A GENEALOGICAL SCRAPBOOK OF THE WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER,
PARIS, TENNESSEE 1866-1881

By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2004

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THE WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER

1874

January 15, 1874

A terrible tragedy was enacted last week on the plantation of Ed. Mullins, in Madison county Tennessee. Matt Gledwell, a tenant, went to the house suffering from an attack of maniapotu, quarreling with his wife and struck her over the head with a gun, inflicting a probably fatal wound. He then struck his little girl, aged nine, over the head with the same weapon, inflicting a serious wound. Then he drew a knife and swore that he would cut their throats. The little girl fled to the woods. Meeting Mr. Gibson, who was hunting, she informed him of the state of affairs at home. On Gibson approaching the house, he was discovered by Gledwell, who advanced on him with a knife. Gibson retreated some distance, but finally was forced to fire upon him, the contents of the shot-gun bringing him to the ground with a severe wound in the left shoulder and side. On recovering his consciousness, Gledwell regretted that Gibson did not kill him on the spot. A surgeon who was called in thinks that Gledwell and his little daughter will recover.

 

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January 29, 1874

ABNER JOHNSON died near Dawson's Mill, Henry Co., Tenn., Jan. 22, 1874 aged 81 years.

C. [CHARLES] R. BOMAR died near Manleyville, Tenn., of typhoid fever, Jan. 23, 1874 aged 23 years; son of Reuben Bomar. [The February 5, 1874 issue, in commenting upon his death, stated that he died from measles. His tombstone in the Walters Cemetery, about 1.5 miles SW of Manleyville, Tenn., bears his dates: November 12, 1851-January 23, 1874.]

JAMES ALEXANDER McALISTER, Memphis, Tenn., married SALLIE H. CARTER, Henry Co., Tenn., in Paris, recently; to live in Lauderdale County, Tennessee.

A house belonging to JOHN M. RUSHING, Henry Co., Tenn., which he had allowed to be used as a schoolhouse for blacks, known as Bowden's Chapel, was burned, he believed because he had "allowed a negro school taught in it." Burned January 26, 1874. [The January 21, 1875 issue carried news of public condemnation in Henry Station, Tenn., near which Rushing lived, deploring further destruction of his property, including a gin Civil District 9.]

 

February 5, 1874

H. D. BOWDEN married ALLEAN ALLEN, Henry Co., Tenn., February 3, 1874.

 

February 19, 1874

A third of the business district of Trenton, Tennessee, mostly frame buildings, burned on the night of February 11, 1874.

JULIA daughter of Sim HARTSFIELD, Henry Co., Tenn., died Feb. 11, 1874.

ALICE wife of James A. GRIZZARD died in Huntingdon, Tenn., Feb. 8, 1874; daughter of J. H. Courts, dec., Henry County. [Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Huntingdon: MARY ALICE wife of J. A. GRIZZARD Born Nov. 16, 1841 Died Feb. 9, 1874.]

Mrs. WILSON, mother-in-law of M. C. Cheek, died near Mansfield, Tenn., Feb. 13, 1874; buried in Paris cemetery.

SAMUEL T. ARBUCKLE, Henry Station, Tenn., married JESSIE R. DAMSON, Milan, Tenn., February 11, 1874.

D. S. CAMPBELL married BETTIE T. OLIVE, February 11, 1874.

 

February 26, 1874

A. G. TREVATHAN had opened a new grocery store on the SW corner of the public square in Paris, Tennessee.

"In 1865 the people of Henry County paid a large amount of taxes on their lands to one Mr. Greenleaf who was the agent of the United States government." [This "income tax" was recorded, listing landowners' names, number of lots and acreages they owned, amount of tax due on same, based on stated value of this property, etc. This information for Henry County will be found on "Civil War Direct Tax Assessment Lists," National Archives, MF 368, Microcopy T227, roll 3. A copy of this roll is located in the Tennessee Room, Jackson-Madison County Library, 433 E. Lafayette, Jackson, Tenn. 38301.]

 

March 12, 1874

W. W. GATES recently retired as editor of the COURIER, Jackson, Tenn. "He and DON CAMERON have done much for Jackson and West Tennessee."

ELIAS BOWDEN born Wake Co., N. C., July 1, 1814; moved to Henry Co., Tenn., when "quite young"; died there, near Cottage Grove, February 26, 1874.

GEORGE H. WIGGINS married MARTHA POYNER, Henry Co., Tenn., February 22, 1874.

 

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March 19, 1874 continued
[HTML editor's note: There is a dating discrepancy in Smith's original work at this point.]

FRANK R. BURRELL married MOLLIE A. BRADLEY, both of Paris, Tenn., Mar. 17, 1874.

Among old waste-paper acquired by the INTELLIGENCER office, recently, were a lot of old original marriage licenses of Henry County [!].

West Tennessee
NURSERIES,
PARIS, TENNESSEE,
JOHN T. IRION, Proprietor,
MEMPHIS NURSERIES
MEMPHIS, TENN.,
KOEN, GILBERT & IRION,
PROPRIETORS.
500,000
FRUIT AND ORNAMENTAL TREES,
Of the very best Quality.
We are determined to make it to the interest of our people to buy Southern raised trees.
Agents Wanted. Address all communications to
DR. JOHN T. IRION,
Paris, Tennessee.

[Dr. JOHN T. IRION, 1837-1908. A photograph of Dr. Irion will be found on page 18 of W. P. Greene's THE CITY OF PARIS AND HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, 1900.]

The dwelling of JAMES CARTER, SR., an elderly resident of Henry County, was "consumed by fire," March 13, 1874; a complete loss.

 

April 30, 1874

WILLIAM FITZGERALD son of Henry and Laura GREER died near Paris, Tenn., April 23, 1874 aged 4 years.

SAMUEL EDMUNDS son of Henry and Amanda SEXTON died near Paris, Tenn., April 25, 1874 aged fifteen months.

 

July 16, 1874

Mrs. [ARTEMISSIA] JAMES C. BOWDEN daughter of William Patterson, dec., died near Henry Station, Tenn., July 12, 1874.

Mrs. NAT LOVELACE died near Cottage Grove, Tenn., July 12, 1874, aged about 70 years; mother of six/seven children, the youngest of whom being 40 years old.

 

August 20, 1874

PAUL REEVES died recently in Fayette Co., Tenn., about nine hours after the death of his brother, ALBERT REEVES.

WILLIE infant daughter of R. R. and A. P. AYCOCK died in Paris, Tenn., Aug. 12, 1874 aged 7 mos. and 6 days [born January 6, 1874].

SAMUEL COCHRAN died in Paris, Tenn., August 15, 1874 of congestion.

 

October 22, 1874

W. T. PORTER married MAGGIE ALEXANDER, Spring Hill Academy, in Henry Co., Tenn., October 15, 1874.

[There appears in this issue to have been a 3-inch long obituary cut out, without a clue for whom it may have been published. Sometimes full length obituaries were submitted considerably after the deaths of the persons mentioned. In the September 12, 1874 issue of the WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, Tenn., the death of E. I., wife of Dr. A. P. WARTERFIELD is noted, she having died at Cottage Grove, September 2, 1874. MOSES TODD died in Henry County, Aug. 26, 1874. J. R. McADOO died in Henry County, September 2, 1874. In the September 19, 1874 issue of this same newspaper, the death of M. E., daughter of Gibson NORTON, on Sept. 8, in her 30th year of age was noted for Henry County.]

 

November 12, 1874

SARAH F. infant daughter of J. S. and E. B. ORR died in Paris, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1874.

MARY widow of Johial BROOKS died near Paris, Tenn., Nov. 7, 1874 in the 74th year of her age. Presbyterian.

 

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JOHN W. HEAD, recently elected to the national House of Representatives, died in Gallatin, Tennessee; a lawyer, he had served in the Tennessee legislature. [JOHN WALLER HEAD, Nov. 2, 1822-Nov. 9, 1874, served in the Tennessee Senate, 1855-1857.]

LILLIE MARY daughter of John and Alice ROBINS, born May 13, 1867; died Oct. 28, 1874. Manleyville, Tennessee.

MARY DENNIS youngest daughter of the Rev. Asa COX, born Nov. 23, 1858; died eight days after her sister, Nov. 3, 1874.

 

1875

January 21, 1875

D. W. RANSDELL died Paris, Tenn., Jan. 14, 1875; his family had "gone to their friends in Montgomery County," Tennessee.

JAMES OAKLEY, SR. died Evansville, Indiana, Jan. 16, 1875; many years a resident of Paris, Tenn.

D. W. COOK married MARY E. HOWARD, both of Calloway Co., Ky., in Henry Co., Tenn., January 14, 1875.

 

February 4, 1875

In January, JOHN ANDERSON succeeded W. H. DANIEL as mayor of Paris, Tenn.

NANCY widow of J. [JOHN] P. KIMBROUGH died seven miles SE of Paris, Tenn., January 26, 1875 aged about 80 years.

Mrs. SALLIE E. McCALL died five miles SW of Paris, Tenn., in the residence of Dr. Peter Looney, January 31, 1875 in the 70th year of her age; native of Sumner Co., Tenn. Presbyterian.

Captain H. C. [HENRY COLLINS] McCUTCHEN died in Jackson, Tenn., January 27, 1875 in the 57th year of his age; before the Civil War he was a merchant in Dresden, Tennessee; fought in Confederate army and later moved to Jackson. [His tombstone in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, bears his dates: 1818-1875.]

ELIZABETH L. wife of Dr. Greenberry ADAMSON died in Jackson, Tenn., Jan. 27, 1874 aged 64 years; one of the first members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jackson; left three children, Fred Adamson, Mrs. [Mary E.] Capt. McCutchen, Jr. and a foster-child, Mrs. B. C. Brown, Paris. [Her tombstone in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, reads: ELIZABETH [CLARK] ADAMSON Born Jan. 8, 1811; married Feb. 10, 1831; died Jan. 27, 1874. In the February 5, 1876 issue of the WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, is carried notice that Dr. G. [Greenberry] ADAMSON of Jackson had died in Paris, Tenn., January 31, 1876, while in the home of Mrs. B. C. Brown, there. Born in Maryland, June 22, 1807; moved to Jackson, 1835; buried there. The JACKSON SUN, February 4, 1876 noted that Dr. GREENBERRY ADAMSON had died in Paris, Tenn., January 21, 1876 while attending an ill niece. His tombstone in Riverside Cemetery states that he was born in Montgomery County, Maryland, June 22, 1807; died in Paris, Tenn., Jan. 31, 1876.]

 

February 11, 1875

WILLIAM ANDERSON, Madison Co., Tenn., married EMMA COOPER, Carroll Co., Tenn., in McLemoresville, Tenn., February 9, 1875.

W. J. YOUNG married MATTIE DOBBINS, both of Henry Co., Tenn., Feb. 3, 1875.

"Aunt" MARY LOONEY, black, died recently, aged 103 years, in residence of Lon. Looney who care for her "since she was free" [emancipated].

 

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March 4, 1875

RICHARD FITZGERALD, SR. died one mile SW of Paris, Tenn., Feb. 27, 1875; brother of Hon. William Fitzgerald, dec.; buried in family graveyard.

SERE SMITH, Wilson Co., Tenn., married CALEDONIA RAY, Henry Co., Tenn., Feb. 28, 1875.

 

March 11, 1875

C. R. MARR died near Point Pleasant, Missouri about March 1, 1875; nephew of Mrs. L. B. Blanton, Paris, Tennessee.

W. D. ROBERTS, blacksmith, died near Mt. Vista, Henry Co., Tenn., Mar. 4, 1875.

 

April 29, 1875

MARGARET widow of E. B. COOPER died Henry Co., Tenn., April 25, 1875.

T. B. JOHNSON died near Manleyville, Tenn., April 23, 1875 aged about 60 years.

MARY JANE [MARBERRY] wife of James B. GUTHRIE, Paris, Tenn. postmaster, died April 22, 1875; born Dec. 29, 1821; married April 30, 1846; mother of twelve children, five of whom predeceased her. Baptist. Buried in Paris cemetery.

 

June 17, 1875

ROBERT, 18 year old son of Robert SORY, Saddlersville, Tenn., was some time ago bitten by a dog; the young man died June 7, 1875, in great pain, evidently of hydrophobia.

Rev. J. R. WILLIAMS, Henry Station, Tenn., married MARY A. daughter of Robert A. SMITH, at Live Oak, June 13, 1875.

 

July 1, 1875

Mrs. ALBERT BARNES died Henry Co., Tenn., June 29, 1875.

GEORGE N. DREW died of congestion, Mississippi Co., Ark., June 20, 1875 aged 21 years.

ZEDRICK McLESTER, an early settler of Henry Co., Tenn., circa 1819, and an early magistrate, visited the INTELLIGENCER office a few days ago. [The tombstone of ZADOCK McLESTER, in the McLester Cemetery several miles NE of Paris, indicates that he died February 10, 1881; was born April 1, 1792. In his last will-testament executed July 23, 1872, probated Feb. 21, 1881, he signed it as ZADOK McLESTER, naming his grandson, Green Lafayette Fowler and daughters, Susan Jane Atkins and Nancy Etheridge, the latter of whom for her particular attention to him was devised land and most of his personalty. Henry County Will Book 1879-1902, pages 19-21.]

 

November 11, 1875

CLARA daughter of R. P. and Annie DIGGS died of croup, Nov. 3, 1875 aged about 3 years.

 

November 18, 1875

E. B. MILAM married A. E. DILLAHUNTY, Henry Co., Tenn. morning of Nov. 18, 1875.

A. HORACE WILLIAMS married ZULEIKA BOWDEN, both of Henry Co., Tenn., Nov. 18, 1875.

 

November 25, 1875

L. A. CALLICUTT married EMMA ALBRITTON, Paris, Tenn., November 11, 1875.

 

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December 9, 1875

BEN EDWARDS and OSCAR FREEMAN, blacks, were hanged in Sardis, Miss., Nov. 26, 1875 for the murder of Lewis HIBLER, black.

Resolutions of respect in memory of B. C. BROWN and JESSE A. BROWN, dec., by Paris Masonic Lodge 108; dated December 6, 1875.

 

December 23, 1875

THOMAS B. THARPE, Henry Co., Tenn., married DORA M. LANE, Bartlett, Tenn., in McKenzie, Tenn., December 16, 1875.

M. T. ALLEN married HETTIE CALDWELL, both of Henry Co., Tenn., in Springville, Dec. 19, 1875.

WILLIAM LOCKHART accidentally shot himself in Houston Co., Tenn., Dec. 8, 1875; as reported in the BENTON BANNER [Camden, Tennessee.] [Died instantly.]

 

1876

January 13, 1876

JOHN LAWRENCE died Calloway Co., Ky., Dec. 8, 1875 aged 40 years and 2 days [born December 6, 1835]; pneumonia. Buried in Salem graveyard.

ALEXANDER LOVING married ELBA ALEXANDER, Henry Co., Tenn., January 6, 1876.

SILVESTER son of Mrs. VERMILIE died Paris, Tenn., Jan. 11, 1876 aged about 12 yrs.

 

February 10, 1876

Mrs. JANE KENDALL died locally, February 7, 1876 aged 71 years.

WILLIAM MOODY died Manleyville, Tenn., recently, aged 75 years.

THOMAS K. PORTER, recently of Henry Co., Tenn., married ATLANTA BROOKS, Peoria, Texas, January 16, 1876.

J. N. TUCKER married R. F. TUCKER, Henry Co., Tenn., February 3, 1876.

ALBERT PRYOR married BETTIE COOK, near Paris, Tenn., February 3, 1876.

JOHN M. PAYNE married CARRIE ANSLINGER, Paris, Tenn., February 4, 1876.

 

April 6, 1876

Mrs. NANCY VANCLEAR born January 1, 1802; died Henry Co., Tenn., Mar. 22, 1876; five children.

DAVID McDAVID born in 1799; died near Manleyville, Tenn., April 2, 1876.

RILEY HUTCHENS died near Conyersville, Tenn., April 2, 1876 aged about 30 years; surviving were his widow and two children.

J. O. GORMAN and wife "lost" two sons, OSCAR, aged 9 months, who died April 1, 1876 and GEORGE L., aged 2 years, who died April 2, 1876.

 

July 13, 1876

WILLIE son of C. P. HARRIS, dec., died July 3, 1876 when he was run over by a wagon.

A "grand centennial celebration" was held July 4, 1876 at the old campground at Manly's Chapel [Methodist] in Henry County. Singing and a picnic were big highlights of this occasion.

SANTA ANA, the Mexican military and political leader, died in Mexico City, June 28 [20], 1876. "The world would have been better off had he never lived." [ANTONIO LOPEZ DE SANTA ANNA, Feb. 21, 1795[?]-June 20, 1876; notorious Mexican "no quarter" general of Alamo fame]

 

September 7, 1876

CULLEN FRENCH's son died near Sulphur Well, Henry Co., Tenn., recently.

 

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1877

January 8, 1877

JOHN GILLESPIE, Mansfield, Tenn., married SALLIE TOOMBS, Paris, there, January 1, 1877.

Dr. ADDISON ROACH died near Mansfield, Tenn., Jan. 5, 1877; surviving were his widow and five children.

JAMES R. RANDALL, SR., native of North Carolina, settled in Henry Co., Tenn., 1819; widower; died locally, Jan. 31, 1877. [Buried in the Clifty Cemetery: JAMES R. RANDLE, SR. Born Feb. 13, 1793 Died Jan. 31, 1877. In his last will - testament, executed December 6, 1875, JAMES ROPER RANDLE mentioned his children, Peyton H., James R., Jr., William G., John M., Mariah C. Wilkins and Mary P. Wynns. Henry County Will Book J, page 556.]

ZACK BLYTHE, aged about 70 years, merchant about seven miles from Murray, Ky., was murdered in Calloway Co., Ky., Feb. 1, 1877, by hatchet-wielding unknown killer.

 

May 3, 1877

WILLIAM G. BROWNLOW, former Tennessee governor, died Knoxville, Tenn., April 29, 1877. [Brownlow, 1805-1877; governor of Tennessee, 1865-1869]

BENJAMIN ALSUP died near Sulphur Well, last week; survived by his widow.

EVERETT HOUSE died near Cottage Grove, Tenn., May 1, 1879 aged about 22 years. "He professed religion in the morning before he died."

Miss S. A. SPROWL, sister of W. H. and Brown Sprowl of Paris, Tenn., died in west Paris, recently.

JAMES I. JACKSON, Louisville, married Mrs. O. T. Brown, Paris, May 1, 1877.

 

October 25, 1877

JAMES H. HUNTER married Mrs. M. A. ALEXANDER, Henry Station, Tenn., Oct. 21, 1877.

Twenty-one persons, several families, passed through Paris, Tenn. on their way to Hunt County, Texas, October 19, 1877.

The whereabouts of WARREN BUCHER FLING had been sought by someone; it was remarked by a knowledgeable person that this man was living with the family of Thomas Palmer in Como, Tennessee.

"Mr. JAMES B. GUTHRIE was in town this week. He rather likes Huntingdon. His health has improved immensely and his whiskers have turned black since he drank the pure water of Carroll [County]." [In this day and time, it was usual for editors to take good-natured "digs" at persons whom they knew, often saying things that would in a later time find them in line for libel.]

 

1878

February 28, 1878

Professor A. M. PLUMMER, Clarksburg, Tenn., married ADA P. HOLLIDAY, McKenzie, Tenn., in McKenzie, February 25, 1878.

[A missing issue would surely have mentioned the death of JOHN D. LANDIS, a Paris physician since early 1871, whose tombstone in the Paris city cemetery renders his dates: May 23, 1828-May 13, 1878.]

 

September 12, 1878

Mrs. JOHN A. BURTON died Civil District 18, Henry Co., Tenn., Sept. 7, 1878.

Mrs. [BRIGET] FOLEY, mother of Mrs. J. H. TEDRO died in west Paris, Tenn., Sept. 8, 1878. [Buried in Paris city cemetery]

ANNA BASSANETT died in west Paris, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1878 aged 8 years.

 

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A DAUGHTER of Mr. [ ] BRENNAN, Memphis, died in west Paris, Tenn., Sept. 7, 1878 with yellow fever.

THANKFUL CAROLINE wife of W. W. TERRY died in Civil District 14, Henry Co. Tenn., Aug. 17, 1878 aged about 43 years. Baptist. [Buried in Old Antioch Cemetery about five miles north of Paris: T. C. TERRY Born June 11, 1835 Died Aug. 17, 1878]

 

October 24, 1878

In a column from Elk Horn, Henry County, noting "the sad and untimely death of your worthy physician, Dr. E. E. MILAM, whose death we deeply deplore and who is not only a loss to the citizens of Paris but to the community at large." [Dr. MILAM had died from yellow fever.]

Mrs. MARY THURSTON, mother of Colonel Bill Johnson, Mr. Ed Moore and Mrs. George Wilson, died in New Boston, Henry Co., Tenn., Oct. 16 or 23, 1876 aged 81 years. Burial in Paris city cemetery.

MAGGIE infant daughter of J. D. Hancock and wife died Paris, Tenn., Oct. 23, 1878; croup. [Her tombstone dates in Paris city cemetery: July 19, 1877-Oct. 23, 1878.]

D. B. HOWARD committed suicide, Oct. 10, 1878 by taking arsenic. Paris, Tenn.


 

Persons who died in the late summer and fall of 1878 of yellow fever in Paris, Tennessee:

A HISTORY OF THE YELLOW FEVER.
THE
YELLOW FEVER EPIDEMIC
OF 1878,
IN MEMPHIS, TENN.
EMBRACING A COMPLETE LIST OF THE DEAD, THE NAMES OF THE DOCTORS AND
NURSES EMPLOYED, NAMES OF ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED MONEY OR MEANS
AND THE NAMES AND HISTORY OF THE HOWARDS, TOGETHER WITH
OTHER DATA, AND LISTS OF THE DEAD ELSEWHERE
By. J. M. KEATING,

"God is pleased with no music below so much as the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows, of supported orphans, of rejoicing, and comforted and thankful persons."

JEFFREY TAYLOR
MEMPHIS. TENN.,
PRINTED FOR THE HOWARD ASSOCIATION.
1879.

(from copy in the Jackson - Madison County Library, 433 E. Lafayette, Jackson, Tennessee 38301)

Paris.
Arnold, Mr.
Beeler, J. H.
Carroll, Ed.
Chester, Price, col.
Ernest, Mrs.
Foley, Pat
Kendall, Alf., Col.
Lewis, W. J.
Layton
Lawton, Mr.
Milam, Dr. E. E.
Nance, J. W.
Steed, W. H.
Tedro, Mrs., col.
Tedro, J. H., col.
Tedro (child of Mrs.), col.
Warren, E. F.
Williams, Emma, col.

[The Tedros were white; of Irish descent.]

 

Mentions of Paris during yellow fever epidemic, in the MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL:

September 19, 1878

PARIS, TENN., September 18, Yellow fever, excitement high. Howard Association formed. Several cases to date and some deaths. City almost depopulated. No relief required at present.

W. H. HOLSHOUSER.
Chairman of Relief Committee.

 

September 24, 1878

Paris, Tenn.
From an Appeal Correspondent:
        PARIS, TENN., September 23, From the Intelligencer, published, on a half-sheet, yesterday. I copy the following, which will give the names of the sick and dead by the fever to-date:
        Last Thursday, Mr. J. W. Nance taken sick at Henry station. He immediately came back to Paris, and his disease was pronounced yellow fever. On Saturday evening he died.
        Mr. J. M. Wells, whose sickness we announced last week, died on Monday.
        Mr. Thomas Lewis has the fever, at his residence, three miles north of town, contracted at the depot, while attending his son, W. J. Lewis. Tuesday night last he had black vomit, and his death is looked upon as certain.
        There are two cases at the depot who are railroad employees Wm. Ashley, who is convalescent, and Charles Bush, who is a recent case.
        Mr. Bose Nance and Miss Furgeson have both had mild attacks of the fever, and are reported in favorable condition.
        Mr. Fry, in East Paris, is convalescent.
        Of the yellow-fever cases taken from our depot to the hospital at Louisville, three have died. Dr. Lawton, Wallace and Mrs. Earnest. Mrs. Earnest died on Friday last, and Captain Earnest was taken with the fever on Saturday, in Louisville, and died Monday.
        There have been ten deaths from yellow-fever at this place altogether; total number of cases, imported and contracted here, including Captain Ernest and Dr. Lawton, twenty-seven. Of these fourteen have died. There are four cases at the depot now, and one in town, Mr. Fry.
        Yesterday morning, Mr. Jo R. Bullock received a telegram from O. F. Jones, at Louisville, stating that Hafford Porter was sick and had been sent to the yellow-fever hospital.
        Mr. Beier, the freight agent, and two other railroad men are just taken sick, at the depot, it is supposed with yellow-fever.

 

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October 6, 1878

Paris, Tenn.
Paris Intelligencer, 3d: Mrs. Johnny Nance is much improved, and is expected to recover. Her little daughter has been a little sick, but not seriously, and is up and about the house.
        Mrs. Ferguson and her daughter, Miss Fannie, are both convalescent.
        Bose Nance is well.
        Arthur Nance was taken sick Tuesday, and has a very mild form of disease.
        Mr. Pope, the telegraph operator, who has been reported sick, is still well and at his post. A noble, brave little fellow, we hope he may still escape the monster.
        At the railroad hotel, W. A. Ashley and Charles Buck, both brakemen, are convalescent. Ed. Carroll, conductor, who was admitted three days ago, is doing well. Eugene Lawton, admitted two days since, is quite sick. John Keaton, admitted a week since, is still quite sick; his case is complicated with a disease of the lungs.
        Mr. Foley, a very old man who died Monday night, had symptoms of meningitis.
        Mr. Beler, who died Saturday night, had a severe attack of yellow-fever.
        No others sick at the depot.
        Mr. Fry is well, and but for prudential reasons would he out on the streets.
        Mayor Carter is rapidly recovering from a severe attack of malarial fever.
        What is it? There have recently occurred a number of deaths from malignant fever in this county, and in the adjoining counties in Kentucky, which are attended with yellowness of skin. All the cases to which we refer died at some distance from the railroad, and have had no communication with persons from infected districts. These are cases of bilious fever of a most malignant type. If they had occurred in Paris, or its vicinity, they would have been pronounced a most malignant form of the epidemic yellow-fever.
        We had an interview two weeks ago with Dr. L. L. Alexander, a very intelligent young physician, who practices medicine in the northern part of this county, and in the edge of Kentucky. The doctor informs us that he has information of eighteen cases of pernicious bilious fever occurring in his own practice and that of neighboring physicians, in all of which there was yellowness of skin and violent symptoms. Nearly all of these cases proved fatal.

 

October 16, 1878

Paris, Tenn.
Paris Intelligencer: The following is a careful and correct report of home matters:
        "West Paris. Since our last issue there have been five deaths from yellow-fever at the depot John Kayton, engineer, Ed Carroll, conductor, and Eugene Lawton, all employees of the railroad; also Emma Williams and Price Chester, both colored employees at the railroad hotel. There are now sick at the depot: Mr. W. H. Steed, depot agent, who has had bronchitis with yellow-fever. He has a critical case. Oscar Haynes, engineer, is in good condition, with prospects of recovery. Mr. Arnold, a nurse at the hospital, is also sick of yellow-fever, with an ordinary attack. All the cases at Mrs. Nance's are recovering. No other new cases up to the hour of going to press.
        "East Paris. In East Paris there is very little sickness. John Porter, colored, has an ordinary attack of bilious fever. A colored woman came to town from near Memphis a week ago, and has been sick ever since her arrival. She has had very little fever; has bowel trouble, and is very much prostrated. Her case has nothing resembling yellow fever, yet she may die of her present illness. Mr. Gorman had a chill or two, but is now at work in his office. Mr. Marion Long had a chill Saturday night. He is as lively as ever."

 

The October 20, 1878 issue noted that the INTELLIGENCER of the 17th of the month had mentioned that the fever was abating in Paris with cooler weather, killing of disease-laden mosquitoes bringing an end to this terrible scourge for the year of 1878.

 

Of the persons who died of yellow fever, buried in the Paris city cemetery:

WILLIAM H. STEED, Oct. 27, 1850-Oct. 9, 1878 [a fallen tombstone]

One tombstone, its shaft fallen:
south side: Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH H. TEDRO Born Oct. 13, 1842 Died Sept. 17, 1878
west side: MAGGIE E. TEDRO Born Mar. 14, 1876 Died Nov. 4, 1878
north side: PATRICK FOLEY Died Oct. 4, 1878
BRIDGET FOLEY Died Sept. 8, 1878

[ANNA MARIAH (FOLEY) TEDRO did not die. Identified as the wife of Joseph H. Tedro in Henry County Deed Book T, pages 223-224, she was remarried, to BENJAMIN STROUD, April 19, 1882. The Tedros were whites of Irish descent.]


November 28, 1878

STEPHEN GRIFFY was executed by hanging in Newport, Tenn., November 22, 1878, for having sexually assaulted a small girl.

Mrs. JOSEPH CROWDER daughter of Rev. J. D. Poyner died nine miles north of Paris, Tenn., Nov. 21, 1878.

HATTIE E. infant daughter of F. M. and H. A. HASTINGS died Nov. 22, 1878 aged 10 mos. and 15 days.

C. H. M. FREEMAN married M. C. ALEXANDER, Henry Co., Tenn., November 20, 1878.

Dr. J. M. CORUM, Paris, Tenn., married E. A. GOLDSBY, Obion Co., Tenn., Nov. 19, 1878.

 

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December 12, 1878

FIRE AT LEXINGTON
One side of the square consumed.

        From a gentleman who lives in that town we learn the following particulars regarding the destructive fire that occurred at Lexington last Monday night, by which the principal business portion of the town was destroyed.
        There was a large crowd in town during the day and a number of drunken men in town that night, one of whom, a man named Stewart, a saloon keeper, named Galloway kindly allowed to lie down in front of the fire, and then locked up his house and went home. It is supposed that the clothing of the intoxicated man in some manner became ignited, as the fire originated in the room where he was sleeping. His remains were found among the ruins the morning after the fire. The houses burned were among the best buildings in the town, and were occupied as follows, though we could not learn the value of the buildings destroyed:
        Livery stable, the property of Galloway & Elkins. Saloon and family grocery, occupied by Galloway & Elkins. Saloon and family grocery, occupied by Doc Teague.
        A very large building, known as the Council House, containing a number of store-rooms and offices, was also consumed.
        This comprised the whole south side of the square, and it will be many years before it will be rebuilt. Huntingdon Vindicator

[The fire occurred on December 9, 1878.]

 

ROBERT son of William BAKER, Henry Co., Tenn., died Dec. 7, 1878.

W. B. MYRICK married DOCIA WISEMAN, four miles south of Paris, December 8, 1878.

ANDREW M. THOMASON, Paris, married EMMA LOVING, two miles north of Paris, Dec. 8, 1878.

JAMES M. RAY and wife, formerly of Paris, Tenn. "now" live in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

 

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