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January 8, 1847

JOHN DAVIS, keeper of Gate #1, Franklin-Nashville Turnpike for years, died Jan. 7, 1847. [In obituary in the January 15 issue, it is stated that he was born in Kings County, Ireland, 1777; one-time merchant in Washington, Pa.; moved to Tenn., where since 1833 he had been keeper of Gate #4 [note difference in gate nos.]; died leaving children, Jan. 7, 1847.]


January 15, 1847

FRANCIS DABNEY died Clarksville, Tenn., Jan. 1, 1847 aged 23 years.

INFANT DAUGHTER [unnamed] of the Rev. P. P. NEELY, Columbia, Tenn., died Jan. 3, 1847.

ELIZABETH GERTRUDE infant daughter of Dr. John LITTLEFIELD died Columbia, Tenn., Jan. 2, 1847.

CLAIBOURNE COOK died Maury Co., Tenn., Jan. 8, 1847 aged about 40 years.

ROBERT McLAURINE died Giles Co., Tenn., Jan. 1, 1847, aged 64 years; native of Powhatan Co., Va.

JOHN C. WORMELEY died Columbia, Tenn., Jan. 1, 1847 as an "old citizen."


January 22, 1847

Judge J. S. PENNYBACKER, U.S. Senator from Va., died Washington City [D.C.], Jan. 12, 1847.

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D.C., 1971, page 1528:

PENNYBACKER, Isaac Samuels (cousin of Green Berry Samuels), a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born at Pine Forge, near Newmarket, Shenandoah County, Va., September 3, 1805; attended the "old field" school and the Winchester Law School; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia by appointment of President Van Buren 1839-1845; declined the office of United States Attorney General offered him by President Van Buren and subsequently that of justice of the supreme court of Virginia; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1845, caused by the failure of the legislature to elect and served from December 3, 1845, until his death; member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution from August 10, 1846; died in Washington, D.C., January 12, 1847; interment in Woodbine Cemetery, Harrisonburg, Va.


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JOSEPH NORVELL born Garrard Co., Ky., 1793; died Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 7, 1847; apoplexy. [Legible on the tombstone of Joseph Norvell in old city cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.: Born June 1793 Died January 1847]

RICHARD HALL died Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 19, 1847 aged about 72 years; his wife died Dec. 23, 1846.

MARGARET daughter of Thomas SHELTON; wife of Stanfield ANDREWS, died Jan. 11, 1847.

JANE wife of SAMUEL SEAY died Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 16, 1847.

THOMAS S. son of William H. SHORT, West Harpeth, died from a wound, a shattered leg, received in battle of Monterey, Mexico, Sept. 23, 1846.


January 29, 1847

JOSHUA CANNON, veteran of Revolutionary War, died in residence of son-in-law, John W. White, Wilson Co., Tenn., Jan. 13, 1847 in the 83rd year of his age. "I am going to rest was the last dying whisper of the good old man."

Mrs. SALLY FORE died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 16, 1847 aged 83 years. Methodist.

RICHARD F. L. HOMMEDIEU, Cincinnati, Ohio, died Jan. 20, 1847.


February 12, 1847

The funeral of MARGARET daughter of Christopher McEWEN and wife was to be held in their residence, Nashville turnpike, Feb. 12, 1847. [Her obituary in Feb. 19 issue, reveals that she died Jan. 10, 1847. Funerals were often held considerably after a person had died and been buried.]

Dr. FREDERIK MAY, Washington City [D.C.] died Jan. 25, 1847.


February 19, 1847

ANDREW B. CALDWELL died Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 15, 1847 "in the prime of manhood."

Mrs. FELIX GRUNDY died Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 27, 1847 [Ann Phillips Rogers Grundy]

MARY P. widow of Dr. Edward BREATHITT, formerly of Franklin, Tenn., died in "Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 9, 1847.


February 26, 1847

HARVEY son of Wilson DAVIS died Williamson Co., Tenn., Feb. 19, 1847 aged about 10 years and 5 months.

DINAH wife of Richard HALL born Franklin Co., N.C., Oct. 23, 1780; died Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 23, 1846. Her husband was born in Craven Co., N.C., March 10, 1774 and died Jan. 19, 1847.


March 5, 1847

The remains of Captain WILLIAM E. ALLEN, ROBERT W. GREER, JULIUS C. ELLIOTT, INMAN ELLIOTT and PETER H. MARTIN, U.S. soldiers who died in battle in Monterey, Mexico, recently, reached Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 9, 1847 and their funeral was held in the Presbyterian Church there, Feb. 11, 1847.

Mrs. NANCY McGREW died Pulaski, Tenn., Feb. 4, 1847 aged "near" 25 years, consumption. Methodist.

ROBERT CAROTHERS died St. Francis Co., Ark., Feb 12, 1847 aged about 26 years; surviving were his father and two sisters.

Dr. GERARD T. GREENFIELD died Maury Co., Tenn., Feb. 25, 1847 in 64th year of age.


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HENRIETTA wife of the Rev. P. P. NEELY died Columbia, Tenn., Feb. 6, 1847; niece of James Park, Franklin, Tenn. [Her tombstone in old city cemetery, Franklin, notes that she was wife of the Rev. Philip P. Neely and that she was born July 10, 1823, and died Feb. 6, 1847; noting, also, that her infant son, JOHN EDWIN POLK NEELY was, buried there, aged three days.]

PRISCILLA daughter of Robert Hodge; wife of John SINCLAIR died Feb. 27, 1847 aged 33 years.

MARMION SPENCE died Murfreesboro, Tenn., Feb. 25, 1847.


March 19, 1847

SETH F. DAVIS died Mar. 9, 1847 in the 23rd year of his age; surviving were his widow and two children.

MARY J. L., aged 6 years, died Feb. 28, 1847. WILLIAM A., aged 8 years, died Mar. 2, 1847; children of Stokeley and Eveline DAVIS.

LUCY W., aged 6 years and 4 months, died Feb. 20, 1847. MARY ELIZABETH, aged 8 years, 5 months, died Feb. 24, 1847; children of Major William J. and Elizabeth E. THURMOND.

ELIZABETH wife of M. G. B. BLACKBURN; daughter of Robert Gray; died near Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 22, 1847 aged 37 years and 7 months [born in July 1809].

ESTHER J. daughter of Robert and Jane HILL died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 28, 1847 aged 23 years.

NEWTON C. CLARK, cashier, branch BANK OF TENNESSEE, died Shelbyville, Tenn., Mar. 6, 1847.

THOMAS HOBBS, ranger, died Bedford Co., Tenn., Mar. 16, 1847.


April 2, 1847

Funeral of MARGARET J. wife of George Stanfield ANDREWS to be held in Franklin, Tenn., April 18, 1847.


April 9, 1847

WILLIAM L. HENDERSON died Besthesda, Tenn., Mar. 8, 1847 in 30th year of his age.

CATHARINE wife of Dr. N. B. PILLOW died Carthage, Tenn., Mar. 7, 1847.

HARDY, aged 29 years, died Mar. 22, 1847; ELIZA, aged 18 years, died Mar. 27, 1847; children of L. GATLIN, Williamson Co., Tenn.

WILLIAM BROWN, formerly of Virginia, died Franklin, Tenn., April 3, 1847.

JESSE ANN infant daughter of Major William D. BRADLEY died Franklin, Tenn., April 4, 1847.

ANDREW J. WADE, Macon Co., Tenn., died Mar. 11, 1847.

Mrs. [   ] Allen, nee McArthur, died Washington City [D.C.], Mar. 13, 1847; wife of Senator Allen.


April 6, 1847

JORDAN R. H. PURYEAR died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 13, 1847; surviving was his widow.


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April 23, 1847

ANN ELIZABETH widow of Hon. Hugh Lawson WHITE, native of Alexandria, Va., died near Knoxville, Tenn., April 8, 1847 aged 70 years; married in 1833.

JAMES HOGGATT only son of Hon. M. P. GENTRY died Wilson Co., Tenn., Mar. 29, 1847 in the 8th year of his age.

MARY R., nee Henderson, wife of John BRUCE, died Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 9, 1847 aged nearly 44 years. Presbyterian.


April 30, 1847

WILLIAM E. HEWLETT died Nashville, Tenn., April 18, 1847; member of Sons of Temperance.

FRANCIS WILKERSON born Pitt Co., No. Carolina, 1776; moved to Davidson Co., Tenn., 1811; to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1814; to Hardeman Co., Tenn., 1829; died Shelby Co., Tenn., Mar. 27, 1847; surviving were her father and husband.

WILLIAM T. NORTH, who lived nine miles south of Franklin, Tenn. offered his "elegant" barouche for sale.


May 21, 1847

Noted in a long article was the family of General ZACHARY TAYLOR, a military leader of the U.S. forces in the war with Mexico. He was a son of Colonel Richard Taylor [1744-1829], a Virginian, veteran of the American Revolution, who had moved to Kentucky. Colonel Taylor married Sarah Strother and had sons, Hancock Taylor, dec., farmer near Louisville; Zachary Taylor; George Taylor, farmer, near Louisville; Dr. William Taylor, dec., of the U.S. Army; Joseph Taylor, a lieutenant-colonel, U.S. Army. Daughters Elizabeth and Emily Taylor had families. Sarah Taylor, still living near Louisville (an unmarried daughter). General James Taylor, a cousin of Colonel Richard Taylor, had four children. "Gen. Taylor['s] is one of the oldest Virginia families; among their relations being James Madison, Richard Henry Lee, John Taylor of Caroline, Judge [Edmund] Pendleton, General Hunt [of] Texas, etc.]

GEORGE SEARIGHT, Franklin, Tenn. merchant, died May 10, 1847. Presbyterian.

M. EDWARD SCRUGGS died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 25, 1847.

THOMAS YEATMAN son of Andrew ERWIN died Nashville, Tenn., April 25, 1847 in the 18th year of his age.

MARY wife of T. N. CARTWRIGHT died Nashville, Tenn., April 25, 1847.

Mrs. MARTHA A. BAILEY daughter of A. D. Carden died Nashville, Tenn., May 8, 1847.


June 4, 1847

JAMES W. BOYD died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 30, 1847 in the 38th year of his age.


June 11, 1847

WILLIAM M. BROWN died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 26, 1847.

JOHN O. KIRKPATRICK, Franklin, Tenn., died June 8, 1847.

ROBERT C. son of James H. FOSTER was accidentally killed by gunshot, June 4, 1847.

JAMES PERTILLER, Williamson Co., Tenn., drowned at Sligo, June 5, 1847 while on his way from Nashville to Sparta, Tenn.

A Mr. YATES committed suicide in Clarksville, Tenn., June 5, 1847.


June 25, 1847

ROBERT F. MOTHERAL died from a tumor, Williamson Co., Tenn., June 16, 1847 in the 26th year of his age.


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GEORGE A. son of Isaac and Elizabeth M. HOUSE died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 7, 1847 aged about 30 years; surviving were his widow and two small children.

RICHARD MANLY died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 30, 1847 aged 82 years.

JAMES E. son of the Rev. C. G. WELLER died Nashville, Tenn., June 14, 1847 aged 8 yrs

Major ASAHEL RAWLINGS died Hamilton Co., Tenn., recently.

MARTHA wife of George BECTON died Rutherford Co., Tenn., June 5, 1847. Presbyterian.

NANCY M. wife of John K. KIRK died Rutherford Co., Tenn., recently, aged 20 years. Presbyterian.


July 2, 1847

DR. S. S. PERRY, Gainesville, Tenn., had seduced the wife of Edward John Anthony Winston, who lived near that town; the latter shot and killed Dr. Perry there in June 1847.

SARAH McGAVOCK daughter of the Right Rev. Bishop [JAMES HARVEY] OTEY died Columbia, Tenn., recently, aged 16 years and 11 months. [Buried in St. John's Episcopal Church graveyard near Columbia, Tenn., with a tombstone bearing her dates: June 30, 1830-May 28, 1847]

LUCINDA dau. of James McGAVOCK, dec., Davidson Co., Tenn.; wife of Colonel J. Moore HARRIS, died near Franklin, Tenn., June 23, 1847. Husband in U.S. Navy.

ELI S. McCAMPBELL, pupil in the Tenn. Institute for the Blind died June 22, 1847 in 21st year of his age.

JOSEPH AIKEN was killed by Nat. Ussery, Memphis, Tenn., June 15, 1847.

ELILAH [sic.; actually Elijah] BURBANK, aged 95 years, died Brooklyn, Me., on a fairly recent Wednesday; veteran of the Revolutionary War. [The pension application of Mehitibelle, Burbank's widow, R1437, based on his military service, reveals his birth in Sutton, Mass., Dec. 8, 1763. Died Brooklyn, Me., April 1847.]

[Death not noticed in the REVIEW but a tombstone in old city cemetery, Franklin, reveals: In memory of MARY J. GAULT Born March 1, 1812 Died in peace on the 28 of June 1847.]


July 16, 1847

DANIEL O'CONNELL, the famed Irish liberator, born County Kerry, Ireland, August 6, 1775, died Genoa, Italy, May 15, 1847.

Mrs. DICY ASHLIN died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 9, 1847 aged over 70 years. Presbyterian.

A. B. HAWKINS, aged about 15 years, drowned in Cumberland River, Nashville, Tenn., about July 2, 1847.


July 23, 1847

MARY MARGARET PORTER, granddaughter of John W. and Jane Hodge, near Franklin, Tenn., died July 12, 1847.


July 30, 1847

JESSE A. TOON, Memphis, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died in residence of Dr. John D. Smith, Henderson Co., Tenn., June 26, 1847 in 35th year of his age.

FERDINAND HARDEMAN infant son of James P. SESSION died near Franklin, Tenn., July 20, 1847.


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HERBERT REESE died Dinwiddie Co., Va., June 26, 1847 aged about 62 years.


August 6, 1847

GRACEY widow of Captain ANDREW GOFF died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 13, 1847 in the 91st year, of his age; moved with husband from Virginia to Spencer's Creek, Williamson Co., Tenn. Baptist.


August 20, 1847

JAMES A. CHAPMAN died Springfield, Mo., July 31, 1847; a young lawyer.


September 3, 1847

DAVID AMES, paper manufacturer, died Springfield, Mass., in late August 1842 aged 87 years.


September 10, 1847

MARY wife of Theophilus GENTRY, Williamson Co., Tenn., died August 21, 1847, paralysis.

ANNA widow of Dr. George BENNETT died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 29, 1847 aged 70 years; a widow for 18 years.

DAVID HALFACRE died Williamson Co., Tenn., August 31, 1847 aged 31 years.

Mrs. NANCY WILSON died near Murfreesboro, Tenn., in residence of her brother, William D. Taylor.


September 24, 1847

EDWARD GRAHAM infant son of E. G. CLOUSTON died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1847 aged about 3 years.

SARAH ANN FRANCES died Sept. 10, 1847 aged about 5 years. JOSEPHUS M. died Sept. 12, 1847 aged about 22 months; children of Captain W. T. and Mariah MACLIN.


October 1, 1847

WILLIAM N. ANTHONY was shot and killed a few days ago by a member of the Read family at Yorkville, Gibson Co., Tenn.; surviving were his widow and mother. Elsewhere in this issue it was stated that he was "a kind-hearted [man] and as generous a soul as ever lived."

GEORGE COMER was accidentally killed when hauling rails to his farm in Rutherford Co., Tenn., Sept. 2, 1847; in the "prime of manhood."

WILLIAM ANTHONY, aged 75 years, died near Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 23, 1847. Baptist.

JAMES R. HARRIS, freemason, died near Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 28, 1847 aged about 35 years.

WICKLIFFE, youngest son of the Rev. Alexander CAMPBELL, Bethany, Brooke Co., Va., drowned in Buffalo Creek, Sept. 11, 1847.


October 15, 1847

PRISCILLA R. wife of Henry HALFACRE died Oct. 3, 1847; wife and mother.

J. M. DeKalb son of L. B. McCONNICO, Franklin, Tenn., died Oct. 13, 1847 in the 16th year of his age.

JAMES GAREY, veteran of the War of 1812, died Oct. 11, 1847 aged about 70 years.


October 22, 1847

The funeral of Miss SUSAN E. MANSON would be held at Old Liberty meetinghouse, nine miles NE of Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 24, 1847.


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October 29, 1847

JOSHUA PEERY died Oct. 9, 1847 aged about 90 years; veteran of American Revolution. Methodist.

JAMES CROCKETT infant son of Robert Blake CARUTHERS died Oct. 22, 1847.

FANNY daughter of Hon. John BELL, widow of Thomas H. MANEY died Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oct. 21, 1847.

MARIAH daughter of Colin McDANIEL; wife of Major D. W. HALEY died Madison Co., Miss., Sept. 28, 1847; born August 22, 1807; joined Methodist Church, 1832.


November 19, 1847

Mrs. E. FOSTER died Nashville, Tenn., November 1847. [Her tombstone in the old city cemetery, Nashville, reads: JANE wife of Ephraim FOSTER died November 12, 1847 aged 55 years.]

JOHN EATON BREATHITT died in residence of his brother, Edward Breathitt, Coahoma Co., Miss., Oct. 18, 1847 in the 31st year of his age.

Funeral of FANNY B. daughter of William PACK to be held this morning, Nov. 19, 1847.


November 26, 1847

W. T. HAMNER died Columbia, Tenn., Nov. 11, 1847 in the 23rd year of his age.


December 10, 1847

ANNA B. DUDLEY born Prince George Co., VA., Dec. 21, 1763; in early infancy her mother died and she was reared by her grandparents until the age of 12 years when she moved with her father to No. Carolina where she married in Halifax to Col. Guilford Dudley, May 23, 1784; moved to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1807; into Franklin, Tenn., 1825; he died Feb. 3, 1833; she joined the Presbyterian Church, 1812; died December 6, 1847. [Her box vault tombstone in the old city cemetery, Franklin, has basically deteriorated. Her dates, 1763-1847 can be detected by close examination. Her husband's tombstone there, reads: Sacred to the memory of Col. GUILFORD DUDLEY, SR. who was born in Caroline County, Va., April 17, 1756, departed this life the 3 of Feb. 1833. Unquote. This cemetery is located at the corner of 4th Ave. and No. Margin St. in Franklin. The old Dudley Bible states that Guilford Dudley was a son of Christopher and Elizabeth Dudley.]

JOHN SECREST died Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 30, 1847 aged about 90 years; veteran of the Revolutionary War. [His war service pension application, S3875, reveals that he was born in Culpaper Co., Va., 1758]; moved into Williamson Co., Tenn., 1816.


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