

ANN MOSS youngest daughter of Pleasant C. and Agnes H. Pollard; born Edmunson Co., Ky., June 12, 1821; died Feb. 3, 1845.

JOHN VAN HOOK died in MO, March 20, 1845 aged 62 years; born Caswell Co., N.C., 1782 and moved in 1821 to Limestone Co., Ala., from whence moved in 1844 to MO.

MARY J. SMITH daughter of Levi and Minerva Smith; died in Miss., Mar. 16, 1845 from burn injuries.


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July 4, 1845

JOHN WESLEY BACHMAN son of W. S. and Martha Bachman; died April 17, 1845 aged 2 years, 4 months, 14 days [April 3, 1843]. Marshall Co., Tenn.

JOHN A. PAXON son of Joseph and Pelina Paxon, born Shelby Co., Ky., Oct. 12, 1823; died Montgomery Co., MO, Nov. 20, 1844.

SARAH B. SIGLER wife of Jacob Sigler; daughter of Hezekiah and Susan Nalley; died Callaway Co., MO, April 21, 1845 in the 25th year of her age.

REBECCA S. FISHER daughter of John and Elizabeth Andrews; wife of F. Fisher; born Va., Dec. 27, 1799; moved to Tenn., 1805; died June 21, 1845. Middle Tenn.

JOHN WESLEY CARTWRIGHT born Mar. 7, 1808; died May 17, 1845; his wife, Betsey Cartwright, was five years younger than he and she died May 17, 1845.

ELIZA ANN MILLS daughter of David Tinsley; born Amherst Co., Va., May 2, 1809; died Adair Co., Ky., March 2, 1845.


July 11, 1845

HENRY K. ROACH born Dec. 21, 1806 and reared in Davidson Co., Tenn.; married Dec. 24, 1822; moved to Graves Co., Ky., 1838 where he died June 7, 1845. Methodist local preacher.

DENNIS M. LYLE son of Dr. R. and E. Lyle, Maryland; born in 1810; married N. E. Folts, 1840; died April 24, 1845.

WILLIAM G. WYNNS born Beaufort Co., N.C., Jan. 31, 1810; married S. E. Atkins, Sept. 10, 1838; moved to Tenn., 1815; died June 21, 1845.

FRANCES J. BUTTS wife of Colonel F. Alston Butts; died Talladega Co., Ala., May 27, 1845 in the 36th year of her age; daughter of John and Bede Ellington, Abbeville Dist., S.C.; married Feb. 14, 1827; among the first settlers of Troup Co., Ga.; one child, Mrs. Elizabeth Keith.

JONATHAN CARPENTER died Fayette Co., Tenn., April 1, 1845; born Louisa Co., Va., 1773/4; husband and father (4 children, one of whom married S. R. Simmons who submitted the obituary).

MUSADORAH C. GLOVER daughter of Mary A. Glover; born Oct. 13, 1837; died June 19, 1845.


July 18, 1845

JUDITH FRANCES BONNER daughter of William L. Bonner; died Fayette Co., Tenn., June 15, 1845 aged about 3 years and 3 months.

SUSAN CUNNINGHAM daughter of John and Mary Cunningham; died June 10, 1845 in the 27th year of her age. Middle Tenn.

Dr. GEORGE GRIFFING died in the spring of 1845; victim of alcoholism.


July 25, 1845

CLARA BOYTE born Wayne Co., N.C., Jan. 28, 1789; moved to Tenn., 1827; died March 1, 1845.

MARTHA DYCUS daughter of William and Sarah Hall, Jackson Co., Tenn.; died June 16, 1845 in the 26th year of her age; two sons.

MARY B. SEAY wife of E. T. Seay; daughter of Benjamin and Abigal Seawell; born Feb. 21, 1809; died June 27, 1845; two children with Seay; one daughter with Colonel G. W. Mabry, her first husband. Middle Tenn.

E. MORGAN wife of Rev. William N. Morgan, Memphis Conference; daughter of Henry Butler, Madison Co., Tenn.; died Oxford, Miss., May 31, 1845 in the 39th year of her age; 3 children.

ROBERT P. MAHON died Louisville, Ky., July 6, 1845; husband and father (3 children).


August 1, 1845

JANE REES GORE born Dec. 31, 1802; married July 4, 1820; died June 17, 1845; buried with her newborn infant. Walker Co., Georgia.


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JANE J. BROOKS wife of Robert Brooks; died of congestive chill, Yalobusha Co., Miss., May 28, 1845.

MATTHEW S. SCOTT the son of Rev. James Scott; born Maury Co., Tenn., Dec. 21, 1823; died Trenton, Tenn., June 9, 1845.


August 11, 1845

SUSANNAH E. GREEN daughter of William Wright (dec) formerly of Montgomery Co., Tenn., died Nashville, Tenn., August 3, 1845.

MILTON TULLY died August 4, 1845, Davidson Co., Tenn. in the 20th year of his age.

Obituary of Rev. Howell Taylor:

        Mr. Editor It devolves on me to record a few facts connected with the history of our venerable father in Israel, the Rev. Howell Taylor.
        He was the son of Edmund and Ann Taylor, and born on the 6th day of October, 1754, at Bowlingreen, Caroline county, in the State of Virginia. While but a youth his parents moved to Mecklinburg county, where he was raised, and continued to reside, except for a short period in Warren co., North Carolina, until he emigrated, in the spring of 1817, to the Western country, and settled in Montgomery county, Tennessee; from thence he removed, in 1826, to Haywood county, Tennessee, where he ended his long and useful life, at the house of his son Rev. John Y. Taylor, on the 30th on May last, being 90 years, 7 months and 14 days old, leaving a numerous posterity to weep his departure.
        His parents being highly respectable, and deeply pious, of course he received moral and religious training in youth. He, however, neglected those lessons, until he was about 30 years of age. His amiable wife, was converted by the labors of that distinguished lady, Mrs. Sarah Jones, and although she had some reasons to expect opposition from her husband, nevertheless she returned home and boldly announced the fact; he was not only pleased, but deeply convicted and commenced seeking the same blessing, and never rested until he found peace and pardon in believing.
        As a philanthropist, his benevolence was universal; as a gentleman, he was affable, courteous and kind; as a citizen, prompt in business, and punctual to meet all his engagements; as a patriot, loyal and obedient to the "powers that be," an ardent admirer of the American form of Republican government. As a husband, he was most affectionate; as a father, extremely tender; as a master humane and kind; but above all he was a ripe Christian, deeply versed theoretically, and experimentally in the things of God. His intellect was strong and vigorous, and acquirements substantial and respectable. His call to the christian ministry was clear and satisfactory, because divine; his preaching was plain and powerful, and as Methodism was then unpopular, for want of suitable houses of worship, he made his appointments and preached to multitudes in the groves. Many were awakened, and converted by his instrumentality, and no doubt will shine as stars of the first magnitude in his crown of rejoicing.
        Although he labored publicly, almost from the time of his conversion, it was not until the month of March, 1805, that he was ordained a minister in the church of God, and never would accept any higher office than that of deacon.
        Several years since his physical strength failed, and of course his public ministrations ceased; but his uniformly pious example, by Godly conversion shed a hallowed influence all around him.
        Exceedingly mysterious are the dispensations of divine providence, although his work was done, it remained for him to suffer the will of God: for several years he was the subject of deep affliction, and sometimes the most torturing pain, but he bore all with lamb-like patience, and unreserved submission.
        The closing scene was solemn and interesting, filled with the love of God, overshadowed with the divine presence; he conversed with rapture, on the subject of his approaching change. Said to his daughter--in-law, Mrs. M. Taylor, (who was his tender and vigilent nurse) that celectial messengers were about his bed; and among them he recognized his brother Edmund, who died in 1826. Thus "the chamber where the good man meets his fate, is privileged beyond the common walks of virtuous life, quite in the verge of heaven."
        At length his hour came, and with peace and joy he fearlessly launched away; and though "the voice of the prophet was hushed in the murmurs of the Jordan, the song of triumph was raised upon the other shore.
        From this imperfect sketch we would draw an inference. If God supported his faithful servant sixty one years in the field of battle, his grace will be sufficient to sustain us, whether we live long or die soon.
        July 8, 1845                     THOS. JOYNER
        N. B. Will the Richmond Christian Advocate please copy.

This old patriarch is buried in the Tabernacle cemetery, near Brownsville, Haywood County Tennessee, under a slab tombstone, for which see the next page, 57. Reverend Taylor first married in December 1778 to Susannah Young and these known children: SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR sometimes given as born in 1780 but his tombstone at Tabernacle indicates that he was born in 1779 as it states that he died February 8, 1835 "aged 55 yrs. & Some Months." Samuel Allen Taylor, who went by the second of his given names executed his last will, Jan. 15, 1835; it was probated in mid-June 1835. (Haywood Co. Will Book 1, pages 123-124; County Court Min, Book 1834-1840, page 202). JUDITH BURTON TAYLOR who married Archibald Green, Nov. 9, 1802; ANNE LEWIS TAYLOR, nicknamed Nancy, who married Samuel Jordan, Dec. 3, 1811 and died August 4, 1828. EDMUND TAYLOR born Feb, 13, 1785; JOHN YOUNG TAYLOR born Dec, 27, 1787; HOWELL TAYLOR, the younger, born Feb, 15, 1791; RICHARD TAYLOR born Jan. 21, 1793, (These children were drawn on a family tree devised by Robert Howell Taylor (1816-1881), grandson of Reverend Howell Taylor and exhibited at the Tabernacle gathering in 1881; also including a younger son, JAMES WESLEY TAYLOR who died young in Virginia.) [See page 98.]


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Howell Taylor, the elder, and his son, John Taylor, and families, left Mecklenburg County, Virginia on March 7, 1817 for resettlement in middle Tennessee, Montgomery County, arriving there early in April, thereafter; the old man married his second wife, Rebecca Becky in Tennessee, November 13, 1817. (His first wife died March 27, 1810 and the second wife died November 1, 1830.) His son, Richard Taylor took the initial move to Haywood County in western Tennessee in February 1826, with his old father following him in late November 1826 and the other sons came out to settle near there with Edmund Taylor settling down, to the south, in Fayette County. Tabernacle, the Methodist meetinghouse the Taylors established on their land in 1826 has always been known as a Methodist place of pilgrimage in west Tennessee.

to the memory of
He was born in Va.
Oct. 16th 1754
And died in this county
May 30th 1845
In his 30th year he attached himself to
ever after devoted himself with fervor
and unwavering zeal to the cause of God.
His end was worthy of such a life for of
him it may be said
He was called and chosen
and faithful.

This monument is erected by his affec-
tionate grandchildren.

The Jordans had also come out to Haywood County but only temporarily as they returned to Montgomery Co., Tennessee in November 1834.

Howell Taylor had disposed of most of his temporal possessions late in life but he executed a last will and testament, May 6, 1836 which was probated September 1, 1845 (Haywood County Court Minute Book D, page 266); the original will was photocopied years ago before it disappeared from the Haywood County courthouse, as well as the will book (number D) in which it had been recorded. The copy of the original will, itself a public document, having been probated in court, has been reproduced in this publication on page 58.


August 15, 1845

ANGELINE ELLIOTT daughter of Major David Elliott, died July 16, 1845 in the 19th year of her age.

MARY JANE WILSON wife of David Wilson; daughter of George and Eliza Cathey, born Jan. 20, 1828; died July 15, 1845.

MARY J. FRASER wife of B. F. Fraser born March 26, 1811; died June 9, 1845; married Nov. 24, 1830

ELIZABETH SHORT, Muhlenburg Co., Ky., died June 30, 1845; joined the Methodist Church when a child in 1829.

JOHN BURDINE born in Va., 1771; died Itawamba Co., Miss., May 7, 1845; one son named, David Burdine.

SUSAN J. HORSLEY daughter of James and Jane Horsley died June 8, 1845 in the 22nd year of her age.

KEZIA G. ALLEN born Bourbon Co., Ky., May 15, 1794; died Bates Co., MO, April 2, 1845


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[Copy of the original will of Howell Taylor of Haywood County, Tennessee]

Click here for slightly larger image.


[HTML editor's note: The following transcription of the difficult-to-read will illustrated above is taken from Jonathan K. T. Smith's A Genealogical Quandary: Will Book D, 1845-1852 Haywood County, Tennessee, copyright Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003, p. 6.]

In the name of Almighty God, I Howell Taylor of the County of Haywood & State of Tennessee do constitute ordain & appoint this my last will & testament in manner

& form following, viz.
        First & principally I give my soul to Almighty God & trust that through the merits of Jesus Christ to be accepted by him & my body to be buried as my executors shall direct & the minister who preaches my funeral to receive ten dollars.
        Item. I give to my son Edmund Taylor bed & furniture.
        Item. I give to my son John Y. Taylor my horse bridle & saddle, my little gun, books & my little household furniture.
        I give to my son Howell Taylor my desk & watch.
        I give to my son Richard Taylor my big gun.
        All the rest of my estate I give to be equally divided between my son Allen Taylor, my daughter Judith Green, my daughter Ann L. Jordan & my four sons above named.
        Lastly I appoint my sons John Y. Taylor & Richard Taylor my executors of which it is my will that no security be required on account of their executorship and do hereby revoke all wills heretofore made in testimony whereof i have hereunto set my hand & affix my seal this 6 day of May 1836.

Test Allen C. Barbee
     William Weddle

Howell Taylor (seal)


August 15, 1845 continued

MARGARET McINTlRE wife of John McIntire, died McNairy Co., Tenn., June 25, 1845 in the 44th year of her age.

MIRANDA WADE wife of Captain HENRY WADE died Maury Co., Tenn., June 3, 1845 in the 45th year of her age.

Reverend LEVIN W. MORELAND, a Methodist local preacher, died Yell Co., Ark., April 1845; married March 1844.

KATHARINE A. K. TATE wife of Samuel F. Tate, Grainger Co., Tenn.; daughter of William and Mary P. McConnell, formerly of Huntingdon, Pa.; married Sept. 1844; died July 18, 1845.

On the morning of July 17, 1845, THOMAS L. CRITTENDEN and Colonel WILLIAM BOONE who were delegated so to do, had the remains of Colonel DANIEL BOONE and his wife removed from their place of burial on the farm of Harvey Griswold, Warren Co., MO, exhumed for reburial in Frankfort, Kentucky. Opening the graves, it was found that "the large bones were found to be perfect in size and shape but of a very dark color and so far decomposed . . . a number of small bones were rotten and could not be raised in form; the coffins were entirely rotten and gone except the bottom planks." [Rebecca Bryan Boone died March 11, 1813. Daniel Boone died September 26, 1820.]


August 22, 1845

JAMES M. LOWE sort of B. M. Lowe, died Huntsville, Ala., July 21, 1845 in the 17th year of his age. A tribute to his memory, by the Lafayette Society, LaGrange College, Ala., dated July 27, 1845 appended the notice of his death. He had been a student in this college.


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NANCY SMITH daughter of John and Jane Trousdale, born N.C., April 20, 1787; moved with parents to middle Tennessee; moved to Smith Co., Tenn.; married Jesse Smith, 1806 and about 1835 moved to Scott Co., MO, where she died April 8, 1845.

SOPHIA SMITH wife of James Smith, Henry Co., Ky., died July 14, 1845 in the 39th year of her age; five children.

HARRIET S. NEAL wife of Leonard B. Neal died Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 27, 1845 in the 26th year of her age.


August 29, 1845

MARTHA JANE WILLIAMS daughter of John M. Williams and wife died July 9, 1845 aged 2 years.

Colonel FRANCIS MILLER, late treasurer of the State of Tennessee, died Winchester, Tenn., August 22, 1845. Methodist.

MARY D. JONES wife of Guilford Jones; daughter of James B. and Chloe Lee; born Wake Co., N.C.; died July 20, 1845.

MARTHA DREWRY youngest daughter of Ebenezer and Mary Hearn, born July 2, 1840; died August 3, 1845.

MARY ANN ABERNATHY wife of Burwell Abernathy; daughter of William R. and Elizabeth M. Brown; born July 27, 1825; married March 1844; died August 10, 1845. Giles Co., Tenn.


September 5, 1845

INFORMATION WANTED. In the fall of 1831, EDMUND DAVIS left Pasquotank Co., N.C. under the care of John V. Chamberlane, going to Illinois or Indiana; his sibling, Devotion Davis, Somerville, Tenn., wanted information about his brother's whereabouts.

Reverend JOSHUA BOUCHER born western Va., Oct. 23, 1782; died Athens, Ala., August 23, 1845; moved in 1808 to Madison Co., Miss.; licensed as a Methodical local preacher about 1811; he labored faithfully among numerous circuit of the Tennessee Conference.

FRANCIS EPPS HARRIS son of Henry M. (died 1841) and Judeth Harris; born Madison Co., Ala.; died in Miss., July 3, 1845 in the 21st year of his age.

NANCY REEDER died July 26, 1845 in the 28th year of her age; four children. Middle Tenn.

NANCY E. JONES daughter of Samuel and Isabella Moore, born near Cynthiana, Ky., July 14, 1825; died Henry Co., Miss., August 11, 1845; married W. W. Jones, Feb. 10, 1842; an infant son.

FRANCIS LAFAYETTE GRAINGER son of James L. and Ellen Grainger died Springfield, Tenn., August 2, 1845 aged 16 months and 15 days.

WESLEY ELY died Yalobusha Co., Miss., June 30, 1845.

JAMES HUTCHINSON, Sumner Co., Tenn., died Marshall Co., Tenn., August 12, 1845 aged 52 years; five children.

ANN CONWAY died in Little Rock, Ark., July 9, 1845 in the 75th year of her age. Among her children were ex-governor Conway; General E. N. Conway and William Conway; all of Ark.

At a two-day religious gathering in Greenup County, Kentucky, three children of Mr. ARMES were killed when a large tree fell upon them, killing them immediately.


September 12, 1845

Tribute of respect for MILTON TULLY by the church committee, McKendree Methodist Church, Nashville, noting that he was born in Huntsville, Alabama, June 51, 1824; died Davidson County, Tenn., August 4, 1845; had come to Nashville two years ago to study medicine with a relative, Dr. J. P. Ford; he had been a close Bible student when a member at McKendree.


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SARAH BROTHERTON born Guernsey but was taken by her parents to Manchester, England as a child; she married Thomas Brotherton, 1812; came to America; died in Nashville, Tenn., August 26, 1845.

Quoting in the context of a letter written by John Bayley from Newcastle-under-Lyne England, July 5, 1845, to Reverend L. M. Lee, is a description of burials in the City Road Chapel in London:

        The grave-yard, both before and behind the chapel, is crowded with tomb-stones. The most conspicuous among these memorials of departed worth is the tomb of the venerated Wesley. It is a plain tomb, loftier than any of the others, and surrounded by an iron railing. In addition to the epitaph, which may be seen in the Life of Wesley, by Mr. Watson, the following memorials are inscribed on the tomb:

"This grateful record
Of the place made sacred by the mortal remains
of the venerable and apostolic
Was first erected Anno Domini 1701,
But re-edified and enlarged 1840,
(During the Centenary of Methodism)
At the expense and under the direction of his sons
and successors in the Christian Ministry,
The Methodist Conference,
In token of
their filial affection, reverence and love."

        On the opposite side of the tomb are the following records:
        "In this vault, with the remains of the Rev. Mr. Wesley, are deposited those of the following preachers:
        Mr. Duncan Wright, died May 13th, aged 55 years.
        The Rev. John Richardson, died Feb. 10th, 1792, aged 57 years.
        Mr. John Murlin, died July 17th, 1799, aged 77 years.
        Rev. Walter Griffith, president of the conference in 1823, died Jan. 30th, 1823, aged 63 years.
        On another side of the tomb, is the following:
        "Here also are interred the remains of Mrs. Martha Hall, sister of Mr. Wesley, who died July 19th, 1791, aged 85 years.
        "She opened her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue was the love of kindness." Prov. xxxi, 20.
        Next to the tomb of Mr. Wesley is one of a more humble appearance, surrounded by a plain iron railing, with the following inscription:
        "Sacred to the Memory of Adam Clarke, L.L.D., F.A.S., who rested from his labors August 28, ____, aged 7_ years. [HTML editor's note: year and age hidden in paper crease; age probably is 72]
        "Also to the memory of Mary, wife of Adam Clarke, L.L.D., who died December 26th, 1836, aged 76 years.
        "Also to the memory of John Wesley Clarke, Esq., who died Feb. 29th, 1840, aged 51 years."
        And thus, after their great labors and wonderful usefulness, the mortal remains of the venerable, holy, and apostolic ministers rest side by side



Dr. SAMUEL C. JOHNSON son of William and Louisa Johnson, born Sept. 3, 1823; died Williamson Co., Tenn., August 29, 1845.

MARGARET FORBES daughter of Archibald McDonald; born Bedford Co., Va.; had moved with parents to Overton Co., Tenn.; married Samuel Forbes and moved to MO where she died, Cooper County, July 26, 1845 in the 69th year of her age.

MARGARET LEA born Sept. 19, 1799; died August 9, 1845; on July 10, 1845 her son, PORTER HENRY, died; two other sons and a daughter (resident of Alabama) survived her.

CHARLOTTE H. MOORE wife of Dr. William D. Moore; daughter of Thomas and Nancy Godfrey; born S.C., Feb. 13, 1798; joined Methodist Church, 1831; died Yalobusha Co., Miss., Aug. 15, 1845.

MARTHA DAVIDSON wife of William Davidson; daughter of Rev. Lemuel and Rebecca Brandon died August 3, 1845; two children. Middle Tennessee.

ELIZABETH RIGGEN wife of John Riggen, Kentucky Conference preacher, born Mason Co., Ky. April 16, 1796; married January 1812; joined Methodist Church, 1817; died Newport, Ky., August 14, 1845.

MILDRED ANN BRANSFORD born Smith Co., Tenn., July 25, 1841; died August 19, 1845, Fulton Co. Ky.; daughter of J. W. Bransford.


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September 19, 1845

Major SION B. READ died McMinnville, Tenn., August 29, 1845 in the 55th year of his age.

Reverend WILLIAM H. WHITTINGTON son of Burwell and Nancy Kenaday Whittington, born S.C., August 20, 1789; moved with parents to Ga.; married in 1815; Methodist preacher. Died Jackson Co., Miss., July 29, 1845.

MARGARET CAROLINE ROZELL wife of Ruford A. Rozell, formerly of Rutherford Co., Tenn.; died near Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 13, 1845; six children.

HENRY T. ATKINSON son of Samuel W. and Nancy Atkinson, born Ga., Feb. 12, 1824; moved to Pontotoc Co., Miss., 1840, where he died May 29, 1845.

GEORGE WRIGHT died Trimble Co., Ky., June 30, 1845 aged 80 years, 11 months and 10 days old [July 20, 1764]; his wife had died in July 1833. "Brother Wright was one of the patriots that served in the war of the revolution." [His pension application (S31501) notes that he was born in Amherst Co., Va., 1763; moved to Greene Co., Tenn. and in 1816 moved to what became Oldham Co., Ky.; he drew a modest pension.]

ALBERT G. PARKER, Davidson Co., Tenn., died Aug. 31, 1845 in the 26th year of his age.

MARY M. COLLINS wife of William R. Collins, born Sept. 7, 1794; married Dec. 8, 1814; mother of fifteen children; joined Methodist Church, 1837; died of cancer, Aug. 10, 1845. Adams Co., Miss.

MELVINA HUBBELL died Bath Co., Ky., July 30, 1845 aged 19 years.

WILLIAM MOORE born N.C.; moved to east Tenn., then to Claiborne Co., Miss. 43 years ago and 15 years ago moved to Madison Co., Miss. where he died Aug. 11, 1845 in the 62nd year of his age.

CATHARINE GINGRY daughter of George and Catharine Thurman; born Lancaster Co., Pa., July 1766; married H. Gingry, 1787; moved to Tenn., 1807; formerly a Lutheran ans joined the C. P. Church; died August 8, 1845.

CHARLES B. HOLMAN son of T. J. and Francis Holman; died Wilson Co., Tenn., Aug. 28, 1845 aged 12 mos., 27 days [August 1, 1844].


September 26, 1845

Reverend JOHN COLLINS, father of David Collins, born Gloucester Co., New Jersey, 1769; began his Methodist ministry, 1795; member of Ohio Conference more than forty years; married in 1793; eleven children. Died Maysville, Ky., Aug. 22, 1845. Buried in graveyard of Bethel meetinghouse, Clermont Co., Ohio.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS wife of Rev. Justinian Williams, died Tuscumbia, Ala., July 2, 1845 in the 54th year of his age.

MEDORA CATHARINE JUDKINS daughter of Albert H. and Mary A. Judkins, Springfield, Tenn., died July 9, 1845 in the 5th year of his age.

LOUISA M. LAYNE wife of J. M. Layne, died Westville, Miss., July 12, 1845.

JOHN G. LEE son of William and Nancy Lee, Rutherford Co., Tenn.; born N.C.; died August 9, 1845 in the 25th year of his age; died in residence of his brother, F. W. Lee, Fayette Co., Tenn.

DUNCAN McCALL died Wayne Co., Miss., July 16, 1845 in the 63rd year of his age.

Miss SARAH ANN CONLEY born Davidson Co., Tenn., April 16, 1820; died August 23, 1845.

JOHN SHARBER died Rutherford Co., Tenn., July 7, 1845; stroke; born N.C., April 4, 1801; husband and father (6 children).

EMILY SABRINA WELHOITE daughter of Young and Eliza Welhoite born Rowesville, Tenn., Oct. 7, 1844; died there, Sept. 8, 1845.

JAMES J. THOMPSON born Livingston Co., Ky.; moved to Miss., 1820; joined Methodist Church, 1831; died Leake Co., Miss., August 27, 1845 in the 48th year of his age.


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October 10, 1845

MARY ANN KENT daughter of John and Elizabeth Fagg; born Albemarle Co., Va., Aug. 6, 1808; died Pike Co., MO, Aug. 30, 1845; one son.

SUSANNAH LLOYD DEAN, native of Kentucky, born Dec. 6, 1818; died Carroll Co., Ky., Sept. 23, 1845.

SARAH ELIZABETH ROUSSEAU born Maury Co., Tenn., April 1834; died in residence of her brother, N. G. Rousseau, September 11, 1845.

ELIZA A. DAVIS daughter of H. L. Davis died Maysville, Ky., Sept. 18, 1845 aged 12 years.

ZANEY STEPHENS born N.C., Nov. 30, 1794; married J. E. Stephens, Nov. 19, 1812; died Chickasaw Co., Miss., Sept. 9, 1845. Ostensibly a son, JOHN WESLEY STEPHENS, born March 20, 1824; died September 18, 1845.

POLLY ANN PRICE daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Price, Jackson Co., Tenn.; died August 15, 1845 in the 22nd year of her age. [Obituary repeated in Oct. 31, 1845 issue]


October 17, 1845

JAMES MORGAN, a Marylander, had married and he and his wife had an infant child when in their cabin near Bryant's Station on the Kentucky frontier, August 7, 1782, a party of Indians approached their cabin. Morgan hid his wife under the floor of the cabin

and took the infant with him, fearing it would cry and reveal the hiding place. Morgan reached his brother's place, left the infant there and returned to his cabin only to find that it had been burned to the ground but his wife had escaped and husband and wife were re-united, having managed to survive this hideous assault on their home.

Rev. J. W. RIGGAN, Kentucky Conference, died Fleming Co., Ky., Sept. 30, 1845; congestive fever.

Rev. Dr. JAMES FISHBACK born Culpeper Co., Va., Feb. 4, 1776; died Lexington, Ky., June 26, 1845; pastor of the first Baptist Church in Lexington, 1817; married (1) a niece of Patrick Henry; (2) a daughter of Governor Shelby.

ELIZABETH CARRITHERS wife of Adam Carrithers, died Spencer Co., Ky., May 15, 1845 aged 57 years, 6 months, 26 days [October 19, 1788]; married James Montgomery (died 1813), April 1812; a daughter; married secondly, Adam Carrithers, Dec. 1, 1814, a widower with five children.

JOHN W. BAYNE born St. Mary's Co., Maryland, April 3, 1770; died May 25, 1845; moved to Ky. when young; moved to New Madrid, MO, 1791; then to St. Louis Co., MO, 1820. He built the first house erected in Bowling Green, Missouri.

JANE HARRIS daughter of James Cooper, Bedford Co., Tenn.; wife of Captain Allred Harris, Rutherford Co., Tenn.; born Nov. 17, 1800; died Sept. 26, 1845.

THOMAS COCKE, native of Goochland Co., Va., died Anderson Co., Ky., Aug. 24, 1845 in the 63rd year of his age; moved to Ky., 1816 and settled where he died years later.

Tribute of respect for DIONYSIUS HOUSTON who died Marshall Co., Miss., Sept. 14, 1845, about 20 years old; by fellow members of the Dialectal Society, LaGrange College, Ala., dated October 3, 1845.


October 24, 1845

MARTHA C. MILLS wife of Gilford Mills, born Va.; moved to Ky., then to Maury Co., Tenn., where she married April 8, 1824; died Dickson Co., Tenn., September 3, 1845.

JOEL APPLING died Simpson Co., Ky., Oct. 2, 1845 in the 65th year of his age; husband and father.

LOUISA THORNTON daughter of Phillip and Susan Wright; wife of John Thornton; died Simpson Co., Ky., Sept. 18, 1845 aged 23 years.

NANCY JANE RICE daughter of James and Patience Rice; born Wilson Co., Tenn., June 7, 1833; died Oct. 1, 1845 at residence of her uncle, S. Ragsdale, Rutherford Co., Tennessee.


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HARRIET PEGUES GODFREY daughter of William and Elizabeth Powe; born Chesterfield Dist. S.C., August 8, 1791; she married her second husband, William Godfrey, July 26, 1826; four children. Died Ala., Sept. 30, 1845.

REBECCA ANN MASON wife of Isaac N. Mason; daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Ferguson; born Brunswick Co., Va., Dec. 8, 1813; married in Rutherford Co., Tenn., 1830; died Aug. 31, 1845.

JANE MIZE wife of Rev. Jesse Mize, born N.C., 1786; died Lowndes Co., Miss., Sept. 29, 1845.

Dr. DAVID MOORE born Va.; moved to Ala., 1810; died Huntsville, Ala., September 22, 1845 in the 61st year of his age; sometime member of the state legislature.

ELIZABETH JONES died Wilson Co., Tenn., Sept. 10, 184l in the 72nd year of her age.


October 31, 1845

FRANKLIN COOK youngest son of Rev. Valentine Cook, born Logan Co., Ky., 1821; died Sept. 1845.

JANE McDONALD wife of Hugh McDonald; died Aug. 22, 1845 in the 40th year of her age; consumption; moved to Jasper, Ala. about two years ago where she died.

WILLIAM MILLSAPS oldest son of Judge Uriah Millsaps died Sept. 5, 1845 in the 23rd year of his age.

RANDOLPH OUTLAW born Jefferson Co., Ala., April 18, 1835; died Tishomingo Co., Miss., Oct. 5, 1845. "He died like someone going to sleep."

THOMAS KERBY infant son of Miles and Elizabeth Kerby, died Springfield, Tenn., Oct. 13, 1845.

ABRAM F. SMITH son of A. F. and Myra Smith, died Washington Co., Miss., Sept. 20, 1845 aged about 2 years and 2 months old.

NANCY BLANTON wife of Henry Blanton, Washington Co., Miss., died Aug. 19, 1845 in the 33rd year of her life.


November 7, 1845

MARGARET BURBRIDGE wife of John Burbridge; daughter of Rev. Thomas and Mary Goode, Panola Co., Miss., born Jefferson Co., Ala., March 21, 1825; died Sept. 19, 1845.

LUDDY S. CRUTCHFIELD born N.C., Mar. 15, 1802; reared probably in Rutherford Co., Tenn.; moved to Bedford Co., Tenn., 1835; to Graves Co., Ky., 1845, where he died Oct. 9, 1845; husband and father.

JAMES W. DORSEY born Jefferson Co., Ky., Sept. 5, 1813; moved with parents to Henderson Co., Ky. about 1819; died April 6, 1845.

EVALINE R. HAYNIE daughter of George and Sydney Haynie, born Madison Co., Tenn., Dec. 21, 1828; moved with parents to Tipton Co., Tenn., 1839; died Sept. 4, 1845.

Reverend MOSES A. BROCKFIELD died Poinsett Co., Ark., Aug. 4, 1845 in the 22nd year of his age.

MARTHA ANN ELIZA ELLIS infant daughter of Thomas C. and Amelia J. Ellis, Tensas Parish, La., died Oct. 6, 1845.

WILLIAM FOUNTAIN oldest son of Fountain P. and Catharine A. Duke; died McNairy Co., Tenn., Oct. 2, 1845 aged 6 years, 11 months and some days.

CATHARINE J. LAMBETH daughter of John S. and Susan Lambeth, born Jan. 24, 1827; died Monroe Co., Miss., Sept. 18, 1845.

EDMOND L. GARDNER son of Samuel and Mary Gardner; born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Feb. 4, 1824; married Susan A. Adams, May 20, 1844; died of congestive fever, Sept. 7, 1845. [Buried in Bartlett-Ellendale Cemetery, Shelby County, Tennessee]

JAMES A. MOORE, Obion Co., Tenn., died Oct. 7, 1845 aged 37 years, 29 days [Sept. 18, 1808]; brother of Robert F. Moore, Nashville, Tenn.


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MARY L. CARTER daughter of Jeremiah and Lucy Daughtry, Northampton Co., N.C.; wife of Drewry Carter; married Feb. 22, 1821 and moved to Fayette Co., Tenn. with husband and family, winter 1835; died Oct. 1, 1845.

RACHAEL MELTON wife of W. H. Melton, died Grenada, Miss., Oct. 18, 1845 aged about 48 years; five daughters.

SARAH E. SOWELL wife of H. C. Sowell; daughter of Jackson and Lamira Stanfill; born Oct. 10, 1823; died Sept. 17, 1845; left an infant. Middle Tennessee.


November 14, 1845

        Mr. WILLIAM McFERRIN, the grand-father of the Editor of this paper, died recently in Marshall county, Mississippi; aged ninety years. The following letter dictated by the venerable man a few days before his death, was written down by Mr. W. Forbes, and directed to his grand-son, the Rev. William M. McFerrin, of the Memphis Conference. We might add much to what is said of this departed veteran, but we forbear. He lived to see all his children converted, and buried several of his large family, who died in the faith. His numerous posterity will rejoice that his last days were marked by the triumph of christian faith.

MARSHALL COUNTY, MISS., Sept. 19th, 1845.
        To William M. McFerrin, I your aged grand-father, William McFerrin, being now in the ninetieth year of my age, and being in bad health, feel that the time of my departure from this world is at hand. And being desirous that you should preach my funeral after my death, I therefore, write to you a few lines, to give to you the outlines of my life, that you may be the better prepared to attend to this matter.
        I was born in the State of Pennsylvania, York county, in the year of our Lord 1755, and in the month of October. In the year 1765 my father removed to Virginia and settled in Augusta county, near to Stanton, where he remained 12 years. In 1774 the war began, and in 1776 I turned out a volunteer.
        I first fought the Indians under Col. Christy; and then the British under the command of Cols. Washington and Green. But believing there were other duties binding on me, I joined the church of God, and become a member of the family of Christ in my youth. I also married a wife in the year 1781. For many years after the war, I spent my time at home with my family, in cultivating the ground for their support. In the year 1809 I removed from Virginia to Tennessee, Rutherford County. In 1813 my wife died. About this time my children all married off and left me. But from that time until now I have found a constant and happy home with C. Curlee, Esq., who married my daughter Elenor. These my dear children have been my staff in old age and stays in times of greatest need. May heaven reward them, is my constant prayer. Amen.
        From Rutherford county, Tennessee, I removed with the above named children to Tipton county, Tenn., and remained there ten years. In 1840 we all removed to the State of Mississippi, Marshall County, where I now live, and expect to die, and that in a few days. For this world and all that in it is, yea all that affects the senses of man, seem to be departing and getting at a great distance from me. Yes, the ten thousand cords that bind me to this world are breaking fast, while eternity with all its spacious territory with all of its expanded fields of delight, and grand and sublime scenes the Bible speaks of, are moving up to my door. I stand with rapture and look on; I calmly bid this world good night; and with joy invite the approaching world.
        After my death, and you have preached my funeral, I want you to send to John B. McFerrin, of Nashville, and have my death and the outlines of my life published in the paper, that all of my friends may hear of it. So farewell, until we meet in another world.

William McFerrin

        Since the writing of the preceding part of this letter, your aged grandfather has departed this life. Esq. Curlee and lady have gone to Middle Tennessee on a visit, he came to my house to stay a few days, took sick and died. He perhaps had a small touch of bilious fever combined with old age.
        I was with him during his whole afflictions. From the time he was taken sick, he said he should die.
        During his sickness, his hopes were like pillars of fire, reaching from earth to heaven, and throwing light on the path that reaches from this to a better world.
        When his sufferings would become great, he would seem to hurry death to execute his office.

William Forbes


SUSAN GAINES died October 1, 1845; daughter of Major Claborne Duval, formerly of Virginia; she married Thomas L. Gaines.

MARY OPHELIA MOSELY daughter of Rev. John and Frances A. Mosely died Sept. 4, 1845 aged 5 years, 4 months, 6 days [April 28, 1840].


November 21, 1845

GEORGE WESLEY HEDDING, daughter of Rev. C. P. and Polly M. Clarke; died Point Coupee Parish La., Nov. 2, 1845 aged 2 years, 3 months and 23 days [July 9, 1843].

NATHANIEL BELL, Lebanon, Tenn., died in residence of Dr. R. G. Weddington, Carroll Co., Tenn. Sept. 25, 1845; an elder in Cumberland Presbyterian Church; he died while on a "tour through the district" in search of improvement in health.

WILLIAM ALLEN born April 25, 1818; died Marshall Co., Tenn., August 20, 1845.


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November 21, 1845

NANCY RUCKER daughter of William Reed, born Bedford Co., Tenn., May 12, 1765; died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Nov. 3, 1845; moved with husband, Rev. James Rucker, to Tenn., 1799, near the Hermitage; moved to Rutherford County in 1801. Husband was a Methodist local preacher.

SAMUEL M. CLARKE son of William and Ann B. Clarke, died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 6, 1845 aged 11 years, 10 months and 25 days old [August 11, 1833]

JAMES O. K. PRIMM died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Oct. 2, 1845 in the 36th year of his age.


November 28, 1845

WILLIAM J. MASTIN died Huntsville, Ala., November 14, 1845 aged 37 years.

ELIHU C. RAYBURN died September 3, 1845.

BELINDA JACKSON wife of James B. Jackson died Washington Co., Miss., Oct. 10, 1845.

F. T. SIMPSON died Giles Co., Tenn., Oct. 23, 1845 in the 36th year of his age.

Mrs. ANN LUM died near Vicksburg, Miss., Oct. 10, 1845.

SARAH E. H. MERICH daughter of Joseph and Mary Meridith; born Muhlenburg Co., Ky.; died Hempstead Co., Ark., Sept. 12, 1845.

Major THOMAS MACKLIN died Oct. 27, 1845 in the 77th year of his age.

E. G. ARMOUR wife of David Armour died near Memphis, recently, in 44th year.

BRYAN L. MOORE, son of Colbert and Frances Moore died DeSoto Co., Miss., Sept. 26, 1845.

DANIEL MASSY died Benton Co., Tenn., Oct. 24, 1845 aged 78 years.

JAMES W. MOODY born Dinwiddie Co., Va., Nov. 1781; died Aug. 9, 1845.

MILDRED L. HARRISON widow of Andrew Harrison, Caswell Co., N.C., died Montgomery Co., Tenn., Oct. 31, 1845 in the 67th year of his age.

JOSEPH ROWE, native of Fairfield Dist., S.C., died Gibson Co., Tenn., Oct. 4, 1845.

JOHN SHAW born Va.; moved to N.C., then to Bedford Co., Tenn.; died Nov. 4, 1845.

WILLIAM C. HARRIS died Fayette Co., Tenn., October 9, 1845.

Dr. D. D. McKINNEY died Monroe Co., Miss., Aug. 17, 1845 in 26th year of his age.

MILTON JOHNSON son of Milton and America Johnson died Gibson Co., Tenn., Oct. 18, 1845.

MINERVA RISON daughter of George Rison, died Huntingdon, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1845 aged 19 years.

LERENA MAY daughter of Andrew May died Casey Co., Ky., Aug. 26, 1845 aged 25 years.

SOPHIA W. S. MAY wife of Jesse Ray, died Bolivar Co., Miss., Sept. 28, 1845 aged 32 years.

JAMES C. ROACH son of Rev. William Roach, born Davidson Co., Tenn.; died Graves Co., Ky.

ELIZA A. McBRIDE daughter, of John and Margaret Williams died Mar. 19, 1845 aged 17 years, 8 months [September 1827].

[WILLIAM] BAUGH died near Dancyville, Tenn., Sept. 13, 1845. [See, SUSAN BAUGH, page 93.]

LOUISA C. JACKSON wife of Frederick S. Jackson, died Fayette Co., Tenn., Oct. 10; 1845. Her stepdaughter, LOUISA C. JACKSON, died Oct. 20, 1845 aged 7 years.

CHRISTOPHER G. CLARUNCH died Hardeman Co., Tenn., Sept. 12, 1845 aged 27 years.

EMELINE JOHNSON died Shelby Co., Ky., Sept. 7, 1845 in 29th year of her age.

MARY RECORD died Perry Co., Tenn., Oct. 14, 1845.

THOMAS BLANKENSHIP son of Rev. Benjamin Blankenship, born May 23, 1831; died Aug. 10, 1845.

WILLIAM D. GRIFFIN born Granville Co., N.C.; married Sarah C. Epps; died Montgomery Co., Tenn., Nov. 2, 1845.


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RECINA N. HOLBROOK died Tazewell Co., Va., Sept. 3, 1845 in the 14th year of her age.

Rev. DAVID RING, Haywood Co., Tenn., died Sept. 8, 1845 aged about 45 years. Methodist preacher.

Rev. WILLIAM WILSON son of James and Elizabeth Wilson; born Jefferson Co., Tenn.; moved with parents to Dickson Co., Tenn. about 1802; eventually moved to Humphreys Co., Tenn. where he married Amey Haliburton, 1809; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, 1835; moved to Henderson, then Gibson counties and then to Haywood Co., Tenn. where he died recently; nie children. Aged 55 years.


December 5, 1845

SUSAN L. PRINCE wife of George H. Prince, born Sept. 30, 1822; died Sept. 3, 1845.

MOSES STARNES died Copiah Co., Miss., Oct. 10, 1845 in 69th year of his age.

Major JAMES G. CLARK born Anderson District, S.C.; moved to Winston Co., Miss., 1836; to Attala Co., Miss., December 1843 where he died Oct. 25, 1845 in the 48th year of his age; active Methodist layman.

CATHARINE BURROW wife of Nimrod Burrow; born Mar. 5, 1806; died Oct. 22, 1845; six children.

General WILLIAM HALE son of Thomas G. and Eliza W. Hale; born Tenn.; moved with parents to Miss. when young; merchant in Carrollton, Miss.; died Madison Springs, Miss., Sept. 17, 1845 in the 27th year of his age.


December 12, 1845

MARY ELIZABETH HALL daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Hall, died Nov. 26, 1845 aged 15 years, l month and several days. Russellville, Ky.

ELIZA R. JACKSON daughter of Peter and Martha Ann Birthright, Va.; died Lewis Co., Tenn., Nov. 10, 1845; joined Methodist Church at Macedonia meetinghouse, Brunswick Co., Va., 1834.

JOHN THOMAS ANDERSON son of John B. and Narcissa Ann Anderson; died recently; aged 7 years, 8 days old.

MARY CONNER wife of Samuel Conner, Weakley Co., Tenn., died Sept. 3, 1845; daughter of General Love.

SIMON Z. TURNER died in residence of Dr. Reuben Coles. Madison Co. Tenn.; son of Henry H. and Mary S. Turner; born Haywood Co. Tenn. Aug. 28, 1826; died November 1845.


December 19, 1845

Rev. WESLEY W. TAYLOR licensed to preach July 25, 1838; died May 7, 1845 leaving a widow and eight children, all of the latter under the age of fourteen years.

Rev. HENRY W. SALE had been working in the woods, clearing spaces on his farm near Bellmonte, when he suffered a stroke and died, at the age of 61 years, Dec. 20, 1845. Native of Va.


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