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Obituaries April - May, 1911

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(Thursday, April 20, 1911)


Mrs. Ellen Perry died at her home Sunday at 1 o'clock and was buried the following day at New Hope with funeral service by Rev. M. L. Rippey, of Bethpage. Mrs. Perry was a true Christian and her hands were always ready to help those in need, especially in sickness. She was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Johnnie Key, Clarence, Jim and Olie Perry, and her mother, Mrs. Nancy Caldwell.

(Thursday, April 20, 1911)

Baptist Divine Called Home

Rev. Wilkes, a Former Pastor of Gallatin Succumbs

Rev. William S. Wilkes, a widely known and well beloved Baptist minister of this county, died suddenly of heart failure at the residence of Mrs. Amanda King near Shackle Island at 5 o'clock last Saturday morning. He and his wife were on their way to fill his regular appointment at New Hope Church Saturday and Sunday and had stopped with Mrs. King for the night. Bro. Wilkes awoke about daylight and complained of illness. In a short time he was dead. The deceased was 61 years of age and had been a member of the Baptist Church for 47 years, having been converted under the preaching of Rev. Jonathan Wiseman, a noted Baptist divine of his day. He was a son of Jack Wilkes and was born and reared two and one half miles northeast of Castalian Springs in the same community of which he was a citizen at the time of his death. He became an ordained minister at the age of 31 years and was from that time until a few months ago pastor of Hopewell Church. In connection with this he held a number of pastorates throughout this section and often had been honored by his church. He served a number of terms as moderator of the Baptist Association of this district. He was at one time pastor of the Gallatin Baptist Church, and for several years past had served in this capacity the New Hope Church above Shackle Island. Early in life he married Miss Nettie Gibson, of Castalian Springs, by whom he is survived. He is survived also by seven children. Funeral services were conducted at Hopewell Church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock by Rev. J. T. Oakley, of Hartsville, in the presence of over four hundred friends and acquaintances gathered from Sumner and adjoining counties. The burial followed, with Masonic honors, at the Wilkes burying ground. Bro. Wilkes, by his upright life and faithful ministry, wielded a wide influence for good throughout this section, and thus left for the perpetuation of his memory a monument more lasting than metal or stone.

(Thursday, April 27, 1911)

Death Of A Good Citizen

Andrew Jackson Blackmore Dies at His Home North of Gallatin

Andrew Jackson Blackmore, an aged and well-known citizen of this county died at his home five miles north of Gallatin Monday morning at 7:30 o'clock. He had been in ill health resulted from a complication of diseases. He was a son of Chas. N. Blackmore, late of this county, was 77 years of age, and had been for forty years a faithful member of the Christian Church. He was married first to Miss Harris of Hartsville and after her death to Miss Matilda Moye of this county. He is survived by the latter and by a large family of children. Mr. Blackmore was a splendid citizen who at all times enjoyed the good will and esteem of the community in which he lived. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence at 10 a. m. Tuesday by Rev. I. C. Hoskins of the Gallatin Christian Church. The burial followed at the old Blackmore burying ground near South Tunnel.

(Thursday, April 27, 1911)

Died In California

A recent telegram from Fresno, Cal., brought news of the death of Mr. James Tyree in that city. He was the only son of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Tyree, and his sisters are Mrs. M. K. Harris and Miss Jennie Bell Tyree, of Fresno. Mr. Tyree was a Sumner County boy and his many friends and relatives here who deeply sympathize with his bereaved wife and sisters.

(Thursday, April 27, 1911)

Dies After Long Illness

Another Name Stricken From Ever Lessening Roll

The death of Esquire John A. Patterson occurred at 10 a. m. last Thursday morning at the Trousdale Hotel in Gallatin where for some months he had resided. He was 78 years of age and his death resulted from the infirmities of age. He was a native of Sumner County, having been born and reared near Cairo, and except for short time spent in Nashville, has resided continuously here. He is survived by two brothers and a sister, W. C. Patterson, of this county, Los Patterson, of Missouri, and Mrs. Youree, of Nashville. The following grandchildren also survive: Will B. Brown and Misses Ann, Sue and Alice Brown, children of Harris Brown, of Gallatin. The deceased was a member of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church and of Rowana Lodge, Knights of Pythias. He was a genial gentleman of the old school and enjoyed a wide and favorable acquaintance throughout this section. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Friday morning from the residence of Harris Brown. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. R. M. DuBose. *(No mention of wife and daughter???)

(Thursday, April 27, 1911)

Died Last Thursday

Will H. Suber died last Thursday morning at 2 o'clock at the residence of his sister, Mrs. John R. Harris on North Water Street. He was 39 years old and was reared here, being a son of the late M. ?? Suber. He is survived by his mother, one sister, Mrs. ???? and three brothers, Messrs, John W. and Thomas Surber of Nashville and Emmet Surber of Louisville. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Friday morning at 10 o'clock.

(Thursday, April 27, 1911)

Cotton Town, Route 1

Monroe Latimer died April 1st of that dreaded disease, tuberculosis of the stomach.

(Thursday, May 4, 1911)

Shackle Island

Minnie Carline, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Strader of Edenwold, died last Saturday. The burial was at the Beech Sunday.

(Thursday, May 4, 1911)

Elsie Freeman

Elsie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Freeman, died of pneumonia at their home on Winchester Street Saturday at noon. She was seven months old. The burial occurred Sunday afternoon at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 4, 1911)

Miss Mary Duke

The death of Miss Mary Duke, aged 85 years, occurred last Friday night at her home near Cotton Town. Her death was due to the infirmities of age. The burial was at the family burying ground Saturday afternoon.

(Thursday, May 4, 1911)

Another Killing At Lebanon

Frank Buchanan Slays His Brother Robert on the Public Square

Lebanon, Tenn., April 28. - A very deplorable tragedy occurred here yesterday evening on the Public Square in front of Sellars & Hearn's livery stable, when Frank Buchanan, aged 29, a prominent horseman and citizen of the town, shot and almost instantly killed his brother Robert, aged 24. The ball entered the center of his chest and death resulted from internal bleeding. The deceased only breathed a few times after he fell, and did not utter a word. The father of the young men and a little Negro boy are said to have been the only witnesses. Frank Buchanan is said to have fired in defense of his father. The facts obtainable in regard to the killing and causes leading up to it are very few. The body was quickly removed to the undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and then removed to the home of his father on College Street, from which place the body will conveyed to Cedar Grove Cemetery for interment. The funeral services will occur this afternoon at 2:30 at the home and a short prayer service at the grave.

(Thursday, May 11, 1911)

Found Dead In Her Chair

Mrs. Dismukes Suddenly Succumbs-Community Shocked

Early last Thursday morning the people of Gallatin were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Rebecca Dismukes which occurred sometime during the night previous. When the family cook arrived and knocked on Mrs. Dismuke's door about 5:30 Thursday morning there was no response. She then called Miss Alice Howison who occupied another room of the Dismukes home, who crossed the hall and opening the door of Mrs. Dismukes' room found her dead in her chair with the lamp burning on a table near by. In one hand she still held an apple which she had been eating and in the other a knife, evidently used to peel the apple. She had entertained visitors until 9 o'clock the evening before and it is supposed that death resulted from organic heart disease shortly after their departure. Dr. W. N. Lacky was hastily summoned, but, of course, was unable to render medical aid. Mrs. Dismukes was 70 years of age and a daughter of the well-known Confederate General, Daniel S. Donelson, of this county, for whom Fort Donelson was named. She was the wife of the late David J. Dismukes, who likewise died suddenly some years ago. She had been for many years a consistent member of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church and held the love and esteem of the entire community. She is survived by three sisters and three brothers as follows: Mrs. James E. Horton, *(If any of you know anything about this lineage, please e-mail me.) Athens, Alabama, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, of Nashville, Mrs. Mary Martin, of Hendersonville, James Donelson, of Birmingham, for many years chief of police of that city, J. B. Donelson, of Birmingham, formerly mayor and longtime resident of Gallatin, and Dan Donelson, of the internal revenue service, of Chattanooga. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Friday morning at 11 o'clock by Rev. R. M. DuBose. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends.

(Thursday, May 11, 1911)

Texas Pioneer Passes Away

Dr. Richard D. King, Who Died at Whitewright, Went to Texas in 1851

The following account of the death of a former citizen of Gallatin appeared in the Dallas (Texas) Morning News of recent date: Dr. Richard Davis King, who died at Whitewright last Saturday, was a prominent pioneer citizen of Grayson County. Born at Gallatin, Tenn., May 1, 1827, he came to Texas in 1851 and purchased land near Sherman. A few years later he traveled horseback in company with Dr. Pascal Head to Nashville to study medicine, both afterward becoming noted physicians in North Texas, where they were for many years partners in the profession. In 1844 Dr. King was a member of a military company in Tennessee, organized to support Henry Clay for the Presidency. He was groomsman at the wedding of Frank Allen, who was a brother of Sam Houston's first wife. He united with the Presbyterian Church in early manhood and was an elder at the time of his death. Dr. King was married twice. His first wife was Miss Mary E. Parish, who died of cholera in 1849, leaving one child, who is Mrs. J. R. Cole of Dallas. His second wife was Mrs. Martha Morgan Crenshaw. Two children were born of this union: a son, William McClain, who died six years ago, and a daughter, who is now Mrs. Pascal Head of Whitewright. He leaves nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Among relatives who attended the funeral were Col. And Mrs. J. R. Cole, Mrs. William Deatherage and Miss Mary Reid of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Head and wife and Mr. and Mrs. Varney King and wife of Valley View.

(Thursday, May 11, 1911)

Died at Pine Bluff

E. F. Nickelson of this city received a telegram Thursday evening announcing the death from appendicitis of his brother, A. O. P. Nickelson, at Pine Bluff, Ark., and Mr. Nickelson left for that city last Thursday night. The deceased, who was about 56 years of age, was a resident of Ft. Smith, Ark. He formerly resided in Gallatin and was a son of the late Samuel Nickelson, proprietor of the old Gallatin Woolen Mills. Mr. Nickelson married Miss Hattie Saunders, also of Gallatin, and about thirty years ago they went to Arkansas, where they have since resided, although they have made a few visits to their old home. The deceased is survived by his wife and several children.

(Thursday, May 18, 1911)

Death Of Capt. Day

Aged and Honored Citizen Succumbs to Stroke of Paralysis

Capt. Henry B. Day, an old and honored citizen of Sumner County, died at 1 o'clock last Monday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bettie Parris, six miles east of Gallatin on the Scottsville Pike. He was in his 87th year and his death was due to paralysis from which he suffered a stroke about ten days age. Capt. Day was born and reared in Sumner County and during his long life was a man of strong vitality. In 1849, when gold was discovered in California, Capt. Day, in company with several other Sumner countians, concluded he would try his luck in the gold fields, the party making the long journey on horseback. After prospecting for some time without any great success, Capt. Day was taken seriously ill with what was termed "gold fever," and he was told by his physician that he would die if he remained in that country. Capt. Day was too ill to attempt the return trip and a friendly maner removed him to his home in the mountains. Capt. Day remained at his friend's until he recovered, when, with several companions, he returned. They went by boat down to the Pacific to the Isthmus of Panama, walked across the isthmus to the Atlantic side, where they embarked in a boat for New Orleans, coming by stage from their home. When the Civil War began Capt. Day espoused the cause of the Confederacy and was captain of the company. He made a brave and vallant soldier and served with honor and distinction throughout the hostilities. He married Miss Kate Moore who came to this county many years ago from Ireland. Mrs. Day, who was 81 years of age died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. J. Simpson, near Gallatin, on April 15 last. To Capt. And Mrs. Day were born five children, four daughters and a son, as follows: Mrs. Julia Paris of Stroud, Okla.; Mrs. Bettie Paris of Side View, this county; Mrs. Frank W. Lewis and Mrs. W. A. J. Simpson of Gallatin, and Charles Day, deceased. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 1 p. m., by Rev. I. C. Hoskins. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 25, 1911)

Popular Man's Tragic Death

David C. Barry Meets Death at Hands of Negro Ex-Convict

*(Top part cut from the paper.)

The burial was conducted from the residence of Mr. D. F. Barry yesterday afternoon, funeral services being conducted at the Gallatin Christian Church at 5 p. m. by Elder E. A. Elam. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 25, 1911)

Died in Philippines

James M. Matthews, a native of Sumner County, and a private in Company, L., Sixth Regiment Infantry, U S A, died on April 27, from an accidental gunshot wound, according to news just received here. The accident occurred in the Philippine Islands, where he had been stationed with his regiment the past five years. News of the young man's death was received by his father, J. A. Matthews, who lives near Cairo, this county. The deceased was about 29 years of age and unmarried.

(Thursday, May 25, 1911)

Swift Vengeance Is Meted Out

Infuriated Citizens Deal Out Summary Justice to Negro Murderer

No Blame Attaches To Officers

David Barry, Jr., and His Cook are Victims

*(This article is quite lengthy. I will type it later if anyone is interested. Jim Sweat, David Barry, Jr. and Minnie Draper, deceased.)

(Thursday, May 25, 1911)

Cantrell's Store

Jack Brown, an aged citizen of near this place, was buried last week. Mr. Brown had been in ill health for many years. He recently contracted a severe case of measles which proved too much for his already feeble state of health. He is survived by a wife and several children.


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