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GILBERT S. ABEL , 77, 701 Barton Street, Johnson City, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Abel was a lifelong resident of Washington County and a son of the late Gilbert and Lucy Gobble Abel. He was also preceded in death by a son, Gerald Michael Abel, three brothers and a sister. Mr. Abel was a pastor of area churches for over 30 years and was a decorated World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church and attended Second Baptist Church in Jonesborough. He was a member of the Watauga Masonic Lodge #622 and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the York Rite Masonic Body. He was a member of the Appalachian Ministers Association. Survivors include his wife, Grace Edith Abel; a daughter, Judy Broyles, Johnson City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Linda Abel and Pastor Terry and Connie Abel, all of Johnson City; three sisters, Gertrude Campbell, Mary Ruth France and Grace Whitson, all of Johnson City; six grandchildren, Lisa Broyles Jubenville and her husband, Douglas, Columbia, S.C., Larry Abel Jr., Bristol, Deanna Abel Johnson and her husband, Rick, Elizabethton, Joy Abel, Hannah Abel and Rebekah Abel, all of Johnson City; and three great-grandchildren, Kelsey Johnson, Lauren Jubenville and Keaton Johnson. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

ABEL -- Funeral services for Gilbert S. Abel, 77, 701 Barton Street, Johnson City, who died Tuesday, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Rich Acres Free Will Baptist Church where the body will lie in state one hour prior to the services. Rev. Randy Johnson, Rev. Lenny Smith and Rev. Richard Kelly will officiate. Interment will follow at Monte Vista Burial Park. Active pallbearers will be Gary Smith, Mike Abel, Byrl Clark, John McDonald, C.B. Johnson, Earl Hughes, James Whitson and Richard '"'Chuck'"' Kelly. Honorary pallbearers will be Pastor Bill Greer and members of Keystone Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Bob Davis and members of Rich Acres Free Will Baptist Church, members and friends of Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church, members and friends of Second Baptist Church of Jonesborough, members and friends of Woodby Hills Free Will Baptist Church, Earl Hanley, Ralph Workman and Rev. Brownlow Vines. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to your home church building fund. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 17, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


ELIZABETH AIKEN - Departed this life, in this village, on Tuesday morning the 7th inst., after an illness of some weeks, MRS. ELIZABETH AIKEN, the widowed Mother of Col. John A. Aiken, in the 74th year of her age. The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania, but has resided in this county for the last 55 years. She has been a pious and exemplary member of the Presbyterian church, for the last half a century; and her numerous friends have the consoling hope, that as she died in the faith, "so she now rests from her labors." Ardent & enthusiastic in her devotion to the cause of God, and of humanity, her mind was continually engaged in schemes of active benevolence, which she urged with untiring zeal. She was a kind wife - an affectionate mother - an obliging neighbor - and devoted friend. But hurried as we are, we must leave to another pen the duty of defineating her character, and of doing it that justice it so richly merits. Alast our parents and children, neighbors and friends, old and young, are daily falling around us. The destroying angel is daily invading our sanctuaries and the manly forms of those who but a few days ago walked erect in the conscious vigor of life, are becoming masses of pulseless clay.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 08, 1843; Issue 26; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers



JNO. A. ANDERSON - JOHNSON CITY, May 15. – Jno. A. Anderson, of Buffalo, Carter county, died today of liver complaint, at his home, aged sixty-five years. Mr. Anderson was one of the best farmers and traders in upper East Tennessee and had accumulated a large landed estate in Unicoi, Carter and Washington counties, the bulk of which he deeded during his life time to his six children. His only daughter, Jennie, is the wife of Congressman A. A. Taylor.
Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune (16 May 1889) - transcribed by, Marla Zwakman


DR. E. ARMSTRONG, the oldest physician in Washington county, died at his residence in Jonesboro last Saturday morning. He was born in 1812 in Washington county and resided there all his life. He was a successful physician and continued in active practice until about twelve years ago. He leaves six children, among them John A. Armstrong, bookkeeper for Cowan McClung & Co., of this city.
Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune (19 Feb. 1894) - transcribed by, Marla Zwakman

THOMAS A. BERRY , 52, 182 Heather Lane, Johnson City, died Monday, March 29, 1999, at Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Berry was a native of Washington County and had lived most of his life in this area. He was a son of the late Leroy Anson and Rosa Triplett Berry. Mr. Berry was a salesman with Crown Coffee Vending Company, Church Hill, and a member of the Kingsport unit of the Army National Guard. He attended Knob Creek Church of the Brethren. He had been active with the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department with umpiring and scorekeeping. Survivors include his very special companion, Jan Lowe, Johnson City; a sister, Mrs. Harlis (Rosalie) Cox, Kingsport; and a brother, Leroy A. Berry, Cocoa, Fla. Seven nieces and nephews also survive. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

BERRY -- Funeral services for Thomas A. "Tom" Berry, 52, 182 Heather Lane, Johnson City, who died Monday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday from the Morris-Baker North Chapel with Dr. Michael Oaks and Rev. Bo Deaton officiating. Interment will follow graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday at Monte Vista Burial Park. The family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the graveside services. For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Medical Center Hospice, 1807 W. Market Street, Johnson City, Tenn. 37604, or the American Cancer Society, c/o Nora Hardin, Memorial Chairman, 6484 Highway 11-E, Piney Flats, Tenn. 37686. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and other hours at the residence. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 31, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


SARAH BEWLY - Died - On the 10th ult., Mrs. Sarah Bewly, wife of Jacob M. Bewly, Esq., of this county, aged about 45.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 15, 1843; Issue 27; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


CHANEY BOREN, an aged and repectable citizen of this county, died at his residence on Brush Creek, on Friday last.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, March 15, 1843; Issue [44]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


BENJAMIN BOYD - In Jonesboro'. Tenn., on the 7th inst. Benjamin Boyd.
The Weekly Nashville Union, (Nashville, TN) Wednesday, January 22, 1845; Issue 34; col F - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


LOUISA BOYD - Died, on Saturday night, 29th ult., after an illness of 24 hours, in her 5th year, LOUISA, daughter of Jeremiah Boyd.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 01, 1843; Issue 25; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


MARY M. BOYD - In this place, on the 6th inst., Mary M., infant daughter of Jeremiah & Mary Boyd.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, October 12, 1842; Issue 22; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


THOMAS D. BOYD - Died of Fever, in this town, Saturday the 15th, THOMAS D. BOYD, in the 20th year of his age.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, October 19, 1842; Issue 23; col C - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


LUCY VIRGINIA BRITT , 84, 103 Cochran Road, Jonesborough, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. Mrs. Britt was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late William and Amanda Bowers Hopson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Fred Britt, April 28, 1980, four brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Britt had lived in Jonesborough since 1987. She was an employee of the Burger King, Boones Creek. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Britt, Jonesborough; several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Ralph Hopson; and a special friend, William E. Carr. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

BRITT -- Graveside services for Mrs. Lucy Virginia Britt, 84, 103 Cochran Road, Jonesborough, who died Tuesday, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Mr. Eddie Craft and Mr. Ed DeVault officiating. Interment will follow the service. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Friday, will be Eddie Carr, Willie Campbell, Ralph Hopson, Willard Lovelace, Joe Allgood and Eddie McKeehan. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 31, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


JOHN WILDS BROWN - Died, In this place, on Thursday 12th inst., JOHN WILDS, son of James and Margaret Brown, aged 11 months 8 days.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, August 18, 1841; Issue 14; col D; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


SARAH ELLEN BROWN - DIED in this place on Tuesday morning 7th inst., of Scarlet Fever, SARAH ELLEN, infant daughter of James and Margaret Brown, aged 10 months. This is the second child these parents have lost during the prevailing sickness. In the midst of their severe afflictions, they have the consoling hope that their children sleep in Jesus.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 08, 1843; Issue 26; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


EDGAR LEE BUCK , 74, 4214 Englewood East, Johnson City, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, at the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center following an extended illness. Mr. Buck was a native of Washington County and a son of the late Ira N. and Mary Ruth Jenkins Buck. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Odell Buck. Mr. Buck was a retired employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 917, Chattanooga. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Boone Trail Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary Stalcup Buck; a son and daughter-in-law, William N. and Sherri Buck, Johnson City; two sisters, Faye Miller, Narvon, Pa., and Francis Hicks, Jonesborough; three brothers, J.D. Buck and Arthur Buck, both of Johnson City, and Arnold Buck, Jonesborough; and a grandson, Zachary Morgan Buck. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

BUCK -- Funeral services for Edgar Lee "Ed" Buck, 74, 4214 Englewood East, Johnson City, who died Sunday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ira Cunningham officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Monte Vista Burial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, will be Heyward Sell, Bob Wilson, Carroll Matherly, Gene Flanagan, Gene Gouge, Don Wyner, Pat McQueen and Bill Dance. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Boucher, Larry McCracken, Orlis Franses and Charles Muse. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 23, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


RICHARD CARR, Esq. - Died, At his residence in this county, on Saturday night, the 29th ult., after a short but painful illness, Richard Carr, Esq., in the 60th year of his age. Mr. Carr was an estimable citizen, and his death is much regretted. He was a kind husband, an indulgent parent, and an obliging neighbor. Withal he was a worthy member of the Baptist Church, and has gone from the evils of this life to a better.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 01, 1843; Issue 25; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers
Departed this life, at his residence in this county, on Saturday night, the 29th ult. after a short but painful illness, RICHARD CARR Esq., in the 61st year of his age. The deceased has left behind a widow and seven children to lament their irreparable loss - the loss to them, of one, whose death was as sudden as it was unexpected and afflicting. The deceased was a kind husband, an indulgent parent, and an obliging neighbor. He was truly endowed with a most agreable disposition, excellent sense, sound principles and a benevolent turn of mind - and, above all Christian piety and meekness, in the possesion of which he died; He had been for 30 years a member of the Baptist Church, and died as he had lived, a pious and happy man. He told his friends around his bed side not to mourn after him, that he was going from the evils of this life, to the joys of paradise. He was born and raised in this county, and his worth is known to our citizens. Peace to the ashes of so good a man!
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 08, 1843; Issue 26; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ADELAIDE CARTER - DIED - In Jonesborough, on Thursday night last, in the eighth year of her age, Adelaide, only daughter of Hon. W. B. Carter. And on the next day, her remains were brought to the residence of her father, near this village, and interred - attended by the neighbors and friends of her parents, both of whom were absent at Washington - having left their interesting little daughter, in usual heath, and in the care of her sister, Mrs. Gillespie.
By this afflicting dispensation of providence, Gen. Carter and his lady, are left to mourn the loss of that, which, above all other considerations, was dear to them - the fond idol of their bosoms.
It will be a consolation to them, however, to know, that their little daughter had every attention which could be paid her - and last, though not least, in point of importance, while they mourn her loss, it will be a source of comfort to know, that her tranquil little spirit, has winged its mystic flight to the bosom of God, the home of the soul, and a calm and welcome retreat from the cares and vicisitud's of life.
Tennessee Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Thursday, December 12, 1839; Issue 31; col C


ELIJAH CLICK - DIED - At Brien's Works on Sunday, 22d ultimo, ELIJAH CLICK, formerly of Scott county Va.
Tennessee Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Thursday, October 03, 1839; Issue 21; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


GREENE ALEXANDER COALTER - Died - In this county on Wednesday the 25th ult., after an illness sixteen days, Mr. Greene Alexander Coalter, son of Mr. James Coalter, in the 21st year of his age. He has left a kind Father and Mother together with affectionate Sisters and Brothers, to mourn his loss.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 15, 1843; Issue 27; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers



CAPT. R. K. COLLINS, late of the 29th Illinois Volunteer infantry, died at Johnson City Monday night. He was a gallant soldier and was promoted to the rank of captain for meritorious conduct at the siege of Vicksburg in 1863. His remains will be taken in charge by Ed Maynard post No. 14, of this place. The internment will be in the National cemetery, with the ceremonies of the Grand Army. Capt. Collins was also a Knight Templar Mason, we learn.
Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune (30 Jan. 1889) - transcribed by, Marla Zwakman

WILLIAM CRAWFORD - In this town on Thursday last, of Fever William Crawford, in the 15th year of his age. We had no acquaintance with young Mr. Crawford, but all who knew him testify to his worth and aimable disposition.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, July 22, 1840; Issue [11]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


MISS LETTA L. CUNNINGHAM, 76 820 W. 4th Str., Dixon, IL (Lee County), died Thursday evening at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Allen-Huckley Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Shepperd, pastor of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Creek Township (Ogle County). Friends may call at the funeral home from 2o-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. A memorial in her memory has been established. Miss Cunningham was born on August 6, 1894 in Washington County, Tenn., the daughter of Thomas and Lillie Sweacker Cunnhingham. She moved to Polo in 1903 and then into Dixon about 1919, where she has resided since. She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and president of the Ladies Aid Society. Miss Cunningham is survived by three sisters: Mrs. Maude Sheeley, RR, Mt. Morris; Mrs. Ethel Nettz and Mrs. Mae Cooley, both of Dixon; three brothers, John, Polo, George, Waterloo, Iowa, and Gordon of RR, Polo, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank, and one sister, Addie.
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 2, 1971 - Saturday, pg 2
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor
melvataylor1@comcast.net


JOHN F. DAILY -- Departed this transitory life, on the 11th inst., in the eighteenth year of his age, at the house of Thomas Gardner, ten miles west of Pikeville, Tenn., John F. Daily, eldest son of Doct. H. Daily of this village.
The deceased, with others, had been to Alabama on business, and was returning home, when he was violently attacked with the fever, which, in the short space of eleven days, terminated his earthly career, and deprived his affectionate, but now deeply afflicted parents and other relatives, of a kind and obedient son, and an agreeable friend.
It is deemed unnecessary to enter into a particular account of the infancy, childhood, and riper days of the subject of this memoir. Through moral, and acting under the influence of religious training, we infer, as a gives point, that he was a sinner in common with other youths, until God in his mercy, spoke his sins forgiven. However, at the time of his death, and for some considerable time previous, he was an acceptable, and exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and his friends have no reason to doubt, but that their loss in his infinite gain.
What a striking illustration of the importance, of obedience to the injunction, "Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth." And how true those lines:-

Thus man, the sport of bliss and care,
Rises on time's eventful sea;
And having swell'd a moment there,
Then drops into eternity."

DIED, at the same place, on the same day, and under the same circumstances, James C. Simpson, for several years past, a worthy and an estimable citizen of this place.
We are not in possession of the information requisite, to enable us to give a minute and detailed account of the early years of Mr. Simpson; nor is it indeed necessary. We hope that some one better qualified, will furnish us with a well written memoir of the deceased. However, this solemn dispensation of Divine Providence, so deeply interesting to the Church of which he was a worthy member, and especially to the bereaved family of the deceased, affords us an opportunity of testifying our respect for the memory of a man, who, amidst all the vicisitudes which marked his history, during our acquaintance with him, undeviatingly adhered to those principles of honesty and morality, which distinguish the life of a christian.
Finally, in the death of Mr. Simpson, the Presbyterian Church in this place, has sustained the loss of one of its brightest ornaments, - his family, their chief support and comfort, - and the community at large, a useful and much respected fellow citizen. But he rests from his labors, and his works follow him.
Ed. Ten. Whig, July 23, 1839
Source: Tennessee Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Tuesday, July 30, 1839; Issue 12; col D ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


JAMES DEAKINS - Departed this life, at his residence in this county, on Saturday the 29th ult., Mr. James Deakins, in the 71st year of his age.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, September 02, 1840; Issue 16; col E ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


ABRAHAM DRAKE - Departed this life on Thursday the 1st inst. Mr. Abraham Drake in the 76 year of his age.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, October 21, 1840; Issue 22; col F ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


LUCY GARDNER FITZIMMONS - Died on Thursday, 19th inst. LUCY GARDNER infant daughter of C. H. Fitzimmons, - aged 7 weeks.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, August 18, 1841; Issue 14; col D; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


REBECCA FITZIMMONS - Departed this life, at the residence of her father, SAML. GREER Esq., in the 28th year of her age, on Monday the 16th inst., MRS. REBECCA FITZIMMONS, consort of C. H. Fitzimmons, of this place. The deceased had been the subject of disease for seven weeks previous to her demise, and so acute was the attack, and so excruciating her sufferings, that her constitution could not resist the ravages of the disease with which she died. Every possible effort was made which would administer to her comfort; yet she became gradually weaker, and on Monday last, perfectly conscious of her approaching end with an undisturbed hope of immortality, deliberately took leave of her friends taking each by the hand, and entered into that rest which God has prepared for his people, - having been a respectable and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the last twelve or fifteen years.
The subject of this brief notice, was well known to the writer, but requires no eulogism of his, among those who knew her, to make known her virtues. In all the relations of life she stood pre-eminent, and throughout her entire life, was the object of affection and admiration, among a large circle of relations and friends. To her afflicted husband, parents, and other relatives, the writer would modestly say - complain not at the chastening of the Divine hand. But with one of the pious old say, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, August 18, 1841; Issue 14; col D; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


WILLIAM "BILL" GARRETT JR. , 43, 153 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Garrett was a native of Memphis and the son of William Edward Garrett Sr. and Wanda Christine Cox Garrett, and the adopted son of Charles "Bob" Keith Knabb, Johnson City, whom he made his home with all of his life. Mr. Garrett was of the Baptist faith and was a retired employee of Doozy Truck Center of Johnson City. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Joyce Garrett, of the home; three daughters, April Dawn and Rachel Garrett, both of Johnson City, and Crystal Perry, Elizabethton; four sons, Issac, Josh, Jimmy and Justin Garrett, all of the home; a step-brother, Rudy Gibson; and five sisters, Wanda, Mary, Grace, Christine and Mildred Garrett, all of Memphis. Six grandchildren and two very special friends, Wayne and Linda Zollinger, Johnson City, also survive. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

GARRETT -- Funeral services for William "Bill" Garrett Jr., 43, 153 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, who died Thursday, were conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, with Rev. Charles Russell officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Wayne Zollinger, Isaac Garrett, Josh Garrett, Timmy Garrett, Mark Vanover, Joe Bowers and David Perry. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence, 153 Cedar Grove Road, Johnson City, any time. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 14, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


NANCY GOURLY - Died on Thursday the 8th, widow Nancy Gourly, leaving eight children to mourn their irreparable loss.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, October 21, 1840; Issue 22; col F ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


REV. JOHN C. HARRIS - Departed this life at the residence of DOCT. COSSEN, in this town, the REV. JOHN C. HARRIS, in the 69th year of his age, and after a somewhat protracted and painful illness of some months. His sufferings were, during his painful illness, indeed great, yet he bore them with a fortitude which nothing but the grace of God could have imparted. Throughout his afflictions and up to the very moment of his departure, a heavenly smile lighted up his contenance, which told as plainly, as his strong and expressive language did, that the religion he had been offering to others, on the terms of the Gospel, for years, was enabling him to wing his flight to that bright world where sorrow is unknown. In a word, few men in any age of the world, or in any clime, have died more triumphantly.
Doct. Harris has been a citizen of this county, for the last 42 years, and has raised a pious and respectable family, who are left to mourn his death. He was a man whose irreproachable life placed him above personal assault, and whose official duties towards the People, as a Methodist Preacher, a Practicing Phisician, and as County Trustee, for a number of years, were performed with such stict integrity, and faithfulness, and with such a close observance of the rights and immunities of all, that no word of censure could be justly urged against him. Strictly just and enconomical in all his personal movements, Dr. Harris, was to be relied on, in all the relations of life, and all who have had any connexion with him, will bear testimony to the excellence of his character, to the purity of his morals, the soundness of his understanding, and his attachments to the great interests of the Church, and of his country.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, September 14, 1842; Issue 18; col C - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


HENRY HARRISON - Died - In this Town, of Scarlet Fever, on Monday night the 30th ult., in the 31 year of his age, HENRY HARRISON, son of James Brown.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 01, 1843; Issue 25; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


RACHEL HOLLOWAY - Died - On the 2d of October, Mrs. Rachel Holloway, of this County, aged 55 years.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 15, 1843; Issue 27; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


CAPT. JOHN HOSS - And again - on Friday last, at his residence near this place, Capt. John Hoss, in about the 60th year of his age - after a very short but painful illness. We have heard no particulars relative to the death of Capt. Hoss; but we knew the man, and to regret his death, and appreciate his worth, needs only that he be known. He was one of the early settlers of this county, a man universally esteemed - and one whose death will be regretted by his numerous acquaintances and friends.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, July 22, 1840; Issue [11]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


CONSTANCE I. "CONNIE" HUGHES , 70, 134 Hilldale Avenue, Gray, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at her residence surrounded by family and loved ones. A native and lifelong resident of Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Albert R. and Roxie Estep. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Robert J. "Bob" Hughes, March 21, 2008. Bob was her "Soul Mate and Sweetheart." Mrs. Hughes was a stay at home wife; mother to her children, grandchildren and her neighbors. She was a graduate of the Science Hill High School Class of 1956. She was a member of Greenvale Baptist Church. Connie was a lovely, kind, generous and Christian woman who will be missed by her family and many friends and neighbors. Survivors include a daughter, Mitzi G. Gillin, Gray; a son, Carmen R. Hughes and his wife, Crystal, Sulphur Springs; three grandsons, Kevin Gillin and his wife, Heather, Piney Flats, Brad Gillin, Gray, and Robert Hughes and Laura, Sulphur Springs; two great-grandsons, Izaiah Slone Hughes and Matthew Joseph Gillin; three sisters, Lena D. Cowan and her husband, Roy D., Charleston, W.Va., Jewell M. Simmons and her husband, Joe, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Margaret Ann Klay and her husband, James, Tampa, Fla.; and a brother, Tommy Ray Estep, Charleston, W.Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A funeral service for Mrs. Hughes will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, from the Morris-Baker Funeral Home South Chapel with Rev. Paul Manis and Mr. Travis Shaffer officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. and travel in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until the service time Tuesday. Active pallbearers will be Kevin Gillin, Brad Gillin, Robert Hughes, Roy D. Cowan, Wayne Simmons and Dean Tucker.
The family expresses a special thanks to Doctors, Michael Jewett, Stephen Frye and William Wason, the Smokey Mountain Home Health and Hospice and the staff of the 2500 unit of the Johnson City Medical Center. Memorial donations in Connie's name may be made to Greenvale Baptist Church, 1070 Gray Station Road, Gray, TN 37615. Online condolences may be made through www.morrisbaker.com.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, July 1, 2008 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


MR. JOSEPH HUNT - Died also, after a painful illness of some months, on Sunday the 15th inst., MR. JOSEPH HUNT, at the house of his father, Maj. Samuel Hunt, of Washington County, Tenn.
Death, sooner or later, will dismiss the spirits of all the living, from their present clay tenements, when, they must, their bodies with their charges lay down, and cease at once to walk and live. Solemn reflection!
Tennessee Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Thursday, March 19, 1840; Issue 44; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers



FRANK B. HYDER - Frank B. Hyder, 78, of Bartlett, TN, went to be with the Lord on March 5, 2012.
He graduated from East TN State College and then received his commission in 1955 into the US Army and served on the Army rifle team. Mr. Hyder was retired after 20 years from the office of the Comptroller of the Currency and later was a retired audit officer for First Tennessee Bank after 17 years. He was a member of Advent Presbyterian Church a 40 gallon blood donor and enjoyed participating in Memphis in May's barbeque competition for many years.
Mr. Hyder is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Rushing Hyder; daughter Debra Hyder Wilson; two sons, Frank Hyder, Jr., James Hyder; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 12 p.m. until service begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at Forest Hill East Funeral Home with burial following. The family requests any memorials be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Forest Hill East Funeral Home 901-382-1000
March 2012 - Submitted by, Kristy Fox

WAR WOODROE JACKSON - Died, in this place, at the residence of B. F. Sacket, on Saturday the 19th instant, War Woodroe Jackson, youngest son of Alfred E. and Seraphina Jackson, aged 14 months.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, September 23, 1840; Issue 18; col D ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


WILLIAM KINCHELOW - Died, at his residence in this County, on Tuesday the 11th ult., Mr. William Kinchelow.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, September 02, 1840; Issue 16; col E ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


JOHN LLOYD - Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. for John Lloyd, 77, who died Monday at 5:30 a.m. at his home near Fall Branch. The services will be conducted at Murray Cemetery, near Blair's Gap. He is survived by his widow, and by four children, Mrs. Stella Galloway of Fall Branch, Mrs. Bessie Fleenor and Mrs. Larry Hurst of W. Va., and Guy Lloyd of Sand Gap, Ky. Two step-daughters, Mrs. Callie Crawford of Blair's Gap and Mrs. Mary Thorpe of St. Charles, Va., also survive.
Kingsport News, October 28, 1942


VERNON R. LOCKNER , 64, 335 Peters Hollow Road, Elizabethton, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, at his residence. Mr. Locker was a native of Washington County and a son of the late Fred and Lola Starnes Lockner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Lowe Lockner, July 28, 1997, and two brothers. Mr. Lockner was a graduate of Lamar High School. He was a retired employee of Mapes Piano String Company. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Dollie Hansen, Kenosha, Wis. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

LOCKNER -- Graveside services for Vernon R. Lockner, 64, 335 Peters Hollow Road, Elizabethton, who died Sunday, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Danny Simerly officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, will be Keith Wilson, Clifford Peters, Buford Peters, Norman Peters, Jerry White and Kenneth Shankle. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Mapes Piano String Company and Friends at the Burger Hut. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 30, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


EZEKIEL LYON - In Washington county, Tenn., on the 31 inst., EZEKIEL LYON.
The Weekly Nashville Union, (Nashville, TN) Wednesday, January 22, 1845; Issue 34; col F - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


JOHN McEFEE, of this county, was killed by the accidental starting of the machinery of his fine mill on Monday the 6th inst.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, March 15, 1843; Issue [44]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


JOSEPH McLIN - Died in this town, on Monday the 2d inst., Joseph, little son of Mr. and Mrs. McLin, of this place.
The Jonesborough Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, May 04, 1842; Issue 51; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ISABELLA McROBERTS - Departed this life, on Saturday 9th inst., one mile North of Leesburg, Washington county Tennessee, ISABELLA, wife of William McRoberts Esq., in the 32nd year of her age.
The deceased has left a kind husband and six small children to mourn her irretrievable loss. She had been for some time previous to her death, a pious and exemplary member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and died in the triumphs of a true & living faith; she was highly esteemed by all who knew her. It is well known to the writer, that it is customary to speak in complimentary terms of the life and character of our departed friends; but as it regards the last moments of Mrs. McRoberts, too much can not be said - for two days previous to her demise, she was perfectly sensible that her career on earth was speedily drawing to a close - was often heard to exclaim in the beautiful language of good old Stephen - "Lord Jesus receive my spirit." A few hours before her death, she called to her bedside her husband, and solemnly requested him to raise up their little children, "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," and after which bade him a final farewell, requesting him to meet her in heaven, where she expected in a few hours more to land. She next called for her relations who were standing around her bed - bade them farewell, requesting them to meet her in heaven; 'for,' continued she, "I am going there to join the first born of the church on high." Although human nature binds us to our friends, and although we know it is hard to give them up - yet, when wesee them depart in peave, we should not mourn or repine, but be ready to exclaim, - "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away - blessed be the name of the Lord."
The writer of this imperfect sketch, was a witness to the sweet and soul-cheering expressions of Mrs. M., and can, in deed & truth say, that there never was presented a more full and faithful display of the love of God, than was manifested in her, - why, it seemed that she longed for the time to arrive - seemed to lose sight entirely of the pain with which she was so severely afflicted, and was often heard to say: "Jesus has made my dying bed, Feel soft as downy pillows are" -
"Glory to God - he died that I might live: blessed be his holy name!" Ah! it was a delightful sight, to see how easy and tranquil the child of God fell asleep in the full assurance of faith in the arms of Jesus, - How delightful to see a child of God, when the sun of life is almost set, - when all hope of life is lost - turn her dying eyes to Heaven and shout Glory - Glory to God - I am glad that I was born to die - "How sweet the sound."
To the disconsolate husband and friends, I would say, weep not - her head no more aches - her eyes no more weeps - her flesh is no more racked with acute pain, nor wasted with disease. But they have received a final release from all pain, and a discharge from sorrow. Non more danger - no more fears of death threatens her with terrifying alarms; but her body sleeps in the silent mansions of the tomb, while her soul rests in the arms of her Savior, until the last trumpet shall give the signal, and sound aloud, "Awake ye dead - arise and come forth." How calm was her last moments - how serene did her sun go down - with what confidence she trusted in the Redeemer, - once dying to her sins, but risen again for her justification. How cheering the well grounded hope of pardon for our sins and transgressions, and peace with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. December 18th, 1843.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, December 20, 1843; Issue 32; col C - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


NANCY MEEK - In Jonesboro', Tenn., on the 26th Dec., Mrs. Nancy Meek.
The Weekly Nashville Union, (Nashville, TN) Wednesday, January 22, 1845; Issue 34; col F - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


JAMES V. MILLER - Died, At the residence of his Father in this county, on Sabbath the 29th ult., JAMES V., son of the Rev. James Miller, in the 15th year of his age. Young as the deceased was, he too was a member of the Christian Church, and from his correct training, and excellent habits, leaves the pleasing testimony behind, tht he has gone to a better state of being. He was a young man of an excellent mind, and promised future usefulness. But alas how uncertain is human life!
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 01, 1843; Issue 25; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


MATTHEW N. MILLER , 19, 603 Northgate, Johnson City, died at his residence Monday, March 15, 1999, following an extended illness. Mr. Miller was a native of Johnson City and the son of Samuel B. Miller II and Karen Greene Miller, both of Johnson City. Mr. Miller was a 1998 honor graduate of Science Hill High School. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Leia K. Miller, of the home; a brother, Neil Miller, of the home; a half-sister, Anna C. Miller, Johnson City; a half-brother, Samuel B. Miller III, Johnson City; his maternal grandmother, Mildred Greene, Johnson City; his paternal grandparents, Samuel B. and Anna Marie Miller, Johnson City; and his paternal great-grandmother, Nelle W. Irish, Johnson City. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

MILLER -- Funeral services for Matthew N. Miller, 19, 603 Northgate, Johnson City, who died Monday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the South Chapel of Morris-Baker Funeral Home, Johnson City, with Rev. Dave Shorter and Mr. Wayne Emory, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Kenn Hecht, pianist, and Lisa Arnett, soloist. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Monte Vista Burial Park. Active pallbearers will be Joe Barnes, Brad Barnett, Berry Coggins, Joel Coggins, Wade Falin, Kevin Howell, Jered Lance, Jeremy Lance, Don Lewis and William A. Miller. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m. Thursday for the graveside service. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, Johnson City. For those who prefer, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 4627 Mill Branch Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938, or to Books for the Science Hill Library. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 17, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear



WILLIAM MURRAY - JONESBOROUGH, E. Tenn. July 16. Died, in this vicinity, on Wednesday morning last, Mr. William Murray, aged 111 years and six months. Mr. Murray, we believe, was a native of Maryland, but has for a number of years been a resident of this county.
National Banner and Nashville Whig (25 July 1836) - transcribed by, Marla Zwakman

ISABELLA NAFF - Died - In this village, on Friday 27th ult of Scarlet Fever, in her fourth year, ISABELLA, daughter of Jacob Naff.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 01, 1843; Issue 25; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ELIZA NEILSON - Died - On the first of October, Mrs. Eliza Neilson, wife of Col. William D. Neilson, of this County, aged 36 years.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 15, 1843; Issue 27; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


HARVEY D. PERKINS , 91, 1608 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, died Monday, March 29, 1999, at his residence. Mr. Perkins was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and had lived in Johnson City since 1918. He was a son of the late Jacob Henry and Jessie Nickles Perkins and was also preceded in death by a half-sister. Mr. Perkins was a retired road construction superintendent with Malone Brothers and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, having served with the 126th Calvary. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Loyal Men's Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the J.C. Masonic Lodge #486, All Scottish Rite Bodies and Kerbella Shrine Temple. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Louise Saylor Perkins, and two sons, Jake H. Perkins, Jonesborough, and Thomas W. Perkins, Johnson City. Five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.

PERKINS -- Funeral services for Harvey D. Perkins, 91, 1608 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, who died Monday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday from the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Dr. Don Jeanes and Dr. J. Michael Shannon officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Monte Vista Burial Park. Those attending are invited to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. Masonic Rites will be conducted at the graveside by the Johnson City Lodge #486, F&AM. Active pallbearers will be Dwight Perkins, Tate Perkins, Brad Perkins, Bobby Dugger, Lawton Saylor and Greg Bowman. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Loyal Men's Sunday School Class of First Christian Church. For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Christian Church, 2011 Sherwood Drive, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 31, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


SARAH RANDOLPH - Died, on Tuesday 29th June, at the residence of P. C. Sutton, Leesburg, Washington county Ten., Sarah Randolph, daughter of Bernard S. and July Ann Vaden, aged one year, eleven months and twenty-two days.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, July 14, 1841; Issue 8; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


BETTY (HUGHES) REECE , 64, 1267 Highway 143, Roan Mountain, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at her residence following an extended illness. Mrs. Reece was a native of Washington County and the daughter of Pauline Tipton Hughes and the late Loftus Hughes. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Monroe Reece, December 6, 1997. Mrs. Reece was a homemaker and a member of the Burbank Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Johnny Ledford, Roan Mountain; two granddaughters, Melinda Kay Ledford and Jessica Kaylene Ledford, both of Roan Mountain; a brother, Bill Hughes, Apopka, Fla.; two aunts and spouse, Mabel Troutman and Reynard and Willie Calhoun, all of Roan Mountain; and an uncle, Carl Keys, Roan Mountain. Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

REECE -- Funeral services for Betty Hughes Reece, 64, 1267 Highway 143, Roan Mountain, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, with Rev. Richard Blevins, Rev. Don Julian and Mr. Cody Moore, minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of Ms. Denise Hill. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hughes Cemetery, Roan Mountain. Active pallbearers will be Ray Blaire, Jack Barnett, Terry Proffitt, Warren Ledford, Danny Miller, Tommy Jarrett, Jim Strickland and J.B. Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Roberts, Gerald McKinney, Dean Fields, Walter Heaton, Ronald Brown, Rob Greer, Reynard Calhoun, Carl Keys, Clyde Turbyfill, William Elmore, Tim McKinney, Gene McKinney, Jess Jarrett, Carroll Hill, Johnny Hill, Jack Troutman, Ted Barnett, Ernie Norris, Andrew Stewart, the Carter County Rescue Squad and the men of Burbank Free Will Baptist Church. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her daughter, Kathy Ledford, 421 Shell Creek Road, Roan Mountain, any time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Suite 356, Johnson City, TN 37604 or to the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 682, Elizabethton, TN 37644. Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel, Roan Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 22, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


CATHARINE RUBLE - Departed this life, on the morning of the 30th ult., near this place, in the 94th year of her age, CATHARINE RUBLE. The deceased was one of the oldest Methodists in this country, having been a reputable member of said church for more than half a century. She died in the full triumphs of the Christian religion, without a struggle or a groan - leaving her surviving friends the comfortable assurance that she has gone from the evils of this world to that land of rest.
Mrs. Ruble emigrated to this country from Pennsylvania. She has a numerous connexion scattered over the continent, and several sons and grand-sons, who are Methodist preachers. We regret that the late hour at which a notice of her death was handed to us prevents a more extended notice of her triumphant death. Her life and death might be dwelt upon with profit to others.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, August 03, 1842; Issue 12; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


BOBBY KEITH RUSSELL , 37, Jonesborough, died Thursday, October 30, 2003, at his residence. He was a native of Washington County and the son of Leroy and Rosa Lee Hurd Russell, Jonesborough. Mr. Russell was a 1984 graduate of David Crockett High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was employed by Lowes in Johnson City. Mr. Russell was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Laws. In addition to his parents, survivors include three sons, Dustin Russell, Kevin Russell, and Cory Russell, all of Jonesborough; two sisters, Angie Kyte, Elizabethton, and Tina Grindstaff, Jonesborough; and several other family members. Funeral services for Bobby Keith Russell will be conducted Monday, November 3, 2003, at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dennis Deese and the Rev. Darrell Slagle officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. prior to the service. Interment services will be on Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Maple Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Russell, Josh Russell, Jeff Grindstaff, Kenneth Lawson, Ernie Hines, Steve Bettis, Dennis Kyte and Randall Dykes. Condolences may be sent to the Russell family online at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-0514, is in charge of the arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, November 2, 2003 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


NANCY SEVIER - Died, on Sunday morning last, at her residence in this county, after a protracted and painful illness of many months, MRS. NANCY SEVIER, consort of JAMES SEVIER Esq., in the 71st year of her age. Her constitution had been impaired by disease for the last fifteen or twenty years of her life, but not so seriously as to prevent her generally occupying her seat in the sanctuary of God - the love fest meeting - and the classroom. She had been about fifty years an acceptable and exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; twenty-six years of that time, and until a house of worship was erected in her vicinity, there was regular circuit preaching at her house, which was over a home for the Ministers of the Gospel, and the hospitalities of which are remembered with lively sensations by many of the pioneers of Methodism, and were remembered by the venerable ASBURY and others, till the day of their death. She was warm in her affections, generous in her disposition; and respected, beloed and lamented, by a large family of children and relatives, and by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. She never had a difficulty with a neighbor, nor with any member of the Church, of which she lived and died a proud ornament. She was truly "one of the excellent of the earth;" a pious mother in Israel; one in whom there was no guile; and though dead, she yet liveth as a beacon to light her surviving friends in their pathway to the tomb. As her life was pure, peaceful, and holy, so her death was serene, joyful, and triumphant, in the highest degree. Her dying pillow was encircled by a ray of glory, while a hallowed atmosphere seemed to fill her apartment.
The deceased selected both a text and a hymn, to be used on the occasion of her funeral sermon. They are the following;
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away."

"This languishing head is at rest, Its thinking and aching are o'er This quiet immovable breast, Is heaved by affliction no more: This heart is no longer the seat Of trouble and torturing pain; It causes to flutter and beat, It never shall flutter again. "The lids be so seldom could close, By sorrow forbidden to sleep. Now seal'd in their mortal repose, Have strangely forgotten to weep! The fountains can yeild no supplies, These hollows from water are free; The ears are all wip'd from these eyes And evil they never shall see."


Reader, on the rapid current of time, you are borne irresistably along towards those awful realities, which at present, are conceaded from us by the bosom of eternity. They are momentous realities! though at present, unseen. The lapse of a few more years - perhaps months, weeks, or even days, with disclose them all to your astonished vision, and teach you that piety, vital piety - is the only substantial solace and hope of man; that all beside is a transient shadow - a dying sound! In religion, as did the subject of this brief notice, you may find a friend to cheer your dying pillow - to light up your pathway through the gloomy vale of death, & to give you a crown of immortality in heaven! In religion you may find a friend, that will pour a radiance on the unclouded intellect of man, as he rises from the blow of death, and wings his mighty and majestic flight, amidst the surrounding splendors of eternal worlds; where he shall gaze upon the effulgence of that moral beauty, which throws a softening lustre o'er all the vast expanse of high heaven! - and which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, to conceive the magnifence of its uncreated beams!
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, March 15, 1843; Issue [44]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


RICHARD H. SHERFY - On the same day, Richard H., infant son of Solomon Q. and Mrs. Sherfy, of this town. Richard was an interesting little boy, the idol of his kind parents, and other relatives. His fond parents watched with sleepless vigilance, his couch, in anxious expectation of his recovery, but all to no purpose. Death, that stern foe to man, had resolved on his destruction. Could prayer, or human efforts availed any thing, Richard would not have died. His bereaved parents, however, have the consolation to know, that his little spirit rests in peace - high up in the paradise of God. There, the storms and tempest, which howl around the abodes of men in this life, will never disturb the peace and quiet of his soul.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, July 22, 1840; Issue [11]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ADAM SHIPLEY - Died, in this vicinity, recently, Mr. Adam Shipley, and three of his children. - Mr. Shipley was an industrious mechanic, and a worthy honest man.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, July 22, 1840; Issue [11]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ANDREW SHIPLEY , aged 60 years and formerly a prominent business man of Johnson City, was found dead with his throat cut in a cell in the county jail at Jonesboro. Shipley, who had been incarcerated pending arrangements being made to take him to a hospital for the feeble-minded, killed himself.
Dickson County Herald, January 7, 1910


NATHAN SHIPLEY - Departed this life, at his residence in this county, on the 1st inst., in the 70th year of his age, Nathan Shipley Esq. - for fifty years an upright and respectable citizen of Washington county - an acting Justice of the Peace - and an exemplary member of the Baptist Church.
Mr. S. has represented this county in the Legislature, several times, years ago, and has acted for years, as principle Surveyor for the county - in each of which stations, he enjoyed the confidence of his fellow citizens. In Politics, he lived and died a Whig - a friend to popular rights, free government and universal suffrage - and an uncompromising enemy to corruption, tyranny and oppression, in high places.
To say any thing further of Mr. Shipley by way of defineation of character, would be to give the characteristics of a good husband - an indulgent parent - a worthy member of the church - and an ornament to civil society.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, May 20, 1840; Issue 2; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


SARAH JANE SHIPLY - Died in this place, on Saturday 1st inst. Sarah Jane, daughter of John and Abigail Shiply, aged one year and nine months.
In the death of this little innocent girl, Mr. and Mrs. Shipley have sustained a great loss, but their loss is her infinite gain. Their greatest concern should be to live pious, and meet their little daughter in Heaven.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, August 12, 1840; Issue 13; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


JAMES C. SIMPSON -- See John F. Daily obit above


CALEB SMITH - DIED - At his residence in this county, on Saturday, 28th ultimo, CALEB SMITH, Esq., for many years, an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Tennessee Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Thursday, October 03, 1839; Issue 21; col E


KAY "SMITTY" SMITH , 63, 203 Whiteway Drive, Johnson City, died Saturday, February 27, 1999, at Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, Ga. Mr. Smith was a native of Pardee, Va., and had been a resident of Johnson City since 1959. He was a son of the late Neut Smith and Mae Minor and was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Minor. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a paratrooper during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. He attended East Unaka Christian Church. He was the owner of Racing Team, and was a member of the Carter County Car Club. Survivors include his wife, Trishia Jackson Smith; a brother, Stewart Wayne Smith, Jonesborough; and a sister, Linda Maggard, Viper, Ky. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is in charge of arrangements.

SMITH -- Funeral services for Kay "Smitty" Smith, 63, 203 Whiteway Drive, Johnson City, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Morris-Baker South Chapel with Mr. Lamar Garrison officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain Home National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Hammond Post #3, American Legion Color Guard, Kingsport. Pallbearers will be Melvyn Jackson, Randy Jackson, Cecil Scalf, Richard Arnett, Jerry Cox and members of the Carter County Car Club. For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 1, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


WILLIAM SMITH of Leesburg, died on Friday last, after a long and protracted illness. He was a pious member of the Methodist Church, and an honest man, some 80 years of age.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, March 15, 1843; Issue [44]; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ARCHIE STANLEY , 73, 116 Margo Drive, Johnson City, died Friday, March 5, 1999, at the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Stanley was a native of Clintwood, Va., and a son of the late Ceaburn and Melissa Hawkins Stanley. Mr. Stanley was a retired farmer. He moved from Virginia to Ohio in 1954, and moved to Carter County in 1990. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and a member of the Milligan Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Beverly Stanley; a daughter, Reba Eng, Austell, Ga.; four sons, Douglas Stanley, Kingsville, Texas, Jeff Stanley, Elizabethton, Keith Stanley, Hampton, and Kevin and Georgia Stanley, Shillington, Pa.; four brothers, Benny Stanley, Coeburn, Va., Gordon Stanley, Clintwood, Va., Noland Stanley, Berea, Ky., and Sherly Stanley, Bosque Farms, N.M.; and two grandchildren, Peter Stanley and Amanda Stanley. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

STANLEY -- Funeral services for Archie Stanley, 73, 116 Margo Drive, Johnson City, who died Friday, will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Willie Justice officiating. The Milligan Free Will Baptist Church Choir will provide the music. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the National Cemetery, Mountain Home. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:20 p.m. Monday, will be Louis Miller, Chris Allen, Clifford Street, Roger Duncan, R.C. Bennett and Johnny Leach. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:20 p.m. Monday to go to the cemetery. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 8, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


JOHN STEPHENSON - Died - At his residence in this county, on the 24th ult., in the 62d year of his age, Mr. JOHN STEPHENSON - a most excellent citizen, and a worthy member of the Presbyterian church.
The Jonesborough Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, April 13, 1842; Issue 48; col A - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


CAPT. THOMAS STUART - Departed this transitory life, on Sunday the 10th instant, at his residence near Jonesborough, after a painful and protracted illness, in the 65th year of his age, CAPT. THOMAS STUART -- for many years a citizen of this town and county.
Capt. Stuart, was one of the few consistent, and unwavering, original Whigs of this county, who stood up in devence of their country's rights, against the overflowing torrent of Lucofocoism, in its insipient stages. At the late Presidential election, he was brought to the polls, at his own request, in a carriage, and with tears in his eyes, as he gave in his ticket, remarked, "here is my last in defence of my country!"
Though the deceased had lived a sinner, in the common acceptation of that term, yet, during his late illness, he mournfully sought, till he happily obtained redemption in the blood of Christ - and died in sure and certain hope of a blessed immortality.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, January 13, 1841; Issue 34; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


ALFRED A. TAYLOR
Once Beaten for Governor by Brother, “Fiddling Bob.”
Johnson City, Tenn. Nov. 25 – Uncle Alf Taylor, 83, one of Tennessee’s most colorful political characters, who in 1886 engaged in the renowned race for the governorship against his brother, Bob, died here Wednesday. The Sage of Happy Valley succumbed in a hospital of complications resulting from uremic poisoning – an ailment which had kept him in ill health since 1929.
Alfred Alexander Taylor rose to Nation-wide prominence through his race for the governorship on the Republican ticket while his brother, Robert Love Taylor, campaigned as a Democrat.
Campaign Together
They spoke from the same platform, they rode through the mountains and valleys of Tennessee together and at night they slept in the same bed. They directed sharp barbs at the other’s party, but throughout their spirited campaign they never made personal attacks on each other. One night the brothers stopped at a boarding house in Bridgeport, Ala., just across the Tennessee State line. The landlady had heard of their mother’s admonition that they stick to party principles in their campaign. She pinned a red rose on Alf and a white rose on Bob and said:
Told to Wear Roses
“Wear these for your mother. I know she is proud of two sons who can differ in politics and still love each other.” Their campaign in which Bob was successful, became knows as “the War of the Roses.” Alf was famous for his ability as a story teller and as a fox hunter and he regaled his audiences with his tales. Bob was adept with a violin and he fiddled for the enjoyment of his audiences. Alf had left a seat in the National House of Representatives to make the gubernatorial race and after being defeated by his brother, he later went back to Congress in 1889 to serve until 1895. Robert Taylor died in 1912.
Alf Also Governor
Although defeated for the governorship in 1886, Alf Taylor came back thrity-four years later, at the age of 73, to win the office with the greatest majority ever given a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Tennessee. He was defeated for re-election in 1922 by the late Governor Austin Peay and retired from public life. Surviving are his wife, six sons, and two daughters. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the First Methodist Church here.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, November 26, 1931 – transcribed by Amanda Jowers


GRADY M. TESTER , 86, 116 H. Coggins Road, Jonesborough, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton following a lengthy illness. Mr. Tester was a native of Foscoe, N.C., and a son of the late Sam and Alice Tester. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Pauline Tester, in 1998, and a brother. Mr. Tester was a dairy farmer. He was of the Protestant Faith. Survivors include three sons, Bobby Tester, Jonesborough, Roy Tester, Johnson City, and Dale Tester, Greeneville, and three daughters, Virginia Franklin, Newport, Rosalie Tester, Greeneville, and Anita Partin, Saluda, N.C. Forty-three grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive. Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

TESTER-- Funeral services for Grady M. Tester, 86, 116 H. Coggins Road, Jonesborough, who died Monday, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the East Chapel of Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home with Pastor James Bennett and Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be selected from friends. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabethton Star, Elizabethton, TN, March 2, 1999 - contributed by, Tina Oneyear


JAMES TURNER - Died on Wednesday the 7th inst., Mr. James Turner, leaving a wife and two children to mourn their irreparable loss.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, October 21, 1840; Issue 22; col F ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


JANE TURNER - Died on Sunday night the 4th inst., Jane Turner, daughter of William and Mary Turner aged about 4 years.
Source: The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, October 21, 1840; Issue 22; col F ; transcribed by Amanda Jowers


JESSE J. WILLIAMS - Departed this transitory life, on Friday evening the 31st ult., at the residence of Dr. Vance in this town, after a painful illness of four weeks, Jesse J. Williams, in the 22nd year of his age. He was a native of this county.
It is perhaps right to state, that the writer of this notice, which will be extended beyond the customary length of such articles, has been intimately acquainted with Mr. Williams, for a number of years - conversed with him on all subjects - and confided to his keeping, as he did in return, matters both important and unimportant.
Mr. Williams had just finished his study of the Science of Medicine, and was expecting soon to leave here, to attend a regular course of Lectures, preparatpru to his engaging in the duties of his highly creditable, but responsible profession. As to his progress in the study of the healing art, and the estimation in which he was held, by his professional brethern, the writer of of this sketch, need only refer the reader, to the proceedings of the Medical Society of this place, of which he was a Junior member, at a meeting called upon the occasion of his death, and published in this week's paper. The tribute of respect which they have paid to his memory, is alike creditable to him, and consoling to his surviving friends.
Eminently endowed with the best qualities of the human heart - kind and affectionate, bold and honorable, just and liberal - he established himself in the affections of his associates, and won for himself the esteem of all who know him. A sprightly high minded, and worthy young man, his prospects of usefulness in society, will long be remembered; but to his bereaved Parents, and numerous relatives, how heavily felt is such a loss! In tho relations of son, brother, and associate, the writer knew him best, and he can truly say, that he adorned each; while no one was more generally beloved, and died more lamented - as the grief of those around the scenes of his last moments fully evinced. He had but few enemies, and they were chiefly persons against whom, as a Whig, he took a firm, but honorable stand. If such should be tempted to think, that the writer's eulogy of the deceased, is greater than truth will warrant, they are requested to pardon him, from the following considerations - first, the eulogy has been extorted from an admiration inspired by actual observation, a long-continued intimacy of acquaintance, formed on the purest of principles; and next, because, unlike those who may think differently, he has never inspected his conduct with a jaundiced eye.
The writer does not, however, wish to intimate, that he had no infirmities. His faults therefore, whatever they were, were such as belong to other men - men, who like himself are mortal. And if he had no other fault, he had that of being a sinner, in the Scriptual sense of the term. For notwithstanding his Parents had long been acceptable members of the Methodist Church, and had often taught him the necessity of a change of heart, yet up to the late period of his affection, the graces of our holy religion had never been developed in his life and conduct. Soon after he was taken ill however he became truly penitent - lamented his former course of life, and was deeply impressed with the belief, that he would die, and that if he died in his then present condition, he would be lost. He expressed the deepest concern about his future state, and an ardent wish to have the people of God present, to labor with and for him, and point him to Christ. Accordingly a resident Minister of this place was sent for, who together with his Parents and others, labored with and for him, instructing him in all the arts of the Christian warfare till he met and vanquished "the last enemy" with a calmness and firmness, and triumph experienced alone by a Christian soldier. The writer of this notice wasp resent, when, on the Sabbath previous to his death, he experienced a change of heart, and broke out in the happiest strains of praise to God; and from that time on till death came to his release, he continued in the same happy, and cheerful state of mind, singing, shouting, and praising aloud, the Saviour of men. The writer of this obituary notice, has seen a great many persons die - some religious and some irreligious, young and old, but he feels no hesitancy in saying, that this was decidedly the most triumphant death he ever witnessed. About a half an hour before the breath left his body, he requested his favorite Hymn to be sung, beginning with these words; -

"On Jordan's stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye." & c.

After singing this Hymn, upon being enquired of by the writer, if his confidence in God remained unshaken, he replied in a firm tone and with an eye expressive of the deep sincerity of his soul, "unshaken!" Upon being asked again, if his foundation was sure, and his faith firm, he replied, "Firm as a Rock!" His Father asked him if he felt that all was well? He replied. "I am going to heaven - my suffering time will soon be over!" Finally, the last words he ever uttered in this world were "Glory and honor," which he repeated some two or three times.
Escaped from this world of afflictions, and received into a world of unutterable joys - escaped from a world of disquietude, and seated om a world of the utmost serenity, he is now setting down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the Kingdom of his Father - the paradise of eternal delights! There his body will be scorched with fever no more: his system will be racked with pains no more: his head will ache no more: his eyes will weep no more his limbs will be wearied no more: but peace uninterrupted peace and everlasting joy, shall crown his head.
Reader, death is an honest hour! Have you ever reflected on the subject? With a converted man, however, how calm is evening of life - aye, the hour of death! See with what tranquility he leans his head upon his dying pillow, while the lamp of life gradually dies away in its socket!
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, August 12, 1840; Issue 13; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


AMANDA S. YOUNG - DIED, On the 1st inst., of Scarlet Fever, in the 5th year of her age, AMANDA S., daughter of Dr. Thomas T. and Sabrena A. Young, all of this county. The decease of this estimable and highly interesting child, was as sudden as it was unexpected and afflicting. Whilst, however, her disconsolate parents, and other relatives and friends, are overwhelmed with grief, they will derive consolation from a well grounded hope - aye, from a positive assurance, that her immortal spirit, seperated from its earthly tenement, winged its way in peace to Almighty God, who instantly rendered it acceptable in His sight. - Adieu departed spirit, while with the Part we add:

"Farewell dear one, thy mother's tears Shall long in silence low for thee, And mem'ry still, while life remains, Shall bring thy image back to me."

Since the above was written, we have received the painful intelligence of the death of Dr. Young's son John, aged 7 years, who died of Scarlet Fever on Monday the 6th inst., having another void in the domestic and social circle which can never be filled.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 08, 1843; Issue 26; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers


SARAH JANE YOUNG - Departed this life on Monday last, of Scarlet Fever, Sarah Jane, daughter of Doct. Young, in the 15th year of her age. This is the third child the Doctor has lost in the last three weeks. We sympathize with him and his lady in their afflictions.
The Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, November 15, 1843; Issue 27; col E - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers

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