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Obituaries July - August - September, 1910

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(Thursday, July 14, 1910)

Killed In Nashville

M. C. Brown, Formerly of Gallatin, Meets Death on Railroad Tracks

The following account of the fatal injury of a former citizen of Gallatin appeared in the Nashville American of last Sunday: While crossing the Tennessee Central Railroad track on Fist Avenue near Clark, M. C. Brown, aged 60 years, a driver for the Empire Laundry, was struck at 6:30 o'clock last night by a fast moving freight car, which crushed his left leg at the knee and the right at the ankle. He was hurried to the City Hospital. He sustained a fearful loss of blood, which the doctors stated last night might result in his death. Mr. Brown had just put up his horse and checked up in the office for the day's work, and had walked out of the building at 220 First Avenue, North, on his way home In crossing to the west side of the avenue he was struck by the box car, which was being allowed to coast down the First Avenue hill. The car knocked Mr. Brown several yards down the tracks, and then ran over his legs. Witnesses stated that the old man displayed great fortitude while waiting for the ambulance, never complaining or crying out. When the ambulance arrived he was lifted upon the stretcher the crushed left limb, which was hanging on by shreds, and then raised himself upon the stretcher with his hands. Mr. Brown was unable to withstand the shock of his injuries and died at the hospital Saturday night. He was the father of Mrs. Roy Saddler of Gallatin.

(Thursday, July 14, 1910)

Miss Eliza Kepley

Aunt Eliza Kepley died at her home near Fairfield, Sumner County, on Thursday, June 30. She was born in 1833, and was a sister of Mrs. Christiana Tucker who died just four months ago. Aunt Eliza was never married and had lived with her sister for many years. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Fairfield and a good Christian woman, mild in disposition and kind in words. She was always looking to the pleasures of others. She leaves one sister, Aunt Rebecca Stephens, now over 82 years old and the only one of the family living. We sympathize with her in this hour of great trouble. Funeral services were conducted at Fairfield Church by Rev. J. T. Rippy and E. W. Black. A good sermon was preached by Broy Rippy in memory of our departed sister. The burial followed the funeral service. A Friend.

(Thursday, July 21, 1910)

Death Of A Good Woman

Mrs. I. E. Hancock Dies at Home of Her Daughter at Franklin, Ky.

Mrs. Isabella Ellen Hancock died Sunday morning, July 17, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. H. Knapp, at Franklin, Ky., after an illness of several weeks. The deceased was born in Lee County, Virginia, March 1, 1827, and was married to Mr. Frederick Marshall Hancock at Logan County, Ky., in 1852. Five children Were born to this union, the two eldest having died in infancy. She is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The daughters are Mrs. R. E. House of Gallatin, Mrs. H. H. Knapp of Franklin and Mrs. J. W. Franklin of Philadelphia. The grandchildren are Messrs. C. Y. House of Gallatin and Robert Knapp of Franklin and Miss Isabel Cowan of Philadelphia. The great grandchild is C. Y. House II., son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Y. House of Gallatin. Mrs. Hancock had made her home in Gallatin for the past thirty-two years, where she had endeared herself to hundreds of friends, all of whom feel greatly her loss from the community. She was a woman of splendid Christian character, having been for many years a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Knapp at Franklin Monday by Rev. B. H. Joyner, pastor of the Methodist Church at that place. After this service, the remains were brought to Gallatin and buried in the Cemetery here. Services were conducted at Gallatin by Rev. W. B. Lowry and Rev. W. V. Jarrett.

(Thursday, July 21, 1910)

Died In Denver

Miss Martha Galbreath, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. O. S. Galbreath of Goodlettsville, died in Denver, Colorado last Wednesday. She went to Denver three years ago for her health and her death, through a great shock to her friends was not unexpected. Her remains arrived at Goodlettsville Friday night and the burial took place there Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. The remains were accompanied to Goodlettsville by Miss Callie Galbreath, sister of the deceased. She is survived also by Mrs. Dudley Jones and Mrs. Jennie Dance of Goodlettsville.

(Thursday, July 21, 1910)

Died Last Friday

Miss Susie E. Sheppard of Gallatin died at her home in this place Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock. She had been ill for a long while and her death was not unexpected. She had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church since childhood and was a graduate of the Gallatin High School and Howard Female College. She was a young lady of many beautiful traits of character and was held in high esteem by a large number of acquaintances and friends. Two brothers, Robert H. and William L. and two sisters Misses Mary and Aleta survive her. Funeral services were conducted at 11 0'clock a. m. Saturday by Rev. W. B. Lowry. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, July 28, 1910)

Good Woman Passes Away

Mrs. M. J. Durham Dies After an Illness of Several Months

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(Thursday, July 28, 1910)

Death of Infant

Frances Elizabeth, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Brown, was buried at the Gallatin Cemetery last Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have the sympathy of their many friends.

(Thursday, August 4, 1910)

Mrs. Annie O'Dell

Mrs. Annie O'Dell, wife of the late W. C, O'Dell, died at her home near South Tunnel last Friday at 4 p. m. after a short illness. She was a member of the Catholic Church and was highly esteem by the people of the community in which she lived. The burial occurred at the Old South Tunnel graveyard Saturday.

(Thursday, August 4, 1910)

Died Near Bethpage

John Barr, a highly respected colored citizen of the Bethpage community, died at his home near Durham's Chapel Tuesday night, July 26. His death was due to heart trouble complicated with Bright's disease. He was sixty years of age and a good citizen, being held in high esteem by both white and colored. He was a member of Durham's Chapel Baptist Church. The burial took place at the Barr Cemetery Thursday, July 28, and was attended by a good company of neighbors and friends.

(Thursday, August 11, 1910)

Cotton Town R R 1

Miss Ellen Latimer died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Steve Griffin Aug. 1, and was buried the following day at Walnut Grove. Her death was due to cancer.

(Thursday, August 18, 1910)

Esteemed Man Passes Away

G. D. Grainger Dies at His Home on North Water Street, This City

G. D. Grainger of this place died at his home on North Water Street last Wednesday night after an illness of two weeks. He was 65 years of age and had long been a citizen of Sumner County. Mr. Grainger was a member of the Methodist Church and a native of Simpson County, Ky. For the past twenty-eight years he had been employed as travel salesman for a medical firm of Philadelphia, and although he became totally blind a number of years ago he continued to hold his position. He had been a resident of Gallatin for the past fifteen years. His death was due to heart failure. He was a Confederate Soldier and a member of the famous Orphans' Brigade. Mr. Grainger is survived by his widow, who was formerly Miss Ora Walton of Franklin, Ky., and two daughters, Mesdames Andrew Morrisey and Frank Morris, both of Nashville, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Harrison, also of Nashville, and one brother, Neely Grainger, of New Orleans. The deceased was a man of remarkable ability and an upright, honorable citizen who was held in the highest esteem by the entire community. The remains were conveyed to Franklin, Ky., Thursday afternoon and buried in Green Lawn Cemetery at that place. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. V. Joiner, pastor of the Methodist Church at Franklin, and Camp Walker, U. C. V., of that place.

(Thursday, August 18, 1910)

Death Near Saundersville

Mrs. Laura, wife of Mr. W. H. Drake of near Saundersville, died at her home Aug. 11, aged 58 years. Deceased was a member of Saundersville M. E. Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Key of Saundersville Friday at 2 p. m. at Beech Church. Deceased leaves a husband, son, Brodie, and three daughters, Mrs. Luther Taylor, Mrs. Patrick Brew and Mrs. Wm. Herring, to mourn her loss.

(Thursday, August 18, 1910)

Died at Lebanon

The following account of the death of Mrs. R. P. McLean of Lebanon is taken from Tuesday's issue of the American: Mrs. Hettie McClain, about 70, wife of Capt. R. P. McClain died at her residence today at 2:30 o'clock after a protracted illness. Mrs. McClain was one of Lebanon's most beloved citizens. She was identified with the Methodist Church, having been a member for forty-four years. She was married to Capt. R. P. McClain in 1866. Only four children survive her, Mrs. Jo Anderson and Mrs. Jo Brown, of Chattanooga; Mrs. Ewing Graham of Pittsburg, Pa., and Alex McClain, of Louisiana, all of whom were with her when the end came. Mrs. McClain was a half sister of the late J. N. McKenzie and a first cousin of Joseph Jefferson. Her father, Alexander McKenzie, was for a number of years a leading hardware man of Nashville. Mrs. McClain was taken suddenly ill two weeks ago while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Ewing Graham, in Pittsburgh, and had to be brought home. The funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church tomorrow at 3 o'clock. Services by Rev. Doss. Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

(Thursday, August 25, 1910)

Aged Citizen Passes Away

Mr. P. P. Settle Died at South Tunnel Last Thursday Morning

Mr. P. P. Settle, an aged and prominent citizen of this county, died at the home of his grandson, S. P. Taylor, at South Tunnel last Thursday morning, August 18th. His death was due to the infirmities of old age. Mr. Settle was born in Sumner County about three miles west of South Tunnel on July 31st, 1831, and spent practically the whole of his life in this section. More than fifty years ago he married Miss Eliza May and of this union five children survive as follows: John and P. R. Settle, Mrs. J. E. Cron and Mrs. J. W. Taylor, all of this county, and Mrs. J. F. Clemmons of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Settle was a life long Democrat and a good citizen who was honored for his upright manhood and fidelity of purpose. In every relation of life he dealt honestly with hi s fellowmen and truly may be said of him that his word was bond. He had been for many years a member of the Primative Baptist Church. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with funeral services by Elder Kinkade.

(Thursday, August 25, 1910)

Mrs. C. R. Kiker

Mrs. C. R. Kiker, wife of the veteran blacksmith at Number One, died Sunday morning after an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. R. W. Seay of the Methodist Church of which the deceased was a member, and the burial took place at the Spring Hill Cemetery Monday. Mrs. Kiker was sixty-nine years of age. She leaves a husband and two sons, Wm. Kiker of Atlanta and C. R. Kiker, Jr., of this county.

(Thursday, August 25, 1910)

Died in Kentucky

Mrs. E. P. Brown, formerly Miss Gertrude Vaughan of Laguardo, died at her home at Penrod, Ky., last Thursday, and was buried at Laguardo on the following day. Mrs. Brown was twenty-nine years of age and was a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was a niece of Mrs. Geo. W. Boddie of Gallatin. Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, also formerly of Wilson County, and an infant child.

(Thursday, August 25, 1910)

Mrs. Sadie Whitesides

Mrs. Sadie Bates Whitesides, wife of Wm. Whitesides, Jr., died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Marsh Bates near Hopewell last Friday, August 19th. She had been in ill health for several months, her death being due to tuberculosis. The deceased was a most estimable young lady and her death is the occasion of much sadness in the community in which she lived. She is survived by her husband and one child. The burial took place at Gallatin Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with services at the grave, conducted by Rev. Wm. Wilkes.

(Thursday, September 1, 1910)

Death Due To Heart Failure

Peter B. Henley of Shackle Island Expires Very Suddenly

Mr. Peter B. Henley, a prominent citizen of the Shackle Island community, died suddenly at his home Monday afternoon. His death was due to heart failure, he having been in ill health for some months. Mr. Henley was a native of Virginia and was 72 years of age. He was a brave Confederate soldier and after the war removed to Sumner County, where he has since resided. After coming to this county he married Miss Sallie Hutchison and of this union the following children survived: Branch Henley of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Earl Montgomery of Newbern, Tenn., Harvey Henley of Nashville and Fount Henley of California. The deceased was a splendid citizen whose citizenship was an honor to the community in which he lived. He was a first cousin of the late Messrs. Thomas and Joe Henley of Gallatin. Funeral services were conducted at Beech Church, of which Mr. Henley was a consistent member, on Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the presence of a large assembly of neighbors and friends. The services were in charge of Rev. C. K. Carlock. The burial followed at the Beech Cemetery.

(Thursday, September 1, 1910)

Prominent Man Dies

Wm. A. Anderson Breathed His Last on Monday Evening

Mr. William A. Anderson, brother of the late Judge Jas. Anderson of the Sumner County Court, died Monday night at the home of his niece, Mrs. John Soper of Rehoboth. He had been for some months a sufferer from cancer of the throat which finally caused his death. William A. Anderson was born on March 6, 1827, at Christianburg, Va., Montgomery County, and was a member of a prominent Virginia family. He was among the first to enlist when Virginia seceded, being enrolled in Company D, Seventh Virginia Infantry, as a lieutenant in April 1861. He served with honor throughout the war, and was once at Appomattox he was lieutenant of artillery in French's Virginia Battery. While leading a quiet life, William Anderson led a most active one. Although 83 when the end came the old gentleman had planted and worked a garden this past spring and summer. His life had been spent in ministering to others and in being ever useful and unselfish. He was a well informed man on all subjects, an omnivorous reader, his was a beautiful character. He was ever even-tempered, and no matter what came he was never heard to complain. He was resigned and uncomplaining still when he realized the death angel was coming and he was soon to be on the long death march. He was attendant at the Rehobeth Methodist Church. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. McFerrin assisted by Rev. W. B. Lowry.

(Thursday, September 1, 1910)

Takes His Own Life

Suicide of R. S. Payne, a Prominent Farmer, on Last Wednesday

Late last Wednesday evening this community was shocked by the news of the suicide of Mr. R. S. Payne, a prominent farmer, at his home at the Bryson place one mile west to town on the long Hollow Pike. Mr. Payne swallowed thirty grains of strychnine about 4 p. m. and died in great agony an hour later. He was in Gallatin about 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and conversed pleasantly with several of his friends. No indication of what he intended, if he contemplated suicide at that time, was given to anyone. He left town soon thereafter and shortly after 4 o'clock Dr. W. N. Lacky was hastily summoned to the Payne residence. He found the unfortunate man lying in his bed and in convulsions and his wife frantic over the deed. Mr. Payne had taken the poison while his wife and the cook were in the kitchen and dining room preparing dinner. His condition was discovered when an attempt was made to summon him to the evening meal. Upon the arrival of Dr. Lackey he in turn summoned Dr. J. R. Parker and every effort was made by the two to save the life of their patient but without avail. Mr. Payne had recently suffered some financial losses on investments in the East, but Dr. Lackey states that the deed was committed during a temporary mental aberration, known as acute melancholia. Mr. Payne and his wife, both aged about 60 years, lived alone with their servants at their beautiful home, formerly the George Bryson place. They had purchased this place several years ago, having come to Sumner County from Virginia. Before coming here he had held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Though having recently met reverses he was yet in comfortable financial condition. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock by Rev. W. B. Lowry of the Gallatin Methodist Church. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, September 8, 1910)

Died Near Bransford

Mrs. Elvira Williams, wife of Green Williams of the Bransford neighborhood, died Sunday night, aged 70 years. She was a member of the Leath's Chapel Methodist Church. The burial occurred at the Cole graveyard Tuesday.

(Thursday, September 8, 1910)

Died Near Chipman

Mrs. Eliza Kennedy, wife of R. P. Kennedy, died Saturday at her home near Chipman. She was buried Sunday at the Chenault graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by Judge Wm. Hall.

(Thursday, September 8, 1910)

Mrs. Izzy Durham

Mrs. Izzy Durham, wife of W. M. Durham of Bransford, died yesterday after a lingering illness of about two months. Before her marriage Mrs. Durham was a Miss Fykes. She was about 70 years of age and was recognized as a good, Christian woman, being a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, one son R. A. Durham, and four daughters, Mrs. J. H. Ray, Mrs. Alice Durham, Mrs. Florence McQueen and Mrs. Fanny Hodges. The burial will take place at Bethpage at 10 o'clock today with services conducted by Rev. W. C. Wade.

(Thursday, September 8, 1910)

Buried in Wilson County

Mr. Z. W. Davis, father of Mr. Ed Davis of Gallatin, died at his home at Greenville Miss., Sunday, Sept. 4, aged 81 years. His remains were brought to Wilson County and buried Tuesday at noon at the Bandy burying ground. Mr. Davis lived in Gallatin until 1853, when he removed to Wilson County. He had resided in Mississippi for about 25 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a splendid citizen.

(Thursday, September 8, 1910)

Died Suddenly At His Home

Sunday Night at 7:30 O'clock

Did Judge William Mumford Hart at the Age of Fifty-five

Judge William Mumford Hart, distinguished lawyer, veteran jurist and gentleman, died suddenly at his farm near Goodlettsville Sunday night at 7:30. Judge Hart was stricken in the middle of the afternoon, rallied, later grew rapidly worse and died in the presence of his family at the hour mentioned. Angina pectoris was the cause of death. Judge Hart was born in Robertson County in 1845 and was educated at the famous Crocker School on Paradise Ridge, Davidson County. He is survived by his wife and three children. He was known as one of the ablest lawyers and best Judges in the State. His name was known throughout the Nation for the many important cases that had been tried before him, including the world famous Cooper case. In August of 1901 Judge Hart was married to Miss Effie Perkins of Gallatin by whom he is survived, Also by three children, two daughters and a son. His funeral and burial in Nashville Tuesday were attended by a large concourse of prominent citizens of the State.

(Thursday, September 8, 1910)

Mrs. Ben Yates

A telegram received here Monday announced the death of Mrs. Ben Yates in Alberquerque, New Mexico. She was thirty-nine years of age and her death was due to tuberculosis. Her remains will reach here Saturday and the burial will take place at 11 o'clock a. m. Saturday at Bethpage, with funeral services by Rev. C. R. Wade.


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