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Obituaries March - April - May, 1910

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(Thursday, March 17, 1910)

His Wounds Prove Fatal

Roy Witherspoon Succumbs to Wounds Received at Hands of Mob

Roy Witherspoon, son of Mrs. Walter Witherspoon, Sr., of Gallatin was shot and fatally wounded at Perdido Beach, Ala., Tuesday evening March 8, at 7 o'clock. He was carried by boat to Pensacola, Fla. That night, reaching Pensacola Wednesday morning. His death occurred at Mercy Hospital in that city Thursday morning at 7 o'clock. Young Witherspoon had been employed as Inspector and Superintendent at the Geo. C. Randolph Lumber Mills at Perdido Beach for two years. This plant employed a number of lumbermen, mostly white. It seems that Mr. Randolph the head of the firm had employed as cook at his residence a Negro man against whom the lumbermen had vowed vengeance declaring their intention to run him off. They started on Tuesday evening to the residence of Mr. Randolph for the purpose of carrying out their threats cursing Mr. Randolph as they went. Witherspoon met them shot gun in hand and ordered them to turn back. Two shots were fired on either side and Witherspoon fell mortally wounded. It is not known who fired the fatal shots and because of the surroundings it is hardly probable that the offenders can be brought to justice although an effort in that direction will be made. Young Witherspoon was raised in Gallatin and has many friends and acquaintances here who lament his untimely death. His remains were brought here and buried in the Gallatin Cemetery Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. M. DuBose.

(Thursday, March 17, 1910)

Robert A. Thompson

The death of Mr. Robert A. Thompson, formerly a citizen of the Rehoboth community died suddenly at his home in Nashville last Friday night. His death was due to heart failure. He was a native of Smith County but later lived in this county for thirty-five years. He was a brave Confederate soldier and a man of generous impulses and kindly nature whose every acquaintance was his friend. At the time of his death he was 77 years of age. He had been in ill health for several years. His wife and three daughters, Misses Fannie, Addie and Clara Thompson, survived him. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Sunday morning with services at the grave by Rev. W. B. Lowry.

(Thursday, March 17, 1910)

Death Claims Oldest Member

Of Gallatin Bar in the Death of Hon. B. F. Allen

Hon. B. F. Allen, the oldest member of the Gallatin bar and one of the most honored and highly esteemed citizens of Sumner County, died at his home, Langley Hall, on the Coles Ferry Pike at 12 o'clock, noon, Monday, March 14. His death was due to the infirmities of age. Benjamin Franklin Allen was a son of John and Letitia Saunders Allen and was born in Sumner County on what is now known as the Peabody farm on Cumberland River, March 6, 1826. His father was an extensive land owner and at the time lived on his farm of some eight hundred acres comprising the Peabody place. The deceased graduated from the University of Nashville in 1844, receiving the A. B. degree. While there he was a school-mate of Gov. Jas. D. Porter. Following his graduation he studied law with his brother, Judge Webb Allen and two years later was admitted to the Gallatin bar of which he continued an honored member until the day of his death. Later he formed a partnership with the above mentioned brother and this continued until the death of the latter in 1881. Mr. Allen was married Jan. 31, 1850, to Miss Maria Louisa Trousdale, daughter of Gov. William Trousdale who died several years ago. Of this union the following children survive: Mrs. W. W. Berry and Frank C. Allen of Nashville, Dr. W. T. Allen, Miss Valeria Allen and Mrs. W. A. Guild of Gallatin. He was a life long Democrat and cast his first vote for Lewis Cass in 1848. He was a charter member of Howard Lodge, I. O. O. F., Gallatin, and served for many years on the Board of Visitors of Howard Female College. He served, also for a long period as a member of the City Board of Education. Mr. Allen devoted his entire life to the practice of his profession in which he was eminently successful, being rated as one of the foremost lawyers of the State. He continued actively in the practice until a few years ago when he retired because of his advanced age. Whether as a citizen or at the bar Mr. Allen was at all times a gentleman of the highest integrity, and died leaving a name which will go down to future generations as the most honored in the annals of Sumner County. He had been for a number of years a member of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were conducted at Langley Hall Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. R. M. DuBose in the presence of a large company of neighbors and friends. Members of the Gallatin bar acted as pall bearers. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Resolutions of Sympathy

On the evening of March 11, at 7:30 o'clock, the angel of death visited our community and claimed one of our fellow kind, viz: T. B. Fikes, father of Chas. W. Fikes, our worthy and esteemed brother and neighbor. Be it resolved, that we, the members of Oak Grove Camp, No. 14,278, M. W. of A., do extend to neighbor Fikes our profoundest sympathy in this sad hour of bereavement. R. E. Perdue, W. H. Clendenning, M. C. Hobely. Committee on Resolutions.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Death of Infant

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. White of Bethpage died at 7 o'clock last Friday night. The burial took place at Bethpage Cemetery with services by Rev. C. R. Wade.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Died in China

A cablegram to Rev. R. M. DuBose announces the death on yesterday of his brother, the Rev. Dr. H. C. DuBose, at Soochow, China. Dr. DuBose has resided in Soochow for thirty-eight years.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Martin Mason

Martin Mason, a well known and popular citizen of the Bethpage community, died at an early hour Friday morning after a brief illness from pneumonia. The deceased was 60 years of age and had been a consistent member of the Bethpage Methodist Church for thirty-five years. He is survived by two daughters, his wife having died several years ago. The burial took place at the Key graveyard Saturday with services by Re. C. R. Wade. *(Brother to my William Mason)

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)


Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Durham attended the burial of their uncle, Mr. Fikes, near Westmoreland Saturday.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Cotton Town

The death of Uncle Tom Link occurred last Tuesday morning about two o'clock after an illness of five or six months, the burial following the next day in the presence of a host of friends and bereaved relatives. He leaves a wife and five children all of whom are married but one. Uncle Tom was 74 years of age.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Mr. Will Walls and wife were here last week to attend the funeral of the latter's father.

(Thursday, March 24, 1910)

Pleasant Hill

Miss Gelley Brizendine, daughter of J. R. Brizendine, died on the night of March 19, after a short illness from pneumonia.

(Thursday, March 31, 1910)

Died Near Anglea

Mrs. Bates Durham of Cumby, Texas, died Monday at the home of Joe Durham near Anglea. Her death was due to consumption from which she had been a sufferer for some months. She came to this county a few weeks ago from her home in Texas hoping to regain her health. The deceased was 28 years of age and a member of the Christian Church. The burial took place Tuesday at the Sherron burying ground.

(Thursday, March 31, 1910)

Esteemed Lady Dies

Mrs. Harriet Ralston Passes Away at Home of Niece, Mrs. Woodward

Mrs. Harriet Ralston died at 6 o'clock last Saturday morning at the home of her niece, Mrs. F. A. Woodward on West Main Street. Her death was due to pneumonia from which she had been ill for about a week. She was the widow of Maj. Alex Ralston and would have been 82 years old next August. She was born near old Jefferson, in Rutherford County, where she lived save a short residence in Arkansas during the Civil War and was the daughter of the late Dr. George Thompson, who moved to Gallatin with his family in 1856. After the death of her husband, Maj. Ralston, in 1866, she removed to Gallatin and lived, since the death of her parents, at her home on Main Street with niece, Mrs. Fred A. Woodward and family. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. George B. Guild of Nashville and quite a number of nieces. The deceased was probably the oldest resident of Gallatin and had been an esteemed member of the Presbyterian Church since girl hood. News of her death will be received with regret by numerous friends throughout Sumner and Rutherford counties. The funeral took place Sunday at 2 p. m. from the Presbyterian Church, the Pastor, Rev. R. M. DuBose officiating. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 31, 1910)

Answers Summons

William Franklin, aged 73 years, formerly a citizen of Hendersonville, this county, died at the Confederate Soldiers Home Tuesday morning. He was buried with appropriate honors at Hendersonville yesterday afternoon. He was born in Clinton County, Ky., in May, 1837, and enlisted in the Sixth Kentucky Cavalry in May, 1860, in Wayne County, Col. W. B. Grisby commanding. Mr. Franklin was captured at McMinnville, Tenn., but escaped and returned to his command in 1865. He entered the Soldiers' Home from Sumner County and was held in high esteem by his fellow comrades at the home.

(Thursday, April 7, 1910)

Card of Thanks

I take this means of thanking my neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness and good will shown me during the sickness and death of my father. I shall always hold them in grateful remembrance. Mrs. Hattie Key. *(Daughter of Martin Mason.)

(Thursday, April 7, 1910)

Died at Lebanon

W. W. Donnell, President of the Wilson County Bank and one of the best known and most public spirited citizens of Wilson County died suddenly of heart failure at his home in Lebanon Tuesday morning. He was 60 years of age and served for a number of years as Circuit Court Clerk of Wilson County. He is survived by his wife. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows. His burial took place yesterday afternoon with Pythian honors.

(Thursday, April 7, 1910)

Shackle Island

The remains of Mr. Jno. N. Hitt, who was killed in a railroad accident some two months ago near Elkton, Ky., had been placed in a vault at Spring Hill Cemetery, were buried at Beech Sunday with Masonic honors.

Miss Maggie Mai Williams formerly of Station Camp but for several years having resided in Nashville, died at the home of her mother and was brought to Beech Cemetery for burial Monday, April the 4th.

(Thursday, April 14, 1910)

Identified By Friends

Body of Wm. J. Brown of Pleasant Hill Taken From Nashville

The remains of Wm. J. Brown, who received a fatal blow from some unknown source near Edgefield Junction on April 1, and who died later in Nashville, were buried Sunday at Old Fountain Head Cemetery. He was a citizen of the Pleasant Hill community where his wife and ten small children who survive him reside. He never regained consciousness and his death is a mystery. The supposition is that he was walking on the railroad track and was struck by a train. His body remained in Nashville for several days, but was finally identified by friends and brought home for burial. The deceased was 42 years of age and was a son of Anthony and Martha Moye Brown who were well known in this county. Mr. Brown was upright in all his business dealings and his death is greatly deplored by a large circle of friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. S. Thompson.

(Thursday, April 14, 1910)

Robert E. Bratten

Robt. E. Bratton died Tuesday night at 7 o'clock at the home of his half-sister, Mrs. Margaret Calgy, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Bratton was a native of Yorkville, South Carolina, and was 58 years of age. He had been a resident of this county for twelve years. The burial took place yesterday at 11 o'clock at the Gallatin Cemetery with funeral services by Rev. R. M. DuBose.

(Thursday, April 21, 1910)

Mrs. Sue Read Passes Away

Noble Woman Answers the Final Summons to a Higher Life

Mrs. Sue Read, wife of Mr. G. D. Read, and one of the oldest and most beloved women of the county, died at their home in Gallatin at 12:45 o'clock Friday morning. She was seventy years of age and before her marriage was Miss Dalton of Hartsville. All of her married life was spent in Gallatin. She suffered a stroke of paralysis about two years ago and from this she never recovered. Mrs. Read was a noble woman and a true Christian in every sense of the word. Truly, it may be said of her, that she spent her life in doing good to others. It has been said that she was to Gallatin a Ministering Angel, never failing to answer the call of sickness or distress. But her work was done, her allotted time on earth had been spent and she had gone to be forever with the God she loved and served. She had been since childhood a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Dr. R. M. DuBose.

(Thursday, April 21, 1910)

An Ancient Relic

Mr. John Patterson of Gallatin has in his possession a small gourd which is more than a hundred years old. It was formerly the property of Volnay Giles, a pioneer citizen of the first district of this county. At the time of his death in 1852, the gourd which was used as a powder flask had been in his possession for fifty years. Following his death the gourd came into the possession of Mr. Patterson who gave it in 1903 to Capt. S. R. Simpson. Upon the death of the latter several years ago it was returned to Mr. Patterson. *(Not exactly an obit, but names, dates and deaths are there.)

(Thursday, April 21, 1910)

Gilbert G. Bradbury

Nashville, Tenn., April 14-Gilbert G. Bradbury, aged 49 years, died last night at 8 o'clock at his home, 1013 Pope Avenue, Waverly Place, after an illness of six days of pneumonia. Mr. Bradbury was a mail clerk running on the Louisville & Nashville railroad, and was one of the oldest men in the services running out of Nashville, having served for twenty-nine years. He was married about twenty years ago to Miss Maggie Lee Shute of Hendersonville, Tenn., and his wife and two children, the latter Gilbert, 16 years old, and Ruth, 2 years old, survive him. Mr. Bradbury was one of the most popular men in the railway mail service, and his death will cause much regret. He was a man of much generosity. There will be funeral services this afternoon at 1:15 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. H. J. Mikell of Christ Church, and the remains will be taken to Hendersonville for interment.

(Thursday, April 21, 1910)

Cotton Town, R. R. 1

Charley Hale died April 7th and was buried at the family grave yard the following day. He leaves a wife, two little boys aged 4 and 6 years and a host of relatives and friends. His death was due to tuberculosis of the brain.

(Thursday, April 28, 1910)

Mrs. J. H. Dodd

The following account of the death of a former Sumner County lady appeared in the Nashville American of Monday: Mrs. Johnetts Turner Dodd, aged 75, wife of James Haiden Dodd, died yesterday morning at 3 o'clock at the home of her son, H. A. Dodd, Richland and Bowling Avenues, after a prolonged illness of over a year. Mrs. Dodd was born in Gallatin April 15, 1835, and was married to James H. Dodd in 1856. She had been a resident of Nashville for years, and will be deeply mourned by all those who knew her. She was an active worker in the Tulip Street Methodist Church, and at the time of her death she was one of the few surviving charter members. She is survived by her husband and three children-H. A. Dodd and T. A. Dodd, of Nashville, and R. M. Dodd of San Antonio, Tex. The funeral services will be conducted by Dr. W. R. Richardson, assisted by Dr. O. E. Brown, at the residence tomorrow morning. Interment at Mt. Olivet.

(Thursday, April 28, 1910)

Death Of A Good Woman

Mrs. Emily Sanders Dies at the Home of John A. Baker Near Town

Mrs. Emily Sanders, wife of N. D. Saunders, died at the home of her son-in-law, John A. Baker, Tuesday night at 10 o'clock. Her death was due to cancer from which she had been a sufferer for several years. Mrs. Sanders was born in Sumner County in 1831 and was a daughter of Wm. Cantrell, a prominent citizen of early days in Tennessee. She was married in 1864 to Mr. Sanders. Three children survive her, to wit: Mrs. Ike Baker, Mrs. John A. Baker and Mrs. Cullen Douglass, all of this county, and a son, Will Sanders of Fort Worth. She is survived also by her husband, three brothers, Stephen Cantrell of this county, George Cantrell of Muskogn, Okla., and Chas. Cantrell of Hopkinsville, Ky., and a sister, Mrs. Myra Hooper of Douglass, Arizona. Mrs. Saunders was a cultured and refined lady of beautiful Christian character, whose every acquaintance was her friend. Funeral services will be conducted today at 10 a. m. at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Baker. The burial will follow at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, April 28, 1910)

Passed Away in Oklahoma

Mrs. Willie Wright, Wife of J. C. Wright, Formerly of This County

News reached here this week of the death of Mrs. Willie Wright, wife of J. C. Wright, formerly of this county but now of Frederick, Oklahoma, at their home near Frederick on Saturday, April 16. Her death was due to pneumonia of which she had been ill for about a week. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Carr of Dry Fork and was born December 6th, 1857. She was married to Mr. Wright on September 9th, 1877. To this union six children were born, three of whom survive; two boys, Robert and Clifton and one daughter, Nannie. She is survived, also, by her husband. The family had resided near the old home at Dry Fork until about two years ago when they removed to Oklahoma. Mrs. Wright was of the highest type of Christian womanhood and lived a life beautiful in its devotion to family and friends. Her untimely death is greatly lamented by former neighbors and friends in Sumner County. She had been since childhood a faithful member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The burial took place at Frederick with appropriate funeral services.

(Thursday, May 12, 1910)

Another Old Citizen Dies

James Peacock Expires at His Home While Seated at Supper Table

*(The top part of this obit was cut from the paper.)

He had been a life long member of the Methodist Church. His wife died about a year ago. Funeral arrangements have not been announced pending the arrival of relatives, but the burial will take place at the Gallatin Cemetery with funeral services by Rev. W. B. Lowry. Mr. Peacock was Mayor of Gallatin in 1869 and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners in 1867.

(Thursday, May 12, 1910)

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, aged 77 years, died Thursday at his home two miles west of Cotton Town. His remains were buried at the Gallatin Cemetery the following day, funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. D. Robbins. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church. The burial service was conducted by the Masonic order of which Mr. Johnson was a member.

(Thursday, May 12, 1910)

Mrs. Eliza Harper

Mrs. Eliza Harper, widow of the late Chas. H. Harper of the 11th district, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Carter. Her death resulted from the effects of an accident and the infirmities of old age. Several weeks ago she suffered a fall which broke her collar bone. The deceased was 77 years old and had been twice married. She was married first to Levis Stone who died many years ago. Of this union two children survive. Mrs. M. E. Carter and Rev. Wilson Stone, for many years a member of the Tennessee Conference.



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