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January 5, 1855

LOUISA fourth daughter of William M. WRIGHT died near Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1854.

SAMUEL D. WILSON, SR. died December 31, 1854.

RICHARD D. third son of John T. COOK, dec., died Dec. 2l, 1854 aged about 20 yrs.


January 19, 1855

ARCHIBALD LYTLE born Orange County, North Carolina, January 4, 1778; his father was killed at the battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War in September 1777; his mother then married John Nichols and the family moved near to Nashville, Tennessee; he graduated from the University of N.C. about 1801; married Martha Duke (died 1820), Warren Co., N.C.; after her death he married Elizabeth Cole, 1821. Methodist. Died Williamson Co., Tenn., January 12, 1855.

SAMUEL second son of Samuel S. and Sarah J. HOUSE died Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 13, 1855.


February 9, 1855

Bishop WILLIAM CAPERS, native of St. Thomas Parish, South Carolina; alumnus, South Caroline College; became a leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South [elected a bishop in 1846]; died on a recent Monday [Jan. 29, 1855].


February 16, 1855

LOULIE daughter of Robert W. and Harriet S. McLEMORE died of scarlet fever, January 18, 1855 aged 1 year and 11 months [born in February 1853].


March 9, 1855

JOHN CHADWELL born January 20, 1794; died Williamson Co., Tenn., Feb. 18, 1855.


March 16, 1855

SOPHIA wife of Joshua HARRISON committed suicide in residence of her son-in-law, Dr. R. B. Rucker near Middleton, Tenn., Mar. 3, 1855. Presbyterian.


March 30, 1855

ROBERT CARSON born Campbell Co., Va.; moved to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1815; died February 22, 1855.


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ALEXANDER K. McCLUNG, Jackson, Mississippi, "blew out his brains, "earlier this month;" a remarkable man, "he had been a graduate of West Point Military Academy; colonel in Mexican War and an able lawyer.

Infant SON of Thomas and Mary Ann SCRUGGS died near Franklin, Tenn., March 25, 1855 aged about 14 months.


April 13, 1855

A. W. WOLDRIDGE died Franklin, Tenn., April 10, 1855 aged about 33 years; surviving were his widow and one child.


April 20, 1855

ELIZABETH CABLE wife of Thomas HELME born Duchess Co., N. Y., 1800; moved to Tenn., 1814; contributor of articles to several magazines; died near Peytonville, Tenn., April 12, 1855.


April 27, 1855

On April 19, 1855 GEORGE RIDLEY killed MORDECAI JONES, both reportedly drunk, about 7 miles east of Franklin, Tennessee.

PRICE GRAY died Williamson Co., Tenn., April 13, 1855 in the 69th year of his age; husband and father.

FANNY D. daughter of E. L. JORDAN, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., in Murfreesboro, Tenn. died April 14, 1855.


May 11, 1855

Mrs. AINSLEY McMAHON died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 5, 1855. Presbyterian.


May 18, 1855

CHORAH ANN died May 4, 1855 and SAMUELLA died May 8, 1855; both daughters of Joseph A. and Elizabeth BOEHMS. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


May 25, 1855

NICHOLAS KNIGHT died in Nashville, Tenn., May 21, 1855 after being kicked by a horse.


June 8, 1855

MAY [sic] TRICE, an older man, died Montgomery Co., Tenn., May 15, 1855.


June 15, 1855

SAMUEL GREER, editor of the Jonesboro, Tenn. JOURNAL AND VISITOR died in Jonesboro, May 23, 1855.

[His death not chronicled in the REVIEW but buried in old city cemetery, Franklin, Tenn.: JAMES Y. BLACK, Dec. 13, 1852-June 5, 1855.]


July 20, 1855

BOYD M. NICHOLSON, SR. died Franklin, Tenn., July 15, 1855 in 55th year of his age.

R. N. NICHOLSON died Nashville, Tenn., July 16, 1855 in 50th year of his age.

MARTHA E. wife of R. B. CAROTHERS, Williamson Co., Tenn.; daughter of James F. FLETCHER, near Rutherford, Tenn., died July 10, 1855.


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August 3, 1855

JANE widow of Captain John WATSON died seven miles SW of Franklin, Tenn., July 31, 1855.

Infant SON of Thomas K. and Lucy HANDY died Franklin, Tenn., July 31, 1855 aged about 6 months.


August 17, 1855

LEANNA daughter of William and Lucy DODSON died in Williamson Co., Tenn., recently.


August 31, 1855

TRISTRAM PATTON died nine miles south of Franklin, Tenn., August 21, 1855. Born in South Carolina, January 31, 1769; moved to Kentucky, 1794; to Davidson Co., Tenn., 1796; to Williamson Co., Tenn., 1801. Presbyterian. Surviving were his widow and children.


September 7, 1855

MILDRED wife of Solomon ODEN, Sr., died Williamson Co., Tenn., August 3, 1855 in the 63rd year of her age; wife and mother.

Mrs. MARY CHILDRESS died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 18, 1855; born in Henrico Co., Virginia, August 14, 1774.

MELINDA daughter of Armstead ATKINSON died Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 21, 1855. Presbyterian.

JOHN EDDY only son of Major William D. BRADLEY died August 26, 1855.


September 14, 1855

SUSAN wife of Clement PENNINGTON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 9, 1855 aged about 62 years.

THOMAS J. son of John P. and Julia A. TALLEY died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 31, 1855 aged about 8 years.

LUCIEN second son of James SWANSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 7, 1855 in the 24th year of his age; a tribute to his memory by the students of the Harpeth Male Academy; undated. [Another encomium to his memory published in the September 21 issue]


September 21, 1855

Dr. JOSEPH J. PUGH died Hinds Co., Miss., Aug. 31, 1855 of yellow fever.

ERMINE P. daughter of J. A. and L. C. MALONE died Williamson Co., Tenn., Aug. 17, 1855 aged 14 months and 12 days old.


September 28, 1855

E. P. McGENTY, editor of the TRUE WHIG, Nashville, Tenn., died a few days ago in the 38th year of his age.

Colonel R. POWELL, merchant of New Orleans, La., died there a few days ago; member of the Tennessee legislature, 1845. [RICHARD ROWELL PTOLEMY POWELL, born Halifax Co., N.C., Dec. 8, 1795; died January 13, 1855. Served in Tennessee House of Representatives, 1833-1835. State Senate, 1845.]


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FRANCES ANN wife of William D. BRADLEY died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 16, 1855.

MARY F. only daughter of Carey A. (dec.) and Martha F. Harris; wife of John H. Handy; died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 22, 1855.

ELIZABETH widow of Archibald LYTLE died Williamson Co., Tenn., Sept. 25, 1855.

JOHN W. HODGE died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1855 aged about 60 years.

ELIZABETH wife of Captain Henry BRIDGES died Sewanee House, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 26, 1855.


October 5, 1855

WILMOTH wife of Henry POINTER died ten miles south of Franklin, Tenn., October 1, 1855.


October 19, 1855

THOMAS PETTERS, JR. born October 13, 1830; died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 1, 1855.

MARTHA MERRITT daughter of Robert and Rachael JOHNSTON born Nov. 23, 1813; married B. B. MERRITT, Mar. 25, 1845; joined Methodist Church, 1836; died July 5, 1855.


October 26, 1855

ANNIS wife of Joseph MOTHEREL died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 17, 1855. [Repeat notice, Nov. 23, 1855; spelled ANNAS S. MOTHERAL in this issue. Cumberland Presbyterian]

MARY E. wife of Rev. William BROWN died Giles Co., Tenn., Oct. 19, 1855; daughter of Mrs. Lemiza HILL, Williamson Co., Tenn.


November 2, 1855

MARGARET A. wife of Donald CAMERON; daughter of William and Margaret Ewing, Davidson Co., Tenn.; died Oct. 28, 1855 aged about 38 years, Presbyterian. [Her tombstone in old city cemetery, Franklin reveals her birth date, December 11, 1815. See page 33, this publication.]


November 23, 1855

Mrs. JANE H. CARSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 14, 1855 in 63rd year of her age. Methodist.

The Williamson County, Tennessee COURTHOUSE was in the process of being demolished. [Cornerstone of new courthouse was laid July 4, 1856].


December 11, 1855

Resolutions of respect in memory of Dr. FERDINAND STITH, recently deceased; by the Franklin, Tenn. physicians; dated Dec. 10, 1855. Elsewhere noted that Dr. Stith died in Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 8, 1855 aged about 68 years.


December 21, 1855

Mrs. MARY JANE BROOKS daughter of John P. and Margaret McKAY born March 1830; died December 14, 1855.

JOHN H. son of William BURNS died Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 11, 1855 in 24th year of his age.


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January 4, 1856

An old bachelor, JOHN RENEGAR was found dead, apparently from starvation, in an old smokehouse on Stevens Creek, Lincoln Co., Tenn., Dec. 20, 1855.


January 12, 1856

NICHOLAS youngest son of W. O. N. and Martha PERKINS died Jan. 9, 1856 aged about 8 years. [His tombstone dates: Sept. 26, 1847-January 9, 1856.]

THOMAS PARKES, SR., late of Franklin, Tenn., died Coffee Landing, Hardin Co., Tenn., January 4, 1856.

Dr. SAMUEL CALDWELL died Maury Co., Tenn., January 3, 1856 aged about 60 years.

EVAN B. ORMES died Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec. 26, 1855; "old citizen."


January 25, 1856

Major R. A. WILLIAMSON, superintendent of the Memphis and Ohio Railroad was standing on the steps of a car as the train was starting out of the station [Memphis?] and when the train passed through a bridge his head was struck, "dashing out his brains," January 18, 1856.


February 1, 1856

Mrs. ELIZABETH GUY died Williamson Co., Tenn., Jan. 3, 1856 in the 96th year of her age; moved from Virginia to Tenn. in 1811. Baptist.


February 15, 1856

MARTHA JANE daughter of Jordan A. MALONE born Mar. 29, 1839; died Feb. 4, 1856.

ELIZA T. PEAY born Nov. 24, 1840; died from burn injuries, Jan. 8, 1856.

ABRAM NORTH died in residence of his son, Rev. Henry C. North, Feb. 7, 1856 aged 94 years.

Mrs. [ ] PARKER died in residence of her son, Robert Parker, Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 7, 1856.

Mrs. [Alethia] PARRISH died Feb. 6, 1856.

Mrs. NEWTON GREER burned to death January 24, 1856.

[A portion of this issue missing, perhaps in which was noted the death of BENJAMINE ASBURY RUCKER, born June 9, 1790 and died in Williamson Co., Tenn., February 9, 1856. HISTORY OF THE RUCKER FAMILY by Edythe R. Whitley, Nashville, 1927, page 30]


February 22, 1856

Mrs. ALETHIA PARRISH died near Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 6, 1856 in the 54th year of her age; moved to Williamson Co., 1829; wife and mother.


February 8, 1856

PATRICK H. OTEY committed suicide by drowning himself in the Cumberland River, February 7, 1856; son of John H. Otey of Franklin, Tenn.


February 29, 1856

Mrs. ROBERT H. CROCKETT wife of the editor of the Brownsville, Tenn. WESTERN LOCOMOTIVE; died in that town, Feb. 14, 1856 in 20th year of her age; surviving were her widower and one infant daughter.

Colonel JAMES FULTON died Fayetteville, Tenn., Feb. 16, 1856 in 58th year of his age, of typhoid fever.


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ANNIE HOLLOWAY wife of Willis R. GREEN died Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 22, 1856 in the 30th year of her age.

Miss NANCY JEFFRIES JORDAN daughter of Garner Mc. JORDAN died Feb. 17, 1856 in the 23rd year of her age.

CAROLINA LEE HENTZ, authoress, died Mariana, Florida, Feb. 16, 1856 of consumption.


March 14, 1856

DAVID PARK died Memphis, Tenn., March 6, 1856.

Major ANDREW GUTHRIE died Jackson, Tenn., February 25, 1856. [His tombstone, Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, reveals that he died Feb. 25, 1856 in 44th year of his age.]

JEANNIE wife of William H. JARMON; daughter of Daniel German, died March 8, 1856 in 24th year of her age.


March 21, 1856

ELIJAH WILLIAMS died Williamson Co., Tenn., Feb. 26, 1856 aged about 82 years.

HARVEY oldest son of David JOHNSON, formerly of Williamson Co., Tenn., died Maury Co., Tenn., March 4, 1856 of consumption.


March 28, 1856

MARY widow of Elder John ATKISON (who died April 2, 1837), born Cumberland County, Virginia, February 17, 1758; died March 18, 1856; moved to Maury Co., Tenn., 1811 and two years later to Williamson Co., Tenn.

Colonel JOHN PRYOR PERKINS died in residence of brother-in-law, Colonel Thomas Moore, Williamson Co., Tenn., March 14, 1856.

TABITHA youngest daughter of John and Tabitha RICHARDSON died Franklin, Tenn., March 14, 1856 aged about 4 years.

WILLIAM BROWN died Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 18, 1856 in the 86th year of his age.


April 11, 1856

JAMES HANNAH, a young man, shot and killed himself "on Friday last."


April 18, 1856

JOHN R. CRIBBS, an older man, was shot and killed by his son, in Gibson Co., Tenn., April 8, 1856; both allegedly "under the influence of liquor."

Mrs. B. N. widow of Dr. L. O'BRYAN, Franklin, Tenn., died in Nashville, Tenn., April 7, 1856 in the 52nd year of her age. Presbyterian.


May 9, 1856

GABRIEL H. KINNARD died in residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Parrish, near Peytonville, Tenn., April 25, 1856 in the 19th year of his age.

MATTIE C. daughter of M. G. GOCEY died Peytonville, Tenn., Apr. 9, 1856 in the 3rd year of her age.


May 16, 1856

GUSTAVUS "Gusty" son of B. F. DODSON died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 6, 1856 aged 6 years and 5 months.


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June 13, 1856

Mrs. NANCY WALTERS born Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, August 10, 1783; died in Williamson Co., Tenn., May 7, 1856; moved to Tennessee in 1818.

SUSAN wife of Samuel PERKINS died near Triune, Tenn., June 6, 1856.

Colonel ROBERT SMITH died near Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 8, 1856.

GEORGE HUGHES son of James Hughes died Williamson Co., Tenn., May 20, 1856 aged 23 years.

WILLIAM son of James B. HILL died Williamson Co., Tenn., recently, aged about 24 years.

The deaf and dumb son of John H. WILSON, Williamson Co., Tenn., died of accidental gunshot wound, June 6, 1856.

DAVE, a slave of Major William MANEY, Franklin, Tenn., killed his overseer, James M. PEAK, Madison Co., Miss., May 30, 1856.


June 27, 1856

Colonel OCTAVIUS C. HATCHER died Franklin, Tenn., June 21, 1856 aged about 40 years. Resolutions of respect in his memory by Hiram Masonic Lodge 7; dated June 23, 1856.

The WIDOW of Robert HILL, Williamson Co., Tenn., died June 24, 1856.


July 18, 1856

JOSEPH W. [WINLOCK] CARTER died Winchester, Tenn. July 11, 1856; recent member of the Tennessee legislature [House of Representatives, 1855-1856].

AUGUSTINE S. daughter of Gabrael and Villa LOW died near Peytonville, Tenn., July 6, 1856 in the 12th year of her age.


July 25, 1856

REBECCA A. B. daughter of John LITTLE born Dec. 22, 1837; died near Franklin, Tenn., July 16, 1856.

JANE wife of John N. HOUSE died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 10, 1856 aged about 30 years. Cumberland Presbyterian.


August 8, 1856

ELIZABETH wife of Henry EELBECK died Franklin, Tenn., July 3l, 1856; cancer. Methodist. Buried in old city cemetery, Franklin.


August 15, 1856

THOMAS SLAUGHTER son of W. D. N. PERKINS, Franklin, Tenn., died Aug. 13, 1856 in the 18th year of his age. [His tombstone dates in old city cemetery, Franklin: January 28, 1839-August 13, 1856.]

HENRIETTA daughter of Mrs. Martha LESTER died Williamson Co., Tenn., July 27, 1856 aged 4 years and 17 days.

JAMES son of Jordan SWEENY died Franklin, Tenn., August 5, 1856.

Colonel JONAS E. THOMAS died Maury Co., Tenn. last week.

JOHN E. STEVENSON, Maury Co., Tenn., died Lawrence Co., Tenn., recently, aged 62 years.


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August 22, 1856

VIRGINIA A. daughter of Mrs. Mary G. BROWN died in Franklin, Tenn., Aug. 18, 1856 aged about 13 years.

MALVINA daughter of Alex. C. EWING; wife of H. B. TITCOMB, died Columbia, Tenn., August 18, 1856 aged about 20 years [notice repeated in Sept. 5, 1856 issue].

JESSE MAXWELL died Davidson Co., Tenn., Aug. 17, 1856 aged about 55 years.


September 19, 1856

HINCHEY PETWAY died September 6 or 13, 1856.

WILLIAM J. son of James G. and Mary E. MOORE died Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 14, 1856.

EUGENIA A. daughter of Dr. S. J. and Elmira KENNEDY; wife of Major George T. ALLMAN died Cornersville, Tenn., Sept. 9, 1856.


September 26, 1856

DANIEL WESLEY BOONE, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., died in residence of his brother, M. BOONE, Spring Hill, Tenn., Sept. 18, 1856; born Oct. 19, 1828; surviving were his widow and two children and an "aged" father. Baptist.


October 10, 1856

SARAH wife of William J. McCLELLAN, Burleson Co., Texas, died in residence of George McClellan, five miles south of Franklin, Tenn., Oct. 6, 1856; surviving were her widower and two children.

Resolutions of respect in memory of Dr. JOSEPH PATTON, recently deceased; by a Masonic lodge; undated.


October 24, 1856

Hon. JOHN L. MARLING, U.S. Minister to Guatemala died recently in the 30th year of his age; surviving were his widow and two children.


November 7, 1856

VIRGINIA C. youngest daughter of Mrs. R. G. ELLIS died Williamson Co., Tenn., Oct. 23, 1856 aged about 3 years.

JOSEPH HENRY SCALES died near Triune, Tenn., October 30, 1856.

ADVELLA wife of William CARTWRIGHT died Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 4, 1856 aged about 25 years.


November 14, 1856

Major M. B. WINCHESTER died in Memphis, Tenn. last week. [MARCUS BRUTUS WINCHESTER. May 28. 1796-November 2/3, 1856; long-time postmaster and mayor of Memphis, March 1827-March 1829.]

General JAMES THOMPSON born February 14, 1768; died Washington City [D.C.], recently; probably the oldest freemason in the nation.


November 21, 1856

Colonel PARRY WASHINGTON PORTER, native of Maury Co., Tenn., died Memphis, Tenn., November 7, 1856; inventor of the Porter rifle.


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December 19, 1856

Mrs. [ ] SMITH died Franklin, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1856 aged 98 years.

JAMES HARVEY MERRILL died Dec. 13, 1856 aged about 35 years; resolutions of respect in his memory by Franklin Lodge 4, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; dated December 14, 1856 published in December 26, 1856 issue.





April 16, 1857

Mrs. JUDITH JONES died Williamson Co., Tenn., Mar. 18, 1857 in 75th year of her age.

Mrs. MARY BUFORD died April 6, 1856.


July 16, 1857

SARAH wife of Richard BEALE died Williamson Co., Tenn., June 28, 1857 aged about 64 years.



March 18, 1858

Mrs. MARTHA W. WHITE died near Franklin, Tenn., March 12, 1858 aged about 45 years.

[In a missing issue, the following death would surely have been mentioned; buried in the old city cemetery, Franklin, Tenn.: In memory of MARY ANN BOEHMS Born May 8th 1785 Died March 30th 1858.]


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