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October 4, 1876


Robert Stewart, aged 63 years, died Edgefield, Tenn., Oct. 3, 1876; funeral today.


Mary D., daughter of William H. Darr and wife, aged 5 years, 6 months and 8 days, died Nashville [ostensibly October 3, 1876]. [In her funeral notice, October 5, 1876 issue, page 4, she is called Mary Frances Darr.]


Richard Griffin, son of Richard and Alexine Griffin, died Nashville, Oct. 3, 1876; funeral today.


Catie Stewart, daughter of F. R. and Maggie Stewart, aged 3 years, 11 months, died Oct. 3, 1876; funeral today.


W. H. Pearce and Johnnie E. McGinty were married in Edgefield, Tenn., October 3, 1876.


October 5, 1876


Mrs. Elizabeth Stratton. wife of C. I. Madison Stratton, died Russellville, Ky., Oct. 2, 1876.


Dr. R. A. Quinn, Vicksburg, Miss. and Mollie, daughter of Dr. Thomas Harding, Louisiana, married at Capt. Thomas Steger's, Nashville, October 4, 1876.


October 6, 1876


Dr. Van S. Lindsley was president of the Nashville Medical Society.


October 7, 1876


Brownsville, Tennessee, DEMOCRAT reported that Sallie Levine, wife of Gus Levine, black, was killed Sept. 30, 1876 at the Jefferson Street railroad crossing in Brownsville.


Ladybeth Maney, only daughter of Dr. William B. and Elizabeth S. Maney, Nashville, died Oct. 6, 1876, aged 2 years, 6 months; consumption; funeral today.


A. C. Kirtland, Nashville, died Oct. 6, 1876; funeral today.


Katie Hynes, youngest daughter of Martin and Catherine Hynes, Nashville, died Oct. 6, 1876; funeral today; she was aged 3 years, 7 months old.


October 8, 1876                             


Tribute to a Colored Pastor

     At a called meeting of the Preachers’ Union Association, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

     Whereas, in the all-wise providence of God, he has called from time into eternity one of our oldest and most emplary  members.  Elder Hartlett Parish, of the Second Colored Christian Church, who departed this life at his residence in the midst of his family, on Cedar street, at 12 o’clock m, Oct. 5;

      Resolved, that in the taking from our Association the late pastor of the Second Colored Christian Church, we, with it and his family, lose for awhile a useful and agreeable co-worker, and sincerely condole with his family and the church to which he belonged.

     Resolved, that we attend his funeral in a body at 2 o’clock P.M. Friday, Oct. 6, from the Spruce Street Baptist Church, and appoint for pall-bearers: P. H. Benson, A. Williams, Wm. Nichol, T. Harris, G. Ramsey and W. P. T. Jones. 

     The funeral occurred at the time and place above named.  The services were conducted by the members of the Association, assisted, at the request of the Second Colored Christian Church, by Elder J. D. Smith, of Paris, Ky.; the Lesson by M. R. Johnson; Singing by W. P. Jones; Prayer by A. Buchanan; Singing by J. W. Early and J. D. Smith; Remarks by Rev. N. G. Merry, President, and Elder D. Wadkins, Vice President, of the Association.


October 9, 1876


Missing issue


October 10, 1876


Alice L. Freeman, daughter of L. R. and Mary J. Freeman, Nashville, died October 10, 1876, aged 11 years, 9 months; diptheria; funeral today.


Freddie Tealey, son of f. W. and A. E. Tealey, Nashville, died Oct. 9, 1876 aged 4 years, 5 months and 10 days [April 29, 1872]


October 11, 1876


Clara Bell Freeman, daughter of L. R. and Mary J. Freeman, Nashville, died October 10, 1876, aged 11 years, 9 months; diphtheria; funeral today.


William Chidsey Gaines, infant son of R. T. and Katie A. Gaines, died October 10, 1876; funeral today.


Michael Scalley, son of Mary Scalley, Nashville, died Oct. 10, 1876; funeral today.


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John Smotherman who lived near Middleton, Rutherford Co., Tenn., was killed in a freakish accident; he placed his gun after hunting at a fence corner and accidentally toppled it, causing it to discharge into his chest, killing him, October 7, 1876.


October 12, 1876


Orville Ewing, Sr., born Davidson Co, Tenn, 1804; a Nashville businessman; died in Gainesville, Florida, October 10, 1876. [Burial in old city cemetery, Nashville; his tombstone bears these dates: Feb. 6, 1806 - Oct. 10, 1876.]


October 13, 1876


Samuel Gary McKay, son of W. L. and Harriet McKay, Nashville, died Oct. 12, 1876, aged 8 years, 6 months; burial in family graveyard, eight miles on the Nolensville Pike, from Nashville.


Mary Ellen Breden, daughter of Robert E. and Rose A. Breden, Nashville, died Oct. 12, 1876, aged 3 years, 3 months; funeral today.


Robert Bruce Turner, son of James and Sarah A. Turner, Nashville, died [ostensibly Oct. 12, 1876],  aged 4 years, 19 days.


October 14, 1876


Lutie Caswell, daughter of D. H. and Lue Caswell, Nashville, died Oct. 13, 1876, aged 6 years, 1 month.


Edward E. Beard, Lebanon, Tenn., and Sarah Livingstone, married near the Hermitage, Oct. 12, 1876.


October 15, 1876


Mrs. M. W. Davidson, wife of E. G. Davidson, Nashville, died Oct. 14, 1876; funeral today.


John G. Fritz died Nashville, Oct. 14, 1876 in the 65th year of his age; funeral tomorrow.


Minnie Lee Munroe, daughter of William t. and Minnie Munroe, Nashville, died Oct. 14, 1876; funeral today.


Mary Lewis Miller, black, died Oct. 14, 1876; funeral today.


Invitation to attend the burial of Jesse B. Hobbs in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, October 17, 1876.


October 17, 1876


Mary Anna Ellen Karsch, only daughter of Frederick and Louisa Karsch, died in residence of her grandfather, J. H. Buddeke, Nashville [ostensibly Oct. 16]; funeral today. [A poem, by Mrs. Cochnower, dated Oct. 17, 1876, appeared in Oct. 18, 1876 issue, page 4.]


October 18, 1876


Hugh Francis died in Winchester, Tenn., Oct. 16, 1876; for twenty years he was clerk and master of Chancery Court in Franklin Co., Tenn.; son of Miller Francis, Nashville.


October 19, 1876


The funeral of George N. Searight, who was killed by falling through the hatchway at Orr Brothers, Oct. 16, 1876, was held at Christ Church, yesterday.


Mack Baxter, son of Edmund and Eliza Baxter, Nashville, died Oct. 18, 1876 in the 11th  year of his age; funeral today.


James T. Martin and Irene Hawkins were married in Nashville, October 18, 1876.


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October 20, 1876


John Johnson, native of Denmark, a bookkeeper in Fayetteville, Tenn., committed suicide by over-dosing on chloral, October 14, 1876.


October 21, 1876


Election notice that the general election would be held November 7, 1876 to elect, among other positions, governor of Tennessee and president of the United States.


D. C. Love, Edgefield, Tenn., died Oct. 20, 1876; funeral today.


B. J. Groomes, Nashville, died Oct. 29, 1876, aged 62 years; funeral today.  [October 31, 1876 issue, page 4, reported a tribute to memory of Benjamin J. Groomes who died Oct. 20, 1876 in the 62nd year of his age; by the Elm Street Methodist Church.]


Robert Watson, born in Yorkshire, England and was for years a resident of Logan Co., Ky.;

died in residence of his son-in-law, Joseph J. Hall, in Nashville, Oct. 18, 1876, aged 65 years; burial in family plot, St. Michael's Church, Robertson Co., Tennessee.


October 22, 1876


Independent Order of Odd Fellows funeral for Isaac Paul. He was also a freemason.


Knoxville, Tennessee, TRIBUNE reported that while hunting Louis Angel was accidentally shot and killed by his brother, Manson Angel, in Civil District 7, Scott Co., Tennessee, October 9, 1876.


Resolutions of respect for memory of David C. Love who died October 20, 1876 in Edgefield,

Tenn.; by the Nashville Bar, dated Oct. 21, 1876, and one by the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Nashville, dated Oct. 20, 1876. He was a ruling elder in this church from 1865 until his death.


Matilda Fite, widow of Jacob Fite, died near Lebanon, Tenn., Oct. 18, 1876 in the 83rd year of her age; member of the Methodist Church for fifty-five years.


Mrs. Harriet Meadows died in Edgefield, Tenn., Oct. 21, 1876 in the 78th year of her age; funeral today.


Isaac Paul died in Nashville, Oct. 21, 1876 in the 72nd year of his age; burial in old city cemetery. [Reverend Felix Hall's comments about Paul appeared in the Oct. 24, 1876 issue, page 4.  The October 31, 1876 issue, page 4, carried tribute of respect in his memory, by the Elm Street Methodist Church, in which his birth was given as March 10, 1805, Montgomery Co., Kentucky; and died in Nashville, October 21, 1876.]


James Robertson Newell, son of John and Marietta Newell, Nashville, died Oct. 21, 1876, aged 2 years, 11 months; funeral today.


October 23, 1876


Missing issue


October 24, 1876


M. E. De Grove, a prominent freemason of Nashville, died in Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 21, 1876

in the 84th year of his age; about 16 years ago he moved to New York. One of his sons, Quincey De Grove, was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and another, William E. De Grove, lived in Florida.


page 4:                                     THE LATE ISAAC PAUL

His Funeral on Sunday Last – A Very Large Attendance

     Although last Sabbath afternoon was as uncomfortable as a cold, continuous rainy day could produce, yet Elm Street Church was packed, standing as well as sitting room, and at least one third of those wishing to enter the doors were compelled to go away.  Fully one thousand persons were within the walls.  These were truly representative of Nashville and its vicinity. Very large delegations of Masons and Odd Fellows were present.  Gray-bearded citizens were mingled with Sunday-school children.

     Rev. Felix R. Hill delivered a most appropriate and touching discourse from those beautiful and comforting words, Revelations, XIV 13, and I heard a voice from heaven


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saying unto me,  "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea,  saith the Spirit,  that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." He dwelt upon the scope of this passage as outlining most correctly the whole tenor of Mr. Paul's life.  By which life also he plainly proved that there is something to live for far higher, and nobler, and more satisfactory than mere money-making.  He gave a succinct but highly interesting sketch of Mr.  Paul's career, who, at the early age of ten years was left an orphan member of a large family, and bound an apprentice to he brick-laying trade.  In February, 1824, he removed to Nashville.  By honest industry he acquired a large property, was director of the State Bank, a magistrate for years, and prominent among the leading businessmen of the city.  Mainly through extensive charities and kindnesses to others he afterwards lost much of this fortune, but never lost his happy Christian temper, nor the warm, high regard of the community.  In the Methodist Church he made a deep and lasting mark. He joined this church when a lad, in Kentucky, and, bringing his religion to the city, he became an active Sabbath-school teacher, in the very incipiency of that work. The only Methodist church in the city then, and for years the principal one in all this region, was a square, box-like structure, still standing at the corner of Church street and Printers’ alley.  Mr. Paul was one of the mission workers for this church.  He engaged in a log cabin mission on Front street. This afterwards became the College Side Charge, and then the Andrew Church, which when fully established, Mr. Paul, still doing picket duty, left to organize the Elysian Grove Church on the southern outskirts of the city.  In a few years this became a large flock, known as the Mulberry Street Church.  Strangely enough the concluding work of Mr. Paul was expended in the Elm Street Methodist Church, in which is summed up the labors and prayers, the joys and sorrows of the Front Street Mission, of the College Side Charge,  of Andrew Chapel, of Elysian Grove, and of Mulberry Street Church. This Elm Street Church is now one of the largest and most influential congregations in Tennessee. Well might the devout Christian man say in his good old age, "The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places; we have a goodly heritage.”

     Mr. Hill next dwelt upon the broad Christian charity and good-will to others which so eminently characterized Mr. Paul's whole life.  He was among the original Washingtonians, and from thence on, at heart, for forty years a firm, unflinching friend of the Temperance cause as represented by successive orders.  As a peace-maker and an unostentatious worker in times of epidemics, floods and fires, he was familiarly known to all the poor and distressed in Nashville. As a Mason and an Odd Fellow, the high position he held is manifest from the large numbers ready to perform the last rites around his grave.

    Mr. Hill dwelt upon the closing scenes of Mr. Paul's life with great pathos, and ended with brief but touching expressions of sympathy for the very large family group present, composed of children and grandchildren.

     No one could listen to the two hours' exercises at this funeral, and watch the eager, sympathetic interest expressed in every countenance, without being impressed with the idea that the great heart of Nashville was touched to its innermost depths.  It was not thus moved from respect to high station, or to literary or other earthly fame, but by strong appreciation of somewhat far higher and more rare, even eminent Christian philanthropy.  Duncan Robertson, William Hume, Mary M. R.  Fogg and Isaac Paul will be names honored and revered, and cited as examples of the highest Christian culture amid generations yet unborn, who shall hereafter throng our busy streets and worship in our sacred temples.


October 25, 1876


Godfrey S. Newsom and A. F. Davis were married in West End Methodist: Church during a rainstorm, October 22, 1876.


October 26, 1876


Granville S. Johnson and Sophy M. Harding were married in the Nashville Christian Church,

October 25, 1876. She was a daughter of John Harding and he the son of Col. W. H. Johnson.


October 27, 1876


Chattanooga, Tennessee TIMES, October 26, 1876 reported that John M. Gant, an attorney of

Nashville, was married to Sallie Crutchfield, daughter of Hon. Thomas Crutchfield, at Amnicola, his residence, four miles from Chattanooga, October 25, 1876.


October 28, 1876


Mary Florence Bolles, daughter of R. S. and Mary F. Bolles, Nashville, died Oct. 27, 1876, aged 11 years; funeral today.


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 Blanche Dismukes, infant daughter of John L. and R. Andrea Dismukes, Nashville, died Oct. 27, 1876; funeral today.


October 29, 1876


NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 28, 1876 issue. Sammie Gaines Douglas, wife of Byrd Douglas, Jr., died Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 7, 1876 in the 26th year of her age.


"In Memoriam," Alice Montgomery, daughter of James and Aggie Montgomery, died Oct. 25, 1876, aged 7 years.


Charles Clendening, formerly of Hendersonville, Tenn., died Nashville, Oct. 27, 1876, aged 74 years, 4 months; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


T. F. Blair died in Edgefield, Tenn., Oct. 28, 1876, aged 56 years; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


John K. Edmundson, Sr. died in Salem, Virginia, October 28, 1876 in the 67th year of his age; formerly a sheriff of Davidson Co., Tenn.; a brother of Henry Edmundson of Virginia, a member of Congress from that state.


October 30, 1876


Missing issue


October 31, 1876


Sam W. Ewing, son of Orville and Irene Ewing, Nashville, died Oct. 30, 1876, aged 4 years, 4

months; funeral today. [Burial in old city cemetery, Nashville]


Catherine Donovan, daughter of Dennis Donovan and wife, died Oct. 30, 1876, aged 3 years, 5 months; funeral today.


Dr. Henry B. Malone, dentist, died Gallatin, Tenn., Oct. 29, 1876 aged 53 years.


November 1, 1876


Eliza Carnegio Mitchell, only daughter of Charles and Annie D. Mitchell, Nashville, died of diptheria, Oct. 31, 1876, aged 10 years, 2 months and 13 days [August 18, 1866]. [Burial

November 2, 1876.  November 2, 1876 issue, page 4, carried a memorial to her memory, by

“Emma,” dated Oct. 31, 1876. “I see her now as I saw her little longer than a week ago, her eyes shining, her cheeks aglow. . .” Her tombstone in lot 46, section 2, Mt. Olivet Cemetery is marked with a child's statue: Eliza C. Mitchell  Died Oct. 31st 1876 Aged 10 yrs. 2 mos.13 dys. A footstone inscribed, “Thy will be done.”




Emma Kate Thoma, daughter of W. A. and V. A. Thoma, died in residence of her grandfather,

General Emerson, Manchester, Tenn., Oct. 29, 1876, aged 3 years, 7 months, 19 days [March 10,



Mrs. Mary Winham died in residence of her son-in-law, J. C. Barr, in Jerseyville, Ill., Oct. 23, 1876 in the 76th year of her age; native of Sumner Co., Tenn. where she had lived “the greater portion of her life.” Also mother of Travis Windham, Nashville; Edward L. Winham, Atlanta, Georgia.


Elias Polk, well known black Democrat, spoke in Franklin, Ky. last night.


November 2, 1876


Dr. Duncan Eve and Alice Horton, dau. of Joseph W. Horton, married in Nashville, Nov. 1, 1876.  He was a son of Dr. Paul F. Eve of Nashville, an imminent surgeon.


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