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Obituaries February, 1912

Typed and Contributed by Linda Carpenter

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Hung Himself In His Cell.
Sam Harris Commits Suicide at the Gallatin Jail Saturday Night.

Sam Harris, white, aged about 55 years, was found dead Sunday morning at the jail here, having hung himself with his blanket during the night. Harris was first discovered in a business house in the Public Square Thursday night, acting queerly and was taken in charge by Marshal Chrisman, who turned him over to Sheriff Carter for the night. When questioned, Harris he had lately removed from Ashland City, his wife leaving him at Cairo and he continued on to Hartsville. He came to Gallatin the first of the week and applied to Sheriff Carter for shelter, but was refused because he had money on his person. He was released Friday morning, but that evening Sheriff Carter received a telephone message from a resident on the Scottville Pike stating that a man was acting queerly on the road. Sheriff Carter found Harris on the road, and returned him back to jail. That night he attempted to kill himself with a claw hammer which he had concealed on his person, beating himself on the head in a frightful manner. The body was still warm when found by the turnkey at the jail Sunday morning at 7 o'clock. The unfortunate man had climbed up on the edge of a sink in the cell, tied his blanket around his neck and jumped off, his feet touching the floor. It is claimed that Harris has two sons living at Dixon Springs. It is reported that when Harris was released Friday morning, and while walking out East Main St., he stopped at several residences and frightened the lady occupants by asking them the best way to kill himself. No blame is attached to Sheriff Carter whatever, as that officer, after Harris' first attempt on his life, searched him thoroughly and took away his walking canes with which he had to walk owing to some affliction of the lower limbs. His remains were buried at the Gallatin Cemetery Monday.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Daniel L. Cage

Daniel L. Cage, a former citizen of Station Camp Creek this county, died at 6:30 o'clock last Thursday. Jan. 25th, at his home in Nashville. The deceased was 58 years of age and a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife and six children. Funeral was conducted at the Gallatin Baptist Church Friday at 1:30 o'clock. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Died at Cairo.

Mrs. Nellie Pruett Burris, died after a long illness of consumption at the home of her parents near Cairo several days ago. The burial took place at the Pruett burying ground near Cairo.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Mrs. Sarah Willerford.

Mrs. Sarah Willerford, wife of Frank Willerford and a well known and highly respected lady of the Rock Bridge community, died at her home last Saturday night. Her death was not unexpected as she had been in ill health for some time. The deceased, who was a daughter of Mr. Levi Cantrell of the same community, was 60 years of age and a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by her husband and two children. The burial took place Sunday at Rock Bridge.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Mrs. Julia Workins.

The death of Mrs. Julia Workins, wife of the late Henry Workins occurred at the home of her son, Joe Workins, on the Long Hollow Pike last Thursday evening at 7 o'clock. She was a native of Sumner County and at the time of her death was 89 years of age. She is survived by four children as follows: Will Workins of Nashville, Joe Workins and Mrs. J. P. Kemp of this county and Mrs. J. E. Anthony of Enon College. The burial was at Enon College last Friday.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Died in Virginia.

Prof. A. J. Wood, president of Howard College in the early 70's, and a confederate Veteran, died Jan. 9 at his home at Greenwood, Albamarle County, Va. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Prof. Wood and his family are well remembered by the older people of Gallatin.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

John Alonzo Crook.

John Alonzo Crook, aged 49 years, died Jan. 28, 1912, at the home of his brother, Clarence Groves of Mitchellville, Tenn. The burial was at Ebenezer Cemetery the following day. Mr. Crook was a stepson of G. J. Groves, deceased, and a painter by trade. He had been in declining health fro two years, his death resulting from hemorage of the lungs. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Clarence and Dannie Groves and Mrs. Frank Crafton of Mitchellville, Mrs. Nannie Ray of McCarver and Claricy Groves of Springfield. He was a nephew of J. A. Pilkinton of Gallatin.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Mrs. Bailey Stratton.

The death of Mrs. Georgia Ann Stratton, wife of Bailey Stratton, occurred at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Green Harris near Liberty last Thursday night at 8:30 o'clock. Her death resulted from an attack of bronchitis. She was 76 years of age and before her marriage to Mr. Stratton was Miss Georgia Ann Daughtry of this county. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harris, one brother, Red Daughtry and three sisters, Mrs. James Irons, Mrs. Dan Briggance and Miss Kate Daughtry all of Sumner County. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

Killed Near Scottville.

Mr. James Meredith, brother of Jeff Meredith, near Halfway, this county, last Thursday accidentally shot and killed himself. He had gotten over a fence and in attempting to pull his gun through a crack in the fence, the gun was discharged, the load entering near the heart. This was about 11 a.m., Thursday. He died about two o'clock Saturday morning. Mr. Meredith was about 47 years old and unmarried. His tragic death was a shock to the entire neighborhood.  Allen County Times.

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

In Memoriam.

On Sunday just at the close of a dark dismal day on Dec. 10, 1911, the spirit of Mary Savely bade farewell to her mother and loved ones and winged its way to God who give it. She was laid by loving hands in the family burying ground there to sleep. Oh, the aching hearts that morn her are many. (More of this, but not of genealogical interest.)

(Thursday, February 1, 1912)

A. B. C.

Mrs. Minnie Clark, wife of Mr. Claude Clark, died at her home near here last Thursday morning. She leaves a husband and two children.

Shackle Island.

Wm. (Buck) Hosale died at his home Jan. 16, aged 51 years. Deceased leaves a wife and six children.

(Thursday, February 8, 1912)

Aged Citizen Passes Away
Levi Cantrell Found Dead Thursday Morning at His Home.

The death of Mr. Levi Cantrell, one of the oldest and most esteemed citizens of the North Side, occurred some time during last Wednesday night at his home near Rock Bridge. He was found dead in bed at 4 o'clock Thursday morning, the cause being unknown. Mr. Cantrell was a native of Sumner County and was in the 87th year of his age. He was an upright citizen and had been for more than 50 years a member of the Baptist Church. The deceased had been married twice. He is survived by his wife and by eight children as follows: Messrs Johnson, Woodson, Bailey, Brode and Luther Cantrell, Mrs. Nena Rippy and Mrs. Martha Gray all of this county and Mrs. Mary Anthony of Nashville.

(Thursday, February 8, 1912)

Mr. W. F. Moss

As this issue of the News goes to press announcement is received of the death of Mr. W. F. Moss, a prominent citizen of Bethpage, at his home there last evening, aged 72. Funeral arrangements not yet made. A more extended notice will be published next week.

(Thursday, February 8, 1912)

V. A. Rogers

The following account of the death of a former citizen of Sumner is copied from a Sparta paper: Mr. V. A. (Bub) Rogers died at his home in the third district last Friday morning at 4 o'clock from heart trouble and other complications. He was enjoying his usual health until about midnight when he was attacked and became unconscious until his death. Mr. Rogers was in his 56th year and leaves a wife and seven children. He was a brother of Mr. W. E. Rogers of Sparta and was a high-toned, upright Christian man who had the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He had been superintendent of the Pleasant Hill Sunday School for several years and was a member of the Christian Church. The burial took place at Bethlehem on Sunday in the presence of a large concourse of people, Elder J. D. Gunn conducting the services. White County loses a good citizen and the family a kind, devoted husband and father.

(Thursday, February 15, 1912)

Shackle Island

Mrs. Mary Hullett died in Nashville Monday. Her remains were brought to the Beech for interment Tuesday.

Several from here attended the burial of Oscar Dorris at Ocana Monday>

(Thursday, February 15, 1912)

Cotton Town.

Mr. J. F. Burnett of Cotton Town, Star route carrier between this place and Gallatin, died here Sunday morning at 5 o'clock. His death was due to pneumonia. He was 57 years of age and a native of Williamson County but removed to Sumner County eight years ago. He is survived by his wife and three children. The burial was at the Mitchell burying ground Monday afternoon.

(Thursday, February 15, 1912)

Died in Nashville.

Miss Lillie Odell, sister of Mr. John Odell of Gallatin, died at Central Hospital in Nashville last Friday. The deceased was 23 years of age and had been at Central Hospital for about one year. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Geo. L. Beale of the Methodist Church at the Odell residence in Gallatin Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 15, 1912)

Dies From Paralysis
W. F. Moss, Prominent in this County, Dies at Bethpage.

William F. Moss, one of the most prominent citizens of this county, died last Wednesday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis which he suffered about eight weeks ago. He was a native of Green County, Ky., where he was born July 31, 1838. He came of a distinguished family of Kentucky, was the youngest of fourteen children of Thomas Moss, who was in the War of 1812. He enlisted in Company L. Second Kentucky Cavalry, under General Basil Duke, and served with distinction until 1864, when he was captured and carried to Camp Morton where he remained a prisoner of war for fourteen months. After the close of the war, he returned to his home in Kentucky and began a life again. In 1867 he moved to this county and engaged in farming and raising stock. He was successful and had amassed a handsome competency. At the time of his death he was a director and Vice President of the Farners' & Merchants' Bank at Bethpage. He had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church for 63 years and a steward for forty-five years. His wife and the following children survive him: Mrs. Maggie Atkins of Adams, Tenn., Mrs. Lizzie Harris, Mrs. Minnie Whiteside, Mrs. Jennie Moore, the wife of O. D. Moore, County Court Clerk of this County; Duke Moss, Thomas L. Moss and Allen Moss, all of this County. The burial took place at Bethpage Cemetery Thursday morning, at 10 o'clock.

(Thursday, February 15, 1912)

Mrs. Hubert Barber

On Friday morning, Feb. 2, 1912, the death angel visited the home of E. Hubert Barber at Orlinda, Tenn., and claimed for its own his beloved wife. Before her marriage she was Miss Semmie Clayton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Clayton of Orlinda. She leaves a devoted husband and two dear little boys, together with her Mother, Father, brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She became a member of the Baptist Church when twelve years old and lived a faithful and devoted member until her death. Portland Herald.

(Thursday, February 22, 1912)

R. J. Barrett.

The death of R. J. Barrett, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Cotton Town occurred at his home there at 4 o'clock a.m. last Thursday. He was 40 years of age and is survived by his wife and three children. The burial took place at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Barrett Homestead. His death was due to tuberculosis of the bones.

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

A. T. Goodloe.

Rev. A. T. Goodloe, died at his home near Nashville, Feb. 22nd at 9:30 p.m. and was laid to rest in Mt. Olivet by the side of his noble wife, Feb. 24, at 12'm. A prince in Israel has fallen and the world is poorer thereby. He was immovable from his principles of right, as laid down in God's word, and would brave at anytime given his life for the truth. (Did not type all the obit.) An old Rebel soldier, brave and true and loved the boys in grave as only they know how to love. Death held no fear for him. We know he is with God. Five children and the lovely companion of more than fifty years went on before and we are sure they were watching for him at the Beautiful Gate.

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

Miss Leila Shannon.

The death of Miss Leila Shannon, youngest sister of Mrs. C. E. Hawkins of Gallatin died at her home in Franklin, Tenn. yesterday morning at 7:30 o'clock. Prof. and Mrs. Hawkins and Master Charles Hawkins are in Franklin to attend the funeral.

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

Mrs. F. M. Perdue.

The death of Mrs. Margarette Perdue, wife of F. M. Perdue, a highly esteemed lady of Brackintown community, occurred Saturday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. She was 69 years of age and had been an invalid fro several years. She was a loving companion, a devoted mother and a Christian lady, having been a member of the Old New Hope Baptist Church fro 50 years. She is survived by her husband and five children: Mrs. Jim Moye of Portland, D. R. Perdue, Albert Perdue and Mrs. George Ray of Sumner County, and Robert E. Perdue of Nashville. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Bro. Lovell. The burial took place at the Pirkle Grave Yard Sunday at 2 p.m.

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

Good Citizen Passes Away
Dr. J. B. Hanna, Prominent Physician Dies Near Bethpage.

Dr. James Bryson Hanna, for many years prominent as a physician and as a citizen in Sumner County, died at his home near Bethpage at 12:30 o'clock Saturday, February 24, after an illness of several months. He was born on the place he owned at the time of his death and had he lived until June 23rd next would have been 65 years of age. The deceased was a son of Abner Lee and Mary Parker Hanna, his mother being a daughter of the late John Parker. Abner Lee Hanna, his father, came to Sumner County from Surrey County, North Carolina, April 17, 1816, and settled with his parents at Bethpage. Dr. Hanna graduated from the Louisville Medical College in 1870. Following this he located at Bethpage and until his retirement from active work several years ago enjoyed an extensive practice. He was twice married, first to Kate Evans of Kentucky in 1871. To this union two sons were born, Harry and Lawrence, both of whom are dead. His second marriage was to Mrs. Fannie Gillespie two years ago. She survives him. He is survived also by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Kate Hanna, little Miss Mary Lee Hanna. Dr. Hanna professed religion at Old Greenwood in 1866 and throughout his life remained a faithful  member of the Methodist Church. He was a man of unbounded public spirit, loyal to his friends and faithful and generous to members of his family. He was generous to the poor, no human ever being turned from his door without food and shelter. Funeral services were conducted in the presence of a large assembly at Bethpage Church, Sunday at noon by Rev. T. A. Kerley and Rev. N. B. Tucker. The burial followed at the Bethpage Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

William F. Moss

William F. Moss was born in Greensburg, Kentucky, July 31st, 1838 and died at his home at Bethpage, Tenn., February 7th, 1912, aged 73 years. On April 7th, 1862 he was married to Miss Luke A. Allen from which happy union sprang eleven children, eight of whom survive. The funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. N. B. Tucker, from the Methodist Church at Bethpage, Feb. 8. (I did not type all of the obit.)

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

B. P. Brackin.

B. P. Brackin, aged eighty-three years, died at his home in Sumner County, Tenn., last Friday and was buried the following day in the family burying ground. His funeral was conducted by Elder Harding of the Christian Church. While Mr. Brackin was a citizen of Tennessee, his farm lying just over the line from New Roe, in Allen County, he was to all interests and purposes a Kentuckian, having owned and operated a burr mill at New Roe for many years. Prior to the advent of roller mills the "Brackin Mill" supplied the local flour consumption for a wide scope of territory throughout that section, and the owner of the mill enjoyed the acquaintance of perhaps more people than any other single individual. He was a man of rugged native intellect, honest to a penny, and possessed of deep religious convictions. The funeral of Mr. Brackin was the assembling of the largest collection of old men which doubtless even attended the last sad rites of a friend in this section. Twenty men, ranging in age from 94 to 75, gathered around the brier of the departed to mingle their tears with the loved ones in grief at the passing of their long cherished friend. The six stalwart sons, Messrs, Henry, Robert, Joseph, Reuben, Isaac and David acted as pall-bearers. Besides these he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joe Oilson and Mrs. Charles Groves of Portland. Franklin Favorite.

(Thursday, February 29, 1912)

James Durham Dead.

James Durham father of J. B. Durham, Trustee of Sumner County died Monday at his home near Anglea after having been in ill health fro several months. Mr. Durham was 72 years of age and one of the county's most prominent and highly respected citizens. During the war he was a member of the 20th Tennessee Regiment and throughout the war was a brave and fearless soldier. His burial occurred Tuesday.


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