Death Notices from the
Nashville Union and American and the Nashville Republican Banner for
January 17, 1869
Attempted Suicide. A Man Shoots Himself in the Heart. About 6
o’clock yesterday evening, Phillip Gusman, a well-known German
citizen, living on North College street, opposite Whiteside street,
attempted to commit suicide by placing a pistol in his mouth and
discharging the same, the ball ranging upwards and lodging above the
eye. He was still alive up to 11 o’clock but it was supposed that he
could not survive and probably died during the night. Financial
difficulties, in part and domestic troubles are said to have been
January 30, 1869
Death of Philip Gussman [sic]. Mr. P. G., a well known German citizen who
attempted suicide nine days ago by shooting himself in the head with
a pistol, died Thursday night of the injury inflicted.
May 1, 1869
Death of a Well-Known Citizen. The many friends of James W. Latimer
will be pained to hear of his death which occurred at the residence
of his mother on Cherry street yesterday at half past three o’clock.
He died in the springtime of life and in his demise there will be a
void in the family circle which can never be filled again. We have
known him since a child, watched him as he entered into boyhood, saw
him when he first started out to seek his fortune as a carrier of
the Nashville Gazette and in later years, a young man in successful
business and admired for his energy and good traits of character;
but above all we esteemed him for his constant devotion to an aged
mother and a loving sister. By them particularly will this stroke of
providence be severely felt. We condole with them in the loss they
May 1, 1869
Died. Latimer - At the residence of his mother, James W. Latimer. He
was born February 1, 1844 and expired at thirty minutes after 3
o’clock a. m., April 30, 1869. His funeral will take place at the
residence, No. 139 North Cherry street at 2 o’clock p. m. Sunday,
may 2. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.
Divine service by Rev. Dr. Baird.
September 26, 1869
Rev. Jonathan Huntingdon. The remains of the Rev. Jonathan
Huntington reached the city last evening and were conveyed to the
Masonic Hall at which place the funeral occurs at two o’clock this
September 26, 1869
Funeral Notice: The Knights of Nashville Commandery are hereby
notified to appear in fatigue dress at the Armory on this Sunday
afternoon, September 26 at 1 p. m. to attend the funeral of Sir
Jonathan Huntingdon. Henry Sheffied, E. C., R. C. Bransford,
October 21, 1869
Unsuccessful Attempt to Avenge Her Death by Her Youngest Son and
The people of Nashville were startled and amazed at the intelligence
of a foul and most unnatural murder perpetrated by Squire Charles M.
Stewart upon his wife at his residence, No. 60 North Spruce Street
at eight o’clock yesterday morning. Half an hour had not elapsed
after the perpetration of the bloody deed before all of it horrible
detains had been rehearsed to an excited populace. The mention of it
caused the strong to shudder and the weak to shrink with terror. It
was the town topic of yesterday. It reached many households. Groups
of men stood about Deaderick Street where Stewart had held forth and
excitedly talked it over, listening to every little detail.
By a careful investigation we are enable to give the following
authentic particulars: Charles M. Stewart was a clerk in Judge
Cassetty’s Court. Having received a portion of his salary Tuesday
afternoon, he went off, got on a spree, attended the Theater and
subsequently went over to Ozanne’s ice cream saloon, corner of Union
and Summer Streets, abused his son Robert, a lad of about thirteen
years of age who is employed at that establishment as a clerk, drew
out his pistol and threatened to kill him. Robert was thus put in
bodily fear of his life. Stewart, in a beastly state of
intoxication, afterward wandered toward home where he arrived about
midnight. Yesterday morning, Robert, having got up from his couch
previous to his father, rehearsed what had occurred at Ozanne’s the
Stewart got up, dressed himself and went into the kitchen where his
wife was engaged at work. After some few remarks had passed between
them, she chided him for his conduct toward Robert and said:
“Charley,” addressing her husband, “you should not have acted in the
manner you did. Suppose you had shot Robert, wouldn’t it have been
dreadful. Then what would have become of you.”
To this Stewart emphatically remarked: “I would have killed him and
I will kill you,” drew his pistol and fired the ball, entering her
head just above the right eye, tearing it to pieces and crushing the
bone in its passage. Robert ran to his mother as she was about to
fall, caught her in his arms and eased her down upon the floor where
she lay with the blood gushing out from the mortal wound.
Stewart, when he beheld and realized what he had done, rushed out of
the house, followed by his youngest son, Charles at whom he threw
the pistol, as he, Stewart, passed outside the gate. Charles picked
up the weapon and started after his father with the intention, it is
believed, of avenging his mother’s death. Mr. W. K. Dobson and
another gentleman observing the boy with the pistol and not knowing
what had occurred, stopped him and took the weapon from his hands,
telling him at the same time that he might accidentally shoot
himself. At this the boy began to cry and for a time was unable to
explain what had occurred. He, at last cried out, “Oh, won’t you go
in and see my ma, pa’s shot her. Oh, what will I do without my ma,
she was such a good ma.”
A large crowd collected in the house within five minutes after the
firing of the pistol. Dr. Briggs was called in and pronounced the
wound mortal. She expired at 12 o’clock. In the meantime Stewart had
run at a rapid rate to the Fair grounds where he was subsequently
arrested. He was brought into town and taken before Justice
Wilkinson who ordered him to jail.
At this juncture, John and James Humphreys, brothers of Mrs.
Stewart, made their appearance on Deaderick Street and endeavored to
get near enough to Stewart to kill him, when Constables interfered
and prevented a second tragedy. More than one hundred people hearing
of the disturbance, now collected about the justice’ office to
observe the tide of events. One of the Humphrey brothers became so
boisterous and threatening as to compel the officers to lock him up
in a saloon across the street from Esquire Wilkinson’s, after every
thing had apparently subsided, he was released. The officers had
taken Stewart up Printer’s Alley to Union Street and proceeded down
that thoroughfare toward the jail. The Humphrey brothers, having
discovered his absence from Justice Wilkinson’s office, now ran down
toward the jail, via Deaderick Street and the public square, one of
them overtaking Stewart and the officers in charge on Market Street,
at the entrance of the alley near Union, running through to Front
Street. While some of the officers overhauled the Humphrey brothers,
the others hurried on to the jail with Stewart who showed great
trepidation on the way thither and seemed glad to get within its
protecting walls. The Humphrey brothers were arrested..
Stewart denied having killed his wife and said that she had
accidentally discharged the pistol by drawing it off the table with
a cloth. At times he seemed hardly to realize the dreadful fact of
having murdered his wife and at others was dejected. He said on one
occasion that he was never so miserable in all his life. His case
will be heard before Justice Wilkinson today.
Corner George W. Norvell held an inquest over the body of Mrs.
Stewart and the jury rendered the following verdict: We, the jury
impanelled to inquire into the cause of the death of the aforesaid
Agnes Stewart, do state, from the testimony adduced before us, that
she came to her death from a pistol shot wound fired from the hand
of her husband, Charles M. Stewart and that it was unjustifiable
Stewart and his wife had been married thirteen years. Mrs. Stewart
had the reputation of being a kind mother, an amiable and forbearing
wife and very industrious in her habits, she having contributed much
toward the support of the family. Her eldest son, Robert, went to
school during the morning and clerked at Ozanne’s at night, always
returning the money he earned to his mother.
Stewart, himself, was considered previous to the murder, a kind
hearted man. Whisky was probably the cause which prompted him to
commit the rash and terrible deed.
October 22, 1869
Funeral Notice: Stewart. The friends and acquaintances of Mrs.
Elizabeth Humphreys are respectfully invited to attend the funeral
of her daughter Mrs. Agnes W. Stewart from her late residence, No.
60, North Spruce Street this morning at 9 o’clock. Divine services by
Rev. Drs. Fall and Young.
November 6, 1869
Horribly Mangled. A Young Man Crushed to Pieces by a Railroad Train.
A most frightful accident occurred on the Nashville and Northwestern
Railroad at Johnsonville at 11 o’clock Thursday night of which we
give the following authentic particulars:
A young man named D. Ford, brakeman on the eastward bound freight
train had gone into a box car, used for the trip in place of the
regular caboose, and on returning, unmindful of there being no
platform, stepped in between the cars, fell to the track and was run
over. His legs and an arm were crushed to fragments. He was soon
after attended by a physician who bound up his wounds and did
everything else possible to relieve him from the intense suffering
which he experienced. His case was a hopeless one. It was not
believed that he would live until yesterday morning. He expired at
12 a. m. yesterday.
His father, Dr. D. J. L. Ford, of this city, and mother went after
his remains yesterday afternoon. They will arrive here this evening.
Mr. Ford was only nineteen years old, sober and industrious and bade
fair to rise rapidly in the business he had chosen. He possessed an
excellent character and was highly esteemed by all his friends.
November 14, 1869
Tragic Fate of a Lad while Hunting. One of the saddest accidents
that we have been pained to chronicle for some time occurred about
two miles beyond Edgefield on the Porter Pike yesterday morning,
through which Jimmy Herrick, a little son of Mr. T. C. Herrick,
while out hunting met with his death. He was accompanied by Herbert Grasty, a little boy about his own age, fourteen years. They left
home in the morning and hunted about the woods until near dinner
time. Coming to a large tree that had been blown down by the storm,
young Herrick remarked to his companion that he believed he would
climb up the log and see if he could discover any game. He placed
his gun against the log and got on top. He then reached down and
caught hold of the gun but in drawing it up, struck the hammer
against the tree, firing it off and sending the entire contents
through his head. The muzzle could not possibly have been more than
ten inches from his face at the time of its discharge. He fell from
the log and by the time young Grasty, who was not more than four
feet behind him at the time he was shot, had jumped to the ground,
his life was extinct. The load was of bird shot and entered his face
immediately below the left eye and tore away and badly mutilated the
whole of that side of his head.
Young Grasty, when he found that his companion was dead, in almost
breathless excitement ran to the residence of Mr. Herrick about a
mile off from the scene of the accident and detailed the sad story.
The body was then taken home and an inquest held over it by Coroner
Norvell who returned a verdict in accordance with the foregoing
facts. Jimmy was a sprightly and intelligent lad and we sincerely
regret the untimely death that has thus overtaken so promising a
November 20, 1869
Shocking Accident. A Man Killed and Horribly Mangled.
On Thursday morning one of the most harrowing accidents we have had
to chronicle in some time occurred at the depot of the Nashville and
Chattanooga railroad. But a short time since, we published the
painful intelligence of the accidental killing and mangling at
Johnsonville of young Mr. Ford, a brakeman on the Northwestern
railroad and now a similar accident is noted, more horrible in its
character than the former by which the life of a valuable young man
and one of sober, industrious habits, enjoying the confidence of his
employees and the officers of the road with which he was connected,
was taken without a moment’s precaution.
The train from Chattanooga was in and the young man who was killed
was a brakeman on the road. His name was Green Hagerman who had for
some time been living at Cowan Station and engaged in that capacity.
Thursday morning in the yard of the Chattanooga depot near the hour
of 8 o’clock, Mr. Hagerman was standing on the tender of the engine
which he was maneuvering for the purpose of linking the coaches of a
freight train. The engine was slowly backing through the yard as Mr.
Hagerman aimed to step off over the side track. There was a little
ice at the time and his foot slipping, he fell immediately across
the track. The engine passed directly over his body, killing him
instantly and mangling his body in a most horrid manner. His body
was mashed, torn and lacerated, it being nearly severed in two
across the chest. The intestines stuck to the wheels of the engine
and his life blood bespattered the rails. His heart, which a few
minutes before had beat high with the pulsations of animated life,
was torn from the breast and lay on one side of the mangled form and
the liver on the other. The unfortunate man never spoke and died
almost instantly. Mr. Hagerman was formerly from Kentucky but had
been some time connected with the road. He was about 24 years of age
and had made many friends during his stay on the road. The
occurrence is a very unfortunate one and we trust no similar one
will again occur on any of our roads.
November 21, 1869
Died, Douglas. On Saturday morning, 20th instant, at 2 o’clock at
home, Mrs. Nancy Hamilton Douglas, wife of Hugh Douglas. The friends
and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral at
the Presbyterian Church, Edgefield, on Tuesday, 23rd instant, at 12
o’clock, p. m. Services by Rev. J. H. McNeilly.
December 4, 1869
Funeral Notice: Elliott. The friends and acquaintances of late W. F.
Elliott and his wife are requested to attend his funeral at his late
residence, 146 Cedar Street, Sabbath afternoon at 2 o’clock. Divine
service by Rev. Dr. Ellis.
December 7, 1869
Martin Kooney who fell into a boiling vat of sour mash at Manning’s
distillery, West Nashville, Saturday, by the breaking of a plank,
died from his injuries at 11 ½ o’clock that night. He was scalded
from his knees to his neck. He suffered intense agonies. The vat
into which he fell held 1,000 gallons. Mr. Kooney was an industrious
young man, eighteen year of age. His remains were interred Sunday.