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Mary Anderson
Died in Decatur Co., Indiana on the 19th of December, 1857, Mrs. Mary Anderson, wife of Samuel Anderson, in the 57th year of her age. Mrs. Anderson emigrated from Kentucky with her father, (a distinguished elder in the A. R. Church in its early history) and married shortly after she arrived. Although she and her husband had both been reared by pious parents, yet they did not connect themselves with the church for many years after their marriage; not because they did not have an attachment for the church of their fathers, and a desire to connect themselves with it long before they did, but because neither of them could conscientiously subscribe to the stringent law of the A. R. Church West, upon the vexed subject of slavery. But so soon as they met with a chance of connecting themselves with the A. R. Church under the care of the Southern Synod, they joyfully availed themselves of the opportunity, and had all their children baptized at once, except the eldest who was grown and married. Mrs. Anderson joined the A. R. Church at Clarksburg when it was organized by Rev. G. Gordon, some ten or twelve years ago. [Rev. A. S. Montgomery].  [Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Daniel Pope Cook
Cook, Daniel Pope, lawyer, died, Kentucky, Oct. 16, 1827, aged 33. Donated by Kim Torp 1843 Chicago City Directory "Obituary" Section for Early Chicago Settlers and other well-known citizens ["Directory of the city of Chicago, Illinois for 1843" Chicago: Fergus Print. Co., reprinted 1896; Sub. by KT]

Angus M. Gordon
Died, October 14th, 1846, at his father's residence, Elbert Co., Ga., Angus M. Gordon, aged about 21 years. He had returned only a short time from Kentucky (where he had spent two years in studies under the direction of his brothers, Revs. G. and N. M. Gordon) and made arrangements to repair to Erskine College at the commencement of the session in November following, with the expectation of entering the sophomore class while enjoying for a time, the society of his relatives and friends, he was taken with bilious fever. [Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Jane Gwyn
Died, June 11, 1857, Mrs. Jane Gwyn of Ebenezer congregation, Kentucky, aged eighty three years. The deceased, early in life, was married to Robert Gwyn, who died during the meeting of Synod among us in 1844, and settled on the farm where her life was spent. She was the mother of eleven sons and two daughters who became heads of families. [Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Mary Ann Guyn (Gwyn)
Died July 31, 1849 of cholera, after lingering ten days, Mrs. Mary Ann Guyn, wife of Robert Guyn, elder of Ebenezer congregation, Kentucky. … They were sisters. The first, while attending the sufferings of the other. [Excerpted from Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Robert Gwyn
Died March 11th of the effects of cholera, terminating in an affection of the lungs, Robert Gwyn, elder of the Ebenezer congregation, Kentucky. He was attacked in August last, just after the death of his wife, of the same disease. … A family of helpless children are thus bereaved. [Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Death of Mrs. Holt
The serious illness of the estimable wife of Postmaster General Holt has several times been alluded to in these columns in terms of regret. We are called upon now to stale the melancholy fact of her decease. She died on Tuesday evening, in this city, where she had not been many weeks returned from a sojourn in Florida for the benefit of her failing health. Her death-bed was surrounded by her sorrowing relatives, and was cheered by the consolations of religion, which also must serve to console her numerous afflicted living friends for the severe loss they sustain in losing this most estimable lady.  Mrs. Holt was a daughter of ex-Postmaster General Wickliffe, of Kentucky. Her funeral was attended yesterday, and her remains were placed on board the afternoon train, to be conveyed home to that State. We sympathize deeply with Postmaster General Holt, and the other bereaved relatives of the deceased, in their affliction. Constitution, 16th.  [Illinois State Democrat, Aug. 29, 1860; Submitted by Candi H.]

James McCrackin
Died at his residence in Decatur Co., Ind., October the 24th, 1857, in the 70th year of his age, Mr. James McCrackin. The subject of this notice was born and raised in Kentucky. In early life, he connected himself with the A. R. Church at Lexington, under the care of Rev. Adam Rankin. … Mr. McCrackin emigrated to the precise spot where he died upward of 30 years ago, when this country, now so densely populated, was a wilderness, he being among the first settlers. The main design for emigrating here, according to his own statement, was the earnest expectation of soon enjoying church privileges, a thing of which, he was about denied in that part of Kentucky in which he lived at the time of his removal. And it was not long cre this expectation bid fare [sic] to be realized, in as much as a considerable number of A. R. people moved out of Kentucky to his neighborhood, about and after the time he came, probably some few before. He and the rest went to work as one man and built a commodious log church, and obtained supplies from the A. R. Church West. But when they proceeded to form an organization, Mr. McCrackin could not obtain church privileges, in consequence of his views upon the subject of slavery, which were opposed to those of the Western A. R. Synod. Time and again he attempted to adjust and compromise the matter, so as to obtain membership, but all in vain, since he was still required to make an acknowledgement relative to the subject, which he could not conscientiously do. Finally he became disheartened at his abortive attempts and despaired of ever obtaining privileges in the A. R. Church West. Hence, he, in connection with some others, applied to individual members of the Southem Synod, to come and supply them. Rev. N. M. Gordon first visited them and after him Rev. G. Gordon, later eventually organized the Clarksburg Church, in which Mr. McCrackin was chosen a ruling elder. [Excerpted from Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

James McKeown
Mr. James McKeown, son of Samuel and Jenny McKeown of Chester District, S. C., was also killed at Drainesville, on the 20th ultimo., as is supposed by the same 1st Kentucky Regiment which made the mistake of firing into the South Carolina Regiment, supposing them to be the enemy [member of Hopewell]. [Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Richard H. Menefee
The Hon. Richard H. Meneeee [sic], died at his residence in Kentucky, on the 21st inst. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) - Friday, March 5, 1841; Sub. by JD]

Rev. W. W. Patton
Departed this life in St. Louis on Friday, the 6th of July, the Rev. W. W. Patton. … He fell victim to the cholera. Mr. Patton was born and raised in Cedar Spring, Abbeville District, S. C., graduated at Oxford, Ohio, studied theology at Erskine Seminary, Due West, was licensed by Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Synod of the South, and preached extensively in S. C., N. C., Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and in the winter of 1845 or 1846, in company with Rev. James M. Young of Alabama, by direction of Synod, explored Texas. Wishing to effect a settlement of the North or West, he spent the spring and part of the summer of last year in New York and New England. Thence through Ohio to St. Louis. Thence to Springfield, Ohio where he spent the winter. In the month of June, he returned to St. Louis, and there fell a victim to the plague. His age was about 26 or 27. [Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Alexander Reid
Died on the 5th of January, 1851, Hon. Alexander Reid, in the __ year of his age. He was a native of Kentucky; but emigrated to Lincoln County, Mo. at the time of organizing the congregation at Mount Zion, Mo., he was elected and ordained to the office of ruling elder. … At the time of the last canvass, he was elected as a Representative in the State Legislature, and accordingly he took his seat in the Legislative Halt at Jefferson City on the last Monday of December, but on the Wednesday following he was attacked with pneumonia and died on the 8th day.[Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices From the Christian Magazine of the South, the Erskine Miscellany, and the Due West Telescope, 1843-1863]

Judge Todd
The last Mail from the West brought the news of the death of Judge Todd, one of the associate Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a gentleman as distinguished for his amiability and rectitude in private life as for his ability in the line of his public duty. – Nat. Inte.
Thomas Todd (January 23, 1765 – February 7, 1826) was an American attorney and U.S. Supreme Court justice. Raised in the Colony of Virginia, he studied law and later participated in the founding of Kentucky, where he served as a clerk, judge, and justice. He was married twice and had a total of eight children. Todd joined the U.S. Supreme Court in 1807 and his handful of legal opinions there mostly concerned land claims. – WIKIPEDIA [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 1, 1826 - Submitted by NP; May 2010]

Robert Trimble
Died on Monday the 25th ult. in Kentucky, Robert Trimble, Esq., one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, September 24, 1828; Sub. by NP]

 


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