By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, 1995


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John Tidwell, 1785-Feb. 20, 1861. See page 21. From West Tennessee Whig, Jackson, Tennessee, February 26, 1861.


          Died at his residence in this county, on the 20th inst., Mr. JOHN TIDWELL, one of our most worthy citizens, after a painful illness of seventeen days, which he bore with Christian fortitude.
          Mr. Tidwell was a native of South Carolina — born in 1783. He has been a citizen to Tennessee for fifty-two years and of Madison County since the winter of 1822. For half a century he has been an exemplary member of the Methodist Church, maintaining throughout that long probation a fair Church record, and showing to the last moment that reason occupied her throne, a firm reliance on the great Atonement. In the various social relations of husband, father, master and citizen, he displayed equanimity, prudence, correctness of deportment and kindness of heart which made friends of all with whom he came in contact and aroused enmity in the breasts of none. He has gone to his reward. Peace to his ashes.
          February 1861.


Francis Meriwether. See page 7. West Tennessee Whig, Jackson, Tennessee, April 10, 1857.

          DIED — At his residence near Denmark, in this county, Tuesday, the 31st of March, 1857, Mr. FRANCIE MERIWETHER, aged 63 years. In the death of this most excellent man his family, community and church could sustain no greater loss.


Sarah Gholson. See page 6. West Tennessee Whig, Jackson, Tennessee, April 10, 1857. If she had a tombstone it is no longer in situ in the Riverside Cem.

          In Brownsville on the 31st ult., Mrs. SARAH J. GHOLSON, of Jackson, Tennessee, aged 68 years.
          The deceased, for many years, had been in a declining state, and after nine weeks' intense suffering, she breathed her last, feeling, no doubt, in the struggles of death, that her spirit would soon wing its flight to the blissful regions of immortality, —to the haven of rest, where sorrow is never known, and where love and harmony shall reign forever.
          Mrs. G. was a member of the Baptist Church, beloved and respected by all who knew her, and died in the triumphs of a living faith. She left one child, a daughter, besides a multitude of relations and friends to mourn her loss, satisfied though, that their loss is her gain.
          Her body was interred in the Jackson Grave Yard. Peace to her ashes.

          Friends nor physicians could not save
          Her mortal body from the Grave,
          Nor will the grave confine here here,
          When christ her Saviou shall appear.

S. L. G.       


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Ann E. M. Key Lovelace, May 3, 1816-Nov. 9, 1853; daughter of Martin Key. See page 9. West Tennessee Whig, Jackson, Tennessee, March 9, 1854.

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Mrs. Mary G. Vann, West Tennessee Whig, Jackson, Tennessee, March 9, 1854.

          DIED—In this county, on the 3rd inst., Mrs. MARY G. VANN, consort of V. S. Vann, Esq., in the 52d year of her age.

VALENTINE S.VANN married, secondly, to SUSAN A. ROBINSON, January 4, 1855. See page 2.


J. D. McClellan. See page 8. From the Louisville and Nashville Christian Advocate, March 25, 1852.

J. D. McCLELLAN was born on October 16, 1808 and had been married to his surviving widow about twenty years before he died, February 18, 1852. For most of the winter he had been confined to his bed by a lingering and wasting illness and when hope of recovery was well nigh extinct, at the advice of friend, he undertook a journey to Florida for his health. But soon after he arrived at Tennessee river, where he intended to take boat, a sudden change occurred to his disease and soon terminated his earthly career. His remains were returned to Jackson and on the following Sunday his funeral sermon was preached to a large and serious audience, most of whom joined in the solemn procession to the graveyard and saw his corpse deposited in the tomb.


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