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Obituaries July, 1905

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Gallatin Sumner County News (MISC.)
Microfilm Roll #501 - Date: 1905 - 1911

(Saturday July 1, 1905)

G. W. Bennett, who lived on Station Camp Creek, died last Tuesday morning and was buried on Wednesday morning at the burial ground on the Larkin Dempsey place. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

(Saturday July 1, 1905)

Cage Douglass Commits Suicide

Cage Douglass, who formerly lived here and who is prominently connected in this county, suicided by taking strychnine in a Nashville bawdy house Thursday morning. He was removed to the city hospital and died there at 5 o'clock of the same afternoon. His remains were brought to Gallatin and interred yesterday afternoon. Douglass was 35 years old and a son of Frank Douglass, who died here only a few months ago. He had been drinking heavily of late and this, together with a quarrel with a woman with whom he was infatuated, is supposed to be the cause of his suicide.

(Saturday July 1, 1905)


James Rutherford and wife, of Stowers, Ky., attended the funeral of Miss Harriet Blain here.

Tribute Of Respect.

2326 Portland Ave., Louisville, Ky., June 27, '05

Mr. J. O. Blain - The sad news of Sister Harriet's death has reached me, and I want to express to you my deep sympathy with you in your bereavement. I am sure yours is not the hopeless sorrow of the world; for I know of few who were as gentle and sweet and trustful and kind of heart as she was, and that reflected the image of the Master as she did in her sphere. *(Too long to type.) Robert H. Boll.

(Saturday July 8, 1905)

Jim Bradley Deliberately Takes His Own Life

Sucks Strychnine From Eggs and Jumps From Barn Loft While Writhing in Pain and Agony, Breaking Both of His Legs. Mind Unbalanced For Months. Doctors Reach Him Only a Few Minutes Before His Death. Writes Messages on His Hat After Taking the Poison. Takes Enough of the Poison to Kill a Dozen Men. Had Intimidated That He Contemplated Suicide.

Jim Bradley, for several years in the livery business here, a well known farmer and stock trader, committed suicide early last Saturday morning. (Article way too long to type, however if anyone should want to read the rest, please let me know.) He is survived by his wife and one child, a little girl. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon by Revs. Stowe and White, after which interment took place at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Saturday July 8, 1905)

Death of Twin Sisters.

Sarah Belle Barth, infant daughter of Ed. Barth and wife of Westmoreland, died June 25. One week later her twin sister, Minerva Nell Barth, was laid to rest in Gallatin Cemetery, Rev. Parrish conducting funeral services for both. These little ones were not quite one year old, and followed a bright little brother whose spirit took its flight only a few months before. To the parents we can only say, "Three golden links in heaven."

(Saturday July 8, 1905)

Old Confederate Soldier Drops Dead In Field.

Hiram Brown, a well known citizen and an old Confederate soldier living in the Fairfield community of the Twelfth District, dropped dead Monday morning while in one of the fields on his farm. The deceased was nearly seventy-six years old. Early in the morning he spoke of feeling better than usual and ate a hearty breakfast. After breakfast he went out and cut oats for a while, returning to the house later to get a drink of water, at which time he rested for some little time and then started to where one of his boys was plowing. He went to the end of the row nearest the house and was evidently waiting for his son to return from the other side of the field, for when his son returned he found his father dead by the side of the fence. The cause of death is unknown, but it is supposed his death was due to heart trouble. The remains of the deceased were interred near Brackentown Tuesday, funeral services being conducted by E. W. Black.

(Saturday July 8, 1905)

Luton Limelights.

On last Friday morning Eugene Martin, son of G. W. and Sallie Martin, died. The interment was at Pleasant Valley Saturday.

(Saturday July 8, 1905)

Rev. M. L. Blanton Dead.

Rev. M. L. Blanton, a well known minister and until recently pastor of the Methodist Church at Westmoreland, died at Nashville Wednesday, aged 66 years. Rev. Blanton was a well known minister, and about twenty years ago conducted a revival meeting at the Methodist Church in this city that was in many respects the most remarkable in the history of the town. On Sunday morning, November 29th, 1885, which was the second or third Sunday in the series of meetings, fifty-five converts under his preaching presented themselves for membership in the Methodist Church, and a number equally as large joined other churches of the town on the same day.

(Saturday July 8, 1905)


C. N. Wheeler attended the funeral of Ben Hale at Franklin Sunday.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

George O'Neal, who killed Martin Brown, father of Justice S. W. Brown, of Westmoreland, at Petroleum some months ago, has been sent to the Kentucky penitentiary at Eddyville to serve a life term.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

The Death Record.

Death of an Infant.

The four-day-old infant son of Robert Sindle, Jr., died Sunday night and was buried the following day.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

Mrs. Laura Brizendine.

Mrs. Laura Brizendine, wife of Jim Lee Brizendine, of the Buck Lodge community, died Sunday night from consumption. The interment took place the following day at Pleasant Hill, near Sulphura. The deceased was about thirty-five years of age and is survived by her husband and eight children.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

Frank Witherspoon.

Frank Witherspoon, brother of Mrs. Margaret Calgy, and about forty years of age, died in New Orleans Saturday. His remains were brought to Gallatin Tuesday and interred at this place. The deceased spent some time here several years ago, making many warm friends among his acquaintances.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

B. B. Bruce

In the death of Bright B. Bruce, which occurred at 8:30 o'clock Sunday morning at his home at Cairo, Sumner County loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens. Mr. Bruce was born in 1815 and was in his ninetieth year at the time of his death. Mr. Bruce was a stonemason by trade and some of the oldest buildings in Gallatin and vicinity stand upon foundations built by him, among them the Gallatin Methodist Church. For many years he and his partner, Jacob Newton, were the leading stonemasons in this part of the state, and in following his trade he became widely acquainted and was honored and respected by all who had business relations with him as an honest man. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Cairo for forty years. Mr. Bruce is survived by one son and three daughters. The burial took place at Gallatin Cemetery Monday morning, funeral services being conducted by Rev. Joseph Webster in the presence of a large number of life long friends of the deceased.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

Miss Allie Turpin.

Miss Allie V. Turpin, daughter of G. S. Turpin of the Seven District, died Monday night after an illness of seven weeks. The burial took place at the family burying ground Wednesday in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends. The deceased was one of the most popular young women of the lower end of the county, and her death has caused widespread sadness in that section. She was eighteen years of age.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

Cotton Town.

Virgil Hassell returned to his work in Davidson County after being home by the illness and death of his little brother.

David L., 18 months old son of B. J. Hassell and wife, died at 12 o'clock Sunday, July 9, after a few week's illness, and was buried at the family burying ground the following day. Their friends and relatives extend to them their greatest sympathy.

(Saturday July 15, 1905)

Fountain Head.

Charles Keene and wife, of South Tunnel, were here Wednesday to attend the burial of Mrs. Cook.

Mr. and Mrs. Cook and Mrs. George Turner, of Gallatin, attended the burial of Mrs. Ella Cook her Wednesday.

The remains of Mrs. Ella Brooks Cooks, who died in Bowling Green Monday night, were brought here Wednesday and interred in the Brush Cemetery in the presence of one of the largest sorrowing assemblages ever gathered there. Mrs. Cook leaves a husband and an infant girl twelve days old; she is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emily Cook, of Gallatin, and Mrs. G. W. Hume, and four brothers, Charles, Cullen, James and Ellis Brooks, of Illinois. Mrs. Cook was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church and was much loved for her sweet Christian fortitude, and many friends will join in heartfelt sympathy for the sorrowing relatives.

(Saturday July 22, 1905)

Death of Infant.

Bullock, the 7 month old child of J. E. Turner, died Thursday night. The interment took place yesterday at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Saturday July 22, 1905)

Faithful Old Darkey.

Ben Buntin, colored, after living 82 years on the farm where he first saw the light of day, died last Sunday on the Buntin farm near Mitchellville. He served three generations of the Buntin family as slave and servant. When the war broke out his old master, as he always called his former owner, had so much confidence in him and his integrity that he gave him a bunch of forty horses, with instructions to dodge the armies. This old Ben did successfully for more than three years and did not bring them home until "old Master" told him he thought things were safe.

(Saturday July 22, 1905)

A Sudden Death.

Miss Donna Kirkham, age seventeen years, died Friday afternoon of last week at the home of her parents near Fountain Head. She had been sick some time, but her death was quite unexpected. Her mother, who alone was present at the time she expired, noticed just a few minutes before her death that her condition had suddenly changed for the worse. Death followed before anyone reached the house. Miss Kirkham was a general favorite in the Fountain Head community and her death has cast a dark shadow over all who knew her.

(Saturday July 22, 1905)

Col. Abraham Fry.

Long Resident of Sumner County Passes Away.

Col. Abraham Fry, a well known citizen and for a third of a century a resident of Sumner County, died Sunday at his home two miles south of Gallatin. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Monday by Revs. L. S. White and J. J. Stowe, after which the interment took place in the Gallatin Cemetery. Col. Fry was a native of Pennsylvania, having been born in Washington County June 11, 1820. In the Civil War he was a member of the Seventy-ninth Pennsylvania Regiment, and was with that regiment in its military operations in the South. Being located in this part of Tennessee for a while, Col. Fry was so favorably impressed with the country that he moved his family here in the fall of 1869. In his long residence here he established himself as a good citizen and loyal Sumner Countian, being always deeply interested in the progress of the county and the welfare of its people. He was a member of the Christian Church and was deeply religious. Col. Fry had many friends. He was a man honored and esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by three children, they being William Fry, Jack Fry and Miss Malissa Fry.

(Saturday July 29, 1905)

Roy Searight Commits Suicide At Hendersonville.

Well-known Young Man Sends a Bullet Crashing Through His Heart - Death Was Instantaneous.

Roy Searight, 22 years old and a well-known young man of the Hendersonville community, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon by shooting himself through the heart with a 38 caliber Colt's revolver. The deed was done in an office room in the yard, which was occupied by young Searight. He had been sick several days and only a few minutes before the act was committed the mother and sister had been to his room and given him medicine. Shortly after leaving and returning to the house they heard the report of a revolver, and on returning to Searight's room found him dead on the floor, the blood issuing from a wound over the heart and a pistol on the floor near by. It is understood that he left a note stating that he had been a failure financially and otherwise and that he did not care to live longer and observe his repeated failures. In view of the fact that young Searight had successfully managed the farm on which his mother and sister and himself resided, and was recognized as possessing and displaying splendid business qualifications, it is generally thought that perhaps the real cause of his suicide was disappointment in love. The dead boy was a son of the late George Searight and a brother of George T. Searight, merchant at Hendersonville. Another brother is Rev. Henry Searight, a prominent minister at Ackworth, Ga. Roy Searight was one of the most popular young men of the Hendersonville community. Substantial and conservative men of that section predicted for him a successful life and had the greatest confidence in his honor and integrity. His tragic death has been a shock to the community. Funeral services were held at the family residence at 10 o'clock yesterday morning by Rev. Price. The interment was at Mt. Olivet at Nashville.

(Saturday July 29, 1905)

Mrs. J. F. Purdy.

Noble Christian Woman Called to Her Reward.

Mrs. Carrie F. Purdy, wife of J. F. Purdy, died Monday night at 10 o'clock. her death was due to heart trouble, from which she had been suffering some time. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church Thursday morning by Revs. Stowe, DuBose and White, the interment followed at the Gallatin Cemetery. Mrs. Purdy, whose maiden name was Fleece, was born at Lebanon, Ky., Sixty-two years ago. She was married to J. F. Purdy before her fifteenth birthday and had been married forty-five years. Of this union a large family of children being Mesdames Edgar Ferrell of this county, A. R. Spillers, of Nashville, and Harry Hodgens, of Richmond, Ind., Misses Clyde and Myrtle Purdy, and also two sons residing in the West. Mrs. Purdy had for a long time been a member of the Methodist Church and was a most consecrated Christian woman. Kind and gentle, patient under trial and suffering, generous in doing charity, thoughtful and considerate of others, affectionate and loving in her home life and always deeply spiritual, her life was that of the true Christian and faithful wife and mother. She was loved by all who knew her. The sorrow-stricken husband and children of the deceased have the sincerest sympathy of their many friends.

(Saturday July 29, 1905)

Death of William Weatherford.

William Weatherford, a well known man of the Westmoreland community, died Friday of last week and was buried the following day at Pleasant Grove. The deceased was about 60 years of age and a brother of Yancy and Ed. Weatherford. he was born and raised in the community in which he died. He was unmarried.

(Saturday July 29, 1905)

Corinth Ciphers.

The little daughter of James Shanklin died Sunday.


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