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Sumner County News

Nashville Daily American
March, 1888

TSL&A Microfilm Roll # 140

Compiled by Jan J. Barnes
© 2003

March 1, 1888

(Feb. 29)  Pensions have been granted as follows in Tennessee:
Original invalid -- Jesse Rogers, Springdale; Pleasant W. Corner, Whitesburg; Richard Baskel, Pettibone.
Increase -- Julius Coley, Lafayette; John reed, Jordansville; Edgar W. Hungate, White Pine; Daniel Kenney, Rome.
Original, widows, etc. -- Minor of Herbert P. Dodd, Chaseville (ending October 20, 1875); Cintha, widow of Jas. J. Kelley, Mortimer.
Mexican survivors -- Thomas Hall, Cleveland; Joshua Wilson, Rome.
Mexican widows -- Jane A., widow of Richard F. Bridgewater, Peachers Mills; Mary A., widow of Jesse W. Shields, Pokeberry.

March 2, 1888

(March 1)  Pensions Granted:
Original, invalid -- Samuel B. Lewis, Carter's Furnace; Jos D. Waddle, Boyd's Creek.
Restoration -- Joseph B. Baker, Kyle's Ford.
Increase -- John Henderson, Home; Wm. Horner, Chattanooga; Green B. Ledford, Jonesboro; Henry McCully, Miser; Wilson Carpenter, Rodgersville.
Original, widows, etc. -- Newman, father of James P. Hayes, Pulaski
Mexican survivors -- John Eatnip, Smithville; Wm. B. Hubbell, Yokely.
Reissue -- Wm. B. Walton, Madison.

March 3, 1888

Tragedy at Louisville, March 2 -- B. T. Gividen, in charge of sales for John Shrader, a Portland furniture manufacturer, at 5 p. m. today shot B. H. Lawrence, part proprietor of the Enterprise Vinegar Works, and Lawrence died half an hour later.  Gividen surrendered himself.  Lawrence had for some time been trying to collect a small disputed bill from Gividen, and bad feelings had arisen.  This morning Gividen gave Lawrence a check for the amount, but the bank refused to pay.  Lawrence returned to Gividen's office and in the quarrel which followed, Gividen claims that Lawrence tried to strike him and then drew a pistol.  (Article continues with account and Lawrence's family connections).


March 4, 1888

Supreme Court Cases
Wm. M. Henley vs. Mrs. D. M. Robb
From Sumner:
Wills - Construction.
Where a will directed a sale of the whole of the estate of the testator and devises the proceeds equally to his six children, providing that "if either of the children die without issue capable of taking by inheritance, then and in that event, I give and bequeath the amount given to such child or children to their remaining brothers and sisters;" and after the death of the testator, five of the children died, four of them dying childless and intestate, another who died second, leaving complainant, his only child surviving.  Held, that on the death of the first child, her interest under the will passed equally to the five surviving children under the will; and upon the death of the second, his original share passed by inheritance to complainant, his son, as well as the fifth of the share which had accrued to him by reason of the previous death of the first child; and complainant was also entitled to share as distributee with the sole child now surviving the shares of those of the children that died after the decease, their father.  The will did not provide for the second devaluation of any share and accruements became the absolute estate of the child to whom they accrued under the will, and hence did not pass under the will a second time, but by the laws of descent and distribution.
Statue of Limitations - Trustee -
Defendant received the accrued shares in 1866 or 1871 under a claim of right in good faith and has held and claimed the entire amount of such accruements as her own.  This suit was brought in 1883.  Complainant attained his majority in November, 1880, and the bill was filed within three years from that time.  The fact that his former guardian qualified in 1860, and did not resign until 1875, and could within that time have sued for such accruements and so was barred does not bar the ward.  It is true that where the trustee having the legal title is barred, the equitable title of the beneficiary is likewise; but the legal title to the property of the ward is not in his guardian.  He is but the custodian of the estate.  The case of guardian and ward is not synonymous with that of trustee cestui que trust in this particular, and therefore is not within the rule.
Guardian - Settlement - Defendant was complainant's guardian at the time he attained his majority and now pleads in bar to this suit the final settlement made by her in the County Court of Sumner County.  But this settlement was not conclusive.  She did not pretend to account for these accruements, nor was any question made about them.  No effort was made to settle or adjust her liability on this account.  She is not now sought to be her liable as guardian.  The settlement interposes no obstacle to the maintenance of this suit.  Decree affirmed.

Green vs. Green (from Sumner)
The voluminous record in this cause was full of confusion and chaos.  It was for the purpose of having an account of transactions extending over a period of several years.  It is insisted that as the Chancellor confirmed the report of the master made in the case, and as there is proof to sustain them, the decree should be affirmed.  But on an examination of the case it appears that the decree of reference pronounced in the cause was erroneous and in such a case the concurrence of the two amounts to nothing, and this Court must determine independently the merits of the controversy.  While it is true that ordinarily in cases of concurrence, the decree and report will be set aside only on the clearest proof, but for the reason stated this case is taken out of that rule.  Upon the casting of the account the decree is reversed and a decree is rendered here for the complainant for $1,599.00 and interest.

March 6, 1888

Gallatin, Tenn.  March 5 - Today the business men who have freight to ship to this city signed a petition entering into a contract that they would have everything shipped by Gallatin, to Nashville, and haul same to Gallatin by wagon-train.  All their goods from the North, East, West and South will be shipped to Nashville and then hauled back to Gallatin.  This is done to cut down local freight which is less by having goods shipped to Nashville than to Gallatin.  Goods can be hauled by wagon-train much cheaper than by local freight, at present rates.
Now the merchants have, they think, struck upon the right thing to get better freight rates.

March 7, 1888

Supreme Court Cases

Woodard vs. Sexton, Edgefield & Nashville Manufacturing Company vs. Sexton (from Sumner)
In these two causes, which are comprised in one records, an appeal was prayed from the decree below, and the decree after reciting the granting of the appeal says bond was given, but such recital was not conclusive and the proof shows that the bond required by law was not in fact, offered to and accepted by the Clerk and Master who was charged with that duty.  The record is now filed for affirmance.  The bond never having been, in fact, given, this court acquired no jurisdiction and the Chancellor's decree remains in force.  The case is stricken from the docket without costs except for the respective motions.  The giving of the required bond by the appellant after the transcript was brought here for affirmance had no effect to perfect the appeal.

March 8, 1888

J. B. Kirby, living near Gallatin, had his house burned to the ground last night, with its entire contents,  by incendiaries, who carried straw from a hay stack some distance from the house and piled the same under the north end of the dwelling and set fire to it.  Kerley's family barely escaped with their lives.  Officers know who the incendiaries are, and if caught will doubtless be lynched.

March 9, 1888

Supreme Court cases:
Green vs. Green (From Sumner)  Petition to rehear, presenting no new points.  The result before reached was after mature deliberation and thought, and the petition is dismissed.

March 10, 1888

Supreme Court cases:
Henley vs. Robb (from Sumner) -- This case was disposed of at a former day of the term and is now before the Court on a petition to rehear.  The point urged on the Court was not raised in the pleadings as in the assignment of errors and cannot be now considered.  Petition dismissed.

March 11, 1888

Pensions Granted in Tennessee:
Original invalid -- John L. Strong, Atoka; Joseph D. Morris, Ramer; Hugh Reece, Trado; Andrew J. Massey, Lafayette.
Increase -- James Edwards, Jonesboro; George H. Jones, Dumplin; Lewis WArwick, Twinville; John J. Brewer, Winesah.
Reissue -- Asa Jones. Lee Valley.
Reissue and increase -- Augustus Joyeux, Memphis.
Mexican survivors, reissue -- John B. Bonville, deceased, Nashville
Mexican widows -- Sallie C., widow of John B. Bonville, Nashville.

March 13, 1888

Gallatin, March 12.  The planters of Irish potatoes have been very busy during the past week, patting in the very prolific and profitable crop.  Some 2,000 acres will be planted.  Charles Burham and G. W. Porter, two plucky Kentuckians, have come down among us and are putting in some 150 acres, planting about two barrels to the acre.  Should we have a good spring and no drouth the yield in Sumner County will be some 40,000 barrels for the first crop.  This, if true, will bring our farmers some $70,000 to $80,000.

March 14, 1888

Julius Trousdale - Sumner County's Candidate for Governor of Tennessee
What an Editor Has to Say About Him Who Has Known Him All His Life -- A High Charactered and Very Brave Man
The Gallatin Examiner, in its last issue, notes with evident pleasure and delight that the articles which have recently appeared in its columns presenting the name of the Hon. Julius A. Trousdale, of Sumner, to the people of Tennessee for the nomination for Governor, have met with the approval of the best journals of the State.  They have set the people in each division of our long commonwealth to considering the question whether the time has not arrived to select their next Governor from a much-neglected class -- the non-office seekers.  The people have had no lack of "professionals" ever ready to seek place and position.  They now desire to revive the old honest test for office holders -- "Is he honest, is he faithful, is he capable?"  But little attention has been paid in late years to this.  Conventions have only considered whether the nominee could make a good stump speech and "fire up the boys" -- not whether he would make a sound, sensible, practical officer who would attend to the duties of his office.  Conventions have reversed the old rule, and we believe that the people are very anxious to have a restoration of old time ways.  The old rule gave us such Governors as John Sevier, Carroll, Cannon, Polk, the older Trousdale and Campbell.  Not one of them could compete on the modern stump with acrobatic dialecticians of our new era.  They could neither narrate humorous stories to provoke laughter, or turn summer-saults to amuse the multitude.  They were business men, entirely devoted to public business.  In the person of Julius A. Trousdale is such a man presented for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  He was born on Aug. 20, 1840, and is now in the golden period of usefulness.  His father was Wm. Trousdale, the trusted soldier, the Colonel of the Tennessee regiment in the Florida war of 1836, the hero of the Chepultepec battle in Mexico in 1847, the frequent representative of Sumner in the State Legislature, the Governor of Tennessee in 1849-50, the United States Minister to Brazil for four years during the term of President Pierce, who was his comrade in the Mexican War.  He was a good honest, capable Governor of Tennessee during 1849-50.  Suppose we now try whether his son, Julius A. Trousdale, would do like his father during 1889-90.  The Examiner is thoroughly a believer in the idea that no man of any account could fail to place himself on one side or the other in the great war of 1861-65.  It was a day of convictions.  Julius A. Trousdale attached himself to Col. W. B. Bate's Confederate regiment, and did his part in the great battle of Shiloh.  Shot and shattered in the thigh, he lay on the field while charge after charge was made over him.  Col. Bate and his dead brother lay near him.  A year or more of suffering was the result of his wound.  He was then assigned to quartermaster duty under our late townsman, Maj. Glover, of Knoxville, in 1863.  At Bristol he was captured, sent to Camp Chase, and exchanged after several months of imprisonment.  After the final surrender at Washington, Ga., he returned to his home in Gallatin.  We note the fact that he never availed himself of his right (from his painful wound) to retire from public service.  At Bristol, when captured, his kind-hearted landlady appealed to the Federal officer, a gallant, brave man, not to send Trousdale to prison, stating that he was lamed by wounds and unable to stand the journey to Knoxville and North.  The officer was touched and said to young Trousdale:  "Yes, I will release you if you will say that you will no longer take service against the United States."  "No, sir," replied Trousdale, "I will accept liberty on no such condition.  I will be a Confederate to the last."  We mention this occurrence to show of what metal the Examiner's candidate is made, and he would carry into the executive chamber at Nashville just the same metal.  Don't we need "metal" in Tennessee?  Julius A. Trousdale is a son of his father, and good blood descends.  Our farmers all pay much attention to the blood of their hogs, horses and chickens.  Wouldn't it be sensible to take a man whose blood records date from Jackson down, all with a good strain?  We don't believe in aristocracy, but we do believe in the aristocracy of honest mothers and fathers, and when the son shows the good breeding of capacity and honesty, we are very much in favor of placing him in a position of public trust, in which the people have interest.  Trousdale ought to be made Governor of Tennessee, and we are not afraid of making prophecy that he will be.  The convention will meet, squabble, fuss, confer, and end in his nomination, and his nomination will heal all dissensions in the family of Democrats.
Julius A. Trousdale, if the Gallatin Examiner speaks correctly-- and it is one of the most trustworthy papers in the country--is a coming man.  And yet he has neither a fiddle, a bow, nor a green bag.

Gallatin, March 16 -- At the courthouse to-night, the members of Ravenna Lodge No. 21, K. P. S., perfected permanent organization, and will have a uniform rank and enter the division.  The number of men will reach about forty, and applications have been forwarded to headquarters at Nashville for entry.  Considerable enthusiasm exists among members, and the Gallatin Division will soon muster into line.  Committees upon uniforms, etc., were appointed, and will close the contract for the same at once.

March 15, 1888

Pensions Granted in Tennessee:
Reissue -- Wm. H. Carey, Emert's Cove.
Original widows, etc. -- Eveline, widow of David B. Jenkins, Elizabethton.
Mexican survivors -- John A. Smith, Knoxville; Washington M. Smith, Memphis; Mack Freeman, Nashville; John Gavin, Nashville.
Mexican widows -- Margaret, widow of Andrew Suliridge, Cedar Fork.

March 17, 1888

Pensions granted in Tennessee
Original invalid -- George Kress, Sweetwater; George W. Henderson, Boyd's Creek.
Increase -- Thomas R. Anderson, Mammy; Shadrick B. Harris, Lafayette.
Mexican survivors -- James Ragsdale, Knoxville.
Mexican widows -- Sarah Jane, widow of Henry Sadler, Castalian Springs.

Gallatin, March 16.  Two failures with business firms are reported her today.  One Dobbins & Briggame, at Cotton Town, this county doing a general merchandise business, and Dorris Bros. at Dorristown.  The liabilities of each could not be ascertained, nor their assets.

March 18, 1888

Pensions granted in Tennessee:
Original, Invalid -- William Johnson, Wartburg; Robert P. Crowder, Hopewell Springs; Thomas J. McClure, Henderson's Springs; Alexander W. Carter, Laurel Gap.
Restored, reissue and Increase -- Columbus W. Lee (deceased), Martin, ending Jan. 5, 1886.
Increase -- Elkanoh W. Walker, Jonesboro; John M. Gilbert, Smithville.
Original, Widows, etc -- Rebecca E., widow of Columbus W. Lee, Martin.
Mexican Widows -- Sarah, widow of James R. Copeland, Nettle Carrier; Malinda L., widow of Benjamin Prater, Muddy Creek; Sophrina D., widow of Amajah J. Hamilton, Jonesboro.

March 22, 1888

Gallatin, Tenn., March 21.  Today the old homestead owned by the veteran turfman, Green Berry Williams, was ordered to be sold by the Court.  The sale will be at an early day.
Capt. J. B. Hendison, our public spirited citizen, today began a subscription to buy the place for a private school for children living outside of the corporate limits who were denied admittance to the public schools within the corporation.  Some $2,000 was subscribed, and Gallatin will soon add another good school.

A Cumberland Presbyterian Church is to be erected at Gallatin.

The Sumner County Democrats will elect delegates to the State Convention April 2.

Pensions granted in Tennessee:
Original, invalid -- James Smith, deceased, Mulbery Gap.
Increase -- Lewis Kirkins, Mulbery Gap.
Original, widows, etc. -- Mary Ann, widow of William Coker, Ebenezer.
Mexican widows -- Martha E., widow of Alexander E. Patton, Adamsville; Susan E., widow of William M. White, Nashville; Polly Ann, widow of Cooper Bray, Walnut Hill; Eliza, widow of Wm Alexander, South Pittsburg; Mary Ann, widow of John L. Dodd, Jackson.

March 23, 1888

Pensions granted in Tennessee:
Original invalid, Geo. Loudermilk, Whitesburg; John F. Hately, F_tler; Samuel Maples, Gatlinburgh; Harrison Looney, Knoxville; James S. Fry, Pilot Knob; Phinley Patterson, Oliver Springs; John McKenna, White; Thos. T. Rickets, Chattanooga.
Increase -- Jeremiah Bruton, Heldham; Joseph Beal, Austin Mills; Nathan B. Tucker, New Hope.
Reissue and Increase -- Wm. M. Garland, Limestone Cove.
Original Widows, etc. -- Martha A. mother of Wm. H. Osment, Stamper.
Mexican Survivors -- James McNabb, South Pittsburg.
Mexican Widows -- Elizabeth F., widow of John S. Reece, Nashville.

March 24, 1888

Pensions granted in Tennessee:
Original invalid, Robert Irwin, Trundles Cross Roads.
Original widows, etc., -- Minor of Elisha N. Sutton, Woodbury; (ending July 30, 1878); Jane, mother of Clement W. Keen, Clementsville; Johnson, father of John F. Potter, Elk Mills.
Mexican survivors -- Samuel Wilds, Shilohville.
Mexican widows -- Miriam, wife of Calvin B. Weaver, Fayetteville.

March 25, 1888

Pensions granted in Tennessee:
Original invalid -- William Conatzer, Parmelia; William N. York, Hall's Cross Roads; Lewis Jones, Johnson City; Judson A. Mosman, Chattanooga; William H. Capshans, Dibrell; Henry S. Clark, Locust Mound.
Original widows, etc. -- Rebecca widow of William McGill, Wear's Valley.
Mexican Survivors -- Litchell Perry, Carthage; Henry B. Terrell, Hendersonville; John J. Askew, Pinson; Lafayette Anderson, Defeated; James R. Gassoway, Woodbury.
Mexican widows -- Susan A., widow of William G. McDaniel, Rutledge; Judy, widow of Willis Collins, Lewisburg.

March 25, 1888

Gallatin, Tenn., March 23.  The colored Methodist Church was burned to the ground about 11 o'clock this morning.  The building, a large frame structure, was soon in ashes.  The fire originated from a defective flue. Prof. J. W. Stephenson, a teacher, while attempting to save his books, was very badly burned.

Misses Bessie and Katie Thompson, of Nashville, and Miss Jennie McClain, of California, are visiting Misses Pollie Burr and Betty Barry, near Gallatin.

March 29, 1888

Gallatin, Tenn.  March 28 -- The great rains all over this section have caused the smaller streams and Cumberland to rise rapidly.  Tilling the soil has been abandoned, and some fears are entertained that the rains will do much damage.

This morning about 4 o'clock, the barn of Mrs. E. B. Head, near Gallatin, was burned to the ground with entire contents.  Two mules were burned in flames, as well as all farming implements, harness, feed, etc.  It was the supposed work of incendiary.


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