By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003


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July 2, 1903

SARAH J. GANT, nee Boldman, born Greene Co., Tenn., July 8, 1830; died Knoxville, Tenn., May 7, 1903; married Colonel James W. Gant, September 26, 1848; 14 children, 6 surviving her.

PAUL BRANDON SMITH youngest child of A. C. Smith, dec. and C. M. Smith, born Jan. 17, 1881; died Jackson, Tenn., May 29, 1903; employee of Jobe Jeweler, a branch of which he represented in Water Valley, Miss. when he died.

CAROLINE V. HILLARD daughter of Bosdel and Mary Brown, born Perry Co., Tenn., July 17, 1837; married George R. Hillard (died Dec. 30, 1875), June 2, 1857; he was a son of T. A. and Anne Hillard; she had nine children, one of whom, Carrie B., died young. Caroline Hillard died July 13, 1903.

F. G. GATLIN born Gilmer [no such county] Co., Tenn., April 10 1828; died Dec. 30, 1902; moved with parents to Tippah Co., Miss.; married Elmina Derryberry; 4 daus., 3 sons.

FRANCIS HANKINS born Cork, Ireland, Jan, 21, 1821; died Triune, Tenn., May 7, 1903; a merchant, His "venerable appearance, " and "snowy beard" distinguished him.

WILBUR POYNER HAMILTON son of Rev. W. P. Hamilton, born August 28, 1902; died Mar. 31, 1903; croup.


July 9, 1903

WILLIAM FRANKLIN HOLDER born Iredell Co., N.C., Nov. 1, 1821; died Gallatin, Tenn., April 25, 1903 settled in Gallatin about 1848 where he was a drygoods merchant; married (1) Minerva Corwin Parker, 1851; she died May 1876; (2) Mrs. M. T. Holder, his brother's widow, in 1878.

JENNIE BENNETT wife of Rev. E. R. Bennett, Cuttawa, Ky., daughter of Allen and Joanna Whitworth born Hardin Co., Ky., May 11, 1856; married Jan. 8, 1882; lived in Leitchfield, Ky. but her husband entered the ministry necessitating moving around; died May 22, 1903; 2 children.

NORA S. NESBIT daughter of W. J. Nesbit and wife born May 29, 1877; died June 21, 1903.

JANE TAYLOR daughter of S. A. and Rosa P. Taylor died May 30, 1903 aged 8 months and 3 weeks old.

DOVIE SOMERS wife of Rev. J. N. Somers, Stoney Point, N.C., died April 8, 1903; had been married about forty years.


July 16, 1903

Captain T. L. LANIER born Lincoln Co., MO, Mar. 1, 1841; died Waverly, Tenn., April 2, 1903; distant relative of Sidney Lanier; of Huguenot descent; Confederate veteran; husband and father.

REUBEN LEMUEL MASSEY born 1840; died June 1903 in residence of his sister, Mrs. Fannie Davis in Shelby Co., Tenn.

WILLIAM BLAKEMORE born Sumner Co., Tenn., Oct. 2, 1862; died Gallatin, Tenn., April 26, 1903; employee in a drugstore.


July 23, 1903

RUFUS W. YANCY born Giles Co., Tenn., Feb. 9, 1829; married Martha B. Taylor, Oct. 30, 1851; died April 25, 1903; husband and father.

NANNIE W. BALDWIN widow of Dr. B. J. Baldwin died Paris, Texas, June 16, 1903; born Meriwether Co., Ga., Mar. 7, 1833; married (1) Dr. Holt (died 1876); (2) Dr. Baldwin; no children of her own but had stepchildren.

ROSA HARRIS BRYANT wife of M. M. Bryan, daughter of J. C. and Rebecca Harris, born Carroll Co Miss., at homestead of her grandfather, Colonel Greenwood Leflore, Nov. 28, 1878; married Jan 29, 1901; died July 7, 1903 near her birthplace.

Dr. N. W. BOUTON died near Ashland, Miss., April 30, 1903 aged 56 years; born Benton Co., Miss. married Annie Cox; 7 children; graduate, Tulane University; a freemason.


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July 30, 1903

Mrs. AMELIA THOMSON born Davidson Co., Tenn., Oct. 16, 1799; daughter of Seth Lewis; married (1) Rev. John Menefee, Methodist, in 1819; 2 daughters; (2) Patrick Thomson of New Orleans, a Scots merchant; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1834; died in that city, July 9, 1903.

LEO XIII., Roman Catholic Pope, died in Rome, July 20, 1903.

LENA VIRGINIA CARTER daughter of W. O. and Elvira Johnson born April 15, 1866; married Joseph H. Carter, July 24, 1890; died July 5, 1903; 2 children. Memphis Methodist Conference.

SARAH ANN GADDY daughter of William and Jane Handley, born Marion Co., Ky., June 24, 1820; married B. S. Gaddy, Aug. 17, 1841; died Taylor Co., Ky., July 12, 1903.

JAMES W. SLICER died July 9, 1903; surviving were his widow and children, Harry and Irene.

SUE MEREDITH FERGUSON, nee Williamson, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Feb. 8, 1874; daughter of J. A. and Elizabeth Williamson and granddaughter of Rev. C. B. "Kitt" Farris, Tennessee Methodist Conference; married Dr. J. T. Ferguson, April 29, 1886; died June 19, 1903.

WILLIAM A. COX born Weakley Co., Tenn., Oct. 11, 1845; moved to Clay Co., Ark. in 1857; married Mollie Lavender, 1869; 5 children, two living, O. L. Cox and Mrs. Lula Morris.


August 6, 1903

Reverend PLEASANT LOVICK SMITH born Hunt Co., Texas, Dec. 19, 1860; son of Rev. J. Clark and Indiana Elizabeth Smith; his father was a charter member of the No. Texas Methodist Conference and died in Terrell, Texas in 1889; PLS was a graduate, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, 1880 and was licensed to preach in Methodist Church; ordained deacon in 1888; ordained elder in 1890; married Laura Weathersbee, June 1884; one daughter, Mattie; died Henrietta, Texas, July 8, 1903.

EVALINE WESLEY wife of J. L. Hutchison and daughter of Dr. W. H. and Virginia Crandell, born 1879; died Brich Tree, MO, July 17, 1903; 3 sons; she was reared by an uncle and aunt, Dr. J. T. and Ann Eliza Crandell as her mother died when she was an infant.

MARGARET WILLIAMSON daughter of Robert J. and M. E. Hill, born Logan Co., Ky., Nov. 11, 1839; married H. L. Williamson, Dec. 8, 1886: died June 27, 1903; burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.

UNNAMED DAUGHTER of J. A. and Bettie MAYFIELD born Amory, Miss., Oct. 10, 1902; died July 14, 1903.


August 13, 1903

HETTIE McFERRIN widow of Rev. A. P. McFerrin, Sr. died Aug. 3, 1903 in residence of son, Thomas Young in Nashville, Tenn.; another son was Will Young. [The name of her first husband is not furnished in the death notice.]

MARY E. EVINS, nee Orne, born near Dyer, Tenn., May 3, 1866; married J. M. Evins, Jan. 30, 1892; died July 24, 1903.

JAMES WILSON WALKER born Jefferson Co., Ky., Mar. 4, 1823; died May 23, 1903; married Annie Brush, 1860; moved from Ky. to Orlando, Fla. in 1880.

MARY ARMSTEAD GAYLE born near Greensboro, Ala., Mar. 28, 1837; married Phillip H. S. Gayle, Jan. 30, 1856; died May 7, 1903; wife and mother.

C. TODD CLARK born N.C., June 22, 1824; died McKenzie, Tenn., July 6, 1903; married H. M. Wilson, Sept. 2, 185; 12 daus., one surviving, Willie Clark.

SAMUEL W. ASTON son of Samuel and Sarah Aston, born Russell Co., Va., Oct. 1, 1813; married (I) Louisa Alderson, Oct. 29, 1835; 6 children; (2) Lucy J. Eakin, Nov. 19, 1860; 2 children; Lebanon merchant from 1840 until he retired in 1892; died recently.

PHILLIP H. S. GAYLE born Cahaba, Ala., April 13, 1831; died Montgomery, Ala., May 22, 1903; married Mary Armstead in 1856; she died shortly before he died.


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August 20, 1903

MARY A. HARVEY, nee Williams, born 49 years ago in Virginia; moved from Pennsylvania where she had spent most of her youth to Nashville, Tenn. where she married J. A. Harvey, a Vanderbilt University student, August 26, 189l; moved to Texas with her husband a year later and died near Garrison, July 31, 1903; 3 children.

CORNELIA R. JOHNSON daughter of John and Betsy Tuggle born Prince Edward Co., Va. and as an infant moved with parents to Haywood Co., Tenn.; married Joseph Johnson, Jan. 22, 1851; died Mt. Pleasant, Miss., June 18, 1903.

ALEXANDER MARR SHAW son of Rev. William M. and Mahala Shaw born Bedford Co., Tenn., Oct. 13, 1838; died in Vinton, La., May 10, 1903; married Matilda S. Haskins, 1864; husband and father.

ETTA N. JOHNSON daughter of Rev. J. W. Johnson died June 29, 1903.

FANNIE STEGER KNOX second daughter of Edward H. and Virginia A. Steger, born Fayette Co., Tenn., July 22, 1840; graduate, Marshall's Institute, Miss., 1855; married Dr. R. L. Knox, Jan. 31, 1866; died July 37, 1903.

HERSCHEL BARNHILL born Sept. 19, 1897; died Aug. 6, 1903.

LELA MAY OLIVER born Fulton Co., Ky., May 14, 1882; died July 23, 1903; burial in Ebenezer Cemetery.


August 27, 1903

EDWIN H. WELBURN more than 15 years foreman of composing room at the Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., was murdered by gunshots at his desk, August 19, 1903 by a disgruntled job-seeker.

AGATHA A. SNEED born near Brentwood, Tenn., 1832; married William G. Bush, 1853; two children, William C. and Sallie, wife of Thomas L. Herbert; died in Fla., Mar. 1, 1903.

GEORGE MARION MARGART born near Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 19, 1881; died from flux, July 27, 1903; married Mary Hunt, May 19, 1900.

SAMUEL HARRISON SMITH born Maury Co., Tenn., Jan. 10, 1821; moved to DeSoto Co., Miss. in 1845; married Ruth Adela Unthank, 1851; died near Capleville, Tenn., Oct. 9, 1902; active Methodist layman.

EMMA LOUISE HAMILTON daughter of Rev. W. P. Hamilton born Aug. 13, 1902; died near Whitehaven, Tenn., July 13, 1903.


September 3, 1903

Reverend GEORGE WHITEFIELD REED born Maysville, Ky., Feb. 8, 1832; settled in Nashville in 1856; licensed to preach in Methodist Church; married Frances Ware, Nov. 9, 1859; 2 children, Lizzie and Edward; died Nashville, August 20, 1903.

B. W. McCRAE died in Clarksville, Tenn., recently; a long sketch written by J. D. Barbee, useless for genealogical purposes, except to note that he was a native of Virginia.

SAMUEL T. MOORE, SR. born Mecklenburg Co., Va., Feb. 15, 1834; died July 12, 1903; graduate, Randolph-Macon College; veteran of Civil War; taught school and was a county surveyor for 35 years; surviving were his widow, 6 daus., 1 son.

MARY ANN WALTON, nee Dorsey, born Jan. 19, 1822; died Aug. 10, 1903; married Thomas W. Walton (died April 15, 1865), Dec. 11, 1849; a son, Rev. John W. Walton, died in 1882; she had a dau., Miss Amanda and three grandsons, John W., Gordon and Chester Elderton Walton.

Reverend ROMALDUS G. HOLCOMB born McNairy Co., Tenn., Sept. 17, 1867; married Sallie Basinger, Jan. 10, 1900; died July 17, 1903; employed by M & C Railroad; 2 children.


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September 10, 1903

Dr. AUGUSTUS TRAFTON, Dixon, California, respected physician, died August 16, 1903.

ALNEY WINFREY RAMSEY born Trenton, Tenn., Oct. 31, 1862; died Clinton, Ky., June 27, 1903; son of Rev. N. P. and Caroline Ramsey; married Maggie Davis, Cayce, Ky., Dec. 27, 1898; 1 daughter.

Miss ELLEN ELKIN born May 15, 1884; alumna of Grenada College and University of Miss.; an accomplished musician; died June 4, 1903.

LOTTIE McNATT, nee Scott, born April 1883; died July 2, 1903; married Dr. H. T. McNatt, Feb. 1, 1903.

FANNIE McRAE daughter of Thomas A. Crowe born Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 30, 1849; married D. McRae, Sept. 4, 1869 and moved to Tarrant Co., Texas in 1877; died June 14, 1903; 4 children.


September 17, 1903

Reverend JOEL UNDERWOOD WATSON born Grayson Co., Ky., Dec. 13, 1862; died July 19, 1903; entered Methodist ministry in 1890, Louisville Conference; married Sallie Stanley Cammins, Sept. 2, 1892; he taught school for six years; a freemason.

JOSIE CLARKSON widow of Rev. D. C. Clarkson born Hardin Co., Ky., Oct. 8, 1838; died St. Louis, MO, June 22, 1903 of creeping paralysis; married in 1860; he died several years ago; her children, Minnie, Maud, Helen and Clyde predeceased her; surviving children were Webber, William and Adrain.

ROBERT G. FUQUA born Rutherford Co., Tenn., April 30, 1859; at age 19 years moved to Sumner Co., Tenn.; married Leona Hudson, Jan. 8, 1885 and moved to Texas; died there, in Alvin, July 20, 1903; husband and father.

FRANK SIMS HUDSON son of L. and Sarah Hudson born White Co., Tenn., Sept. 14, 1875; orphaned early he was reared by a grandmother and an aunt, Mollie Cope; died Chapel Hill, N.C., May 15, 1903.

GEORGE SISK son of S. D. and Eliza Sisk born Mar. 6, 1899; died near Nettleton, Miss., Aug. 6, 1903.


September 24, 1903

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


October 1, 1903

BELLE HALL wife of H. White Hall, east Nashville, Tenn., died Sept. 22, 1903 in the 53rd year of her age.

C. F. BRADEN born Lauderdale Co., Miss., Oct. 25, 1861; moved to Crittenden Co., Ark. in 1883 and died near Marion, August 8, 1903.

Reverend I. R. HUBBS born Nov. 16, 1870; died Aug. 5, 1903; married Julia Moody, 1899; 1 child.

Mrs. J. R. DEASON died Trenton, Tenn., July 24, 1903.


October 8, 1903

Reverend ROBERT HINER, DD, born Fleming Co., Ky., Feb. 9, 1825; married Melissa Taylor, Sept. 1846; 7 surviving children; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1847; filled many appointments in the Kentucky Conference; died Carrollton, Ky., Sept. 12, 1903.

NANNIE MAY HOSS daughter of Jacob Hoss, Greenwood, La., died Aug. 28, 1903 just past her third birthday; her twin survived her.

ANN ELIZABETH BELL born Prince Edward Co., Va., July 18, 1828; daughter of Rev. John Thompson; married James T. Bell, 1847; a widow, she moved to Knoxville, Tenn.; died on a visit to Murray, Ky., July 2, 1903; burial in Wingo, Ky.

MATTIE PAYNE daughter of E. B. and Minerva Sullivan, Marshall Co., Miss., married Dr. J. D. PAYNE: died Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 12, 1903.


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BENJAMIN WILLIAM SPARKS born Monroe Co., Ga., Aug. 12, 1836; graduate, Medical University, City of New York; Confederate surgeon; married Ruth Brown, June 1869 and lived in Warren Co., Tenn.; moved to McMinnville, Tenn. in 1881 where he died August 29, 1903.

KATE RUSSELL daughter of William A. and Sophie Quarterman born Columbia, Tenn., Feb. 24, 1881; died Nashville, Tenn., July 31, 1903; married Robert Russell, Dec. 12, 1899; 1 son.

ROBERT JOHN LAUGHLIN born Morgan Co., Ala., Mar. 7, 1836; died near Bartlett, Texas, July 3, 1903; surviving were his widow, one daughter and four sons.


October 15, 1903

Reverend JAMES E. GRIER died in a Philadelphia, Pa. hospital, Oct. 3, 1903; useful member of S.C. Methodist Conference.

Dr. EDMUND R. DABNEY born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Sept. 14, 1825; died a few miles from his birthplace, July 9, 1903; graduate, University of New York (medical), 1845; served in Mexican War and was wounded in a knee during his service; married Ellen Manson (died Dec. 8, 1891), Dec. 18, 1856; 5 children.

WILLIAM HOLLOWAY born Feb. 26, 1830; died May 30, 1903; married Mary Tucker, Dec. 19, 1865; 8 children; Confederate veteran; member of Methodist Church since, 1853.

ELIZABETH COX daughter of Thomas and Sallie Cox born in Graves Co., Ky., 69 years ago; died Water Valley, Ky., Sept. 14, 1903; a sister, Mrs. Martha Kimberlin, Union City, Tenn., survived her; she partially reared a nephew, Boyd Bennett.

GEORGE S. DAY born Bedford Co., Va., Dec. 23, 1826; died Springfield, MO, Dec. 30, 1902; contractor and builder; wife, Theressa, died in 1882; he then married Lena Leftwich who died July 2, 1890; his daughter, Mrs. Laura Godbey, wife of S. M. Godbey, died in 1880; his only granddaughter, Laura Theressa Godbey, died in 1896.

ISABELLA GRAHAM SWEET daughter of H. A. and T. A. Bragg born Florence, Ala., Nov. 15, 1844; died near Stanton, Tenn., Sept. 15, 1903; married Dr. F. T. Sweet, Nov. 17, 1869; wife and mother. Burial at Chamber's Chapel near Arlington, Tenn.

JOHN FLETCHER TOY born Butler Co., Ky., Aug. 28, 1819; died Robards, Ky., July 8, 1903; son of Rev. Jopseh and Sarah Owins Toy; moved to Louisville, Ky.; farmer; member of county court for a dozen years.

MARY VANZANT RAMSEY daughter of Thomas N. and Mazella Payne born Gibson Co., Tenn., Jan. 25, 1849; married David A. Ramsey, Mar. 8, 1870; died Sept. 22, 1903; had a son, Horace; daughters, Mozella and Etta (Mrs. Jones).

EDWIN HOFFMAN WELBURN son of Rev. Drummond Welburn, Kentucky Methodist Conference, born Oldham Co., Ky., Jan. 9, 1851; killed at his desk in the Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., August 19, 1903, where he was superintendent of compository department; married Eunice Bettison; a son and daughter.

IDA MAY TANNER daughter of D. B. and H. J. Fullington born West Point, Miss., Oct. 13, 1877; married W. H. Tanner, Jan. 15, 1900; died near Winona, Miss., September 21, 1903.

MURREL MAY McGILL daughter of Hugh and Blanch McGill born Dec. 26, 1902; died July 14, 1903.


October 22, 1903

There were no obituaries in this issue.


October 29, 1901

LAVINA BREWER born Aug. 19, 1833; died Sept. 25, 1902; married Jones Brewer, Jan. 1858; 5 daus., 2 sons.

EMMA E. ALEXANDER, nee Wray, born Oct. 11, 1845; married Sam P. Alexander (died Oct. 8, 1901), Dec. 23, 1862; died Sept. 17, 1903; lived in McKenzie, Tennessee.


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IDA SMITH, nee King, daughter of John M. and Sarah King, born Obion Co., Tenn., Aug. 6, 1865; married W. W. Smith, May 6, 1883; died Erath Co., Texas, Sept. 5, 1903; burial in Dublin, Texas.

LOUISA J. GREEN, nee Roberts, widow of Rev. W. C. Green, No. Miss. Meth. Conference, born and reared in Miss.; first married Captain James Gaston, a Confederate soldier who was killed at Gettysburg, Pa.; 2 daus., 1 son; married Rev. Green (died 1884) in 1865; 3 daus., 3 sons; she died Aug. 10, 1903. Two of the daughters of her first marriage, Mrs. Alma Thompson and Mrs. Emma St. Clair, attended her in her last illness.

MIRANDA MILDRED SHARPE born Camden, S.C., Jan. 2, 1821; married James Boyd Sharpe, June 15, 1841 and moved to Panola Co., Miss., then to Memphis, Tenn. in 1854 where he died March 1872; she was a daughter of Rev. Henry C. Horton, S.C.; she died Oct. 14, 1903. [A tribute to her memory written by E. B. Chappell appeared on page 8 of the December 24, 1903 issue of the NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE.]

REBECCA EVALINE COLDWELL, nee Davis, born Henry Co., Tenn., June 22, 1833; married Newton J. Coldwell, Oct. 26, 1856; died Sept. 10, 1903; from 1856 to 1887 she lived in and near McKenzie Tennessee when they moved to Santa Barbara, California; children, Mrs.C. L. Green and Prof. Horace N. Coldwell.

Mrs. S. I. DALTON died September 26, 1903, Aberdeen, Miss.

LILLIAN ALBERT SEAY wife of Thomas W. Seay and daughter of D. J. and Amelia Augers Williams, born in Texas, Jan. 4, 1867; moved to La. where she married Feb. 15, 1886; 7 children; died recently.

MATILDA FRANCES PAGE daughter of G. W. and Nancy Jones, Buncombe Co., N.C., born June 17, 1818; married Rev. Gabriel E. Page at the age of 22 years; died June 18, 1903; 6 children.

Miss ROXIE CRITZ born Nov. 29, 1882; died Aug. 26, 1903.

BOOTHE FRANKLIN BROWNLEE son of James Byington and Mary Elizabeth Brownlee, nee Harris, born Oakland, Miss., Jan. 16, 1855; killed by lightning, Stem, Miss., July 8, 1903; married Jennie, daughter of Thomas and Martha Tunnell, Jan. 1, 1879; 4 children, Will Quinn, Thomas Byington, Carrie Lee and John Brownlee.

E. M. ROBERTS, nee Preston, born Henry Co., Ga., June 1, 1846; married Thomas Roberts, Nov. 30, 1865; 4 daus., 3 surviving, Mrs. T. J. Dale, Mrs. R. W. Ratliff and Mrs. G. L. Jeter; died Aug. 5, 1903

B. F. NORTHCOTT, SR. born in Tenn., Nov. 12, 1831; died Sept. 18, 1903.

JOSIE SWEENEY JONES wife of R. L. Jones died Sept. 18, 1903 aged 46 years; typhoid fever; 2 children.


November 5, 1903

THOMAS PARKES, an official member of McKendree Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn., died Oct. 24, 1903 in the 64th year of his age.

The likeness of an old-time Methodist preacher, JAMES GUIN, Nashville pastor, 1829-1830, a portrait painted by Washington Cooper, was positively identified at the Methodist Publishing House in Nashville last week.

JOHN B. WATSON born Miss., Sept. 6, 1844; died Jersey, Ark., June 22, 1903; husband and father.

Reverend B. G. JOHNSON born Hickman Co., Tenn., Oct. 23, 1823; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, April 8, 1854; ordained deacon, Oct. 16, 1859; ordained elder, Oct. 14, 1866; served in the Tennessee and Ouachita conferences; chaplain in the Confederate army; sometime presiding elder; retired in 1892; died Mineral Springs, Ark., September 10, 1903.


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November 12, 1903

OWEN CAMPBELL KELLEY son of Dr. D. C. Kelley died in the residence of his brother, D. C Kelley, Jr. near Hendersonville, Nov. 7, 1903; A. B. graduate, Vanderbilt University and a volunteer in the "Cuban War", i.e. Spanish and American War; spent three years studying at universities in Gottingen, Geneva and Paris; health failed and he moved to his brother's in Sumner Co., Tenn. where he died.


November 19, 1903

Miss BUENA COLLINS, Pleasant Hill, Miss., born July 27, 1870; died Sept. 16, 1903.

MARANDA FRANCES FRENCH, nee Monroe, born Carroll Co., Tenn., Dec. 28, 1828; died Weakley Co., Tenn., Oct. 17, 1903; married William J. French of Henry Co., Tenn., Jan. 15, 1852 and moved to Graves Co., Ky.; 4 daus., 6 sons.

MINNIE TILGHMAN born March l2, 1879; died Nov. 1, 1903, DeSoto Co., Miss.; consumption.

Mrs. E. A. BEGBIE died recently; a notice void of biographical details.

Dr. JOHN W. WESSON born Ala., Dec. 9, 1848 and moved with parents to Miss.; died March 19, 1903; served in Confederate army; graduate, Hospital College of Medicine, Louisville, Ky.; married Minnie Paine, 1877; practiced medicine but owned a mercantile business later; moved to Colorado Springs in 1898 where he later died.

SARAH JANE ALLISON daughter of William and Elizabeth Allison born Monroe Co., Tenn., Jan. 26, 1855; died Mar. 8, 1901. Her father,

WILLIAM D. ALLISON born Wilkes Co., N.C., Oct. 5, 1824; married Elizabeth P. Stevenson, 1845; 7 children; died recently.


November 26, 1903

Dr. U. H. NIXON died Nov. 11, 1903 of yellow fever; burial in new Monterey Cemetery [better location not given].

MARY KOGER STONE born Noxubee Co., Miss., Feb. 6, 1846; married Rev. J. B. Stone, Mobile Methodist Conference; died St. Louis, MO, Oct. 9, 1903; daughter of Rev. T. J. Koger; burial near Winona, Miss.

ROBBIE LYNN COLEMAN daughter of Robert L. and Sallie Coleman, granddaughter of Rev. L. C. Bryan, born near Nashville, Tenn., July 18, 1888; died recently.

Colonel JAMES P. ROGERS son of Armstead and Susan Rogers born near Clarksville, Tenn., Jan. 13, 1837; died Los Angeles, California, Nov. 3, 1903; married Mattie A. Riggs, Pine Bluff, Ark., June 28, 1860; moved to Texas in 1881 and then to Los Angeles in 1888; 1 dau., 4 sons.

Dr. R. W. LEFTWICH born near Red Sulphur Springs, Va., April 16, 1864; moved to Pella, Texas and practiced medicine there; married Dema Short, July 10, 1896; 1 dau., Virginia; died September 17, 1903.

Page 15. Photograph of R. W. JENNINGS, founder and manager of Jennings' Business College in Nashville, Tennessee.


December 3, 1903

No obituaries appear in this issue


December 10, 1903

ROGER STEWART son of Rev. John R. and Hester Stewart died in Eastland, Tenn., Nov. 28, 1903 aged 10 years and 10 months old.

MARY ELBERTA TRAWICK youngest daughter of Dr. A. M. Trawick died Nashville, Dec. 3, 1903 aged 20 years.


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JACOB BADER born in Wurtemburg, Germany, 1832; came to the U.S. in 1852 and spent rest of his life in Texas where he died November 17, 1903.



            It is cause for no little surprise that so few of our Methodist Churches pay any attention to the preservation of the data of local Church history. We have served only one charge in a pastorate of fourteen years where we found any apparent attempt to preserve, for their historic value, the books of record. Personal observation and inquiry lead to the conviction that the charge that carefully keeps on file its registers and records is a rare exception. When a new record book of Church or Quarterly Conference is bought, the old one is thrown away or allowed to lie about in whatsoever place it may fall, until it is finally lost. It not infrequently occurs that when a new church register is bought, the names are transcribed to it in alphabetic order, without designation as to the time and manner of the member's reception, or indication of the pastoral administration under which they were received. The old book is then given to the fire or the trash pile. By and by some one wants to trace the Church history of an individual, or of a family, or of a society, and he finds absolutely no data. The long succession of valuable documents has vanished. This is a species of vandalism that falls heavily upon posterity, and that deserves unmeasured censure.
            Our churches should be provided with archives for the preservation of these precious documents. Their loss is due in many instances to the fact that the old books are left in the hands and homes of the secretaries. In the removal and breaking up of families, they thus are lost. There should be a depository in every church for its books of record, where each volume may be religiously preserved.
            Our attention was first called to the importance of this matter while in the pastorate of Tuscaloosa. Deposited in the pastor's study, there is the most complete chain of records we have ever seen. We undertook to write a paper on the history of this, one of the oldest Churches in the States, and discovered to our disappointment that some of the links in the chain were missing. We spent some weeks of diligent investigation before we were able to make out a chronological roster of the pastors back to the beginning. In the course of the preparation of this paper, in searching these old records, we discovered facts touching individuals, families, and local Church affairs that were simply invaluable. More than once we called down blessings on the memory of the men who had the intelligence and thoughtfulness to preserve these old books.
            The official who carelessly loses or wantonly destroys a church register or record book, needs a vigorous "going over" for his short-sightedness. Take care of the books. One day they will be worth their weight in gold.-- Alabama Christian Advocate.

[This article appeared on page 8.]


OWEN C. KELLEY born Nov. 18, 1874; died Nov. 7, 1903; died in home of his brother in Sumner Co., Tenn.; burial in Leeville, Tennessee.

JAMES LAWRENCE, Grainger Co., Tenn., born Dec. 25, 1827; died July 9, 1903; married Mary Fudge; 3 children; farmer.

EMMA BLANTON RIVES wife of Frank Rives, daughter of W. D. Blanton, Lebanon,. Tenn., born July 20, 1873; died Sept. 26, 1903 in Lebanon, Ky.; married Dec. 22, 1898.

VIRGINIA GRACE BREWER born Cumberland Co., Va., Nov. 10, 1827; moved to Montgomery Co., Tenn. in 1830; married Rev. Sterling Brewer, Sept. 5, 1844; died September 23, 1903.


December 17, 1903

Rev. N. H. ROBINSON, Virginia Methodist Conference, died Dec. 7, 1903; graduate, Randolph-Macon College; a victim of consumption; surviving were his widow and 7 children.


December 24, 1903

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


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December 31, 1903

Judge R. W. KNICKERBOCKER died in Dallas, Texas, Dec. 14, 1903; born in New York 77 years ago; could trace his ancestry to "the Hollanders."

RACHEL ELLA FINDLAY daughter of Alexander and Catharine Findlay born May 30, 1836; died Abingdon, Va., Nov. 10, 1903.

CAROLINE STRINGER born Calloway Co., Ky., May 3, 1822; died Nov. 24, 1903; mother of six children, including Mrs. S. L. Watkins.

CAROLINE MOODY wife of D. S. Moody born Mar. 25, 1827; married Nov. 27, 1851; died Oct. 26, 1903; 2 daus., 1 son (Rev. J. A. Moody, Memphis Methodist Conference).

MARTHA WARD born near Linden, Tenn., Feb. 11, 1830; died Chillicothe, Texas, Oct. 7, 1903; left a widower and 2 daus. and 3 sons, two of the latter, R. H. and P. W. Ward, were Methodist preachers. Two grandsons, Ples Freeman and W. T. Freeman, were also Methodist preachers.

WILLIAM PRIESTLEY CARAWAY son of William and Louisa Caraway born Big Sandy, Tenn., Nov. 14, 1871; married Luna Hawley, May 23, 1897; died Nov. 10, 1903; member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church; burial in Sugar Creek Cemetery.

EMILY F. JACKSON, nee Reece, widow of Captain Jethro Jackson, born Monroe Co., Ga., Feb. 2, 1828; died Rome, Ga., Nov. 15, 1903; married in 1845; 4 daus., Mrs. W. R. Wyatt, Mrs. W. R. Reece, Mrs. L. L. Woodruff, Mrs. P. C. Fletcher; 5 sons, the only one surviving into adulthood, William, died in Confederate army in Resaca, Georgia.

ALBERT D. SOUTHALL son of P. H. and Cynthia Ann Southall, nee Kinnard, born Feb. 19, 1864; died Sept. 18, 1903 from surgical complications; joined Methodist Church Oct. 6, 1873.


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