By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002


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January 5, 1905

Mrs. R. B. RICE, mother of Rev. J. A. Rice, DD, pastor of Court Street Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala., died Colleton Co., S.C., Dec. 21, 1904 within a few days of her 80th birthday.

Captain FOUNTAIN PITTS RANDLE, faithful Methodist of Roanoke, east Alabama, died Dec. 19, 1904 aged 65 years.

Dr. JULIAN C. BROWN, Methodist preacher, Augusta, Ark., died Dec. 24, 1904 in Helena, Ark.; pneumonia.

Reverend ALEXANDER AVERY, one of Arkansas' oldest Methodist preachers died near Prescott, Ark., Dec. 19, 1904; had his 95th birthday last August.

Reverend GEORGE WASHINGTON BRINSFIELD, oldest Methodist preacher "in the world," would be 106 years old NEXT May 19 [hence born May 19, 1799]; lived in Izard Co., Ark.

Mrs. [ ] BARRINGTON noted in the NEW YORK CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE as 104 years old as of last July [1904].

Professor C. H. KEHR, a teacher of music, pianist, a freemason, Pythian, Confederate veteran, born in Eisenbach, Germany in 1820, came to the U. S. when he was 13 years old; "is" living in the Little Rock Methodist Conference.

Dr. W. A. DUNCAN, a Cherokee-by-blood, a Latin and Greek scholar, nearly 83 years old "is" living in Tahlequah, Indian Territory [Oklahoma].

Captain THOMAS GREEN RYMAN "steamboat man and philanthropist" died in Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 23, 1904 aged 63 years; he built the large tabernacle in Nashville called the Ryman Auditorium.

Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS WILKERSON WINNIFORD, Oakland, Oregon, were married in her father, JOSEPH BRUNNER's residence near Greeneville, Tenn., Dec. 19, 1854; had 11 children; moved to Oregon in 1871. Anniversary celebration Dec. 19, 1904. [T. W. Winniford married Margaret Brunner in Greene Co., Tenn., December 19, 1854.]

NELLIE BROWDER daughter of R. A. Browder and niece of Rev. W. M. Patterson, DD, born Fulton, Ky., July 12, 1885; died there, Dec. 4, 1904.

ESTHER BARKSDALE WOOTTON, Lafayette, Ky., died Oct. 23, 1904; typhoid fever.

W. H. NEBLETT "Uncle Buck", born Montgomery Co., Tenn., March 31, 1819; married Sarah Eliza Richardson, Dec. 4, 1845; died June 26, 1904; his widow was in her 79th year of age and survived him as well as 7 children; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tenn.

Lt. JOSEPH H. NELSON born Fauquier Co., Va., 1839; sometime sheriff of this county; three-times mayor of Warrenton, Va.; one of Mosby's Rangers, CSA; moved to Washington, D.C. in 1894; died Nov. 29, 1904. Burial in Warrenton, Va.


January 12, 1905

Photograph of NEWELL DWIGHT HILLIS author of THE QUEST OF JOHN CHAPMAN, of "all that is known of John Chapman," Macmillan Co.; page 4.

Dr. JAMES R. BREWER youngest brother of Rev. T. F. Brewer, president of Spalding Female College died San Diego, CAL., Dec. 29, 1904.

A sketch: Rev. SAMUEL S. MOODY born Powhatan Co., Va., 1810; moved with parents to Henry Co., Tenn. in his youth; joined Methodist Church at 18 years; began his Methodist ministry in 1830 (Tenn. Conference); served 4 years of circuits, 8 in stations (including McKendree Methodist Church in Nashville), 9 in districts; left active ministry in 1850 but in 1856 undertook to serve in the Murfreesboro District but it was too heavy a task and he soon stopped preaching regularly; he died in 1863.

MARTHA ANN GOODPASTURE wife of Judge W. W. Goodpasture born Feb. 9, 1846; died Livingston, Tenn., Oct. 31, 1904.


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VAN P. LOWRY born Henry Co., Tenn., April 9, 1841; died Cayce, Ky., Nov. 8, 1904; married Bettie Pirtle, Sept. 15, 1865; one son, Rev. T. G. Lowry, Cayce, Ky.

MAGGIE N. CRUTCHFIELD born Nov. 26, 1894; died Oct. 9, 1904; baptized June 21, 1895; joined Methodist Church August 24, 1902.

LEANDER ROWLAND, nee Turner, born Jan. 13, 1847; married James L. Rowland, Sept. 17, 1865; died Montgomery Co., Tenn., June 17, 1904; 7 children, 4 married.

Dr. JOHN SUMMERFIELD PETRIE born 3 miles west of Elkton, Todd Co., Ky., Jan. 30, 1833; his paternal grandfather came from Scotland; his maternal grandfather came from Ireland; graduate, McDowell School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1857; practiced medicine in Columbus, Ky. and Blanchville, Ky.; married Lucy Henderson.


January 19, 1905

JOHN B. HAMILTON, a leading Methodist layman in the Holston Methodist Conference, died Abingdon, Va., Jan. 7, 1904; father of Rev. Tom S. Hamilton.

Rev. MORRIS EVANS, Sulphur Springs, Texas, buried in Harrodsburg, Ky., Jan. 10, 1905.

Rev. W. L. PEARCE, retired member of SW MO Methodist Conference, died Neosha, MO, Jan. 1, 1905 aged about 65 years; entered Methodist ministry in 1871; left a widow and one son.

Rev. S. R. TRAWICK, local preacher, Laurinburg, N.C., died Dec. 29, 1904 aged about 75 years.

JOHN McTYEIRE FLOWERS son of Colonel G. W. Flowers, an employee of the American Tobacco Co. in Shanghai, China, died Jan. 2, 1905.

Dr. JAMES H. CARLISLE, identified with Wofford College, graduated from South Carolina College, Dec. 2, 1844 aged 19 years.

T. H. SEAL born Mar. 11, 1863; joined Methodist Church July 12, 1885; married Christine Ferris, Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 12, 1890; died in residence of his father, W. H. Seal, Dec. 3, 1904; a freemason

ELIZABETH UMSTED widow of R. A. Umsted, daughter of Rev. John Cawthon, married Nov. 1, 1855; her husband died Sept. 1885 leaving her with 4 children; she died Sept. 16, 1904; burial in Humboldt, Tenn.

JENNIE BARKER FORT widow of Hon. L. A. Fort, sister of Captain Walter Baker, died Noxubee Co., Miss., Oct. 8, 1904; burial in Starkville, Ms. [obituary repeated in Feb. 9, 1905 issue; a tribute by N. G. Augustus.]

MARY B. McDOWELL died in Pulaski, Tenn., recently, aged in her 78th year of life. "She scattered sunshine wherever she went."

ELIZABETH ANN TUCKER daughter of J. H. Tucker and wife died Nov. 1904; an infant.

WIFE [unnamed] of Rev. O. P. ARMOUR born July 7, 1873; died Oct. 30, 1904.

PAULINE HILL BROOKS daughter of Colonel Daniel S. and Susan Irwin Hill; great-granddaughter of Rev. John King, a pioneer Methodist preacher; died Louisburg, N.C., July 29, 1904 in which place she had been born; married Rev. John R. Brooks, 1879.

MARY J. NEBLETT, nee Randolph, born Wilson Co., Tenn.; died Noland Co., Texas, Dec. 27, 1904; married W. L. Neblett, Cheatham Co., Tenn., 1858; moved to Texas in 1884; 4 children, Sam C., Ed P., Mrs. R. L. McCarley, Mrs. J. B. Foster; 6 grandchildren.

KITTY BYNUM RANKIN daughter of Jack and Mary G. Bynum, born Graves Co., Ky., Oct. 14, 1844; as an infant moved to Fulton Co., Ky.; married Joseph W. Rankin, Dec. 22, 1868; died Dec. 10, 1904.


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January 26, 1905

MARGARET C. SMITH died Yorkville, S.C., Jan. 15, 1905 aged 80 years.

Dr. MORRIS EVANS died Sulphur Springs, Texas, Jan. 7, 1905; married Helen Younger; burial in Harrodsburg, Ky.

HINTON G. KITTRELL youngest son of Seth R. and Ella Hinton Kittrell, born near Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., June 24, 1845; served in the 9th Tenn. Inf. Reg., Company A, CSA; paroled in Gainesville, Ga., April 9, 1865; married Mollie McBride, Maury Co., Tenn., Oct. 21, 1880; died Feb. 15, 1904.

HARRIET CAROLINE RECTOR, nee Kirk, born Ala., Aug. 19, 1825; moved with mother's family to Texas in 1837; married Rev. Nelson S. Rector, July 16, 1846. Children: E. L.; J. K.; Laura A.; A. E.; N. A.; W. E.; L. W.; Lizzie (Eddins); Ella (Malone) ; G. C.; all survived her. She died in Austin, Texas, March 3, 1904.

FORREST ELLIOTTE daughter of W. W. R. and M. E. Elliotte, born Saulsbury, Tenn., Dec. 18, 1883; died Pueblo, Col., Oct. 18, 1904.

MARTHA ELIZABETH ANDERSON, nee Peyton, born Lebanon, Tenn., Feb. 25, 1840; married Rufus Doak Anderson and settled in Phillips Co., Ark.; lived 5 years in Tenn. but moved back to Ark. Children: Baily, died infancy; Rufus D.; Stonewall (president of Hendrix College); Mrs. Martha Terrel, wife of T. C. Bull (dec. for 9 years); was a cousin of Dr. C. D. Kelley; her husband died in 1878; had grandchildren, Pauline and Terrell Bull; she died Dec. 30, 1904; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Conway, Ark.

ESTHER BARKSDALE wife of R. S. Wooten died Lafayette, Ky., Oct. 23, 1904 after 5 years of marriage; one daughter.

LEIGHLA HOSS dau of Jacob and Geraldine Hoss died Shreveport, La., Dec. 1, 1904 in her 11th year of age.


February 2, 1905

MELTON M. WELLS died Summerton, S.C., Jan. 20, 1905; uncle of Rev. Preston B. Wells of Abbeville, S.C.

R. R. CHILD died Pickens, S.C., Jan. 17, 1904.

Rev. H. A. SPENCER, pastor, Roan Street Methodist Church, Charleston, W. Va., married Sarah Greek Baker, Sandyville, W. Va., Jan. 18, 1905.

Colonel THOMAS G. POINTER, member of Brentwood, Tenn. Methodist Church died Dec. 25, 1904 aged 79 years.

THOMAS H. WILLIAMS born Surry Co., N.C., June 6, 1828; died near Graysville, Ga., July 10, 1903; husband and father.

MARY JANE WILLIAMS daughter of Thomas H. Williams, born near Graysville, Ga., Sept. 9, 1857; died in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 31, 1903; after her father's demise in July 1903 she went to make her home with a sister in Atlanta.

MARY EDEN RAITT daughter of Nehemian and Mary Board born Breckinridge Co., Ky., Nov. 22, 1829; her father died when she was 8 years old; her mother died about 20 years ago; she married (1) Jack William Kasey; one child, Emma Florentine Kasey; (2) Owen Raitt; no children. She died Dec. 17, 1904; she was one of 13 children; one brother, Nehemiah Board, survived her; she was buried in Big Spring, Ky.

JAMES H. KERR born Dec. 3, 1828; married Annie T. Wanwright, Nov. 30, 1858; 2 daus., 1 son; died Dec. 2, 1904; burial in Dancyville, Tenn.

WILLIAM BRUCE MARTIN born Robertson Co., Tenn., Sept. 16, 1840; married Wilmoth C. Crunk, Sept. 8, 1862; 9 children, 4 surviving him; moved to Ala. in 1870; died Woodstock, Ala., Dec. 14, 1904.

BENJAMIN F. EDDINS son of Robert W. and Minnie F. Eddins, born Feb. 7, 1900; died Nov. 14, 1904; diphtheria.


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SUSAN McLEOD CHILDRESS born Bourbon Co., Ky., Feb. 10, 1824; married Adam L. Childress, 1852 and moved to Versailles, Ky. where she died Dec. 6, 1904.


February 9, 1905

Rev. J. W. WOLLING of S.C., returned to Brazil, South America this week, sailing from New York on January 30, after 2 years back home; gone back to place of early scenes of his Methodist missionary labors.

Rev. W. W. MILLS' wife died in Janssen, Ark., Jan. 23, 1905; wife and mother.

S. B. ADAMS widow of Rev. S. B. Adams; Memphis Methodist Conference, died Macon, Tenn., Jan. 15, 1905; burial there, Jan. 16.

Rev. EDWARD J. GRAY, president of Dickinson Seminary, Williamsport, La., died Baltimore, Md., Jan. 20, 1905.

Rev. B. F. RAWLINS, DD, died near Madison, Indiana, Jan. 11, 1905 in the 78th year of his age; joined Indiana Methodist Conference in 1849; editor of WESTERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, 1890- 1896; retired in 1900.

Rev. BENJAMIN ALLISON HAYS born in east Tenn., April 23, 1818 while his parents were enroute from N.C. to Carroll Co., Tenn.; he died in Jackson, Tenn., Dec. 1, 1904; entered the Memphis Conference as a preacher in 1844; ordained deacon, 1846; ordained elder, 1848; filled several appointments; located in 1858 but remain a local Methodist preacher; readmitted to the conference he served the itinerant ministry until he retired in 1894; a presiding elder for 8 years; married Tennessee Newsom, Dec. 22, 1847; 4 children, one living, Mrs. J. A. Arrington; his widow and daughter survived him.

KATE HARWELL daughter of Rev. Logan D. Harwell born Sept. 13, 187l; died Nov. 29, 1904.

SARAH LOUISA TAYLOR daughter of Joseph and Catherine J. Chunn, born in Asheville, N.C., Mar. 17, 1830; married. Rev. R. V. Taylor, Memphis Conference, July 21, 1853 at her home in Hardeman Co., Tenn.; died Nov. 2, 1904; educated in female schools in Ky.; was a Baptist until she married; burial in family burial ground.

LEONIDAS RICHMOND son of Dr. Leonidas and S. A. Richmond, born near Germantown, Tenn., May 13, 1880; died at the same place, Nov. 12, 1904; became ill while in school in Lexington, Ky.; spent some time with a sister, Mrs. Georgia Grizzard near Los Angeles, Cal. but returned home to die of consumption.


February 16, 1905

Rev. SAMUEL L. RIGGS married Ada Matthews, Gretna, La., Feb. 1, 1905; daughter of F. L. Matthews of Gretna.

Rev. JOHN F. SHORES, a retired Methodist preacher, MO Conference, died Fayette, MO, Feb. 6, 1905 "not far from 70 years old."

Rev. ASHLEY ROZZELL WILSON, DD, son of Rev. William Wilson and Amy Haliburton Wilson, born Henderson Co., Tenn., Feb. 16, 1827; died Dyersburg, Tenn., May 9, 1904; in youth moved to Gibson Co., Tenn., then to Haywood Co., Tenn.; licensed to preach in Methodist Church at the age of 22 years; ordained deacon, Nov. 1851; ordained elder, 1853; circuit rider for years; long a trustee of Memphis Conference Female Institute, Jackson, Tenn.; 17 years a presiding elder; though he traveled in his ministry his home was in Dancyville, Tenn.; moved to Dyersburg, Tenn. in 1898; husband and father.

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Mr. J. P. Hamilton, Church Historian of McKendree Church, arranged for another service at which portraits of former pastors and others were presented to the Church, and the occasion was observed February 6. Portraits were presented and addresses were made as follows: Portrait of Robert Paine, pastor 1824-25, bishop, 1846-82; presented for the family by Mr. George C. Paine; address by Dr. W. M. Green. Portrait of Fountain E. Pitts, pastor 1833-34, 1844-45; presentation address by Fountain P. McWhirter, Esq.; hymn from Zion's Harp, com-


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posed by F. E. Pitts, and Sung by his great-granddaughter, Miss Dorothy Todd, nine years old. Portrait of John Newland Maffit, editor Western Methodist 1833; presented for the family of Dr. A. L. P. Green by Dr. W. M. Green; address by Dr. H. M. Hamill. Portrait of Robert L. Andrews, pastor 1836; address by J. D. Hamilton. Portrait of W. D. F. Sawrie, pastor 1838, 1858; presentation address by Dr. Felix R. Hill; remarks by Dr. D. C. Kelley. Portrait of L. C. Bryan, pastor 1849; presentation address by John L. Nolen, Esq. Portrait of Edward Wadsworth, pastor 1852-53; presentation address by Dr. A. J. Lamar. Portrait of Joseph B. West, pastor 1879-82; presentation address by Rev. Green P. Jackson. Portrait of George W. Smith, steward and trustee 1847-97; presentation address by Dr. D. C. Kelley. Portraits accepted for the Church by the pastor, Dr. E. B. Chappell.

[McKendree was one of the oldest Methodist congregations in Nashville, Tennessee.]


February 23, 1905

The WIDOW [unnamed] of Dr. W. SCOTT, No. Ga. Methodist Conference, died Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 31, 1905; burial in that city.

Mrs. ANNIE OVERSTREET died Jan. 29, 1905 aged 58 years; active lay member of Methodist Church.

Dr. WILLIAM W. NEWBERN son of Dr. Thomas H. and E. T. Newbern, born Feb. 23, 1839; married (1) Lou Mewborn; (2) Judith Leyton; father of 12 children, 6 still living; died Nov. 18, 1904.

ANGIE M. JAMES daughter of David and Clarinda Love, born Chester District, S.C., Sept. 4, 1830; moved at age 2 years with parents to Columbus, Miss.; one of 7 children; her father died when she was about three years old; she was a graduate of Nashville Female Academy, 1848; married David D. James, Nashville, Dec. 7, 1853; 7 children; died Nov. 30, 1904.

SARAH ANN ADAMS, nee Gardner, widow of Rev. S. B. Adams, Memphis Methodist Conference, born Hardeman Co., Tenn., Aug. 9, 1837; married (1) A. C. Finch, Nov. 10, 1859; one dau.; (2) Rev. Adams, Dec. 23, 1875; one son, R. G. Adams; husband died Dec. 26, 1895; she died in Macon, Tenn., Jan. 15, 1905

ARCH MOORE born Jan. 14, 1868; died Jan. 11, 1905. Maury Co., Tenn.

VIRGINIA JOSEPHINE HOLLADAY born Humphreys Co., Tenn., Jan. 6, 1843; died Dec. 17, 1904; wife and mother (5 children).


March 2, 1905

Rev. RUSH F. JACKSON died Abingdon, Va., Feb. 15, 1905; pneumonia; native of Wythe Co., Va.

H. E. FINGER widow of Rev. John Finger, S.C. Methodist Conference, 1848-1884, died Bamberg, S.C., Feb. 20, 1905; two children, Prof. J. A. Finger, Charleston, S.C.; Mrs. J. A. Murdough, Bamberg, S.C.

Mrs. J. W. DEVILBISS died Pearsall, Texas, Feb. 8, 1905 aged 75 years; buried beside husband in old Oak Island Cemetery; had married in 1847; her husband died in 1885.

Dr. JOHN H. DECHERD born Winchester, Tenn., May 3, 1830; educated at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn. and University of Pennsylvania (medical dept.); married Jennie Estill in 1851; moved to Texas in 1853; moved to Ark. in 1860 and to the Indian Territory [Oklahoma] in 1882 where he died Jan. 9, 1905; burial in Lakeview Cemetery near Marietta, Ind. Ter.

SUSAN CAROLINE KINCAID "Granny Kincaid" born Giles Co., Tenn., April 12, 1821; died Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1904; 5 children.

MARY A. BARFIELD born near Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 26, 1825; died Henning, Tenn., May 23, 1904; married Frederick Barfield, Feb. 9., 1841; 10 children, those surviving her: Mrs. Sue Brown; Mrs. W. S. Wilkes; J. H. S. Barfield; Frederick Barfield; Miss Edna Barfield.


March 9, 1905

GEORGIA POTTER widow of Dr. Weyman H. Potter died Feb. 9, 1905 in residence of her brother, L. J. Richardson.


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CHARLES R. HOOD, father of Rev. R. W. Hood, Memphis Conference, died near Murray, Ky., Feb. 20, 1904 aged 74 years; surviving were 2 daughters, 4 sons.

Mrs. DAISY MAY COPE died McMinnville, Tenn. and was buried Feb. 25, 1905; sister of Reverend Robert H. and Reverend Ellis F. Hudgens, Tenn. Methodist Conference.

Rev. F. B. WHEELER, No. Texas Methodist Conference, married Thirza Lovell, Farmville, Texas, Feb. 22, 1904; former students of Southwestern University.

WILLIAM EDWARD McLAREN, Episcopal Bishop of Chicago, died in New York, Feb. 19, 1905 where he had gone for medical treatment; born in May 1831; ordained minister of United Presbyterian Church in 1860 but changed to Protestant Episcopal Church in 1872; founder of the Western Theological Seminary in Chicago and a religious author.

JANE LATHROP STANFORD widow of U. S. Senator, Leland Stanford, died in Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 28, 1904 of arsenic poisoning.

GEORGE SEWELL BOUTWELL, secretary of U. S. Treasury in President Grant's first administration died in Groton, Mass., Feb. 27, 1905.

IRENE WATSON BRADFORD, youngest child of George and Narcissa Bradford, born near Nashville, Tenn.; died there at the age of 38 years [dates not provided].

J. B. HAMILTON born June 22, 1845; died Jan. 6, 1905; married Anna Lou Bradley, Dec. 20, 1866; three sons, Rev. T. S. Hamilton; Drs. C. E. and Garland Hamilton; two daus., Mrs. Lillie Carson and Mrs. Mary Holloman.

J. B. HUNTER born April 27, 1838; married Mary C. Cooper, Oct. 1867; died Feb. 3, 1905.

RICHARD ALONZO BLACKWELL born S.C., April 6, 1832; reared in Tenn.; returned to S.C. where he joined the Confederate army; married Louise Cornelia Buche, Jan. 7, 1863; died Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Dec. 14, 1904; moved to Tenn. in 1872; wife died Mar. 29, 1904. Children: Lonnie, Indian Territory [Oklahoma]; Tommy, Ark.; Edgar, Miss; Ida Barfield; Mrs. W. L. Partain, Henning, Tenn.; Mattie, dec.

MELISSA CARR wife of Alonzo L. Carr, Pilot Oak, Ky., born Dec. 23, 1837; married April 8, 1866; died Dec. 22, 1904.

MAY BROWDER BROOKS wife of Rev. Cleanth Brooks; daughter of John Browder and wife; born near Fulton, Ky., Aug. 24, 1875; died Jackson, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1904; married June 12, 1895. Children: Elisebeth, Kirkley, Mary and Ruth; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson.


March 16, 1905

SARAH E. GREENE wife of Rev. A. A. Greene, died Blocton, Ala., Feb. 26, 1904 aged 74 years.

Mrs. CATHERINE PULLIAM born Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Feb. 6, 1815; had lived in Saline Co., MO for 85 years; daughter of Colonel Benjamin Chambers, a lad when the Revolutionary War began; became a colonel in the Continental Army; mention of one son, Luther Pulliam. [At the age of 58 years, in November 1821, BENJAMIN CHAMBERS, Saline Co., MO, applied for benefit as a Revolutionary war veteran, Pennsylvania Line; in his application he mentioned a seven-year-old daughter, Catherine, that later papers reveal married a Pulliam. He died in Saline County, August 26, 1850. See National Archives: Jane Chambers W10302.]

Rev. ANDREW JACKSON RAGLE born in Tenn., Mar. 6, 1831; died Dec. 1, 1904; married (1) Elizabeth Jones; (2) Rebecca Story, May 7, 1863; he had 4 children; his second wife died June 9, 1896. He had been a Methodist preacher and school teacher.

MARGARET SHEFFIELD EUBANK daughter of Rev. George E. Eubank, Tennessee Methodist Conference born Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1880; died Lynville, Tenn., Dec. 7, 1904.

SALLIE E. LYLE, nee Wall born Feb. 16, 1841; married Henry T. Lyle, Dec. 17, 1868; died Montgomery Co., Tenn., Jan. 26, 1905 and was buried in Antioch Cemetery; 8 children.


March 23, 1905

J. M. JULIAN died San Diego, Cal., Jan. 13, 1905 aged 92 years.


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          The death of Judge John Henninger Reagan, which took place at Palestine, Tex. on the 6th inst., removes one of the most notable of all the men that have figured in the history of this State. He was born In Sevier County, Tenn., in, 1818, and was therefore in his eighty- seventh year. Three years ago I had the pleasure of a long conversation with him at the Hot Springs in Arkansas, and learned many facts about his career that, in my judgment, will be interesting to the public.
          He came of good, sturdy Methodist stock. Dr. James A. Reagan, who was for a long time an itinerant preacher in the Holston Conference, is of the same family; and so was that fine old lady, the mother of the late Rev. A. N. Harris, of Washington County, whom I distinctly remember as one of the pattern saints of the Uriel Church, three miles south of Jonesboro. They are a dependable folk--plain, straightforward, and self-reliant. I have never known or heard of one of them that was not worthy of respect.
          The early life of Judge Reagan was not easy. From his youth up he was compelled to labor for his own living with his own hands; and when he came to eminence he was not ashamed to acknowledge the fact, put rather gloried in it. Before he was eighteen he had made up his mind to seek a wider field than could be found in the mountain region of his birth, and so set his face toward Texas. His friend and employer, Dr. Brabson, lent him a horse to ride to the Tennessee River, on which he was to take a steamboat. Another boy came to the river with him to take the horse back, and frankly said to him as they parted: "Well, John. I hate to part with you; but still I'm glad to see you going, for I think that I can now get Melissa."
          In the seventy years that have since intervened, Judge Reagan has had a hand in nearly everything of importance that has occurred in the commonwealth of his adoption. He possessed all the qualities necessary to enable him to play a prominent part in the life and growth of a pioneer community. Nobody ever thought of him as brilliant, but from the beginning everybody recognized him as the possessor of a large stock of common sense and an absolutely inflexible integrity. Added to these qualities were an untiring energy and a fearlessness that quailed not in the presence of any danger. He was ambitious for fame and fortune, but determined to pursue them by direct and open methods.
          From the beginning his fellow-citizens trusted him. In some way or other he had picked up at least as much knowledge of surveying as George Washington had, and, he soon found abundant use for it. Later he became, an active officer in the militia of the republic. His native disposition and the conditions by which he was surrounded made it inevitable that he would study law. I suspect that he began the practice of that intricate science before he had amassed a very large store of legal erudition; but he had a capacity for thinking as well as a love for reading, and by the time he was thirty-five he had been elevated to the bench, and made a just and able judge, administering justice without fear or favor.
          In 1857 he was elected to the Federal Congress, and held that post till the beginning of the Civil War, in 1861. On the organization of the Confederate Government, he became Postmaster-General in the Cabinet of President Davis, and so continued till the collapse came, in 1865. Every other man that belonged to either the Federal or the Confederate Cabinet during that stormy period has long since died. Along with Mr. Davis and other leaders, he was arrested and imprisoned on the charge of treason. I wonder whether there is an American now alive so bigoted and narrow as not to rejoice that a nolle pros. was afterwards entered to all the indictments.
          As soon as Judge Reagan's disabilities were removed, he was again sent to Congress, and after two or three terms was chosen to the Senate. In this latter body he added to his reputation with every passing year, and achieved leadership in many ways. Before the close of his second term, however, he resigned to accept a place on the Texas Railroad Commission. This was his last public service, and lasted for many years. It will be seen that he held, first and last, almost every office that Texas could give him except the Governorship of the State. He wanted that also, and could have had it; but when it was virtually tendered to him on a platform which his judgment did not approve, he declined to take it.
          It is matter for congratulation that his whole record is free from stain of every sort. He never paltered with the truth; he never abjured his honest convictions to achieve success; he never used his opportunities as a public servant to heap up a personal fortune. What he believed, he believed; and it never entered his thought to barter away his principles for sordid gain. An old-fashioned State rights, strict- construction Democrat, he would have remained true to the teachings of Jefferson and Jackson if everybody else had deserted and left him entirely alone.


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          On all moral issues he was sure to take the right side. When the question of prohibiting the liquor traffic by constitutional amendment came up a few years ago, he at once and unequivocally gave his voice and influence in favor of the policy, though he must have known that it would set a great array of hostile influences to work against him; and he stoutly stood his ground even when Mr. Davis, to whom he was devotedly attached, suffered himself to be drawn into the discussion on the other side.
          All his life long Judge Reagan was a strong and consistent Methodist. His baptismal name John Henninger was given him by his parents in honor of a famous Holston preacher, and it must have carried with it a good influence. The memory of his early home, with its simple pieties, helped him, no doubt, in the hard struggles through which he often passed and kept him true and steady when all the cross currents of life were beating upon him.
          Three or four years ago he concluded, after an absence of more than sixty years, to make a visit to Sevier County. His pastor tried to dissuade him, saying to him: "Everybody is dead that you knew and loved, and it will only make you sad to see the changes that have taken place. Besides, nearly, every man in that section is a Republican, and will not be well inclined to the sole survivor of Jefferson Davis's Cabinet." But his mind was made up, and he took the trip. His eyes fairly sparkled as he told me about it. When he reached Knoxville, a committee was ready to receive him. For several days he was the guest of the city, receiving the most distinguished courtesies. On the road from that place to Sevierville, twenty-five miles away, he was met, to his amazement, by a procession on horseback and with a band of music escorted to the town and forced to make a public address. "What could I do?' said he to me. "It would have been indecent under such circumstances to talk politics, and so I simply talked about old times." The whole county laid itself out to show hospitality to him as the most distinguished man ever born in its limits. He met a world of his kinsfolk, and was deeply impressed with the size of the families. "I used to wonder in Texas," he told them, "where all the Tennesseeans came from, but since I see that a family of ten or fifteen is not an unusual thing my wonder has ceased." And he inquired about "Melissa." What old man could go back to the enchanted ground of his youth without raising a question concerning the fair-faced girl who caught his fancy in those far-off days? It turned out that his friend who left him on the river bank had got Melissa, as he hoped; that they had reared a large and respectable family; and that the face of the earth was covered with their grandchildren and remoter descendants. Pardon, Mr. Editor, this trivial incident. There is a human touch about it that may redeem its lightness.

[JOHN H. REAGAN, October 8, 1818-March 6, 1905]


JOHN R. DEBERRY son of James R. M. and Martha Deberry born Pittsboro, Miss., Oct. 4, 1859; died Eupora, Miss., Feb. 19, 1905; married Ada Neblett, May 24, 1900; husband and father.

JAMES SIMEON WHITE born near Daingerfield, Tenn., April 28, 1847; married Tooley Eddins, Lebanon, Tenn., Dec. 2, 1869; joined Methodist Church, 1871; died El Paso, Texas, recently.

ROBERT L. SHERRON born Fayette Co., Tenn., Oct. 17, 1868; died Pasadena, Cal., Feb. 13, 1905; surviving were 3 brothers and a sister, Miss Lizzie Sherron.

GEORGE W. PETWAY born near Nashville, Tenn., 1846; died Pulaski, Tenn., Oct. 20, 1904 in the residence of in son-in-law, L. E. Abernathy.

Judge JOHN SAMUEL GEIGER, Morganfield, Ky., born in Jefferson Co., Ky.; his grandfather, Frederick Geiger, was wounded twice in the battle of Tippecanoe; alumus, Indiana University and Transylvania University; moved to Union Co., Ky. in 1841; served as circuit court clerk from 1856 to 1863; twice county judge; 16 years police judge and later county attorney; married Laura C. Hughes, Oct. 21, 1849; 7 children, the oldest, Mrs. McMurrey; died a year ago; surviving: James L.; Douglas; Ellen C.; Mrs. Hattie Waggoner. He died June 27, 1905.

Rev. R. W. NANCE born Hickman Co., Ky., July 27, 1863; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1890; married (1) Virginia Davies; one dau.; (2) Cora Taylor, Gadsden, Tenn., June 1902; died recently at Magazine, Ark. SEE page 9, following:


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Memphis Conference Minutes (printed), 1905, page 45:


          Rev. Robert W. Nance was born in Hickman county, Ky., July 24, 1863, and died in the home of his brother at Magazine, Ark., January 16, 1905. He was married to Miss. Virginia Lee Davis November 3, 1887, to this union were born six children, five of whom died in infancy, and only one, little, Lottie, is left to mourn the loss of a dear father. Bro. Nance was happily converted at old Wesley Church on the Fulton circuit in October, 1883, and licensed to preach by the Quarterly Conference of Water Valley circuit in the fall of 1890; Dr. J. H. Evans being presiding elder: He was admitted on trial into the Memphis Conference at Covington, Tenn., in the fall of 1891 and sent to the Spring Creek circuit where he did faithful work for three years. He was then sent to Henry circuit, then to Cottage Grove circuit and then returned to Spring Creek circuit. He afterward served Bethel and Selmer and it was here that he lost his wife, and that with his own feeble condition made it necessary for him to take a superannuate relation. He was married a second time to Miss Cora B. Taylor, June 11, 1902. At the session of our Conference in the fall of 1903 he being, as he thought, much improved in health, asked for work again and was sent to Wildersville circuit. But soon saw that he was failing fast and his presiding elder, Rev, J. G. Clark, relieved him on his work and he went to Arkansas and spent the last months of his useful life with his brother.
          Bro. Nance was not a big preacher, but one of our purest and best men, He was loyal to the church, faithful in the discharge of his duties and was always acceptable on his work. He never murmured or complained at his appointment but moved to his work and was always glad that he had a place where he could serve God and humanity. His preaching was spiritual and many souls were converted to God and added to the church under his ministry. It seems so sad, that one so young had to be taken away, but God doeth all things well and we know where to find Him. His death was triumphant. May the good Father, comfort little Lottie with all the loved ones.



March 30, 1905

Mrs. MARY VARDAMAN mother of Governor [A. M.] Vardaman Miss. died March 18, 1905 aged 75 years; a Methodist; burial in Greenwood Miss, where she had lived.

JAMES B. CHERRY, member of Methodist Church, Greenville, N.C., died Mar. 12, 1905.

Mention that Rev. WILLIAM BARRINGER, DD, who gave special attention to the rebuilding of the Greensboro (N.C.) Female College had fallen from a scaffold and died from injuries Dec. 17, 1873.

Rev. P. A. EDWARDS, retired member of No. Texas Methodist Conference, born Green Co., Ky., Aug. 10, 1843; died Dallas, Texas, March 13, 1905 "while seated in his chair"; licensed to preach in Methodist Church (Louisville Conference) in March 1865; ordained deacon, Oct. 1867; ordained elder, Sept. 1869; transferred from Louisville Conference to No. Texas Conf. in 1892; 4 children, of whom, Rev. E. R. Edwards served in the No. Texas Methodist Conference.

Rev. FRANCIS ASBURY WILKERSON born Carroll Co., Tenn., August 1, 1831; died Dec. 26, 1904; burial in family graveyard; a Methodist preacher for 47 years; ordained deacon, 1858; ordained elder 1860; married (1) Jennie (died April 24, 1885), daughter of Rev. Gideon Bransford, July 26, 1865; (2) Mollie Baxter, Sept. 1886. He had 4 sons, Gideon, Robert, Asbury and Baxter; 4 daus., Mrs. I. R. Nolan, Mrs. J. S. Carl and Miss Benna Wilkerson.

RHODA ANN FOSTER born Hickman Co., Tenn., Mar. 25, 1845; moved to west Tenn. about 1855; married E. M. Foster, Nov. 4, 1866; moved to Adamsville, Tenn. in 1883 where she died Mar. 12, 1905; 1 dau., 1 son.

ELEANOR A. JOHNSTON born May 12, 1827; died Jan. 16, 1905; married John R. Johnston who predeceased her by 20 years; surviving were her sister, Mary A. Russell and a brother, William A. Nolley.

MARY A. GALBRAITH wife of W. A. Galbraith, nee Fielden, born Jefferson Co., Tenn., Aug. 12, 1847; married 1879; 6 children; died Feb. 14, 1905.

Captain S. S. PRESTON had died suddenly; an encomium void of genealogical content.

FRANCIS MARION TIMBERLAKE born Lexington, Ky., 1833; died Jan. 20, 1905; married Mary F. Bry of New Jersey, 1862; children, George, Rule, Frank and Henry; joined Methodist Church in 1860; graduate of Transylvania University and Lexington Medical College.

SARAH DARWIN COUCH born Decatur, Ala., Oct. 14, 1830; married (1) Robert C. Wright (died Jan. 1865), Dec. 18, 1848; 7 children; (2) F. M. Couch, 1870; two children, Jimmie and infant dau. who died; two other children, Fannie and Irene, died in 1874; her second husband died in 1897; her son, Jimmie, died Oct. 12, 1902; she died Feb. 6, 1905 in residence of a surviving daughter, Rose, at Trinity.

BENJAMIN MARCELLUS JORDAN born in 1857; died Mar. 5, 1905; "reared, lived and died" in Robertson Co., Tenn.; married (1) Miss Adams; (2) Marjorie Link, 1 child.


April 6, 1905

Dr. GEORGE S. SAVAGE, for many years agent of the American Bible Society, died Winchester, Ky., March 27, 1905 in the 74th year of his age.


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Mrs. L. T. BAIRD aunt of Senator Z. B. Vance and Gen. R. B. Vance died Weaverville, N.C., Mar. 28, 1905 aged 87 years.

Miss COULTER AIKEN died Cleveland, Tenn., Feb. 1, 1905.

MARTHA BELL, nee Flynn, daughter of James M. Flynn, Shelby Co., Tenn., born in DeSoto Co., Miss., and reared in Tenn.; married F. F. Bell and moved to Macon, Ga. but 8 years ago moved to Memphis, Tenn. where she died Mar. 14, 1905; burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, there.

A. J. GRILL born July 13, 1847; died Feb. 10, 1905; married L. E. Gregory; charter member of Carmel Methodist Church near Newbern, Tenn. in which graveyard she was buried; "large family.

JAMES SMITH born near Saulsbury, Tenn., Jan. 30, 1855; died near Grand Junction, Tenn., Nov. 26, 1904.


April 13, 1905

SARAH ADAMS EWING wife of Dr. W. G. Ewing, Nashville, Tenn., died April 8, 1905.

Mrs. G. F. AUSTIN died Dunnellon, Fla., Mar. 25, 1905.

Rev. W. T. ELLINGTON died Pueblo, Col., a few months ago; married Mary, daughter of Andrew Monroe

THOMAS A. REYNOLDS born Kershaw Dist., S.C., Aug. 18, 1811; died Palestine, Texas, Feb. 24, 1904; married Jane Riddle, S.C., Sept. l1, 1833; 9 children, 94 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; fought in Seminole War, 1834; moved to Russell, now Lee, Co., Ala. in 1840; built the old Lebanon Methodist Church in 1850 and became a member of that congregation; moved to Palestine, Texas in 1892; burial there.

WILBUR DIXON JORDAN born Macon, Tenn., Mar. 1, 1868; died Memphis, Tenn., Mar. 14, 1905; married Fannie Black, Stanton, Tenn.; 1 child, Wilbur; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.

Mrs. MARY ELIZABETH CLOUD died recently in the 90th year of her age, Upperville, Va.; professed religion in early life at Gooney Manor, Va. Burial in Prospect Hill, Front Royal, Va.

HARRIET C. BRYANT born Caldwell Co., N.C., Sept. 28, 1846; died Gratitude, Jan. 10, 1905; married W. P. Bryant, Mar. 15, 1866; 4 children; once a Primitive Baptist; moved to Tenn. and there joined the Methodist Church.

Mrs. J. S. KENNEDY died near Knoxville, Tenn., April 4, 1905.

Rev. W. P. DOANE, Holston Methodist Conference, died New Market, Tenn., Mar. 31, 1905; burial at Friends' Station.

Rev. S. T. MALLORY, retired member of W. Va. Methodist Conference died in North Parkersburg, April 1, 1905 aged 83 years; "a prince has fallen in Israel."

Rev. JAMES BLACKMON born near Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 7, 1820; when about 8 years old moved with his parents [Fordham and Elizabeth Blackmon] to Madison Co., Tenn. where he spent his life; married Lou Anderson, Jan. 5, 1843; died Mar. 5, 1905; a successful farmer. "He loved everybody and his unwavering purpose was to live in peace with all.... He loved books and had a well-selected library...." Surviving were one son and many grandchildren. [This local preacher is buried in Browns Cemetery about 8 miles east of Jackson, Tenn., with a tombstone inscribed with his name and dates (and his wife's) topped with a cross within a circle, embraced with the phrase, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES (In this sign thou shalt conquer). See page 11.]

LIDA NEBLETT, nee Sidebottom, born Dover, Tenn., July 21, 1840; married (1) L. A. Weatherford (died 1866); (2) W. R. Neblett (died 1902), 1872; she died Chattanooga, Tenn., Mar. 19, 1905. Children: Miss Logan Weatherford, Rev. S. A. Neblett (Cuban missionary), W. P. Neblett.


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Blackmon Tombstone, Browns Cemetery,
Madison County, Tennessee


April 20, 1905

ELEANORA VAN LEER third daughter of Wallace and Eliza Dixon, born Dickson Co., Tenn., April 1, 1834; married Major Sylvester Finley of Baltimore, Md. and moved to Nashville where they lived until he was shot while on General (Felix) Zollicoffer's staff, CSA (and he was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville). She married Samuel Allen, Sept. 20, 1891; made a home in later years with her sister, Hettie Fisher in Decaturville, Tenn., where she died Mar. 16, 1905. Also surviving were a sister, Mrs. Ann McMillen and a brother, Colonel T. Y. Dixon of Montgomery, Tennessee.

MATTIE L. DRAKE daughter of J. W. and Parthena Scott, born Mar. 4, 1839; married Frances M. Duke, July 27, 1857; wife and mother; died Feb. 21, 1905; burial in Greenwood Cem., Clarksville, Tenn.

Rev. NATHANIEL BRADFORD SULLINS OWINGS son of John and Sarah Russell Owings, born McMinn Co., Tenn., Jan. 8, 1835; died near Buffalo Valley, Tenn., Jan. 19, 1905; joined Methodist Church in Sept. 1854; entered the Tenn. Methodist Conference as a preacher in Oct. 1867. His appointments:

He was converted and joined the M. E. Church, South, September 19, 1854. He was admitted on trial into the Tennessee Conference at Clarksville, Tenn., in October, 1867, Bishop Robert Payne presiding. Brother Owings served the following charges: Sparta Circuit, two years; Mt. Olivet Circuit, four years; Cumberland, eight years; Gallatin, one year; Livingston one year; Manchester, one year; Pleasant Valley, four years; Lebanon Circuit, three years; Diana, four years; Bigbyville, one years; Santa Fe, two years; Richland, one year; Castalian Springs, one year. His health became so impaired that in 1900 he was forced to ask the Conference for a superannuated relation, which was granted.


April 27, 1905

Rev. Dr. A. D. McVOY, retired Methodist preacher died in San Antonio, Texas, April 12, 1905; burial in Mansfield, La.; "a scholarly and eloquent preacher, a gallant soldier of the Southern Confederacy and always a polished and elegant Christian gentleman."

General FRANCIS MARION BAMBERG, Bamberg, S.C., born 1838; of German descent; Confederate veteran; a wealthy businessman; died April 13, 1905.

MARJORIE CRITZ born Aug. 20, 1898; died Mar. 9, 1905; daughter of S. B. Critz and wife of Starkville, Miss.

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS BROYLES died Savannah, Tenn., Mar. 22, 1905 aged 74 years. Children: Mrs. James W. Irwin, Mrs. T. J. Welch, Mrs. Jane M. Williams; Daniel W. Broyles, Mrs. Kelly R. Chandler, Mrs. J. L. Broyles.

MARY GILL widow of Joseph F. Gill, Logan Co., Ky., died Mar. 3, 1905; born Nov. 15, 1828; daughter of Rev. Edmund Gunn; married Feb. 4, 1847; religiously converted in Robertson Co., Tenn.; she had "buried" her husband and six of their children."

FRANK WALL "is dead"; an effusive sketch void of biographical content.


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HARRIET HOGAN WILSON widow of Willis A. Wilson born Mar. 18, 1821; married April 16, 1846; died Jan. 27, 1905; a life-long Methodist.

LIZZIE MOORE daughter of J. T. and Mary McGowan Moore born at "Locust Grove," the family homeplace, Todd Co., Ky., July 18, 1839; graduate, Logan Female College; married Phillip L. Henderson at age 19 years; principal of Acadia College, MO and afterwards was "in charge" of Harmonia College, Perryville, Ky. and later "ran" a girls' school in Lafayette, Ala.; survived by children Harry M.. Henderson, Scottsboro, Ala. and Mrs. James Armstrong.


From the April 20, 1905 issue:


          At the age of ninety-two, Dr. Savage, the oldest member of the Kentucky Conference by eleven years, and probably the oldest minister in the State, passed to his reward from his home in Winchester. He was born February 2, 1813, in a beautiful valley on the Ohio River, a few miles above Vanceburg, Ky. His mother was a thoroughly consecrated Christian. He never wearied in bearing testimony to her beautiful character and holy life. In infancy he was baptized by Rev. William McMahon. As a boy he went to Germantown, Ky., to clerk in the store of a relative. Here he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, under the ministry of Rev. Samuel Veach, December 7, 1827, and in the same place was converted May 28, 1828. Two years since he went on a pilgrimage to the town and the room where he first found Christ.
          Dr. Savage entered the ministry in 1835, at the age of twenty-two. He was licensed to preach by Rev. William Adams in Frankfort, Ky., September 5, and admitted on trial shortly after at the Conference held in Shelbyville. His first appointment was the Versailles Circuit, as the colleague of Rev. T. N. Ralston. His journal indicates that he traveled this year 2, 323 miles, preached 225 sermons, received 50 into the society, read 15, 000 pages, and obtained 33 subscribers for the ADVOCATE. His second appointment was the Minerva Circuit, as the colleague of Martin L. Eads. Their labors were signally blessed, one hundred and fifty-seven being added to the membership and a house of worship erected at Dover, Ky. At the close of this year, on account of ill health, after being received into full connection, he was granted a location. In 1839 he was readmitted, and served for a year each Germantown and Shannon Circuits. To the former there were 307 and to the latter 125 additions. Again in failing health, he was superannuated in 1841, but for what time he was in this relation we are now unable to state. After being made effective again, his chief work was in connection with Christian education and the American Bible Society. At the Millersburg Female College he and his accomplished wife achieved results which should be held in remembrance by the Church and State. Hundreds of young women, under their influence, were prepared to adorn and keep sacred that which is most like heaven a Christian home. In 1866 he took charge of the Bible Society work for Eastern Kentucky. In 1870 his work was made to include the whole State. In 1877 his field was again enlarged to cover also Eastern and Middle Tennessee. In 1883 he was made district superintendent of the entire territory of the two States. This office he held for thirty-two years, resigning only on account of the infirmities of age in 1898. With his appointment to this position he began what is known as the "Jubilee Canvass of Kentucky." For eight years this work was prosecuted, and resulted in the visiting of 168,308 families, many of which were supplied with the Scriptures. The secret of his success in this field would perhaps be found in that he fully appreciated the importance of his mission; that he was a born organizer; that he had a genius for detail, and an abiding faith in God.
          Dr. Savage was a man of strict integrity. The supreme question with him was: "What is right between man and man, in the sight of God?" He saw no virtue in loose business methods, and he had scant patience with those who indulged them. His own word was literally as good as his bond. Industry was one of his chief characteristics. The labor he performed was wonderful. By night and day, in heat and cold, by almost every mode, he traveled for the Society 526,268 miles, and superintended the distribution of more than a million and a quarter of Bibles. His social qualities were of the highest order. In 1840 he was married to Mary E. Small, who lived less than four years. In 1848 he married Cleora Bright, with whom he lived fifty-two years. In the home, as husband, father, grandfather, he had few superiors. Few men had more or better friends. Multitudes of homes were open to him, and his presence was felt to be a benediction. The old-time gentleman! How appreciative and deferential to women! Dignified, but cheerful; cordial, but respectful; select in the choice of friends, but dispensing the largest and most gracious hospitality. In purity of character and life we have rarely known him to be surpassed. That indefinable, quiet influence, which in every man or woman makes for spiritual life or moral death, was in him the minister of life. As a preacher he was scriptural, practical, earnest, and courageous. One of the remarkable facts is that he was probably a much better preacher and a more efficient man every way at seventy than at fifty, and that he was actively engaged in the Master's work until he was eighty-six. Perhaps that in which he most excelled in all his public efforts was prayer. In this he was gifted, and seemed to talk face to face with God. He rarely closed a petition without seeming to be moved himself, and often profoundly moving others.
          Probably Dr. Savage died as he would have preferred. At 4 P.M., March 27 he requested a friend to read his favorite chapter. the fourteenth of John. Then he took a short walk. At 7: 30 his spirit was with God. His last words were: "I am dying. Lord, take me."

[Photograph of Rev. Savage accompanies obituary]


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May 4, 1905

Rev. T. J. SETTLE, retired Methodist preacher, White River [Ark.] Conference, died Mar. 22, 1905.

"GRANDMA WREN", mother-in-1aw of Rev. J. F. Patterson, Methodist pastor at Zwolle, La., celebrated her 91st birthday, April 18, 1905 [April 18, 1814].

Mrs. ANN BENNETT SHELTON widow of L. W. Shelton, mother of 8 children, died near Nashville, Tenn., recently, in the 73rd year of her age.

Photograph of a youthful Rev. JOHN A. RICE, DD, on page 10.

AMANDA J. RICHARDSON, nee McMurry, born Haywood Co., Tenn., Jan. 14, 1840; married Hon. W. L. Richardson, April 12, 1860; died Jan. 29, 1905; 2 daus., 2 sons.

Rev. PLEASANT ARCHIE EDWARDS born Green Co., Ky., Aug. 10, 1843; CSA captain; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in March 1865; ordained deacon, Oct. 1867; ordained elder, Sept. 1869; served in numerous appointments in the Louisville Methodist Conference, including Albany, Eddyville and Wallonie; transferred to No. Texas Conference in 1892; retired in 1903; married (1) Virginia Alice Murell (died July 1, 1877), Adair Co., Ky., Sept. 17, 1867; two children, Rev. E. R. Edwards and Mrs. T. E. Peters; (2) Nannie E. Davidson, Aug. 13, 1878; two children, D. O. Edwards and Mrs. R. E. Best, Jr.; he died Dallas, Texas, March 13, 1905.

VIOLA YARBROUGH CARROLL born Mar. 21, 1861; died Feb. 22, 1905; burial in Estill Springs Cem.; married J. K. P. Carroll, July 15,. 1903 near Rover, Tenn.; daughter of Mrs. Lizzie Sharp, Bedford Co., Tenn.


May 11, 1905

Mrs. LEROY WILSON died Allendale, S.C., April 27, 1905 in the 69th year of her age.

Dr. S. H. TINDEL, physician of Denmark, S.C., died April 28, 1905.

Mrs. LELLA WINGATE oldest daughter of Rev. W. C. Power, S.C. Methodist Conference, died Wilmington, N.C., April 25, 1905.

Rev. LEWIS RANDOLPH AMIS son of Lewis and Louisa J. Amis born Maury Co., Tenn., Dec. 7, 1856; joined Methodist Church, Sept. 1867; entered Tenn. Methodist Conference as preacher Oct. 1878; assistant secretary of the conference, 1880-1895; secretary of the conference from 1895 until his demise; married Agnes Fulton, Maury Co., Tenn., June 26, 1884; 5 children; died, Nashville Tenn., Dec. 16, 1906; burial in Zion Cemetery, Maury Co., Tenn.

JOHN SPEER, Saltillo, Tenn., born Dec. 16, 1819; died Mar. 3, 1905, Clifton, Tenn.; burial at Shady Grove; surviving were 2 daus., 1 son.

NANNIE A. HINSON, nee Johnston, born Fayette Co., Tenn., Oct. 12, 1852; married William J. Hinson, Mar. 5, 1885; 1 son, William; a stepdau. and stepson; died Feb. 15, 1905; burial at Smyrna.

Rev. DILLARD M. EVANS son of John C. and Rebecca Wilkins Evans born Dickson Co., Tenn., May 9, 1854; moved with parents to Hickman Co., Ky. in 1862; licensed to preach in Methodist Church July 13, 1877; served in the Memphis Methodist Conference; married Tennie Fly, Dec. 13, 1881; 7 children; his mother survived him. He was thrown from a horse and killed thereby, Jan. 20, 1905.

CALEDONIA THOMAS daughter of John and Ruth (Weeden) Oliver born near Courtland, Ala., June 4, 1826; moved with parents to Columbus, Miss. where both died in 1833; married Thomas F. Clay (died 1859), 1846; she died Dec. 1, 1904.

MARY E. WEAVER wife of B. F. Weaver, Tipton Co., Tenn., died Mar. 28, 1905; wife and mother.


May 18, 1905

Dr. JOHN GOODE, Magnolia, Ark., died April 29, 1905.

MARTHA P. WILLIAMS widow of George W. Williams, Charleston, S.C. died April 30, 1905.

OLIN WATSON third son of J. C. Roper, Darlington, S.C., died May 1, 1905.


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Rev. H. M. STEPHENSON, retired Methodist preacher, New Mexico Methodist Conference, died Valley Springs, Llano Co., Texas., May 3, 1905 in the 79th year of his age; born in Mo in 1827; began his Methodist ministry in Ark. in 1844; moved to Texas in 1868; when the New Mexico Conf. was established in 1890 he "went with" this conference; retired in 1896; lived at Valley Springs, the family home since 1877.

Rev. A. P. STURM died near Shinnston, W. Va., April 19, 1905.

Rev. ALEXANDER DIEGO DEVOY son of Diego and Hannah Nicoll DeVoy born Elizabeth City, New Jersey, May 7, 1832; died San Antonio, Texas, April 11, 1905; graduate, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., A. M. degree, 1856; after graduation he returned to Mobile, Ala. and spent part of 1859 abroad, in England, Scotland, Wales and France. "His life work was that of a teacher and president of female colleges. "Began by teaching in Barton Academy in Mobile and so continued until 1860. In 1855 he was licensed as a Methodist preacher; he labored for three years in the Alabama Methodist Conference; chaplain of 38th Al. a. Inf. Reg., CSA and so continued for the consolidated 38th and 40th Ala. Inf. Regiments until the end of the Civil War. For twenty-nine years afterwards he served as president of female colleges in Miss., Ala. and Louisiana; married Anna Cannon DuBose, Columbus, Miss., in 1867; 7 children; 2 children predeceased him, including Rev. Arthur D. DeVoy who died in 1893. His burial was beside his wife in the Mansfield, La. cemetery. Living children were Rev. Edgar DeVoy, Mary and Bessie Devoy, music teachers; Irma, a widow.

Photograph of Rev. J. W. GODBEY, DD, on page 12.

Dr. WALTER HUGH DRANE born Columbia Co., Ga., Jan. 8, 1832; son of Dr. William and Martha Winfrey Drane; reared in Talbot Co., Ga.; graduate, Collinsworth Institute, Talbottom, Ga. and Emory College, Oxford, Ga.; graduate, University Medical College, N.Y., 1854; married Mary Frances Spencer, Lunenburg Co., Va., in 1858. Children: William, died infancy; Mrs. Neal Drane Lester, Batesville, Miss.; Walter Hugh Drane, professor of civil engineering, University of Miss.; he was surgeon for the 27th Ga. Inf. Reg., CSA; moved to Panola Co., Miss. in 1866 and with shattered nerves and failing eyesight left medical practice and began farming at which he was "eminently successful." Died Batesville, Miss., March 28, 1905.

SARAH E. ADAMS daughter of A. G. and Mary J. Adams born Nashville, Tenn., Feb 12, 1858; died there, April 8, 1905; married Dr. William G. Ewing, Nov. 29, 1882; their only child, Mary, died in 1895 at the age of ten years.

ISHAM E. CORNELL born N.C., Nov. 8, 1838; one of 9 children; married L. E. Bailey, Dec. 24, 1861. "He had worked hard and managed well in order to accumulate a reasonable competency for old age." [death date not provided]

ELIZA CARTER daughter of Yancy and Mary Moore, born Oct. 13, 1836; married Asbury E. Carter, Nov. 29, 1855; her mother died when she was 13 years old and "the duties of a mother and housewife naturally fell upon her"; to her younger siblings she was not only a sister but a mother figure. She died in Atwood, Tenn., April 7, 1905 while sitting in an armchair. [Something of this lady's genealogical connections are given in A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CHAPPELL, DICKIE AND OTHER KINDRED FAMILIES, by Phil E. Chappell, 1900, pages 292-293:
MARY WADE MOORE was a daughter of Richard Wade, 1782-1842 and. Sarah Chappell Wade, d. 1874.
3. Mary A. Wade was born November 8, 1810, and married Yancy Moore, December 20, 1827. They removed to Carroll County, Tennessee, in 1833, where she died November 6, 1848. Her husband died March 4, 1881. Issue:
I. Sarah A., b. July 10, 1829, m. B. F. Jones. Issue: Eleven.
II. Robert Yancy, b. May 2, 1831, m. Sarah E. Shepard. Issue: Twelve.
III. Richard B., b. January 11, 1833, m. Lou J. Goodwin. Issue: Four. Died October 3, 1883.
IV. William H., b. December 13, 1834, d. November 21, 1860.
V. Eliza J., b. October 13, 1836, m. A. E. Carter. Issue: Five.


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VI. John Bailey, b. October 20, 1838, m. Louisa D. Yancy (widow). Issue: Five. Was an officer in the C. S. A., and lost a leg at the battle of Peach Tree, Ga.
VII. George Wade, b. October 24, 1839, d. March 11, 1862.
VIII. Chas. W., b. August 20, 1841, m. twice (1) Fanny Fonville. Issue: Two. (2). Allie Tansil. Issue: Three sons.
IX. Susan A., b. February 14, 1843, m. W. B. Cannon. Issue: Three. Died December 31, 1874.
X. James Albert, b. July 20, 1844. Killed in C. S. A., December 17, 1864.
XI. Mary P., b. March 2, 1846, d. February 2, 1873.
XII. Martha F., b. August 16, 1847, m. W. T. Baird. Issue: Three. Died May 10. 1880.
XIII. Benjamin P., b. October 29, 1848, m. twice-- (1) Sarah E. Dinwiddie, October 15, 1883. Issue: Two daughters. His wife died September 6, 1889. On August 6, 1896, he married, secondly, Lula Douglass. Issue: One.
The descendants of Yancy and Mary Moore live in Carroll County, Tennessee, where their parents first settled. Several of them are merchants, bankers, and manufacturers and live in McKenzie. They are all industrious, energetic, and thrifty people. I visited them in January, 1897, and during my visit was entertained with true Southern hospitality.]


May 25, 1905

The BABY of B. E. Whittington and wife, Venia, Ga., died May 14, 1905.

Ex-Senator RUSSELL HUMBLE son of J. C. Humble died May 7, 1905 (N.C.)

General THOMAS J. CHURCHILL died Little Rock, Ark., May 14, 1905 in the 81st year of his age; had served as a lieutenant in the Mexican War and was commissioned a brigadier-general in the Confederate army.

Photograph of Rev. J. H. RIGGIN, DD, presiding elder of the Camden District, Arkansas; page 11.

Dr. WILLIAM MILNER born Kerrimuir Parish, Forfarshire, Scotland, Oct. 6, 1830; died April 23, 1905; second of seven children of James and Margaret (Ewart )Milner. His sisters, Mrs. Mitchell, Forfar, Scotland; Mrs. Adams, Aberdeen, Scotland; Mrs. Nivens, Falkirk, Scotland, survived him. He came to the U. S. in 1851 and spent time in Richmond, Va., New York and Louisville, Ky.; studied medicine.

ANN ELIZA WRIGHT widow of William M. Wright (died 1901) died Louisburg, Kansas, April 9, 1905 aged 76 years; a native of Barren Co., Ky.; moved to Kansas about 30 years ago. Three children: John Fannie and Robert.

MARY LAMKIN DOAK born Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 15, 1848; died Jan. 22, 1905; married (1) William Hopper (died Jan. 1, 1890), Madison Co., Tenn.; (2) T. A. Doak, member of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church in the Jackson Circuit (Jackson, Tenn.); had a stepdau., Della Doak. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

SUSAN A. WEBB died at the residence of Dr. W. G. Stafford, Burlington, N.C., Mar. 16, 1905 aged 73 years; she taught school for years. Surviving were brothers, S. S. Webb, Oaks, N.C.; A. S. Webb, Ridgeway, N.C.; W. R. and J. M. Webb, Webb School, Bellbuckle, Tenn.; Sam H. Webb, Oaks, N.C.

[OUR WEBB KIN IN DIXIE, by W. J. Webb, 1940, pages 53, 92 and 44 have data about this family.]

E 4. JAMES WEBB -m- 1803-Ann Hunt Smith, dau. of James Smith, Person Co., N.C. Planter. 1. Alexander Smith Webb (1804-1849); 2. John Pomfret Webb (1807-1846); 3. James Lewis (1811- ); 4. William Henry (1814-1890); 5. Mary Ann A. (1817-1885); 6. Samuel Maurice (1819-1873); 7. Robert Clark (1824 - 1901); 8. Thomas Hunt (died young).

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41. ALEXANDER SMITH WEBB -m- 1828- Cornelia Adeline Stanford. Alamance Co., N.C. Dau. of Hon. Richard Stanford. Planter. 1. James Hazel (1829-1902); 2. Henrietta (1830 - 1882); 3. Susan Ann (1831- 1905); 4. Mary Caroline (1833 - 1904);. 5. Sidney Smith (1836 -1910); 6. Richard Stanford (1837-1901); 7. Amy Pomfret (1838- 1839); 8. Alexander Smith (1840 - 1928); 9. William Robert (1842-1926); 10. Arianna Adeline (1845-1897); 11. John Maurice (1847-1916); 12. Samuel Henry (1849- ).

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E 413. Susan Webb never married. She kept the home fires burning at the old home at Oaks which the distant kin continued to visit. She was a collector of family relics and old letters, and she supplied a great deal of the history data to Dr. Robert D. Webb for his excellent book THE WEBB FAMILY.


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Hon. Richard Stanford died April 9th 1816 at Washington City and was buried in the Congressional Cemetery.

Mary (Polly) Stanford wife of Richard Stanford died April 23, 1851.

James Webb died April 30, 1827.

Ann H. Webb died Aug. 18, 1840.

Amy Pomfret Webb, dau. of A. S. Webb and Cornelia Adeline Webb died June 26, 1839.

Alexander Smith Webb died June 30, 1849.

Harriet Webb died Feb. 15, 1882.

Cornelia Adeline Webb, daughter of Richard and Mary Stanford and wife of Alex. S. Webb died Dec. 26, 1891.

Arianna Adeline Webb, daughter of Alex S. and Cornelia A. Webb died in Nashville, Tenn., March 5th, 1897.

Rev. Richard Stanford Webb died Nov. 20th, 1901.

James Hazel Webb died at Tally Ho, Granville Co., Jan. 23, 1902.

Mary Carolina Webb Morrow died in Hawthorne, Fla., Sept. 15, 1904.

Susan Webb died March 16, 1905.

William Robert Webb died Dec. 19, 1926, at Bell Buckle, Tenn.

Sidney Smith Webb died at Oaks, N.C. Sept. 10, 1910.

John Morris Webb died April 5, 1916 at Bell Buckle, Tenn.


Hon. Richard Stanford was born March 2, 1767.

Mary Moore, born Sept. 21, 1778.

Alexander Smith Webb, son of Jas. and Ann Hunt Webb was born Feb. 21, 1802, in Granville Co., buried at Bethlehem church.

Cornelia Adeline Stanford, daughter of Richard and Mary Stanford, July 3, 1811 in Orange Co., N.C.

James Hazel Webb born at Mt. Tirzah Jan. 2, 1829.

Henrietta Webb was born May 17, 1830.

Susan Ann Webb was born Nov. 16, 1831.

Mary Caroline Webb was born June 15, 1833.

Richard Stanford Webb was bore Feb. 15, 1837.

Amy Pomfret Webb was born Dec. 30, 1838.

Alexander Smith Webb, Jr., was born Nov. 16, 1840.

William Robert Webb was born Nov. 11, 1842.

Arianna Adeline Webb was born Nov. 29, 1847 in Orange Co.

John Maurice Webb was born Nov. 29, 1847 in Orange Co.

Samuel Henry Webb was born Oct. 27, 1849 in Alamance Co.

(Note: Alexander S. Webb's home was in Person Co., near Mt. Tirzah, until 1847. He moved to Oaks (first Orange then Alamance Co., to educate his children at Bingham School).


June 1, 1905

Mrs. J. R. TYLER died Ocala, Fla., May 19, 1905.

Mrs. T. Q. DONALDSON died Birmingham, Ala., May 9, 1905.

Photograph of Rev. G. W. BANKS, pastor of Second Methodist Church, Memphis, Tenn.; page 18.

MALLIE L. BOARD, nee Hodges, born Sumner Co., Tenn; Mar. 30, 1861; died April 11, 1905; moved to Obion Co., Tenn. as a child; joined Methodist Church at old Shady Grove; married James Board, Oct. 18, 1880; 5 daus., 4 sons.

NANNIE M. GANNAWAY born Sept. 28, 1859; died April 16, 1905; married E. T. Gannaway, Oct. 10, 1894; 2 children.

CHARLES G. MASON born Shelby Co., Tenn., Aug. 27, 1848; died there, Dec. 16, 1904; married Dora Baker, 1876; 2 daus., 5 sons.

LOUISA EASLEY AUSTIN born near Rutledge, Tenn., Mar. 24, 1830; died Nov. 27, 1904 in residence of her son, R. W. Austin near Kildare, Oklahoma; burial near one of her granddaughters, Hester Lacy daughter of Laura Austin Lacy.

LINDA W. KENNEDY wife of Rev. J. S. Kennedy, Holston Methodist Conference; born Strawberry Plains, Tenn., Mar. 16, 1833; died Knoxville, Tenn., April 14, 1905; daughter of Rev. Thomas Stringfield; married August 26, 1851; wife and mother.

MOLLIE E. CURTIS had died; no further information.

JOHN W. YOKELY, SR. born July 7, 1838; married Nannie Hammer, Nov. 15, 1866; 14 children; died March 30, 1905.

ANNIE LAKE wife of Levin Lake for 64 years; died April 29, 1905.


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June 8, 1905

Dr. GRIFFITH JOHN the "Apostle John of China" celebrated his missionary jubilee, September 24, 1905, having arrived in Shanghai, China 50 years ago. Born in Swansea, So. Wales, 1831, he went to China in the 25th year of his age as a missionary for the Methodist Church.

Rev. W. M. DYER, president of Martha Washington and Sullins colleges, died May 25, 1905; tuberculosis.

Rev. WILLIAM ROBESON died in Blountville, Tenn., May 29, 1905 in the 83rd year of his age; father-in-law of Colonel E. C. Reeves, Johnson City, Tenn.

Rev. J. A. LEECH, pastor at Pickens, Miss. died in a Memphis, Tenn. hospital, May 22, 1905; surviving were his widow and two sons; burial in Columbus, Miss.

Mrs. SARAH A. DURANT died Bishopsville, S.C., May 21, 1905.

Photograph of JOHN E. MORRISS, Birmingham, Ala., who had presented a plan for "providing homes for Conference claimants"; page 22.

MINNIE GIBSON born Feb. 17, 1868; died Tupelo, Miss., April 24, 1905.

Rev. ASBURY D. OVERALL born Rutherford Co., Tenn., July 2, 1820; licensed to preach in Methodist Church Jan. l0, 1843 and served in the itinerancy for six years; became a local preacher due to ill health; ordained deacon, Nov. 8, 1846; ordained elder, Nov. 7, 1847; married Lucy A. Crutchfield, 1847. Died near Franklin, Tenn., July 31, 1904. Surviving children were W. C., Lossie, Allie and Mrs. J. T. Blackwell.

LUCINDA Y. LYLE born Va.; married Washington Piece, Sumner Co., Tenn., Aug. 19, 1842; died Henderson Tenn., April 2, 1905 in residence of daughter, Mrs. Edgar Mann.

ABBIE WILLIAMSON CROSBY born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Oct. 10, 1876; died Monterey, Mexico, Mar. 29, 1905; married Edgar William Crosby, Nov. 25, 1903.


June 15, 1905

Mrs. VIRGINIA OWEN GREENE died Montgomery, Ala., June 4, 1905 aged 75 years; daughter of Rev. John Owen; widow of Rev. Thomas F. Greene.

Mrs. G. P. REVIERE died Pelham, Ga., May 4, 1905.

MARY R. McFARLIN born Bedford Co., Tenn., Sept. 14, 1827; married W. H. McFarlin, 1881 and moved to Benton Co., Ark. where she died April 27, 1905.

ARTHUR LEE RODGERS born Dec. 7, 1873; died Memphis, Tenn., July 11, 1904.

CHARITY W. POPE, nee Chapman, born about 76 years ago in Chatham Co., N.C.; died in Tenn. in residence of son-in-law, John D. Bond, May 13, 1905; married (1) William Perry, Fayette Co., Tenn.; (2) Thaddeus Pope who was killed near Medon, Tenn. Her brother, Warren Chapman, Toone, Tenn. survived, the last of 14 children; burial in Bachelor Cemetery; funeral from the home of her niece, Rosa Bond, whom she had reared.

LILLIAN DUNLAP McCALL born Shelby Co., Tenn., Dec. 29, 1876; married Dr. S. W. McCall, Oct. 26, 1898; died Collierville, Tenn., April 11, 1905; 2 sons.

MARY F. BURNETT, widow of Jeremiah Burnett, born Iredell Co., N.C., Jan. 20, 1810; moved with husband to Fayette Co., Tenn. in 1849; died at residence of her son, J. E. Burnett, Dec. 26, 1904; burial in Jones Chapel Cemetery.

MINERVA C. SAFFELL, nee Bryan, born Sevier Co., Tenn., Aug. 6, 1824; married Major Thomas Saffell, Aug. 24, 1841; died Nov. 19, 1904; 8 children. Dau. of Allen and Elizabeth Bryan.


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June 22, 1905

Dr. JAMES C. HEPBURN, LLD, one of the first three missionaries to enter Japan in 1859; born March 13, 1815; recently celebrated his 90th birthday in East Orange, New Jersey; he gave medical service to the Japanese but also provided an Anglo-Japanese dictionary and translation of the Bible into Japanese. The Emperor of Japan conferred the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun upon him on his 90th birthday.

Mrs. E. B. WANNAMAKER died Orangeburg, S.C., June 9, 1905.


June 29, 1905

Rev. JOHN COLIN HYDEN born Roane Co., Tenn., Mar. 14, 1826; licensed to preach in Methodist Church Sept. 27, 1849; was in the Holston Conference for one year and then transferred to the Western Conference, then to Pacific Conference in 1875 where he died Mar. 26, 1905.

Rev. J. E. POWELL died Bellbuckle, Tenn., June 14, 1905 aged 23 years; married Mary Caney; several children.

ELIZABETH MARTIN RIPPEY daughter of Valentine and Sarah Rippey Martin, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Oct. 7, 1814; died Lawrenceburg, Tenn., June 8, 1905; married in early life and had several children. [There is manifestly a mistake in the family surnames in this entry.]

ELIZABETH E. GASTON daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Evans born Bedford Co., Tenn., July 20, 1844; died in east Nashville, Tenn., May 10, 1905; married (1) Thomas Thompson, Aug. 19, 1870; 4 children; (2) Rev. B. J. Gaston, April 21, 1875; had 7 surviving children.

JOHN M. CARLISLE born Fairfield Co., S.C., Oct. 29, 1829; died Spartanburg, S.C., June 7, 1905; began his Methodist ministry in 1844; married Elizabeth Catherine Sharpe, April 30, 1850; local preacher for 11 years; president of Holston Conference Female College; re-entered itinerant ministry in 1859; retired in 1887; served missions 11 years, circuits for 16 years and stations for 11 years; a presiding elder for 4 years. Two of his five sons were Methodist preachers, Mark L. and John E. Carlisle; a daughter was Mrs. J. K. Jennings.

CURTIS KYLE only child of Hon. John C. and Sallie Kyle, Sardis, Miss., died May 28,1905 aged 23 years.

MAGGIE MOORE wife of John Moore, Carroll Co., Tenn., born Mar. 16, 1868; died April 16, 1905; wife and mother.


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