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Obituaries June, 1911

Typed and Contributed by Linda Carpenter

(Thursday, June 1, 1911)

Death Of Aged Lady

Mrs. Ann Blakemore Dies Friday After Lingering Illness

The death of Mrs. Ann Blakemore, of Gallatin, occurred at her home on South Water Street last Friday night at 11:40 o'clock. She had been in ill health for many months and her death was not unexpected. Mrs. Blakemore was 73 years of age and a daughter of William and Rebecca Henley, who came to Sumner County from Virginia in the early part of the last century. She had been a life-long resident of Gallatin and since early girlhood was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. On December 11th, 1855, she was married to the late Mr. F. D. Blakemore, for many years a highly honored citizen of this place. Mrs. Blakemore had long been active as a member of the local order of Knights and Ladies of Honor. She was a woman of great cheerfulness of disposition and her life was characterized by many deeds of charity to those around her. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fannie Smith, of this place. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. B. Lowry. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, June 1, 1911)

Death of Mr. Wile

Mr. L. Wile, one of Gallatin's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, died yesterday at his home on East Main Street. The remains will be taken to Louisville for burial this morning at 9 o'clock. We shall make more extended notice of his life next issue.

(Thursday, June 1, 1911)


We are sorry to report the death of Miss Olivia McKartney. She was buried at the Benson graveyard.

The infant child of Gus Brown was buried at Brackintown yesterday.

(Thursday, June 8, 1911)

Ida Belle McMurry

Ida Belle, wife of George McMurry colored, for a number of years a trusted employee of the Sumner County News Office, died at their home near the depot Monday afternoon, June 5th. She was born and reared at Hartsville and was 38 years of age. Her maiden name was Seay, and she was married in 1887. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 25 years, was a good woman and highly respected by both white and black. She had been sick for more than a year. Funeral services were conducted at the Gallatin colored Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. Peter Vertrees, and by the order of Queen Esthers of which the deceased was a member for 17 years. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, June 8, 1911)

Mr. L. Wile Passes Away

One of Oldest Citizens of Gallatin and Former Merchant

The death of Mr. Leopold Wile, one of Gallatin's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, occurred at his home on East Main Street, Wednesday, May 31. His death was due to the infirmities of age, Mr. Wile was born in Germany but came to America some years before the civil war. He has resided in Gallatin since 1867, having been engaged on business here during that time until a few years since. During his residence here all his business transactions were honest and upright and he, at all times enjoyed the highest regard by his fellow citizens. Mr. Wile was 86 years of age and is survived his wife and two sons, Morris Wile, Manager of the Gallatin Milling Co., and Emanuel Wile. The remains were taken to Louisville for burial Thursday morning.

(Thursday, June 15, 1911)

Killed By Log Wagon

Young Sumner Countain is Fatally Crushed Beneath Heavy Wagon

On last Thursday morning near Fairfield Church, in the 12th District, Obey Durham, a young man, was almost instantly killed while driving a log wagon. Young Durham, was logging for Thompson, Wade & Co. While going down a small grade at the above mentioned place a wheel of the wagon struck a small stump, turning the wagon over and throwing the unfortunate man to the ground where the log rolled-across his body. He was held in this position about thirty minutes before his cries for help were heard, when he was rescued by members of a nearby logging crew. Dr. V. A. Walden was immediately summoned, but on his arrival the young man was beyond medical aid and all efforts to relieve the sufferer were without avail. He was removed to his boarding house at the home of J. W. A. Tucker, where he died about three hours later. He was a young man of exemplary habits and a member of the Sugar Grove Camp, M. W. of A., which order had charge of the funeral services at the family burying ground near Garrett's Creek Church Friday morning. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Durham, highly respected citizens of Westmoreland, Route 3, who, beside several small sisters and brothers as well as many friends, survive him.

(Thursday, June 15, 1911)

Dr. Humphrey H. Bate Dies

Was One of the Best-Known Citizens of Sumner and An Old Soldier

Dr, Humphrey H. Bate, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Sumner County, died Friday at his home near Castalian Springs, where he was born in 1844. Dr. Bate, who several years ago was one of the leading physician of the county, was educated chiefly at Rural Academy. He was a cousin of Gen. Bate, their mother being sisters, and Dr. Bate's father was the grandfather of Gen. Bate. When only seventeen years of age, in April, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, in Bate's Second Regiment of Tennessee infantry, and was in the battle of Bull Run; he served in the Virginia campaign and the re-enlisted in the Tennessee Army, and the battle of Shiloh received four severe wounds which incapacitated him from further service and he never fully recovered from the effects of one. In 1866 he entered the Medical Department of the University of Nashville and graduated in 1868, and after taking another course in lectures commenced practicing medicine in Sumner County, which he continued up to the time his health failed, several years ago. In 1869 he married Miss Martha A. Franklin of Trousdale County, who died in 1871. On November 25, 1873, he married Miss Nannie D. Simpson of Tipton, who with two children, Dr, H. Bate of this county and Mrs. Anne Brown of Nashville, survive. At the time of his death Dr. Bate was living on the old Bate farm and in the house that Gov. Bate was born in. It having been built when Tennessee was a part of North Carolina, and which is one of the oldest brick residences in the county and still in a good state of preservation. Politically Dr. Bate was a Democrat. He was a Mason and a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were conducted by Elder E. A. Elam Saturday afternoon and the interment, which was in charge of Donelson Bivouac, took place at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, June 15, 1911)

Death Claims Good Citizen

Robert G. Hill Passes Away At His Home Near Gallatin Last Sunday

Mr. Robert G. Hill, one of the best citizens of this county, died after a lingering illness last Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home on the Long Hollow Pike. Mr. Hill was 69 years of age and was born and reared near Fountain Head. Early in life he married Miss Saphira Reddick, daughter of the late Mr. Ashley Reddick. His wife survives him. He is survived also by two sons, John L. Hill of Cincinnati and J. Will Hill of this county. A large part of his married life was spent at his home near Rock Bridge until his removal to the Sunny Side Community some ten or twelve years ago. At the beginning of the war between the States he enlisted in the 24th Tennessee Regiment and fought bravely throughout the four years of the struggle. He was one of the surviving members of the 24th Tennessee. The three remaining members of this regiment are J. W. Albright, Thomas Moncrief and Walter Overton, all of this county. Mr. Hill was a member of the Free Methodist Church and a Christian gentleman of the old school whose word was his bond. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence at 3 o'clock p. m. Monday. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, June 15, 1911)

Woodie Hullett Dead

Woodie M. Hullett, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hullett, died at their home on Railroad Avenue last Sunday. He was 33 years of age and his death was due to tuberculosis from which he had been ill for a year. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock with funeral services by Rev. W. B. Lowry.

(Thursday, June 15, 1911)

Death Claims Mrs. Jane King

Former Resident of Gallatin Died at Nashville Thursday

Mrs. Jane King, widow of the late Thomas H. King, of Gallatin, died at the Old Woman's Home in Nashville last Thursday afternoon. Mrs. King, before her marriage, was a Griffith. She was born in England and came to Gallatin about fifty years ago, and after the death of her mother in the early sixties, made her home with her aunt, the late Miss Margaret McLean. About thirty years ago the deceased was married to T. H. King, Sr., for several years circuit clerk of Sumner County and later cashier of the Farmers' and traders' Bank of Gallatin, and also city treasurer. After her husband's death, about two years ago, Mrs. King removed to Nashville, where she has since resided. The deceased is survived by two step-sons, Thomas H. King, express agent at Gallatin, and Harry B. King, also of this city. Mrs. King had been a faithful member of the Methodist Church since childhood and was universally esteemed. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock with funeral services by Rev. W. B. Lowry.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

Passed Away In Minnesota

Miller W. Witham, Former Sumner County Man, Answers Call.

Mr. Miller W. Witham, a member of one of the oldest families of Sumner County and up until about five years ago a citizen of this county, died at a hospital at Rochester, Minn., Sunday. Mr. Witham was born and reared near Witham in the twelfth District of this county, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Witham. For a number of years he was engaged in teaching in the public schools of Sumner County, and at the time he was pursuing the study of law. He later graduated from the law department of Cumberland University and for a number of years was a member of the Gallatin Bar. About five years ago Mr. Witham accepted a position with the American Seating Co. as state manager for Minnesota with headquarters at Minneapolis. He held this position at the time of his death, which was caused by a goiter. Josiah Witham, his brother, was summoned to the sick man's bedside, but death occurred before the former arrived. The remains arrived her yesterday morning, and the burial followed at Mt. Vernon. The deceased was forty-one years old, had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for a long time and was a thirty-first degree Mason. In addition to his parents he is survived by two brothers, Josiah and Alfred Witham, prominent merchant and farmer respectively, of the twelfth District, as well as a large number of friends.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

Mrs. Annie Soper Green

Mrs. Annie Soper Green, wife of S. N. Green, died at her home on the Coles Ferry Pike Monday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W. B. Lowry. The burying followed at the family burying ground. Mrs. Green was a daughter of Jas. A. Soper. She was about 42 years of age, and is survived by her husband and two children. She joined the Methodist Church while quite young, and was known by a large circle of friends as a good Christian woman.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

Mrs. Mary A. Graves

Mrs. Mary A. Graves, wife of the late Alfred D. Graves, died at her home near Westmoreland Tuesday of last ? from the infirmities due to ?. She was a native of Sumner County, and before her marriage was Miss Troutt. She is survived by four children, who are married and at the heads of families. Her burial took place at the family burying grounds. *(Would be nice to fill in the question marks here. Parts of this obit were illegible on this microfilm. ***Thanks Pam Watson, for the given name Alfred. Initial D. is for Douglas)

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

Death of Young Lady

Miss Aleta Thomas Sheppard, youngest daughter of the late Thos. R. Sheppard, died at her home here Saturday morning. Miss Sheppard was born in Bowling Green, Ky., July 21, 1890. She came to Gallatin with her parents, when about one year old. She had been a member of the Methodist Church since childhood. Funeral services were conducted at her home Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. B. Lowery, after which the burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery. The deceased is survived by two brothers, Robert H. and Wm. L. Sheppard, and one sister, Miss Mary C. Sheppard.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

Joshua Lee

Mr. Joshua Lee, a prominent citizen of near Anglea, died Wednesday of last week, and was buried the following day at Mt. Vernon. Mr. Lee was about 75 years of age, and besides a host of friends, leaves a wife and four grown children, they being Seaton, James and Lone Lee and Mrs. Sarah Martin. Mr. Lee was an ex-Confederate soldier.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

Died in Nashville

The remains of Mr. M. S. McRoy, who died in Nashville Sunday morning, were brought here Sunday and taken to Hartsville for interment. Mr. McRoy was a brother-in-law of Mr. Clarence Shrum of this county.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)


We regret very much to report the death of Mrs. Gus Adams. She was a devoted Christian and loved by all. She is survived by her husband, three daughters and three sons.

(Thursday, June 22, 1911)

South Tunnel

The one-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Brazzel, of Gallatin, was buried at Bush's Chapel Sunday, with services at the grave by Elder Arthur Rutledge. Mr. and Mrs. Brazzel have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement.


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