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Obituaries March, 1905

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

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)

Dr. J. W. Franklin

Passed Away at His Home on the Nashville Pike Tuesday Morning

"Men appear upon and disappear from the stage of action as wave meets and parts upon the troubled waters." Dr. John W. Franklin died at his residence four and one-half miles west of Gallatin last Tuesday morning at 4:45 o'clock. He was born August 14th, 1819 and would have been eighty-six years old at his next birthday. Between these dates is the life time of one of Sumner County's oldest, best known and most respected citizens. For a long time he practiced his chosen profession in our town and did a large practice--from here he removed to the place of his death where he had built a beautiful residence and there again engaged in the practice of medicine until about twenty years ago, when he quit the active practice, and occupied his time with books and farm. He was indeed a well read man and could be truly called a walking encyclopedia--an authority upon all questions where he gave an opinion, and a brilliant conversationalist, and with it all was "a gentleman of the old school." He was an active man up to the time of his death, and at the last Sumner County fair took the premium as the best gentleman rider, where several competed much his junior in years. He had been from early life a member of the Presbyterian Church holding his membership at Gallatin and had been for a long time an official of that church. At the beginning of the civil war he was for about a year with the Seventh Tennessee (Hatton's Regiment) in the capacity of Assistant Surgeon. He was married twice, his first wife being Miss Florida Noel, of Frankfort, Kentucky, and of this union two children survive, Dr. Ed. N. Franklin, of this place and Mrs. Adele Van Bibber, of Baltimore. His second wife was Miss Sarah Baber, of this county, who survives him together with the following children: William, Thomas, Ernest, Lucien, Robert and Rev. Hal Franklin and Mrs. R. S. Burwell. He was a charter member of Howard Lodge No. 13 I. O. O. F., which was instituted December 2, 1845, and is the last survivor of the five whose names appear upon the charter of that lodge. His funeral occurred at his residence last Wednesday afternoon being conducted by Rev. R. S. Burwell and Rev. J. J. Stowe, followed by interment at the Gallatin Cemetery under control of Howard Lodge No. 13, I. O. O. F.

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)


Mrs. Wisdom W. Robertson, of Bowling Green, Ky., was here Sunday to attend the funeral of Mrs. R. L. Worsham. Among the many sorrow-stricken friends at the funeral Sunday were Miss Davie Herring, of Gallatin, and Mrs. Ella Anderson, of Nashville.

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)

H. H. Crockett

Died in Nashville Wednesday Afternoon of Apoplexy

The death of H. H. Crockett in Nashville was received here Wednesday afternoon. For a number of years Mr. Crockett was an enterprising merchant of Gallatin and the news of his death was quite a shock to his many friends here. (****This is a long obit. If anyone would like to know more, please e-mail me.)

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)

Rock Bridge

The little child of A. J. Crowder died Monday of pneumonia and was buried the following day.

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)

Capt. J. B. Howison

His Death at His Home Near Gallatin Wednesday Morning Last--Remains Interred Thursday

Capt. J. B. Howison died suddenly at his home near this place Wednesday last. He had been complaining for about a week but was not sick enough to be confined to his bed. He was sixty-five years of age and a confederate veteran, being a member of Donelson Bivouac. The Nashville American of Thursday had the following relative to this death: "Capt. Howison was born in Prince William County, Va., and received a liberal and classical education, but at the outbreak of the war abandoned his studies and enlisted in Co. B., Wise's Legion (Confederate Army), and was elected First Lieutenant. He later became Captain in the Sixth Regiment Virginia Cavalry. He was engaged at Second Manassas, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Culpepper Court-house, Rappahannock and other notable battles, and received a wound in the shoulder from a shell, which was one of the causes of his death. He was a member of Donelson Bivouac, of Gallatin. " He came to Gallatin in 1866, and was married to Miss Alice Fitzgerald, daughter of H. Fitzgerald, an extensive cotton mill operator, and five children were born to them--Eunice, Henry, Emma, Allen and Charles. He was principal of a male college here for many years, and was well known as an educator. He later became largely interested in the lumber business in Alabama, and returning to Gallatin in 1881 purchased a valuable farm, where he made his home until his death. When the Farmers' & Traders' Bank was organized he was made president. His burial was conducted by Donelson Bivouac and Rowena Lodge Knights of Pythias."

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)

Death of a Child

The little two year old girl of Brod. Smith, who lives on West Main Street, died Monday afternoon from pneumonia. This is the second death in the family in the last month, a younger child having died three or four weeks ago. The last child was taken with whooping cough pneumonia later developing.

(Saturday, March 4, 1905)

Fell Asleep, 20 Years of Age, Instantly Killed by Train Sunday Afternoon.

Jesse Franklin, about 20 years old and the oldest son of John Franklin, who lives on West Main Street, was instantly killed by a freight train two miles south of town Sunday afternoon. (****Long article, let me know if you want to know more.)

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Little Locals.

News was received here from Texas of the death of Miss Dovie Pryor, a daughter of L. L. Pryor, who left the Dry Fork community some three years ago.

(Saturday, March 25, 1905)

Mrs. M. E. Douglass

A Good Woman Passes to a Rich Reward

Mrs. Mary Estes Douglass, widow of that well known and highly respected citizen Cullen E. Douglass, passed away just before noon last Friday. Mrs. Douglass had been in feeble health for a long time, and for about a week before her death had been seriously sick, but on the morning of the day on which she died she ate with relish and expressed herself as feeling much better than for days past. Shortly thereafter she was taken worse and expired in a few hours. The deceased, who was Miss Mary Estes before her marriage, was born near Goodlettsville, in Davidson County, August 15, 1836. In 1863 she was married to Cullen E. Douglass, being his second wife. Eight children blessed to this union, all save one survive her, they being Robert E. and J. G. Douglass of Wilson County, Hon. Will Douglass, a member of the Texas Legislature, and Dave Douglass, assistant cashier of a bank at Granberry, Texas, and Misses Mary and Irene Douglass of this county. In 1856 Mrs. Douglass joined the Methodist Church, but after her marriage united with the Presbyterians. She was a consecrated Christian woman, loved by her acquaintances for her kindness and gentle disposition. Her home life was truly beautiful to those who knew her in her home, and her own children do not sorrow more in her death than do the several step children she had raised. Surely there could be no better testimony to her splendid virtues than this. The funeral services took place at the Douglass home Monday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. R. S. Burwell coming from Georgia to preach the funeral. The interment took place at the Douglass Family Burying Grounds, Mrs. Douglass' sons, by her request, serving as the pall-bearers.

(Saturday, March 25, 1905)

A Good Negro

Brandon Beech, better known to all of the white folk of Gallatin as "Beech", an old respected negro, died Friday night at the advanced age of 75 years. For thirty years he had been a familiar character about Gallatin, and not a child or grown person that did not know that "Beech" grew the sweetest and best melons grown in the county, he having grown and peddled melons here for a third of a century. He was an honorable negro, liked by the white people and honored by his own race.

(Saturday, March 25, 1905)

George R. Henley

The family of Z. B. Lane this week received news of the death of George R. Henley at Darlington, La., last Sunday. Mr. Henley was born and raised in this county and was a brother of Mrs. M. L. Gaines. He left here about forty years ago but visited relatives here frequently, his last visit being about four years ago.

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