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

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January 7, 1853

Rev. JOEL ANDERSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 30, 1852; preacher "in connection with the Baptist and Christian churches."

JOSEPH son of H. W. SWEENY died near Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 2, 1853 aged about 8 years.

JOSEPH CROCKETT died five miles east of Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 4, 1853 aged about 70 years.

Mrs. MARY WALKER died near Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 18, 1852 in 67th year of her age. Baptist.


January 14, 1853

Shelbyville, Tenn., June 8, 1852.

Dr. Dromgaole Sir: The health of my wife has improved so rapidly, that I feel it is my duty to express my gratitude to you. Several physicians had given her medicine time after time, but her disease seemed to bid defiance to all medical aid, until we had a pamphlet placed in our hands, setting forth many promises to relieve the female frame all of which your Female Bitters profess to have the power to redeem. I immediately procured some, and am now happy to state that the health of my wife is much better than it has been for the past six years. The "Whites" have been entirely removed; and those frequent and severe pains which haunted her by day and night, have all subsided and her whole system seems to be one of fast returning health. Her appetite has become regular, and her m___ly discharges have made their appearance twice, which his not been the case in three years. I know of two other females who have been blessed with the beneficial effects of your "Female Bitters."





On Tuesday 11th inst., Mr. Henry Pointer Wade to Miss Caroline, daughter of Thomas B. Bond, Esq.

In Shelbyville., Tenn., on Wednesday, the 22d December, by the Rev. S. S. Moody, Geo. W; Buchanan, Esq., to Miss Virginia L. White.

In Shrieveport, La., on the 19th December, Dr Bell to Mrs. Elizabeth; widow of the late Tho. L. Robinson of this place.

LUCY dau. of Hon. J. S. BRIEN died near Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 8, 1853 aged 10 years.

ALLEN infant son of Geo. W. and Ann Mary CUNNINGHAM died Jan. 8, 1853 aged 5 months, 11 days [born July 27, 1852].

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Captain JOSEPH CROCKETT born Wythe County, Virginia; died January 5, 1853; surviving were his widow and several children.


January 21, 1853

PEYTON RANDOLPH, Virginian, died Washington City [D.C.], January 4, 1853 in the 70th year of his age.


January 28, 1853

BERRY P. WILLIAMS died near Nolensville, Tenn., Jan. 13, 1853 aged 20 years, 9 months and 29 days [born March 14, 1832].

JOSHUA LAWRENCE died Triune, Tenn., Jan. 14, 1853 in 70th year of his age. Baptist.

GEORGE W. BECKTON died Rutherford Co., Tenn., Jan. 19, 1853 aged about 40 years.

RICHARD H. BRANKIN committed suicide by drowning, Jan. 25, 1853; drowned in the Cumberland River.

"The most remarkable family in the county is perhaps that of Mr. John Kennedy, who resides some eight miles north of this place [Columbia, Tenn.]. He has eighteen children living all fully grown seventy four grandchildren and fifty one great-grandchildren, in all one hundred and forty three. There has not been a single death in the family since the year 1806. Altogether we think Mr. Kennedy's a remarkable family." [Appeared in the Columbia, Tenn. Maury Intelligencer]


February 4, 1853

REBECCA wife of Henry SWEENEY, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Jan. 26, 1853 aged about 60 years.

ELIZABETH daughter of Hon. A. P. MAURY, dec., died near Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 28, 1853 in the 20th year of her age. [See page 32, this publication.]


February 11, 1853

The wife of STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS died in Washington City [D.C.], Jan. 20, 1853. [Douglas married the first of his wives, MARTHA DENNY MARTIN, April 7, 1847.]


February 18, 1853

ANGELINA MARIA second daughter of Geo. W. PERKINS died DeSoto Co., Miss., Feb. 5, 1853 aged 14 years and 1 day [born February 4, 1839].

Dr. CAREY J. TAYLOR, native of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Bayou Sara, La., Jan. 22, 1853 aged about 25 years; surviving were his widow and many relatives.


February 25, 1853

Rev. E. H. HATCHER, Columbia, Tenn., died near Ocala, Flad., January 25, 1853.


March 4, 1853

Mrs. ELIZABETH VAUGHN died in residence of her father, Willis B. WRAY [Franklin, Tenn. ?], Feb. 25, 1853 aged about 35 years; surviving were several children. See next page.


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          I will sell, at private sale, all of my real estate in Franklin, consisting of valuable improved and unimproved lots. The place where I now reside, contains two full lots, is handsomely improved, with a convenient and comfortable brick dwelling, and all necessary out-houses; has a first rate well of water, and a large variety of choice Fruit Trees.
          The House and lot at present occupied by me as a Family Grocery, together with my entire stock of Groceries, will be sold on reasonable terms.
          I have also a valuable building lot on Main street, 40 x 100 feet, opposite Parrish's Hotel, and joining Scruggs' store, which I will sell.
          I have also a number of very eligible building lots, fronting on the Columbia Turnpike, within the corporate limits of Franklin, which I will divide to suit purchasers.
          Long credits will be given on any of the above property, if desired.

Feb. 25, 1853


March 11, 1853

JOSEPH STURDIVANT, esquire, died Montgomery Co., Tenn., recently; apoplexy.

MARY wife of Joseph W. OSBORNE died about ten miles south of Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 25, 1853 in 59th year of her age.

CHARLES LYNCH, former governor of Miss., died Jackson, Miss., Jan. 9, 1853; member of the Whig Party.


March 25, 1853

AARON D. HIGGINS, formerly of Kentucky, died three miles NW of Franklin, Tenn., March 21, 1853.

Mr. [ ] POTTS died near Franklin, Tenn., Mar. 21, 1853 leaving "a large and helpless family."

Colonel RANDAL M. EWING, native of Davidson Co., Tenn., died Quartz Hill, Cal., January 11, 1853; had gone west in a quest for gold.

Colonel JOSEPH W. CLAY died South Bend, Ark., on a recent Thursday, in 49th year of his age of pneumonia.


April 8, 1853

Dr. WILLIAM A. SMITH, who lived about six miles from Murfreesboro, Tenn. was shot and killed by his brother-in-law, Colonel SAM RUCKER, while on the Lebanon turnpike a few days ago. ["He (Rucker) is said to have been responsible for the death of Dr. William Smith (husband of Lucy Rucker), his brother-in-law, but nothing was ever proven in regard to the matter. He left with his family and went to Miss. or Mo., later to Arkansas and little or nothing has been known of him since." HISTORY OF THE RUCKER FAMILY by Edythe Rucker Whitley, Nashville, 1927, page 66]


April 15, 1853

MOSES NORWELL died near Franklin, Tenn., Apr. 10, 1853 in 66th year of his age; had a stroke.

Rev. TURNER SAUNDERS, older Methodist preacher, died Aberdeen, Miss., Mar. 6, 1853.


April 22, 1853

The WIFE of H. R. W. HILL died in New Orleans, La., April 11, 1853.

FRANCIS BOENSCH, music professor, died Acapulco, Mexico, February 4, 1853.

Miss ADA PERKINS died Paris, Tenn., April 3, 1853 in 19th year of her age.

Mrs. JOSEPH R. BROWN died Nashville, Tenn., April 16, 1853. Methodist.


April 29, 1853

WILLIAM ELY, veteran of the Revolutionary War, Lee Co., Va., aged 105 years, died recently; his wife died about the same time, aged 107 years. [His war service pension application; S39493, reveals that Ely was born Mar. 25, 1753.]


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May 6, 1853

JAMES PRIESTLEY son of John T. and Artemisia CAMERON died Canton, Miss., April 12, 1853 aged 4 years and 9 months.

JAMES PUGH died in La., recently; had been a Baptist for many years.

Funeral of Rev. JOEL ANDERSON would be delivered in Christian Church, Franklin, Tenn., May 29, 1853.

JANE widow of Captain Richard WILSON, who fought at King's Mountain and Hanging Rock during the Revolutionary War, died in residence of son-in-law, John Wall, Williamson Co., Tenn., April 20, 1853; in 1790 her husband and nine of his brothers moved from Mecklenburg Co., N.C. near to Bledsoe's Lick, Sumner Co., Tenn. and then in 1799 she had lived near Harpeth Lick in Williamson County, Tenn. She was a native of York, South Carolina; dau. of William and Ellen McDOWELL. Her name was listed in Mrs. Ellet's WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION, pages 352, 356. She left 150 descendants.


May 20, 1853

J. J. B. SOUTHALL died Red Sulphur Springs, Macon Co., Tenn., May 16, 1853.


May 27, 1853

DAVID A. COWAN died ten miles west of Franklin, Tenn., of typhoid fever, May 20, 1853; "a young man."

SARAH ANN wife of William NOLEN died four miles SE of Franklin, Tenn., May 19, 1853.

MARY CATHARINE ELIZABETH infant dau. of James W. and Catharine R. COMPTON died May 3, 1853.

WILLIAM JAMES son of R. P. CURRIN died Lauderdale Co., Tenn., May 9, 1853 aged 25 years.


June 3, 1853

Mrs. JAMES LIGON, living on Big Creek, Shelby Co., Tenn., recently gave birth to two sons and a daughter "at one birth." [Household of James A. LEGON, 35 years, in Civil District 2, Shelby Co., Tenn. U.S. Census, 1860, page 259, with Elizabeth, aged 35; Mary C., aged 12 years; Elizabeth, aged 7 years; William T., aged 5 years; James, aged 3 years; George, aged 6 months. If this is the household of the newspaper mention, the two sons must have died and the daughter, Elizabeth, survived. The census location and the location given in the newspaper are in the same locality. This couple married as James LIGGON and Elizabeth Ann Benson in Wilson Co., Tenn., March 25, 1846. They appear in the 1850 U.S. Census of that county, each 25 years old with Mary C., aged 2 years. They are buried in Bethuel Cemetery, no. Shelby Co., Tenn.: James A. LIGON (1825-1875) and E. A. LIGON (1826-1902).]


June 17, 1853

SARAH R. second daughter of Moses STEELE, Williamson Co., Tenn., died June 15, 1853 aged about 15 years.

Miss POLLY DAVIS died in residence of A. J. Taylor near Franklin, Tenn., May 26, 1853 aged about 70 years. Methodist.

Infant SON of William P. and Martha E. McDANIEL died Shelbyville, Tenn., May 30, 1853.


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June 24, 1853 [looks like June 2l on masthead]

FANNIE oldest daughter of Curtis and Mary T. STEVENS, formerly of near Franklin, Tenn., died Batesville, Ark., recently.

Major-General BENNETT RILEY died Buffalo, N.Y., June 10, 1853 aged 66 years; veteran of Mexican War.


July 1, 1853

Rev. P. P. GAYLE, Baptist preacher, died Clinton, Miss., June 8, 1853; had served his church in western Tennessee.

JOSEPH W. CHALMERS, lawyer, died Holly Springs, Miss., June 16, 1853.

Major WILLIAM H. BOWMAN died Madison Co., Miss., June 27, 1853 of flux.


July 8, 1853

SUSAN wife of Thomas HAYNES died near Franklin, Tenn., June 30, 1853 in 63rd year of her age.

REBECCA wife of William YOUNG born in Virginia, June 22, 1793; moved with parents to Williamson Co., Tenn.; died June 27, 1853.

FRANCISCO DE MOREJON only son of Colonel J. H. and Caroline Virginia McMAHAN, Memphis, Tenn., died June 30, 1853 aged 4 years, l month, 23 days [born May 7, 1849].


July 22, 1853

WILLIAM HICKMAN HILL, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died near Austin, Tex., June 15, 1853 in 66th year of his age.

ELIZA R. wife of Dr. Aaron C. WHITE, Spring Hill, Tenn., died July 12, 1853 in 25th year of her age.

STEPHEN BRADLEY died three miles east of Franklin, Tenn., July 14, 1853.

CHARLES A. BOND, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn. died Madison Co., Tenn., July 14, 1853. [His tombstone in Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Tenn. reveals that he was born in Williamson Co., Nov. 27, 1824 and died July 7, 1853. [Robert H. Cartmell's Diary, 1849-1858, noted his death as having occurred July 7, 1853 and his body was buried the next day.]


July 29, 1853

Dr. SAMUEL CROCKETT died Pulaski, Tenn., July 25, 1853 at a "ripe old age." Presbyterian. [His tombstone in the old city cemetery, Franklin, Tenn., reveals that he was born in 1775.]

JOHN HAMER died eight miles south of Franklin, Tenn., July 26, 1853 aged about 83 years.


August 5, 1853

JOHN HAMER died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 26, 1853 aged about 83 years. Methodist.

JAMES THOMPSON infant son of Alexander W. and Mariah M. GRAY died July 23, 1853.

VIRGINIA AUGUSTA second daughter of Gov. William B. and Fanny J. CAMPBELL died in Carthage, Tenn., July 22, 1853 aged 14 year, l month and 21 days old.

Hon. THOMAS P. (Free Tom) MOORE died Harrodsburg, Pa., July 21, 1853 aged 51 yrs.


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August 12, 1853

ROBERT youngest son of Francis G. and Martha RATCLIFFE died July 31, 1853 aged about 4 years.

JAMES J. third son of John KIRKPATRICK died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 4, 1853 in the 22nd year of his age.

Colonel J. J. GILL died Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 7, 1853; "old citizen."

JULIA ANN daughter of Thomas HOLT; wife of Robert Blake CARUTHERS died August 7, 1853.

ELIZABETH V. third daughter of Capt. John D. BENNETT died Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 8, 1853 aged about 15 years.

BENJAMIN FRANK fourth son of Robert C. FOSTER died Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 9, 1853 in 20th year of his age.

MARTHA second daughter of Colonel V. P. and Martha WINDER, Thebedaux, La., died Macon Co., Tenn., Aug. 7, 1853 aged about 16 years.

Mrs. ANDREW GREEN died during the funeral of her mother, Mrs. THOMAS, in Richmond, Va., July 17, 1853; wife and mother of two children.


August 19, 1853

JULIA A. daughter of Thomas Holt; wife of Robert B. CARUTHERS born June 28, 1830; married in November 1851; died August 7, 1853.

SALLIE wife of Dr. S. S. MAYFIELD died ten miles east of Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 17, 1853 aged about 48 years.

MARTHA E. daughter of Josiah NEVILS; wife of Charles S. SMITHSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 5, 1853 aged 24 years and 4 months and a few days.

SUSAN L. daughter of Richard CHEATHAM, dec.; wife of W. L. FOSTER died Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 16, 1853.

DANIEL FOUNTAIN WADE died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 15, 1853 aged about 55 years.

PRESLEY LESTER, about 13 years old, was killed by lightning near the new Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tenn., August 4, 1853.


August 26, 1853

RICHARD FORTSON died in residence of his father-in-law, Samuel Wilson in Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 18, 1853 aged about 22 years.


September 2, 1853

Infant SON of Colonel Charles and Mary A. STONE died Williamson Co., Tenn., August 27, 1853.

ORLANDO oldest child of Orlando AVERY died Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 28, 1853 aged 2 years, 9 months, 8 days [born January 20, 1850].


September 9, 1853

Rev. THOMAS MAGRUDER, New School Presbyterian preacher, died Madison Co., Miss., August 16, 1853.

Dr. JOHN B. GROVES and four of his daughters died in New Orleans, La. about Sept. 2, 1853; formerly of Columbia, Tennessee.


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September 16, 1853

WILLIAM MILAM born Shelby Co., Ky., Mar. 28, 1799; baptized as a Mormon, March 1832; died in Utah, Feb. 24, 1853; surviving were his widow and 5 children.

ELIZABETH W. daughter of Garner Jordon; wife of John A. HELM, died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 1, 1853 in 27th year of her age.

Dr. S. M. SHANNON, Williamson Co., Tenn., died Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 22, 1853 aged 40 years and 22 days.

SARAH E. daughter of William C. SEWARD, Rutherford Co., Tenn.; wife of Alphonzo ANDREWS died near Peytonville, Tenn., Aug. 29, 1853 aged about 19 years.


September 23, 1853

SAMUEL BOEHMS born July 4, 1774; died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 16, 1853; buried in old city cemetery, Franklin.

JOHN MOORE died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 17, 1853 aged about 35 years; 6 children.

SEARCY D. SHARP died Paw Paw Island, Miss. River, Aug. 29, 1853; formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn.

M. B. MURFREE, "old citizen," died near Murfreesboro, Tenn., on a recent Thursday.

H. [HARRY] R. W. HILL died in New Orleans, La., Sept. 17, 1853, yellow fever; formerly of Franklin, Tenn.


September 30, 1853

WILLIAM KENNEDY born North Carolina, April 13, 1755; died about ten miles SE of Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 13, 1853; veteran of Revolutionary War. [According to his war. service pension application, S 4468, this man was born in Culpeper Co., Va., April 1755; moved from Va. to N.C. and to Williamson Co. in 1818.]

CHARLES D. MOREHEAD died in New Orleans, La., Aug. 22, 1853. His wife, ELIZA MOREHEAD, died Aug. 19, 1853. Their children, CHARLES EDWIN MOREHEAD died Aug. 19, 1853 and EMMA A. MOREHEAD died Aug. 22, 1853; had been residents of Bowling Green, Kentucky.


October 7, 1853

SAMUEL ASA infant son of J. H. W. and Mary Jane ALLEN died Charlotte, Tenn., Sept. 26, 1853.

MARTHA E. J. MEACHEAM [sic] died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 17, 1853 aged 14 years, 9 months and 11 days [born September 6, 1839].


October 14, 1853

CHARLES L. NEELY, native of Virginia, died October 9, 1853 in 58th year of his age.


October 21, 1853

Hon. JOHN M. MAURY died near Natchez, Miss., Sept. 17, 1853 aged 49 years; lawyer.

JOHN WILSON, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Lawrence Co., Ala., Aug. 28, 1853 aged about 40 years.

R. W. H. BOSTICK died near Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 16, 1853 aged about 40 years.


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October 28, 1853

JAMES MAURY HARRIS died Port Hudson, Miss., Sept. 23, 1853 in 24th year of his age; lawyer; moved from Franklin, Tenn. to Miss. about 2 years previously.

Funeral of Mrs. MARY WALKER to be held at the old Baptist Church, Franklin, Tenn., October 30, 1853.


November 4, 1853

RACHEL E. youngest daughter of Armstead ATKINSON died Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 30, 1853 aged about 25 years.

SAMUEL McDOWELL, formerly of near Franklin, Tenn., died near Shelbyville, Tenn., Oct. 12, 1853 aged about 50 years.

ALFRED HUME died recently aged about 45 years [Nashville, Tenn.?]


November 11, 1853

JAMES BRYAN infant son of Timothy and Catharine SHEEHAN died Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1853 aged 17 months and 2 days old.

THOMAS H. PERKINS, recently of Franklin, Tenn., died Houston, Texas, Oct. 18, 1853.

ADELAIDE B. wife of Ely DODSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., November 3, 1853.

Rev. ROBERT BELL died Pontotoc, Miss., Oct. 9, 1853 in 83rd year of his age. Cumberland Presbyterian preacher.

GREEN NOLEN, native of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Haywood Co., Tenn., Oct. 7, 1853 aged 45 years; husband and father.


November 18, 1853

JEREMIAH FIELD died Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Nov. 10, 1853 aged about 70 years.

ADELINE B. wife of Ely DOTSON; youngest dau. of Elder Garner McCONNICO, died Williamson Co., Tenn., Nov. 4, 1853 aged 48 years lacking one month. Baptist. [In Nov. 11th issue she was called ADELAIDE DODSON.]

Resolutions of respect in memory of JEREMIAH ABBOT, "late" of Gorham, Maine, who died near Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 25, 1853; by the Hiram Masonic Lodge 7, Franklin; dated November 25, 1853.


December 16, 1853

ROSA wife of Thomas HOLT died about seven miles east of Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 9, 1853. Methodist.


December 23, 1853

EDWARD J. CARRELL, formerly editor of the Memphis EAGLE died New Orleans, La., of cholera, Nov. 28, 1853; native of Louisville, Kentucky.


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