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


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July 2, 1909

Reverend JOSEPH J. LOVETT had died recently.


July 9, 1909

Professor J. D. CLARY, principal, Clary-Banks Training School, Fordyce, Ark., died June 30, 1909. [Tribute to his memory, Aug. 20, 1909 issue, page 23, noted his birth as May 28, 1865; married Mattie Thach, Jan. 10, 1889; 5 children]

SUSAN H. BRAME, nee Collins, born N.C., Feb. 29, 1816; died Christian Co., Ky., May 13, 1909; married Charles H. Brame, 1833; 4 daus., 4 sons; she outlived all but one of her children.

JOHN PLEASANT SCALES born Verona, Miss., Oct. 3l, 1866; died San Antonio, Texas in resident of his uncle, Dr. John S. Long, Jan. 28, 1909; oldest son of R. D. Scales; had tuberculosis.

WILLIAM ROGERS born Nov. 18, 1832; married Jennie Hinsley, 1882; 1 dau., 2 sons; [death date not provided].


July 16, 1909

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


July 23, 1909

MARY MAKIN BONNELL wife of J. W. Bonnell, Nashville, Tenn., died July 14, 1909.

SAMUEL J. KEITH, a member of McKendree Methodist Church, Nashville, died July 18, 1909 aged 78 years.

LUCY OUSLEY born Graveston, Tenn., Nov. 28, 1870; died Ft. Worth, Texas, June 27, 1909; graduate, Knoxville Female Seminary; school-teacher.

ADA JANE MITCHELL daughter of S. F. and Mary E. Mitchell, born Robertson Co., Tenn., Sept. 5, 1857; died Sadlerville, Tenn., June 10, 1909. "Her hearty laugh cheered the circle of which she was a member."

SARAH S. WALKER died July 8, 1909 in the 89th year of her age in residence of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Bowes, Greeneville, Tenn.

Squire JOHN TRAVIS RONE born Oct. 18, 1839; died June 30, 1909; lived near Spring Creek, Madison Co., Tenn.; married (1) Jane Blackmon, 3 daus., Mrs. Lyde McCutchen, Mrs. Lea Mangum, Mrs. Daisy Harlen; (2) Kate Griggs, 2 sons, Travis and Houston; served in 5th Ark. Inf. Reg., CSA; burial in Browns Cemetery.


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July 30, 1909

Reverend E. E. HARRELL, Virginia Methodist Conference, died Crittenden, Va., July 15, 1909 aged 51 years; graduate, Randolph-Macon College, 1881 and spent two years in the theological department at Vanderbilt University.

JAMES HARVEY WINTON born Roane Co., Tenn., May 23, 1832; died Benton Co., Ark., July 2, 1909; moved with parents to Polk Co., MO and later crossed the great plains to California; returned to MO; married Martha J. Hammond, June 26, 1855; 3 daus., 1 son (dec.); moved to Pea Ridge, Ark. in 1866 where he died; Confederate veteran.

ZACHARIAH SCHUESSLER born Lafayette, Mar. 9, 1850; married Ida E. Brown, June 19, 1874; died June 25, 1909; merchant.

Mrs. D. B. WRIGHT born Gordon, Ga., Sept. 20, 1866; died Lockhart, Texas; June 28, 1909; moved with father, J. H. Jolly and family to Lockhart, Texas; married D. B. Wright, Oct. 23, 1881; San Antonio, Texas; 3 children, 2 surviving, Joseph H. and Mrs. G. S. Gluck.


August 6, 1909

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"H. H."


          Helen Maria Fiske was born on the 18th day of October, 1831, at Amherst, Mass. Her father was professor of philosophy in Amherst College. He was also a Congregationalist minister and an author. Her mother had a sunny temperament, and was also literary; she wrote the "Letters from a Cat," which her daughter afterwards edited.
          Helen was a versatile and vivacious child, her bright sayings being often quoted in the little college town. She herself described in "The Naughtiest Day of My Life" a childish prank of running away from home in company with another little girl, the two walking to Hadley, a distance of four miles, before they were found and brought back. The whole village had joined in the search for the two children, who were finally found by two of the college professors.
          Helen had the advantage of two good schools, and when just twenty was married to Captain Edward B. Hunt, of the United States Army, who as an engineer held high rank in the army and was a man of considerable scientific attainments. Captain and Mrs. Hunt were quartered at various posts.

          When Murray, their first child, was eleven months old, he died of dropsy of the brain at Tarrytown, N.Y., in August, 1854. On the 2d of October, 1863, Major Hunt was killed at Brooklyn while experimenting with his invention for firing projectiles under water. On the 13th of April, 1865, the second boy, "Rennie," died suddenly of diphtheria, and Mrs. Hunt was left utterly bereaved and crushed. For months after her beloved boy's death she shut herself away from her nearest friends; but when at last she appeared among them, she was smiling and vivacious and outwardly unchanged. Up to this time her life, full of variety and activity, had been mainly domestic and social. She loved society, she dressed charmingly, and she was very attractive. Through her husband she had met many military and scientific men. But she was thirty-four years old before she went to live in Newport, R. I., and there came into contact with literary people whose companionship opened up to her a fresh interest and a new employment. Soon after establishing herself in Newport she went to West Point and superintended the removal of her husband's and her children's remains to that place. At that time she looked upon her own life as prematurely ended, and said bitterly: "And I alone am left, who avail nothing."
          When Mrs. Hunt went to live in Newport she had written some poems and shown them to friends but they related to her personal bereavement. One poem, entitled "Lifted Over," had been published in a periodical by a friend. It referred to the death of her boy, and was signed "Marah." But after her change of residence had developed fresh interests she made a study of literary style and methods, exchanged criticisms with others, and then ventured to publish more poems and tried her skill in prose. The signature "H. H." first appeared in the first poem Mrs. Hunt published after settling in Newport. This poem, entitled "Tryst," was followed by "A Burial Service" and "Old Lamps for New." Other poems followed, chiefly her experiences of sorrow. Her first attempt in prose under her own signature appeared in a New York newspaper of September 13, 1866. It was a sketch of a walk up Mount Washington. She wrote a number of reviews for the same paper and published some poems in the New York Evening Post. She became very enthusiastic over her new work, and was delighted when given books to review. She is said to have composed rapidly, writing on large sheets of yellow paper and using a lead pencil to keep pace with her thoughts, She was an excellent business woman, and usually received for her articles the price she put upon them. Her first prose volume, "Bits of Travel," was published in 1873; and soon her "Bits of Talk about Home Matters" and an enlarged edition of her "Verses" appeared.
          In all Mrs. Hunt spent five winters at Newport, going among the mountains in summer to avoid hay fever, from which she suffered. On her return in the late fall she brought trunks full of pressed ferns and autumn leaves, which she distributed among her friends. The fourteen months from November, 1868, to February, 1870, she spent in Europe, suffering from a severe illness while in Rome.
            In May, 1872, Mrs. Hunt accompanied a friend to California; and the next year, finding that her health required a change of climate, tried a winter in Colorado. This State thereafter became her permanent home, for she was married in October, 1875, to Mr. William Sharpless Jackson, of Colorado Springs, and for the remaining ten years of her life she had a happy home, although her literary work, joined to a restless disposition, kept her on the go a good deal. With her new home there came to her a new intellectual experience. She became a woman "with a hobby" --that of working for a change in the white man's policy toward the Indian. In 1879


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she heard the Indians "Standing Bear" and "Bright Eyes" lecture on the wrongs of the Indians. Her interest was immediately aroused, and grew stronger and more engrossing until she had but a single aim. She took up the Indian reform in earnest, studied the case thoroughly, and corresponded with statesmen. Her "Century of Dishonor" was the result. She worked so hard on it that she became ill and was forced to go to Norway for a change, leaving the proof-reading to another. After her trip she was appointed by the United States government to report on the needs of the California "Mission Indians." In the spring of 1883 she, visited these tribes, and her reports were said to be clear, full, and sensible. "Ramona," published in 1884, was issued in book form the same year. One of the last letters she wrote was to President Cleveland, thanking him for upholding the rights of the Indians.
          A popular poem is the one called "Spinning;" her sonnet "Thought" was Emerson's favorite. When face to face with death she wrote such poems as "Acquainted with Grief," "Habeas Corpus," and "A Last Prayer."


Father, I scarcely dare to pray,
So clear I see, now it is done,
That I have wasted half my day,
And left my work but just begun;

So clear I see that things I thought
Were right or harmless were a sin;
So clear I see that I had sought,
Unconscious, selfish aims to win;

So clear I see that I have hurt
The souls I might have helped to save
That I have slothful been, inert,
Deaf to the calls thy leaders gave,

In outskirts of thy kingdoms vast,
Father, the humblest spot give me;
Set me the lowliest task thou hast;
Let me repentant work for thee!


KATE W. ORR, nee Weatherholt, wife of Rev. B. F. Orr, born Tobinsport, Indiana, Sept. 26, 1863; died Middleton, Ky., June 1, 1909; married Mar. 12, 1901; she suffered long from a painful disease [no particulars given].


August 13, 1909

Reverend F. D. SWINDELL, DD, North Carolina Methodist Conference, died Beaufort, N.C., July 30, 1909; born 1846; surviving were his widow and two sons.

GEORGE VALENTINE HEFNER born Davidson Co., Tenn., Oct. 19, 1842; died Franklin, Tenn., June 13, 1909; married Sallie Reams, 1873; 4 daus., 3 sons; Confederate veteran.

REBECCA EMILY AMIS, nee Summerhill, born Lauderdale Co., Ala., Aug. 26, 1839; married (1) John Amis; (2) to his brother, Lewis Amis; one child of her second marriage, John Amis. Died Dec. 6, 1908; burial in Pulaski, Tenn.

Dr. JOHN M. HIGDON born Rutherford Co., Tenn., June 17, 1826; died Higdon, Miss., June 29, 1909; moved there in 1844; graduate, University of Pa., 1859; practiced medicine many years in Pocahontas, Tenn.; married Mary E. Harlen, Jan. 13, 1868.

JAMES SEATON HAMM son of Judge James Seaton and A. K. Hamm, born Meridian, Miss., Dec. 12, 1886; died July 15, 1909.

ELLIE ELKIN MATTHEWS died June 30, 1909 aged 16 years.


August 20, 1909

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


August 27, 1909

Photograph of L. REBECCA CORWIN, MA, STB, PhD, staff member of Methodist Training School for Christian workers, Nashville, Tenn.

LUCY ANN BYARS wife of former state senator, J. M. Byars; daughter of E. C. and Jane Hunter; died May 23, 1909.

SARAH JANE POWELL died near Bokoshe, Oklahoma, July 9, 1909 in the 85th year of her age.

ELIZABETH B. ALLEN wife of Andrew M. Allen, Ky., born Dele, Indiana, Jan. 10, 1833; married Sept. 2, 1852; 11 children; died July 27, 1909.


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September 3, 1909

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          At Few's Chapel, in, Greenville County, S.C., there was held on August 4 a reunion of the descendants of William Few, who more than a century ago came from Georgia to this county. A large number were present, most of whom belonged to the Few family. At eleven o'clock Rev. A. P. Few, of Carlisle, Ark., great-grandson of William Few, preached an appropriate sermon. After the morning exercises an elegant dinner was served on the grounds for everybody present.
          Dr. Benjamin F. Few, of Greers, S.C., grandson of William Few, presided at the afternoon meeting. The early history of the Fews in America was set forth with great clearness by Dr. L. D. Carman, of Washington, D. C., who married a descendant of the Fews, and who has studied the family history with most remarkable industry and intelligence.
          Dr. William P. Few, Dean of Trinity College, Durham, N.C., great-grandson of the founder of the South Carolina branch of the family, made an able address. One of the best points in this address was his calling attention to the fact that the Fews had always been willing to serve and to suffer for great causes. James Few, the Regulator, was a martyr to human liberty; his brother William was a disinterested and distinguished public servant; his nephew Ignatius was a preacher, educator, and builder of civilization. Dr. Columbus Few, of Hendersonville, N.C., and Ignatius Few Reese, of O'Neal, S.C., grandsons of the first South Carolina Few, made interesting talks. At night Rev. Benjamin A. Few, of Magnolia, Ark., preached a strong sermon.
          Dr. Carman said in part:
          "The first member of the Few family of whom anything is now known was Richard Few, who was born probably as early as 1625. He was a Quaker, and emigrated from Market Lavington, Wiltshire, England, with the colonists sent out by William Penn in 1861, reaching Pennsylvania before Penn arrived and settling in Chester County, where he died in 1689.
          "Isaac Few, the son of Richard, accompanied his father to this country, and here married Hannah Stanfield, the daughter of Francis and Grace Stanfield. The Stanfields were also Quakers, emigrating from Garton, Cheshire. Francis Stanfield was at one time a member of the provincial Legislature of Pennsylvania. Isaac Few was born in 1664, and died in 1734. He had a large family of children, of whom William, the seventh child, born May 16, 1714, was the ancestor of the Fews in South Carolina and Georgia.
          "William removed across the Pennsylvania line to Baltimore County, Md., in early youth, where he married Mary Wheeler in 1743. Mary Wheeler was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Wheeler, the granddaughter of Thomas Wheeler, and the great-granddaughter of Maj. John Wheeler, of Charles County, Md., one of the earliest settlers under Lord Baltimore in that region. The Wheelers were Catholics; and Mary, the wife of William, continued in that faith until her death, in 1779. William, who married Mary Wheeler, while nominally a Quaker, must have been a very liberal one, as he owned slaves in 1774, married a Catholic, and remembered a Baptist minister in his will. This William Few was a man of some education, had a small library principally of religious works, and wrote a fine hand. He and his family moved from Maryland to Orange County, N.C., in 1758, and in 1771 removed to Columbia County, Ga., where he and his family were converted to Methodism in 1786, the first year the Methodist ministers crossed the Savannah River into Georgia. William Few, Sr., to distinguish him from his celebrated son, Colonel and Senator William Few, was a colonel in the Commissary Department of the Georgia militia during the Revolution, and suffered both in person and property in the cause of American independence. He died in Columbia County, Ga., in 1794.
          "William Few and Mary Wheeler had two daughters and four remarkable sons. Benjamin Few, the oldest son, married Rachel Wiley. He was a Colonel or Georgia militia during the Revolution, fought in many a strenuous battle, and made his mark as a soldier.
          "James Few, the second son of William, was a Captain of North Carolina Regulators, fought to the last at the battle of the Alamance, May 25, 1771, was captured and hanged the next day at sundown, refusing a pardon on condition of taking the oath of allegiance to the British. For this unnecessarily cruel act Gov. William Tryon, the colonial Governor, has been justly condemned by history. Bancroft, the historian, calls James Few the first martyr in the cause of American independence.
          "James Few, the Regulator, left two infant children, twins, William And Sarah. The wife or James is stated to have been Sarah Wood, of Hillsboro, N.C. She afterwards married Isaac Munson, a Tory. Sarah, the daughter of the Regulator, married Rev. John Garvin, a Methodist preacher of Augusta, Ga., and her descendants have continued in that faith until this day.
          "William, the son of the Regulator, removed from Georgia to Greenville County, S.C., when a very young man. He married, at about eighteen years of age, and was a man after Roosevelt's' own heart, having sixteen children by two wives, Susannah Tubbs and Nancy Chastain. He died July 12, 1856. Few's Bridge over the Tyger River is named after him, as well as Few's Chapel, where his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on to the number of a hundred or more are gathered for this reunion. The huge, square timbers of the original Few's Chapel built by this William Few, are still standing, apparently defying decay.
          "William Few in the foundation of his family left a marked impress upon Greenville County, where his descendants are now honored citizens, while numbers of them are successful men in other parts of our great country.
          "To return to the other children of William Few and Mary Wheeler, William, the third son, was an officer in the Revolution, delegate from Georgia to the Continental Congress, signer of the constitution of the United States from Georgia, and a very prominent man in his day, being a friend of George Washington and the first Senator from Georgia.
          "Ignatius Few, who married Mary Candler, was the fourth son of William and Mary. He was a distinguished soldier and patriot during the Revolution, and was the father of Rev, Ignatius A. Few, founder of Emory College, in Georgia, and one of the leading Methodist lights of Georgia. The history of the daughters of William and Mary will not be taken up here. They were Hannah and Elizabeth, and both died pious Methodists. The Few family Methodists today resulted from the union of a Quaker and a Catholic. The family history is that of the history of the country.
          "James, the Regulator, bravely died at Alamance, and the names of his descendants are on the roll of honor in every war in which the country has engaged since the Revolution."
          The day was a joyous one. Those of us who were not of the Few family rejoiced with them in their reunion. The reunion was held during the revival meeting at Few's Chapel, in which the preaching was done by Rev. A. P. Few and Rev. B. A. Few, members of the Little Rock Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. These brethren are able preachers and lovable men. There were over twenty professions


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and ten accessions, nine of them by profession.
          Few's Chapel now has, including the ten candidates for membership, one hundred and eleven members, about one-third of whom are of the Few family.


ELIJAH CURRENS SAVAGE son of James C. and Sarah Savage born Mason Co., Ky., July 20, 1859; graduate, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1883; licensed to preach when he was a young man (Kentucky Conference, mostly in the mountains of that state); died June 26, 1909; surviving were his widow to whom he had been married 23 years; a son, 17 years old.

GEORGIE WINNIE JACKSON born Jan. 14, 1890; her father died soon after she was born and she and her mother went to live in the home of "Grandpa" where she lived until her death [date not provided].

MARY FRANCES NORTHRUP born Jacksonville, Ala., June 21, 1851; died Piracicaba, Brazil, June 15, 1909; daughter of J. D. and Susan Porter; moved with family to Brazil in 1868; married George B. Northrup, 1870; 1 dau., 2 sons.


September 10, 1909

ELIZABETH CAROLINE DOWDELL died August 16, 1909 aged nearly 80 years. Auburn, Alabama.

Reverend G. M. LAGROVE born Edgefield Dist., S.C., Oct. 16, 1825; died Calhoun Co., Miss., May 30, 1909; married (1) Martha E. Glass Dec. 25 1845; 11 children; (2) Mrs. Julia Davis (died 1898); first wife died in 1869; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, Sept. 14, 1872; burial at Liberty.


September 17, 1909

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Rev. Henry Stiles Bradley, D. D., who closed last Sunday his quadrennium as pastor of St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in St. Louis, on Wednesday of last week accepted a call to the pastorate of the Piedmont Congregational Church in Worcester, Mass., one of the wealthy and influential congregations of that denomination. He will receive a salary of $5,000, which is the same as that which he has received at St. John's Church. Dr. Bradley is one of the brilliant sons of Southern Methodism whose affability, gentleness, and mental radiance made him a joy in the social circle and a power upon the platform. He was born March 22, 1869, in Jackson County, Ga. His father; the Rev. Henry Stiles Bradley, M. D., was in early life a practicing physician, but later became an efficient member of the North Georgia Conference. Dr. Bradley graduated from Emory College in 1890. He was at once appointed adjunct professor of natural sciences in Emory College, a position which he held for five years, when he was made professor of biology and geology, and held this position until December, 1901. He was vice president of the college from 1896 to 1901. In the summer of 1896 he took postgraduate courses in biology in the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and in the summer of 1897 he studied in the Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Holl, Mass. In December, 1901, he resigned all college positions to become the pastor of Trinity Church, in Atlanta. He united with the North Georgia Conference in 1901. After four years in this leading Church of the North Georgia Conference, he was appointed in September, 1905, to the pastorate of St. John's Church, St. Louis. After serving these leading Churches of the denomination, Dr. Bradley says: "The breaking up of home and associations every four years is to me very irksome. The unlimited pastorate offers an inducement to a minister to plan for larger things than the limited.... The congregation to which I go will not require, or expect, me to modify my creed or my teachings. They believe that I am teaching the truth now, and have been teaching it for years, and they wish it taught from their pulpit." He says further: "'The Methodist Society,' as John Wesley called it, began under a monarchy, and preserves the monarchical form till today. It is highly centralized. In the matter of assignment of preachers to churches the voice of the bishop is supreme. Having so much power lodged in one man, there is always danger of the abuse of that power. The Methodist Church, South, governmentally, is in no sense democratic. On the other hand, the Congregational Church is purely democratic in its form of government. Each congregation is supreme in itself. But it has its corresponding weakness. Its very independence makes possible dissociation. However, there is a pronounced movement in the Congregational Churches of the United States toward fuller associational work. Between the two forms of government I prefer the Congregational. This is not new to me, but hitherto I have allowed other features to outweigh this preference. The attitude of the Congregational Church generally throughout our country is that of catholicity, open-mindedness, and hospitality toward the truth. It fosters scholarship and welcomes the result of honest investigation in any field of study." We regret that so brilliant a man as Dr. Bradley should feel impelled to retire from the ministry and membership of Southern Methodism. He leaves behind him a great field for usefulness. He goes from us with the best wishes of all who know him.


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ELIZABETH JANE DAVIS daughter of Giles and Kathrine Connell, born Mar. 30, 1833; married G. W. Davis, Feb. 24, 1852; died June 25, 1909.

WILLIAM P. M. SCOTT born Mar. 12, 1846; died May 16, 1909; native of Smith [Smyth]Co., Va. but had lived inear/ near Knoxville, Tenn. for 25 years; married Asenath Thomas, June 8, 1876; 1 dau., 5 sons.

LOUISE LENOIR TAYLOR daughter of James L. and Carrie Lenoir born Prairie, Jan. 17, 1872; died Amite City, La., August 1, 1909; baptized as an infant by her uncle, Bishop Robert Paine; married James K. Taylor, Nov. 6, 1895; 1 dau. (dec.); 1 son, aged 10 years.

WILLIAM HENRY EASON son of W. T. and L. A. Eason, born DeSoto Co., Miss., Feb. 21, 1840; died Coldwater, Miss., June 18, 1909; married (1) Mollie Richmond, 1865; several children; (2) Mollie Mooring; 4 children; served in Company I, 17th Miss. Inf. Reg., CSA.


September 24, 1909

Bishop SETH WARD died September 20, 1909, Kobe, Japan; born Leon Co., Texas, Nov. 1, 1858; married Margaret South; 1 dau., 2 sons; elected to the episcopacy in 1906. Photograph of him on page one.


October 1, 1909

EVANGELINE ENSIGN NEWMAN widow of Bishop John P. Newman, died in Jerusalem, Palestine, Sept l4, 1909. Her husband died July 5, 1899. No children but established a school for poor children in Jerusalem.

Captain OLIVER S. KENNEDY born Lauderdale Co., Ala., Jan. 24, 1840; educated at Wesleyan University, Florence, Alabama; married Georgie C. Foster, Jan. 27, 1863; moved to Ft. Worth, Texas in 1887 where he died Feb. 26, 1909; surviving were his widow, 1 son, 5 daus. Served in Co. C, 16th Ala. Inf. Reg., CSA.

GEORGE W. JACKSON son of James D. and Frances Wright Jackson born Fayette Co., Tenn., July 20 1840; enlisted in 7th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA, May 31, 1861; school-teacher; married Dec. 1869 to R. J. Harrison; [death date not provided].


October 8, 1909

WINNIE GRACE TARPLEY, nee Pate, born Oct. 9, 1876; died August 11, 1909; married S. E. Tarpley, May 20, 1903; 2 children.

JANE MARIAH YEATES wife of Dr. E. D. Yeates, Starkville, Miss., born Adaville, Va., Nov. 23, 1849; daughter of Hon. J. J. Yeates, member of U. S. Congress; her mother was Mariah Piper, a descendant of John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee; died Starkville, May 25, 1909.


October 15, 1909

AMELIA FORD McCUTCHEN born Caddo Parish, La., July 17, 1845; died Shreveport, La., August 19, 1909; burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Daughter of Judge Joseph M. and. Frances Cates Ford, the latter having died when she was 18 years old and she helped "look after" her brothers, John, Thomas G. and Robert; married Colonel S. B. McCutchen, Dec. 21, 1869; 5 children, Josie Bert, dec.; Mrs. Mertis Foster, M. A., Bessie, S. B., Jr. [October 22, 1909 issue, page 13, notes that she served as treasurer of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, La. Conference, 1884; a member of that society for twenty-five years]

JESSE B. ROBINSON born Union township, S.C., Oct. 16, 1842; served in Confederate army; twice wounded, at Manassas and Petersburg; married Ellen James, June 22, 1867; 2 daus., Miss Elmer and Mrs. W. R. Sharpe; died Sept. 17, 1909.


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October 22, 1909

Reverend WILLIAM THOMAS GILL born Jan. 12, 1836; died Lewisburg, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1909; a Methodist preacher for many years; twice married; 3 daughters with his first wife.

HENRIETTA B. CHAMBERS daughter of W. A. and Martha Polk, born Shelby Co., Tenn., Sept. 15, 1843; died July 16, 1909; married (1) Leonidas Bolton; 2 sons, Turner (died at age 17 years) and Dr. W. H. Bolton; (2) A. T. Chambers, Nov. 20, 1866; 7 children surviving, Dr. Ed.; Mrs. Hattie Redman; Mrs. Lizzie Redman; Mrs. Fidella Stalwareter; James; Archie.

MARY CHAMBERS ALLISON daughter of Edward B. and Parmelia Smith Chambers, born May 29, 1837; died Lancaster, S.C., Sept. 18, 1909; descendant of Captain John Chambers of Revolutionary War times; on her mother's side she was a descendant of William Henry; graduate, Limestone Female College; married R. E. Allison, like his wife, a native of York County, South Carolina.

KATHERINE BREWER daughter of Rev. H. B. TERRY born Bemis, Tenn., Oct. 26, 1906; died Sept. 17, 1909, Bardwell, Ky.


October 29, 1909

REBECCA ANN SCHRIMSHER born May 11, 1829; died Aug. 6, 1909; daughter of John and Rebecca Jameson, Bedford Co., Tenn.; married Andrew J. Schrimsher, 1892; 2 children, one died infancy, the other, Mrs. Kittie Sparks.

Reverend GEORGE R. PADGETT born in 1832; died Davidson Co., Tenn., July 4, 1909; married Addie Primm, 1860; 2 daus., 5 sons.

LIDA PEARIS EDMONDSON, nee George, born July 19, 1869; died Mar. 13, 1909; only daughter of W. W. George, Broadford, Va.; married Dr. H. B. Edmondson, Jan. 19, 1893 and afterwards lived in Saltville and Bristol, Va.

ALLIE T. JACOB daughter of Isaac and Jane Baker, born Ben Hill, Ga., Aug. 15, 1867; died Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 17, 1909; at age 14 years moved with parents to Atlanta; married Frederic C. Jacob, Nov. 4, 1886; 3 children who died in infancy; moved to Nashville, Tenn. in 1893; moved to Atlanta in November 1908.


November 5, 1909

Reverend JAMES L. THOMPSON born Benton, now Calhoun, Co., Ala., Dec. 13, 1834; married Louisa J. Hunnicutt (born May 1, 1836), Dec. 13, 1857; joined Methodist Church, Oct. 13, 1858; served in 28th Alabama Inf. Reg., CSA; captured at Missionary Ridge; moved to Franklin Co., Ala. in 1865 where he died August 7, 1909. Eight children.

Photograph of ROBERT ABNER MEEK, editor of the NEW ORLEANS CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, page 29.

MARY T. TOLMAN, mother of Dr. Tolman, Vanderbilt University, died Sept. 23, 1909.

LOUISE JOSEPHINE SNIPES daughter of Tilman and Constance Luttrell born near McMinnville, Tenn., Nov. 12, 1881; married G. W. Snipes, June 5, 1904; died Aug. 19, 1909; 3 children.

AMANDA PHIPPS BARNETT born Ohio Co., Ky., April 5, 1830; died in same, Sept. 28, 1909; married Robert Emmett Barnett, March 24, 1850; 3 daus., 9 sons.


November 12, 1909

Reverend JAMES A. ORMAN born Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 22, 1836; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1857 (Tennessee Conference); ordained deacon, 1860; ordained elder, 1865; married Sarah Adams, Mar. 26, 186l; licensed to practice law in l878; held various church offices. Still living.


November 19, 1909

Reverend L. M. HARRIS born Overton Co., Tenn., July 24, 1827; died Black Springs, Ark., Aug. 16, 1909; married, he had 7 daus., 2 sons; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1850.


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JONATHAN ALEXANDER ISOM born Maury Co., Tenn., June 18, 1822; died near Mt. Pleasant, Miss., Sept. 20, 1909; moved with father, John Isom and family to Marshall Co., Miss. in 1832, where he much later died; twice (?) married.

B. F. PARTEE born Gibson Co., Tenn., Sept. 13, 1847; married Sue Palmer, May 1, 1872; died Oct. 17, 1909.


November 26, 1909

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BIRTHPLACE of William Elbert, Munsey, in Giles (now Bland) County, Virginia. Here he was born July 13, 1833, son of Rev. David Munsey. This remarkably eloquent preacher was licensed in 1855, and received on trial into the Holston Conference in 1856. He remained an itinerant till 1871, when he voluntarily took the local relation. Readmitted in 1875, he served a year as a pastor in New Orleans. He died rather suddenly in Jonesboro, Tennessee, October 23, 1877. He owed his education to his own indefatigable labors, with but little help from the schools. He kept in touch with his fellowmen, being led as a student of character, by his kindly interest in all. He toiled up from a youth of extreme poverty, and he remembered the toilers after he had found a place among the prosperous. His sermons and lectures made a profound impression by reason especially of their sweep of thought and imagination and their extraordinary diction. They are published by Smith & Lamar, and the continued demand for them has called for a new edition, which has recently been issued.


Captain SAMUEL T. MAYS born Davidson Co., Tenn., 1837; entered Confederate army as a private but reached the rank of captain in 50th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; married Carrie Talliaferro Hill, 1866; 1 dau., 2 sons; died Baton Rouge, La., in residence of son, Robert Mays, Oct. 2, 1909. Grandson of Samuel Mays who had lived in the vicinity of Lynchburg, Va., married Miss Wright and moved to Tenn. in 1800; his oldest son, William Wright Mays, built the homeplace, "Riverside" and his young son was Samuel T. Mays born in 1837.


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December 3, 1909

No obituaries appeared in this issue


December 10, 1909

ROBERT LEE WATKINS son of Dr. J. N. Watkins born Feb. 22, 1904; died Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 7, 1909.

HARVEY WRIGHT FORMAN born Greencastle, Indiana, Jan. 9, 1867, the oldest of six brothers; early life was spent on a farm near Winchester, Ky.; attended several colleges; taught school in Ky., Miss. and MO; died Nov. 5, 1909.


December 17, 1909

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


December 24, 1909

ROBERT HOTCHKISS son of M. S. Hotchkiss, Waco, Texas, died as a student at Webb School, Bellbuckle, Tenn., of typhoid fever and pneumonia, Dec. 19, 1909 aged 17 years; his body was returned to Waco for interment there.

Mrs. EMMA POTEET PILLEY died in Huchow, China, Dec. 13, 1909; wife of Rev. Edward Pilley; they were Methodist missionaries.


December 31, 1909

A photograph of and article by Reverend WILLIAM STEWART WOODARD. His grandfather, Pitt Woodard, born in 1765 and settled on White's Creek, seven miles from Nashville, Tenn. where he lived until he moved to MO in 1835; his wife was Elizabeth Smith. His own father was born in March 1803; his mother, in November 1802. He was born in Davidson Co., also, in September 1829; then moved to Polk Co., MO in 1836; at age 17 was injured and he walked with crutches for a year; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, April 6, 1850 (St. Louis Conference); labored as an itinerant preacher for thirty-nine years; still living, he had been retired for sixteen years.


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