Abstracted by Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2004

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[There is a break in issues after July 22, 1836 until mid-February 1837.]


February 17, 1837

JAMES M. WHITE, Gallatin, Tenn. died on board the steamboat "Waterloo", recently; aged 19 years.

AMELIA W. wife of LEM SMITH, esq., died Hardeman Co., Tenn., Dec. 17, 1836.

ELIZABETH P. daughter of LEM SMITH, Hardeman Co., Tenn. died January 7, 1837.

CHARLES H. McALISTER married MARTHA E. CATOR, February 17, 1836 [on the morning the newspaper was published].

WILLIAM OWEN, Williamson Co., Tenn. married CATHARINE [KITTURAH] WALLER, in Davidson Co., Tenn., February 17 [actually, January 20], 1837.

WILLIAM GRAY married SUSAN P. BROOKS, Williamson Co., Tenn., January 29, 1837.


February 24, 1837

JOHN THOMAS son of JOHN P. GEE died Warren Co., Miss., Jan. 23, 1837 aged 4 months and 1 day [September 22, 1836].

Dr. J. D. JENNINGS son of Rev. OBADIAH JENNINGS; D.D., Nashville, Tenn., died Clinton, Miss., February 3, 1837.

ANN E. wife of Colonel ANDREW HYNES, near Nashville, Tenn., died recently.

HIRAM EDMONDSON, Williamson Co., Tenn. married NANCY B. DAVIS, Missouri, in Nashville, Tenn., February 9, 1837.

JAMES A. GRAY married MARTHA A. McCRADY, January 29, 1837.

PLEASANT SMITH, Nashville, Tenn. married MARY JANE daughter of WILLIAM EWING, SR., Davidson Co., Tenn., February 16, 1837.

WILLIAM RITCHIE married JANE C. CASH, Philadelphia, Pa., February 10, 1836.


March 24, 1837

The State of Tennessee,
Court of Chancery at Franklin, March 14, 1837

Tilman D. Beasly, vs. Allen Fields and others.

It appearing by affidavit that the defendant Allen Fields is not an inhabitant of the state of Tennessee, so that the process of the court cannot be served upon him; It is therefore ordered that publication be made for three successive weeks in the Western Weekly Review, a newspaper published in the town on Franklin Tenn., requiring the said defendant to appear at the next term of this court, to be held at the court house in the town of Franklin, on the fourth Monday in April next, then and there to answer the complainants bill or the same will be taken for confessed, and set for hearing ex parte as to him.

A copy, Attest,

The bill states; -- that complts father Burton Beasly died in 181?[smeared] or 1818, in Giles county, Tennessee, leaving a will by which he bequeathed all his estate real and personal to his widow Deliah Beasly, during her widowhood except a sufficiency to pay his debts; but if she married again, then she was to receive a child's part, that said Delilah in 1830, intermarried with deft Allen Fields; that testator had six children, Rebecca, William, Wyatty, Ann, Polly and complt Tilman Beasly, who at the widow's marriage, became each entitled to one sixth of testator's estate; that testators estate consisted of a negro man Isaac, stock of different kinds, household and kitchen furniture, &c. That complainants Grandfather Jesse Beasly, was duly appointed guardian, to said minors, with deft Younger Hobson as surety by the county court of Giles county, that Jesse Beasly returned an account in said county court in November 1820, the same bearing "Notes to the amount of $585.374," and said negro Isaac ?? in February, 1821, returned an account of said negro Isaac and the sum of $615.00 as the property of his wards; that through some pretended sale or other illegal process, said Jesse, guardian as aforesaid, took possession of and claimed said negro Isaac as his own property: that sometime 1827, the said Jesse died in Giles county, Tennessee, leaving a will by which he directed said Isaac together with other salves and property to be sold, and appointed William M. Beasly and Hugh Campbell his executors, who qualified as


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such, and in December 1827, sold said slave Isaac to deft Joseph Anthony for between $600 & $700, who has had the use and possession of him ever since: that by the will of said Jesse he bequeathed to comp't $25.00, and also made him and six other legatees large residuary bequests: that the amount of his share of said residuary bequest, he believes to be about $315.00 with interest, --that said Executors of said Jesse, made a settlement in June, 1830, showing a balance in their hands of $2209.83 one seventh of which belongs to complt; that in Nov'r. 1825, deft. Allen Fields was by the county court of Giles, appointed guardian for said minor heirs of said Burton, who gave bond as such with the deft Joseph Anthony as surety, -- and in August 1826, returned an account to said county court, showing a balance in his hands of $747.56, one fourth of which belongs to complt; that said Allen shortly thereafter removed to Williamson county, where on the 9th October 1826, he was duly appointed guardian to complt, and gave bond as such with defts Nelson Fields and Green Vernon as sureties, that he has made no settlement and returned no accounts since his appointment as such by the county court of Williamson, -- and prays that an account be taken between complt and the defts, and the amount decreed to complainant, which shall be found due him: that the title to said Isaac be divested out of said Jos. Anthony, and that said slave be sold, and complts share decreed to him, -- and for general relief.

March 24th 1837. 3 w. Prs fee $18.


June 9, 1837

Mrs. MARY WINSTEAD died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 29, 1837 aged about 63 years. Baptist.

WILLIAM A. infant son of ELI H. SEAY, Rutherford Co., Tenn. died May 30, 1837.

ANN WISE wife of Hon. HENRY A. WISE died Accomac Co., Va., May 14, 1837; daughter of the Rev. Dr. JENNINGS.

THOMAS D. DUNN, Rutherford Co., Tenn. married LOUISIANA SEAY, May 11, 1837.

ZENAS CLARK, Miss. married ANN ASHLIN, Williamson Co., Tenn., in Madison Co., Tenn., May 11, 1837.


June 23, 1837

Court of Chancery, holden at Franklin, May 29th, 1837

Isaac Ivy and others
Chapel Lloyd, Wright Koonce, Mary T. Koonce, Thos. Lloyd, James W. Lloyd, Elisha Lloyd, Susan Lloyd, Martha Lloyd, Caroline Lloyd, Martha Lloyd, Virginia Lloyd, and Robt Lewis Lloyd

Complainants to this cause having made affidavit that the defendant, Chapel Lloyd is not resident or citizen of the state of Tennessee, so that the ordinary process of this case cannot be served upon him: it is therefore ordered that publication be made three weeks successive in the "Western Weekly Review," a newspaper published in the town of Franklin, requiring said defendant to appear and answer said bill at the next term of this court, to be held at the court house in Franklin on the 4th Monday in October next, or the same will be taken for confessed and heard exparte as to him.

The bill states that in the year 1826, Lewis Lloyd departed this life, leaving a will which was shortly thereafter duly proven; which among other things contained the following: -- 'I also desire that my wife keep the real and personal estate together and make whatever improvements she can on the estate until my youngest son Robert Lewis arrives at the age of 14, and at that period I want all the estate both real and personal, to be sold to the highest bidder and the proceeds equally divided among my wife and fourteen children.' The complainants state that the said Robert arrived at the age of fourteen on the 17th of July, 1836. They also state that the real estate of testator consists of about 335 acres of land lying in Williamson county. The complainants state that Samuel Eastep was appointed executor of said will by the county court of Williamson, who continued to act as such executor until some time in the year 1835, when he died intestate, leaving his wife Tabitha J. Eastep his only heir at law, and some time afterwards in the summer of 1836, the said Isaac Ivy was duly appointed by the county court of Williamson administrator debonis non with the will annexed of Lewis Lloyd. Complainants state that all the interest which said Amelia Lloyd had in said land was sold by the sheriff of Williamson county by virtue of an execution, on the 5th of April 1830, to the said Samuel Eastep, and that the said Samuel, in his lifetime, purchased the interest of Wm Lloyd, one of the children and legatees of said estate, so that at his death he held two shares by deeds registered. They further state that Patterson Lloyd, another of the children , sold his share by deed to John Graham in his life time. They further state that since the death of the said Samuel Eastep his widow Sarah Eastep, the daughter and legatee of said estate, sold her interest in said land to said Isaac Ivy by deed registered. They state that John Lloyd, also a legatee, has sold his share and interest in said land to Robert P. Curtin by deed registered. They further state that it is necessary by the terms of the will, and in order to make an equal distribution among the legatees, and for the safety of the administrator, that the said lands be sold by a decree of the court. The bill prays that the said land may be sold on such terms as the court may deem best, and the proceeds divided among the legatees or their assigns, according to said will; and for general relief, &c. Attest. B. LITTON, C. & M. By J. A. McRady.

June 2d, 1837. -- -- Prs. Fee $16


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June 30, 1837

JAMES MERRITT, Williamson Co., Tenn. died May 28, 1837 in the 92nd year of his age.

Jury determined June 20, 1837 that JOHN T. KINGSTON, Flat Creek, died from unknown disease, June 19, 1837 in Williamson County, Tennessee.


July 7, 1837

MARTHA A. wife of PRYOR R. HUGHES, Williamson Co., Tenn. died June 27, 1837.

JANE infant daughter of JAMES WILLIAMS died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 28, 1837.

MARGARET ELIZABETH infant daughter of JAMES ANDERSON, Franklin, Tenn., died July 2, 1837.

JOHN W. JETTON married HARRIET E. MORTON, July 4, 1837; both of Rutherford Co., Tennessee.


July 14, 1837

JANE ELIZABETH infant daughter of JAMES WILKINS, Williamson Co., Tenn. died June 28, 1837.

ALPHEAS L. infant son of WILLIAM D. and MARY E. FISHER, died Marshall Co., Tenn., June 20, 1837 aged 3 months and 9 days [born in May 1837].


July 21, 1837

Infant Son of E. L. CROOK died July 17, 1837; "budding flower."

ON Monday night last Giles Baker absconded from this county, taking with him my oldest son William aged about 16 years, and my daughter Tennessee Ann aged about 15. He has left a number of debts behind him unpaid, for which the whole of the little property in the possession of his wife has been levied on, and she left by his infamous and disgraceful conduct in a most destitute condition. I am anxious to have my children back home, where they have always been well and kindly treated, and wish to see the offender who has thus brought the deepest distress upon his own family and myself, secured and brought to justice. Baker is a small man about 5 feet 6 inches high, fair skin, blue eyes light hair and about 22 years of age. My son, William Bates is stout built, black eyes and light hair; my daughter Tennessee, has light hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. There was a Nancy Robinson with them aged about 22, dark skin, dark hair, black eyes and rather slim built. He borrowed a saddle from a young man in the neighborhood, and stated he was going to Hickman county to work, but from what we can hear, he does not intend coming back.
        I will be truly thankful to any person who will give me any information of my children, whom he has stolen, -- so that I can get them again.
        He has left his wife without bread, meat, or provision of any kind, and in a perfectly destitute situation. Those who are anxious to do an act of kindness for a widowed mother; -- and his deserted wife, I hope will keep a look out, and have him stopped and brought to justice.

July 7th 1837


July 28, 1837

GEORGE WASHINGTON son of HENRY and MARTHA COOK, Giles Co., Tenn., died July 16, 1837 aged about 9 years. [Death notice repeated in August 11 issue]

MARTHA ANN daughter of JESSE MAUPIN, Williamson Co., Tenn., died July 10, 1837 aged about 7 years.


August 11, 1837

MARY wife of JOHN M. HUTTON, Williamson Co., Tenn., died in July 1837.

[ ] McCLANNAHAN, aged 16 years, died in residence of ROBERT CHARTER, Franklin, Tenn., August 1, 1837.

Infant Child of FRANKLIN WHITE, Franklin, Tenn., died August 1, 1837.

Infant Child of HENRY CHRISTMAS, Williamson Co., Tenn., died August 8, 1837.


August 18, 1837

JAMES GAULT, SR., esq., Williamson Co., Tenn. died August 5, 1837 aged about 60 years.

LAVENIA wife of ISAAC H. HILLIARD died at Bersheba Springs near McMinnville, Tenn., August 14, 1837 in the 20th year of her age.


August 25, 1837

WILLIAM H. infant son of DANIEL and SARAH E. WILLIAMS died August 3, 1837.


September 1, 1837

THOMAS SCOTT, Williamson Co., Tenn., died August 25, 1837 aged 75 years; veteran of the Revolutionary War.

BENJAMIN PARK son of CHRISTIAN WELLER, Franklin, Tenn. died August 29, 1837.


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JAMES MORTIMER ANDREWS, Williamson Co., Tenn. died recently, aged 26 years.

MARY wife of JOEL PARRISH, in 39th year of her age, died two miles from Gallatin, Tenn., August 11, 1837. Presbyterian.

JOHN H. HALL, father of ALLEN A. HALL, esq., died August 31 [?], 1837, aged 75 years.

M. DEGRAFFENREID married LUCY C. GEE, Franklin, Tenn., August 31, 1837.


September 8, 1837

Mrs. FRANCES HALL died in Williamson Co., Tenn., August 1837.

SARAH ANN wife of WILLIAM HOUSE, Williamson Co., Tenn., died August 28, 1837 in the 59th year of her age.

FRANCIS JANE daughter of JANE MORTON; sister of WILLIAM MORTON, dec., died Williamson Co., Tenn., August 26, 1837, scarlet fever.


September 22, 1837

PETER C. son of WILLIAM ANDERSON, Franklin, Tenn., died September 15, 1837.

ELISHA NORTH, Williamson Co., Tenn., died September 19, 1837 aged 68 years.

MATTHEW Q. MAURY, native of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Jefferson Co., Tenn., Aug. 26, 1837.

GEORGE R. DOWDY son of WILLIAM DOWDY, recent resident of Williamson County, died Marshall Co., Miss., recently, aged 21 years and 9 months old.

JAMES BREATHITT, Hopkinsville, Ky., died recently.

MARTIN T. CHEARS, Spring Hill, Tenn. married MARTHA ANN daughter of PAGE BOND, Williamson Co., Tenn., September 13, 1837.


September 29, 1837

ISAAC POTEETE, Williamson Co., Tenn. died September 21, 1837 aged about 30 years.

Mrs. M. G. widow of MATHEW R. CRADOCK died September 22, 1837.

WILLIAM WASHINGTON infant son of WASHINGTON SHELTON, Williamson Co., Tenn. died Sept. 23, 1837.

A. C. KING, Eagleville, married JANE C. BONE, Rutherford Co., Tenn., August 15, 1837.


October 6, 1837

ELISHA NORTH, Williamson Co., Tenn. died September 20, 1837.

Dr. MILTON P. EWING, late of Miss., formerly a doctor in Williamson Co., Tenn. died in Davidson Co., Tenn., September 28, 1837 in the 32nd year of his age.

JAMES MADISON son of Colonel NICHOLAS TATE PERKINS, Williamson Co., Tenn. died Hinds Co., Miss., September 30, 1837; formerly of Franklin, Tenn.; his wife and two children had predeceased him.

ELIZA daughter of Captain JAMES CLEMM, Little Rock, Ark., died in August 1837 aged about 17 years.

Colonel OSCAR J. E. STEWART married SARAH J. E. HARDEMAN, Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 5, 1837.


October 20, 1837

LEBECCA wife of JOHN J. FIELDER; daughter of REUBEN MAY, died Williamson Co., Tenn., September 19, 1837; a resident of Gibson Co., Tenn. Baptist.

JOHN H. HERBERSON, Franklin, Tenn. died Oct. 19, 1837; recently of Pittsburg, Pa., aged about 40 years; died from injury received in cotton processing machine.


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October 27, 1837

JOSEPH H. FRY, Franklin resident for 17 years, died October 22, 1837 of liver problems and dropsy; surviving were his widow and one child.

Miss JANE BYERS died October 24, 1837.


November 17, 1837

RICHARD CRUNK, administrator of JOHN LAIN's estate advertised that persons with claims against this estate should file them promptly.

ELIZA wife of EMORY HUGHS; daughter of JAMES WILKINS; died Williamson Co., Tenn., of consumption, October 21, 1837 in the 22nd year of her age. [In December 8, 1837 issue, she was given as ELIZA C., daughter of JAMES and MARTHA WILKINS; wife WILLIAM E. HUGHES; she died November 14, 1837.]

WILLIAM MARKS, native of Virginia, moved to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1835, to Hardeman's Cross Roads, and died November 6, 1837 aged 33 years.


December 8, 1837

THOMAS PEAY died near Nolensville, Tenn., November 15, 1837 in the 65th year of his age.

THOMAS J. WHITE died Columbus, Miss., "a short time since."


December 22, 1837

ROBERT BEVERLY son of Dr. M. R. HADEN, Franklin, Tenn., died recently, aged 6 months and 7 days.

GASSAWAY PEACH married ELIZA DRENNAN, Williamson Co., Tenn., December 21, 1837.


On the night of the 25th instant, the most unprecedented murder in the record of crimes, was committed in Simpson County, Mississippi. Samuel Brown, of the age 98 years, and his wife, a very old lady, were both murdered in their house, together with three negroes. Mr. Brown was a prudent, saving old man, and had the reputation in his neighborhood of having on hand a large sum of silver; and on that night some fiend, in human shape, approached the house, and from appearance, with a light wood knot and hatchet, broke the skulls of both the old persons, in a most frightful and lacerated manner; and with the same brutal barbarity, killed three negroes, and threw two men on the fire, and left the negro woman weltering in gore on her bed. All Mr. Brown's silver, as his neighbor's say, to the amount of $8,000, was taken out of his chest; $350 paper money, in the same chest, was left.
        One negro woman on the place, not murdered, says at a late hour of the night she was waked from her sleep by a noise; that she ran out and beheld her master and mistress lying on the porch murdered; and someone with a torch in his hand forcing a negro man into the house, as was afterwards murdered and thrown on the fire. The woman, afraid to stir, gave no alarm until morning, when the neighbors assembled to behold this awful sight. No evidence has yet been discovered that would give the slightest clue to the murderer. -- But the public eye is turning to a certain individual well known in that neighborhood. The hand of justice will overtake him. -- Courier


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