Obituaries – 1841

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Obituary Date
Death Date
On the 7th instant
Aged one year and twenty days
On the 27th instant
Aged seven years
On Tuesday, the 20th instant
Aged 22 months
On Saturday, the 28th ult.
In the eleventh year of her age
On the 3rd ult.
In the 32nd year of her age
On the 23rd instant
1/8/1841 & 1/11/1841
Last Evening, 7th instant
On the 29th inst.
On the 28th of June
In the 26th year of his age
On Tuesday night the 13th inst.
Aged (we understand) ninety-three years
On Saturday morning, 3rd inst.
On Saturday last 20th instant
Aged 79 years
On Saturday morning, Feb. 27
In the nineteenth year of his age
On Monday, 16th inst.
Last evening
Yesterday morning
Yesterday afternoon
Infant son
7/30/1841 & 8/2/1841
Of Tuesday
Last evening
On Friday evening
Aged five years
On Sunday, 25th instant
Of the 5th instant
In the 51st year of her age
7/28/1841 & 7/28/1841 & 7/30/1841
3/1/1841 & 3/29/1841 & 5/19/1841
On Saturday afternoon
In the 28th year of his age
On Monday night, 1st instant
Yesterday morning
In the 67th year of his age
On last evening
On the 2nd ult.
Aged 51
On Tuesday night
Aged three years
Yesterday noon
On Monday, 19th inst.
In the sixtieth year of her age
On Sunday morning, January 24th
Aged 4 years
11/10/1841 & 11/15/1841 & 11/24/1841
On Saturday week, 6th inst.
In the 55th year of his age
On Saturday morning
On yesterday
On Friday morning, 15th instant


Death Notices From The Whig for 1841

January 8, 1841
Died last evening, Margaret, wife of Andrew Ewing, Esq. and eldest daughter of Col. Andrew Hynes.

January 11, 1841
OBITUARY – It is my painful task to notice the death of Mrs. Margaret Ewing, late consort of Andrew Ewing, Esq., of this city. She died on the 7th instant between the hours of nine and ten at the house of her relative., A. B. Sluder. Seldom, if ever, does death, in its universal dominion, cause more deep and heartfelt distress than it has done, in taking, from a large circle of friends and warmly attached relatives, a fond and affectionate father and a kind, devoted and loving husband, the subject of this brief notice. She was married at an early age to the object of her sincere and ardent affections and they, with their numerous and sincere friends, fondly hoped that the union of two such kindred spirits would be crowned with long and useful and happy lives; and for a while they had every reason to believe that these fond hopes would be realized. But alas, “it could not taste, ‘twas bright, ‘twas heavenly, but ‘tis past.”

That fatal disease, consumption, laid its withering blight on her fair form and wrested the roses from her cheek, ere four years of their happy union had passed. All that the most skillful physicians could do – all that friendship could devise or love dictate, was done – but all in vain. “Death’s fatal dart had sped too true, and lodged securely in her breast, defied their efforts all.” She lingered for many months with this fatal disease; her once beautiful countenance became pale – her sweet voice became feeble – and her slender, graceful form, emaciated; but she retained to the last that sweetness of temper that ardent love and sincere friendship which made her at once the idol, the life and joy of the family circle. She was in fact one of those rare spirits so beautifully described by Young: “Sweet harmonist! And beautiful as sweet! And young as beautiful! And soft as young! And gay as soft! And innocent as gay!”

She was for several months before and at the time of her death, a member and ornament of the Presbyterian Church and left behind her the only consolation she could leave her friends, the fullest assurance that she has gone to dwell in “an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” R

January 25, 1841
Died on Sunday morning, January 24th, David Shelby, son of David Williams, Esq. of this vicinity, aged four years.

February 12, 1841
OBITUARY – Departed this life on the morning of the 5th instant at the residence of Capt. Simon Bradford, near this city, Mrs. Jane Scott, a native of Ireland, in the 51st year of her age. The death of this inestimable and Christian lady is deeply lamented by the community in which she lived and on the youth of which she confered many and great intellectual blessings. Her career through life has been one of acknowledged usefulness, although the difficulties she encountered were great and her afflictions severe.

At an early age it became her lot to have committed to her charge, a family inmeasurably dependant upon her exertions for their maintenance and support. Naturally possessed of a strong and powerful mind, she was early convinced of the weighty importance of maturing its strength by increasing her knowledge; and in this making herself mistress of all that she attempted, the result of her labors proved beneficial to the community and was no doubt the source of her greatest enjoyment. In the discharge of her duties as the head of a Female Academy, she ever sustained it the character it so deservedly held.

Concions but yet modest and nice in urging the pretentions of her own ability, she was eminently calculated to impart the fruit of her own acquirements to those of a youthful and giddy nature. But now, that she is no more – for her many invaluable services and high moral virtues, she will ever have a seat in the memory of our fathers, whilst she will always remain dear in the bosom of our mothers.

February 24, 1841
Died on Saturday last 20th instant at his residence in this county, Mr. John Iredale, aged 79 years, a native of England but for many years, a residence of this county.

March 1, 1841
“One woe doth tread upon another’s heels; So fast they follow.:
It is with painful interest that we record this evening one of those inscrutable dispensations of Providence which so often deprive society of its youngest and brightest ornaments, and the domestic circle of its most loved and valued members. We are somewhere told that when Death, the King of Terrors, was about to select his Prime Minister, “Pale Consumption” found most favor in his eyes, to the exclusion of all the other ills which afflict the human race and annually swell the bills of mortality. The circumstances attending a recent mournful affliction in the family of a respected friend and fellow citizen affords a two-fold exemplification of the force of the allegory.

Risely P. Lawrence, son of Dr. William P. Lawrence, of this city, departed this life on Saturday morning, Feb. 27, from the effects of an acute attack of the consumption, which hurried him, with rapid and heart-rending progress from the buoyancy and promise of ingenuous youth to the cold embraces of a premature grave. He died in the nineteenth year of his age, on the verge of useful manhood and having but recently received, with no ordinary eclat, the first honors of the University. His death is rendered, if possible, more afflicting to his family and friends by the fact that he is the second son and third child who had been cut off in early life and all within a brief period, by the same fell disease. A subsequent and quickly succeeding event has added another pang to the parental heart and filled to overflowing the cup of domestic misfortune.

The Rev. Abednego Stephens, son of Rev. Daniel Stephens, of Bolivar, and son-in-law of Dr. William P. Lawrence, died at the residence of the latter on Saturday afternoon, in the 28th year of his age, and after a lingering pulmonary illness which he bore with Christian fortitude for nearly two years. Mr. Stephens was a gentleman of rare scholarship and unaffected devotion to the cause of Christianity and the progress of letters in the South and West. Talented, laborious and to a commendable degree ambitious, his success, to the date of his illness, promised all that his own heart could desire, or a devoted circle of friends anticipate. His career, though brief, was distinguished by a promotion to literary eminence, as rapid as it was intrinsically deserved.

Mr. Stephens finished his collegiate courses at the University of Nashville about the year 1833 (if we mistake not) and was immediately afterwards appointed a Tutor and subsequently a Professor, in the same institution. In this latter station he continued until 1838 when he prepared himself for and received holy orders from the diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Tennessee. In 1839, he was called to preside over the interests of Jefferson college, near Natchez, Mississppi in the double trust of President of the Faculty and Professor of Ancient and Modern Languages. Here his health declined so rapidly that he was induced by the advice of his friends to visit the island of Cuba from whence he returned in 1840, but to linger and die in the bosom of his family in Nashville. Sad fate for one so young- so amiable and so promising.

Of the literary productions of the deceased, his published address, delivered before the Alumni Society of the University of Nashville, in 1838, is perhaps the most finished and enduring. Beside this, he was the author of a number of fugitive communications to the newspaper press, some of which will compare, in point of vigor of style and beauty of language, with the highest standards of the English classics. Our own columns, as well as the columns of a neighboring journal, have borne repeated evidences of his ripe scholarship and eloquent powers.

The remains of young Lawrence and Rev. Mr. Stephen were committed to the grave yesterday, noon, after divine service at the Presbyterian Church by the Rev. J. T. Edgar and Rev. J. T. Wheat.

March 3, 1841
Death of An Old Citizen – Another victim to consumption has fallen in our midst – a man univerally respected for his excellent social and domestic virtues as a citizen, and his eminently useful qualifications as a teacher. Moses Stevens departed this life at his residence in this vicinity on Monday night, 1st instant, from the effects of a lingering pulmonary attack which he bore with philosophic and Christian fortitude. Mr. Stevens was a native of Massachusetts but for a long series of years, filled with rare success, the station of Principal of one of our best English and Classical Seminaries. Mr. Stevens was long an active and devoted member of the Masonic Fraternity. His remains will be committed to the grave this afternoon amidst the impressive ceremonies of that ancient and honorable order and the heart felt regrets of his companions of the Lodge.

March 15,1841
Died on Saturday morning, Eugenia, wife of Mr. George Wilson, merchant and daughter of Captain Alpha Kingsley.

March 29, 1841
Died last evening after a lingering illness, Mrs. Eleanor R. Livingston, relict of the late William Livingston and eldest daughter of John Nichol, Esq. of this city.

March 29, 1841
Tribute to Departed Worth – Rev. Abednego Stephens, late President of Jefferson College in the town of Washington, Adams county, Mississippi, died in the city of Nashville, Tennessee on the 26th day of February 1841. He had long been a sufferer in his health and found the fulness he had marked out for himself, much impeded by the slow yet sure approaches of that wasting consumption which has, at length, completed its destined work of death. His fond wish, however, to die among his friends and surrounded by scenery embalmed by his earliest recollections and holiest aspirations was realized. From his dying chamber, he might contemplate the emerald hill, where stands Nashville University among whose classic sons he was foremost in all that accomplishes the scholar, ripens the moralist and educates the Christian, philosopher, orator and poet. From his window he could see the semi-gothic towers of the church in whose sacred walls he took his fervent and youthful vows of the holy ministry upon him; and his last look upon surrounding nature might have rested upon the undying green of the cedar groves beneath whose umbered shadows, at even tide, he might have breathed out his great and affectionate heart a thousand times into the bosom of confiding friendship and love. But he now rests, like a fragrent flower cut down in the season of its earliest bloom, in that romantic dell of graves where many a fall shaft of marble presses the bosoms of the noble and the good, the friends of his earliest youth. “None knew him but to praise, None lose him but to mourn.” Natchez Free Trader

April 23, 1841
Died in this city on last evening, Miss Mary P. Stodder. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend her funeral at the residence of her father, corner of Church and Cherry Street, on tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Edgar.

May 7, 1841
We understand that a Mrs. Woods (late Widow Quesenbury) committed suicide in the county, near the Nolensville Road on yesterday by shooting out her brains with a rifle.

May 19, 1841
From the Churchman: Obituary for Rev. Abednego Stephens (see copy)

June 7, 1841
Died at the residence of William Donelson, Esq., in this county on Friday evening, Lewis Jackson Randolph, aged five years. He was an only child and his widowed mother mourns as a mother only can mourn.

June 16, 1841
Mark of Respect: William G. Moore (See copy)

July 2, 1841
Died at his residence in this city on the 28th of June, John Holmes Hart, eldest son of the late Captain Oliver Hart, in the 26th year of his age. The deceased was a much esteemed citizen and his early death is much regretted by a numerous circle of relatives and friends. He died in full confidence of a blissful immortality.

July 5, 1841
Died, W. Hasell Hunt (see copy)

July 5, 1841
Died, James M. Gleaves (see copy)

July 21, 1841
Died, Mrs. Margaret Walker (see copy)

July 23, 1841
Died in this place on Tuesday, the 20th instant, Emma Cora, infant daughter of A.W. and Mary D. Butler, aged 22 months. “Leaves have their time to fall, and flowers to wither in the north wind’s breath, and stars to set, but all – Thou hath all seasons for thine own, O Death.”

July 26, 1841
An Old Soldier Fallen – Mr. John Hague (see copy)

July 28, 1841
Died in this city on Sunday, 25th instant, Mary Charlotte, wife of James Riggs, Esq., of Philadelphia and only daughter of the late Richard C. Napier.

July 28, 1841
Died at the residence of Professor Cross, in this city, R. B. Smith, a student of the University of Nashville.

July 28, 1841
Drowned in the Cumberland last evening, ——— Payne, a student of the University of Nashville.

July 28, 1841
Nashville University, death of R. B. Smith (see copy)

July 30, 1841
Erosopian Hall, death of Robert B. Smith (see copy)

July 30, 1841
Drowning, Mr. Frederick D. Page (see copy)

August 2, 1841
Nashville University, Frederick D. Page (see copy)

August 18, 1841
Died, Joseph Litton (see copy)

August 27, 1841
Died suddenly on Tuesday night, Virginia Wilkins, daughter of Wilkins F. Tannerhill, Esq., aged three years.

September 8, 1841
Obituary – Ellen Virginia Dashiells (see copy)

September 8, 1841
Died on the 7th instant, Alviralla S. Alderson, second daughter of Thomas and R. Alderson, aged one year and twenty days.

September 13, 1841
Died in this vicinity yesterday noon, Mary, wife of Edward Trabue, Esq., merchant. The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock this morning at the county seat of Mr. Trabue, two and 1/2 miles from town, near the Murfreesboro Turnpike.

September 17, 1841
Died at the residence of his son, William Stewart, yesterday morning, Mr. John Steward, a native of Scotland, in the 67th year of his age. Mr. Stewart has been for many years a much respected citizen of this county.

September 27, 1841
Died in this city on the 23rd instant of scarlet fever, Henry, second son of Henry and Elizabeth Driver.

October 1, 1841
Died in this vicinity on the 27th instant, Ann Andrews, eldest daughter of John and Eliza Andrews, aged seven years.

October 18, 1841
Died at the resident of her father in this city on Friday morning, 15th instant, Mrs. Amelia J. Wright, wife of Hamilton Wright, Esq., of New Orleans and only daughter of Captain John Williams. “”Oh, when has life possessed or death destroyed, more lovely hopes, more cloudlessly that smiled? When hath the spoiler left so dark a void! All is lost – a wife, a mother, a child! This star has vanished, and the tomb, throws it deep shadow o’er distant years to come.”

November 1, 1841
Suicide. Samuel Marlin, a carpenter of this city, put an end to his existence yesterday morning by jumping from the top of the bridge into the Cumberland. His body has not yet been recovered. The same man made an attempt upon his life several years ago with a razor.

November 3, 1841
Died yesterday afternoon, Caleb C., infant son of C. C. Norvell.

November 3, 1841
Died in this city on the 2nd ult., Mrs. Mary P., wife of Mr. C. Stodder, aged 51. Exemplary in all he relations of life, a quiet unobtrusive Christian, her bereaved family have the consolation of knowing that their loss has been her gain, that reunited with those of them that have so recently gone before her, she awaits with joy their arrival in a land where sickness, sorrow and separation are unknown.

November 5, 1841
Died in this vicinity on the 3rd ult. in the 32nd year of her age, Mrs. Elizabeth Donelson, the amiable pious wife of William Donelson, Esq. “We record with feeling of sorrow, mingled with submission (includes an obituaty notice of this lamented lady in the Methodist Advocate of the city) the untimely death of the dutiful daughter, the devoted wife and affectionate sister, the faithful and useful Christian, the kind and condescending neighbor and friend.”

November 10, 1841
Public Meeting, Death of Captain John Williams (see copy)

November 15, 1841
Death of a Good Citizen, Captain John Williams (see copy)

November 24, 1841
From the Memphis Inquirer, Death of John Williams(see copy)


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