By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000


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July 10, 1880

BENJAMIN F. WILSON born Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania, January 11, 1798; died Nelson Co., Ky., May 18, 188O; active Methodist layman for 60 years. Tribute of Respect for him by Third Quarterly Conference at Smock's Chapel, New Haven Circuit, dated May 22, 1880.

NANCY ANDERSON CHRISMAN daughter of the Rev. Isaac and Elizabeth Chrisman, born Wayne Co., Ky., July 13, 1819; married Rev. James Slone Kelly, April 1836; died October 29, 1878; five living children.

NANCY E. COUCH, wife of James Couch, born January 8, 1813; died Laurel Hill, Tenn., June 3, 1880.

AMOS BENNETT born September 27, 1807; died May 19, 1880.

FANNIE P. WILSON wife of James Wilson, died Jefferson Co., Ala., May 21, 1880 aged about 53 years; eight children.

SUSAN A. KAVANAUGH, nee Evans, wife of the Rev. William Barbour Kavanaugh, Kentucky Methodist conference, born Clark Co., Ky., 1810; married in 1830; died in May 1880.

MARGARET SIMPSON born Caswell Co., No. Carolina, March 15, 1790; daughter of Nathan and Sarah Williamson; married Roger Simpson of same county, January 4, 1809; moved to Giles Co., Tenn. in 1818; died May 23, 1880.

ELIZABETH GREEN STEELE, nee Hayes, born Chatham Co., No. Carolina, May 12, 1801; moved to Ky. about 1804; married Hiram Steele, March 25, 1824; died June 13, 1880.


July 17, 1880

Tribute of Respect for MILTON STOTT by Quarterly Conference, Stovall's Chapel, West Point Circuit; undated.

Mrs. C. M. WILLIAMS wife of E. H. Williams; daughter of William A. and Martha Sturdivant, born Halifax Co., No. Carolina, January 27, 1822; joined Methodist Church in 1838; married December 24, 1839; moved to Tenn. in 1843; died near Milan, Tenn., June 11, 1880.

JOSEPH P. WIMBERLY born in Virginia, February 10, 1804; died November 11, 1879; married Martha P. Pigue, Davidson Co., Tenn., December 13, 1832; joined Methodist Church in Stewart Co., Tenn.

SUSAN W. WILLIAMS daughter of the Rev. Thomas and Elizabeth Joyner, born Smith Co., Tenn., August 4, 1827; moved with parents to Henry Co., then Haywood Co., Tenn.; married McDavid P. Williams, March 20, 1844; died 8 miles north of Brownsvil1e, Tenn., March 30, 1880.

POLLY GREEN born June 21, 1805; died June 10, 1880; widow of Eddie Green.

ROBERT PENNINGTON born Sussex Co., Va., November 22, 1793; moved to Tenn. in 1816; died Cheatham Co., Tenn., June 30, 1880.

ROBERT BERRY born Williamson Co., Tenn., September 15, 1805; died June 13, 1880; married (1) Rebecca Hul1, mother of his children; (2)Margaret McRae, June 6, 1874; member of Berry Chapel (Methodist).

Mrs. SUSAN CULP born Maury Co., Tenn., September 10, 1824; died Perry Co., Tenn., January 7, 1880.

ELIZA G. DAVIDSON born Fentress Co., Tenn., November 18, 1816; died Christian Co., Ky., April 7, 1880; married Cassandra Robertson in 1846.

REBECCA C. WILKERSON, nee Kerns, born Bedford Co., Va., October 5, 1808; died Russell Co., Ky., August 25, 1879; married John D. Wilkerson, January 1828.

NANCY RHODES born October 27, 1814; died December 1, 1879. Cornersville, Tenn.


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July 24, 1880

AMANDA M. FLETECHER, nee Thomas, born Davidson Co., Tenn., May 25, 1828; married George L. Fletcher, February 19, 1846; died on Carroll Street, Nashville, Tenn., June 13, 1880.

ELIZABETH DAILEY widow of James Dailey, died Smythe Co., Virginia, April 24, 1880; born Chester Co., So. Carolina, 1798; married in January 1818; raised a Presbyterian but joined the Methodist Church in 1833.

VIRGINIA E. SMILEY born Cumberland Co., Ky., December 24, 1814; died within a mile of her birthplace, June 30, 1880; daughter of Osburn and Sally Williams, Cumberland Presbyterians; married Colonel Milton Smiley, Sept. 12, 1854.

JACOB P. SEVERS born Knox Co., Tenn., June 9, 1809; moved from there to Louisville, Ky. in 1828 where he married Mary E. Hurley, May 12, 1833; moved in 1843 to Breckinridge Co., Ky. where he died May 9, 1880.

Miss MARGARET H. CAMPBELL died Lebanon, Tenn., May 9, 1880 in her 69th year of age; sister of the late Gov. /William/ Campbell of Tennessee.


July 31, 1880

LOUISA A. DEWOODY, nee Comon, born No. Carolina, March 10, 1814 and moved with parents to Huntsville, Ala.; orphaned she was reared by her grandfather and older sister (the oldest of six children); married Samuel Dewoody in 1829; moved to Eastport, Miss. in November 1848; one son, James C. Dewoody, was killed at Day's Gap during Civil War. She died Iuka, Miss. April 14, 1880 at residence of son, Samuel N. Dewoody.

B. FRANK PURDY died Marion Co., Ky., March 30, 1880 in his 68th year; surviving were his six children.

JOSEPH MAGRUDER WATKINS born Montgomery Co., Maryland, July 27, 1805; moved to Tenn. in 1825; died Rutherford Co., Tenn., July 1, 1880; a "kind husband. "

SPOTTWOOD D. TUCKER son of Dandridge and Nancy Tucker, born Casey Co., Ky., April 13, 1800; died February 29, 1880.

MARGARET AMANDA CLICK, nee Graham, born Rowan Co., No. Carolina, May 20, 1823; died Iredell Co., No. Carolina, July 2, 1880; married J. B. Click, December 19, 1854; mother of five children.

W. L. CENTER, Trenton, Ky., died May 28, 1880 in his 81st year of age.


August 7, 1880

The Rev. JOHN M. BEWLEY, retired member of the Arkansas Methodist Conference, died at Atkins, Ark., July 27, 1880.

DOAN WARINGTON born in Ky., July 27, 1813; died April 15, 1880. Clifton, Tenn.

SARAH A. WALL, nee Sale, born Nelson Co., Ky., December 30, 1816; married the Rev. Peterson Wall, November 15, 1837; died Union Co., Ky., June 25, 1880.

SARAH A. PURDY wife of F. B. Purdy, born July 20, 1820; died April 6, 1880.

FANNIE E. STEPHENS born No. Carolina, July 5, 1811; daughter of John and Mary Oats; married (1) Haywood Stephens in 1829; (2) Louis Stephens; moved to Henderson Co., Tenn. when first married, then to Fayette Co., Tenn. where she died March 24, 1880.


August 14, 1880

JULIA ANN B. HAYES born February 29, 1819, Wilson Co., Tenn.; daughter of George and Mary Miller; married John Alvin Hayes, March 17, 1842; died June 18, 1880.

ELIZABETH BROWN wife of Albert Brown, died recently aged nearly 68 years of age.


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ROBERT H. WALKER born Washington Co., New York, January 8, 1805; died Jackson Co., Tenn., Apri1 7, 1880.

CHARLES A. HOUSE born Brunswick Co., Virginia, May 26, 1819; moved to Rutherford Co., Tenn. when young; married Elizabeth Delbridge, Dec. l1, 1848; died June 10, 1880.

BYAS WINDROW born Rutherford Co., Tenn., January 2, 1807; married Jane White Trayler, January 12, 1836; died June 24, 1880.

MARGARET SHELLEY daughter of Thomas and Margaret Shey, born Hawkins Co., Tenn., March 15, 1795; moved with parents to Cumberland Co., Ky. in 1808; joined Methodist Church in 1811; married Daniell Shelley in 1814; died Christian Co., Ky., January 14, 1880; mother of nine children.

ARMINDA RICE widow of William Duke, Mecklenburg Co., Ky., born September 12, 1816; married February 25, 1840; died May 21, 1880.

RUTH HOWARD born Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1818; died July 11, 1880.

JONATHAN CLARK born Philadelphia, Pa., September 2, 1801; died June 19, 1880; married thrice; two children living.


August 21, 1880

Major W. B. ROWELL born Marion Co., So. Carolina, March 28, 1800; died May 22, 1880; active Methodist layman.

Mrs. CELINA BOWMAN, widow of David Bowman, died Rutherford Co., Tenn., July 3, 1880 aged 86 years. Woodbury, Tenn.

ELIZA E. HOWARD born Carrollton, Ky., March 21, 1812; died March 11, 1880.

WILLIAM SKILES, Warren Co., Ky., born in same county, November 20, 1807; died July 15, 1880; third child of Henry and Eliza Skiles; married (1) Keziah Marfleet (died April 4, 1863), December 3, 1840; (2) Mrs. Nannie L. Goodrum, November 28, 1867.

MARY W. BRYAN wife of Willie B. Bryan, Sr., died Nashvil1e, Tenn., July 21, 1880; born Wilkinson Co., Miss., March 17, 1817; daughter of James H. and Lucinda Brown Bailey; orphaned she was reared by her uncle, Major Charles Bailey of Clarksville, Tenn.; married Willie Blount Bryan, son of James H. Bryan, November 23, 1837.

JONATHAN GORDON born Bedford Co., Tenn., February 1812; died LaFayette Co., Miss., February 22, 1880.

Dr. JACOB T. DARDEN son of Jesse and Melia Darden, born near Turnersville, Tenn., Dec. 24, 1825; graduated in medicine in 1847; married Mattie Weatherford, April 15, 1862; died Louisville, Ky., July 7, 1880; buried in Port Royal, Tennessee.

JOHN WHITE born in England; came to U. S. when 12 years old; died Grayhampton, Ky., April 27, 1880 in his 78th year of age.


August 28, 1880

ARAMINTA ELIZA SMILEY born Baltimore, Maryland, December 11, 1792; daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Bond Gibson; moved with mother to Nashville, Tenn. in 1804; married Robert Smiley in 1812; joined First Presbyterian Church in 1814; widowed in 1823; mother of seven children; died August 11, 1880.

TURNER ABERNATHY born Brunswick Co., Virginia, December 1802; moved to Giles Co., Tenn. about 65 years ago; married Ann Eliza Abernathy 45 years ago; died August 3, 1880; a son, Taylor Abernathy.

ANN GORE oldest daughter of Rev. Samuel Gore, born Carroll Co., Maryland, Dec. 2, 1808; died Frederick Co., Md., July 21, 1880; married John Kinzer, Dec. 2, 1834.


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Colonel JOHN DABNEY McLENNON died near Winona, Miss., June 28, 1880; native of Tennessee; married twice: (1) Miss Marr; (2)Sallie Gleason; seven children.

FRED. REGENOLD born Baden-Baden, Germany, 1824; when about grown came to the United States; died Maury Co., Tenn., July 18, 1880; married Mary Altmeyer; a "man of very soun2d practical mind. "

ANN E. P. JONES, nee Edwards, born Williamson Co., Tenn., August 12, 1827; married Squire William Jones, December 22, 1842; died July 7, 1880.

WILLIAM STITH born Meade Co., Ky., April 21, 1812; died July 17, 1880.


September 4, 1880

ELIZA A. MILLER born Green Co., Ky., October 7, 1816; married John G. Miller, November 20, 1838; died Lebanon, Tenn., August 4, 1880. Her husband died June 5, 1859.

AMANDA H. HANCOCK born Madison Co., Ga., October 2, 1807; died Talladega Co., Ala., May 25, 1880; oldest daughter of Bennet and Jane Ware; married James G. Hancock (died 1842); mother of four children.

Tribute of Respect for JOSEPH G. COLE born Chatham Co., No. Carolina, March 28, 1810; son of Reuben and Mary Cole and moved with them to Knox Co., Tenn. in 1812; he moved to Calloway Co., Ky. in 1827; in 1832 moved to Paducah, Ky. where he died July 30, 1880; married Jane Dillehay, 1836; two sons, two daughters; presented by Third Quarterly Conference, Paducah, Ky. dated Aug. 6, 1880.

T. M. PHILLIPS born Brunswick Co., Virginia, April 14, 1800; died Lauderdale Co., Ala., May 4, 1880; participant in Cypress Campground, Ala. for 31 years.

SARAH J. BELL born Nelson Co., Ky., November 1, 1821; died Marion Co., Ky., December 23, 1880.

The Rev. SAMUEL L. ROBERTSON son of Henry and Martha Robertson, born Bath Co., Ky., February 6, 1818; died Carlisle, Ky., July 9, 1880; licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1842; member of Kentucky Methodist Conference; 38 years in the ministry; married (1) Nancy Cox, 1845; (2)Virginia Messick, sister of his first wife.

Mrs. MARTHA S. JACKSON born Carrollton, Ky., October 13, 1816; died January 30, 1880; mother of six children.

WILLIAM B. LAWTON born Norfolk, Va., 1810; died of painter's colic, April 18, 1880. Hopkins Co., Ky.; surviving were his widow, two sons and a daughter.

Tribute of Respect for GEORGE H. GARRETT born November 2, 1829; died July 5, 1880; by "A Sister"; undated.


September 11, 1880

HARRIET REBECCA TAYLOR daughter of Frederick and Hannah Gulledge; born Chesterfield District, So. Carolina, October 12, 1813; married M. K. Taylor, Monroe Co., Tenn., March 9, 1845; died July 20, 1880; two sons, two daughters, the sons being M. F. Taylor and John G. Taylor.

REBECCA WHITE McMURRY, nee Pettus, wife of Thomas McMurry, Knox Co., Mo., born Green Co., Ky., January 15, 1809; died November 29, 1880 /1879?/. "Her home was a model of neatness and comfort. "

Mrs. MARY STIVERS, native of Giles Co., Tenn., died Durant, Miss., August 7, 1880 in her 80th year of age.

GEORGE L. BURNS born Yorkville District, So. Carolina, April 19, 1790; moved to Tenn. in 1834; to Alabama in 1838; died Lamar Co., Alabama, May 28, 1880.

ANNA CHRISTINA KARST born born Germany, February 11, 1830; died Louisville, Ky., July 14, 1880; two children.

Tribute of Respect for JAMES H. BRANSON born August 23, 1823; died March 5, 1880; by Quarterly Conference, Slaughterville Ct., Louisville Conf.; undated.


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September 18, 1880

The Rev. SMITH A. MOORE, D. D., died Brownsville, Tenn., September 2, 1880; native of North Carolina; graduate of Randolph-Macon College.

ELIZABETH M. McMURRY born November 4, 1811; married W. M. Smith, October 9, 1827; died July 15, 1880.

MARTHA WESTCOT CARNEY born Halifax Co., No. Carolina, March 16, 1807; moved with parents to Montgomery Co., Tenn. where she married George W. Black, December 2, 1828 and settled in Wilson Co., Tenn.; died May 10, 1880.

ELIZABETH BAUGH born in 1803; died June 13, 1880. Franklin, Tennessee.


September 25, 1880

Colonel WILLIAM DICKSON born Orange Co., North Carolina, July 13, 1795; moved with father and family to Grainger Co., Tenn. in 1800 where he was reared; married Elizabeth Barton, April 30, 1829 in Clinton, Tenn.; moved to Martin Co., Ala. in 1831, thence to the Indian Nation in 1835; died July 3, 1880; "portly and of commanding appearance."

JANE WIMBERLEY daughter of William and Catherine Young Bush, born Sumner Co., Tenn., April 9, 1806; moved to Carroll Co., Miss. in 1849, then to Neshoba Co., Miss.; joined Methodist Church in 1866; died June 27, 1880.

MARTHA SMITH born Shelby Co., Ky., August 25, 1809; married Thomas Smith, June 6, 1829; died Shelbyville, Ky., June 22, 1880.

SPOTTSWOOD H. EARLY born March 22, 1814; married Margaret S. Hatcher, January 21, 1841; died July 8, 1880.

JANE R. COPELAND born Madison Co., Ala., March 1, 1811; married Lewis Copeland, September 11, 1825; died Morgan Co., Ala., July 9, 1880; mother of eleven children.


October 2, 1880

ERASMUS CULPEPPER born Nash Co., North Carolina, March 1, 1817; aged 4 years she moved with parents to Claiborne Co., Ala., then to Lower Peach Tree, Ala. in 1827 where he died August 3, 1880; married Rebecca J. Southal1; seven children.

AMANDA B. SCOTT wife of the Rev. J. M. Scott, born March 9, 1830; married October 21, 1847; died August 10, 1880; eleven surviving children.

MARY PENNINGTON "Aunt Polly" wife of William Pennington, daughter of Leroy Perkins, born Rutherford Co., Tenn., February 17, 1802; died Lawrence Co., Tenn., August 19, 1880. Her husband's family had moved from So. Carolina to Tenn.

LUCINDA SWEARENGIN born Lincoln Co., Tenn., October 17, 1817; died August 13, 1880, Jackson Co., Ala.; wife of Samuel Swearengin and daughter of James and Mary Green.


October 9, 1880

LETITIA T. MOODY mother of the Rev. Samuel S. Moody, born January 30, 1817; died Shelbyville, Tenn., July 26, 1880; married October 29, 1840; four sons, one daughter.

The Rev. J. P. BELLAMY died Montgomery Co., Tenn., September 19, 1880 aged 82 years, 3 months and 27 days of age; had been member of Methodist Church for 61 years and a preacher thereof for 55 years; licensed to preach in 1825.

The Rev. EDWARD McMEANS born Chester District, So. Carolina, October 26, 1803; died October 26, 1879; thrice married: (1) Margaret Caldwell, 1824; (2) Harriet Graham, 1874; (3) Susan Hall, 1857.

DAVID CONDITT born May 18, 1795; died August 20, 1880. Calhoun, Kentucky.

EDNA ROBERTSON wife of Charles Robertson, born Sept. 12, 1809; died July 30, 1880.


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MARY ANN MCCALL born Lincoln Co., No. Carolina, Apri1 12, 1798; married Robert P. McCall in 1818; moved to Calhoun Co., Ala. in 1833; left a widow in 1848; died September 26, 1880.

Mrs. E. C. MUIR daughter of Martin Gilbert, born Hancock Co., Ga., May 13, 1810; died Todd Co., Ky., July 2, 1880; married (1) Rev. Major Stanfield, Dec. 1827; (2) Esley Muir, Ju1y 1864.


October 16, 1880

Judge EDWARD McGEE died near Woodville, Miss., October 1, 1880 in the 94th year of his age. Methodist.

The Rev. STEPHEN K. VAUGHT, 1818-1880:
Memoir or Rev. Stephen K. Vaught: The Rev. STEPHEN K. VAUGHT, son of Andrew and Rosana Vaught, was born in Wythe county, Va., September, 1818, and died at his home in Marion county, W. Va., July 9, 1880. He was converted at about the age of 16, at a camp meeting held under the superintendence of the Rev. James King. He was licensed to preach in 1842; received on probation in the Kentucky Conference, held at Louisville in 1843, and appointed to Liberty Circuit as junior preacher with the Rev. William James. The following is a complete list of his appointments after 1843: In 1844, Manchester Circuit; in 1845, Irvine Circuit; in 1846, Shelbyville Circuit; in 1847 and 1848, Point Pleasant Circuit; in 1849, Greenbrier District, where he remained four years. This was the last appointment he received in the Kentucky Conference. The Western Virginia Conference was organized in 1850, and he was one of the fifteen who composed this body at its first session. In 1853 and 1854 he was stationed in the city of Parkersburg; in 1855, Clarksburg and Monongahela; in 1856, Clarksburg; in 1857, Clarksburg District; in 1858, again at Clarksburg; in 1859 and 1860, Point Pleasant Circuit. Here he remained during the disturbed state of the country until 1868, when he was appointed to the Parkersburg District. He had charge of this district for four years, and in 1872 was appointed to Point Pleasant Circuit; in 1873, to Huntington District, where he remained four years; in 1877, Point Pleasant Circuit as junior preacher; in 1878, Mercer's Bottom; in 1879, Love's Chapel. This closes the list of his appointments, from which it will be seen that he was thirty-six years in the itinerant ministry, and that his fields of labor embraced a portion of Kentucky and almost the entire territory of the Western Virginia Conference. He was elected to and served in three General Conferences and was twice chosen president of the Annual Conference. In the autumn of 1863 he was united in marriage with Miss Nannie Miller, of Marion county, W. Va., a woman of brilliant mind and rare excellence, who proved to be to him a help meet indeed. She, with their two sons, Robert and William, survive him. Their married life was one of unbroken harmony and mutual love. Brother Vaught was a man of fine personal appearance; his mind was strong and active, and his spirit noble and generous. He was a good English scholar, and his great memory was well stored with useful knowledge. He was always ready to receive or to impart instruction. He had great versatility of talent, and was remarkable for adaptability to his surroundings in every community. He seemed to be at home wherever duty called him to go. He was a sound theologian, and a true and stanch Methodist. He loved all Christians, and enjoyed their society. He was an excellent preacher, and commanded the attention both of the educated and the illiterate. He was a man of great benevolence, and gave of his means as occasion offered. Testimonials to his great usefulness and noble character have been given by Quarterly Conferences and congregations. One of these from our Church at Coal's Mouth, signed by A. J. Becket, is before your committee, and is a noble tribute to his excellence as a preacher, friend, and Christian gentleman. His career in the Church has been distinguished and eminently useful. We shall see his bright face, and hear his manly voice no more on earth, but we hope to meet him in heaven.

F. Carroli, Samuel Black, Joshua Tunley

W. B. RENAKER born Harrison Co., Ky., December 8, 1821; died July 12, 1880. Cynthiana, Kentucky.

MARIA SHELL, widow of Lemon She11, born August 7, 1798; died December 25, 1879.

K. S. BASFORD born about 1812; married Nancy A. Medox (died December 30, 1841), 1838, three chi1dren, one being submitted of death notice, N. B. Basford. K.S. Basford died August 29, 1879.

THOMAS MITCHELL born December 22, 1800; died Louisville, Ky., March 21, 1880; married (1) E1izabeth Carpenter, February 1825; (2)Grace Chape1, 1833; (3) Mary L. C1ark.

Mrs. M. M. RUSSELL born in Georgia, February 14, 1805; died Co1umbus, Miss., May 8, 1880; in early life moved from Georgia to Alabama.


October 23, 1880

MARY COOLEY daughter of George W. and Mary Davidson, born Montgomery Co., No. Caro1ina, January 18, 1827; in one year taken to Henry Co., Tenn. and moved in 1846 to Victoria Co., Texas; married the Rev. J. W. Coo1ey, October 5, 1859; died August 27, 1880; buria1 at Coo1ey's Chapel.


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GEORGE W. CRUNK died Ca1dwe11 Co., Texas, Ju1y 27, 1880 in his 60th year of age; born Robertson Co., Tenn.; married Fannie A. Smith and moved to White Co., Ark.; a free-mason; moved to Texas in 1869.

MARIA LEMASTER wife of Thomas J. Lemaster died Ca1houn Co., Ala., August 31, 1880 aged about 66 years.


October 30, 1880

PERMELIA HILL born in Virginia, June 5, 1801; died Cumberland Co., Ky., Sept. 20, 1880; daughter of Charles and Jane English; married James 0. Hi11, Dec. 15, 1821; mother of ten children.

JOHN STROTHER PETWAY born Williamson Co., Tenn., August 19, 1808; died Cheatham Co., Tenn., September 21, 1880; husband and father.

DANIEL F. LE FILS died Fernandina, Florida, September 7, 1880 aged 59 years; married Georgia N. Macdonell in 1852; husband and father. Tribute of Respect for him by the stewards of Fernandina Methodist Church dated Oct. 4, 1880.

WINIFRED JANE HARMON daughter of Thomas and Susan Harmon, born March 7, 1810, Dinwiddie Co., Virginia; orphaned she moved with her brother to Giles Co., Tenn. where she married Albert G. Westmoreland, December 23, 1844; died August 19, 1880. Elkmont, Alabama.

"Sister" SIBLEY, nee Murrell, born in Virginia, about 1808; died 1880; moved from Va. to Giles Co., Tenn., thence to Alabama, thence to Tenn.; married (1) Mr. Haden, one son, one daughter; (2) the Rev. W. Warren.


November 6, 1880

MARGARET GENTLE, nee Epley, wife of Thomas Gentle, daughter of Peter and Susan Ep1ey, born Lincoln Co., No. Carolina, May 22, 1805; died July 25, 1880.

ISHAM C. BURROW born Bedford Co., Tenn., May 14, 1814; moved with parents to Carroll Co., Tenn.; married Elvira Chandler; farmed in Madison Co., Tenn.; husband and father; died August 28, 1880.


November 13, 1880

MARY ANN MORGAN, nee Adair, born Pickens Dist., So. Carolina, 1806; died Jackson Co., Ala., September 4, 1880; married john Morgan in 1828 and moved to Abbeville Dist., So. Carolina until 1845 when they moved to Alabama, settling finally in Jackson County.

ELIZA FORD daughter of Benjamin Malone, born near Petersburg, Virginia, January 24, 1813; moved with parents to Madison Co., Ala.; married Thomas L. Ford, November 24, 1831 and moved to Atala Co., Miss, where she died July 16, 1880; three children.

ELIZABETH SMELCHER, nee Boyd, born Washington Co., Tenn., 1816; died Jackson Co., Ala., August 15, 1880.

MARY MELTON born Moore Co., No. Carolina, March 4, 1820; daughter of Isaac and Rebecca Sewel; moved to Hall Co., Ga. in 1827; married the Rev. John Melton in 1837 and moved to St. Clair Co., Ala. that year; he died in 1858; she died in Lawrence Co., Alabama, September 18, 1880.

ROBERT E. MORRISON son of J. K. and Cynthia Morrison, born Dallas Co., Ala., July 27, 1822; married E. A. Wheeler, December 2, 1847; died Sept. 21, 1880.


November 20, 1880

MARY Z. BROWN born September 1, 1820; died in 1880; married R. R. Brown, Sept. 24, 1867; surviving were widower and stepchildren.

WILLIAM N. CUNNINGHAM born Abbeville Dist., So. Carolina, January 27, 1816; died

Ca1houn Co., Ala., September 25, 1880; married (I) Nancy A. Pratt (died Oct. 15,

1851), April 5, 1838; (2)M. E. Carter, February 8, 1854.

ELIZABETH WOODSON, nee Jarred, born Feb. 18, 1792; died Rutherford Co., Tenn.,

September 13, 1880; married in 1819.


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November 27, 1880

ELIZABETH CHILDERS daughter of Jacob Miller, born March 10, 1837; married William Childers, July 13, 1826; died Logan Co., Ky., October 18, 1880; one son being the Rev. William Childers.

JULIA A. LANDRUM born Barren Co., Ky., Dec. 29, 1823; died Denton Co., Texas, Sept. 12, 1880.

JAMES A. GOZA born Clay Co., Miss., August 12, 1821; died near Enon Church, Carroll Co., Tenn., October 2, 1880; married (1) Frances Townsend, Dec. 21, 1847, ten children; (2) Louisa Cotton, March 28, 1875, three children.

NANCY C. VAUGHN born Nottoway Co., Virginia, June 10, 1816; died Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oct. 18, 1880; married William Primm, March 13, 1834.


December 4, 1880

The Rev. JAMES H. WARFIELD, 1828-1880:
Rev. James H. Warfield, son of George H. and Susan Waters Warfield, was born in Anne Arundel county, Md., June 19, 1828, and died in Phillips county, Ark., Sept. 30, 1880. While yet a boy he came with his father to Montgomery county, Tenn., and was converted at Clarksville Campground, and joined the Methodist Church when he was 14 years old. He was early impressed that God had called him to preach the gospel, and although his father was in easy circumstances, and his worldly prospects were good, yet he left all to follow Christ, and at 19 years old was admitted on trial into the Tennessee Conference at Murfreesboro in 1847. He traveled and preached seven years, when failing health required a supernumerary relation, which he sustained for a number of years. In 1860 he was transferred to the Wachita Conference, and was in the regular work when the war came on, and he was compelled to fall out of ranks to provide for his family-the minutes of 1862 showing that his last appointment was on Hamburg Circuit in connection with Benjamin Watson; and after the war his health and family were in such condition that he felt constrained to ask a location. His marriage in September, 1855 with Miss Sarah K. Read, of Sumner county, Tenn., was a happy epoch in his life. In all the sunshine and shadow of his after years she was his solace and support, and his help meet in his Master's work. She still lives, with six children, to lament his death. Brother Warfield was a model of Christian integrity, strictly conscientious, and bold to do and say what he believed was right. Indeed he sometimes seemed severe in his condemnation of what he scorned as wrong and unjust. His early training was good, and his life showed the fruit. He entered the ministry before his education was completed, but he was industrious and studious, and made rapid improvement in his preaching. Full of faith and zeal, he won souls to Christ and increased the membership of the Church. His preaching was of the earnest, hortatory type that stirred the soul, and sometimes there was an eloquence and grandeur in his sentences that surprised and charmed his congregations. He was fond of reading and fond of his work, and was in every respect a good and true man. He was my schoolmate and friend, the elder brother of my wife, and I knew him well. I think I never knew a more industrious and conscientious man. He literally fulfilled the apostolic precept, "Diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." Honest to a point, and true in all the relations of life, he exemplified his profession. He was a good neighbor, a loving husband, and a kind father. Sad is the household he has left; but, blessed be God, they do not sorrow as those who have no hope. The religion he preached to others sustained to others sustained him in the valley of the shadow of death. He suffered long and severely, and was patient under the hand of affliction. He called his wife and children around him and told them that all was well-he had been ready to die a long time and was eager to be off to the heavenly mansions-he hoped before another morning dawned all would be well with him forever-bade them an affectionate farewell and sent messages of love to his absent dear ones, and exhorted them all to meet him in heaven. He requested the kind neighbors who waited around him to sing, and when they sang some of his favorite songs, "A home over there," and "Beyond the ?," "radiant glow," he asked them all if they could not say "Glory! Glory!" with him. The next morning, Sept. 30, his spirit was released, and he went up to greet his parents and some of his children on Caanan's happy shore and live with Jesus forever. A good man has gone to his reward. "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." May the gracious Lord answer his prayer in the salvation of all his family. Olmstead, Ky., Nov. 2, 1880

LUCY LUFFMAN daughter of the Rev. Robert Pardue, United Brethren; born near Jonesville, No. Carolina, 1816; died Gillem station, Tenn., March 18, 1880; married M. H. Luffman in her 19th year of age.

SUSAN HUMPHREYS died Rockingham Co., No. Carolina, October 25, 1880 in her 80th year of age; daughter of John and Mary Keen, Caswell Co., No. Carolina; married John H. Humphreys in 1818.

THOMAS OVERTON died October 24, 18S0 "to a ripe old age" in Dickson Co., Tenn.


December 11, 1880

EMILY B. HOLLAND born near Lebanon, Tenn., January 27, 1814; married W. W. Talley, August 26, 1829; moved to Holly springs, Miss., then to near Memphis, Tennessee and located at Collierville, Tenn.; she died Sept. 4, 1880.


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Mrs. CHRISTIAN FRANKS daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Whitley, born Dec. 21, 1815; died June 9, 1880.

WILLIAM G. BROWN died Green Co., Ky., September 19, 1880 aged 67 years.


December 18, 1880

The Rev. JOHN BROOKS, 1810-1880:
The Rev. John Brooks died at his residence in Jackson, Tenn., on Friday morning, Oct.22, 1880. He was born in Ireland in the year 1810, and at the age of 13 came to the United States, leaving his father's family, and beginning life's struggles alone and friendless in Philadelphia. After two years' residence in that city he moved to Purdy, in this State, and went into business. About three years afterward he moved to Lexington, where he entered into the mercantile business, and accumulated a considerable fortune. As soon as he became able, under a smiling providence, he sent back to the old country and brought his mother, father, and other members of his family, who all enjoyed a pleasant home with him. Early in life he embraced religion, and joined the Methodist Church. He soon became a devoted and useful member. When I formed his acquaintance, over thirty years ago, I found him to be a popular and very successful local preacher, being much sought after for camp meetings, revivals, and other occasions. At that time he was one of the most prominent and influential men in that country. Not long after this he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie Acton, of Jackson, with whom he lived in happy union until death. During the late cruel war he was one of the greatest sufferers, and lost most of his property. He afterward came to Jackson, and spent the remainder of his earthly life. Our Brother Brooks was an uncompromising Christian, deeply devoted to the cause of the Church. He was intensely religious, and manifested his holy zeal on all proper occasions, never forgetting his Christian obligations. But in private life and in the family circle his piety was most beautifully and forcibly exhibited. The holy and happy influences of prayer and praise around his family altar are still to be seen in the religious character of his children. His earnest exhortations and pathetic appeals will long be remembered by those who met with him in class and prayer meetings, and especially in love feasts. Always and everywhere he stood firmly and emphatically on the Lord's side. He was a life-time student of the word of God, by which study the beautiful character of our religion was engraven upon his mind, and made his life uniformly one of joy and rejoicing. It was his habit, I am informed, to read the Bible through regularly once a year for the last forty years. He leaves behind him a most devoted wife and daughter, and four sons, all members of the Church, one of whom, the Rev. H. W. Brooks, is now a promising minister of the Arkansas Annual Conference. His last sickness was of long continuance, and his sufferings were often severe, but grace was given him to pass through all, down to the brink of the last river, with Christian fortitude, retaining rigor of mind and faith in Christ even to the end of his life. A short time before his departure he exclaimed that he saw the gates of heaven opened, and his son and daughter, gone before, awaiting to receive him. His funeral services were conducted, on the 23rd, by the Rev. K. K. Hamilton and the writer. Many friends were present, and the occasion was one of great solemnity. Full of faith and full of years, the Rev. John Brooks has passed from earth away, and has doubtless, been received up into glory. To those who trust in Jesus the gates of death are clothed in light, the grave has no terror, and eternity no night.

A. W. Jones

NOTE: The tombstone of the Reverend John Brooks in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Tennessee renders his vital dates: July 12, 1810-October 22, 1880. That for his wife, SARAH ACTON BROOKS, born Fincastle, Va., June 9, 1825-died June 21, 1895.

Dr. JOHN THOMAS DISEKER born near Columbia, South Carolina, November 29, 1829; graduated in medicine in 1827; moved to Texas in 1874; moved to Texas in 1874; died April 3, 1880.

SAMUEL B. CHAMBERS born Smith Co., Tenn., February 23, 1822; died October 27, 1880 of pneumonia; married (1) Mary Frances Cage, May 1846, ten children; (2) Mrs. Susan B. Meadows.


December 25, 1880

CASSANDRA BOUTA born Shelby Co., Ky., December 12, 1812; died Henry Co., Ky., November 5, 1880 married Isaac Bouta, August 21, 1821.

MARGARET BROWN born August 1803; died Nov. 7, 1880; daughter of Joseph and Mary Dickson; widow of the Rev. Allen K. Brown, a local Methodist preacher.

W. S. "BUCK" BURTON born July 9, 1828; died Oct. 14, 1880. Glasgow, Kentucky.

ADELINE E. RAY daughter of William and Ann Wells, born April 4, 1827; married J. C. Ray, Dec. 16, 1846; died Nov. 16, 1880.


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JAMES M. MALONE born Brunswick Co., Virginia, April 3, 1814; died Limestone Co., Ala., November 17, 1880; moved with parents to Alabama in 1822; joined Methodist Church in 1842.

Miss ANN COLLINS died Sparta, Tenn., November 14, 1880 aged 72 years.


January 8, 1881

Rev. Jno. W. Shelton was born in North Carolina, July 5, 1822, and died at his home in West Nashville, Nov. 18, 1880. His full name was John Anthony Winston Shelton-after a late Governor of Alabama, to whom he was related; but J. W. S. has been his signature since boyhood.

It was to me a special sorrow that my dear friend and brother died in my absence from home. It would have been a mournful pleasure to hear his last words, and give my testimony to departed worth at his burial. He was one of the purest and meekest and best men I ever knew. Transparent in character, benevolent even to self-forgetfulness, patient in suffering, conscientious, consecrated-all these, and more of the same kind, was he.

I knew him first as a student in Randolph Macon College, Va., about 1842-1844. If any of the boys were sick, the kind voice and genial face of Shelton were sure to cheer that dormitory. He could mix a poultice, or turn a hard bed, or watch and nurse through the night, with the tenderness of a woman. Many a parent has blessed him for kindness to a son far from home. We called him "Doctor," and under that title he passed among us, not only at college, but all his life. A few years ago, one of the students of those days, sitting in his house with a grandson on his knee, asked me about the welfare of our friend "the Doctor"-"Dr. Shelton," of course. It was a tender and loving inquiry. And the answer that he was preaching out West did not surprise him; for he was sure the "Doctor," if alive, was preaching somewhere, he was so good. At my first knowledge of him he was class leader, exhorter, and whatever else was needed for the Lord's work; keeping the door at love feast, collecting quarterage for the chaplain, conducting prayer meeting, teaching Sunday school-always and anywhere serving cheerfully and to the best of his ability; so that it is hardly worth while to fix the date of his formal license as a preacher.

Without guile, artless, very jealous for the truth, and tenderly mindful of the feelings of others, he sometimes perpetrated in social life, and even in the pulpit, self-corrections of innocent remarks which did not mend the matter. The memory of them, while exciting a smile, will be a tribute to his Christian candor and sincerity. Brother Shelton did much service as a classical teacher in North Alabama and North Mississippi, West Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. At La Grange, Sharon, Byhalia, Brownsville, Trenton, Greensboro, and Russellville, he has taught during the last thirty years, and I have heard it said that a large number of his pupils were converted while under his care. While a pastor in Kentucky he served the Churches at Smithland, Cadis, Lebanon, Litchfield, Hawesville, Glasgow, Bowling Green, and Big Springs-in each place having more or less success, and leaving the savor of a good name. At Bowling Green, perhaps, was his largest results in the number of souls converted and added to the Church. There he was best known. A member of the Louisville Conference, he was lately placed on the superannuated list-not before it was necessary. By labor and disease he was literally worn out. With continual pain he carried on the itinerant work, so that lines of pain were deep-marked on his face. A severe surgical operation, performed years ago, prolonged his life and labors, but with an oft and easily recurring agony. In 1849 he was married to Miss Martha Cross, who survives and mourns him, feeling that in such a case "'Tis the survivor dies."

Not long since, with a presentiment that his time was short, our brother gathered up what was left of his property, and built a cottage near the Vanderbilt University, where he might educate his son (an only child), and, by boarding a select number of students, assist in supporting himself. I promised myself much happiness in the renewal of old-time intimacy, and in the healthful influence of his spirit upon the social circle into which he had come. But soon and suddenly he was not, for God took him. He was comparatively a stranger, and the occasion was not favorable to larger funeral concourse; but his old preceptor, Chancellor Garland, joined with his pastor, Rev. J. W. Hill, in paying a fit and affectionate tribute to his memory. The body was taken to Bowling Green, and buried by the Masonic fraternity. And there lies a man who, I suppose, had not an enemy. All acquaintances were friends-the depth of their friendship being measured by the extent of their association with him. These words of Holy Scripture pass through my mind as I think of his sufferings, his rest, and his hope: "Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth."

- H. N. McTyeire

NOTE: A long panegyric about the Rev. Shelton, written by the Rev. H. M. Ford, appeared in the January 29, 1881 issue.

MARY E. DEMOSS, nee Price, daughter of John and Amelia Price, born Cumberland Co., Virginia, February 10, 1827; moved to Hopkins Co., Ky. with her mother in November 1845 and married George W. Demoss there, November 24, 1847; suffered from bronchitis; died October 24, 1880; buria1 in Grape-vine Cemetery.

HARRIET ANN TANKSLEY wife of Dempsey Tanks1ey born Halifax Co., Va., 1830; married in 1846; joined Baptist Church in 1854, "a11 her husband's people at that time being of that persuasion. "

NANCY JERNIGAN, Madisonville, Ky., died November 27, 1880 in her 67th year of age; mother of seven children.

GEORGE EPHRAIM ADAMS born Logan Co., Ky., December 17, 1824; died E1kton, Todd Co., Ky., Dec. 22, 1880; married in his 23rd year of age; Cumber1and Presbyterian but converted to Methodism.


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