Death Notices from The
Nashville Weekly Press and the Nashville Daily Press and Times for
Death of George Boon Brown. It becomes our painful duty this morning
to chronicle the death of George Boon Brown, one of the proprietors
of the Nashville Press and an old and well known citizen. He was
attacked with an apoplectic fit on Sunday evening last and lingered
until five o’clock last evening at which hour he expired, in the
43rd year of his age.
Mr. Brown was a practical printer and in his young days was regarded
as among the best in the country. He was a native of the Western
Reserve, Ohio and came to this city about the year 1845 and worked a
considerable time in the book room of one of our newspaper offices.
In October, 1847, he accepted the position of foreman of the
Nashville Whig and performed his duties with credit to himself and
the utmost satisfaction to his employer. We remember him well at
that time and we can bear testimony to the fact that a more
industrious man was never engaged in a printing office. Some years
afterwards the subscription of the Nashville Whig was transferred to
the Republican banner when Mr. Brown was admitted as a partner with
B. R. McKenzie, Esq., the old proprietor in the publication of the
Nashville Daily True Whig in which paper he continued his connection
until the office was purchased by the proprietors of the Daily
Patriot when for some time he was engaged as local editor in the new
concern. At a later period, he worked in the wholesale grocery
business and was a partner in the well known house of Mizen, Hooper
& Co. in which he was very successful. About the time of the
breaking out of the war, he retired from business and remained
inactive until the publication of the Press was commenced being
instrumental in its foundation. The deceased was a kind, gentle
hearted gentleman and had a large circle of friends and
acquaintances who will regret to hear of his untimely end. If he had
his faults, they are now forgotten while his many virtues are
combined in the hearts of those who knew him well. Peace to his
January 5, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of George B. Brown are
respectfully invited to attend his funeral from Deaderick street
this Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, January 5, 1865. Divine service
by Rev. Dr. Sawrie.
January 7, 1865
Died in this city on Thursday night, Mrs. Eudoxey Hughes, aged about
67 years. Her friends and acquaintances are invited to attend her
funeral from the residence of her son, Jordan Coleman, No. 16 South
High street this morning at half past 10 o’clock. Divine service by
Rev. Dr. Howell.
January 13, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Joseph P. and Julia
Mathews are invited to attend the funeral of their little son,
Julien this morning at 9 ½ o’clock from their residence on Woodland
street, Edgefield. Divine service by the Rev. John W. Hunter. “Like
a sunbeam that lightens awhile, the gloom of a dark winter day, Fair
child of our love, thou hast passed: thou has passed from earth
January 14, 1865
Death Of An Old Citizen. We learn that Captain Merritt S. Pilcher,
an old citizen of this place, died at Franklin on Wednesday last.
Captain Pilcher was one of our oldest business men and for many
years was highly esteemed by all. In the early days of navigation,
he was largely interested in the steamboat business and was more
than once commander of several of our first class boats. If our
memory serves us correctly, he was part owner in the William L.
Robinson, Red Rover, John Randolph, Gladiator and Ellen Kirkman,
fine steamers of the olden time. At the time of his death, he was on
a visit to his son, a wounded Confederate office in the hospital at
Franklin. Captain Pitcher’s family belonged to the early settlers of
this State. During the Revolutionary war, his father furnished salt
to the army from our present Sulphur Spring, which was then known as
January 15, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Merritt S. Pitcher
are invited to attend his funeral from the house of Speaker Hollins,
No. 18 Summer Street, this morning, Sunday 15th at half past 10
January 17, 1865
Death Of A Well Known Citizen. We regret to announce the death of
our esteemed and well known citizen, Jordan P. Coleman, Esq. who
died suddenly yesterday morning of diphtheria. He was attacked with
this dreadful disease on Saturday evening. At 6 o’clock yesterday
morning, he breathed his last. Mr. Coleman was one of our most
tender spirited and enterprising citizens - kind-hearted gentleman
and greatly beloved by all who knew him. For many years he
represented the fifth ward in the upper branch of the city council
and during the time, served upon several of the most important
committees, at one time we believe, being chairman of the Committee
on Public Schools. During his whole administration, he represented
faithfully the wishes of his constituents, protected the interests
of the corporation and was energetic and untiring in the discharge
of his duties. A large circle of friends will regret to hear of his
sudden demise. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss.
January 20, 1865
Died in this city on Wednesday night, B. F. Todd, aged about 40
years. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to
attend his funeral from the residence of W. P. Newland, No. 67
McLemore street this evening at 2 o’clock. Divine service by Rev.
January 26, 1865 (Thursday)
Died, William Keenan, a member of the firm of Stephens and Stone and
formerly a partner in the house of Ewing, Sperry & Co., died in the
city on Tuesday night last of consumption. He was only confined to
his bed for a few days and died rather suddenly.
January 26, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of William Kennan are
invited to attend his funeral from the residence of Mr. A.
Patterson, corner of High and Demumbrane streets today at 11
o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Howell. Hacks in waiting at Mr.
Cornelius at 10 ½ o’clock.
January 26, 1865
Tribute of Respect: Nashville, January 20, 1865, to the W. M.
Wardens and Brethren of Cumberland Lodge, No. 8.
The undersigned who were appointed a committee to draw up suitable
resolutions in regard to the death of brothers M. S. Pilcher and
Jordan P. Coleman, beg leave to submit the following report:
Whereas, Death having suddenly removed from our Masonic family our
much respected and beloved brothers, Merritt S. Pilcher and Jordon
P. Coleman who having finished their labors on earth, it becomes the
duty of those who remain to improve the afflictions of the All-wise
disposer of human events to keep alive the memories of those who
were dear to us while living and, although dead, yet speak from
their dark abodes. Therefore, with these motives, and that the
virtues of our departed brothers shall survive in our hearts:
Resolved, that in their example and character, we have another
testimonial that the upright citizen and God’s noblest work, the
honest man, are but the practicable excellencies inculcated by the
precepts of our institution. Resolved, That this tribute of our
feelings be transmitted to the families of our deceased brethren as
an earnest of the esteem and consideration with which we cherish
their memories, with the assurance of our deepest sympathies in this
bereavement which has taken from them the good husband, the kind and
affectionate father and from us, our devoted and honored Masonic
brethren. Very respectfully submitted. John S. Dashiell, Thomas H.
Cox, John W. Barry.
January 30, 1865
We regret to chronicle the death of Eugene Clements, son of our
esteemed friend and fellow citizen, M. C. Cotton. He was a bright,
beautiful, intelligent looking boy of five summers. “Whom the Gods
love die young.” and it is a consolation to the sorrowing hearts to
know that his little spirit is shining amid the hosts of God’s
angels. “Weep not for those whom the vail of the tomb in life’s
early beauty hath hid from our eyes. Ere sin threw a blight o’er the
spirit’s young bloom Or earth had profaned what was born for the
February 6, 1865
Severe Affliction - The mother and father of Mrs. W. R. McFarland,
of this city, died recently in Mound City, Illinois and have been
forwarded to this city for interment. It is sad at all times to
visit the house of mourning, but when we see two coffins side by
side, each containing the remains of a fond parent, the bereavement
is double. For over fifty years, they trod life’s rugged path
together and hand in hand, as it were, they go down to the grave.
February 6, 1865
Died, in Mound City, Illinois on the 28th ult., Robert Collinge in
the 52nd year of his age. In the same place on the 2nd inst., Hannah
Collinge, wife of the above, in the 53rd year of her age, father and
mother of Mrs. W. R. McFarland of this city. The relative, friends
and acquaintances of the deceased and W. R. McFarland and family are
invited to attend the funeral this day at 10 a. m. from the
residence of Mr. McFarland, No. 73, North College Street. Divine
service by Rev. Mr. Allen,
February 6, 1865
At the residence of Mrs. J. G. Brown at 5 o’clock, p. m. on Sunday,
February 5th, 1865, of consumption, Mary Jane, wife of Mr. S. M.
Scott, of this city.
February 6, 1865
Gabe Cameron, a well known colored barber, and a great banjioist,
died in this city yesterday. In respect to his memory, the different
barber shops clothed their doors in mourning.
February 14, 1865
Negro Shot: On Sunday night last, a difficulty occurred in a house
on Chitton’s alley, in the sixth ward, between Doc Johnson and
Charley Woods, negroes who were engaged in playing a game of cards.
During the altercation Charles Woods drew a pistol and fired, the
ball taking effect in the abdomen of Doc Johnson producing death
nearly instantly. An inquest was held over the dead body of Doc by
Esq. Meacham and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above
February 27, 1865
Death Of An Old Resident. Mrs. Elizabeth F. Hughes, mother of
Captain James and David Hughes, died in this city on Saturday
morning last at an advanced age. She was a devout Christian and had
been a member of the Methodist church for over forty years.
February 27, 1865
Died, in this city on the morning of the 25th instant, Mrs.
Elizabeth Hughes, mother of Captain James and David Hughes. A
devoted mother and an exemplary Christian and member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church for over forty years. “Blessed are the
died that died in the Lord; Yea, for they rest from their labors.”
March 2, 1865
Died In The Workhouse. J. N. Bertrand, a well known citizen of this
place, died in the workhouse on Tuesday night last of mania apota.
He was a painter by trade and some years ago did an extensive
March 17, 1865
Killed. Walter Stodhard, a negro boy, was accidentally killed on
Wednesday evening last by running against a sword cane in the hands
of another negro boy named Charley Lanier. The cane entered his body
near the heart producing internal hemorrhage from the effects of
which he died in half an hour after the occurrence.
March 21, 1865
Death of William T. Shull
It becomes our painful duty this morning to chronicle the death of
William T Shull, one of the proprietors of the Press. He died at 5
o’clock yesterday morning in the 26th year of his age. He fell a
victim to that dread disease, consumption, which had been slowly
stealing upon him for some time past, not however, assuming an
alarming form until within the last three months during which
period, he became entirely prostrated and was compelled to keep his
Mr. Shull was a native of Fayetteville in this State and removed to
this city something over ten years ago, when he was a mere lad. He
entered the Gazette office as an apprentice where he completed the
“Art Preservative,: and embarked upon the sea of manhood with the
confidence of his employers and the esteem and respect of the craft.
So poplar was he with his fellow craftsmen that afterwards, he was
elevated to the position of President of the Typographical Union, a
compliment indeed to one so young in years. It was the pleasure of
the writer to know him from boyhood up and we can bear testimony to
his many virtues. Upright in his conduct, industrious in his habits
and amiable in disposition, he was beloved by all who knew him. For
many years, he was a part of our household and in picturing the
short past, we are reminded and shall hold in pleasing remembrance
the sunny days of his youth. Little did we think then that in a few
brief years we would be called upon to offer a tribute to his
memory. “So vanish our state, so pass our days, So life but opens
now, and now decays; the cradle and the tomb, alas so nigh, to live
is scarce distinguish’s from to die.”
Mr. Shull leaves a wife, one child, a brother and a sister, to mourn
his loss. May the living record of the deceased console them in this
their sad bereavement. His funeral takes place from his late
residence in West Nashville this evening at 4 o’clock.
March 27, 1865
Death Of An Old Citizen. Another of our oldest and most highly
esteemed citizens has gone to that bourne from whence no traveler
returns. We chronicle with regret this morning the death of M. M.
Monohan, Esq. who died at his residence on North College street on
Saturday evening last in the 70th year os his age. The announcement
was not unexpected, for he was well traveled in the winter of his
days. His many friends had noticed for some time past that his
health was fast failing and that he had “fallen into the sere, the
yellow leaf.” But although recently prostrated by sickness and old
in years, he still retained up to the hour of his death, his manly
sense and energy of mind.
Mr. Monohan came to Nashville over forty years ago where he has been
residing ever since. He identified himself with the interest of the
city and was ever foremost in works of enterprise. From Nashville in
its infancy, he has seen it grow to be a large and populous city and
it must have been some consolation to him in his declining years to
think that he added materially to its growth. In 1840 he was elected
Alderman from the Second Ward, a position which he filled with
credit to himself and honor to the city. He also represented the
same ward in the municipal government in the years 1844-5 and for
many years afterwards was the unanimous choice of his constituents,
but he declined serving for a longer period. Since that time he has
filled many positions of honor and trust. For many years he was a
Director in the Bank of Tennessee by appointment of the governor. He
served too, for a long period as Director in the Union Bank which
position he held at the time of his death. He was also Director in
the Nashville Commercial Insurance Company and the remaining
Directors will feel his loss deeply. The deceased was a man of
sterling worth and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of the entire
community. As a citizen, he was active and useful and his place will
not be easily filled. In addition to which he was a kind hearted,
benevolent, Christian gentleman and in the church, to which he was
fondly attached, his loss will be seriously felt. We cannot close
this brief tribute to his memory more appropriately than by quoting
the following lines of the poet: “Age sat with decent grace upon his
visage, And worthily became his silver locks; He wore the marks of
many years well spent, Of virtue, truth well tried and wise
March 27, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Mr. M. M. Monohan
are respectfully invited to attend his funeral at his late residence
on North College street today at half past two o’clock. Services at
three o’clock at the Cathedral.
March 27, 1865
Funeral Notice: the friends and acquaintances of Hamelton Bradfute
are invited to attend his funeral Monday, the 27th of March at 3
o’clock p. m. from the residence of P. H. Mitchell, No. 142 South
Summer street. Divine service by Rev. Mr. Sawrie. New Orleans papers
March 30, 1865
Died on the 25th instant, in Robertson county, in this State after a
brief illness of two weeks, Thomas A. Sharp, for many years a
citizen of Edgefield and well known there as a sound and exemplary
Christian and a most excellent citizen. He was suddenly cut down in
mid-life, being of the age of 40 years; but his brethren and friends
have the consolation of knowing that he died as practical Christians
die, ready and resigned. He leaves a wife and one child. W. J. A.
April 1, 1865 (Saturday)
Death of Another Old Citizen. We announce with regret this morning
the death of John Heregis, a well known citizen of this place. He
died at his residence on Thursday night last. Of the many excellent
mechanics of which Nashville has boosted of in the past twenty-five
years, Mr. Heregis stands foremost on this list. His great genius
enabled him to master everything which he undertook and he leaves
behind him as a monument to his skill, many articles of manufacture
which challenge the admiration of the scientific world.
April 14, 1865
Killing Of A Negro. Willie House and Zack Warren had a trial before
the Recorder yesterday upon the charge of killing another negro
named Peter Elliot at a ball on Saturday night last. According to
the testimony, the difficulty originated between Jo Napier and Bob
Petway. Jo was dancing on the floor and his partner, a sable damsel,
was giving her attentions to Bob who is regarded in the ball room
circles as a trump. Joe became jealous and told her about such
conduct and afterwards commenced cursing Bob and drawing a knife and
pistol, was about to go into Bob’s affections. Willis, the
defendant, came forward to prevent the difficulty and wrenched the
pistol from Jo’s hands. Quiet was about to be restored when in
rushed Mahala, the manageress, with a broom stick which she
commenced using pretty freely on Jo Napier’s cranium. A scuffle and
considerable commotion ensued and in the grand turmoil, the pistol
which Willis took from Jo was accidentally discharged and the ball
grazed the left shoulder of a negro named Mitch Shute and afterwards
entered the breast of Peter Elliott, inflicting a fatal wound. The
only evidence in the case against Willis was detailed by one witness
who said that he heard him say on the same evening that he was going
to the ball to break it up or kill Dick Woods and Mitch Shute.
Warren was only a musician on the occasion and was not implicated in
the difficultly and summing up the whole evidence, it was considered
purely a case of accidental shooting and the parties were
April 17, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Dr. R. Lihman are
respectfully invited to attend the funeral of his little daughter,
Anna, at his residence, No. 53, Cedar Street, between McLemore and
Spruce. Services at 4 o’clock today.
May 1, 1865
Died in this city on Sunday, April 30, 1865, A. B. Long, Esq., aged
56 years. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to
attend the funeral from his residence on South High street, between
Lincoln Avenue and South Union, this morning, May 1 at 10 o’clock.
Divine service by Rev. Dr. Sawrie.
May 8, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Dr. N. N. and Mrs.
S. A. Smith are requested to attend the funeral of their son,
Charles Winston Smith on Monday evening, the 8th inst. at 4 o’clock
p. m. from their residence, corner of Cherry and Mulberry street,
South Nashville. Funeral service by the Rev. Dr. Howell.
May 9, 1865
Negro Killed - At a quarter to 1 o’clock this morning, a negro named
Shane Williams was shot to death in an alley leading from Church to
Broad street by another negro named Dick Woods. Woods fired five
shots at his victim. Williams ran down the alley a couple of hundred
yards and fell and died soon afterwards. The cause of the act was a
ball room jealousy and a personal affray in which the murderer was
worsted. At least that is the way the attendant darkies told the
May 13, 1865
Died at Louisville, Kentucky on the 12th of May, 1865, Carrie V.,
daughter of George A. and Carrie V. Reid of this city. The friends
and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from their
residence, South Cherry street, Sunday morning the 14th instant at
11 o’clock. Divine service by the Rev. R. B. C. Howell.
May 17, 1865
Died in this city on Tuesday 16th instant, Anna and Otte, children
of Charles Vaupel. The friends and acquaintances are respectfully
invited to attend their funerals from their father’s residence on
Church Street at 3 o’clock this evening.
May 22, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs.
William H. Evans are requested to attend the funeral of their son,
Jimmie W. This afternoon at 3 o’clock from their residence on Park
street. Divine service by Rev. Dr. S. D. Baldwin.
June 9, 1865
Died in this county on Thursday, the 8th instant, John W. Loyd, Jr.,
son of J. W. and M. J. Loyd, aged nine years.
June 12, 1865
Died at his residence on the Lebanon Pike, four miles from the city,
Mr. John Dix, aged 72 years, 8 months and 2 days. The friends and
acquaintance of the family and of his son, Mr. William Dix, are
invited to attend his funeral from the residence of Mr. William Dix
on South Summer street between Elm and Ash streets, today, Monday,
June 12, at 11 o’clock a. m.
June 12, 1865
Death Of An Old Citizen. Mr. John Dix, the father of our fellow
citizen, William Dix, expired on Saturday, full of years, at his
residence a few miles from Nashville. Mr. Dix was in his 73rd year
and was a well known and much respected citizen. He served as a
private soldier through the year of 1812; and through the entire
rebellion up to the hour of his death, remained immovably true and
loyal to the flag undner whose ample folds he had so nobly fought.
June 14, 1865
Obituary. Departed this life on the 12th of June at half past 1
o’clock at the residence of her son-in-law, Francis Brinley Fogg,
Mrs. Septima Middleton Rutledge, aged 81, relict of Major Henry
Middleton Rutledge and daughter of Arthur Middleton of
Charleston, South Carolina, one of the old patriots of the American
Revolution and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The
funeral will take place from Christ Church at 10 o’clock on Thursday
morning, June 15th.
June 15, 1865
Died: Mr. Elisha Long, of this city, died on the 14th instant in his
78th year. His friends are hereby invited to attend the funeral
service at his residence near the crossing of the Chattanooga
Railroad and Franklin Pike on Thursday the 15th instant at 3 o’clock
July 2, 1865
Dropped Dead. About four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, on Deadrick
street in front of William Rear’s Lock and gun shop, a man fell down
on the pavement in an apoplectic fit and died almost immediately.
The Coroner’s inquest elicited the following facts: the man’s name
is Thomas J. Cummings and he was seized with his fit as he was
adjusting a key to his carpet bag, preparatory to leaving on the
evening train for New York city. From the evidence of papers found
on his person, that place appears to be his residence and where he
has a wife from whom he had a letter earnestly inquiring the reason
why he did not come home. It appears that he was lately a government
employee at Chattanooga and had been honorably discharged. He had a
set of transportation tickets to his place of residence. On is left
arm were pricked, in India ink, a ship, a dog and a wreath. He was
about five feet, six inches high, aged about thirty-five years and
was of light complexion. He is said to have a brother in the army at
Chattanooga. New York papers please copy.
July 4, 1865
Obituary. We regret to announce the death of Mr. James H. Thompson,
the foreman of the job department of the Press and Times. He was at
work as usual on Saturday but was on Sunday seized with malignant
hemorrhage of the lungs from which he died last night about 8
o’clock. The community loses in him a worthy member and the
typographical fraternity one of its best ornament. Mr. Thompson is a
native of Nashville and was connected with the Gazette when that
newspaper first commenced its career.
July 4, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Captain John S.
Dashiell are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of his
daughter, Kate on this evening at 4 o’clock from his residence, No.
11 South Vine street. Services by Elder P. S. Fall.
July 8, 1865
A Sudden Death. Philip Cummings, late of Toronto, Canada, West, had
been out drinking all day and was taken home by his companions to Behron’s saloon, next door to the Louisville depot on Market street.
A physician was called in and pronounced the cause to be a
congestion of the brain, causing a rush of blood to the head in
consequence of disease of the heart. He died 3 o’clock p. m. The
deceased is about twenty-five years old and was a bar-keeper in the
saloon where he died. The place is known as Behron’s saloon. Only
one dollar in currency and a piece of tobacco were found in his
pockets. The verdict of the jury was came to his death by congestion
of the brain brought on by excessive drinking.
July 10, 1865
Soldier Drowned. On Saturday morning about 9 o’clock, two soldiers
went on one of the coal barges and asked permission to go in
swimming. While one of them was standing on a spar which was holding
the barge from getting aground, the swing turned round, throwing him
into the water and being unable to swim, he sunk almost instantly. A
crowd stood by and watched the man drown without attempting much
assistance and then commenced to dive for him. At this juncture Mr. Rowdin, superintendent of the lower levee, came up and succeeded in
recovering his body. He was drowned about ten feet from the shore.
His name was Daniel Cunningham and belonged to the 82nd N. W.
July 16, 1865
Death of Dr. Felix Robertson. This widely known and highly respected
citizen of Nashville died on Sunday night. He was the first male
child born in this city and the sixth child of Col. James Robertson.
His birth dates back to the 11th of January, 1781, making him
eighty-four and a half years old, lacking a couple of days, at the
time of his decease. The old gentleman has long lived on Cherry
street “ripe in years and full of honors,” esteemed and beloved by
more than thirty thousand of his immediate fellow citizens.
July 17, 1865
Died at the residence of B. F. Brown, 25 Summer street at 6 o’clock
Sunday morning, July 16th, Charles B., infant son of C. W. and Ann
Hummer. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to
attend his funeral this evening at 4 o’clock.
July 27, 1865
A Tragedy. One of those melancholy occurrences which, before we made
life so cheap in the eyes of the community, would have startled the
whole of Nashville throughout all her borders, took place yesterday
afternoon towards night. It appears that Mr. B. H. Payne, one of the
grocery firm of Payne, James & Co., procured last winter, through
the courts, a divorce from his wife on account of an illicit
connection between her and Mr. S. Shadrack Allen. While the trial
was in progress, Payne declared that if he succeeded in fixing upon
Allen the guilt of seducing his wife he would certainly kill him.
On yesterday afternoon, between four and five o’clock, as Allen was
sitting with a party of friends in front of a window of a saloon
next to the livery stable of J. B. Parrish, No. 64, South College
street, debating the proposition to buy a drove of mules to take
down south to sell, Payne advanced to where the party was engaged in
conversation. As he reached the spot where Allen sat, he exclaimed in
a loud tone, “Mr. Allen!” Just as the man addressed looked up, Payne
discharged a pistol at almost point blank range, the ball hitting
the pectoral muscle at the arm pit, making only a trifling wound. At
that the whole party jumped to their feet and tried to get out of
the way. Just then the pistol was again discharged, the shot
wounding a man named Cochrans who was standing in the door of the
saloon, in the hand and severely but not dangerously in one thigh.
By this time Mr. Allen has succeeded in getting a revolver out of
his pocket, but before he could use it, he received the third charge
of his assailant’s weapon, the ball striking the left third rib
which it broke and passed over into the body, lacerating the upper
portion of the heart, producing almost instant death as the man
walked only six or seven steps and falling, expired. The body was
immediately carried home to the residence of the deceased on Summer
street, beyond Broad. On the way it was met by the distracted wife,
whose shrieks alarmed the whole neighborhood.
Coroner Coleman was at once apprised of the affair and hastened to
hold an inquest to give the family an opportunity to wash and
prepare the body for burial. A jury was hastily summoned and sworn.
A physician was called in and made a professional examination of the
wounds. He could not decide with positiveness whether there were two
or one wound as the ball might have ranged so as to have passed
through the body but the evidence indicated separate wounds. A ball
dropped out of the one made in the pectoral muscle at the left arm
pit while the examination was taking place and is in possession of
the Coroner. Two witnesses who saw the killing testified to the
material facts and the jury brought in evidence to the effect that
the deceased had come to his death by shots fired from a pistol in
the hands of B. H. Payne. The assailant has been arrested and lodged
in jail. From him we received the account of the seduction of his
wife, the facts of which have now become part of the records of the
courts. He avows the deed and justifies his act.
The deceased was about fifty-nine years old and leaves a widow but
no children. Payne is older by several years than the man killed.
Both, we learn, are in excellent pecuniary circumstances.
August 4, 1865
Died in Edgefield at the residence of her grandmother on the 3rd day
of August, 1865, Mrs. Anna M. Fassman, wife of F. B. Fassman.
Funeral service at Christ Church at 5 o’clock this afternoon.
August 15, 1865
Died in this city of consumption on Monday, the 14th instant at 6
o’clock p. m., Mr. John N. Hobbs. His friends and acquaintances are
respectfully invited to attend his funeral from South Cherry street
near the Grave Yard at 4 o’clock this Tuesday evening. Divine
services by W. F. D. Sawrie.
August 24, 1865
Died in this city at 12 o’clock on the night of Tuesday, August
23rd, 1865, of neuralgia, Selina J., eldest daughter of James M. and
Olavia Hinton, in the 15th year of her age. The friends and
acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral from
the family residence, No. 46 North Front street today at 10 o’clock
a. m. Divine services by Rev. Dr. R. B. C. Howell.
August 24, 1865
A Mysterious Death. Yesterday afternoon the City Saxon discovered
the dead body of a man lying in an enclosure at the old cemetery. He
promptly notified Coroner Coleman who held an examination but no
inquest upon the remains of William Taplan, late a private in
Captain Cyrus E. Patchen’s company (D) of the 13th regiment Veteran
Wisconsin Volunteers. His papers showed that he enlisted on the 24th
of last September for one year and was discharged on the 13th of
June, 1865. He was paid off on the 15th of June by Captain Newcomer.
He was born in Ireland - 33 years old, five feet 6 ½ inches in
height, dark complexion and had brown eyes. He was noted as a
laborer in his descriptive list. When found he was laying partially
on one side and from his extended arm and dead fingers, had fallen
upon the green turf the photograph of a prepossessing woman, as if
his last looks had been directed to a loved one’s features and
dying, they had fallen from his nerveless grasp - the lifeless clod
and the “counterfeit presentment” alone remain as mute witnesses of
a sorrowful tragedy. Whether the death of this man was natural or
not, is unknown. His body was decently interred and his effects are
in the hands of Coroner Coleman.
September 5, 1865
Died at the residence of John P. White in Edgefield on yesterday
evening, Mr. Benjamin N. Clements. The friends and acquaintances of
the family are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of
John P. White, Woodland street, Edgefield. Divine service by Rev. J.
Death Notices from the Republican Banner for 1865
September 4, 1865
In memoriam - Col. Benjamin Norris Clements (See copy)
October 3, 1865
Wife Murdered in Germantown, Myra Garrett - husband, James Garrett
October 12, 1865
Died, John H. Allen - Allen (See copy)
October 18, 1836
Died, Alexander R. McDaniel (See copy)
October 19, 1865
Drowned - Samuel Williams (See copy)
October 20, 1865
Died - Mrs. Lizzie Kirkman (See copy)
November 15, 1865
Funeral Notice: The relatives, friends and acquaintances of Mrs.
Susan Spackman, late of Philadelphia, are invited to attend her
funeral this Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from Christ Church.
Service by Rev. William Harlan.
November 15, 1865
Death of an Old Citizen - Elias P. Smith - See copy)
November 18, 1865
Funeral Notice: The funeral service of the late Mrs. Mary Mathewson
will take place at the Cherry Street Baptist Church this morning at
10 o’clock. The friends and acquaintance are respectfully invited to
attend. Services by the Rev. Mr. McKee.
December 6, 1865
Died on Tuesday, the 5th inst., Sarah M., youngest daughter of Rev.
J. P. and L. W. Campbell. Funeral from the residence of R. A.
Campbell, Ewing Avenue this evening at 2 o’clock. Service by the
Rev. J. C. Provine.
December 14, 1865
Drowned - John Cullen (may be John Wollin on cemetery list) (See
December 14, 1865
Murder And Robbery On The Lebanon Pike. On Tuesday night some eight
or ten marketmen were robbed by three highwaymen on the Lebanon
pike. Mr. Bradshaw, being halted, having been through the process
before, shrewdly dropped his money upon the road and after the
departure of the robbers, recovered his funds. The robbers continued
on toward Lebanon, plundering whoever they met and crossing Stone’s
river, demanded of the toll-keeper at the third gate, Mr. Byram, his
money. It is supposed that he resisted as he was shot four times and
killed and the premises were sacked. Further on the miscreants
attacked and beat and robbed other parties. When news of these
outrages spread, a party of citizen, armed and mounted, followed in
the tracks of the robbers who will receive short shrift if come up
with. Who the scoundrels were is unknown but it is hoped that they
may meet with speedy justice. Mr. Byram, the toll-keeper, is spoken
of as a worthy citizen.