Bradford, Capt. John
In the 65th year of his age
Aged 14 years
Hays, Clemment Washington
Aged 3 weeks and four days
Hill, Rev. Joshua C.
In the 32nd year of his age
Hopkins, Mr. Samuel
Horton, Josiah Esq.
Howland, Mr. Benjamin R.
Moore, Mr. John
Morefield, Mr. Thomas
Norment, Mr. William T.
Owen, Mrs. Elizabeth
Snead, Mr. William
Stothart, Miss Mary D.
Torrey, Mr. Charles C.
Friday night last
In the 27th year of his age
Ward, Major William C.
Williams, Mr. William
Williamson, Thomas K.
Aged 7 years
DEATH NOTICES FROM THE NATIONAL
BANNER AND NASHVILLE WHIG
February 3, 1827
Deaths in Nashville. A gentleman who has taken much pains to ascertain the facts
with accuracy, has furnished us the following statement of the number of deaths
in Nashville during the year 1826. Whole number: sixty-nine; viz: Whites 45,
Blacks 24. Of the whites 21 were male adults, 9 female adults and 15 children.
Two were killed by violence, one by accident and one was drowned. Of the blacks,
5 were male adults, 8 female and 11 children. One was drowned, the rest were
natural deaths. The number of deaths in 1825, as certained by the same
individual, was fifty-six.
February 3, 1827
Died in this county, Capt. John Bradford in the 65th year of his age.
February 10, 1827
OBITUARY. Died on the 28th ult., at his residence near Nashville, Capt. John
Bradford, in the 65th year of his age. Capt. Bradford was an officer in the War
of the Revolution, which established the liberty of our country, and gave the
United Stated her present proud rank among the nations of the world. In those
days of trying difficulty and alarm for the people who were then regarded as
revolted colonists of a transatlantic nation, Capt. Bradford, though yet a
stripling, and not legally subject to perform military duty, waved, without
hesitation every right of exemption from non-age, and enrolled himself in the
ranks of his countrymen in arms. Though a youth, he was not insensible of the
insults and injuries heaped upon the colonists; and impatiently indignant at
their multiplication and protacted enormity, his heart was fired with enthusiasm
and sought every occasion to avenge the aggressions and defend the rights of his
Having entered the service, he was never absent when duty called. He was engaged
in several battles and was present at the memorable seige of York when the army
under Lord Cornwallis surrendered their arms to the patriot soldiers of freedom.
Capt. Bradford emigrated from Virginia to this state about sixteen years ago and
has resided in this vicinity every since.
Few men have enjoyed a more irreproachable reputation in every situation in
which the casualties of life have placed him. As a soldier of the Revolution in
which he held a subaltern command, the testimony of many witnesses establishes
his character for fidelity and the most cool and unbending courage. As a
neighbor and a friend, in the walks of common life, no man has possessed a more
enviable consideration. The foulest slanderer has not dared to breathe the
slightest whisper impugning his integrity; whilst all who have known him,
establish by universal assent, the benevolent and philanthropic character of his
feelings. To all, he was just, generous, sympathetic and urbane in his demeanor.
But it was in the domestic circle, in the tender and delicate relations of
husband, father and master, that the character of Capt. Bradford is beheld in
the most eminent and enviable aspect. In the bosom of his family, apart from the
restrictions imposed by the criticism of the world and the rigid operations of
civil obligations, he enjoyed unbroken tranquility and gave pleasure and
confidence to a community of which he constitued the natural and favorite head.
To his family and neighborhood, Capt. Bradford was allied by the most tender
connections of consanguinity and friendship. The latter acknowledge his worth
and deeply deplore his loss which constitutes a bereavement on the part of the
former exciting regret and sorrow which human language can but faintly portray.
The demise of kings and princes who often glitter upon the high places of
society but to scourge mankind, and the death of men of wit and learning, with
all the levities incident to their character, have been proclaimed to the world
by prescriptive seasons of public mourning, or poeans of general sorrow. In the
death of Capt. Bradford the world is called upon to deplore the loss of the
noblest production of its great architect; for an honest man has been stricken
by the hand of fate from the rolls of the living; and admonished by the
instructions of this solomn lesson, we may well declare that, "A wit's feather
and a chief's rod, An honest man's the noblest work of God."
February 17, 1827
Died in this town on Friday night last, Mr. Charles C. Torrey, engraver, in the
27th year of his age. We cannot permit the death of such a young man to pass
without something more than the ordinary record of the melancholy occurrence.
Mr. Torry was not only a man of taste and genius in the fine arts but the purity
of his morals, the warmth of his social affections, the sincerity and ardor of
his friendships, the industry of his habits, the extend of his reading, and the
general cultivation of his mind, all conspired to render him a peculiarly
estimable member of the social circle and of civil society.
He was indeed unostentatious and rather retiring in his manners. His
acquaintance was not extensive and he visited little, except among his intimate
friends and companions. But those who knew him not only respected and esteemed
but admired and loved him. He knew full well the value of time and he devoted
every moment to some valuable object. His habits were systematic and every hour
was regularly appropriated to its peculiar occupation. This system in the
arrangement of his time enabled him to accomplish much and without neglecting
his business, to lay up an extensive fund of valuable information.
For time previous to his death, he had been principally engaged in engraving a
very excellent Portrait of General Jackson, copies of which the people of
Tennessee and the friends of that distinguished man throughout the union ought
to procure and preserve, not only as a faithful delineation of the striking
features of the hero it represents, but as a handsome specimen of the arts
executed among ourselves. The loss of Mr. Torry in our community as an artist is
no trifling misfortune. He undertook nothing which he did not execute well. To
his worthy father who is an accomplished and skillful physician in Salem, Mass.,
and to his other distant relatives and friends, it may afford some consolation
amidst the heavy affliction which the unexpected intelligence of his death will
overwhelm then, to learn that he left behind him in this land of his adoption an
untarnished reputation and a highly respected memory, that the tear of
friendship has been shed over his early grave and that the hearts of many in
this remote region sincerely sympathize with them in their deep distress at his
March 10, 1827
Died in this town, Mr. Thomas Moorefield.
March 10, 1827
Died in this county, Mr. William T. Norment.
April 21, 1827
Died in this town on Tuesday last, Mr. John Moore.
April 28, 1827
Died in this town on Sunday last, Mr. Samuel Hopkins, formerly of Powhatan
April 28, 1827
Died on Tuesday last, Richard, infant son of Mr. James Barrett.
May 19, 1827
Died in this county on the 15th inst., Clemment Washington Hays, aged three
weeks and four days, son of Mr. John Hays.
June 9, 1827
An unfortunate accident happened on Sunday last. Mr. William Williams, a
boatman, of this place, fell from a keelboat into the river and was drowned. He
was drawn under the boat and never rose after he fell. His body, we believe, has
not been among found.
June 9, 1827
Communicated. Departed this life on the 12th day of May, in the 32nd year of his
age, the Rev. Joshua C. Hill, after an illness of more than twelve months.
During the whole of his illness, his resignation to the will of Heaven evinced
to his friends that he had an unshaken confidence in divine grace. A few moments
before he died, he called his wife to his bed side, affectionately bid her
adieu, and exhorted her to try to meet him in Heaven; he next bid his children
adieu, then his servants, and all who were present; then fell asleep to wake no
more until the resurrection of the just. He was a kind and affectionate husband,
a tender and indulgent parent, a friendly and obliging neighbor and honorable
and respectable citizen, a true and warm friend, a zealous Christian and a sound
divine. Death to him seemed entirely to have lost its sting. "Tis finished! so
his spirit cried, He meekly bowed his head and dyed; Tis finished! yes, his race
is run, the battle's fought, the victory won."
June 30, 1827
OBITUARY. Departed this life the 24th inst, Susanna Dunn, daughter of Michael C.
Dunn of Davidson County, aged 14 years, after a short, but most severe
indisposition. Her funeral obsequence were attended by many friends and
acquaintances on the 25th and a suitable discourse given by the Rev. William
Hume. Her soul wafted to the regions of beatitude is no longer subject to the
anxieties and dispositions of mortal life. Her gentleness and disposition,
suavity of manner, and intelligence, endeared her to the wide circle of her
acquaintances, and her immediate relatives suffered the most poignant
affliction. But the stern degrees of fate are incalculable and the pangs of
natural affections and the sympathy of friends should subside into calm
fortitude and resigned to the will of Heaven. "So the end in the dreadful storm,
Puts on its most destructive form the opening rose not yet full blown, Thus from
the parent stem unknown, the queen of dowers, the pride of May, thus withers and
dies in a day. Divine service in the Presbyterian Church as usual, tomorrow 1/2
past 10 o'clock.
July 14, 1827
Died in this county on Tuesday last, Josiah Horton, Esq. former sheriff of this
county and father of the present sheriff, a worthy citizen and useful man.
July 21, 1827
Died in this town on Sunday morning, Miss Mary D. Stothart, daughter of Mr.
August 18, 1827
Died in this county, Major William C. Ward.
August 25, 1827
Commmunicated. Yesterday about 1 o'clock, P. M., Mrs. Elizabeth Owen, wife of
Mr. James Owen, of Davidson county, departed this life, after a very short and
painful illness. Yes, dear shade! thou art gone! This is the lot of all: dust
shall to dust return. Thus, when least, we fear, the sacred hand of death steals
from us away, the dearest objects of our fond affection. Thus seemest to sleep:
to thee, the shades of evening - even now, have veiled the face of Heaven. And
shall light no more to thee return? No! Thine is night, to which nor light, nor
day succeeds. Nor more shall thou wait with restless anxiety, to greet the glad
Messenger of Day, that so oft hath banished the long and wearysome night, and
shed about thy feeble bed of languishment, a ray of sweet relief, or joy, to
hail the bright glories of the cheerful morn! Thou sleepest: tis the sleep of
death! Were it give to mortalman to rule, the destinies of Fate. It had not been
so! But God is God; let him do whatsover seemeth Him good. This amiable and
worthy female, had long been the unfortunate victim of painful affliction.
Bitter was the cup of her sufferings, and filled to overflowing. Yet, she was
every gentle, patient and resigned; and always through the thorny path of life,
and the afflicting scenes of varied misfortune - steady in the exercise of piety
and virtue. Ever teaching, as well by precept, as by the example of her life,
that pleasure can only be found in the exercise of virtue; and that to be happy,
is to be good! Humble and charitable, she was a friend to the friendless and
knew to feel anothers woes.
She is gathered to the land of rest; where, as she would often say, when
sufferings weighed heavily on her soul, the wicked shall cease from troubling
and the weary be at rest. In her last moments, when the curtain of death was
closing upon the scenes of mortality and brighter words unfolding to her view,
the retrospect of her pure and spotless life, afforded the sweetest consolation
that earth could give. The grim monster's approach caused her gentle bosom not a
pang, save that of parting with her affectionate and devoted family to whom she
was most fondly and tenderly endeared. She welcomed the friendly messenger that
summoned her away and willingly yielded her feeble form into the arms of Death.
Happy that her longing spirit, freed from its wretched habitation of suffering,
soon would reach its destined home in fairer, brighter, happier worlds.
September 15, 1827
Died in this town, Mr. William Snead, Jun. aged 22. The death of this excellent
& promising young man is a severe blow to those with whom he was connected. He
removed to this place from Lynchburgh, Va. about two years since and has been
engaged in business for an extensive mercantile house since that time. His
morals were irreproachable, his habits industrious, his talents for business
uncommonly good, his disposition amiable, and his character altogether such as
to endear him to his friends and to afford a prospect of eminent usefulness and
distinction in future life.
October 20, 1827
Died in this town, this morning, Mr. Benjamin R. Howland, late of Providence, R.
I.. Funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Members of Cumberland and Nashville
Lodges are summoned to attend and transient Masonic brethren are invited to pay
the last tribute of respect to his memory.
December 29, 1827
Died in this county on the morning of the 25th inst, Thomas K., aged seven
years, oldest son of Sarah E. and Benjamin S. Williamson.
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