Obituaries – 1838

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Obituary Date
Death Date
On Tuesday last
Infant son
Old & respectable citizen
On Wednesday last
In the 28th year of his age
Infant son
In the 36th year of her age
Infant daughter
Age 24
Aged 4 months
Age 36
Old & respectable citizen
In the 68th year of life
On Saturday Morning
One of the oldest physicians of Nashville
On Thursday last
A youth
Aged 35 years


Death Notices from the Nashville Whig for 1838

January 27, 1838
Died in this city, after a lingering illness, James G. Washington, aged 35 years, long and favorable known as an enterprising and intelligent merchant and a member of the old and respectable House of James Woods & Co.

June 25, 1838
Departed this life, Sarah, wife of Thomas H. Fletcher (See copy)

June 29, 1838
Death of The Sheriff of Davidson – Major Philip Campbell (See copy)

June 29, 1838
Died on Thursday, 28th inst., Olivia, youngest child of O. H. Hughes, aged four months.

July 2, 1838
Death by Drowning – Dr. Walsh (See copy)

July 4, 1838
Died in this vicinity on the 27th ulto., Hugh B., infant son of Hugh Erwin.

July 4, 1838
Died in this city on Saturday morning the 30th ulto., Mrs. Mary McNeil, wife of Dr. William McNeil.

July 4, 1838
Died on Sunday, 1st, Mary, infant daughter of Joseph G. Gibson, merchant.

July 6, 1838
Died in this city this morning, Mrs. Elvira Julia, wife of Andrew Erwin, Esq., in the thirty-six year of her age. The friends and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend the funeral of Mrs. Erwin at the Presbyterian Church tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock.

August 8, 1838
Died in this city (August 6) of inflamation of the brain, Mr. David S. Ingersoll of the theatre, formerly of Philadelphia.

August 8, 1838
Died yesterday in this vicinity, Mrs. Nichols, wife of John Nichols, Esq. of Davidson County.

August 8, 1838
Died yesterday at his residence, near this city, David McGavock, Sr., an old and respectable citizen of Davidson County.

August 29, 1867 (Wednesday)
Drowned, T. J. Luster, of the concern of Luster & Co., German rout doctors of this city, was drowned in the Cumberland while bathing on Monday night. His body was recovered yesterday near the site of the old steam mill below the bridge.

September 12, 1838
Died near Nashville, August 31, Mrs. Bethenia H, consort of Mr. Joseph W. Clay. (See copy)

October 5, 1838
Obituary: Departed this life on the evening of the 24th ult., in this city, in the 28th year of his age, after a lingering illness which he bore with patience and fortitude – Mr. Jeremiah Dwyer, youngest son of Mr. Daniel Dwyer, formerly of Franklin, Tenn. He was highly esteemed and respected by all who knew him and deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. D. J.

October 5, 1838
Died at Mrs. Martin’s four miles North of this city, on Wednesday last, Major Russel Dance, Merchant, formerly of Murfreesboro and more recently of the house of Nichol, Dance & Co., Nashville – a gentleman highly respected as an intelligent and enterprising citizen and favorably known as a man of business.

October 8, 1838
Died at his residence, William Murphy (See copy)

October 19, 1838
Died last evening, Margaret, youngest daughter of Thomas Gowdey of this city.

November 5, 1838
Died in this city, on Thursday last, W. C. Stodder, son of E. C. Stodder, a youth of amiable habits and promising talents.

November 9, 1838
Died in this city on Sunday the 4th inst., R. G. Lanphier, age 36. District of Columbia, Philadelphia and Georgetown papers will please to notice the above for the information of the friends of the deceased.

November 12, 1838
Died yesterday morning, William H. Hobbs, printer, age 24. Funeral this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of the mother of the deceased, Broad Street.

November 19, 1838 (Monday)
Died in this city, on Tuesday last, James, infant son of James Campbell, Esq.

November 26, 1838
At a meeting of the Agatheridan Society, held today for the purpose of paying their respect to the memory of two of its members, who are now no more, which they so justly merited, the following preamble and resolutions were offered by G. P. Massey and were unanimously adopted: Whereas, with the deepest regret we have lately received the said intelligence of the death ofMr. James M. Maney, a graduate of this University and a member of the Agatheridan Society – a bright example of kindness and truth – beloved and respected by his fellow members and by all who knew him. Resolved 1st, that by his death society has been deprived of a bright ornament – this Institution of a warm friend and zealous supporter- and our Society of a worthy and useful member. 2nd. That we deeply sympathize with the relatives and friends of the deceased in their last and sad bereavement. 3rd. That as a testimony of our grief for the loss of our companion – of our regard for his many virtues and of the high estimation in which we hold his memory, will wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days. 4th. That a copy of the above preamble and resolutions, signed by the Secretary and President, be sent to his parents and to the editors of the several papers in this city for publication. J. M. Bright, Pres. G. P. Massey, Sec.

November 26, 1838
Mr. R. K. Woods then offered the following preamble and resolutions and they were unanimously adopted: Whereas, with feelings of deep regret we have heard that the ruthless hand of death has snatched from among us our young and beloved fellow member, Mr. William Stodder; to many of us he was an intimate and esteemed friend, and of this Society, a talented and zealous supporter; cut down in the bloom of youth, he has left many behind him who will never cease to mourn his untimely ends. He was an affectionate, a kind brother and a youth whose presence was hailed with joy amid the circles of his companions, and whose early decease has left a chasm there which cannot easily be filled – Therefore Resolved that in his death his parents have lost a dutiful son – this society one of her brightest ornaments and his country, a citizen whose morn of life bade fair to usher in a career of honor to himself and usefulness to her. Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with his afflicted parents in their severe bereavement.
Resolved, That as a of token of respect for his memory, we will wear the usual badge of mourning thirty days. Resolved, That a copy of this above preamble and resolutions signed by the Secretary and President be handed in to several papers of this city for publication and that a copy also be transmitted to his bereaved parents. J. M. Bright, Pres. G. P Massey, Sec.

December 31, 1838 (Monday)
Died in this city on Saturday morning, Dr. John Newnan, one of the oldest physicians of Nashville.


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