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From: Nashville Whig

January 28,1826---J. McAlister, a soldier of the Revolution, belonged to the Baltimore Troops cavalry and was at the seige of York. He died on the 23rd at McAlister's Crossroads.


From: National Banner & Nashville Whig

April 21,1831---William McClure died April 21 at Palmyra.


From: National Banner & Nashville Whig

October 15,1832---Washington McMurry died on the 1st at the home of Dr. John H. Marable. He was a medical student.


From: National Banner & Nashville Whig

September 23,1830---William Nelson, Sr. died in Montgomery County.


From: Nashville Republican Banner

March 13,1868---Col. David Northington of Port Royal has died. His house burned to ashes a few days ago. He was an old gentleman. Mr. Blane found him dead--probably frightened to death.


From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

August 3,1893---Carter Dudley, colored, died today of heart trouble on his way to work on Franklin Street. He was a stone mason.


From: Nashville Banner

April 3,1913---Richard Turner, 23, son of W.M. Turner, died Tuesday near Jordan Springs.

408    W.E. WALKER

From: Nashville Banner

February 18,1913---W.E. Walker, "Uncle Billy", died of infirmities of old age near Carmel on Monday.
He was born in 1832, in the 1850's he married Mary Gray. He served in the 49th Tn Regiment under Gen. Quarles.


From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

December 29,1893---Walter Harding Drane, age 65, died yesterday of jaundice at the home of Mrs. Bettie W. Drane on the corner of College and Second Street.
He was born February 7,1828, the son of the late Dr. W.H. Drane, a pioneer in Clarksville.
Mr. Drane was a tobacconist by trade and very instrumental in building the Episcopal Church.
He leaves three brothers and a sister: William M. Drane, Henry T. Drane, Mrs. Jennie Johnson and Edward Drane. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.


From: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

November 11,1930---As the result of an acute attack of heart disease, John Godsey, 78, widely-known farmer of the Sango community, died at his home at 3 p.m. Monday. his unexpected passing is the occasion of much grief. His health had seemed good for some time.
Services in memory of Mr. Godssey were conducted at 2 p.m. today from the Sango Cumberland Presbyterian Church by the Pastor, the Reverend A.W. Clinard and the Reverend C.M. Charles of the Methodist church. Burial took place in the Riverside Cemetery; Herman Davis, R.B. Comperry, M.M. Brown, Troy Halliburton, W.C. Evans and W.E. Cocke serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Godsey was a native of Christian County, Kentucky, but spent a greater portion of his life in this section and has for many years successfully engaged in farming. He was married 38 years ago to Miss Georgie McCormac, who survives. He also leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Wright, Mrs. Mount Hagewood and Mrs. Leslie Heaton, all of this county; one brother, Jesse Godsey of Nashville, and a sister, Mrs. Will McCormac of Clarksville.


From: Yarbrough Family Bible

J.W. Yarbrough died November 17,1896


From: The Weekly Chronicle

August 21,1875--Elijah Martin, son of Jesse and Frances Martin, was born in Halifax County, North Carolina on March 11,1791, and died of ischuria renalis in Montgomery County, Tennessee, August 8,1875.
In 1800, his parents moved from North Carolina and settled within four miles of where he died, and in the same neighborhood where he lived for nearly seventy-five years, near Antioch Church on Budd’s Creek. His first wife, Rebecca Hide Harris, to whom he married September 6,1810, died January 17,1839, and he married Elizabeth Powers, December 16,1840, who survives him. He was blessed with a large family of children, several of whom died in their infancy, four died in the church, who had arrived at years of accountability, and six are still living, all members of the M.E. church, South and all with him, except one, in his last illness.
Brother Martin was brought up under Primitive Baptist influence, and joined the M.E. Church, at Antioch, September 1838. He was soon afterward appointed class-leader and faithfully discharged the duties of that office until his sun of life went down with radiant glow behind the western horizon. For about 25 years he was a regular camper at Antioch Campground.
Family prayers were never neglected by him if able to attend to that duty indeed; every duty was faithfully performed.
A.T. Goodloe

May 27,1876--The funeral of Mr. Elijah Martin will be preached at Antioch, the 1st Sunday in June. This is also Sacrament day and dinner will be furnished on the ground for those who may attend.


From: The Stewart-Houston Times

Marable McFall, age 80, died February 20,1949 in Montgomery County. He was born November 24,1868 in Montgomery County, the son of Robert Henry and Melinda Gallagher McFall.
The funeral will be February 22,1949 at the Wiseman Funeral Home in Houston County. Burial will be in Cumberland City Cemetery in Stewart County. He was the widower of Margaret Powers McFall. He is survived by a son, Marable McFall, Jr. and a brother, W.A. McFall.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

January 4,1861---Died near this city on the 3rd, at the residence of his mother, Robert N. Poston, about 55 years of age.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

November 12,1930---After an illness of more than a year, during eight months of which he was confined to his bed, John Wesley Cobb, 76, died at the home of his stepdaughter, Mrs. B.E. Meriwether in District 6 at 10:30 pm Tuesday.
Since his condition became enfeebled, Mr. and Mrs. Cobb had moved from their home on Rossview Road to reside with Mr. and Mrs. Meriwether where Mr. Cobb received the tenderest care during his long illness.
Mr. Cobb was born in Robertson County near Springfield on February 8,1834. His parents were Martha Margarett and Thomas D. Cobb, who were for many years residents of Olmstead, Kentucky.
Mr. Cobb was twice married.
His first wife was Miss Jenny Eliot Waters, to whom he was married on February 10,1880. Of this union five children were born. They were Mrs. Verna Smith of Nashville, Mrs. Lee Bryant of Hampton Station, Neal Cobb of Gulfport, Mississippi, John Cobb of Westmoreland, Tennessee and a baby who died in infancy. Mrs. Cobb died October 20,1905.
The second marriage was to Mrs. Mildred Price Barksdale of Clarksville and took place on November 4,1909. She survives, together with the children of his first marriage, three sisters and one brother: Misses Susie and Vick Cobb and Simon Cobb of Olmstead and Mrs. Ida Stultz of Tampa, Florida.
Mr. Cobb was practically a lifelong resident of this county and had been successfully engaged in farming for a number of years. He was a member of Kirkwood Baptist Church and was one of its staunchest supporters. A Christian gentleman a kind neighbor and a public-spirited citizen, he has many friends to be grieved by his passing, having lived a long and useful life.
Funeral services for Mr. Cobb will be conducted by the Reverend G.G. Graber of the Guthrie Baptist Church at the Meriwether home at 10 am Thursday and interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery in this city.
Those asked to serve as honorary pallbearers are Dr. W.H. Young, T.P. Randle, Sterling Fort, Sterling Bellamy, George Basham, C.T. Booth, J.H. Tate, Egbert Beaumont, J.D. Taylor and J.C. Rollow. Active pallbearers will be Clay Lewis, William Egbert Beaumont, C.C. Falk, T.B. Oliver, J.E. Beaumont and Ed Bourne.

November 13,1930---Scores of friends today evidenced the affection and esteem they bore for Mr. John Wesley Cobb, 76, for many years a successful farmer in this county and who died Tuesday night at the home near St. Bethlehem of his stepdaughter, Mrs. B.E. Meriwether.
By their presence at the funeral services for Mr. Cobb conducted from the Meriwether house this morning and their large floral contributions, they bespoke their admiration for the splendid and unselfish life of service he had lived.
The services at the home were in charge of the Reverend G.G. Graber of the Guthrie Baptist Church, who gave prayer, read a portion of scripture from the Book of Job and spoke touching and appropriately of Mr. Cobb's life and his contributions to the Kirkland Baptist Church of which he was a staunch supporter.
At the home, a quartet composed of Mrs. C.T. Booth, Mrs. C.C. Dunn, Mrs. W.W. Warfield and T.B. Oliver sang "Abide With Me", "Rock of Ages" and "Nearer My God To Thee".
At the grave in Greenwood Cemetery, Mr. Graber concluded his remarks and gave prayer. The quartet sang "Beautiful River" and "Asleep In Jesus".
A large group of relatives and friends of Mr. Cobb living in other sections attended the services. Among them were his daughter, Mrs. Verna Smith of Nashville; his son, John Cobb and family of Westmoreland, Tennessee; his sisters, Misses Vick and Susie Cobb and brother Simon Cobb, all of Olmstead, Kentucky; a stepdaughter, Mrs. John E. Mabry, husband and children of Hopkinsville; Mr. and Mrs. John Darden and Grady Darden of Springfield, and Martin Long of Cedar Hill.


From: The Weekly Chronicle

March 25,1876---Near Collinsville, March 20, of acute bronchitis, Grey Fauntleroy, infant son of N.O. and Lucia Waller, aged 8 months and 21 days.

"Lovely Babe, how brief thy stay,
Short and hasty was thy day.
Ending soon the journey here,
Pain and grief no more to bear.
Hard it is from thee to part
For it rends the aching heart.
But an heir of glory's gone,
Let the will of God be done.
Pillowed on the Savior's breast,
Sweetly sleep and softly rest.
Soon the morning will restore
The buried babe we now deplore.

417    LEVI LYLE

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

October 28,1928---With the statement, "I am going to shoot at a spot." Levi Lyle, 36 years of age, walked from a room in the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Tom Rye, in the Palmyra community, onto the back porch and fired a bullet from a 32-caliber pistol through his heart about 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Death was instantaneous.
His brother-in-law, Tom Rye, who was with Mrs. Rye, was sitting in the room which Lyle had just left, rushed to the porch and saw Mr. Lyle crumple to the floor. The muzzle of the revolver was placed so near the body when fired that the clothing was ignited.
Despondency over ill health is believed to have caused the suicide. Mr. Lyle had been in feeble health for a number of years. The Modern Woodmen of America, of which he was a member, six years ago sent him to Denver, Colorado for treatment for TB and 4 years later he was dismissed as cured. Recently his condition had again become serious.
Sheriff G.S. Abernathy and Coroner H.C. Walker were promptly notified of the tragedy and Coroner Walker conducted an inquest over the body. The verdict was that he had come to his death from a bullet fired by his own hands.
The jurors were Vernon Yarbrough, Clarence Jarman, Jim Holly, Frank Sills, Wilson Turberville, Calvin Rankhorn, Sheriff Abernathy and Coroner Walker.
The body was carried by the jurors from the brother-in-law's home to the home of his mother, Mrs. Laura Ellis Lyle of Palmyra community.
Funeral services at the Methodist Church. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Lyle was the son of the late J.T. Lyle and Mrs. Laura Ellis Lyle of Palmyra.
Mr. Lyle was twice married. His first wife, Mrs. Hettie Yates Lyle of Clarksville died in 1921. Four children of the union survive: Frances 14, Catherine 12, Joseph Thomas 10, and Ruby Aileen 8. The latter child resides with relatives in Chicago.
Mr. Lyle is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Myra Rye Lyle; one brother E.H. Lyle of Muncie, Indiana; and two sisters, Mrs. Rye and Mrs. Pansy Holley of Palmyra.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

July 10,1886---An old man named William C. Hughes was knocked off the trestle and killed at Vernon Furnace by the southbound passenger train Wednesday night. His remains were taken to Corbandale and an inquest held Thursday. He was about 75 years old and formerly lived near Corbandale, but had been staying around the poorhouse of which his wife is an inmate. It seems the killing was unavoidable.
(Note of Robert Davidson: The 1870 Census of District 19 lists the following family: William Hughes, age 60 and born in Virginia; Elizabeth, age 57 and born in Virginia; Mary, age 29 and born in Virginia; Martha A., age 17 and born in Virginia; George, age 4 and born in Tennessee; and Susanne, age 2 and born in Tennessee.)


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


From: The Weekly Chronicle

April 29,1876---John Black, who lived just across the river, was run over by passenger train No. 2, going north Thursday night on the trestle at the Cumberland River Bridge. He was drunk and lying on the track when the train ran over him, breaking both legs and striking his skull, inflicting injuries from the effects of which he died in about three hours.


From: The Weekly Chronicle

April 1, 1876---On the evening of the 27th ult., G.W. Underwood, living at Mrs. M. Mathis', on the south side of the river, was unloading a wagon when the mules attached to it became frightened and ran off, throwing him from the wagon under the wheels, which passed over his head and neck causing instant death.


From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County

September 29,1842---Died at New York Mills, Montgomery County, Tennessee on the 26th after an illness of four days of bilious fever, Mr. John Loudon, of the firm of Loudon, Douglas & Co., formerly of Hudson, New York.

423    NATHAN ROWLAND (children of)

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

August 21,1880--It is with sincere feelings of sadness that we have to record the death of three little children of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Rowland of diphtheria, which occurred as follows: Nathan, aged 5, died July 30th; Carrie, aged 15 months, died Aug. 5th; and Annie, aged 10 years, died Aug. 7th. Three other of the children of the same family, who had the same disease, recovered. We deeply sympathize with the afflicted family in their sad bereavement, and especially with Col. W.H. Fessey, the grandfather. Little Annie was a great pet of his and he feels her loss deeply.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

May 10,1861---The community was deeply saddened on Tuesday last by the announcement made about noon that a fight had occurred at the Fairgrounds, one hour or so before, between Bailey Brown and Sam Anderson, both of this city, in which Anderson was almost immediately killed.

See article #196 in Keeping the Peace


From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

January 3,1895---Mr. William Elliott died at the home of Mr. Ed Pettus, in New Providence, yesterday afternoon at 4:00. He had been ill for some time and his death was not unexpected. The death of William Elliott removes from Montgomery County one of the best and noblest men who ever lived here. He was born in Virginia in February 1805, and would, therefore, have been ninety years old next month. He moved from Virginia to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and after living near that city for several years he came to Montgomery County and settled in District 3, about nine miles from this city. He has been a citizen of this county for 50 years, and has been a farmer all his life. He was a man of dignity and discretion. He improved his opportunities, held steadfastly to the right and filled his years with usefulness. His character was irreproachable. His record was spotless, and his life bore that character of sublimity which defies expression. He was the father of Thomas M. Elliott, Mrs. Ed Pettus, Mrs. Frank Buckner, Mrs. John Barker, and Mrs. Dr. Ross. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4:00 from the Pettus residence in New Providence. Interment at the old Elliott burying ground, in District 3.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

November 14,1930---Another confederate veteran joined his comrades in the bivouac of the dead early Thursday night when Mr. William H. Elliott died at the ancestral Elliott home in Stroudsville, Cheatham County, at 3:30 o'clock after a long illness of senile infirmities.


From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County

T.T. Harper died the 26 November 1889 at Southside, Tennessee, 12 miles south of Clarksville

Ralph S. Harper died August 26,1965 at Wichita Falls, Texas

H.C. Lyle died April 11,1943 Long Beach California. Buried Shamrock, Texas

S.D. Harper died January 31,1932 at Wichita Falls. Buried there


From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County

Jesse Augustus Evans the son of David Augustus Evans and Elizabeth Evans departed this life on the 22nd day of July 1832

John F. Kendrick departed this life on Sunday morning the 7th of December AD 1856

David Ol?? Kendrick the son of John F. and Martha C. Kendrick departed this life on Friday the 17th of April AD 1857 aged one year, nine months and 14 days

David Augustus Evans departed this life on the 23rd of December 1838 aged 38 years and six months

F.S. Evans departed this life on Tuesday evening the 7th day of August AD 1866 aged 36 years and 8 days

W.B. Evans departed this life July 24th 1864 aged 37 years and 22 days

J.T. son of John and Jimmie Evans died October the 5,1898

D.A. Evans died the 25 day of January 1906


From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County

Died March 24,1890. Buried City Cemetery Clarksville, Tennessee

429    W.G. WILLIAMS

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

September 13,1884---Reverend W.M. Cooley preached Mr. W.G. Williams' funeral at Palmyra last Sunday, to the largest congregation that has been seen there for years. There were about ninety Masons in the procession. When the services at the grave were concluded, Reverend Mr. Cooley and the congregation assisted in the burial of Mr. Howell Sugg, who died the day before, aged about 72 years. It was an impressive service; many of those present did not know that a newly opened grave was at hand.


From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County

Elizabeth A. Moss Jarrell Corder Family Bible

R.D. Duke departed this life June 25,1863

Johnie S. Corder departed this life June 28,1873

Irvin Corder died October 12,1885

James T. Corder Sr. died June 7, ? 1888

David Corder died September 18,1894

W.L. Jarrell died January 24,1935

Stephen Ernest Corder June 21,1948 5:25 A.M.

James Thomas Corder December 2,1950 Saturday 4:00 A.M.

Robert Emmett Corder November 27,1960 Sunday 6:00 P.M.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

James Walter Jones, born and died on June 9,1916 in District 17, son of J.P. & Florence Carver Jones, buried at Macedonia Cemetery.

432    WILLIAM J. LYLE (son of)

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

September 30,1876---Tonight a cloud of gloom and sorrow overshadows our quiet village.
Yesterday morning, a little boy aged about 16 months, the son of Mr. William J. and Bettie Lyle of this place, while following after his mother as she was arranging some of her house affairs, in which she was using hot water, the little boy accidentally fell in the basin containing the water, scalding himself very severely, and was relieved by death of his excruciating pain at 2 o'clock this evening. The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
"Dear little sufferer, thy pain was great,
But angels were waiting at that beautiful gate,
To welcome thee back to a home in Heaven,
Where we will meet thee again by the promise that's given.”


From: Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

March 13,1883--Died March 9,1883, age 80 years, at the home of Theodore Wathal, in St. Bethlehem. Mr. Clark was carpenter by trade. He came to Clarksville from Lexington, Kentucky.
At the beginning of the Civil War, he had about 200 slaves, which he lost during the war.
Probably built more homes in Clarksville, Tennessee, Christian, Todd and Logan Counties, Kentucky, than any other man of his day.
Mr. Clark was single and leaves no relatives in this section. Burial Greenwood Cemetery.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

March 31,1883--To the numerous list of old and prominent citizens who have recently gone to join the innumerable caravan, we have now to add the name of Dr. Bellfield Newell Carter, who died at his residence “Roslin” between Erin and Cumberland City, Tennessee at 4:00 Wednesday afternoon, March 28,1883.
The cause of his death was paralysis. He was born in Hallifax County, North Carolina on October 30,1802 and had reached the advanced age of 81 years. He removed to Tennessee when a young man and practiced medicine for a number of years in Dickson and other counties.
He studied medicine with Dr. John H. Marable. He later married Dr. Marable’s daughter Sallie Ann Marable of this county. She died several years ago at the home of her daughter Mrs. R.H. Broaddus. At one time Dr. Carter engaged in the iron business in this county and ran the Webster furnace.
In 187? he served a term in the State Legislature and made a very able and conservative member. He was a very intelligent man, full of racy humor and possessed a very happy faculty of relating anecdotes.
He was stricken with paralysis four or five years ago and had never fully recovered. Three daughters, all married, are left to cherish his memory.
Interment at family burying ground.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

August 9,1913--Death this morning called from life William Frank Buckner, one of Clarksville most prominent and widely known citizens. While this death is a shock to his friends and family, it did not come altogether as a surprise, as it had been known that his health had not been good for some time. Until within the last few days he had been driving and was down town just a week ago. The end came at 2:10 this morning. Almost without warning he passed away, the immediate cause of his death being heart failure.
His long business career as an inspector and dealer in the Clarksville Tobacco market made him one of the most prominent citizens of this section and his death will be felt far beyond the family circle.
Mr. Buckner was born at Oak Grove, Christian County, Kentucky, June 15,1843, his parents being Frank W. and Sarah E. Gordon Buckner.
Mr. Buckner was educated at Bethel College, Russellville, Kentucky, and at Stewart College, Clarksville. He was a student in the latter institution when Sumpter was fired upon, and as soon as possible he became a member of the Second Kentucky Cavalry, as a private, but in1862 was promoted to Second Lieutenant, which place he held throughout the bloody contest. From 1865 to 1870 he followed farming, but in the latter year made Hopkinsville his home and engaged in the tobacco business as an inspector, until 1883, when he went back to farming. In 1885 he moved to New Providence and followed the tobacco business, but later that year came to Clarksville, where he afterwards became a member of the firm of Parish, Buckner and Co., tobacco Commission merchants, and this firm lasted one year when it dissolved, and Mr. Buckner was elected one of the inspectors of tobacco for Clarksville, and also became a member of the firm of Daniel & Buckner in the stable business. In October, 1887, he was again elected tobacco inspector. About four years ago he and Captain A.F. Smith engaged in the tobacco business here. In his death Clarksville loses one of its pioneer tobacconist and best business men.
He was a man of the highest typed integrity and honor, full of energy and enjoyed the full confidence of the public. In 1867 he married Miss Hattie E. Elliott, daughter of Col. William Henry Elliott, and four children are the fruits of their union. Elliott, Gordon W., Annie and Lewis Buckner. Mr. Buckner was a member of several fraternal orders and religiously was inclined to the Methodist Church, of which his wife is a member.
Reverend W.S. Taylor, of the Madison Street Methodist Church will hold the burial service. the interment will take place at the Elliott burial ground on the Hopkinsville Pike this afternoon at 5:00. The funeral party left the Buckner’s home on Franklin Street at 2:00.


From: Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 2,1883--Mr. John L. Andrews born near St. Louis Missouri, age 19 years died January 31,1883, of consumption, at the home of his father, on Spring Street. Mr. Andrews has been in Clarksville about two years. He is the son of H.E. Andrews, of Meriwether & Gilmer’s City Mils. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery.


From: Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

September 25,1883--Joseph Carmac, age 85 years, died September 16,1883, near Corbandale, Tennessee. He was born September 19,1798.
Mr. Carmac was a Mason. Burial will be in Blooming Grove Cemetery.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

August 31,1908--Harry Johnson, son of A.T. Johnson, who is an employee of the Red River Furnace Company; was drowned Sunday afternoon near the Clarksville Ice and Coal Company’s ice factory. He carried his father’s dinner to him in company with a negro boy, who carried Mr. Halfield’s dinner. After delivering the dinners, the two boys started on their return home. When passing the pond they decided to take off their waists and wade in the pond. Harry preceded the negro boy and in a little while was beyond his depth and not knowing how to swim was unable to do anything and the other boy could render no assistance and he was drowned in a few moments.
The boy was about 12 years of age and was a very bright little fellow. The funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 this afternoon at the residence of Seventh Street. This family have only been residents of the city a few months, but have made many fiends who deeply sympathize with them in their deep sorrow.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

October 5,1908--Dudley Rose, 16 year old son of Mrs. Thomas Rose, was drowned Saturday morning in the Cumberland River near Searcey’s Ferry. The boy was in a canoe, when he is supposed to have been seized with an epileptic fit, to which he was subjected, and fell into the river. Divers went to work and recovered his body Sunday morning. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at Macedonia Church.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

March 26,1909--The funeral of Melville Mickle, who was shot by Wiley Gill, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at Bethlehem Church, near Excell.

See article #198 in Keeping the Peace




From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

March 15,1915--Mr. William R. Toler, a well known farmer of District 9, committed suicide Saturday by hanging himself with a strand of wire in his barn. Mr. Toler left home between seven and eight Saturday morning. Supposing that he was doing some work around the place his family never thought anything of his absence until the non hour passed. When he did not return at this time a search was instituted for him. A member of the family went to the barn which is about 1/4 mile from the house, but the barn doors were locked. Peering through a crack, Mr. Toler’s hat could be seen lying on the floor of the barn. Neighbors were called and a few minutes later Measrs Gibbs, Griffin and Blankenship gained access to the barn and found Mr. Toler’s body suspended by a wire from a callow beam. In his pocket was found a small vial half full of Carbolic acid, also a quantity of rough on rats. It is supposed that Mr. Toler climbed to the top of the barn on the pier poles, and attached the strand of No. 11 fence wire to the callow beam, took the carbolic acid and jumped. The wire was of such a length that the floor of the barn was cleared by about 12 feet.
It is thought that brooding over his ill health and financial straits was the cause of his suicide. He was not a member of any church and is survived by a wife and four children. The body was interred Sunday afternoon at Haynes Burying Ground.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

January 4,1944--Two negro children, Clara Mae Osborn, five, and Willie Lee Osborn, three, perished in a fire that destroyed their home on the farm of Mr. & Mrs. C.W. Bell.

See article #308 in Remembrances of Our Past for complete story.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

October 14,1944--Funeral services for James Bell Northington who died at 2:00 Friday morning at his home, 514 Carney Avenue, will be conducted at 1:00 Monday afternoon at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church by the Reverend T.P. Howard and the Reverend Jasper Northington. Roberts, Ivy & Vance are making funeral arrangements.
Surviving are his mom, Josephine Northington; father, Edward Northington, stepfather, M. Shelton; five sisters, Eunice Northington Bradley, Josie, Mattie, Velma and Zelma Northington and a brother, Henry Northington, all of Clarksville.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

April 6,1915--Mr. Fred Swenker died this morning at 11:40 at the Odd Fellows Home in New Providence. On last Wednesday evening Mr. Swenker was stricken with paralysis and sank rapidly until his death this morning. He was born in Germany, and was 70 years old. Coming to America, for a number of years he made his home in Illinois. He came to this place some years ago.
Mr. Swenker was a smithy by trade, and engaged in that work while here. He had made his home at the Odd Fellows Home for the past year. He was a member of the Home Lodge, I.O.O.F. and is survived by his wife, who was with him when he died. No funeral arrangements had been made at this writing.

April 9,1915--Fred Swenker was born in Germany June 22,1844. He came to the U.S. in 1866, settling in the state of Missouri, moving later to Peoria, Illinois, thence to Clarksville, Tennessee, where he resided for about 20 years. He was a blacksmith by trade and a though master of his occupation.
When Home Lodge was organized his name was enrolled among its charter members. He was also a member of Young Encampment. He was married three times, the last time to Miss Anna Golden, in 1902, who was at his bedside during his last illness. No children survive these marriages.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

August 6,1889--Robert M. East died at the home of his brother, T.J. East, two miles from the city on the Port Royal pike, yesterday morning at 3:00, of consumption. The funeral will be at the residence this morning at 9:00, interment at Greenwood, with services by the Reverend J.W. Sullivan.
Mr. East was about 25 years old. He had lived in and about the city for several years, and led an exemplary life. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was unmarried.


From: Clarksville Gazette

October 14,1820--Died on Wednesday 11th, Nathan Peeples, a worthy citizen of this county.


From: Clarksville Gazette

February 27,1864---Died at Point Lookout Prison, in January last, Mr. James Madison, formerly of this county.

449    D.M. WOODS

From: 83rd Illinoisan

March 31,1864--The funeral of Mr. D.M. Woods took place from his residence on Monday last. Mr. Woods was a well known resident of this city, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.
By his death the community has lost an honest citizen, and the Masons have been deprived of a noble co-worker in their honored mission.
He was buried with Masonic honors.


From: 83rd Illinoisan

May 19,1865--Died in this city, of Flux, on the 17th of May, Adalaska Grant, infant son and only child of W.J. & S. Black. Aged 6 months and 2 days. This is the second child that the bereaved parents have lost at this place. Their first, John Willis, died April 3,1864, aged 1 year, 6 months and 3 days. The father is a member of Co F, 83 d I.V.I.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 26,1849---We are under the painful necessity of chronicling one of those awful tragedies, at the recital of which humanity is shocked. On Tuesday morning last, James Green fell by the hand of Richard E.A. Washington.
See article #36 in Keeping the Peace


From: Clarksville Democrat

December 21,1883--Luke Howard, a popular and well known colored man, was taken sick at Jackson’s grocery on last Sunday and removed to his home near the depot. Dr. Carney was called to see him Monday and pronounced his case small-Pox. He was comfortably fixed at home and remained there until his death, which occurred on the Tuesday following. His loss is greatly regretted by both white and colored people, as he was looked on as a good honest citizen.


From: Semi-Weekly Democrat

July 19,1888--Died July 14, James Marshal, infant son of W.E. and Elizabeth Wall, aged three months & three days. Taken in the tender years of life he is“Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast”.

454    W.M. COLLIER

From: The Clarksville Democrat

May 8,1890--Mr. W.M. Collier, the father of Mr. Collier the keeper of the upper Red River Bridge, died at the residence of his son-in-law, W.M. Swift in District 11, Sunday evening at the advanced age of 83 years. He had been an invalid for many years and death was a relief to his sufferings.


From: The Progress Democrat

February 25,1891--John Willoughby, well known in Clarksville tobacco circles, died at his home near St. Bethlehem at 6:00 a.m. today of Pneumonia. Mr. Willoughby has been sick for only about a week and his death was little expected by most of his friends. The funeral will be held sometime tomorrow.

456    EDGAR ORGAIN (son of)

From: The Progress Democrat

February 25,1891--Edgar Orgain lost his little four year old boy this morning. The little fellow had a sever attack of diphtheria a short while ago, and he died at about 8:00 a.m. today from the effects of his late sickness.

457    B.D. LEE

From: The Progress Democrat

February 25,1891--B.D. Lee, an old citizen of New Providence, died at 7:00 this morning aged about 70 years. Mr. Lee has long been a great sufferer with rheumatism and died this morning from the effects of this disease and of old age. The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning about 10:00.

458    S.D. RAMEY

From: The Progress Democrat

February 25,1891--S.D. Ramey, died yesterday afternoon at his home in District 16 of paralysis; aged 79 years. The funeral was held at 2:00 this afternoon in McAllister’s burying ground.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

May 25,1860--R.B. Dudley, born January 11,1791, died May 18,1860, of heart disease. He had been to New Providence on the day of his death, in company with his brother, to attend a meeting of the church of which he was a member, and returned home late that afternoon, in his usual health. After eating his supper he took a chair as usual, and had been sitting there a short time, when his wife spoke to him but received no reply and on going to him she saw that something was the matter with him. She called help and laid him upon a bed, but by the time they had done so life was extinct. It is supposed that he died of a disease of the heart.
The deceased was a brother of William A. and Henry Minor Dudley of this county, and was about 69 years old. He was an old resident of the county, was widely known, and highly esteemed as a kind, just an upright man.
Mr. Dudley was a member of old Baptist Church for forty-two years.
Interment at Dudley Cemetery.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

March 6,1883--Henry (Harry) M. Dudley, for many years, a prominent resident of this county, died at his home at St. Bethlehem last Sunday morning, the 4th inst. at 8:30 o'clock, after a prolonged illness. Mr. Dudley was in the seventy-second year of his age, having been born August 1,1811.
He was a highly respected citizen, and had filled a number of positions of trust. For many years he was a magistrate and represented his people in our county court. His life was an active one until within the past year, when disease interposed and made him an invalid. Mr. Dudley was not a member of any church, although he was a regular attendant upon religious services, and gave of his means for charitable objects. He was a mason, holding his membership with Hampton Lodge at Port Royal. He had been a widower since 78, in the fall of which year, his wife died of yellow fever. His remains were buried yesterday afternoon in the Dudley burying ground, near St. Bethlehem. Five children, two daughters and three sons, mourn his death. They have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

No headstone has been found for Henry (Harry) Minor Dudley who is buried in the Dudley Cemetery. Supposedly, the last time the grave was identified, a large tree was growing out of the gravesite.


From: The American Bible Society

Martin Armistead died June 10, 1859

J.E. Armistead died July 25, 1865

Josiah Armistead died November 13, 1925


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 10,1890--Wesley Meriwether, col., who was shot in the melee Christmas day, died yesterday morning.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

December 20,1889--William Rudolph died at his home near Rudolph Town last Tuesday, and his remains were buried the day following at Bethel Church, with services by Reverends Blair & Burney. Mr. Rudolph was one of the oldest citizens of the county, being 78 years old. He was a man of the strictest integrity, an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a good neighbor and a good citizen. He leaves a wife and daughter and a large family connection and mourn their loss.


From: Russell family Bible

Phillip T. Russell died in Fredonia, Illinois August 14,1848. He is buried in Wilson Cemetery, west of Cambria, Illinois. Phillip and his wife, Elizabeth, once lived in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Samuel T. Russell, son of Phillip T. and Elizabeth Stewart Russell, died 1877.

James Stewart Russell, son of Phillip T. and Elizabeth Stewart Russell, died 1882.

Phillip Jefferson Russell, son of Phillip T. and Elizabeth Stewart Russell, died November 21,1877.


From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

February 13,1891---Robert Fay died near Shiloh last Friday. He was about 19 years old, a young man of exemplary habits and very popular in the community. He was the son of a widowed mother and did much for her support.


From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

July 7,1891---Thomas Freeman died on Horse Branch a few days ago. He lived to see his great-great-grand child.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 11,1890--Houston McCarty, a brother-in-law of James Henratty, died near Ringgold last Friday.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 11,1890--Martin L. Rosson, a well known and good citizen of Port Royal, died at that place last Friday night, after an illness of only a few days, with pneumonia. He was 38 years old, stout, and the picture of good health. Mr. Rosson was a good citizen and neighbor and his loss will be severely felt in the community. He was a Baptist and his remains were buried in the family burying ground near Old Harmony, with service by Reverend David Lockert. A wife and several children mourn his death.

February 14,1890--The death of Martin L. Rosson, which occurred on the evening of the 7th inst., was a sad event. Every medical attention was given him by Drs. Allen, Dunn and Elliott, but unfortunately his case was one of those violent attacks of pneumonia which baffled every human effort. He was buried Sunday at the old family burying ground in Robertson County beside his four infant sons. Appropriate burial services conducted by the Reverend David Lockert. Mr. Rosson leaves a wife and two children, the latter too tender in years to realize the loss of a parent. Mrs. Rosson will break up and make her home with her sister, Mrs. Cornelius Ava Barnes of Rudolph vicinity. She has the warmest sympathy of many friends around Port Royal in this sudden shock of sorrow.
Miss Atwood Rosson, who was visiting her uncle’s family two weeks ago, protracted her visit and was there during his illness, and on the evening of his death was herself attacked with violent congestion of the lungs. She is still severely ill, making the house truly one of mourning. Drs. Allen and Cage are her physicians. She is one of earth’s fairest flowers, and we trust she may yet be spared to perform life’s noble missions.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 7,1890--The body of a colored man, supposed to be that of James Coleman, who fell from a steamer and was drowned at Marable’s Landing last week, was found near Palmyra Monday, and after an inquest, which returned a verdict of accidental drowning, it was turned over to the colored people.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 7,1890--Pat Driscoll, a well known and worthy young man of this city, died at his mother’s on 2nd Street, Wednesday morning, after a long illness of Consumption. He was 27 years old.

471    R.M. ROBINSON

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 31,1890--R.M. Robinson died at the residence of his brother-in-law John Luke, of 1st Street yesterday of Consumption. Mr. Robinson lived near Palmyra, and was afflicted with the disease for a number of years. On Saturday he came to the city on business and was taken so much worse that he was not able to be carried home. He was taken to his brother-in-law’s where he lingered until yesterday morning. He was 37 years old, unmarried, a clever young man.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 28,1890--Cleon Parham, aged 15 years, a bright and manly son of District 1, died several days ago, after a very short illness.

473    J.H. BARBEE

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 24,1890--J.H. Barbee, a carpenter, aged 45, and a man of family, died at the current place in south Clarksville Wednesday. His remains were carried to Blooming Grove for interment yesterday.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 7,1890--Lewis Ussery, age 31 years, lost his life Saturday afternoon about 2:00 while running his father’s corn mill.
He was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and Sunday afternoon, with service by his pastor, Reverend W.A. Turner, his body was laid to rest in Antioch burying ground. The tragic death of one so popular and so worthy has cast a gloom over the entire community. It is a worthy note that Lewis Ussery is one of ten children and his is the 1st death in his father’s family.

See article #337 in Remembrances of Our Past for complete story.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 3,1890--Tucker Hawkins, died Tuesday night after being stabbed Thursday night by Nathan Dill.
Hawkins had been married to Miss Ellis Crowder just one week the day he was stabbed.
See article #92 in Keeping the Peace

476    NEGRO BOY

From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

July 24,1849--A Negro boy belonging to Mr. H.F. Beaumont of this place was drowned on Sunday at the mouth of the Red River. He was bathing and was sized with cramps. Unfortunatly none of his companions could swim, and before assistance could be obtained he was lost.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 23,1889--Polk G. Johnson left for New York on Professional business this week to be absent two or three weeks.

July 30,1889--Sunday afternoon the city was startled by the deplorable announcement that Polk G. Johnson was dead. Mr. Johnson died in New York Sunday morning at an early hour. Early in the day, a telegram was received here announcing his serious illness. This however, did not gain general circulation and the city was unprepared for the unwelcome intelligence flashed over the wires later on that his noble spirit was at rest, his soul with the merciful Father who gave it.
It is not hyperbole to say that this announcement fell upon this people like a pall of sorrow, for there was not a heart in this community, friend or foe to Polk G. Johnson, who did not feel a pang of sorrow that he had passed away. To some the unutterable anguish that it caused is beyond the power of tongue to express or pen to picture. Even his enemies (if he had them) felt that one of nature’s noblemen, one who scorned the arts of the trickster, a noble, manly man, had passed away.
Capt. Johnson died at the Hollman House, New York, whither he went just one week before on important legal business. His remains have been shipped from New York and are expected to arrive on the 8:20 train this evening. His body will be met at Guthrie by sixteen members of Forbes Bivouac, appointed a guard of honor, and conveyed to the city. His funeral will take place at Trinity Church tomorrow morning at 10:00, his old pastor, Dr. P.A. Fitts, of Anniston, Alabama; and Dr. Pittis officiating. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery by Forbes Bivouac, which, by request of Mr. Johnson’s family, has taken charge of this last solemn ceremony.
See article #323 in Folks Families for biographical sketch


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

September 10,1889--Stephen Carney Batson, familiarly known as Uncle Carney, died at his residence on the south side, yesterday morning aged 78 years. He was laboring under some character of fever, but physical infirmity, doubtless, was the main cause of death. He had long been a worthy, useful citizen of this county, and leaves a devoted family and a large circle of relatives to mourn his departure. He exerted an influence for good through his long career by strict adherence to the principles of honesty and sobriety. A good, true man has gone to his reward. The interment will take place at 3:00 today at the family burying ground.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

September 24,1889--William A. Yates, this worthy young man, who has been in bad health for a long time breathed his last on Friday morning, 20th, at the home of his parents on Commerce Street. He was 24 years of age.
He was the son of Jerome and Cora Yates, who were devotedly attached to their boy for his devotion and obedience to them.
In the home circle in his companionship with his associates in his intercourse with the world, he was a gentleman, but above all, he was a Christian. He was a member of the Baptist Church and lived up to his requirements.
His funeral was preached by his pastor, Reverend Dr. Sears at the family residence, and his body was laid beneath the sod of Greenwood Cemetery.

480    H.O. WYATT

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

November 5,1889--The news was received here yesterday morning of the death of this estimable citizen, which took place at his home on the south side, near the 7-mile ferry, Sunday night at 11:00 from erysipelas, after abut ten days illness. The deceased was about 70 years old. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church and had lived a life of strict probity. He leaves a wife and four children, all grown. The burial will be at Antioch Church today at 10:00, with service by Reverend W.A. Turner.

481    B.F. ELLIOTT

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

October 29,1889--B.F. Elliott, aged 69 years, died at home on Seventh Street last Friday night from Bright’s disease. The deceased was father-in-law of Jonathan Westfield, one of our Street Car drivers.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

October 15,1889--Samuel H. Jones, a good citizen of District 9 of this county, died on the 10th , and was buried Friday morning, in the Blooming Grove Church yard, with services by Reverend F.W. Carney. Mr. Jones was a deacon in the Blooming Grove Baptist church, and was esteemed by his neighbors as an upright, honorable man. He made the Jones brand of shingle, which has always been regarded as one of the best sold.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

November 26,1889--Leander W. Crotzer, after an illness of three weeks of pneumonia, died at his home in South Clarksville, Saturday morning. The deceased served faith fully through the late and was esteemed as an honorable Christian gentleman. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Methodist Church. His remains were interred in the confederate plot in Greenwood Sunday afternoon with Masonic honors. He leaves a wife and two children.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

November 26,1889--David Harper, son of T.T. Harper, aged 25 years died at his home near the Seven Mile Ferry Friday morning, after a lingering illness. His remains were interred in the Cunningham burying ground.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

August 16,1889--Marvin Bryon, son of Reverend G.S. Bryon, aged 14 years, died Tuesday night at Adams Station from a congestive chill. He was buried Wednesday with service by Reverend W.R. Peebles.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

August 16,1889--Joe Johnson, colored, while hoeing tobacco in a field on H.S. McBride's place, near St. Bethlehem, Tuesday afternoon, was struck by lightening and instantly killed. Several other men were working in the same field, but were not hurt. Johnson was about 45 years old.
A number of years ago, on this same farm, lightening struck a wire fence, and traversing it from one end to the other, split every post in the fence.

487    GEORGE McDANIEL (son of)

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

August 16,1889--Much sympathy is felt for George McDaniel and wife on account of the death of their eight month old son Wednesday morning. The little fellow had been ill several weeks with summer complaint. The parents were greatly attached to him and his death was a severe blow to them.

488    S.M. HAEFER

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

September 3,1889--The LEAF regrets to chronicle the death of a good citizen. S.M. Haefer after an illness of ten days from flux, died at his home in this city Saturday morning. A wife and three children survive him. He came here several years ago from Memphis and was employed as engineer by the water company. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Knights of Honor. His funeral was attended by the lodge in a body Sunday afternoon. His pastor, Dr. Lupton, after a most impressive discourse, paid a worthy tribute to the deceased. There were present quite a number of sympathizing friends. The interment was in Greenwood.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

August 23,1889--James Harris, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of the Oakwood neighborhood, while hewing a log Wednesday morning, struck his foot with the axe, severing the main artery. He lingered till noon yesterday and expired suddenly from heart failure, as a result of lost blood. His death causes universal sorrow, as no man stood higher in the community.

490    R.W. MORRISON

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 23,1889--R.W. Morrison died at his home on McAdoo, Saturday, July 20. He was nearly 79 years old. For 50 years he had been a member of the Presbyterian Church, and of the same congregation, and for 47 years helped to conduct the official affairs of the church. His piety, zeal, firmness and love for the church and his country were more than ordinary. Although several of the closing years of his life he spent as an invalid, yet these years were beneficial to all around him. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend J.W. Sullivan, with a large congregation in attendance, Sunday afternoon.

491    J.J. MART

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 16,1889--J.J. Mart, notice of whose illness appeared in our last issue, died at his home, on the Edmondson Ferry Road, yesterday morning at 2:00. The immediate cause of his death was flux, from which he had been prostrate the past several weeks. Mr. Mart was 86 years old, and had lived an active and useful life, and commanded the good of all of his fellowmen. His funeral will be at 11:00 this morning, from the residence, with service by Reverend F.W. Smith. Interment at Greenwood. For many years Mr. Mart had been a consistent member of the Christian Church. In all his active life, we are told, he never had a law suit with his fellow man. Several children survive him and a number of grandchildren, among whom are Mrs. Jones D. Neblett, Mrs. Manzy, Miss Kate Smith and Eugene & Richard Smith of this city and vicinity.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 12,1889--George H. Johnson died at his home at Allensville, Kentucky, yesterday morning at 1:00, after a long illness. His remains will be brought to this city on the early train this morning, arriving at 7:15, and buried from the train; interment at Greenwood. His funeral was preached at his home yesterday afternoon. Mr. Johnson was a good citizen, an upright, honorable man who enjoyed the respect and confidence of his neighbors. He married _____Drane of this county---(rest of article is unreadable).


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 12,1889--The death of Edward Pegram, a respected citizen of District 8, occurred last Saturday. He was more than 60 years old.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 5,1889--Richard, an infant of James Gambrell, of south Clarksville, died Wednesday morning of Cholera infantium.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 5,1889--Lawson Keesee only child of R.H. & Mary Keesee Poindexter, fell asleep in Jesus Wednesday afternoon at 3:30. Yesterday at 5:00 p.m. its little body was laid beside that of its mother in Greenwood.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 5,1889--Thomas Newell Williams, son of Mrs. Ella Williams, died at the home of L.R. Willis in this city, Tuesday, July 2, aged 21 years. The deceased had been in declining health for the past two years. Recently he went to Eastbrook Springs, but failed to receive any benefit. Leaving here he went to McMinnville. He grew so much worse that he was brought home last week, his mother and aunt, Mrs. Krop, attending him. After services by Dr. Lupton, his remains were interred in the City Cemetery (Riverview) last Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 5,1889--William Overton died at his home in District 4 of this county Wednesday evening at 8:30, aged 82 years & 6 months. Judge Overton was in many respects a remarkable man of fine natural talent and probably one of the best educated men in the county. Many years ago he was editor of the Chronicle, and for a number of years in the thirties represented this county in the Legislature. He was a bachelor, and for many years had a very retired life. His remains were laid to rest yesterday in the Overton burying ground near where he lived. The LEAF is promised by one who knew his life a more extended sketch of this interesting man.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 2,1889--Joseph Ashton Cawlishaw, an old and much beloved citizen of the Liberty neighborhood, died Friday last. No one of the neighborhood had more friends, and his death is a serious loss to the entire community. He was a member of the Liberty Church and his funeral was preached at that church by Reverend J.W. Sullivan, of Clarksville.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

November 14,1855--Died on Sunday the 21, Bryce M., son of Mrs. Richard Poston.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

AUGUST 29,1855--Died on Thursday the 23rd, Willie, infant son of George and M.J. Stacker.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

July 4,1855--Died at his residence, in this county on the 28th of June, Shadrach Tramiel, in the 70th year of his age.
Mr. Tramiel was a native of South Carolina, and many of his ancestors fought bravely in the Revolutionary War, and sacrificed their lives in defense of liberty. Mr. Trameil was for nearly 50 years, a citizen of this county, and always maintained a character for honesty to integrity. He died in the triumphs of the Christian faith, with the firm hope of a blessed mortality.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 13,1855--Died, in this town, on the 9th, Thomas H. Fowler, Jr., aged 5 years, 5 months, 22 days.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 13,1855--died on the 10th, M. Marinus Stacker, aged abut 42 years.

504    MAY TRICE

From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

May 16,1855--We regret to learn that Mr. May Trice, one of the Oldest citizens of the county, and for many years past a resident of New Providence, committed suicide yesterday, by blowing out his brains. His conduct for some time past has been quite eccentric, and symptoms of alienation of mind were strongly manifested.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

June 28,1889--Dr. Benjamin Harding Thomas, a prominent physician of New Providence, died at 2:00 a.m. yesterday at the home of his brother-in-law, James F. Cummings in Edgefield. He went to Nashville some weeks ago for treatment for a complication of diseases of the liver, stomach and bowels, but grew steadily worse till death relieved him of suffering.
The deceased was a son of the late P.W. Thomas, former editor of the Chronicle. In early life he worked at the printing trade in the office with his father. Later he read medicine under his uncle, Dr. Nick Thomas, and graduated in Philadelphia in 1857. He entered the Southern army as an assistant surgeon, but was speedily promoted to the post of full surgeon, in recognition of his superior abilities. During the war he had charge of large hospitals at Lauderdale Springs, Mississippi, at Port Hudson and elsewhere. After the war he returned to the practice of medicine, purchasing the Hutchings homestead, in District 3, near Ringgold, where he spent much of his busy life. He married Miss Lucy West, of Christian County, who, with five children and his aged mom, survive him.
About three years ago he removed to New Providence, where he has since resided. Dr. Thomas stood high in his profession and enjoyed an extensive practice in this and Christian Counties.
The deceased was a man of great liberality, and was esteemed by his neighbors for his kindly nature and hospitable disposition.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

November 15,1861--On Tuesday morning, while waiting at the depot for the arrival of the train from Memphis, a young Irishman, named John Michigan, employed by Mr. J.F. Shelton, got into an altercation with a negro man, and n the course of the quarrel drew, or began to draw a pistol, either to shoot or frighten the negro. When scarcely out of his pocket the pistol went off accidentally, or was fired by him, and killed a youth, about 15 years old, named Green Prince who was sitting down in front of the parties. The pistol was loaded with four or five buck shot, one of which entered Green’s head, just over the right eye, and another struck a half-dollar in the negro’s pocket. The ball that struck young Prince entered his brain, and though he survived, in an insensible condition till he was conveyed home, yet he died less than one hour.
The ill-fated youth whose life was thus so suddenly taken, had a mother, grand-mother, and other relatives living here, and was well known in town, having been engaged for some months past in selling newspapers. He was a orderly, well-behaved, and very intelligent boy, and the announcement of his sudden and violent death was received, by all, with feelings of unmitigated sadness.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

April 30,1850--Died on the 30th, Mr. Robert Baxter proprietor of the Tennessee Iron Works.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

May 7,1850--Died on the 14th, at the residence of William L. Hiter. Legrand Deforest son of William L. and Mildred Gereldine Hiter. Aged three years and ten months.

509    MR. NEWTON

From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

March 12,1851--Mr. Newton, of this county, was instantly killed by Mr. John H. Crowder.
See article #230 in Keeping the Peace


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

January 29,1851--Died on the 23, of consumption at the residence of his mother, in this city, Mr. George W. Hiter, in the 29th year of his age.
In the family circle he was a devoted and obedient son and a loving brother; n society, he was polished, graceful and regardful of the feeling of all whom he might be brought in contact; in his morals he was unexceptionable and his resignation on the hour of affliction was almost without a parallel within our knowledge. In addition to these wordly graces, he was a firm believer in the truths of Christianity, and in the efficacy of the blood of Jesus Christ for the atonement of the truly penitent, and he sometime since during his last illness, gowever, received the ordinance of Baptism, the sign and seal of the cross, and connected himself with the Methodist Church. He died in the confident hope that his sins had been forgiven and that he would rise again to the enjoyment of a blessed immortality. May he realize the full fruition of all his hopes.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

April 16,1851--Died yesterday morning of a pulmonary affliction, Mr. Henry Cole, one of our most vauled and cherished citizens.

512    M.A. MARTIN

From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 4,1851--The members of Clarksville Lodge #89, and the Masonic Fraternity generally are notified to attend at the Masonic Hall tomorrow morning, 5th at 8:00 for the purpose of paying the last honors to our deceased brother, M.A. Martin
Punctual attendance is expected
Thomas McCulloch, W.M.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 11,1851--Again we are called upon to announce the death of one of our oldest and most valued citizens. Hon. James B. Reynolds died at his residence yesterday morning abut 7:30. Mr. Reynolds was a native of Ireland, but has resided in Clarksville a great number of years. He represented this congressional district in the House of Representatives, from 1815 to 1817, and again from 1823 to 1825. He leaves no family to mourn his loss, but the community, of which he has so long formed a part, will deeply regret the death of one who has so endeared himself by his many acts of kindness and devotion.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 18,1851--Died on Wednesday the 11th, Eugene, youngest child of Dr. L.S. House.

515    A.G. WHEATLY

From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

August 5,1851--Our readers will be pained to hear the announcement of the death of Capt. A.G. Wheatly. He died at his residence on Saturday last after a few hours illness. He was a usefull citizen and much esteemed and beloved by those who knew him best.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

August 13,1851--Died, on Saturday August 9th, Thomasd Lynes of this city.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

August 27,1851--Died on Wednesday August 27 at his residence in this county. Mr. William Dick, his friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from his late residence (on the Nashville Road) tomorrow morning at 9:30. Funeral services at the house.

518    W.T. BRITON

From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

February 18,1852--Died on the 14th at his residence in this county, Mr. W.T. Britton.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

February 21,1852--Died at his residence, in Montgomery County, on Saturday the 14th, Mr. Edwin Johnson, in the 46th year of his age.
Society mourns the loss of one of rare virtues and possessing the noblest traits of character. To a mind naturally strong, he untied great decision of character. The affectionate husband, the kind parent, respected by his neighbors, the idol of his friends, and “God’s noblest work” an honest man in the prime of manhood, and vigor of but almost in a moment, when least expected by his family he was suddenly called from time to the dread realitics of eternity.
The grass will soon spread its velvet livery over his many form and his virtues like flowers, will bloom forever in the hearts of his friends.
To his afflecited family, the writer tenders his heartfelt sympathies, and hopes he may be allowed the privilege of mingling his tears of condolence, with those who mourn for a lost one - one whom we will never meet again on earth but hope to meet at the throne of the “Great I am” in Heaven


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

April 3,1852--Died on the night of the 23rd Mr. John B. Osburn, son of Mr. Noble Osburn of this county.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

May 19,1852--Deid on Monday the 29th James, son of Joshua and Melissa Elder.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

May 29,1852--Died at the residence of P. Prestley Esquire, Mr. Robert P. Brown, age 20. He was a member of the sophomore class of the Masonic University, and his loss is deeply felt. The friends and acquaintances of the deceased are requested to attend his funeral at the Methodist Church tomorrow morning at 9:00.


May 29,1852--Members of Eagle Fire Company No.2 are requested to meet at the Market House tomorrow morning at 8:00 to attend the funeral of this late brother fireman Robert P. Brown.
A.E. Smith, Foreman


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 22,1852--Died Thursday, the 8th, Robert L. the only child of J.E. Bailey Esquire, of this city.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 20,1852--Died on Saturday the 17th, John, son of Mrs. M.E. Cruseman in the twelth year of his age.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

September 11,1852
Wednesday the 8th, Mr. George Ebbert
John H. Hiter, in the 26th year of age.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

September 24,1852--Died on the 20th in this county, Noel Henry, infant son of Judith P. and George S. Wimberly, aged one year, seven months & seven days.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

October 16,1852--Died this morning, Charles, infant son of Mr. W.P. & Mrs. J.C. Hume, aged fifteen months. The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Hume are invited to attend the funeral tomorrow evening, at 3:00, at his dewelling.


From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

November 3,1852--On Saturday last Mr. Tate Bryarly, one of the most respectable and wealthy citizens of this county, was thrown from his horse and killed.

See article #382 in Remembrances of Our Past for complete story.

529    G.G. HINCH

From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

January 1,1853--Died on Sunday the 19th, Mr. G.G. Hinch, a long time resident of this city.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

January 10,1862---Died on Tuesday evening, December 31,1961, at the residence of his father, in Christian county, Kentucky, George W. bowman, member of the 3rd Ky. Regiment of Volunteers, in the 22nd year of his age.
Thus, on the last day fo the year, 1961, a noble, kind and generous youth passed from earth.

“On New Year’s eve he lived on earth,
On new Year’s morn in Heaven.”

Father! morn not thine only boy
Who hath bid thee a last farewell’
though once thy household’s joy,
He now with Jesus dwells.
Sisters! mourn not a brother’s loss
With sorrowing, tears nor sighs;
He only bears his Saviour’s cross
to realms beyond the skies.
Mother! weep not for thy loved one,
Nor be so to sorrow given;
But pray that thou may’st meet him
In high and holy Heaven.


From: Tennessee Watchman

April 6,1824--Died on the night of the 29th. Mr. Daniel Clark, for a long time a respectable trader between this place and Pittsburg.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

January 11,1861---Died in this county, on the 23rd, Mr. Banjamin P. Persons, about 80 years of age


From: Tennessee Watchman

Febuary 22,1822--Died at his residence on Yellow Creek, on the 9th William Clements, Esquire, for many rears a citizen of Montgomery County. Mr. Clements was a native of Scotland of respectable parentage. He emigrated to the United States at the close of the revolutionary war leaving parents whose only bequest was a liberal and religious education. He as benefited by their bequest, as to acquire a competency of this world’s goods, to raise a numerous and respectable family, and re-create the esteem of all who knew him. Having for his guide the precepts of the gospel, he followed with undeviating step the rules laid down by his devine author. He done unto all men as he wold have them to do unto him. Mr. Clements was an affectionate husband, a kind father and humane master. The poor of this neighborhood bear witness to his munificence. All who dealt with him bear witness to his honesty. He died composed and resigned to the dispentation fo providence which doubtless wafted him to the inheritance fo an incorruptible crown.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

April 19,1889--Henry Ligon, whose illness the Leaf has heretofore reffered to, died at his home, near Rossview, Monday evening, of paralysis of the brain. The deceased was abut thirty four years of age. His death is generally regretted by those with whom he was associated and is a bad blow to his wife and children.

535    ED F. MCQUARY

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

March 7,1890--Ed F. McQuary, whom many people in Clarksville knew as a bright exemplary young man, died at the home of his parents near Trenton, Kentucky, last Wednesday. Mr. McQuary had been ill with consumption for several months and his friends knew weeks ago that it was only a queston fo time when he would be called to join the silent majority. This, however, did not allay the poignancy of grief that one so young and so loved was called home. He was for quite awhile connected with the Franklin bank of this city, where his services were held in high esteem.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

Nathaniel P. Irby, one of the oldest citizens of the south side, died June 18,1897 at his home in the 17th District at 1:00 this morning of kidney trouble at age 71. He had been confined about six months, but had been in bad health for a number of years. He had been a resident of the 17th District for almost half a century and was a member of the Methodist Church.
He leaves five grown children, four sons and a daughter: Benjamin, George, Charles and John Irby; and Mrs. William Dunbar of Robertson County. Funeral services will be conducted at Salem Church tomorrow at 10:00 by Reverend W.A. Freeman and the interment will be in the graveyard there.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

April 25,1898---Pinkney Slayden died last week from a carbuncle on the back of his neck. He was a brother-in-law of Dr. J.W. Brake. He leaves a wife and four children. He was buried at the Slayden graveyard.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 18,1890--Last Thursday evening about 7:00 p.m. while the Princeton train was switching at Cobb, Kentucky, Albert Wilmoth, a brake-man on the train, was crushed to death in an instant by a car passing over him.
He was interred in the old Trice family burying ground near New Providence, with appropriate service.

See article #397 in Remembrances of Our Past for complete story.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

June 25,1923--Louis B. Meachum, 69 years of age, and well known retired merchant, died at his home on Franklin street, this morning from a lingering illness. Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 at McReynolds Funeral Home on Franklin street, followed by interment at Liberty church.
Mr. Meacham for a number of years was a popular merchant at Woodlawn. About three years ago he retirded from business and moved to Clarksville, where he has resided since. He was never married. He was a member of the Methodist church.
He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: W.H. Meachum and James Meachum, both of this city; Mrs. W.A. Haynes, Howell, Kentucky; Mrs. C.E. Hutchinson, Newbern, Tennessee; Mrs. Dora Lemmon and Miss Inez Meachum, both of this city.
The following will serve as pallbearers: John T. Haynes, E.E. Riggings, Albert Cox, R.W. Bogard, Bailey Winn, T.E. Manson, Frank Perkins and George Crouch.


From: The Clarksville Chronicle

February 3,1842--Died, at his residence in this county on Thursday January 20. Mr. George Outlaw Sr. To this gentleman the language of the Poet may be truly and strictly applied.
“A wit’s a feather, A chief’s a rod, An honest man’s the noblest work of God”.


From: The Clarksville Chronicle

February 10,1842--Died on the 13th of January at Mr. William Hester’s in this county, after an illness of five days of Typhoid Fever, Mr. Matthew Rogers, Jr. in his 20th year.

542    BEN NEELY

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

April 18,1898---Ben Neely, a Negro convict, who made his escape from the State's brickyards on March 29th, was traced to the Cumberland river. There were clothes found, showing that he had jumped in. The river was swollen and cold, and on the opposite side for nearly a quarter of a mile, there was a high bluff, which prevented a landing.
The body was found by Buck Forbes and Henry Sexton who were sitting on the ferryboat at the Seven Mile Ferry.
See article #238 in Keeping the Peace


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

January 18,1861---Died in this city on the 12th, John H. Henderson, about 50 years of age.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

June 24,1873--We are pained to announce the death of Rolfe Elridge, Esq., which occurred at Palmyra on the 17th, of cholera morbus. He was an honest, intelligent gentleman, and one of the magistrates of the county at the time of his death. He will be sadly missed by the community in chich he lived. Several deaths have occurred on the south side of the Cumberland River, at the mouth of Barton’s Creek, about 18 miles from this city, from cholera morbus.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

September 14,1853---Mr. John Knott a citizen of this county was very seriously injured a day or two since, by a tier pole falling on his head. At last account he was not dead, but very slight hopes were entertained of his recovery.
Since the above was in type we learn that Mr. Knott has died from his wounds.


From: Clarksville Democrat

Dec.21,1883--Johnathan H. Mitchell was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, June 13,1825; and came to Clarksville 24 years ago, continuing a citizen until death. He professed Christianity when young, and joined the church. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He was a man who attended to his own business not wishing to trouble others. He was in good repute with his neighbors. He was a kind man in his family. Brother Mitchell was in feeble health for several years before his death; his feebleness gave opportunity for the excuse of the Christian virtues; them he doubtless exhibited in that circle where all are best known, the home circle. One of the family states “the morning he died we told him that his physicians said that he could not get well and asked him if it was alright and he said all is well, and we have not a doubt but that he is at rest.” His death occurred after much suffering, at 2:10 p.m., December 8,1883. So ends the circle of his mortal life prolonged into a brighter and better.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 23,1883--Mr. & Mrs. Florence Bates (Florence & Mattie Hunter Bates) have our sympathy in the loss of their only child, Henry Edwin, who died last Sunday morning at 8:00, aged 14 months. The little fellow had been a sufferer nearly all his brief life and death was doubtless a relief to him.

From: Clarksville Democrat

January 27,1883--Henry Edwin, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Florence Bates, died on teh 21, aged 1 year and 4 months.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

May 15,1883--Dan Barbee, colored, the small-pox patient who was carried from New Providence to the pest-house, died Thursday night. There were two new cases in New Providence last week, a daughter of Fountain Yates and a child of Henry Beasley, in whose families there had been other cases. With these and possibly one other exception, the cases that have appeared there are now well.

549    W.V. BERNARD

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 31,1883--Dr. W.V. Bernard died at his home in this city, yesterday morning at 3:30, of apoplexy, super induced by Cholera Morbus, after an illness of three days. He was well known to our people, having lived many years, with the exception of a period of several years spent in Louisville, in our midst. He belonged to the Homoeopathic School of Physicians, and had practiced his profession since a young man. For a number of years he had been partly paralyzed and moved about with difficulty, yet kept going, and was always ready to do all in his power to alleviate the suffering of his fellow man.
Dr. Bernard was the father of Mrs. George W. Hillman and Mrs. Dr. Billingsley, both of whom are dead. His only son, Mr. Henry Bernard, and his brother, Mr. Samuel Bernard, both of Louisville, attended him in his last illness.
Dr. Bernard was 70 years old last April. He was a devout member of the Christian Church; no one knew, evil of him, and we doubt not he was ready when the summons came. His remains will be buried from his late residence, on third & main streets, this morning at 10:00, with funeral services by his pastor, Elder Dale. Interment at City Cemetery. His friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

February 17,1883--We regret to hear of the death of Batson Bridges, who died last Saturday night at 8:00. He was taken sick Friday night about 8:00, was sick only 48 hours. He was about 19 years old, his father’s favorite son, very sprightly and energetic. We deeply sympathize with the family for the loss of such a boy.

551    JOHN S. CAIN

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

March 17,1883--Mr. John S. Cain, a gentleman who lived for a number of years in Clarksville before the war, was shot and killed in a train robbery on the Little Rock & Ft. Smith Rail Road, on the 7th. He was conductor of the train. The robbers got aboard at a way station, and when he approached them to collect fare, they put pistols to his head and commanded him to stop the cars. Just as he pulled the bell cord they fired two bullets passing through his brain. The body was carried to Little Rock, where the deceased resided with his family and interred with honor from the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Cain began his life here as a saddler. He became a conductor when the railroad was completed here, and has been in that occupation ever since. After the war he was employed a long time on the Miss. & Tenn. RR, and subsequently on the Little Rock & Ft. Smith RR. The many people who knew him here regret to learn of his terrible death.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 8,1844---Died in this place, on Saturday morning last, Edwin B. Roghe, Esq. Cashier of the Clarksville Branch of the Bank of Tennessee.

553    JOHN W. SEAY

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

June 24,1918---John W. Seay, 61 years of age, a farmer of District 6, passed away at 12:00 Saturday. Five years ago Mr. Seay was stricken by paralysis, which rendered him helpless, and subsequent strokes at intervals of a few months, finally caused him to take his bed over a year ago. The end though not unexpected, caused much sorrow among his many friends, who had watched his condition from the first stroke with much anxiety.
Mr. Seay was born in Christian County, Kentucky in 1856, but the majority of his life had been spent in this county. For over 20 years prior to his first illness he was constable of District 6. For over 33 years he had been a devoted member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church.
A large crown of sorrowing friends attended the funeral at 3:00 Sunday afternoon, which was conducted in the yard of the home by Reverend Mr. McNatt, of New Providence. The interment occurred in the family burying ground on the farm.
The following neighbors served as Pallbearers M.C. Jerles, Tom Hodge, A.T. Wofford, C.T. Booth, W.J. Calhoun, R.W. Whitfield and Ross Bellamy.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

June 24,1918---Floyd Monroe Seay, the 18 month old son of Richard and Bernice Seay and grandson of John W. Seay, mentioned above, died at 12:30 Sunday night at the home of his late grandfather at St. Bethlehem, following a ten days’ illness from Cholera infant, surviving are his parents and one brother.
The interment occurred at 2:00 this afternoon in the family burying ground (Seay Cemetery) beside his grandfather John W. Seay.


From: Clarksville Gazette

September 9,1820---On Sunday, the 30th ult. Capt. James Gray, a respectable citizen of this county.

556    W.W. WATERS

From: Clarksville Gazette

February 27,1864

Hampton Lodge F.&A.M., No.137. Port Royal, Tennessee January 6,1864.
At a regular meeting of this Lodge, held this day, intelligence fo the death of the decease of Brother W.W. Waters was communicated; whereupon a committee, composed of Brothers William L. Hiter, E.L. Fort and W.S. Adams, was appointed to report resolutions expressive to that sad event.
In pursuance of said resolution, the committee reported the following preamble and resolutions which were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, the Allusive Creator has seen fit to remove from our midst our much esteemed brother, W.W. Waters, who departed this life, at his residence, in this county, on the 17th of December; 1863 therefore be it.
Resolved, that in the death of brother Waters this Lodge has lost a good and worthy member his family a kind and devoted head, and society a justly lamented citizen.
Resolved, that, while we feel deeply the loss that we, both as citizens and masons, have sustained in this dispensation of God’s providence, we trust that this lodge will further recognize in it an admonition of the uncertain tenure of this life, and be led by it to qualify ourselves for a summons and welcome to the eternal lodge on high.
Resolved, that we tender to the family of our deceased brother assurances of our heartfelt condolence with them in the loss they have sustained, and our sympathy with them in their deep distress.
Resolved, that, in token of our appreciation of the virtues of our departed brother, and our grief of his death, we will wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of 30 days, and clothe in mourning the jewels of our lodge during that time.
Resolved, that we will celebrate Masonic funeral rites over the grave of our deceased brother, on the 4th Sunday in May next, and that some brother be requested then to deliver an address suitable to the occasion; and that all brethren in good standing be invited to participate with us in these ceremonies.
Resolved, that a copy of the following preamble and resolutions be handed, in the name of this lodge, to the family of the deceased, and a copy furnished the Clarksville Gazette for publication
Zopher Smith, Worshipful Master
William L. Hiter, secretary.


From: Clarksville Chronicle

September 3,1840---Died, on Sunday evening, the 30th, after an illness of five days, of Congestive Fever, John H. proud fit, of this place.
Seldom indeed, has our community experienced so severe a loss as in the decease of this worthy and esteemed fellow citizen. Though of retired, secluded habits, his character was known to the world through the medium of active and extensive business operations, having been for many years a prominent and successful tobacco dealer and manufacturer and is was known but to be approved. While he maintained the universal confidence and esteem of those who knew him but partially, he enjoyed no less the friendship and affection of his more intimate and familiar associates. He was just to a proverb, liberal and public spirited, and remarkable for his disinterested charity, and possessed with all a sterling independence of character, which was the crowning jewel of his virtues, and placed his name above cavil and reproach.
Enterprising, but prudent and sagacious in business, he had already, while vet in the midst of manhood, accumulated a considerable fortune. But alas, for the instability of our prospects he has been swept as with the breath of the destroyer from our midst, and from the enjoyment of his toil bought harvest.
We shall not attempt here a labored eulogy. The name of John H. Poudfit does not need it. He leaves behind him the best testimony of his worth - the regret of a whole community.
“Sacred be the good man’s memory!”


From: Tennessee Watchman

April 12,1823---Died on the 3rd after an illness of eleven days Mr. Samuel Vance, Merchant, of this town. Mr. Vance was in the prime of life, and by his death society has been deprived of a useful citizen and an honest man. He was a kind husband and parent, and humane master.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

April 16,1889---Fountain Albright, a young man 23 years old, died at the home of his brother at Bell, Kentucky, Saturday, and was buried at the old Manson graveyard Sunday, with services by Reverend R.E. Travis. He was well liked by all who knew him and his untimely death is generally regretted.

560    W.W. ANGLEN

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

October 25,1889---C.W. Anglen was called to Lafayette, Kentucky, yesterday by the death of his father, Mr. W.W. Anglen. Mr. Anglen sustained a stroke of paralysis several months ago, from which he never rallied. The deceased was for many years a leading spirit in this neighborhood. His death will be regretted by those with whom for so many years he has been actively associated in all the relations of life. The afflicted family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

July 30,1889---John Atkins, aged 14 years, a son of Dock Atkins of South Clarksville, died at the family home Sunday morning of flux. The remains were carried to the family burying ground in McDow for interment.

562    T.M. BLAND

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

October 15,1889---The Memphis Avalanche of the 10 inst., published a letter which revealed the sad fact that the death of Dr. T.M. Bland, whose remains were interred in Greenwood Cemetery on the 10th was caused by suicide. The loss of his wife, formerly Miss Maggie Williams, of this city, and who was buried here a few weeks ago, so preyed upon his mind that he sought refuge in death. His family relations were pleasant and his surroundings in every respect comfortable.
He was last seen alive at 8:00 on Tuesday morning the 8th, when he went to his residence. He was missed for several hours, when his friends, becoming alarmed and fearing that perhaps he had carried his oft-repeated threats into execution, went in search of him. At 3:00 in the afternoon he was found stretched on his bed cold and stiff in death.
On his writing desk lay an envelope addressed, “To the ones who find my body.” inside was a letter full of pathos the outpourings of a broken heart. His troubles were greater than he could bear, and he had, as he confessed therein, sought that repose “where the weary are at rest.”
He requested that his body be brought to this city and buried beside his wife. He left his children well provided for, having accumulated a fair amount of property. He was reared in Memphis, and his sad death caused profound sorrow to his many friends in that city.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

October 1,1889---Joseph Bollin Sr. - This aged and highly respected citizen was born in Dept. Doubs, France, Nov.1,1817, and came to this country in 1845, landing in New Orleans, where he resided until 1850, when he removed to this city, where he has since resided until his death, which occurred last Friday morning at 1:00. His is the first death of any connection of his family since that of his father in 1849.
The deceased was a quiet unobtrusive man of exceedingly industrious, temperate habits has a well cultivated mind, and enjoyed the respect and confidence of our community for his uprightness of character. He accumulated a good deal of property, and leaves a wife and six children. His children are in honor to their parents. He was a devout Catholic. Services were held at the Catholic Church on Saturday, by Father Japes, and the interment took place at Greenwood.

564    J.M. "DICK" BOURNE

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 8,1889---L.W. Bourne received a letter Tuesday announcing the death of his brother, J.M. “Dick” Bourne, at his home in Lamar County, Texas, several days ago. He died of congestion of the lungs, after a very short illness. Mr. Bourne who grew to manhood in this county, went to Texas fifteen or twenty years ago. He was a good farmer, had prospered in the west, and was well thought of. He married in Texas, and left a wife and six children.

565    D.A. BRIGHAM

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 12,1889---The shock occasioned this community by the announcement fo the death of this estimable citizen was truly painful. He died early Sunday morning, at his home on 5th street. Encourging reports sent out from the sick chamber only a few hours previous reassured his friends, who were rejoiced at the prospect of his early restoration. The announcement later that he was no more only intensified the frief of these hopeful but anxious friends. His death is the first that is remembered to have occurred among the clergy of Clarksville, and he, of them all now residents here, seemed less likely to be called. Up to about a month ago he enjoyed robust health, and scarcely knew what it was to be sick. A brother of the deceased furnishes the following facts concerning him.
D.A. Brigham was born on February 15,1848, at the old homestead near Erin, on Wells Creek, and was the oldest of nine children, of whom four brothers and two sisters with an aged father are now living. His early life was spent near Erin, and in 1871 he determined to enter the ministry! He began his studies at once, and in 1872 entered the Cumberland University at Lebanon. After graduation he became the pastor of the church at Trenton, there he went to Union City, then to Dyersburg, where in 1878 he married Miss Ella Brackin, by whom he has five boys, three of whom are living. He came to Clarksville in November 1886 and found a small congregaton of about 50.
No man who ever lived in Clarksville, perhaps, commanded more fully the love and esteem of his felow citizens. His life was given to the service of the Master, and whenever duty called he responded. The good he has done will never be known save by Him who, bade him quit a world of sorrow and care for brighter realms beyond the stars.

Sunday afternoon at 3:30 the resident pastors attended the funeral service at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Y.M.C.A. also attended in a body. The remains were in charge of the Masons and Knights Templar, of which the deceased was a beloved member. Long before the tinme appointed the church was packed to overflowing. Persons stood in the aisles and crowds thronged the pavements on Franklin & 3rd streets, who never gained access to the church at all.
The memorial service was very impressive. Col. Young, by request of the deceased, read the 23rd and part of the 24th psalms. Reverend H.L. Burney then led in prayer, after which the choir sang, “Safe in the arms of Jesus.” Reverend W.R. Peebles read a portion of scripture and then eulogized the deceased in glowing terms. After this the choir sang “Just as I am.” Reverend W.F. Smith read a portion of scripture. The choir sang, “Thy will be done.” after this the Knights Templer performed their beautiful and impressive funeral service.
The remains lay in state in the church all yesterday morning, where they were viewed by hundreds of sorrowing friends, when they were taken to Erin for interment, escorted by member of his church, friends and relatives.
The death of such a man, is a dad calamity to society and the church. The loss to his family is irreparable, and in theis their hour of sore trial they have the tender sympathy of the entire community. Many prayers will ascend to the throne of God in their behalf.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

June 11,1889---Joseph E. Broaddus died at his home near Garrettsburg, Kentucky, Tuesday June 6, at 2:00, after an illness of one hour, of cramp colic. The deceased, by reason of injuries sustained while suffering from sunstroke, had been an invalid nearly two years, and his sudden death from other causes was quite unexpected to his friends and relatives in this city. Mr. Broaddus was about 75 years old. Much of his life spent in this city, where he followed the business of merchandising. He was a cousin to R.S. Brouaddus. He leaves a wife and seven children, all of whom are grown. His remains were brught to this city Friday, and after service by his pastor, Dr. Lupton, at 2:00, they were interred in the city cemetery.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

May 7,1889---The many friends of B.F. Coulter, a former resident and business man of this city will be pained to learn of the death of his second son, Charles Coulter, in L.A., California, on the 4th. He was about 26 years of age, and fell a victim to that dread disease, consumption. He will be kindly remembered here for his many noble traits of character.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

February 1,1889---Thomas Cuthbertson, an old citizen of the Dotsonville neighborhood, died last Thursday night of pneumonia. Precisely one week before, almost to the hour, his good wife, Betsy, preceded him to the spirit land, dying of pneumonia also. She was 63 years old and he was 69. Mr. Cuthbertson had been afflicted for quite a while, and had not gone without his crutches for eight years. They were clever old people and well thought of in the neighborhood. One son survives them.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 8,1889---A telegram was received yesterday from Nashville announcing the sudden death of James F. Dabney, son of Dr. E.R. Dabney, of Ringgold, who was in Nashville attending medical lectures. Very meager details could be obtained, but we learn that Mr. Dabney,who boarded with Mrs. Manson, died not feel well yesterday morning and declined to go to the lectures with his fellow students, but went to his room. When they returned at noon he was found in his bed in an insensible condition, and death folowed in a few minutes.
Mr. Dabney was abut 30 years of age. He was an intelligent young man and had many friends. His remains will doubtless be brought home for internment this morning.

January 11,1889---The remains of James F. Dabney, who died of heart disease in Nashville, were brought home Tuesday and laid to rest in the family burying ground near Ringgold. Dr. Dabney and his sticken family have the sencere sympathy of a large circle of acquaintances n their deep sorrow.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

December 21,1853---Died of chlorea on the 1st inst., in New Orleans, Dr. Abner Hester, formerly of the place. He was attacked at 5:00 in the afternoon, of the 30th of November, and died at 3:00 on the morning of the 1st of December---an illness of 10 hours


From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

September 24,1858---Died on the 21, Major Samuel McFall. He was an old citizen of this County, and respected by all for sterling integrity. It may be truthfully said of him, that an honest man has been taken from our midst.


At a called meeting of Clarksville Lodge, No.89, of Free and Accepted Masons, held at the Masonic Hall, September 22,1858, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, It has pleased the Supreme Grand Architect of the universe to call from labor on earth to refreshment in the Celestial Lodge, our worthy and esteemed brother, Samuel McFall, who departed this life the 21st, age 71 years, having been a mason 35 years.
Whereas, he was one of the first members and most zealous supporters of this lodge in her gloomiest days, be it therefore
Resolved, That this lodge hears, with unfeigned sorrow, of the death of our worthy Brother McFall, but we mourn not as those without hope. While calmly looking death in the face he declared it had no terrors for him.
Resolved, that we will bear his remains to the Cemetery, and deposit them in their last resting place with due Masonic honors, and according to the rites and ceremonies of our ancient order.
Resolved, That in token of respect for deceased brother, we will clothe the jewels of our lodge in mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be published in the Chronicle and Jeffersonian, and a copy be sent to the remaining members of his family with whom we deeply sympathize.
B.F. Coulter, W.M.
William J. Ely, Sec’y


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

December 7,1853---Died in the city of Nashville, on Saturday morning the 29th, of consumption, Alfred Hume Esq., brother of W.P. Hume of this place.

573    Negro Boy

From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

May 25,1853---Last evening about 7:00 a young lad named John Vauce, was returning from a hunting excursion, and with the intention of scaring a little negro boy about 8 years old who belonged to Mrs. Virginia L. Boyd, playfully pointed his gun towards him, and snapped it two or three times. It went off at the third trial, the charge entering the forehead of the negro, mutilating him horribly and killing him almost instantly. This is but one of the thousand accidents which result from the reckless handeling of weapons, and should be a warning to parents to prohibit the use of them by children. Youths in this neighborhood are allowed the too frequent use of fire-arms, and the wonder is that more accidents have not occurred.

574    SETH WARD

From: Clarksville Chronicle

March 25,1845--Died at the residence of Mr. Fielding Williams, near this town, on the 16th, Seth Ward, Esq., late of Virginia, aged 73 years.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

April 19,1845---Died on Sunday night the 13th, James Thomas, infant son of David and Elizabeth E. Browder, of this place.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

June 28,1845---Died on Thursday the 26th, Eugene, infant son of W.J. and Mary A. Castner.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

July 1,1845--Died, on Friday June 27,1845, of congestion, Mr. George Winn, several years a citizen of Clarksville.


From: Clarksville Chronicle

February 24,1846--Died, at the residence of Samuel Grant, in this county, on Monday morning about 7:00, the 16th, James Richard Grant, in the 27th year of his age.
He left his parents, brothers, sisters and many devoted friends to mourn his loss; but our bereavement is his eternal gain; for he died rejoicing in the hope of meeting his pious relatives and friends, where there will be neither weeping nor mourning.
His great desire was that the unprepared should prepare--and that the Christian would “press forward and secure the prize.”
He desired all to keep themselves unspotted from the “polutions of the world,” and while in health and soundness of mind, live in peace with all men, and seek the favor of God--not to put it off until the pains of the mortal system will mar the pleasures of reflection. His last moments were calm and serene--although his disease, (pulmonary consumption,) had worn him to a mere skeleton. For
“Jesus can make the dying bed,
Feel soft as downy pillows are;
While on his break I lean my head,
And breath my life out sweetly there.”


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

April 4,1846---Died, of this place, on Saturday night last, after a severe illness of three days, Leonard Hiter, only child of Mr. John P. and Mrs. Helen Mary Wendel, aged 16 months and 3 days.
The devoted parents, and loving relations, feel greatly afflected, and bereaved in the loss of this unusually interesting, and sprightly child. He was the center around which the affections of the family clustered. His bright face, beaming eyes, and sweet disposition, called forth the love of all who knew him. But, sweet little Hiter, thou hast been taken from the cares and ill of this world, and transplanted in a clime more congenial to thy nature---thy freed and happy spirit is now basking in the realms of perpetual bliss; and ye, fond parents, dry your tears---suppress the rising sigh---for, remember, your child is not dead, but “sleepeth”.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

August 1,1846---Died in this place, on the 27th, Capt. Matthew R. Hunter.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

August 1,1846---Died, at his residence, in this county, on the 22nd, Mr. Aquilla Wheless, late sheriff of this county.


From: Clarksville Jeffersonian

March 6,1847---Died at his residence, in Montgomery County, on the 21st, Mr. Jones Davis, of pneumonia


From: Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 16,1885---Mr. Nelson Brown, an old citizen of the Rudolph neighborhood, died at his home Wednesday afternoon at 4:00, aged 76 years. For a great many years Mr. Brown had been a resident of this county and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a kind husband and father, a consistent member of the church, a faithful mason and a good citizen. He leaves a family of grown children. Mr. Brown's remains will be interred at Bethel Church (Sango Cemetery) this morning at 10:00.

Nelson Brown, born Aug.13,1808, died Jan.14,1885, was the son of Jeremiah & Mary Ann Ballard Brown and the husband of Mary Foust Brown. Mr. Brown was a farmer, produce broker, and a Mason.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

November 21,1904---James Jackson, of Marion, died Friday night of kidney trouble. He was 66 years old and leaves a wife and several children. The funeral took place at Beech Grove with services by Squire Trotter. (Belfield Jackson Cemetery)


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

February 8,1905---William J. Puckett, one of the Oldest citizens in the county, died Sunday night at his home in District 20 of pneumonia. He lived in that district for about 20 years and was well thought of. He was 80 years old and leaves a wife and three children. Mr. Puckett was an old Federal Soldier and received a pension from the Government of $22 per month. The funeral took place Monday with services by Squire James J. Broom. Interment was in the family burying ground.
Note from Duck’s Journal---William J. Puckett, born July 17,1828, died Feb.3,1905--wife Nancy, born Dec.11,1835, died Mar.21,1924--they had a son, Wiley Jackson Puckett, born Nov.25,1855, died Aug.7,1915---buried Puckett Cemetery on Lee Women Road.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

July 11,1905---Dr. Ben Ussery died Monday evening at his home near Shiloh. His death was due to Tuberculosis of the bones and was the culmination of a protracted illness that for months has left little hope for recovery. The disease first took serious form last November. The wound refused to heal and the patient gradually weakened to death.
He was the son of William Ussery of the Antioch neighborhood who is still living He leaves a wife and a little girl 6 months old and his survivors also being four brothers and three sisters.
Interment will be at Antioch Church Wednesday morning with services by Reverend J.T. Thornton.


From: The Weekly Chronicle

September 20,1873---A young man named Jessee Cunningham living at Mr. William Thompson’s on the south side of the river was thrown form his horse Saturday evening last receiving injuries from which he died abut 10:00 Sunday morning.


From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

January 7,1880---Our sympathies are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Watwood for the loss of their little boy, Paine, who died December 30. He leaves numerous relatives and friends who mourn his early death.

589    BUD ELLIS

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

January 7,1907---Bud Ellis died this morning about 6:00 at his home in District 18 of consumption. He was 55 years old and is survived by a wife and five children. The funeral will be tomorrow at the Thomas Collins burying ground. Service will be conducted by James Lyle.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

March 11,1907---Another old resident for more than half a century a citizen of this county passed away yesterday. Cincinnatus Wall, better know as “Nat” Wall, died at noon Sunday at the home of his son, Sterling Wall near the Seven-Mile Ferry. Age 68---all his life in this vicinity.
For many years, he was a ferryman on the Cumberland River just above the city and was widely known, particularly on the south side. He was also a veteran of the civil war where he made a fine record. He is survived by his wife and five children; Sterling, Mrs. Swift Suiter, Mrs. John Suiter, Mrs. John Hanley, and Mrs. Ed Jones.
The remains were buried this afternoon from the residence with services by Reverend J.P. Rowilson and the Forbes Bivouac, to which Mr. Wall belonged. Interment in Seven-Mile Ferry Cemetery.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

From: January 31,1907---Wesley A. Suiter died last night at 8:00 from the effects of injuries received Wednesday afternoon while cutting a tree, which fell on him. He was at work in the 13th District near his home (Stringtown) and a dead limb had lodged against the tree he was cutting down. The weight of the limb caused it to fall in an opposite direction than Suiter expected, and in his effort to get out of its way, he was caught beneath. His skull was fractured, and he was rendered unconscious. Eight pieces of the skull were removed by the physicians in the hope of affording some relief, and the brain oozed out of his head.
He was the son of Robert Suiter and was 21 years old. He was married 12 days ago to Miss Barbara Hogue, who survives him. The funeral took place this afternoon, the interment being at the Baptist Church in District 13.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

November 16,1912---Mr. Billie Robinson died at 1:00 Friday afternoon at his home in District 20, this county, at the age of 70 years from tetanus of lockjaw. He is survived by three sons; Josh and Elliott of this county, and George of Memphis, and one daughter, Mrs. Nora Britt.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and a man who was held in the highest esteem by all who know him. The funeral service was conducted today by Reverend H.E. Allen.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

October 30,1931---Dr. Samuel Addison Marable, 73, died at 3:00 a.m. today after being stricken with acute indigestion Wednesday afternoon some 36 hours earlier. He had been a practicing physician for more than 50 years in the Palmyra community of District 19.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Tarsus Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday by the Reverend F.G. Dickson assisted by the Reverend R.L. Benton. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery. Commitment services will be in charge of the McCulloch Lodge #189 F & M.
Dr. Marable was the son of Dr. J. Hartwell Marable and Eveline H. Smith Marable and grandson of Dr. John H. Marable. He was born November 2,1857 on the farm on which he spent his entire life. He was married March 15 1882 to Bettie Mai Jackson, who died May 15,1906. There were 10 children born to this union. Three preceded him in death; William the oldest died November 12,1906, May and Madison died in infancy. Four sons and three daughters survive: Samuel Addison Jr. of Ashland City; J. Hartwell of Clarksville; H. Harding and Repps of Palmyra; and Misses Elizabeth, Mabel and Annis of Palmyra. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. G.H. Harding of Belleview and three grandchildren; Nancy Elizabeth, John and Sam Marable.
Mr. Marable was a trustee in the Tarsus Methodist Church and a member of the Mason Lodge and Order of Eastern Star.


From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

October 2,1915---We, the members of Southside Camp No. 13047, Modern Woodmen of America, desire to give, so far as mere words can, an expression of sympathy and sorrow, occasioned by the death of our beloved neighbor Carl McCormac.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

Kirby Achey, age 18 years, died Apr.29,1903 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Achey, on Commerce Street, of Typhoid Fever. He was the third member of his family to die in the last five weeks. His family formerly resided in Port Royal, Tennessee. Internment in family burying ground at Port Royal.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

George Alwell, a native of Ireland, born in April 1825, age 78 years, died Jan.20,1903, on 5th street. He is survived by his wife and one child, Mrs. George Warfield. He lived in Clarksville for 70 years and was a Mason. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

Henry Anderson (colored) was killed May 9,1903 by accidental discharge of dynamite, near Carr’s Creek Hill, in District 12.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

Charles Henry Bailey, born June 11,1845, died Dec.3,1903 of heart failure, on Main Street. A city Recorder of Clarksville, since 1884. Son of Henry and Wilmoth Boyd Bailey. A confederate Soldier. Served under Capt. Thomas M. Atkins’ command, Co. A 49th Tenn Regt. Member of Forbes Bivouac, captured at Battle of Franklin. Wounded twice. Married Miss Alice McKoin, daughter of J.C. McKoin, who died Jan.16,1869. Second married Miss Jennie Macrae on Feb.22,1880. She was the daughter of B.W. Macrae. To this union was born three sons, Alfred Robb, Charles Henry, Jr. and Stewart and one daughter, Alice Bailey. Internment at Greenwood Cemetery.

599    J.R. CAROLAND

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

J.R. Caroland, age 58 years, died February 26,1903, at George Owens boarding house, on Main Street. He lived near Garrottsburg, Kentucky. Survived by three brothers; J.C., Smith and S.J. Caroland. Internment at Greenwood Cemetery.


From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

Alonzo Coleman, age 31 years, died March 13,1903, of appendicitis, at Blooming Grove Creek, in District 9. He is survived by four brothers; Almond, Emison, Eugene, Clemmons and one sister; Mrs. Thomas Farley. Interment at family burying ground (Blooming Gove Cemetery)

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