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Obituaries May 11, 1901 - Oct. 24, 1903

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Gallatin (Miscellaneous)
Microfilm Roll #102 - Date: 1827 - 1903

*Semi-Weekly News

(Saturday, May 11, 1901)

In Memoriam.

In loving remembrance of our beloved daughter, Mrs. Hattie Brady Hester, who died April 15, 1901. *(Poem follows.) From her loving Father and Mother. In memory of Lillian Brady Hester, who died April 16, 1900. *(Poem follows.) Her loving Grandparents.

(Saturday, May 11, 1901)

Died in Nashville.

Mrs. Rodney Durham, of Bethpage, died at Douglass Infirmary in Nashville at 3 o'clock Thursday morning, her death resulting from a surgical operation for the removal of two tumors. The deceased was about 45 years old, and leaves a husband and four children-two boys and two girls. Her remains were interred yesterday at the West Family Burying Ground, near Bethpage.

(Saturday, May 11, 1901)

Rock Bridge.

Wiley Cantrell and family were summoned to Sangtown Tuesday by the death of Mr. Gossett, father of Mrs. Cantrell.

(Wednesday, January 14, 1903)

Dr. Thomas C. Bush.

News was received here yesterday of the death of Dr. Thos. C. Bush, which occurred at Lawrenceville, Ga., Sunday afternoon. Dr. Bush was a son of the late E. T. Bush of this county and it's pleasantly remembered by old schoolmates and boyhood friends. He was 38 years of age and is survived by his wife and several children. His remains were taken to Bowling Green, Ky., where the interment will take place today.

(Saturday, January 17, 1903)

Miss Minerva Lunn.

Miss Minerva Lunn died at her home in South Gallatin at about six o'clock Wednesday evening from bronchial troubles, from which she had been suffering for a long time. Miss Lunn was about 70 years of age and had resided in Gallatin for probably forty years. She was a kind and good woman and those who knew her in high esteem. She is survived by three sisters, all of whom have the tender sympathy of their friends in their sorrow. Miss Lunn's remains were laid to rest at Gallatin cemetery Thursday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. R. S. Burwell.

(Saturday, January 17, 1903)

William G. Wells.

William G. Wells, son of Mr. Thos. Wells of this city, died at Troy, Tenn., Wednesday of consumption, from which he had been an invalid for five months. He was 45 years of age, and is survived by his wife and five children. The deceased lived here until some fifteen years ago and is well remembered by many of our people. His remains were interred at Troy.

(Saturday, January 17, 1903)

Mrs. Wade Cannon.

Mrs. Lou Cannon, wife of Wade Cannon, died at Douglass' infirmary in Nashville Thursday. Mrs. Cannon had been at the Nashville infirmary for a month, having gone there to undergo an operation for the removal of a tumor. Her remains were brought to Gallatin and interred yesterday afternoon at Shiloh Church. The deceased was about 33 years of age and was a woman greatly loved by those who knew her. She is survived by her husband and three small children.

(Saturday, January 17, 1903)

Death of Infant.

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Mitchener of Cairo died Wednesday of pneumonia and was buried Thursday afternoon at the Thomas Blakemore Burying Ground. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchener have the sympathy of their acquaintances in their bereavement.

(Saturday, January 21, 1903)

Death of Little Child.

The one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Yates, of Bethpage, died Monday morning after an illness of a week or ten days. It was not thought that the child was in a dangerous condition, and it's death being unexpected, gave rise to the opinion that it had died of scarlet fever. This, however, was a mistake, the attending physician being positive that death was caused by kidney troubles. The burial took place at Bethpage yesterday and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends of the grief stricken parents.

(Saturday, January 21, 1903)

Hollis Chapel.

Jennings Bryan, the 6 year old son of W. W. Atchison, died Saturday morning of scarlet fever and was buried the following day at the family ground near Pleasant Valley. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community in the loss of their only child.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hester were called here from Luton by the death of their grandchild, Jennings Atchison.

(Saturday, January 24, 1903)


Miss Fannie Keen, wife of Mildred Keen, *(This is what the newspaper says.) died last Thursday night with consumption. She had been an invalid for several months, but for the past two months she had been confined to her bed. She leaves a husband and seven children.

(Saturday, January 24, 1903)

William Robertson.

Mr. William Robertson, one of the oldest citizens of the Belote section of the county, passed away Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Stone. The burial was at Corum Hill Burying Ground. The deceased died of consumption, from which he had been a sufferer for several months. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Hallum, the latter a resident of Lebanon. Mr. Stone was a member of Forest's Cavalry and was a brave and courageous soldier.

(Saturday, January 24, 1903)

Mary Settle.

The friends of Mr. and Mrs. John Settle deeply sympathize with them in the loss Thursday of one of their twin girls, born Thursday of last week. The little girls had been given the biblical names of Mary and Martha, and it was the former that passed away.

(Wednesday, January 28, 1903)

Kellar Kirk.

Kellar, 9 months' old son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kirk of Cotton Town, died Friday after an illness of only a few days.

Purely Personal.

Mrs. G. N. Guthrie has returned from Richmond, Va., where she was called by the illness and death of her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Guthrie Edwards.

(Saturday, January 31, 1903)

Death of Little Boy.

James, the 12 year old son of Thomas Lee, who lives near Bush's Chapel, died Sunday, he having been sick only four days. The burial was at the Drane Burying Ground.

(Saturday, January 31, 1903)

Death at Bledsoe.

Mrs. James Williams died Thursday near Bledsoe of consumption, from which she had been an invalid for six or seven months. She was 35 years of age and is survived by her husband and four children. Her remains were interred yesterday at the Woolly Graveyard, in Macon County.

(Wednesday, February 4, 1903)

Will Daily.

Will Daily, the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Daily of Rogana, died Sunday night at 11 o'clock of typhoid fever. The young man, who was about eighteen years of age, had been attending school in Nashville and was taken sick there some three weeks ago. His parents were not apprised of his serious illness for some time and not until about a week ago was he brought to his home at Rogana. After reaching home he continued to sink and passed away Sunday night. The young man was a general favorite in the Rogana community and his death has cast the community in gloom and sorrow. He was bright, genial and gentlemanly and gave promise of a splendid manhood. His parents are overwhelmed in grief, in which they have the tender sympathy of their friends and neighbors. The interment was at Bethpage yesterday.

(Wednesday, February 4, 1903)

Thos. Nimmo.

Mr. Thos. Nimmo, aged 55 years and a resident of the Cotton Town community nearly all of his life, died in Bowling Green Monday morning. Mr. Nimmo went to Bowling Green two weeks ago to visit his son, Chas. Nimmo, by whom one daughter, Mrs. Ben Franklin of Shackle Island, he is survived. His remains were interred at Cotton Town yesterday. The deceased was a respected and highly esteemed citizen and a member of the Christian Church.

(Wednesday, February 4, 1903)

John H. Wallace.

John H. Wallace, a well known farmer and well driller, died at his home on the Dobbins Pike at 8 o'clock Monday night after an illness of only a few hours. Late in the afternoon he experienced a severe cramping of the bowels. In a short time it was apparent to his family that he was in a most dangerous condition, and while heroic treatment was given he grew worse rapidly and soon expired. Mr. Wallace was about 54 years of age and is survived by his wife and two children, a son and daughter. The interment took place yesterday at the Wallace Burying Ground.

(Wednesday, February 4, 1903)

Death of a Prominent Trousdale Countian.

Judge John P. Andrew, one of the best known citizens of Trousdale County, died Sunday night. He had been a member of the county court for twenty years and for several years had been its chairman. He had been a Democrat all of his life until a few years ago, when he joined the People's party. He was 79 years of age and a Royal Arch Mason.

(Wednesday, February 4, 1903)

Little Locals

Mrs. Laura Blankenship, about 20 years of age, was burned to death Saturday at her home just across the State line in Allen County. Her clothes caught fire while she was setting before the fire playing with her infant child. She lived only a few hours.

(Saturday, February 7, 1903)

*(None that I could find.)

(Wednesday, February 11, 1903)

Mrs. Joseph Moye.

Mrs. Maye, widow of Joseph Moye, died Friday near Perdue, at the age of 71 years. Her burial took place at Fountain Head Saturday. She was a most excellent woman and her death is the source of much sorrow among her friends. She is survived by a number of children, all grown.

(Wednesday, February 4, 1903)

John E. Morris.

John E. Morris died Monday night in the Pleasant Grove community, where he was a respected and influential citizen. He had been an invalid for a long time. He is survived by his wife and several children. The burial was at Pleasant Grove yesterday, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Blanton of the Methodist Church, of which church the deceased was a member.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

John William Brackin.

John W. Brackin, son of G. B. Brankin, merchant and postmaster at Brackintown, died of brain trouble last Saturday. The burial was at the Family Burying Ground Sunday. The deceased was 26 years of age and was an exemplary young Christian, he having been a member of the Methodist Church for eight years. He enjoyed the confidence and respect of the entire community in which he lived, and in his death the bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the many friends of the young man.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

Miss Lilly Hunter.

Miss Lilly Hunter, age 18 and a daughter of Miller Hunter of near Bethpage, passed away Wednesday night, her death being due to consumption. She had suffered fro a long time, and the death summons had been expected for several weeks. She was a member of the Methodist Church and was a most lovable Christian girl. Her remains were interred at Mt. Vernon.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

John Lawrence.

John Lawrence, a young man about 28 years of age, died Thursday morning at his home east of South Tunnel. He was unmarried and came to this county from Michigan. His death was due to consumption. His remains were interred yesterday at the Beard Graveyard.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

Child Smothered to Death.

An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Buck Brown, who lived about four miles west of Fountain Head, was found dead in bed Thursday morning. The child, which was a twin, had not been sick and it is presumed it smothered to death.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

Mrs. Bernice Durham.

Word was received from Plainview, Tex., this week of the death at that place Monday night of Mrs. Bernice Durham of Bransford. Mrs. Durham was called to Plainview some time ago by the illness of her father, and while there she was taken sick with pneumonia, only living a few days. Her husband was called by a telegram but she died before he could reach her. The deceased was about nineteen years of age and is survived by her husband and two small children. Her remains were interred in Texas.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

Mary Franklin, an old and respected colored woman, died suddenly of heart at her home near the depot Wednesday.

(Saturday, February 14, 1903)

Harry Baker.

Harry Baker, one of our oldest colored citizens, died last Thursday evening. "Uncle Harry" was well and favorably known by our people. Back before the war he was in the employ of Z. W. Baker, and used to peddle tin ware all over this and adjoining counties. He was 93.

(Wednesday, February 18, 1903)

Sylvester Hilton.

Mr. Sylvester Hilton of near Castalian Springs died at 6 o'clock Sunday evening of consumption. His remains were interred the following day at the McGee Burying Ground. Mr. Hilton was in his 84th year and came to this county from near Franklin, Ky., several years before the war. By frugal habits and diligent work he accumulated considerable means and was one of the wealthiest men in his section of the county. He had been a widower for a number of years, but is survived by two sons, Nathan and Jack Hilton.

(Wednesday, February 18, 1903)

Joseph H. Wells.

Joseph H. Wells, a former citizen of this place and a brother of Thos. Wells, died at his home in Nashville Saturday morning. His remains were brought here and interred Sunday. Mr. Wells was 57 years of age and lived in Gallatin the greater part of his life, having for a number of years been with the late Samuel Lyon and later a clerk for J. C. Rodemer. He was a man of splendid integrity and a member of the Christian Church.

(Wednesday, February 18, 1903)

Miss Martha Franklin.

Miss Martha Franklin, who was about sixty years of age and resided with her brother, Thos. Franklin, between Enon College and Hartsville, died Monday evening.

(Wednesday, February 18, 1903)

Henry Dillon.

Mr. Henry Dillon passed away at his home at Hendersonville Friday evening, his death being due to pneumonia. Mr. Dillon was in his 84th year. His remains were interred at the Beech Burying Ground. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a man honored and respected by all who knew him.

(Saturday, February 21, 1903)

Roy Dillon.

Mr. Roy Dillon died at Hendersonville Tuesday evening of pneumonia. His burial took place at Beech Burying Ground the following day. It will be remembered that Mr. Dillon and his father, Mr. Henry Dillon, were taken sick the same night with pneumonia and that Mr. Henry Dillon passed away just four days before his son. Mr. Roy Dillon was about 60 years of age and is survived by his wife and two small children. He was a good citizen and had many friends in the community in which he lived.

(Saturday, February 21, 1903)

Mrs. Nicy Hutchison.

Mrs. Nicy Hutchison, wife of John Hutchison, died at the phosphate mines Wednesday. Mrs. Hutchison until recently lived in the Bethpage community.

(Saturday, February 21, 1903)

Mrs. Finis Taylor.

Mrs. Finis Taylor died Thursday morning at the residence of her nephew, Wm. Grimm, near St. Blaise. Her burial took place at Beech Burying Ground yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Taylor was about 70 years old and was the widow of Finis Taylor, one of the best known citizens of the southern part of the county. She leaves no children and is survived by her brother, Alex. Grimm, and one sister, Miss Grimm.

(Wednesday, February 25, 1903)

Died in London.

Miss Mazie Turner, Formerly of this City, Passes Away in London, England.

In the last issue of the Mt. Pleasant Chronicle is an announcement of the death, in London, of Miss Mazie Turner, a former Gallatin girl and the youngest daughter of the lat N. P. Turner. How the news of Miss Turner's death reached Mt. Pleasant is not known, unless it was communicated to some schoolmate of the young lady, she having attended school in that county. Miss Turner was a daughter of Capt. N. P. and Mrs. Annie Turner and had resided abroad with her mother and married sister, formerly Miss Kate Turner, for some eight or ten years, and it is learned that Brighton, England has been their home recently. Miss Turner is remembered here as a young lady of great popularity and a leader in social circles. The announcement of her death will be a shock to her old friends and associates.

(Wednesday, February 25, 1903)

Stanton Cantrell.

Mr. Stanton Cantrell, age 75 years, died Sunday in the 14th district, where he had lived for many years and was a useful citizen. Mr. Cantrell had been twice married and is survived by his second wife and three grown children.

(Wednesday, February 25, 1903)

J. W. Dempsey.

Mr. J. W. Dempsey died at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at the home of John W. Wooten, his son-in-law, at Cotton Town. Mr. Dempsey who was 67 years of age, had been in feeble health for some time, and his death was due to old age and a general breaking down. He was a brave Confederate soldier and a man well liked by all who knew him, he standing high as a neighbor and citizen. He is survived by his wife and three children, all grown. The burial took place Saturday at the Mitchell Burying Ground near Cotton Town.

(Wednesday, February 25, 1903)

Death of a Little Girl.

The six-year old daughter of John Pennington, who lives near Troutt's store in the 12th district, died Sunday.

(Wednesday, February 25, 1903)

Mrs. Cynthia E. Taylor.

Mrs. Cynthia E. Taylor, wife of S. E. Taylor, salesman for W. H. O'Dell at South Tunnell, died at that place Monday afternoon of consumption. The deceased was about 23 years of age and is survived by her husband and one child, a little boy three years of age. Mrs. Taylor formerly lived in Southwest Gallatin and was a most lovable and amiable Christian woman, making many strong friends wherever she went. Her burial took place at Gallatin Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by Elder Kincaide.

(Saturday, February 28, 1903)

James M. Chenault.

Mr. James M. Chenault died at 7 o'clock Thursday evening at his home near Castalian Springs. Mr. Chenault had suffered for a long time from consumption, which caused his death. His burial took place yesterday afternoon at the Chenault Burying Ground, the funeral services being conducted by Elder E. A. Elam. Mr. Chenault was about 62 years of age and was an ex-Confederate soldier. He was a good citizen, a devout member of the Christian Church and a man highly esteemed by his neighbors. Mr. Chenault is survived by his wife and several children, all of whom have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

(Saturday, February 28, 1903)


Stanford, the two year old son of John Pennington, died Sunday with spinal meningitis.

The infant child of Cal Graves died with spinal meningitis.


Mrs. Ellen Brown and Mrs. Dunklin went to Gallatin Sunday to attend the burial of Mr. Sam Elliott's infant.

(Saturday, March 4, 1903)

Death of Wm. McKamie.

Mr. William McKamie, father of Jeff, James and Ed McKamie and of Mrs. J. K. White, died Friday night. Mr. McKamie had been in feeble health for a long time and his death was due to the general infirmities attendant upon old age, he being 86 years of age. The deceased was a quiet, unostentatious man, living a quite life at his farm a few miles east of Gallatin. He had many friends, all of whom were drawn to him by his kind and gentle nature and many excellent traits of character, He was a member of the Methodist Church.

(Saturday, March 7, 1903)

F. Marion Defrees.

F. Marion Defrees, one of the eleventh district's oldest and best known citizens and a resident of the Bransford community all of his life, passed away Thursday morning. His remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground yesterday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. John Stone. Mr. Defrees was born in this county 75 years ago last May, and was a son of Ricely Defrees, a soldier in the Revolutionary War. While a young man he married Miss Ruthie Working who, with three children, survive him. The surviving children are Mrs. Joe Lawrence of Gallatin, Mrs. Leath of Brandsford, and Mrs. White of Texas. Mr. Defrees had been a member of the Baptist Church for fifty years and was a devout Christian. He had many staunch friends and was esteemed by all who knew him.

(Saturday, October 10, 1903)

Death of Joseph Harrell, Sr.

Joseph Harrell, Sr. formerly a resident of this county, died Thursday at the home of his son-in-law in Allen County. His remains were yesterday brought to the former home of the deceased near Brackintown and interred. Mr. Harrell was ninety years of age and for more than a half century had been a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was the father of Joseph Harrell of Bethpage.

(Saturday, October 10, 1903)

Killed by Mule's Kick.

Douglass Pierce, the 9 year old son of R. M. Pierce of the Hendersonville community, died at 5 o'clock Wednesday from being kicked by a mule two days before. The particulars as to how the accident occurred are not known here other than the boy was kicked in the stomach some time Monday afternoon. Dr. Toy, the well known Hendersonville physician, was called to see the injured boy, and after an examination three Nashville physicians were also called. The child killed was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce, who are well known and prominent people of the southern part of the county.

(Saturday, October 17, 1903)

Death of John Tatham, Sr.

Mrs. Walter McGlothlin was called to Franklin, Ky., this week by the death of her father, Mr. John Tatham, Sr., who had been an invalid for a long time. Mr. Tatham was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, and was 78 years of age. His remains were interred at Franklin. Mr. Tatham had visited at Gallatin, and his second wife was Mrs. Smart, of Portland.

(Saturday, October 24, 1903)

Death At Portland.

Mrs. Jennie Payne, widow of Decatur Payne, died at Portland October 16 after an illness of three weeks. Her remains were taken to Cross Plains the following day for interment. Mrs. Payne is survived by three brothers and four sisters, they being J. F. Bailey, G. P. Bailey and S. H. Bailey, and Mrs. Docia Shroeder, Mrs. Kittie Anderson, Mrs. Belle Hollis and Mrs. J. H. Lee, the latter of Nashville.

(Saturday, October 24, 1903)

Death of a Little Child.

The 19 months old boy of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hanna, who live near Turner's Station, died yesterday morning. The child had been very low for three weeks, during which time it was not expected that it would recover.


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