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Obituaries May, 1916

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Gallatin Sumner County News  
Microfilm Roll #502 - Date: 1912 - 1916

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

Mrs. Polly Cline.

Mrs. Polly Cline died last Friday at 4:30 p. m. at the home of her sons, Tom and John Cline near Mt. Olive Church. The deceased was born February 14th, 1839, and was a daughter of the late John Rippy. She was married fifty years ago to Alford Cline. To this union five children were born, four of whom survive as follows: Tom and John Cline, Mrs. Fielden Law and Mrs. Harvey Cline. She was a life long member of Mt. Olive Methodist Church and was a true, devoted Christian mother, and a kind neighbor and friend. The burial was at the Sarver Burying Ground near Nubia with funeral services by her pastor, Rev. T. J. Clark.  

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

Trabue Makes $25,000 Bond

Slayer of Harry Stokes Admitted to Bail - Claims Self Defense

Nashville, April 26, Harry S. Stokes, chief counsel for the taxpayers in the city hall probe, was shot and instantly killed at 11:20 this morning by Charles C. Trabue, special counsel for the city. *(This is a long article. I will type what I feel is important for researchers, then if anyone would like to read the rest, please e-mail me. lc) Harry Shelby Stokes was born in Como. Miss., September 29, 1877, and was the son of James P. and Blanche McGhee Stokes. His paternal grandfather was Jordan Stokes, of Lebanon, Tenn., a noted criminal lawyer of his time. His father, James F. Stokes, was at one time Speaker of the House of Representatives of Tennessee and was a man of great intellectual powers. His maternal grandfather was Miles McGhee, of Panola County, Mississippi, a rich cotton planter, who during the Civil War entirely equipped and armed a regiment of Confederate troops at his own expense. Harry Stokes' mother was Miss Blanche McGhee, a noted Southern beauty and heiress, being one of the wealthiest women in the South. His parents both died young and Harry Stokes was brought to Nashville and reared and schooled by his uncles, Walter and Jordan Stokes. On January 8, 1899, he married Miss May Lindsley, of this city. One child has been born to them, a little girl, Adrian, who is now about 12 years of age.

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

Pleasant Hill

Noah Swallows, aged 78 years, died last Thursday. The burial was at the Patterson Burying Ground Friday with funeral services conducted by James W. Simpson. The deceased had recently professed religion and was leading a devout Christian life.

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)


Death has again visited our community and taken from us another of our noble mothers, familiarity known as Aunt Polly Cline, the wife of Alford Cline who proceeded her to the grave several years ago. *(See her obit above. lc) The deceased leaves one brother and one sister, Jerry Rippy and Aunt Clarenda Rippy, and four children: Mrs. Fielden Law, Mrs. Harvey Cline, Tom and John Cline, all of this county, and several grandchildren. She was laid to rest in the family burying ground at what is known as the Davis Grave Yard last Saturday after prayer service in the home by Bro. Joe Douglas and a funeral service at the grave, conducted by Rev. T. J. Clark.

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

Leon Stone

A sad death which occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Stone, April 28th was that of their little nephew, Leon Stone, aged 9 years. He is survived by his father, Mr. R. W. Stone, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. H. E. Edison, Mrs. C. F. McMurtry, Mrs. H. J. Traughber and Robert Stone of White House, Miss Ola and George Stone of Nashville. Services were conducted at the residence Friday evening at 3 o'clock by Rev. J. W. Faires. Interment took place at the Cole graveyard. The following served as pall-bearers: Beauchamp Crafton, Henry Wilson, Ralph Edison, Hubert Traughber; active, Clarence Culley, Hyman Traughber, Lee Traughber, Ray Crafton.

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

In Memory

Tribute to Jessie Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lee, and a brother of Mrs. Owen Riggs of Nuba, Tenn. His age; 22 years, 2 months, 2 days old. He professed faith in Christ January, 1916, to which he lived true for two and a half months. *(Long article. lc)

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

Portland Locals

Mr. Henry P. Hendricks, aged 56 years, died of a complication of diseases at his home in East Portland Saturday morning, April 22, at 9:30 o'clock. Funeral services were held at the Portland Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2o'clock by Rev. G. B. Bush, pastor of the Baptist Church, of which he was a member for several years.

(Thursday, May 4, 1916)

Chestnut Grove

N. C. Swallows of Evansville, Ind., was here last week to attend the burial of his father, Noah Swallows. Mrs. Noah Swallows and son, Paul are preparing to go to Evansville to make their home.

(Thursday, May 11, 1916)

Mrs. Harry H. Knapp

Mrs. Harry H. Knapp died at her home in Franklin, Ky., Friday evening after an illness of several months from Bright's disease. The deceased was 51 years of age. Her maiden name was Miss Nannie Handcock, a daughter of the late Frederick Hancock. She was a native of Gordonsville, Logan County, Ky., but lived for many years at Gallatin. She was a gifted musician and a splendid Christian lady of charming personality. Thirty years ago she married Harry H. Knapp, a prominent merchant of Franklin, who survives her. She is survived also by one son, Robert Knapp of Franklin and by two sisters, Mrs. R. E. House of Gallatin and Mrs. J. W. Franklin of Philadelphia. The funeral took place at Franklin Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church of which the deceased was a member. The burial followed at the Franklin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 11, 1916)

Died At His Home In New Albany

Many friends in this county, and especially the quests at the silver wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Chipman at Bethpage, April 29, will regret to learn of the death of Mr. C. O. Bradford, which occurred suddenly last Friday night at his home in New Albany, Indiana. Mr. Bradford and his wife were honored quests of Mr. and Mrs. Chipman on the occasion above mentioned. Mr. Bradford had been for many years at the head of the real estate department of the Louisville & Nashville railroad company with offices in Louisville. He was 62 years of age, a member of the Presbyterian Church and also of the Masonic Fraternity. The deceased is survived by his wife and five children.

(Thursday, May 11, 1916)

Mrs. A. T. Holt

The death of Mrs. A. T. Holt occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John L. Scott, on the Long Hollow Pike, Sunday, April 30, following three weeks' illness from lagrippe. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Scott and Mr. T. N. Holt of Wilson County, twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The deceased was 84 years and 8 months of age. She was a daughter of Alfred Biard and was married to N. L. Holt of Wilson County in 1857. Her husband died during the civil war. With her two children to rear and educate she fought bravely the life before her and left behind her a record of splendid Christian achievement. Since early childhood Mrs. Holt had been a devoted Christian and for many years had held her membership in the Gallatin Methodist Church. She was of a family of five sisters noted for the ripe old age to which they lived. Five years ago two of her sisters, Miss Vadelia Biard, age 83 years, and Mrs. Jennie Bowman, age 78 years, died within a week of each other. On April 9 of this year another sister, Mrs. Amanda Melton, died at her home in Florida, aged 90 years and six months. One sister still survives, Mrs. Joe Halbert of Arkansas, age 80 years. Funeral services for Mrs. Holt were conducted at the residence by Rev. R. H. Hudgens at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 18, 1916)

Sudden Death of William H. Lane

News of the sudden death of William H. Lane at Gold City, Ky., was received here early yesterday morning. Mr. Lane, who is a well known traveling salesman, was in Gold City and had left a call at his hotel for 6 o'clock Wednesday morning. When the servant went to his room to awake him he was found dead. The full particulars of Mr. Lane's death have not reached here, but it is understood that heart failure was the cause. The remains reached Gallatin Wednesday night. Further notice will be given in next week's issue of the News.

(Thursday, May 18, 1916)

Death of B. J. Hassell

On last Thursday morning B. J. Hassell died at his home near Cotton Town after a long and painful illness. He was 50 years of age and had resided in that community all his life. He was married in early life to Miss Roberta Kirk, who with six children survive him, as follows: Virgil Hassell, Montgomery, Ala., Henry Hassell, Gallatin, Mrs. Henry Taylor, South Tunnel, Miss Clara, Claude and Eugene Hassell of Cotton Town. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Montimor, and one brother William Hassell, both of Nashville. In his death a faithful husband, a loving father, a kind friend and neighbor and a quiet and law-abiding citizen has been lost. The large concourse of friends who gathered to pay a last tribute of love and respect showed the esteem in which he was held. The deceased had long been a member of the Church of Christ and the funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. H. L. Olmstead, pastor of the Church of Christ at Gallatin, after which the remains were laid to rest in the family graveyard.

(Thursday, May 18, 1916)

Mrs. Norman S. Caldwell

Mrs. Idell Caldwell, wife of Norman S. Caldwell, died Sunday, May 14, while en route from Nashville to Gallatin. She was taken to Nashville Saturday for an operation, but upon arrival there the physicians, after making diagnosis, advised that an operation was useless. She expressed a desire to be at home again before she died and on Sunday morning in company with her nurse and several relatives the journey to Gallatin was begun in a hospital ambulance. The party was but a few miles out of Nashville when death overtook the patient. Mrs. Caldwell was born January 16, 1881, and was a daughter of the late James Bruce of Gallatin. She is survived by her husband and one son, Percy Caldwell. She was a loving wife and mother and a kind neighbor and friend whose death is universally regretted. Funeral services took place at the family residence at 2 o'clock p. m. Monday. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 18, 1916)


Westmoreland and surrounding community were greatly shocked at the tragic death of Mrs. Adeline Freeman, wife of Lewis (Pony) Freeman, Sr., which occurred Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Mrs. Freeman met her death by drowning in Trammell Creek within a few hundred yards of her home. She left the house and when the house girl thought she had been gone an unnecessary length of time she went in search of her. Failing to find her she notified Lewis Freeman Jr., the youngest son, who was at work in a field nearby, that his mother was missing. J. S. Freeman of Westmoreland was next notified and hastened to his home to assist in the search for his mother. She had been seen by someone to go toward the creek some time before the alarm was given or any uneasiness as to her absence was felt. Her body was discovered by her son J. S. Freeman. Despondency was the cause of the sad occurrence. Mr. and Mrs. Freeman had moved from Macon County, where they were well connected and greatly respected. Mrs. Freeman was Miss Adeline Law before her marriage, one of the best families in the community. She is survived by her husband, Lewis Freeman, Sr., three sons, J. S. Freeman, one of the most prominent merchants in Westmoreland, Will Freeman, a well known traveling salesman, and Lewis Freeman, one daughter, Mrs. Gracie Law. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Bettie Blankenship, and four brothers, Nat, Will, Dink and Joe. The deceased had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church at Haysville since early children and was noted for being an especially good woman. The remains were conveyed to Haysville where interment was made at 3 p. m. Sunday. There is a wide circle of friends who deeply deplore the sad occurrence and sincerely sympathize with the bereaved family.

(Thursday, May 25, 1916)

Cotton Town, Route 1

A shadow of gloom over-cast this community Thursday evening of last week when a telephone message from Ashland City brought the sad news of the death of our lovely friend, Bertie Johnson, wife of James Thomas. Deceased was born Jan. 24, 1874, and died May 11, 1916, at her home in Ashland City. She was married to Mr. Thomas, March 6, 1909. To this union were born four children, James, aged five and Pauline, aged three. Twin infants were laid to rest in the grave with their mother. Her example as a neighbor, wife and mother, was worthy of emulation. She was cheerful, kind-hearted and true. She was always glad to form new friendships, and a friend once made was kept. To know her was to love her. She will be greatly missed by her many friends as well as by her loving husband, children, sister, brothers, father and mother, sister-in-law and neighbors. But we hope she is at rest with the Lord. Deceased leaves besides her husband and two beautiful children, an aged father and mother, two brothers and one sister, Miss Edna, and Hugo of this place and Bennie Johnson of Nashville. Funeral service was conducted Friday at the graveyard near her father's home by Rev. Mr. Farris, pastor of White House M. E. Church. The wide popularity of the deceased was attested by the large crowd of relatives and friends present at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnson were up from Nashville to attend the funeral of their sister. Several were here from Green Briar, Springfield, and Ashland City to attend the funeral of Mrs. Bertie Thomas.

(Thursday, May 25, 1916)

William H. Lane

William H. Lane, son of Mr. & Mrs. Zack Lane of Gallatin, died suddenly at Gold City, Kentucky, on Wednesday morning, May 17th. The remains were brought to Gallatin Wednesday and the burial took place from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Zack Lane at 3:30 o'clock Thursday at the Gallatin Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. R. H. Hudgens, Rev. Wilson Woodcock and Mr. E. E. French of Nashville. Mr. French is superintendent of McKendrie Sunday School of Nashville of which the deceased was a faithful and highly esteemed member. In a short address Mr. French paid feeling tribute to Mr. Lane as a Christian gentleman and as a faithful Sunday School worker.

(Thursday, May 25, 1916)

In Memoriam

Alice LaRue, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Neel, was born in Gallatin, Tenn., Sumner County, March 17, 1896, departed this life at Indianapolis, Ind., April 16, 1916, at 6:45 p. m., age 20 years, 30 days. She was married to William Branham of Indianapolis, Nov. 2, 1913. To them one daughter was born, who with the husband, parents, brothers, sisters and friends are left to mourn their loss. During the many months she had suffered she was patient, bearing her sufferings with the same fortitude that was so characteristic of her life, and with the same fortitude, after asking that the sorrowing family live the Christ-like life, she calmly waited the end.

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