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January 6, 1854

JACOB B. CARLE died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 1, 1854; husband and father.

HENRY HALFACRE died Columbia, Tenn., Dec. 23, 1853 aged about 48 years. [Resolutions of respect in his memory in January 13 issue, by Hiram Masonic Lodge 7, dated Dec. 27, 1853. See February 3, 1854 issue.]

Mrs. ELIZABETH MARSHALL born April 1750; died five miles west of Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 25, 1853. Methodist. Buried in old city cemetery, Franklin.

Mrs. HENRY RAGSDALE died Williamson Co., Tenn., recently.


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SAMUEL THOMAS, veteran of Revolutionary War, died in residence of George H. Nixon, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Dec. 14, 1853.


January 13, 1854

TABITHA HOUSE wife of Major John L. McEWEN died near Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 28, 1853 aged 55 years, 8 months, 29 days [born March 29, 1798].


January 20, 1854

Major BENJAMIN RUSH MONTGOMERY, formerly a teacher in Franklin, Tenn., died in Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 5, 1854 in 59th year of his age.


January 27, 1854

FRANCIS P. BLAIR died recently in San Francisco, Cal.; had been an influential editor of the Washington, D.C. GLOBE; in recent years content for farm in Maryland. [This man had not died; somehow a false report of his death had filtered back to Tennessee. His biographical sketch in APPLETON'S CYCLOPAEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY, volume 1, N.Y., 1891, page 280. In the Memphis Public Library, 920.07, A67, v 1. See page 32, this publication.]

SUSANNAH wife of James HELM died near Peytonville, Tenn., Jan. 10, 1854 aged 74 years; near relative of Professor [Benjamin] Hubbard, dec., formerly of the Athens Female College, Alabama.

FRANCIS FERGUSON died Giles Co., Tenn., Jan. 9, 1854 in 64th year of his age. Baptist.


February 3, 1854

Infant SON of C. A. and Louisa MERRILL died near Franklin, Tenn., of measles, Jan. 3l, 1854 aged about 2 years.

FANNY E. daughter of Charles B. MORRIS died Jan. 29, 1854 aged nearly 3 years. [Death notice repeated in March 3, 1854 issue]

HENRY HALFACRE born Newberry District, S.C., Jan. 2, 1799; moved with parents to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1808 and died there, Dec. 23, 1853; "successful in business."


February 10, 1854

Hon. STEPHEN C. PAVATT communicates to the editor of the State Temperance Sentinel, over his own signature, the facts of a most diabolical murder perhaps a double murder which occurred at Camden, Benton County, in this State, on Saturday, 21st day of January last, in a doggery. Two brothers, named Joseph and William McDaniel, on that morning entered a grocery together to drink. They did so, until both became quite drunk, when a quarrel ensued about a most trivial matter between them, when both of them drew their knives and cut each other all to pieces. One of them, who had only been married a few months, died of the wounds before he could get out of the doggery, and the other was in a most critical condition, with only a slight hope of his recovery. Here is another voice crying in trumpet tones for the enactment of a Prohibitory law.


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RACHEL T. daughter of Thomas HITE, dec., Franklin, Tenn.; wife of John D. CUNNINGHAM, died Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 8, 1854. Baptist. [Buried in old city cemetery, Franklin]

Tribute of respect in memory of FRANKLIN WITHERSPOON who died in Wayne Co., Tenn., Dec. 4, 1854 [3]; by Waynesboro Division, Sons of Temperance; dated December 6, 1853.

The remains of JAMES M. HARRIS who died last fall in Port Gibson, Miss., were brought to Franklin, Tenn. and buried in the family graveyard of A. P. Maury, dec.


March 3, 1854

ADELINE M. ROBINSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 10, 1854 aged 17 years, 7 months, 8 days [born June 2, 1836].

THOMAS JONES HARDEMAN, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Bastrop Co., Texas, Jan. 11, 1854; lived many years in Texas. Masonic burial.

LUCY daughter of Spencer CLACK died Giles Co., Tenn., February 12, 1854.


March 10, 1854

FRANCIS G. RATCLIFFE, SR. died about six miles south of Franklin, Tenn., Mar. 3, 1854; "old citizen."

CALEDONIA wife of Hon. Meredith P. GENTRY, died Bedford Co., Tenn., Feb. 3, 1854.

General JOHN COCKE, Grainger Co., Tenn., died Feb. 16, 1854; veteran of the Indian wars.


March 17, 1854

Rev. JOHN B. MEECHAM, pastor of first colored Baptist Church, St. Louis, Mo., dropped dead in the pulpit, February 19, 1854.

TALITHA daughter of William AMIS, Maury Co., Tenn., wife of Carter H. WITT, died March 12, 1854.

JOHN G. BOYD died Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 14, 1854 aged about 50 years.

Mrs. NANCY BALLOW died Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 5, 1854 aged 28 years and 2 days old [born March 3, 1776]; wife and mother.


March 24, 1854

Miss [ ] STONE was killed when her head was severed during a tornado in Williamson Co., Tenn., March 17, 1854.


March 31, 1854

General THOMAS KING died Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 24, 1854; husband and father.

JAMES F. MAYS died on the south Harpeth River, Davidson Co., Tenn., Mar. 12, 1854 aged 29 years 7 months.


April 7, 1854

ZACHARIAH PENKERTON died near Franklin, Tenn., Mar. 28, 1854 aged about 33 yrs.

SUSAN third daughter of Armstead ATKINSON died Franklin, Tenn., Mar. 30, 1854 aged about 35 years.

MARGARET M. widow of James B. BLAKEMORE died Trenton, Tenn., April 4, 1854.


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April 14, 1854

Miss ELIZABETH CHAPMAN died Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 22, 1854 aged about 68 years.

MARTHA TENNESSEE daughter of Thomas M. and Carolina E. WARREN; wife of William B. POTTS; born Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 16, 1828; died Winston Co., Miss., March 22, 1854; surviving were also two daughters and two sons.

WILLIAM E. DAWSON committed suicide in Clarke Co., Miss., Mar. 17, 1854.


April 21, 1854

WILLIAM REED, native of North Carolina, aged 75 years, died last winter; a delayed notice.

LUCINDA J. daughter of John GRAY; wife of James D. AUSTIN died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 13, 1854 in the 23rd year of her age.


May 26, 1854

Colonel A. E. MILLS, native of Kentucky; died Huntsville, Alabama, May 11, 1854 in the 41st year of his age; moved to Huntsville 22 years ago. Masonic funeral. Lawyer.


June 2, 1854

GEORGE W. McCLELLAN, JR. third son of George W. and Catharine McCLELLAN died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 26, 1854 aged 26 years. Presbyterian.

Mrs. STERLING DAVIS died of consumption, Williamson Co., Tenn., May 31, 1854.


June 9, 1854

C. W. KINNARD, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Izard Co., Ark., April 22, 1854, having moved there just recently.

HARRIET W. wife of Edwin PASCHALL, Sr. died Arrington, Tenn., June 1, 1854 in the 53rd year of her age.

SARAH HARDENIA daughter of Andrew ROGERS died six miles west of Franklin, Tenn., June 2, 1854 aged about 18 years.

JANE daughter of George MARLING; wife of Thomas GATLIN, Nashville, Tenn., died June 2, 1854. Cumberland Presbyterian. Three children.

GEORGE MARLING died June 3, 1854 aged about 65 years; member of Christian Church.


June 16, 1854

THOMAS N. FIGURES died near Franklin, Tenn., June 13, 1854 aged about 38 years.

MARTHA daughter of James PARRISH, dec., Williamson Co., Tenn. died June 12, 1854.

MARTHA J. COLLIER, Maury Co., Tenn., died June 12, 1854.


June 23, 1854

WILLIE ROGERS son of George and Anna W. GILLESPIE died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 20, 1854 in the 9th year of his age.

WILLIAM B. oldest son of Andrew Rogers died of cholera, six miles west of Franklin, Tenn., June 19, 1854 aged about 35 years.

Mrs. NANCY WORD died eight miles south of Franklin, Tenn., June 13, 1854 aged about 65 years.

S. J. PATTON died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 14, 1854 aged about 40 years.

L. CAROLINE HARDEMAN died in residence of her brother, Colonel William Hardeman, near Jackson, Miss., June 1, 1854.

Captain M. D. BEARDEN died in Knoxville, Tenn., June 11, 1854.


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June 30, 1854

ELIZABETH REESE WOLDRIDGE born Dec. 18, 1850; died June 24, 1854. [Buried in old city cemetery, Franklin, Tenn.; an encomium for this child, called LIZZIE, appeared in the July 7th issue.]

ATHONY LAVENDER died ten miles SE of Franklin, Tenn., June 26, 1854 aged about 50 years.

FRANCES B. daughter of Samuel and Eliza PEAY died near Triune, Tenn., June 10, 1854 aged 17 years, 5 months, 11 days [born May 29, 1837].

ELIZA daughter of Mary REYNOLDS; wife of Jesse CONN, Spring Hill, Tenn., died on a recent Monday.

Among persons who died recently of cholera in Fayetteville, Tennessee: B. W. D. CARTY, SAMUEL EMERSON and a man slave of James R. CHILCOAT.


July 7, 1854

LABAN WALTERS died six miles north of Franklin, Tenn., June 29, 1854 aged 74 years, 11 months, 6 days [born July 23, 1779]; native of Pittsylvania Co., Virginia; came to Williamson County in 1818.

SARAH widow of Colonel Peter PERKINS died in residence of Mrs. Bethenia Figures near Franklin, Tenn., July 5, 1854. Missionary Baptist.

ANN D. widow of John A. MERRITT died ten miles south of Franklin, Tenn., July 2, 1854.

JOHN L. JETTON died a few miles east of Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 25, 1854; free mason.

WILLIAM HALLYBURTON "a man in the prime of life" died a few miles south of Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 25, 1854.

JASON son of James H. WILSON died July 1, 1854 aged about 18 years.

A slave man, DANIEL, belonging to Charles A. MERRILL died of cholera in Williamson Co., Tenn., July 2, 1854.


From the Nashville True Whig.
Cholera at Fayetville.
FAYETVILLE, June 26, 1854.

          Deaths by cholera in the corporation, 10; immediate vicinity, 8; two miles off, 2; citizens of town after leaving town, 6 total 29. There has not been less than 175 of the citizens of Fayetville in the limits of the corporation during the prevalence of cholera. No new cases this morning.
          On Norriss's Creek, between this and Shelbyville, Dr. Martin died suddenly of cholera a few days since. I understand there are other cases in the same neighborhood. At Boon's Hill and vicinity cholera and flux are prevailing. On Pen Ridge between this and Huntsville, flux has been prevailing for several weeks.

Yours, &c.


July 14, 1854

HENRIETTA ELEANOR daughter of James NICHOL died Nashville, Tenn., recently, aged 17 years.

RICHARD HOBBS, beaten and robbed, from which he died July 11, 1854. He had been killed by unknown party. He lived six miles from Franklin, Tenn.


July 21, 1854

JOHN STOKELY son of Rev. F. H. and M. A. DAVIS died Franklin, Tenn., July 15, 1854 aged 7 months [sic], 5 months, 14 days.

Mrs. TABITHA REA daughter of John SECREST, veteran of Revolutionary War, died near Peytonville, Tenn., July 8, 1854.


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July 28, 1854

Numerous deaths reported in Fayetteville, Tenn., from cholera.

ANNA W. oldest daughter of George and Catharine McCLELLAN; wife of George GILLESPIE, died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 21, 1854 in the 42nd year of her age; one of her brothers died about two months ago.

Mrs. ANNA GOODLOE died near Trenton, Tenn., June 16, 1854 aged about 30 years; daughter of William NEAL, dec.; native of Williamson Co., Tenn.

CHARLES ROCKETT son of P. M. and Sarah Ann NEAL died Haywood Co., Tenn., June 5, 1854 aged 9 months.

J. J. GARNER died Franklin, Tenn., July 25, 1854 aged about 35 years.

JULIA daughter of Dr. WILLIAM S. REID died near Franklin, Tenn., July 24, 1854.

JOSEPH HUNTER died Columbus, Ohio, July 19, 1854 aged about 45 years.

Dr. WILLIAM S. FLEMING son of Samuel Fleming, died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 17, 1854 aged about 32 years.


August 4, 1854

SARAH E. daughter of John MALLOY; wife of A. Watson FLEMING, died nine miles south of Franklin, Tenn., July 30, 1854. Presbyterian.

SARAH (SALLY) KING daughter of Major William and Sarah E. JOHNSON died Franklin, Tenn., July 28, 1854 aged about 7 months [and buried in old city cemetery, Franklin].

MILDRED OTEY daughter of Major John C. and Fannie R. CARTER died July 27, 1854 in the 6th year of her age.

Resolutions of respect in memory of Dr. WILLIAM T. FLEMING, recently deceased; by Bethesda Masonic Lodge 201; undated. His obituary, reveals that he died July 18, 1854 in the 33rd year of his age.

Resolutions of respect in memory of DAVID B. HAIRGROVE who died July 19, 1854; by Eagleville Lodge 17, Independent Order of Odd Fellow; dated July 25, 1854.


August 11, 1854

ANDREW J. EDMONSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 30, 1854 aged about 24 years; surviving were his widow and three children.

GARNER H. ALLEN died from gunshot wound, July 15, 1854, aged 21 years, 27 days [born June 18, 1833]; joined Baptist Church at Rock Spring, Rutherford Co., Tenn., September 1853 and joined the Arrington, Tenn. congregation, a new Baptist group.]

JOSEPH NINUS son of Josephus H. and Mary CONN died near Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 6, 1854 aged about 8 years.


August 25, 1854

EMMA daughter of William and Ellen BEANFORD died August 6, 1854, "the darling of her parents, the pet of her brothers."

Resolutions of respect in memory of JOSEPH HUNTER, recently deceased; by Hiram Lodge 7, freemasons; dated July 6, 1854.

WILLIAM JONES shot and killed by George Allen near a grocery at Lousy Level, about 9 miles east of Franklin, August 22, 1854.

JARRET NELSON was shot and killed by Lewis F. Simons, C.D. 11, Madison Co., Tenn., August 3, 1854.


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September 1, 1854

DAVID LAWRENCE, aged about 65 years, was murdered on his farm about four miles SE of Pulaski, Tenn., by a man slave, August 17, 1854.


September 8, 1854

JOSHUA RICHARDSON died Trenton, Tenn., August 31, 1854; recent member of the state legislature [House of Representatives, 1853-1855; an encomium, written by Mareau Brewer, appeared in his memory in the Oct. 27 issue].


September 15, 1854

Hon. EPHRAIM H. [HUBBARD] FOSTER died near Nashville, Tenn., September 6, 1854; well-known lawyer. [Foster was born in Nelson Co., Ky., Sept. 17, 1794; died Sept. 6, 1854; served in Tenn. House of Reprs., 1827-1831; 1835-1837; U.S. Senate, 1843-1845; veteran of War of 1812. Episcopalian]


September 22, 1854

JOHN T. WORD died DeSoto Co., Miss., of typhoid dysentery, Aug. 24, 1854 aged about 34 years; surviving were his widow and four children.

Resolutions of respect in memory of FRANKLIN B. HAYNES, recently deceased; by Masonic Lodge and mayor and aldermen of Franklin Tenn. (dated Sept. 19, 1854). He died in Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 18, 1854 of epilepsy aged about 38 years; survived by his widow and one child.

Colonel ALBERT GREEN youngest son of Colonel Nicholas Tate PERKINS, Sr., died Minden, La., recently, aged about 43 years.


September 29, 1854

Colonel SAMUEL SEAY born November 24, 1803; died near Triune, Tenn., August 22, 1854; his last words were, "I am happy, I am happy."

CHARLES H. BAILEY died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 22, 1854 aged about 18 years.

STIVER son of P. G. S. and Mary J. PERKINS died Caddo Parish, La., Aug. 20, 1854 in the 22nd year of his age.


October 6, 1854

Colonel M. W. LINDSEY, Memphis lawyer, native of Knox Co., Tenn., died at his summer residence in Collierville, Tenn., Sept. 12, 1854.


October 13, 1854

Hon. GEORGE KREMER, former Congressman from Pennsylvania died Union Co., Pa., Sept. 11, 1854 in the 80th year of his age; the man who won notoriety for accusing Henry Clay of "selling his vote" for John Q. Adams for the presidency in order to be appointed secretary of state. [Kremer, Nov. 21, 1775-Sept. 11, 1854, a Congressman from Pa., 1823-1829]

JOHN REAMS died near Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1854 aged about 63 years.

SPENCER CLACK died near Pulaski, September 30, 1854. ["Major John Clack, with his son, Spencer Clack (born in Virginia, 1783) moved from Sevier County, east Tennessee, and settled about a mile west of the Court House on the Carter farm where his negro cabins were, early in 1808. "A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE SETTLEMENT AND EARLY HISTORY OF GILES COUNTY, TENNESSEE" by James McCallum, Pulaski, 1876, page 24]


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In an altercation in Eaton, Gibson County, Tennessee, between the brothers, WILLIAM and THOMAS BUCHANAN and J. P. CALLAHAN, shoemaker, the latter shot and wounded WILLIAM BUCHANAN from which wound he died October 10, 1854. THOMAS BUCHANAN had then shot and killed CALLAHAN on Sept. 30, 1854.


October 27, 1854

Mrs. MARY BUCK died Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1854 aged about 60 years. Presbyt.

JOHN KENNEDY died Maury Co., Tenn., Oct. 16, 1854 in the 84th year of his age, leaving a widow, 18 children, 68 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren; native of North Carolina; moved to Kentucky, thence to Maury County. Father-in-law of Gilbert Marshall, Franklin, Tenn.

RACHEL wife of J. J. TOON died Columbia, Tenn., October 24, 1854.

GEORGE son of James H. WILSON, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Bon Air Springs, White Co., Tenn., Oct. 19, 1854, typhoid fever, in 21st year of his age.


November 3, 1854

JOHN W. NEELY died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 20, 1854 in the 20th year of his age.

JAMES GOSEY died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 3, 1854 aged 82 years, 7 months, 22 days [born February 11, 1772]; native of Lunenburg Co., Va., from which he moved to Tennessee in 1801; joined Methodist Church in 1803; husband and father.

Miss LOUISA M. ROBINSON died August 31, 1854 aged about 21 years.

JACOB MORTON, Sr. died Franklin, Tenn., October 27, 1854.

SARAH widow of Randal McGAVOCK died Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 28, 1854. Presbyterian.


November 17, 1854

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS son of John D. and Martha W. OWEN died November 12, 1854 aged 5 years, 5 months, 3 days [born June 9, 1849].

SARAH M. wife of O. T. CRAIG died Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 11, 1854; member of Christian Church.

WILLIAM M. BAIN died Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 16, 1854 aged about 22 years.


November 21, 1854

MARY ELIZABETH daughter of William BOND; wife of William M. HELM, died Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 1, 1854 in the 34th year of her age. Presbyterian.

Rev. JAMES B. PORTER, one of the "Fathers" of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; died locally, recently, in the 76th year of his age.

SUSAN F. daughter of Spencer CLACK died Pulaski, Tenn., November 17, 1854.

Colonel VAN PERKINS WINDER died LaFourche Parish, La., Nov. 8, 1854 in the 45th year of his age.

JOSEPH POCKETT son of Henry and Valeria HULBERT died Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 7, 1854 aged 18 months.


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December 1, 1854

ELIZABETH daughter of Henry and Cynthia RIDDLE; wife of Josephus C. PARKS, born Aug. 18, 1832; married Dec. 1, 1853; died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 28, 1854; joined Methodist Church in 1844.

MARY KATE oldest daughter of Colonel James and Nancy MARSHALL; wife of John SWEENY, JR., died Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 24, 1854 in the 25th year of her age.

JOHN SCRUGGS died near Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 24, 1854 aged about 24 years; surviving were his widow and one child.

DAVID son of former governor William B. CAMPBELL died in Lebanon, Tenn., Nov. 9, 1854 aged 5 years and 10 months.


December 22, 1854

MARTHA S. wife of Rev. John M. McPHERSON; youngest daughter of William KING; died near Arrington, Tenn. October 15, 1854.


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