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January 7, 1848

THOMAS D. MARTIN and AUSTIN JOHNSON, Sumner Co., Tenn., drowned "crossing the back water on the Gallatin turnpike at the east end of the Nashville bridge," Davidson Co., Tenn., Dec. 23, 1847. Martin was a brother of Peter Hines Martin who was killed recently at the battle of Monterey, Mexico.

MARGARET JANE daughter of James and Martha CROCKETT, wife of Robert Blake CARUTHERS, died Dec. 18, 1847 in the 20th year of her age.

Miss MARTHA ANN PARHAM died Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 9, 1847 aged about 20 years of typhoid fever.

WALLER CUMMINS died December 27, 1847.

LAWRENCE O'BRYAN, a young man, died Dec. 29, 1847.


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Major NICHOLAS PERKINS died January 6, 1848, "one of our most distinguished citizens." [In William K. Wall's DESCENDANTS OF NICHOLAS PERKINS OF VIRGINIA, Ann Arbor, 1957, pages 126-127, it is noted that Major Perkins was born in Pittsylvania Co., Va., March 14, 1779; died Jan. 6, 1848; married Mary Harden Perkins (1794-1840), Jan. 28, 1808; father of eleven children. It was he who arrested Aaron Burr for treason in 1807. He was a first cousin of Colonel Nicholas Tate Perkins, also of Williamson County.]


January 14, 1848

WILLIAM LITTLE, county court clerk, White Co., Tenn. was killed in Sparta, Tenn., Dec. 21, 1847 by Richard B. Jones as Little came out of a grocery-store.

JOSEPHINE E. daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth YOUNG died Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 25, 1847 in the 18th year of her age.


January 21, 1848

WILLIAM DRENNING was shot and killed by Robert Brown, a Benton, Miss. grocer, Dec. 1, 1847. "Oh whisky! Whisky!"

[ ] GUERNSEY, Jackson, Miss. lawyer, cut his throat and died Dec. 31, 1847; native of Canandaigue, New York.

ELIZABETH daughter of William Hickman HILL died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 10, 1848 in 21st year of her age.


January 28, 1848

FRANCES W. wife of L. B. McCONNICO died Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 25, 1847.

THOMAS EARLY died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 12, 1848 in the 68th year of his age; native of Bedford Co., Va.; lived in Williamson County about 20 years.

JAMES McCOUN TILFORD, native of La., formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Macon, Ga., January 5, 1848.


February 4, 1848

JOSEPH BOLLING son of Colonel Joseph BURNETT died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 25, 1848 of typhoid fever; aged 11 years; he was the 11th child buried by his parents.

ELIZABETH wife of Joshua YOUNG died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 30, 1848 in the 49th year of her age; wife and mother.

Major CHARLES ALLEN died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 28, 1848 aged nearly 90 years; native of Va. but reared in New Orleans and moved from there to Williamson Co., 1819. Methodist.

CHARLES M. ALLEN died Jan. 28, 1848 aged about 30 years. Methodist.

ANDREW CALDWELL son of Harvey D. PARRISH died Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 31, 1848 aged about 11 months.


February 11, 1848

JOHN BRIM died Williamson Co., Tenn., Feb. 6, 1848 aged 73 years; became desperately ill at his evening meal and died.


February 18, 1848

FRANCIS B. FOGG, JR. died Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 12, 1848 aged 23 years.

Miss ELIZA MILLS daughter of Capt. Simon Bradfort, formerly of Nashville, died near Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 9, 1848.


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March 3, 1848

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, former president of the United States, most recently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, from Mass., had a stroke in the House chamber, Feb. 21, 1848 and died February 23, 1848. [John Quincy Adams, July 11, 1767-February 23, 1848; sixth president of the United States, 1825-1829.]


March 17, 1848

JOHN B. HERBERT died near Shannon's Crossroads, Williamson Co., Feb. 26, 1848.

JAMES THOMPSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 6, 1848 aged about 75 years.

LAVINIA daughter of Constant and Mary HARDEMAN died Rutherford Co., Tenn., February [ ], 1848 aged 18 years.

Mrs. ELIZABETH P. McLEMORE died Madison Co., Tenn., Feb. 27, 1848 aged about 30 years.

BENJAMIN GORDON, stage driver for the Ripley, Miss. stage, left Holly Springs, Miss. on a recent Monday night, very intoxicated; he was found dead the next morning, about four miles east of that town, under the wheel of his coach; thought that he had fallen out and under the wheel where he likely suffocated in the mud. Once thought to have a bright career he had become addicted to alcohol.

MALVINA GRUNDY daughter of John M. and Malvina C. C. BASS died near Franklin, Tenn., Mar. 4, 1848 in the 8th year of her age.

Mrs. C. R. widow of Dr. William G. DICKINSON died Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 11, 1848.

WYATT HALEY died Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 4, 1848 aged about 80 years.

ALEXANDER McCONN, SR., Williamson Co., Tenn., died Nashville, Tenn., March 11, 1848 in the 60th year of his age.

SAMUEL FRANCIS son of Hon. J. W. DAVIS, Indiana, was killed in Carlisle, Ind., when a piece of timber struck his head at the launching of a flatboat, recently; aged 23 years.


March 24, 1848

MARY MOORE widow of Isaac HILLIARD, esq., Williamson Co., Tenn.; daughter of Col. Hardy Murfree, Revolutionary War veteran; born No. Carolina, March 9, 1785; died in residence of son-in-law, William Hardeman, near Jackson, Miss., March 1, 1848; joined Episcopal Church, 1831.

ELIZA A. M. daughter of William Bingham; wife of John M. BYERS died Mar. 11, 1848 in 18th year of her age.


March 31, 1848

ELIZA ANN M. daughter of William Bingham; wife of John M. BYERS, all of Williamson County, Tenn., died Mar. 11, 1848 aged about 18 years.


April 7, 1848

On February 2, 1848 the U. S. Congress passed legislation that provided pensions for widows of Revolutionary War veterans, to whom they had been married BEFORE January 1, 1794.

JAMES ARMSTRONG son of Daniel BAUGH died Franklin, Tenn., Mar. 24, 1849 in the 24th year of his age, of consumption.

Captain GEORGE MAYFIELD, Williamson County, Tenn., died in residence of Thomas Hardeman, Yallobusha Co., Miss., Mar. 23, 1848; an "old citizen."


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April 14, 1848

BENJAMIN T. MOTTLEY, native of Halifax Co., No. Carolina, resident of Williamson Co., Tenn. since 1808, died Wilson Co., Tenn., Mar. 22, 1848 aged 55 years; a freemason.


April 21, 1848

WILLIAM N. son of Joseph MOTHERAL, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Houston, Miss., April 10, 1848; resolution of respect for his memory by citizens of this town, dated April 11, 1848.

Wife [LOUISA JANE KIZER DASHIELL] of Dr. R. R. DASHIELL died Jackson, Tenn., April 7, 1848. [They married in 1841; had one daughter.]

MARY A. widow of James W. C. PARKER, Williamson Co., Tenn. died Nashville, Tenn., April 15, 1848.

JEREMIAH CHERRY, printer, died Nashville, Tenn., April 16, 1848.


May 12, 1848

A black man who attempted to murder Esq. [JOHN H.] DAY, Jackson, Tenn., a few months ago "is to be hanged" in that town, June 2, 1848.

JOHN STANLEY "a drunkard, "committed suicide by cutting his throat, Jackson, Tenn., April 30, 1848. "He was crazy from the effects of whiskey drinking."

LANORA M. WHITLY daughter of Charles and Eliza L. PICKERING, formerly of Franklin, Tenn., died Union Co., Ark., Feb. 20, 1848 aged 34 years, 9 months and 7 days [born May 3, 1813].


May 19, 1848

JULIA wife of Samuel APPLETON, wealthy Bostonian (Mass.); only daughter of Hon. Daniel Webster, died in Boston, Mass., April 28, 1848.

JOSEPH JOURDAN son of R. M. and Mary C. CROOK died May 15, 1848 aged about 15 months.

ROBERT POYNER, Williamson Co., Tenn., died suddenly, May 11, 1848.


May 26, 1848

RACHAEL daughter of David and Jane JOHNSON, Williamson Co., Tenn., died May 5, 1848 aged 18 years.

W. J. POLLARD, publisher of the Columbia, Tenn. BEACON died there, Apr. 27, 1848.


June 2, 1848

SARAH CAROLINE daughter of C. E. McEwen; wife of Samuel Jones RIDLEY; born Oct. 1, 1822; joined Presbyterian Church, 1841; married Sept. 1846; died Madison Co., Miss., April 29, 1848.

PARTHENA MISSOURI daughter of CHARLES J. and Sarah E. WILLIAMS, died Franklin, Tenn., May 29, 1848 aged 2 years; just a month before, her brother had died.


June 9, 1848

Miss [ ] McCANN, Monroe Co., Tenn. was killed by lightning, June 7, 1848.

NARCISSA T. wife of William P. BARHAM died Franklin, Tenn., June 3, 1848.

HARRISON oldest son of the Rev. Philip BALL, Franklin, Tenn., died Nashville, Tenn., May 31, 1848, consumption; aged 27 years, 3 months and 17 days [born February 14, 1821].


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General WILLIAM B. CARTER, former Tennessee legislator, Congressman and president of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention, 1834, died in Carter Co., Tenn., May [April] 17, 1848 in 55th year of his age.

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 712:

CARTER, William Blount, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tenn., October 22, 1792; attended the public schools; during the War of 1812 served as a colonel; member of the State house of representatives; served in the State senate; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1834 and served as its presiding officer; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fourth, Twenty-fifth, and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1841); died in Elizabethton, Tenn., April 17, 1848; interment in Carter Cemetery.


MARY MACON daughter of Gov. Newton Cannon, dec.; wife of. Colonel W. D. BRYAN; born March 27, 1824; died Nashville, Tenn., May 20, 1848.

JANE P. daughter of William and Lucy Giles; wife of Charles SMITHSON, died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 21, 1848 in the 43rd year of her age.


June 23, 1848

ROBERT POYNER died from paralysis [stroke?], Williamson Co., Tenn., May 11, 1848, to which county he had moved from Halifax Co., Virginia, 1816; he was aged over three score years and ten.


June 30, 1848

At the Whig Convention, Philadelphia, Pa., June 7, 1848, ZACHARY TAYLOR was nominated for the U. S. Presidency and MILLARD FILLMORE for vice-president. [They were elected to these offices in the fall of 1848.]

Miss ESTHER HEMPHILL, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn. died Nashville, Tenn., June 16, 1848.

An old lady, Mrs. FRANCES GUNTER, died in Franklin, Tenn., June 17, 1848. [Her tombstone in old city cemetery, Franklin, reads: In memory of FRANCES GUNTER Born Dec. 18, 1782 Died June 14, 1848.]

INFANT DAUGHTER of the Rev. A. CRAIGHEAD died in Franklin, Tenn., June 20, 1848.


July 21, 1848

YANCEY son of M. CODEY, Franklin, Tenn., died Nashville, Tenn., July 10, 1848 in the 31st year of his age. [His tombstone in old city cemetery, Franklin, reads: YANCEY CODY Born Dec. 15, 181l Died July 10, 1848.]

JOHN WEST died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 13, 1848.

MARY J. daughter of William and Sarah Elliott; wife of James A. BOSTICK; died on her birthday, June 12, 1848; born June 12, 1823. Methodist.

RITCHIE OZBURN died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 26, 1848.

Mrs. JENNETTE KEY moved with her parents from Lancaster Co., Pa. to middle Tenn. in 1792/93; only sister of Judge Thomas Stuart, dec.; died in residence of her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Williamson, July 9, 1848 aged 84 years. Presbyterian.


July 28, 1848

WILLIAM LEATH born in Sussex Co., Va. ; died Williamson Co., Tenn., to which he had moved, in 1818, on May 18, 1848 in his 75th year of age.


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ABRAM P. MAURY died near Franklin, Tenn., July 22, 1848, typhoid fever; a former state legislator and Congressman. [Encomium in his memory published in the August 9, 1848 issue of the REVIEW]

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 17T4-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 1352:

MAURY, Abram Poindexter (cousin of Fontaine Maury Maverick), a Representative from Tennessee; born near Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn., December 26, 1801; completed preparatory studies and was editor of a newspaper in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of sixteen; entered the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1820, but left the following year to study law and edit a newspaper in Nashville, Tenn.; purchased and cultivated the family homestead in Williamson County; member of the State house of representatives in 1831, 1832, 1843, and 1844; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and practiced in Williamson County; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1839); was not a candidate for renomination in 1838; resumed the practice of law in Williamson County; also engaged in literary pursuits and lecturing; served in the State senate in 1845 and 1846; died near Franklin, Tenn., July 22, 1848; interment in the family cemetery at his home near Franklin, Tenn.


August 4, 1848

CATHARINE wife of Thomas P. MURRAY died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 29, 1848.

WILLIAM C. ANDERSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 30, 1848; "old citizen." Presbyterian.

Colonel DAVID DICKISON died near Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 21, 1848 aged about 75 years.


September 1, 1848

ALZIRA H. wife of William CAMERON died Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 27, 1848 in the 36th year of her age; surviving were her widower and three daughters.

JAMES W. BEALE died in residence of Wesley Coles, esq., Baltimore, Maryland, Aug. 10, 1848 aged about 30 years.

NATHAN MORRIS died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 29, 1848 of fever.

DANIEL WELBOURNE, private in Capt. Wheat's company, U. S. Army, died Vera Cruz, Mexico, June 26, 1848 aged about 25 years.

ELIZA FRANCES daughter of Isaac F. VAUGHAN, Williamson Co., Tenn., died August 21, 1848 aged 2 years, 8 months and 5 days [born January 6, 1846].

MARY JANE daughter of John Manear, Williamson Co., Tenn.; wife of Patrick H. HUGHES died Weakley Co., Tenn., July 4, 1848.


September 15, 1848

WILLIAM M. HOUSE born March 5, 1824; died Sept. 11, 1848. Joined Methodist Church, 1844. Williamson Co., Tenn.

NANCY daughter of Bird Dotson; wife of Timothy TERRILL, died Sept. 3, 1846 aged 36 years, 8 months and 7 days [born January 26, 1812].


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September 22, 1848

MARY ELIZABETH daughter of the Rev. James and Elizabeth F. HUNTER died Sept. 2, 1848 aged 5 weeks.

JAMES PORTER son of Dr. Joseph W. and Mary. J. SHARBER died near Spring Hill, Tenn., Sept. 12, 1848 aged nearly a year.

MARY daughter of John and Jane Griggs; wife of Hosey STANDFIELD, born Sept. 28, 1813; died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 30, 1848. Methodist.


September 29, 1848

MARTHA JANE daughter of R. C. Foster, Jr.; wife of S. G. WATKINS; died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 23, 1848.

JOHN B. BOND died Sept. 24, 1848 aged "upwards of 80 years."

WILLIAM J. GRAVES, former Whig Congressman from Ky., died Louisville, Sept. 27, 1848.


October 6, 1848

LAURA DOUGLASS daughter of John NICHOL, Franklin, Tenn., died Oct. 2, 1848.

Dr. JOHN BUCHANAN died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 2, 1848.

MARY JANE wife of John H. WILLIAMS born Feb. 28, 1830; married April 29, 1848; died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 26, 1848.

NATHANIEL BELL, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Sept. 16, 1848 aged about 58 years.

MARY daughter of George Gillespie; wife of Hon. George W. STONE; died Talladega, Ala., Sept. 12, 1848 in the 36th year of her age; surviving were her widower and one daughter.

JOHN B. BOND, native of Pennsylvania, who in youth "settled" in Virginia; to Williamson Co., Tenn. about 1807; married Elizabeth Bryan; large family; died Sept. 24, 1848 aged 88 years, 3 months and 13 days [born June 11, 1760].


October 20, 1848

LEWIS C. oldest son of William W. ALLEN, died near Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 18, 1848 in the 23rd year of his age.


November 10, 1848

LAURA DOUGLASS daughter of John NICHOL, esq., died Oct. 2, 1848 in the 19th year of her age.


December 1, 1848

Dr. JOHN BUCHANAN died of typhoid fever, Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 2, 1848; surviving were his mother and several siblings.


December 8, 1848

Colonel ADAM R. ALEXANDER, Shelby Co., Tenn., former state legislator and Congressman "is dead." [Adam Rankin Alexander, November 1781-Nov. 13, 1848; surveyor of Surveyor District 10, west Tenn.; moved from Madison Co., Tenn. to Hardeman Co., Tenn., 1827; to Shelby Co., 1832; to Marshall Co., Miss., 1846, where he died; buried in Pryor graveyard about four miles south of Chulahoma, Miss. See, ADAM RANKIN ALEXANDER by Jonathan K. T. Smith, Jackson, Tenn., 1992.]


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THOMAS B. COLEMAN died Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 5, 1848.


December 15, 1848

JOHN TURNER, Williamson Co., Tenn. died on a business trip, in Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 1, 1848 aged about 50 years; husband and father.

Two sons of TURNER WILLIAMS, near Franklin, Tenn. had died: NIMROD G., born Sept. 16, 1824; died Sept. 24, 1848. Methodist. ROBERT, born July 26, 1826; died November 24, 1848.


December 22, 1848

WILLIAM W. WALL died Nov. 3, 1848 aged about 32 years.


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