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

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January 16, 1852

At meeting of the Williamson Co., Tennessee quarterly court, Jan. 5, 1852 among the appointments were GILBERT MARSHALL, re-elected chairman of the court; H. D. PARRISH, ranger; JOHN NICHOLS, coroner.

On December 29, 1851 THOMAS HALL shot and killed his own brother, DANIEL HALL, at Georgetown, Hamilton County, Tennessee, a culmination of a long dispute between them.


May 7, 1852

A black man belonging to Richard SPANN was murdered by another black man owned by H. B. HYDE, esquire "in the edge of Rutherford county, April 25, 1852"; both men had been reportedly "drinking."


May 14, 1852

ROBERT TYLER son of former president John Tyler, to whom he was a private secretary, "is dead." [This is a false death notice. Robert Tyler died December 3, 1821.]


June 11, 1852

It had been reported that a day or two before May 24, 1852 that a slave belonging to James RYDEN, Dyer Co., Tenn. had struck his master's small son in the head with a hoe, killing him and then throwing his body in "the river."


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June 25, 1852

In a political biography for General WINFIELD SCOTT in this issue it is revealed that he was born January 15, 1786; appointed brigadier-general in the United States Army, March 1814; brevetted major-general, July 1814; he commanded the American forces at Vera Cruz, March 23, 1847 and Cerro Gordo, Mexico, April 18, 1847; at Contreras, August 29, 1847; at Churubusco, August 30, 1847; Chapultepec, September 13, 1847; all victories and entered Mexico City triumphantly on September 14, 1847. At the recent national Whig Convention General Scott was nominated as the party's presidential candidate. [He was defeated at the polls, November 1852, by Franklin Pierce, Democrat.]


July 23, 1852

Colonel JOHN W. TIBBATTS died in Newport, Kentucky, July 5, 1852; formerly a member of the U. S. Congress from that state and colonel of the 16th Regiment of Infantry during the Mexican War.

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 1817:

TIBBATTS, John Wooleston, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Lexington, Ky., June 12, 1802; pursued classical studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Newport, Campbell County, Ky.; held several local offices; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); served as colonel in the Mexican War; resumed the practice of law in Newport, Ky., and died there July 5, 1852; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.


October 15, 1852

H. L. ACEE [sic] editor of the Paris, Tennessee REPUBLIC died September 7, 1852 in the 22nd year of his age.


November 5, 1852

DANIEL WEBSTER died at Marshfield, Mass., October 24, 1852; a distinguished member of the United States Congress, particularly noted for his oratorical skills.


February 11, 1853

DAN W. RUSSELL was elected Justice of the Peace for Civil District 9, Williamson Co., Tenn., February 4, 1853.


March 4, 1852

W. HICKMAN HILL, Austin, Texas, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., sent a copy of the Austin STATE GAZETTE to the REVIEW editors.


March 11, 1853.

The FOREST HILL FEMALE ACADEMY, Athens, Tenn., burned February 17, 1853.


May 6, 1853

The dwelling of WASHINGTON J. WAGENER, six miles from Franklin, Tenn., on the White's Creek turnpike, burned in the latter part of April 1853 and three of his children, one daughter and two sons were killed in this disaster.


January 13, 1854

Hon. BALIE PEYTON, late U.S. Minister to Chile, had settled in San Francisco to practice law there. He was a native of Sumner County, Tennessee.


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August 4, 1854

The dwelling of Z. H. GERMAN, about four miles east of Franklin, Tennessee, burned the night of July 27, 1854.


November 5, 1854

Jackson, Tennessee has been divided into four new wards; the town has a market-place and a "young woman making a speech in the court house on woman's rights." [Don't we wish to know who this brave woman was!]


March 16, 1855

The dwelling of Dr. J. B. MOORE, six miles west of Nashville, Tennessee, burned February 20, 1855; occupied by Major JOHN M. MITHILL [Mitchell?] at the time.


March 23, 1855

BEN McCULLOUGH, formerly of Rutherford Co., Tenn., was a Texas ranger.


November 7, 1856

Colonel SAMUEL R. RUCKER convicted of murdering Dr. W. A. SMITH, a verdict rendered at Woodbury, Tennessee, and he was sentenced to 12 years in the state penitentiary; he appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court. [See April 8, 1853 entry.]


Referred from page 15, relative to death of FRANCIS PRESTON BLAIR:

APPLETON'S CYCLOPAEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY, volume 1., New York, 1891, page 280. From the set in the Memphis Public Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. 38111. 920.07, A67, volume 1.

BLAIR, Francis Preston, statesman, b. in Abingdon, Va., 12 April, 1791; d. in Silver Spring, Md., 18 Oct., 1876. He was educated at Transylvania university, Kentucky, and studied law, but never practiced. He early took part in politics, and in 1824 supported Henry Clay for the presidency. He dissented, however, from Clay's views in relation to the United States Bank, and in 1828 became an ardent Jackson man. In 1829 an article in a Kentucky paper by Mr. Blair against the nullification movement attracted the president's attention, and he invited the writer to establish a journal at Washington to support the union. This led to the establishment of the "Globe," which was the recognized organ of the democratic party until 1845, when President Polk, against Gen. Jackson's published protest, removed Mr. Blair from the management. This action signified the triumph of Calhoun and his adherents over the Jackson or national democracy. President Polk offered Mr. Blair the Spanish mission, which was declined. He supported Mr. Van Buren in 1848, and promoted the reunion of the party, by which Pierce's election was secured in 1852. After the repeal of the Missouri compromise in 1854, Mr. Blair was active in the organization of the republican party, presiding over the Pittsburg-convention of 1856 and drawing up the platform adopted there. After peremptorily refusing to allow his own name to be used, he favored the nomination of Col. Fremont for the presidency. Mr. Blair was also one of the leaders in the Chicago convention of 1860, which nominated Lincoln, and, after the election of the latter, had much influence with his administration. In 1864 Mr. Blair conceived the idea that, through his personal acquaintance with many of the confederate leaders, he might be able to effect a peace. Without telling the president of his intention, he asked for a pass to the south, and had several interviews with Jefferson Davis and others. His efforts finally led to the unsatisfactory "peace conference" of 3 Feb., 1865. After Lincoln's death, Mr. Blair's opposition to the reconstruction measures and to the general policy of the republicans led to his co-operation with the democratic party, though his counsels were disregarded by its leaders till 1876, when Mr. Tilden was nominated for the presidency.


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Regarding the MAURY family mentioned on page 8 of this publication. From INTIMATE VIRGINIANA by Anne F. Maury, Richmond, 194l, page 115:

MAURY, "A. P.", believed to be Abraham Poindexter Maury. Born 1766, he was the son of Abraham Maury, born 1731 (brother of Rev. James Maury), and Susanna Poindexter. "A. P." was their fourth child. He married M. Worsham. Their children were: ELIZABETH, MATTHEW FONTAINE, DANIEL WORSHAM, ABRAM, JAMES PHILLIP, WILLIAM HENRY, MARTHA and ZEBULON. This last named Abram married Mary Claiborne. They had nine children, the sixth was Abram Poindexter. "A. P." Maury was a member of the House of Representatives in Washington in 1836. He was 70 years old at the time. Data from Maury Family Chart compiled by Ann Maury in 1853. For descendants of this branch of the family, see: Documents Relating to the Huguenot Emigration to Virginia. See From Larochelle to Louisville, Mary Lytle Byers, Louisville Courier-Journal, 4 February 1900.


Regarding a Grundy-Bass marriage, from page 1 of this publication. The NASHVILLE BANNER AND WHIG, June 10, 1829 announced the marriage of JOHN M. BASS to MALVINA, daughter Felix Grundy on June 7, 1829.

Regarding DONALD CAMERON. This man, once a resident of Franklin, Tennessee, prominent Whig, for whom see page 25, this publication. He afterwards moved to Jackson, Tennessee and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, there, with a tombstone that furnishes his dates: December 17, 1814-October 2, 1895. The WEST TENNESSEE WHIG, Jackson, June 26, 1886, mentions that Colonel DON CAMERON of Jackson had been visiting in Franklin, Tenn., his old home.


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