DEATH NOTICES FROM THE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE,
NASHVILLE TENNESSEE, 1883-1884,
(of Those Persons Born Up To and Including the Year 1822)
By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000
January 6, 1883
DAVID S. SHORT born September 25, 1809; death date not given; married (1) M. J. Henry, December 18, 1838; (2) Elizabeth J. Arnold, November 9, 1856; 4 years ago he was seriously injured when thrown from a buggy.
MARY B. HAMMON wife of L. W. Hammon, daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Sapp, born Warren Co., Tennessee, August 29, 1821; died February 11, 1882; married October 31, 1841; joined the Methodist Church in 1848.
CHARLES F. BOSLEY born Washington Co., Kentucky, September 23, 1814; died in the same county, October 23, 1882; married Eudocia B. Barbour, April 17, 1836; she died January 1866 and he married secondly to Mrs. Margaret H. Baker, August 8, 1866.
JAMES F. JOHNSTON 1816-1882:
Mr. JAMES F. JOHNSTON was born in 1816, and died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. A. V. Sanders, Senatobia, Miss., Oct. 30, 1882. He was raised in Alabama, passed a collegiate course in Tuscaloosa, and graduated at the Miami University, Ohio, in 1833; was married to Miss Eliza Sanders, daughter of Rev. Theophilus Sanders, M. D., in 1839. Mr. Johnston chose school-teaching for a profession, and in Denmark, Tenn., he taught successfully for many years, and afterward in Mississippi, unti1 failing health caused him to seek more active employment. He moved to Memphis, and engaged in rea1 estate business, in which he continued until the breaking out of the war, when he sold out and retired to private life in Mississippi, where he spent the evening of his life. Mr. Johnston made a profession of religion in 1839, and for many years was an active member or the M. E. Church, South. He was a close student, and made the Bible his chief study; being master of the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew languages, he was prepared to study it thoroughly. Mr. Johnston was one of the most conscientious men I have ever met; his life seemed to be conformed to Bible principles. The last two years of his life he was a great sufferer, but with Christian fortitude he bore his affliction, and his last days were full of deep religious enjoyment; he felt the sweet consolations of re1igion. His dying message to the writer was, "Tell Brother Sage I die as any Christian dies," and soon after calmly fell asleep in Jesus, and went to rejoin his loved ones in the "sweet by and by."
A. P. SAGE.
Senatobia, Miss., Nov. 24, 1882.
MARY S. MATHIS born 1801; married Carlton Mathis, 1823; mother of large family; her home was in Gibson Co., Tenn. where she died November 4, 1882.
January 13, 1883
Mrs. ANN ELIZA PICKETT daughter of Paoli and E. J. Ashe, born North Carolina, 1817; moved to Alabama; married Martin Pickett (died 1851), and lived in Wadesboro, North Carolina; widowed with four children; died October 23, 1882. Children: Mrs. Pleasant Tindel, Mobile, Alabama; Dr. Joseph Pickett, Hale Co.; Walter Pickett, California. Two brothers: Hon. Thomas S. Ashe and Dr. Edmond Ashe, Wadesboro. Three sisters: Mrs. Henry Tutwiler, Mrs. Carlos G. Smith and Miss Henrietta Ashe.
CHARLES F. HARVEY, Louisville, Kentucky, born 1817; joined Methodist Church, 1838; married Martha W. McKendree, May 23, 1838; died December 4, 1882.
MARY J. MYERS daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Smith, born Bu11itt Co., Kentucky, December 12, 1812; died there, December 9, 1882; married (1) Preston Hornback, 1835; he died in 1845; two children; (2) Joseph Myers (died January 30, 1882), November 25, 1846; three children.
B. F. BRAZEAL born October 24, 1819; died Dallas County, Arkansas, November 26, 1882. Methodist "of the old type."
THOMAS W. PRICE born Adair Co., Kentucky, June 14, 1808; died Taylor Co., Ky., November 28, 1882; married Seny A. Rodgers, 1830; she died in 1862; he joined Methodist Church in Lebanon, Kentucky in 1871.
ELIJAH DURRETT born Taylor Co., Kentucky, March 16, 1820; died there, August 6, 1882; joined Baptist Church, 1852; seventeen years prior to his demise he joined the Methodist Church.
January 20, 1883
Reverend J. T. C. Moore born Todd Co., Kentucky in 1810; died near Franklin, Ky., October 8, 1882; married Mary McGovan, Henry Co., Tennessee, November 28, 1832. "He was an obliging neighbor."
JUDAH WILLIS wife of Richard Willis born Spartanburgh, South Carolina, April 22, 1812; died October 8, 1882; married December 29, 1836 and moved to Morgan Co., Alabama in November 1857; mother of three sons, five daughters; had thirty grandchildren.
January 27, 1883
MADISON M. CASS born near Wilkesboro, North Carolina, April 30, 1809; in 1828 moved to Bedford Co., Tennessee and in 1881 moved to Bell Co., Texas where he died November 1, 1882; husband and father.
February 3, 1883
LEM W. HOLT born Spencer Co., Kentucky, November 10, 1821; died Union Co., Ky., November 28, 1882; married Ann M. Howell, November 26, 1857; moved to Union Co. Ky. when 9 years old; joined Methodist Church in 1874.
HENRIETTA NORWOOD SPERRY born October 5, 1795; died December 14, 1882; among her survivors were an aged husband, children and grandchildren.
JOHN CRENSHAW born November 5, 1819; died Sumner Co., Tennessee, October 6, 1882; wife, Eliza A., died March 31, 1881; six children.
MARY LOUISA ROUND born Charleston District, South Carolina, April 15, 1815; died Lenoir, North Carolina, December 22, 1882; married Rev. George H. Round.
CATHERINE MORRISON born near Rockingham, North Carolina, 1795; daughter of Neil and Mary McPherson and sister of Malcolm McPherson, formerly of the Tennessee Conference; died Clark Co., Arkansas, October 22, 1882.
FANNIE BAILEY, nee Shell, born near Roanoke Chapel, North Carolina, January 1792; died Nevada Co., Arkansas, December 13, 1882.
February 10, 1883
JOHN G. JACKSON born Sussex Co., Virginia, November 25, 1807; died Limestone Co. Texas, December 24, 1882; joined Methodist Church October 10, 1827; married Martha A. Gee, Brunswick Co., Virginia, August 19, 1840 and moved to west Tennessee and then to Johnson Co., Arkansas in 1854 and to Texas in 1859; left seven children and seven grandchildren.
MARY MARTIN CROWE daughter of Rev. E. M. and Fannie E. Crowe, Louisville Conference, born Hawesville, Kentucky, May 6, 18l9; died Princeton, Ky., Dec. 15, 1882.
HARRIET ELIZABETH WATERS QUINN daughter of Rev. M. H. and Harriet W. Quinn, granddaughter of Joseph T. Elliston, born Nashville, Tennessee, February 12, 1822; graduate, Nashville Female Academy, June 8, 1836; married Capt. H. H. Newcomb, February 22, 1844; he died in Louisville, Kentucky, July 26, 1851; had a daughter, Anna; married secondly to Judge J. M. Dawson, Kentucky, May 15, 1854; died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Anna H. Owens, Princeton, Kentucky, October 25, 1883. "Her Bible was well read."
ELIJAH EVANS born Nelson Co., Kentucky, November 4, 1807; died Hardin Co., Ky., December 23, 1882; had been feeble for about five years before his death.
Reverend JAMES STERLING LANE born February 27, 1818; moved to Talladega Co., Alabama in 1845; moved to Texas in 1865; president of Pierce and Paine college, 1866; served in several pastorates.
THOMAS JEFFERSON GWIN son of John Gwin born Glasgow, January 27, 1808; died Louisville, Kentucky, January 11, 1883 at residence of his son, James E. Gwin; merchant, banker and active Methodist layman.
February 17, 1883
HENRY J. DUNCAN born Logan Co., Kentucky, September 26, 1811; joined Methodist Church in August 1874; died Simpson Co., Kentucky, December 19, 1882; raised a "large family of children."
ELIZA ANN WOODFIN, nee Howorth, born October 6, 1819; married Dr. H. G. Woodfin, June 6, 1838; moved to Franklin Co., North Carolina where she died November 25, 1882.
February 24, 1883
MARTHA HINDE ROSS daughter of David and Mary Lewis; born Newport, Kentucky, February 25, 1805; married Rev. William R. Ross, 1835; three sons; died near the place of her birth, December 19, 1882.
FREDERICK HOOVER born November 3, 1809; married Mrs. Mary J. Brixey, sister of the Rev. James G. Rice of Tennessee Conference. He died August 14, 1882.
FRANCES A. CALDWELL, Calloway Co., Kentucky, born Northampton Co., North Carolina, August 3, 1822; moved with parents to Henry Co., Tennessee in 1827; daughter of John and Elizabeth Blythe; married John Caldwell; three children.
SARAH M. COPE, nee Tipton, born November 5, 1809; died Tracy City, Tennessee, August 22, 1882; married H. Bradford Cope, November 30, 1829; mother of several children.
HENRY J. DUNCAN born near Russellville, Kentucky, 18ll; died near Franklin, Ky., December 20, 1882; "a man of more than ordinary intelligence."
N. A. CARTWRIGHT born Camden Co., South Carolina, September 13, 1796; died Fayette Co., Tennessee, December 9, 1882; married (1) Mary Jones, 1820, who died in 1835; (2) Mrs. C. E. Norman, widow of the Rev. Simeon Norwood, North Carolina Conference, 1840; moved to Fayette Co., Tennessee.
SUSANNA CATHARINE VINCENT born Crawford Co., Georgia, January 15, 1818; married David Vincent, 1838; died Colbert Co., Mississippi, August 29, 1882.
March 3 1883
SUSAN WESTMORELAND EVANS, youngest daughter of Colonel Josiah Bullock, born near St. Stephen, A1abama, November 23, 1807; married John Evans (died Clarke Co., Alabama), November 6, 1827 and had four sons and four daughters; three sons died in Confederate service, one survived her, Rev. John F. Evans; she died Shubuta, Mississippi, November 17, 1882.
LAKE M. HOLMES born Meck1enburg Co., Virginia, December 13, 1791; died May 7, 1882 near Black Hawk, Mississippi; married (1) Lucy Sanford; (2) Elizabeth D. Neal, Maury Co., Tennessee, September 15, 1830.
March 10, 1883
WILLIAM McMAHON BRANDON born Huntsville, Alabama, June 24, 1826; youngest son of Hon. William Brandon; died Little Rock, Arkansas, November 12, 1882; married Theresa E., daughter of Colonel Micahah Thomas, Athens, Alabama, June 9, 1847; two sons who died in infancy; two daughters, Mollie and Cornie; moved to Red River, Arkansas in 1860; sold out and moved to Little Rock in 1870.
AMANDA F. DWIRE wife of James H. Dwire born Mason Co., Kentucky, May 21, 1814; died from a stroke, in Covington, Ky., December 20, 1882.
J. H. KING born February 1804; died Natchez, Mississippi in 1882.
Mrs. ELIZA MARTIN died at residence of her nephew, Samuel Perkins, Triune, Tennessee December 1882 in her 91st year.
LUCINDA CAMERON born February 2O, 1816; married Rev. John H. Austin, January 14, 1838; died October 28, 1882. Lime Rock, Alabama.
March 17, 1883
OAKEY HOAGLAND 1791-1883:
OAKEY HOAGLAND was born in Morris county, New Jersey, Feb. 27, 1791, and died at his residence in Hunter's Bottom, Jan. 15, 1883, lacking only a few days of being 92 years old. His grandfather, with two other brothers, shipped brick from Holland and erected the first brick house in the city of New York. His parents, Cornelius and Mary Hoagland, moved from New Jersey to Kentucky in 1798, and settled in Hunter's Bottom, where they raised a family of ten children, whose ages, at the death of Uncle Oakey, averaged 81 years, while three are still living. At the age of 14 he caught a severe cold, which, terminating in sciatica, caused him to be a cripple the remainder of his life. He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Giltner, Oct. 18, 1827, with whom he lived a most happy and prosperous life until her death, which occurred July 6, 1865. Uncle Oakey labored on his farm until he was 60 years old, managed his business affairs until the death of his wife, when he turned them over to his son Barney; afterward took but little interest in business. He was a member of the Methodist Church nearly a half-century, leading an exemplary life from the day he joined until his death. As a steward, he was ever faithful, and when his Church (Hopewell) was called he invariably reported full payments, as many of our preachers can testify. Hopewell was built by his zeal and energy, and most of the money furnished by him. His home was always a home for the preachers and their wives, and for a number of years he kept the preachers during the whole Conference-year without compensation. As a boy, he was full of life and energy; as a son, respectful and obedient; as a husband, faithful and affectionate; and as a father, he was ever tender and sympathetic. Although his general health seemed good; he was a great sufferer most of his life. I never saw him at the table with the family but once –that was his 90th birthday. He was confined to his room for seven years. I said to him on different occasions "Uncle Oakey, you must certainly get lonesome shut up in the house so much." He would answer, "O, no, I never get lonesome; I have so many good books and my paper to read, and the Lord is so good to me; I am always happy." He was a subscriber to the Nashville CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE when it first started, and has never let his subscription run out. He veritably believed it a sin not to take our Church-paper, or neglect the support of the gospel in any way. The Lord blessed him both in basket and store for his faithfulness. One week before his death he went into a stupor, and remained so for two days, when he revived, and began shouting and praising God. One day he exhorted, shouted, preached and praised God for four hours without ceasing. "O," said he, "go and bring in the whole community, that I may tell them how precious the religion of Jesus is in a dying-Hour. It is all love. How sweet to live in, but O, how much better to die in! Halleluiah! Praise the Lord! I am so happy!" The last words he uttered were, "I am so happy!" Then he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. His funeral-sermon was preached by the writer to a large audience in Hopewell Church, from Matt. xxv.21 "Well done," etc. His remains were then 1aid away to rest by the side of his companion in the family burying-ground on the Giltner farm. He 1eaves six children to mourn their loss, all of whom are members of the Church. May they imitate his character and exmp1ify his trust, so that, like him, they may be permitted to hear the celestial music before they leave the shores of time.
T. W. BARKER
Central Methodist please copy.
ELIZABETH BAKER born Jackson Co., Tennessee, November 1, 1817; died Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, December 28, 1882; burial in McMinnville, Tennessee; wife of Rev. William Baker whom she married June 18, 1837.
March 24, 1883
Major JAMES GOODNER born Sullivan Co., Tennessee, February 6, 1792; died in residence of son-in-law, James N. Cartwright, Davidson Co., Tennessee, February 3, 1883; married Martha, daughter of Rev. John Fite, a Baptist preacher, in 1817.
Reverend J. B. CHASTAINE born South Carolina, March 25, 1820; moved to Hall Co., Georgia, then to Cherokee Co., Alabama where he died at Gainesville, January l7, 1883; husband and father.
ABIGAIL HICKS BELCHER born November 18, 1795; married Sutton E. Belcher, September 25, 1817; died September 9, 1883.
March 31, 1883
ALLIE WILSON daughter of Matthew Borin, wife of William N. Wilson, born Cape Girardeau, Missouri, October 30, 1817; moved to Randolph Co., Illinois six years ago to live with family of son-in-law, Mr. McGee, where she died January 15, 1883.
Apri1 7, 1883
W. B. WINSTON died Carrollton, Kentucky, March 16, 1883 in her 69th year of age; joined Methodist Church March 30, 1829; class leader and steward in the church; a lawyer.
The Reverend F. A. OWEN 1804-1883:
Rev. F. A. Owen was born in Brunswick county, Va. Feb. 8, 1801; removed with his father to Tennessee in his childhood, and settled in Williamson county; was licensed to preach, June 1822; joined the Tennessee Conference in the fall of the same year; sent to Caney Fork Circuit, 1823; Knoxville Circuit, 1824; Greenville Circuit, 1825; in 1826 and 1827, in Cherokee Nation; stationed in Tuscumbia, Ala., 1828 and 1829; sent back to Cherokee Nation, 1830, as Superintendent; stationed in Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1831; stationed in Memphis, 1832—the first stationed preacher at that place, and built the first Methodist church in that city; 1833 and 1834, stationed in Natchez, Miss.; in December, 1834, was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Clopton Harding. Her daughter of tender years became to him as his own child, and to the close of his life there existed between them the tenderest affection. In 1835 he was presiding elder on Florence (Ala.) District. He took a supernumerary relation in 1836 to the Tennessee Conference; located in 1840, and removed to Mississippi; same year was re-admitted, and joined the Memphis Conference; 1843, was presiding elder on Memphis District; 1846, presiding elder on Somerville District; at the close of the Conference year health failed, and he took a supernumerary relation; in 1850 was appointed Editor of Memphis Christian Advocate which he held for four years; was elected at the General Conference, Columbus, Ga., Book Agent of Southern Methodist Publishing House, in which he continued until 1858; in 1859 was presiding elder of Mississippi Bottom District; 1860, took supernumerary relation. The civil war coming on, he preached to the people of Tunica county, Miss. After the war closed, Bishop Paine appointed him to organize the Mississippi Bottom District for the colored people after their organization into a separate Church. Failing health again caused him to take a supernumerary relation, until 1874, he was appointed by Bishop Wightman to take charge of St. Paul’s Church, St. Louis, Mo.; served that people one year; 1875, joined the St. Louis Conference, and was appointed to Chouteau-avenue Church, which he served two years under many discouragements and bodily afflictions; 1877, placed on the superannuated list, after serving the Church in varied capacities for 55 years. All his children had preceded him to the eternal home except one son, James H. Owen, a respected citizen of Austin, Miss., an upright and consistent member of the Church his father loved and served…He died, March 16, at the residence of D. H. McGavock, near Nashville, Tenn., leaving the beloved wife of his early manhood sorely bereaved.
The foregoing is a brief history of a long and useful life.
The writer made Brother Owen’s acquaintance in the autumn of 1825. He was then a tall, slender, young man, prepossessing in his appearance. He has known him ever since, and has only known him to love and esteem him. He was a man of a blameless life, always maintaining a spotless character. From his youth he was delicate in health, and lived to a good old age, to the surprise of those who knew him when in early life. From the list of appointments he filled, it will be seen that he did much important work for the Church. In his best days he was a remarkably popular preacher, and very effective in the pulpit. With a sweet voice, winning manner, a clear understanding of the doctrine of the gospel, he deeply impressed the congregations who waited on his ministry, and he won many souls to Christ. He was an able minister of the New Testament. His last sickness was protracted and painful, but his faith failed not; he trusted in God and feared no evil. O, it was delightful to witness his victory over the fear of death, and to behold him standing on the mountaintop, looking over into the Promised Land. The gospel he preached to others was the power of God, to his own salvation. He requested the writer to preach his funeral-sermon, and selected the text: "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." Jno. Xi, 25, 26.
Alas, the preacher was absent when his friend passed away, but devout men were there, and after appropriate funeral ceremonies, laid him away at Mt. Olivet, to await the resurrection of his body, for which he looked with full assurance.
He soon followed Bishop Paine, with whom he was intimately associated from his youth, and Dr. Summers, with whom he was connected in the Publishing House for years; and he will soon be overtaken by the few of his early associates who survive him. What a happy meeting "over there!"
J. B. McFerrin
Honorable JOHN ROWAN born Ohio Co., Kentucky, 1807; died McLean Co., Ky., Jan. 31, 1883; married (1) Lydia E. Stevens, June 11, 1835, daughter of William and Nancy Stevens; she died July 24, 1853 leaving him with five children; married (2) Sarah Bell (died December 19, 1870), January 2, 1855; three children; held several responsible public positions and served in the state legislature one term.
MARGARET C. DAVIDSON daughter of Thomas McCaul of Davidson Co., Tennessee, died Dickson, Tennessee, January 21, 1883 aged 72 years, 6 months old; wife of George Davidson; three sons and a daughter; afflicted with rheumatism for thirteen years.
April 14, 1883
EMSLEY BETTIS born Jefferson Co., Tennessee, Apri1 17, 1822; died Madison Co., Texas, September 9, 1882; married Theresa A. Ly1e; served in Confederate army for two years.
THERESA ANN BETTIS daughter of Rev. Daniel Lyle, born October 12, 1824; died of dysentery, Madison Co., Texas, September 4, 1881; married in Jefferson Co., Tennessee; her mother died when she was five years old; married Emsley Bettis, February 27, 1845; mother of eight daughters, four sons, six of whom survived her; moved from Tennessee to central Texas in the fall of 1880; one daughter was named Julia A. Bettis.
BENJAMIN H. HOLMES born Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, November 8, 1804; moved to Dallas Co., Ark. in 1847; died there February 2, 1883.
Tribute of Respect for WILLIAM LEE McCLELLAN born Iredell Co., North Carolina, October 23, 1815; died February 8, 1883; by Cornersville Lodge #126, Freemasons, of which he had long been a member, dated February 9, 1883.
Reverend HEZEKIAH DILDINE born Rutherford Co., North Carolina, April 11, 1793; moved to Knox Co., Tennessee; moved to Jackson Co. and then to White Co., Tennessee in 1866; joined the Methodist Church in 1840; fought in the War of 1812 under command of General Andrew Jackson; married Ann Erwin (died 1841), 1818; married secondly to Nancy Early, 1843; died August 11, 1882. Sparta, Tennessee.
JOHN HOLMES born Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, December 17, 1795; his mother died when he was a few days old; raised by his grandmother, Mrs. Matthews with whom he moved to Williamson Co., Tennessee; served in the War of 1812; married Elizabeth Price, December 24, 1817; she died March 6, 1876; he died May 13, 1879. Notice submitted by his son, W. H. Holmes, Winona, Mississippi.
Apri1 21, 1883
Colonel JOHN FANT born in Virginia, June 6, 1799; died in Holly Springs, Mississippi, December 7, 1882; suffered from asthma; a delegate to General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1878; sometime Sunday School superintendent.
W. H. SIMPSON born December 28, 1812; died Purdy, Tenn., January 3, 1883; served as a steward, class leader and Sunday School superintendent in his church.
Judge PHILIP PIPKIN 1814-1883:
Judge Philip Pipkin died at his residence in Farmington, St. Francois county, Mo., Feb. 6, 1883, after a lingering illness of some weeks. Judge Pipkin was born near Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1814 and was therefore 68 years and 3 months old at the date of his death. He was a son of Col. Philip Pipkin, an officer in the volunteer service of the United States in the Indian Wars of Alabama and Tennessee. His mother was a daughter of Lester Morris, a Revolutionary soldier, who immigrated to Tennessee from Virginia just after that war. Judge Pipkin graduated at Cumberland College at the age of 20. He followed his father to Missouri, who had moved here in 1830 and began the study of law, in which profession he was eminently successful. He represented Jefferson county in the Legislature in 1840. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention that met at Jefferson City, Mo., in 1845. At the breaking out of the late war between the States he was chosen a member of the State Convention to consider the relations of the State of Missouri to the Federal Government. In 1872 he was elected Circuit Judge of the Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit, and in 1875 was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention that framed our present constitution. He had been a member of the M. E. Church, South, for about thirty-three years, and in every position he occupied, either in Church or State, he was the same dignified, gentle Christian gentleman. A man of strict moral habits and stern Christian integrity, he died witnessing for Jesus in the full hope of a glorious immortality. He leaves a widow and several children, besides many relatives in Tennessee and Missouri, to mourn their loss.
J. W. Johnson
Farmington, Mo., Feb. 13, 1883.
J. F. MARTIN born December 29, 1825; died from injuries gotten in a railroad accident, February 3, 1883 at Stevenson, Alabama. "We buried him at Stevenson, College Hill under Masonic honors."
Apri1 28, 1883
THERESA STIBBENS daughter of James and Diana Samuels, born Bullitt Co., Kentucky, January 23, 1810; died about a half mile from her birthplace, Feb. 7, 1883; married (1) Nathaniel Janness, September 1848; he died September 1857; (2) William H. Stibbens, April 1863; he died December 5, 1875.
MAHALA GLOVER wife of Rev. J. N. Glover, born Laurens District, South Carolina , July 9, 1811; died near Fayette Court-house, Alabama, January 9, 1883; married in 183O; moved to Alabama in 1838.
JOHN W. BRANSTETTER son of Michael and Elizabeth Branstetter, born Barren Co., Kentucky, October 27, 1820; died McLennan Co., Texas, January 25, 1883.
Rev. WILLIAM McKNIGHT born Iredell Co., North Carolina, May 3, 1806; moved to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee when about aged 15 years; moved to Eastport, Tennessee and then to Jackson, Mississippi; married (1) Louisa V. McCrackin, June 29, 1830; (2) Elvira D. Parks, May 29, 1836; (3) M. R. Irwin; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, ordained deacon in 1844; ordained elder in 1859; died in Iuka, Mississippi, January 31, 1883; "not at all demonstrative but strictly conscientious."
MARGARET ANN BOOTHE wife of W. R. Boothe, born October 13, 1813; died Feb. 23, 1883; married in Gates Co., North Carolina, February 17, 1842; had twenty-seven grandchildren; moved to Yallobusha Co., Miss. in 1845, thence to Tallahatchie Co., Mississippi in 1855 where she died.
May 5, 1883
MARY HINE KIMBROUGH, nee Richardson, "Aunt Mary", died March 5, 1883 in her 78th year of age; granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Hinde; daughter of Thomas and Mary Hine; married George Kimbrough; lived in Cynthiana, Ky.; first cousin of Bishop Kavanaugh of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; burial in Cynthiana.
NANCY HUNTER born Jefferson Co., Kentucky in l791; died January 30, 1883; daughter of Joseph and Charlotte Workman; her mother was a daughter of Bartlett Asher who moved to Louisville, Ky. in 1779, in a flatboat on the Ohio River; her father was from Fairfax Co., Virginia who came to Ky. when he was a boy; she married James Hunter in 1823; he had come to Kentucky in 1818; they joined the Methodist Church in 1830; surviving were a son and a daughter.
PRISCILLA T. LEARD, nee Morris, wife of J. R. Leard, born Perry Co., Alabama, January 17, 1822; died Sebastian Co., Arkansas, February 21, 1883; joined the Methodist Church in her 18th year of age.
ELIZA STRINGER daughter of Nicholas and Barbara Gentry, born Bullitt Co., Kentucky, August 22, 1813; died there February 15, 1883; married William Stringer; surviving were four children.
May 12, 1883
REBECCA HARDAWAY ODEN wife of Thomas H. Oden, daughter of Robert and Frances D. Reams, born Williamson Co., Tennessee, March 6, 1828; married October 12, 1847; died February 1, 1883.
JACOB WARD born Baltimore, Maryland, October l6, 18l3; died December 24, 1882; moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1854 where he died; married Pauline M. Henderson in 1856; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.
ELIZABETH SEAWELL WYNNE born February 11, 18l9; youngest child of Colonel John K. and Lucy Wynne of Wilson Co., Tennessee; married James Young Blythe, September 7, 1836 and lived in Gallatin, Tennessee; moved to Williamson Co. in 1838; moved to Lebanon in 1839; joined Methodist Church in 1840; died recently.
WILLIAM S. PERKINS born Butler Co., Kentucky, June 28, 1810; married Amanda C. Williams, September 10, 1838; joined Methodist Church in 1849; died January 18, 1883 at residence of son-in-law, Dr. V. U. Moss, Rockfield, Kentucky.
May 19, 1883
RUFFIN KEY son of William Key, a Methodist preacher, born Albemarle Co. Virginia, March 19, 1791; moved with parents to Sumner Co., Tennessee when he was about ten years old; married Mary McNeill, August 1845 and moved to Todd Co., Kentucky in February 1846; he died January 7, 1883. His wife was born in North Carolina, May 10, 1792 and died in Todd Co., Kentucky, June 23, 1874. He was a veteran of the Creek wars for which service he drew a government pension. He and wife had three daughters and two sons, four living; three lived in Todd County and Mrs. John M. King lived in Washington Co., Illinois.
May 26, 1883
WILLIAM O. HALL born near Clarksville, Tennessee, January 31, 1821; moved to Kentucky in youth; married about 1843; died Hopkins Co., Kentucky, February 5, 1883; served as representative in the state legislature in 1858 and 1859.
We were frequently with Brother Hall in his 1ast illness, always found him trusting in the Lord. As his weeping wife was kneeling at his bedside, he put his arm about her and said, "You can’t help but weep now, my dear; but you will soon come on — I have no fears concerning you. If I were assure all my children would come, I would be perfectly happy concerning my family." A few hours before he fell asleep, while his family and many kind neighbors were around him, he talked (could on1y speak in a whisper) of his prospects growing brighter, and after pausing for a little while, turned his eyes upward and continued to laugh until there seemed to be a blaze of holy light upon his face. It is a benediction to be with such a man in his last hours. Many of the preachers in the Louisville Conference, on reading this, will feel that they have another friend in heaven. He loved his preachers. We preached his funeral-sermon to a large and weeping congregation of relatives and friends at Slaughterville, near where he was buried. He leaves a heart-stricken wife and seven children, nearly all of whom are in the Church. May they live as he lived, and die as he died — "Ever with the Lord."
J. S. Kern
LOUISA JANE MORGAN, nee Porter, born Smith Co., Tennessee, June 30, 1816; daughter of William Porter; married John F. Morgan, June 29, 1841 and moved to Columbia, Tennessee; she died there, February 24, 1883; her husband died November 25, 1872; they had two children. Her father was a native of Ireland. Her mother, 90 years old, survived her.
LOUIS HANCOCK born Goochland Co., Virginia, November 7, l792; moved to Franklin Co., Kentucky in 1806; moved in 1824 to Christian Co., Ky. and to Webster Co., Ky. in 185l; married Sallie Bradshaw, Mercer Co., Kentucky, in 1819; joined Methodist Church in 1824; died February 2, 1883; a member of the Hebron Methodist Church.
June 2, 1883
Judge MILTON BROWN 1804-1883:
JUDGE MILTON BROWN. — Judge Milton Brown died of paralysis, in his residence in Jackson, Tenn., on the morning of May 14, 1883 about 2 o’clock. He had been sick nine days, during which time he gave satisfactory evidence that he was at peace with God; that his confidence in Christ was firm, and that all was well. He breathed quietly and calmly, though hurriedly, as if sinking into a deep sleep, till, without a struggle, the breath left his body, and he was still. The next day his funeral-services were performed in the First M. E. Church, South, in the presence of a 1arge and attentive audience. They were conducted by the writer, in compliance with his request, assisted by the pastor, and by other ministers of this city. Dr. D. C. Kelley, of Nashville, incidentally present, made some very appropriate remarks. His remains were then carried to the cemetery and deposited by the side of his wife, who had preceded him seven years, and over whose remains a double monument, suited to both, had been erected. He was born in Lebanon, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1804, and had entered his eightieth year. Soon after the death of his mother, under deep religious conviction, he made a profession of re1igion, and, with a changed heart and a fixed purpose, joined the Methodist Church. While yet a young man, and without means, he left his native State and came to seek his fortune in Tennessee. He first settled in Trenton, and soon after came to Jackson, where he lived the remainder of his days. Jan. 21, 1835, he married Miss Sarah Torian, with whom he lived in happy union forty-one years. He has left to mourn his departure five children — three daughters and two sons — and five grandchildren, all of whom are in comfortable circumstances; for though he commenced life in poverty, yet, through his energy, success, and financial ability, he had acquired a fortune in this country. He had chosen the legal profession, to which be devoted the prime of his life, and by industry and persistent effort, acquired success after success, until he stood at the head of his profession. His political career was a brilliant one, marked with distinguished ability. He was often elected to fill positions of trust, in Congress and elsewhere, which he filled with entire satisfaction to his constituents, decided credit to himself, and great usefulness to his country. He was a political benefactor. In the political canvass, on the stump or on the platform, he could cope successfully with the greatest intellects and most distinguished debaters of his day. He was competent to fill any position in the government, and worthy of the highest office in the gift of the people.
He was a strong advocate of literary institutions, and in the days of his strength and of his manhood he was most prominent in establishing the Memphis Conference Female Institute and West Tennessee College — now the Southwestern Baptist University — and was a member of their Board of Trustees. He has been a prominent and influential member, from the beginning, of the Board of Trust of the Vanderbilt University. Whenever present at the meetings of those Boards--and he was seldom absent-he was not an idle spectator, but took an active part in their deliberation, and his influence was always felt. His absence from these meetings hereafter will be sensibly felt.
But what is more valuable and important than all, he was a Christian — the highest style of man. Early in life he embraced the Christian faith, and never afterward forgot his allegiance to Christ nor his obligations to the Church of his choice. He was strong in the faith of the gospel, rich in religious experience, and resounding in the practice of the Christian virtues. Without doubt he was greatly indebted to the Christian religion, the principles of the gospel of Christ, for his high distinction in life, and his remarkable success in the various positions he was called to fill. For religion became the habit of his soul, and spread its sacred influence over the whole course of his life, and was clearly manifested in all his public walks and private ways. Whether at home or abroad, on land or on the sea, in Europe or in America, by the fireside or at the bar, on the street or on the rostrum, in ? or in the halls of Congress, his Christian character was uniform and decided. Like the Apostle Paul, he was not ashamed of the cross of Christ. Whenever duties in the
Church were required of him, he cheerfully undertook and faithfully performed them. When sent as a delegate to the General Conference, he made it a point to be present at the opening and at the closing, and all the time between, faithfully performing the work assigned him. The same is true in reference to the Annual and to the District Conferences. He was punctual and regular in his attendance in Church, and ready to aid in every important enterprise, according to his convictions of duty. He was independent and decided in his course. He was truly himself. He took no living man for a model, but laid his own plans according to his own views, and executed them in his own way.
He was indeed a remarkable man. Few such appear in an age. But like other truly great men in Church and in State, he had peculiarities that distinguished him from all other men, and, it may be, weaknesses and infirmities of age that became the subject of remark. These, however, did not interfere with his religious convictions, his elevated aims in the Christian life, his consecration to God, nor his devotion to the Church. I have been intimately acquainted with Judge Brown for thirty-eight years, and our mutual friendship has been strong and confidential. I have known him well, and speak with confidence. For several years his health has been feeble, and in our conversations we have often introduced the subject of death and the future. He has repeatedly told me that he had no fear of death, and was ready for the change whenever the time should come. In this state of mind he remained till death. How much I shall miss his pleasant visits to my study, and his agreeable conversations! But he is gone to his long home, and I shall soon follow. I hope to meet him with the Apostle Paul at "that day" and all those for whom is laid up a crown of righteousness! May the blessings of God rest upon his bereaved family, and lead them sincerely to love and to worship their father’s God!
A. W. JONES
May 16, 1883
MARY THOMAS "Aunt Polly" born March 26, 1796; married Joel Thomas, January 2, 1823; died near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, March 19, 1883; moved in January 1852 from Marlborough District, South Carolina to Clark Co., Arkansas.
MARTHA ELIZABETH FROST, nee Pollard, born May 1, 1829; died Nashville, Tennessee, March 2, 1883; married Dr. Starling B. Frost, December 22, 1847; mother of twelve children, five surviving her; member of Smyrna Methodist Church.
POLLY CRENSHAW, nee Carr, born August 24, 1801; died at residence of her son in Sumner Co., Tennessee, September 30, 1882; member of Bethphage Methodist Church.
ELIZABETH BURRS LANE only daughter of John and Rachel Edwards, born Warren Co., Kentucky, December 5, 1810; died Comanche Co., Texas, March 5, 1883; married Thomas Hopkins Lane, September 23, 1828; mother of eight children, those who were living: Capt. J. W. Lane, Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Fannie Dunbar, Texas; Mrs. M. M. Green, Comanche County; Rev. J. R. Lane of North west Texas Conference. Her husband died in 1860.
JOHN USREY born Union District, South Carolina, September 17, 1801; at age 20 years he moved to Montgomery Co., North Carolina; married Mary Alley, 1821; moved in 1831 to Montgomery Co., Alabama; in 1841 moved to Shelby Co., Alabama where he died March 16, 1883. His second wife was Mrs. Jane Webster; she survived him along with his six children from his first marriage.
June 9, 1883
DANIEL EARNHART born Rowan Co., North Carolina, February 13, 1809; moved to Bedford Co., Tennessee in 1814 where he died March 14, 1883; surviving were four daughters, four sons, twenty-eight grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. "Daniel cared and nursed his parents in their very old age."
WILLIAM PATTON born in Virginia, June 3, 1805; died Trenton, Kentucky, March 10, 1883; married (1) Sarah Malloon, 1833 who lived for twelve years; (2) Martha A. Lunderman, 1852.
MARY E. PRIMM 1806-1883:
Mrs. MARY E. PRIMM was born in Davidson county, Tenn., Nov. 11, 1806, and died March 31, 1883. She was married to L. D. Primm Nov. 10, 1831. She professed religion and joined the Methodist Church in 1829; was deeply afflicted for fifty years. A better portraiture of her character could not be given than will be found in the following beautiful prayer, uttered by her in 1881. "Now, my blessed, dear Lord, who reigns and rules in heaven, and on earth, upon whom we poor mortals are dependent for all things, both spiritual and temporal, I pray thee, Heavenly Father, to guide us thy holy influence. Forsake us not, O my dear Lord, Thou knowest, Heavenly Father that we are surrounded with many sorrows and some difficulties. I believe, that all Thy doest is right. I feel that I am under many obligations to love and serve thee, and to thank and praise thy holy name for the mercies we are enjoying. I pray thee, merciful God, be with us in every trial, temptation, and change. I want my heart to be melted down in humble love and gratitude to my dear Lord for past and present mercies and blessings that now surround us. I trust in thee, merciful God, for all things, knowing that all our help comes from thee. I pray thee, merciful God, to take care of us as heads of the family our few remaining days. This is my prayer, for my dear Redeemer’s sake. Amen." April the 1st we consigned the body of this faithful servant of the Most High to the grave in glorious hope of the resurrection.
April 4, 1883
FANNIE TAYLOR 1823-1882:
Mrs. FANNIE TAYLOR, wife of Davy Taylor, was born in East Tennessee, Oct. 5, 1823; died of pneumonia Dec. 15, 1882, at her home, six miles east of Vinita, Cherokee Nation, I. T. She was the daughter of Alben and Mary Jones, of East Tennessee. She was twice married — first, to Thomas Long, about 1850. She was happily married a second time to Davy Taylor, Nov. 15, 1854. She professed religion and joined the Methodist Church at the Eliezer Campground, in Monroe county, East Tennessee, September, 1841. Her religious life showed that she was not a mere professor of the religion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her Christian experience was clear and positive. She enjoyed, perhaps, as fully as any one the joys that come to the Christian’s heart. She delighted in the house of the Lord, and was never absent when it was possible for her to attend. For many years she seldom went to Church without receiving a gracious blessing upon her soul, which was usually expressed in the shouts of glory and praise which she offered to God our Father. Her life was that of a true servant of God. She did every thing in her power for the advancement of the cause of God. For eight years she lived in Vinita. She was one of the main pillars of the Church here, and is greatly missed by all. She was a faithful teacher in the Sabbath-school; much beloved by her class, and highly regarded by all the school. She is not only missed in the Church and Sabbath-school, but as a kind neighbor, as a visitor and nurse of the sick, and a friend to all. The entire town feels greatly the loss that all sustain in the death of Sister Taylor. As she lived the life of the righteous her "last end was like his," full of triumph and glory. Her dying testimony was clear and calm. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
J. O. Shanks
Vinita, I. T., Jan. 29, 1883.
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BENJAMIN F. RICHEY died Waco, Texas, December 1, 1882 aged 63 years; born Giles Co., Tennessee, December 23, 1819.
June 16, 1883
JAMES MADISON GREEN born February 10, 1810; died April 13, 1883. "He was one of the large lineage of Sherwood Green, deceased, forty-three years ago."
SUSAN A. BARNES daughter of Asa and Catherine Hail, born Bullitt Co., Ky., May 5, 1819; died Mt. Washington, Bullitt Co., Ky., April 8, 1883; married James H. Snapp (died May 22, 1844), January 10, 1833 and had three children, one surviving her; (2) Henry J. Barnes, October 22, 1846; four children, three surviving her.
REBECCA MOORE born Knox Co., Tennessee in 1808; daughter of Beriah Frazier moved to Rhea Co., Tennessee at age 11 years; married Thomas A. Moore and moved to Chatta, Tennessee where she lived for thirty-seven years; mother of twelve children; in 1865 moved back to Rhea County where her husband died in 1867; she died February 3, 1883 and was buried beside her husband and other relatives "in her father's graveyard."
Dr. M. L. LEWIS died 1883:
Dr. M. L. Lewis died Jan. 18, 1883 in Louisville, Ky. He was born in Massachusetts. When six years old he came with his parents to Ohio where his father died. In dying, he blessed his family and committed them to the care of God. The mother with six children had many struggles to keep want from the door. One day Martin saw his mother go out crying. He followed to find her at the foot of a great tree praying. He heard her tell God that they had but little to eat, their clothes were poor, they had no shoes, and the winter was cold. He slipped away, wondering if God would hear that prayer. Before night they had bread, and meat, and shoes. This made a deep impression on his life. When 80 years old, I have seen him sit and weep over it in joy. It was a nail driven by the Master of assemblies in a sure place. He passed through many changes of fortune, but his faith never failed him. In early life he was a newsboy in Columbus, Ohio; and he helped to clear the spot on which that beautiful city now stands. He was a printer by trade, and published the first paper that was ever printed in Urbana, Ohio. In 1833 he removed to Louisville, Ky., where he remained practicing medicine until his death. He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He was not of the regular practice, but was the bosom friend and spiritual companion of a Christian physician of many years practice in the regular school. He placed two sons and his son-in-law in the care and under the instruction of eminent professors in the regular school, from which they all graduated with more than average standing. He was through many years a reader of standard medical authors and a subscriber to leading medical journals, availing himself of all the helps to a conscientious treatment of disease. What he did he did in the fear of God. Dr. Lewis married Miss Eliza Johnson, of Columbus, Ohio, a woman of beautiful character and life, who was to him a helpmeet indeed. They were both members of the original Fourth-street Methodist Church in Louisville, and afterward came with that part of the congregation which removed to Walnut Street, in which Church they both died. He lived and died a man of God, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.
JOHN P. CAMPBELL born February l6, 1813; died February 27, 1883; void of any other biographical details.
June 23, 1883
ELIZABETH RUCKER born Davidson Co., Tennessee, May 11, 1804; daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Walker; married Benjamin A. Rucker; died in Wilson Co., Tennessee, March 30, 1883 at residence of her son, S. B. Rucker.
ELIZABETH PAXTON born Abbeville District, South Carolina, August 25, 1792; died September 5, 1882; daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Holland; married James Paxton (died March 13, 1865), 1808; moved to Montgomery Co., Alabama in 1819, then in 1838 to Mississippi where she died; joined Methodist Church in 1811. Last residence in Choctaw County, Mississippi.
MARGARET DUNCAN widow of H. L. Duncan, born Cumberland Co., Kentucky, born May 6, 1805; died Coffee Co., Tennessee, April 6, 1883 at residence of son, Captain J. H. L. Duncan.
Mrs. MARY VAUGHAN "aged mother in Israel", born Eddyville, Kentucky, Feb. 14, 1813; married William Vaughan, 1830; he died in 1879; she died April 14, 1883.
THOMAS F. JONES born Laurens District, South Carolina, September 10, 1824; moved to Monroe Co., Mississippi, 1854, where he died April 12, 1883.
CAROLINE HENRY born McLean Co., Kentucky, May 9, 1815; died near Sacramento, Ky., November 30, 1882; married James Henry, Logan Co., Kentucky, November 17, 1835; he died July 9, 1860 leaving her with ten children.
MARTHA HINSON daughter of James and Dorothy Goodrich, born September 22, 1809; died Houston Co., Mississippi, March l4, 1883; last of a family of fourteen children; married James G. Hinson, November 1, 1832; her sons, James G. Hinson, Thomas H. Hinson and Jerome Hinson were Methodist preachers.
BENJAMIN T. JOHNSON born Shelby Co., Alabama, June 16, 1817; married (1) Susan Pledger; (2) Nancy Maney, March 11, 1850; he died January 3, 1883; burial in Cauthron, Arkansas cemetery.
June 30, 1883
JOHN YATES born Halifax Co., Virginia, August 12, 1802: moved when young to Williamson Co., Tennessee, then Dickson Co., Tenn. and in 1871 to Graves Co., Kentucky where he died October 20, 1882. "A neat monument, placed by the hands of his devoted children, marks his resting place."
JOSEPH HOLLIS born in Kentucky, December 22, 1805; married twice, lastly to Mrs. Tennessee Bryan, March 28, 1871; died Williamson Co., Tennessee, March 2, 1883.
FRANCES JANE COLES wife of Robert N. Coles died in Wilson Co., Tennessee, April 14, 1883 aged 73 years.
LUCINDA ROBERTSON wife of the Rev. Andrew Robertson, born Haywood Co., North Carolina, June 17, 1819; died Tunnell Hill, Georgia, March 21, 1883; married September 15, 1836; mother of nine children.
LUCRETIA NEILL daughter of John Stacy, wife of John Neill, born Lincoln Co., North Carolina, June 11, 1805; married January 3, 1822; moved to Tenn. in 1835; to Arkansas in 1881; died Dover, Arkansas, April 16, 1883.
Colonel WILLIAM LEE McCLELLAND born Iredell Co., North Carolina, October 23, 1815; died Marshall Co., Tennessee, February 8, 1883; a freemason.
JANE NEWMAN COOPER born near Wheeling, West Virginia, February 14, 1804; died Hamburg, Arkansas, March 26, 1883.
MARY RIPPETOE daughter of Samuel and Jane Davis, born Lincoln Co., Ky., June 18, 1803; married (1) Robert Stevenson, 1830; (2) James Rippetoe, 1853; died Russell Co., Kentucky, February 10, 1883.
ELIZABETH BYRD, nee Shumpert, born Newberry District, South Carolina, January 20, 1805; married Kennard Boyd, February 17, 1824 and moved to Tennessee in 1831; died March 26, 1883.
SUSAN KING PARKER born August 18, 1796; died Stewart Co., Tennessee, August 1, 1882; married E. Parker, January 11, 1821; he died March 14, 1860.
THOMAS SCRUGGS born in Virginia about 1805; he died recently.
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