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Obituaries Aug. - Sept., 1918 - Jan. 1920

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(Thursday August 29, 1918)

Escaping Gas Causes Death

Explosion Fatal to Mrs. Earl Sharp And Daughter Friday Eve.

A sad accident occurred at 7 o'clock Friday evening which resulted in the death of Mrs. Earl Sharp and her young daughter, Calvert, at their home near Number One on the Nashville and Gallatin Pike.

Gas from a closed well had escaped into a cellar under a building in the yard. Suspecting that something was wrong Mr. Sharp opened the door and descended into the cellar to investigate. His wife followed him with a lighted candle and immediately behind her came the little girl. Before they were down the cellar steps the gas caught fire from the candle and a terrific explosion resulted. Both Mrs. Sharp and her daughter were fatally burned and died in great agony a few hours later. Mr. Sharp, also, was seriously burned in endeavoring to aid his wife and daughter. At first fears were entertained for his life but it is thought now that he will recover.

Funeral services for the deceased wife and daughter took place at the family residence at 3 o'clock PM Sunday. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery. Mrs. Sharp was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. C. McMahan of Fairview and was an excellent Christian lady. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp moved to this county from Sevierville, East Tennessee only a few years ago.

(Thursday September 5, 1918)

Mrs. Julia A. Holt

Mrs. Julia Ann Holt died Saturday night at her home on the Long Hollow Pike. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age. The deceased was born November 29, 1842 and is survived by two sons and two daughters. The burials took place at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday September 19, 1918)

Henry T. Williams

Henry Tecumseh Williams, an aged ex-Confederate soldier and highly esteemed citizen of Sumner County, died at his home near Saundersville Friday, September 13th. The deceased was 84 years old and his death was due to the infirmities of age. He enlisted from this county in the Confederate Army and was a brave soldier. He was a member of the 7th Tennessee, Hatton's Regiment. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning by Rev. T. B. Fisher and Dr. A. R. Shaw. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery with appropriate ceremonies by members of Donelson Bivouac.

(Thursday September 19, 1918)

Lucian C. Smith

Lucian Clay Smith, a prominent citizen of this community, died Saturday at his home a mile from town on the Nashville Pike. His death was due to the infirmities of old age and followed an illness of two weeks. Mr. Smith was a native of Hillsboro, North Carolina, where he was born March 15, 1839. He removed first to Smith County and later to Gallatin where with his family he had resided for a number of years. His wife died about twelve years ago.

The deceased was a devout member of the Baptist Church and an excellent citizen. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at 3 PM Sunday by Rev. T. J. Oakley of Hartsville, assisted by Rev. C. H. Bailey. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday September 19, 1918)

David A. Hughey

David Alexander Hughey died Saturday, September 14th at the home of his mother, Mrs. Robert Hughey of Gallatin. Mr. Hughey was 44 years of age and a machinist by occupation. The remains were conveyed by Harris & North, undertakers, to Lebanon where the burial took place Sunday.

(Thursday September 19, 1918)

Mrs. Evalin M. Lewis

Mrs. Evalin McMurtry Lewis age 79 years died at her home three miles north of Shackle Island Wednesday morning, September 11th, 1918. Deceased was a noble Christian lady, a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church. She leaves three brothers, Messrs. D. L. McMurtry of Nashville and Jake and Johnnie McMurtry, of White House, four granddaughters; Mrs. S. J. Honeycutt and Miss Florence Dorris of Shackle Island, Miss Bernice Dorris of Nashville and Mrs. G. C. Means of Hendersonville.

Remains were laid to rest in Beech Cemetery.

(Thursday September 26, 1918)

Herman Vandercook

Herman Vandercook, aged 10 years, and son of W. L. Vandercook of the Dobbins Pike, died suddenly at 4 o'clock PM Sunday while on a visit to relatives near Bethpage. His death is supposed to have resulted from heart failure. The burial took place Monday afternoon at Bush's Chapel.

(Thursday September 26, 1918)

Miss Lillian Douglass

A sad death which occurred at 11 o'clock Monday night was that of Miss Lillian Odel Douglass, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Bell Douglass, at their home near Station Camp. She was born November 26th, 1895, and was a young woman of beautiful Christian character. She was a devout member of the Methodist Church at Douglass Chapel. Her death resulted from typhoid fever. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence at 10 AM yesterday by Rev. B. J. Duncan. The burial followed at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday September 26, 1918)

Sam Cunningham

Sam H. Cunningham, a prominent citizen of the 8th district, died at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his home on Station Camp Creek near Ocana. The deceased was born August 19th, 1848, and was a native of Jackson County. His death come suddenly and resulted from heart failure. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Jim and Sam Cunningham, and a daughter, Miss Eva Cunningham. The burial took place at Spring Hill Monday afternoon.

(Thursday September 26, 1918)

Mrs. Mary Henry

Bethpage, Sept. 21. - Mrs. Mary Henry, wife of Capt. John Henry, died at her home near Templow, four miles out from Bethpage, Friday. She was, before her marriage, Miss Mary Pursley, a daughter of David Pursley. She was 79 years of age and had been married 55 years. She was a devout member of the Methodist Church for a half century. She is survived by her husband and six children, Mrs. Bettie Harris of Hartsville, John Henry, Dave Henry and Dan Henry of Live Oak, Fla.; Annette Henry and Noel Henry of Hartsville. The burial took place at the family burying ground today with funeral services conducted by Rev. J. O. Ensor.

(Thursday September 26, 1918)

Card Of Thanks

We desire to extend our sincere and heart felt thanks to the friends and relatives for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the sickness and death of our beloved father, Alfred N. Baulch. We shall always hold them in grateful remembrance. Willard Baulch, Maude Baulch, Mrs. Hattie Collier.

(Thursday September 26, 1918)

Mrs. Margaret Huffaker

Mrs. Margaret Huffaker died at the home of her mother, Mrs. S. A. Choate, on the 15th of September of tuberculosis, aged 39. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church by Rev. W. G. Mayhaffey. Interment followed at Portland Cemetery.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Mrs. Jas. H. Davis

Died, at the home of Mrs. Bailey P. Jackson on Franklin Street Saturday, January 4th, Mrs. James H. Davis. Mrs. Davis had been ill for about ten days. She was born March 6th, 1837 near Nashville and before her marriage was Miss Sallie Fagundus. She was a true Christian woman and a member of the Baptist Church. The remains were carried to Danville, Kentucky for burial.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Mrs. Albert Bradley

Mrs. Albert Bradley died Tuesday, December 30th, at her home on the Red River Road. Mrs. Bradley was born in Macon County March 28th, 1875, and was before her marriage Miss Cora Sullivan, daughter of J. J. Sullivan. Mrs. Bradley had resided in this county for about twenty years, having come here soon after her marriage to Mr. Bradley, they having lived at Dixon Springs when first married. She is survived by her husband and six children, five sons and one daughter, the youngest child being two and on half years old.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Mrs. D. W. Dickerson

A sad death of this week was that of Mrs. Lena Dickerson, wife of D. W. Dickerson, which occurred Saturday afternoon, January 3rd at their home on the Hartsville Pike. She had been in ill health only a few days, her death resulting from pneumonia.

The deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. Richard McGlothlin, a prominent citizen of the Portland community. She was 36 years of age and a woman of beautiful Christian character, having been since childhood a faithful member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband and five children, three boys and two girls. She is survived also by an only brother, Mr. H. L. McGlothlin, of Gallatin.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon by Dr. D. M. Ausmus. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Mrs. Mollie Roscoe

Mrs. Mollie Roscoe died at the home of her brother, Mr. Ike M. Baker, on the Douglas Pike Monday morning, December 29th, 1919. She had been making her home with her brother since the death of her husband, Dr. W. S. Roscoe, which occurred last September. Mrs. Roscoe had been, since her early youth, a devout member of the Presbyterian Church and a truly amiable woman, Having lived a life of service to those about her.

Mrs. Roscoe was born in Sumner County August 1st, 1854 and made her home here until she was married to Dr. Roscoe twenty-five years ago. Since her marriage she had resided at Goodlettsville. She is survived by two brothers and one sister, Messrs. I. M. and John W. Baker of this county and Mrs. Joe Weisiger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has two sisters dead, Mrs. James O. Baber and Mrs. C. H. Talbot.

Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. I. M. Baker Tuesday morning by the Rev. C. C. McNeil of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church. The remains were laid to rest in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Nashville.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Miss Mollie Jackson

Miss Mollie Jackson, daughter of the late William Jackson, died at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Baber on the Red River Road December 24th, 1919. She was born December 30th, 1839. Miss Jackson was an excellent Christian woman, having been a member of the Methodist Church since the age of fourteen. She was a sister of the late Bailey P. Jackson and is survived by one brother, James Jackson of Marion, Illinois. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery at 2:30 PM December 25th, funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. J. Stowe and Dr. D. M. Ausmus.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

William J. Durham

Bethpage, Dec. 28. - Wm. Jesse Durham, 56, died at his home here yesterday. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Earl McWhirter, Mrs. Robert Sailors and Viola Durham, all of this county. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. T. S. Cook, with interment at the Bethpage Cemetery.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

 Negro Woman Is Found Murdered

Bethpage, Dec 26. - Liza Ann Branham, a negro woman about 31 years old, was found murdered in a back woods lot on the farm of W. T. Parker near here last night. Death was caused by the load from a shotgun, which pierced the side of her neck. She had been cut severely on the head in two places, probably by a sharp rock that was found lying beside her.

The woman had been to the home of her father, Green Farley, and was killed on her return to her home. Both she and her husband, Pleas Branham, are industrious negroes and well thought of here. No motive can be found for the crime. Police authorities here, in response to a general feeling of the utmost indignation, are making every effort to find the murderer, but no arrests have been made as yet.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

In Memoriam.

In memory of Charlie D. Brazzell, Sr., who died December 5th, 1919.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

William Draper

Bethpage. Dec. 27. - William Draper, aged about 45 years, died at Westmoreland. He is survived by his wife and four small children. He formerly lived at Chattanooga, coming to this county only a few weeks ago.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Mrs. Emily Gibson

Portland, Jan. 1 - Mrs. Emily Gibson, wife of Mr. Joe Gibson, deceased, died at her home at Franklin, KY., December 24th of paralysis. She was buried at the Portland Cemetery Christmas Day, Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Karnes and Prof. J. O. Blaines.

(Thursday January 8, 1920)

Mrs. James Parker

Mrs. Pearl Parker, wife of James Parker and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Garrison, died at her home on Station Camp Creek January 3rd. Her remains were laid to rest in Beech Cemetery Monday afternoon with impressive funeral services by Rev. J. T. Mason assisted by Rev. S. T. Byers.

(Thursday January 15, 1920)

Mrs. Clark Brown

Mrs. Margaret Ann Brown, wife of Mr. Clarke Brown, died of pneumonia Tuesday, January 13th, at their home near Dry Fork. The deceased who was 62 years of age, was a devoted Christian lady and a kind neighbor and friend. She was a member of the Christian Church. The burial which awaits the arrival of relatives from Texas will take place at Corinth.

(Thursday January 15, 1920)

Stephen O. Cantrell

Stephen O. Cantrell, a prominent citizen of this county, died Friday night, January 9th at the home of his niece, Mrs. C. E. Douglass. Mr. Cantrell was born in Sumner County at the old Cantrell home near Number One eighty-two years ago. He was a son of the late William Cantrell and a member of one of the old pioneer families of this county. Mr. Cantrell was a confederate Veteran, serving throughout the war. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Hooper, of Atlanta, Georgia, and several nieces in this county. Funeral services were conducted at the Douglass home Saturday afternoon by Rev. C. C. McNeil. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday January 15, 1920)

Mrs. James R. Phelps

Portland, Jan 13. - Mrs. James R. Phelps, 62, died and was buried yesterday at Neoho, KY. Surviving Mrs. Phelps are her husband and three sons, Commodore, Clarence and Claude Phelps.

(Thursday January 15, 1920)

James D. Haw

James D. Haw, a prominent merchant of Bransford, this county, died at his home Sunday, January 11th. Mr. Haw was sixty-two years old and had resided in this county all his life, having been born near Saundersville. He had been in the mercantile business at Bransford for about thirty years. Mr. Haw was twice married, his last wife, who was Miss Nolie Dorris, and one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Howell, survive him. Funeral services and burial were conducted at the Gallatin Cemetery Monday by Rev. C. H. Bailey.

(Thursday January 15, 1920)

Mrs. S. A. Carver

Mrs. S. A. Carver died at her home on the Douglass Pike Saturday night, January 10th. She was the wife of the late S. A. Carver and moved to this county several years ago from Macon County. Mrs. Carver was a member of the Gallatin Christian Church and a woman of fine Christian character. She is survived by five daughters all of whom are grown. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church Monday afternoon by Dr. D. M. Ausmus and Rev. O. L. Olmstead, followed by burial at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday January 22, 1920)

Mrs. W. H. Johnson

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson died at her home on Foster Street Monday, Jan. 19th. Mrs. Johnson, who was sixty-six years of age, was reared in Kentucky, coming to this state after her marriage. She had been for a number of years a member of the Methodist Church. Her husband and one son, J. C. Johnson, survive her. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery Wednesday, Jan. 20th.

(Thursday January 22, 1920)

Death Claims Rev. R. S. Blankenship

Relatives in this county have received news of the death of Rev. R. S. Blankenship, which occurred recently at the home of his son in Nashville. Dr. Blankenship was for many years a prominent Baptist minister in this county.

(Thursday January 22, 1920)

Mrs. W. A. Gray

Mrs. Nora Gray, wife of W. A. Gray, died at their home on Station Camp Road Monday, January 19th. Mrs. Gray had been in ill health for some time but had been confined to her bed only a short while before her death.

The deceased was before her marriage Miss Nora Edna Wise, daughter of George Wise near Number One. She was in her 42nd year, and had been since girlhood a devout member of the Methodist Church. She was a lovable, Christian woman and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Misses Sarah and Ruth Gray and Mack Gray.

Services and burial were had at Gallatin Cemetery Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. D. M. Ausmus.

(Thursday January 22, 1920)

Mrs. W. C. Shrum

The many friends of Mrs. W. C. Shrum were much saddened by her sudden death, which occurred at her apartment at the home of George Brown, on West Main Street Friday, Jan. 16th. Mrs. Shrum had been in apparently good health, having returned from Nashville the afternoon before which she had been for two days, attending the Tennessee State Teacher's meeting. She was seized with convulsions about nine o'clock Thursday night and died at three AM Friday morning.

The deceased was a daughter of the late W. M. Duncan, a prominent citizen of the Hartsville community. She was thirty-nine years of age, and a woman of beautiful Christian character. Mrs. Shrum was at the time of her death a teacher in the Central High School where she was greatly admired by her pupils and associate teachers. She was a prominent and active member in social church work, having been a member of the Baptist Church since early youth. Her husband, W. C. Shrum, and three sisters survive her.

Her remains were carried to Friendship, near Hartsville, Sunday for burial, accompanied by a large number of friends from Gallatin.

(Thursday January 29, 1920)

Mrs. E. B. Buck

Mrs. Mary Lou Buck, wife of E. B. (Kaney) Buck, died at her home on West Bledsoe Street Saturday morning, January 24th, while sitting in her chair. Mrs. Buck was born in Wilson County February 19th, 1847, and was before her marriage Miss Mary Lou York. She was a devout member of the Methodist Church and a charter member of the Woman's Missionary Society. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. W. E. Soper, of Portland.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon by Dr. D. M. Ausmus. Burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday January 29, 1920)

Mrs. William L. Robb

Mrs. Sophia Douglass Robb, wife of Mr. William L. Robb, died at the home of her brother, R. E. Douglass, on the Douglass Pike Friday, January 23rd after an illness of several months. She was born in Sumner County December 20th, 1861, and was a daughter of the late Cullen E. Douglass, member of an old and prominent family of this county. Mrs. Robb had been for a number of years a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a faithful Christian woman. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Julius and William, Robb, Jr.

Funeral services were conducted the following day by Rev. C. C. McNeill of the Presbyterian Church, followed by burial at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday January 29, 1920)

Anna Joe Murry

The many Gallatin friends of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Murry sympathize with them in the death of their beautiful little daughter, Anna Joe, which occurred at a Nashville sanitarium last Thursday. She was exceptionally bright and lovable child, 10 years of age, and was a great favorite and pet at Epperson Springs where Mr. and Mrs. Murry were popular hosts for a number of years.


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