Abstracted by Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2004

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January 3, 1845

RICHARD SWANSON son of Marcus and Amelia COOK, formerly of Franklin, Tenn., died Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 9, 1844. Their son, ROBERT, died Dec. 14, 1844 aged 7 years.

Dr. JOHN D. HANNA died Gibson Co., Tenn., Dec. 7, 1844.

ROBERT youngest son of John WILLIAMS, Nashville, Tenn., died New Orleans, La., Dec. 4, 1844.

DAVID WINCHESTER, Madison Co., Tenn., died suddenly near Memphis, Tenn. a few days ago.

ELIJAH GRIFFIN, veteran of the Revolutionary War, died Shelby Co., Tenn., Dec. 2, 1844 in the 84th year of his age. Baptist.


January 10, 1845

Advertised by J. N. WILLIAMS, Lebanon, Ohio: children and heirs of MARY BROWN, dec., wife of James Brown and sister of William Stewart, dec., "will receive a large sum of money by making themselves know to [Williams]."


January 17, 1845

WINNEFRED widow of Hon. James T. SANDFORD died near Spring Hill, Tenn., Dec. 16, 1844 in 70th year of her age.

CLAIBORN PILLOW died Maury Co., Tenn., Dec. 31, 1844. Cumberland Presbyterian.


January 24, 1845

Colonel JOHN W. WATSON died in residence of his father, Capt. John Watson [Williamson Co., TN], Jan. 23, 1845.


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Resolutions of respect in memory of NICHOLAS HARDEMAN, recently deceased, by fellow members of the Agatheridan Society, Franklin; dated January 6, 1845.


February 6, 1845

January 30, 1845 issue missing but in this issue the editor remarked that in Mrs. MARY BOYD's death notice of the previous week, she had been called the widow of Harrison Boyd when it should have read ARMSTEAD Boyd and her correct age given as in her 70th year; member of the Baptist Church.

MARY wife of the Rev. James SCOTT died Trenton, Tenn., January 16, 1845. [The compiler could find no tombstone to her memory in the Oakland Cemetery, Trenton.]

Major JOHN BYRNE died Dyer Co., Tenn., Dec. 16, 1844; sheriff of Dyer Co., Tenn.

CYRUS WELLER, late editor of the ARKANSAS TIMES and ADVOCATE, Little Rock, Ark. Died Covington, Tenn., Dec. 10, 1844.

THOMAS HOPE died Campbell Co., Tenn., Dec. 2, 1844 aged 47 years.


February 14, 1845

ROBERT KING died Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 4, 1845 in 63rd year of his age.

Mrs. NANCY MEEK died Jonesboro, Tenn., Jan. 26, 1845 in 60th year of her age.

BENJAMIN BOYD died Jonesboro, Tenn., Feb. 7, 1845 in 73rd year of his age.

EZEKIEL LYON died Washington Co., Tenn., Feb. 3, 1845 aged about 63 years.

MARY wife of William DENSON died of consumption, near Vernon, Miss., Jan. 26, 1845 in 73rd year of her age; had been a Baptist about 47 years.

Colonel WILLIAMSON SMITH died Hinds Co., Miss., recently; formerly of Tennessee.

Dr. NICHELSON, formerly of Nashville, Tenn., died near Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 8, 1845.

WILLIAM PRITCHARD died near Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 12, 1845.

JESSE LEWIS died Holmes Co., Miss., recently; formerly of Franklin, Tenn.


February 21, 1845

A black man, slave, belonging to DAVID ELLIOTT, Athens, Ala., was accidentally killed when he fell from his horse and was run over by wagon wheels, circa Feb. 8, 1845.

ELIZABETH ANN wife of D. [Donald] CAMERON; daughter of Captain George Mayfield; died Feb. 18, 1845 in 27th year of her age. Presbyterian; surviving were her widower and one child.

RODERICK EDWARDS, Rutherford Co., Tenn., died Feb. 7, 1845 aged about 50 years.

Mrs. SARAH DAVIS daughter of Calvin Taylor died Feb. 7, 1845.


February 28, 1845

Mrs. SUSANNA BROWN died Williamson Co., Tenn., Feb. 23, 1845 in 68th year of her age. Baptist.

ANN ELIZA wife of Dr. Richard R. HIGHTOWER died in the residence of her father, Robert C. Foster, esq., Feb. 23, 1845; surviving were her widower and 3 children. [Her box vault tombstone in the old Franklin, Tenn. cemetery reads: In Memory of Mrs. ANN E. consort of Dr. R. R. HIGHTOWER, daughter of Robert C. and Louisa Foster Born Sept. 24th 1826. Died Feb. 23, 1845]


March 7, 1845

BETSEY wife of Nicholas SCALES, esq., Talladega, Ala., died Feb. 29, 1845. Born Pittsylvania Co., VA., Aug. 12, 1776; moved to Knox Co., Tenn., then Williamson Co., then in 1835 to Talladega Co., Ala. Baptist; surviving were her widower, four sons, three daughters.


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March 21, 1845

Mrs. SUSANNA PARRISH "aged and estimable" died near Franklin, Tenn., Sunday, March 9, 1845. [A tombstone is the old Franklin city cemetery reads: Sacred to the memory of Mrs. JANE PARRISH Born June 4th 1761 Died March 9th 1845.]

Mrs. IVA ANN EDGAR died McMinn Co., Tenn., Mar. 12, 1845.

ADAM COPE died Savannah, Georgia, recently.


April 18, 1845

MARY wife of Ewen CAMERON, SR. died April 15, 1845 in 68th year of her age. Cumberland Presbyterian. [Her tombstone in the old city cemetery, Franklin reads: MARY CAMERON wife of EWEN CAMERON Departed this life April 15th 1845 aged 67 years & 26 days.]

WILLIAM WHITE died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 6, 1844 aged 76 years.

HENRY CLIFFE infant son of George and Eliza HARDING, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Apr. 6, 1845.


April 25, 1845

MARY ALICE daughter of Charles A. and Louisa MERRILL died Franklin, Tenn., Apr. 23, 1845 aged about 1 year.

ELIZABETH widow of R. PARRISH died April 23, 1845.

JOHN B. MURPHY, near Plum Grove, Ark., formerly merchant in Memphis and New Orleans, fell from a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, opposite the Exchange Hotel in Memphis and died "instantly" on April 19, 1845.


May 2, 1845

Mrs. SALLY WINNIFRED daughter of James Pugh, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Sumpter Co., Ala. April 2, 1845 aged 37 years and 4 months.

Hon. D. W. DICKINSON died in residence of Major William Maney near Franklin, Tenn., April 27, 1845; served in Tennessee legislature and U.S. Congress.

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, pages 858-859:

DICKINSON, David W. (nephew of William Hardy Murfree), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Franklin, Tenn., June 10, 1808; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was unable to attend the last session of Congress on account of his failing health; died at "Grantland," his father's home, near Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tenn., on April 27, 1845; interment in the family burying ground on the estate.


May 9, 1845

JAMES WASHINGTON son of William T. and Mary MERRITT died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 25, 1845 aged 15 months and 8 days old.

L. W. wife of the Rev. WILLIAM PATTEN died in residence of Mrs. Jane Polk, Columbia, Tenn., April 12, 1845 aged 45 years and 6 months.


June 6, 1845

MIRANDA wife of Captain Henry WADE died near Spring Hill, Tenn., June 3, 1845 in the 45th year of her age; surviving were her widower and 6 children.


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PAULINA DUDLEY infant daughter of Robert C. Foster died near Franklin, Tenn., June 1, 1845.

JOSEPH son of Howard THWEATT died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 3, 1845 aged about 23 years.

JOHN A. McKINNEY, Rogersville, Tenn., died in Tazewell, Tenn., May 12, 1845; attorney and delegate to the 1834 Tennessee Constitutional Convention.


June 13, 1845

"ANDREW JACKSON breathed his last at the Hermitage on Sunday the 8th [of June] at 6 o'clock in the afternoon. He is represented to have retained his faculties to the end and to have died 'quietly, calmly with entire resignation' amidst the beloved members of his family and a few intimate friends who were present. . . . Yesterday . . . the body was borne to the grave [and] was placed by the side of her, whom in life he had loved so well."


June 20, 1845

JAMES SOUTHALL, SR. died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 14, 1845 in the 68th year of his age.

EUGENE C. oldest son of James PLUNKET died near Franklin, Tenn., June 14, 1845 aged about 10 years.

Court of Chancery holden at Franklin, 7th of June, 1845.
William Faulkner and John L. Hadley,
Joseph W. Perkins, John P. Perkins, et al.
          IT appearing by affidavit that Matthew Lindsay and Virginia, his wife, Thomas Walthall and Ann E., his wife, Constantine Perkins, James O. Perkins, Daniel Perkins and Charles Perkins, defendants in the above stated cause, are not citizens of or residents in the State of Tennessee, so that the ordinary process of this court cannot be served upon them. It is ordered that publication be made for three successive weeks in the Western Weekly Review, a newspaper published in Franklin, requiring said defendants to appear at the next term of this court, to be held at the court house in the town of Franklin on the third Monday in October next, then and there to plead, answer or demur to complainant's bill, or the same will be taken for confessed and set for hearing ex parte as to them. A copy. Attest.


        The bill in substance states that complainant Faulkner, recovered a judgment on the 3d of October, 1844, in the Circuit Court of Davidson county, against the defendant Joseph W. Perkins, for $435.35 besides costs of suit, and that the complainant Hadley recovered a judgment on the 18th of February 1845 in the Circuit Court of Lauderdale county, against defendants Joseph W. and John P. Perkins, for $118 besides costs; on both of which judgments executions have been issued and returned "no property found." That Col. Nicholas T. Perkins, late of the county of Williamson and State of Tennessee, departed this life intestate in the year 1843, leaving among others the said Jos. W. and Jno. P. Perkins, Virginia Lindsay, Ana E. Walthall, Constantine Perkins, James C. Perkins, Daniel Perkins and Charles Perkins, as heirs and next of kin him surviving, being at the time of his death the owner in fee of about 900 acres of land in said county of Williamson and several lots in the town of Franklin, besides personal property, which descended to said heirs and next of kin, and is now held by them as tenants in common, N. T. Perkins having been duly appointed administrator.
        The Bill prays an account of the administration of said estate and of the advancements made to the children and grand children, and that the interest of said Joseph W. and John P. Perkins, be ascertained, set apart, and sold, and the proceeds applied to the payment of complainant's said debts, with interest and costs, and for general relief, &c.

Franklin, June 29, 1845. -- Pr's fee $12.


July 4, 1845

JOSEPH CARLE died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 20, 1845.

Dr. ALEX ROSEBOROUGH died Lincoln Co., Tenn., June 10, 1845 in the 78th year of his age.

HUGH HAYS died Wilson Co., Tenn., June 23, 1845 in the 36th year of his age.

JOSEPH HAYNES died Maury Co., Tenn., June 3, 1845 in the 96th year of his age.

RICHARD HARDIN, SR. died Knox Co., Tenn., June 16, 1845 in the 75th year of his age.

Mrs. ANN SMITH died Carthage, Tenn., June 18, 1845.

CATHARINE O. infant daughter of James B. DAVIS, Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 16, 1845.

LUCRETIA widow of Thomas MORROW, Davidson Co., Tenn., died June 15, 1845 about 53 yrs. old.

Captain THOMAS MASSEY died Lincoln Co., Tenn., June 12, 1845 in the 68th year of his age.

THOMAS CHAPMAN died Lincoln Co., Tenn., recently, aged about 80 years.

The youngest son of John CRAWFORD, Sr. died Crawford Co., Ark., June 11, 1845.


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JOHN W. JORDAN died Crawford Co., Ark., June 23, 1845.

WASHINGTON HUSSEY died Crawford Co., Ark., recently, aged 21/22 years.

ALEX W. infant son of W. H. SNEED died Greeneville, Tenn., June 23, 1845 aged 1 year and 13 days [born June 10, 1844].


July 11, 1845

SPENCER BUFORD died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 5, 1845 in the 68th year of his age. Baptist.

JOSEPH CARL, SR., native of New York state, died June 20, 1845; moved to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1814. Baptist. [His tombstone in Leiper's Fork cemetery, Williamson County, states that he died June 20, 1845 aged 70 years and 15 days; by this computation he was born June 5, 1775.]


August 8, 1845

ELIZABETH GRIFFITH daughter of Thomas PARKES died Franklin, Tenn., August 7, 1845 aged 3 years, 3 months and 21 days [born April 16, 1842].

PRISCILLA TENNESSEE daughter of Charles M. and Nancy SCOTT died August 1, 1845 aged 2 years, 8 months and 9 days old [born August 22, 1842].

JOHN HARTWELL son of Albert H. and Louisa A. BAILEY died Aug. 4, 1845 aged 2 years, 4 months and 24 days [born March 10, 1843].

Dr. LAWRENCE O'BRYAN died Williamson Co., Tenn., August 4, 1845 aged 59 years.


August 22, 1845

REBECK wife of John RIGGINS died near Spring Hill, Tenn., Aug. 3, 1845 in the 32nd year of her age; surviving were her widower and two little children.


August 29, 1845

LUCY wife of George W. MABERRY, esq., Franklin, Tenn., died August 25, 1845.

CAROLINE widow of Richard L. ANDREWS died in residence of her mother, Aug,. 27, 1845; surviving were two children.

Colonel MILLER FRANCES, former Tenn. state treasurer, died Winchester, Tenn., Aug. 22, 1845.

Colonel JOHN B. FORESTER, Leake Co., Miss., former member of Congress from Tennessee, died near Ft. Towson, Ark., July 31, 1845.

BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774-1971, Washington, D. C., 1971, page 959:

FORESTER, John B., a Representative from Tennessee; born in McMinnville, Warren County, Tenn.; received a limited schooling; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; elected to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); died August 31, 1845.


October 10, 1845

GEORGE son of William and Mary LAGRON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 18, 1845 in the 18th year of his age. His sister, MARGARET LAGRON, died Sept. 19, 1845 aged 9 years.

HENRY GARRETT died in residence of his son, Smith Garrett, Sept. 28, 1845 aged 91 years; veteran of the Revolutionary War.

WILLIAM COMPTON, SR. died Davidson Co., Tenn., Oct. 7, 1845 aged 77 years.

NIVISON WATKINS, Memphis newsman, died recently in 27th year of his age; native of Va.


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MARY ANN wife of Thomas RIVERS died Somerville, Tenn., Sept. 19, 1845 aged 19 years. [Buried in the Somerville cemetery: MARY ANN RIVERS consort of Thomas Rivers Born Sept. 28, 1826 Died Sept. 21, 1845 Married November 13, 1843]

FRANCIS wife of B. BALLARD died Somerville, Tenn., Sept. 21, 1845.

ORVILLE BRADLEY died Rogersville, Tenn., recently.


December 12, 1845

ROBERT MITCHELL froze to death in Cass Co., Georgia, December 9, 1845.


December 26, 1845

MARGARETTA ELIZABETH daughter of Jonathan and Margaret A. ROTHROCK died Dec. 22, 1845 aged about ten months.

Miss DELIA HIGHTOWER died Dec. 6, 1845. Methodist.

SMITH CRIDDLE died Paris, Tenn., Nov. 20, 1845.

ALEXANDER EWING CRIDDLE died in residence of Colonel J. M. Winstead, Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 26, 1845 in the 26th year of his age; brother of Smith Criddle, recently deceased.

NARCISSA wife of James H. FOSTER died Davidson Co., Tenn., Dec. 16, 1845 aged 41 years.

SARAH widow of Hon. David W. DICKINSON died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Dec. 8, 1845.


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