Obituaries – 1863

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Obituary Date
Death Date
Aged about 37 years
9/30/1863 & 10/1/1863
In the 32 year of his age
Just attained to his 21st year
Aged 22
Aged about 10 months
In the 5th year of his age
On Monday evening
Aged 2 years and 6 months
12/15/1863 & 12/16/1863
Infant daughter
About 18 years of age
Aged about 1 year
Saturday night
Old citizen
Infant daughter
Aged 16 years, 11 months, & 18 days
9/17/1863 & 9/18/1863
In the 75th year of her age
On Thursday night last
In the 80th year of his age
In the 52nd year of her age
76 years


Death Notices From the Nashville Daily Press & Times for 1863

May 9, 1863
Died in this city on Friday morning, the 8th instant, Margaret Fanny Leonard, wife of J. G. Fisher, aged 22. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral tomorrow (Sunday evening) at 3 o’clock. Service at the Holy Trinity Church, South High Street by the Rev. Dr. Harlow.

May 28, 1863
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Mr. H. and Felicina Baker are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their youngest son, Rufus McIllhenny from their residence in Edgefield, Watson Street, this morning at 10 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Mr. Harlow.

June 6, 1863
Died yesterday evening, Minnie, daughter of Mr. David and Mrs. Flowman, aged about ten months. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 5 o’clock from their residence in South Nashville between College and Cherry Streets.

June 17, 1863
Man Drowned – James Haley (Hailey) (See copy)

June 26, 1863
Death of John G. Dashiell (See copy)

July 3, 1863
Died in the city yesterday after a brief sickness of diphtheria, Robert Lewis, youngest son of Phineas and M. V. Garrett, in the 5th year of his age. The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend his funeral this evening at 5 o’clock from the residence of his parents, South Summer Street, below Broad. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Wharton.

July 11, 1863
Another Old Citizen Gone, Mr. Anthony Wayne Vanleer (See copy)

July 14, 1863
Died, Mr. Beverly H. Cheek (See copy)

July 14, 1863
Died, Robert Allen McCulloch (See copy)

July 24, 1863
Died at her residence in this city on yesterday evening, Mrs. Tabitha W. Wallace in the 52nd year of her age. The friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend her funeral at her residence, South High Street, at 4 o’clock this evening. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Goodlett.

August 4, 1863
Died on Monday morning, August 3, 1863, at 9 o’clock at the residence of L. C. Coleman, 138 North Front Street, Vessie, daughter of John Elliott and H. M. Harrison, aged two years and six months. The funeral will take place on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral service by Rev. Mr. Harlow.

August 5, 1863
Died on the 3rd instant at the residence on the Nolensville Turnpike, Rebecca, the wife of Wesley Greenfield, Esq. The friends and acquaintances of the family invited to attend her funeral at 10 o’clock this morning. Service by Rev. Dr. Howell and Mr. Fall.

August 17, 1863
Died of consumption on the 10th ult., in Newark, New Jersey, whither he had gone for the benefit of his health, Mr. William T. Stonelake, aged 16 years, 11 months and 18 days. He has left us in the first flush of an early manhood, which gave promise of a vigourous and useful life. Young in years, he possessed in an eminent degree that suavity and amiability which is every so attractive in youth. He was a willing and obedient son and a kind, affectionate brother and his loss creates a void in the family circle which will be long and severly felt. In his personal intercourses he so conducted himself as to win the esteem and respect of all who knew him. “None knew him but to love him; Nor named him but to praise.”

September 12, 1863
Sucide – Mrs. Deliah Hunn, a young woman about eighteeen years of age, committed suicide yesterday morning at her residence, West of Capitol Hill, by taking two ounces of laudanum. She was known to have been in a very destitute condition and this was the only probable cause of her self-destruction. A coroner’s inquest was held upon the body and a verdict rendered according to the facts here stated. G. M. Southgate, Esq. caused the unfortunate deceased to be buried as a pauper.

September 15, 1863
Funeral Notice: Died on Monday, September 14, Elizabeth Berrien, infant daughter of Eliza B. and J. W. Hoyt. The friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral at the residence this evening at 4 o’clock

September 17, 1863
Died in this city on the 15th instant in the 75th year of her age, Mrs. Catharine T. Stout, relict of the late S. V. D. Stout. Her funeral will take place at the Presbyterian Church today at 10 o’clock. Service by Rev. Dr. Ford and Dr. Hoyt.

September 18, 1863
The late Mrs. Catharine T. Stout. Our community has sustained an irreparable loss in the death of Mrs. Catharine T. Stout, which took place on Tuesday last and which was briefly noticed in yesterday’s paper. She was the consort of the late S. V. D. Stout. She was one of the small band in our midst who belong to another century and who have been permitted to linger upon the shores of time while their generation and others have passed the dark valley and shadow of death. Her life was spent in the exercise of those exemplary virtues which beautify the human character and give to it the mould of divinity. Her deep piety and sincere benevolence were the secret springs of her entrance into the hearts of all who knew her. Of her can be truly said, she was a living illustration of that Christianity which is born of heaven. She has gone to her reward and many, very many, surviving objects of her noble beneficence and others of her troops of friends will, while they sorrow for her departure from earth, cherish her talismanic name and ever-living christian virtues. Her funeral took place yesterday morning and was attended by a large number of our citizens. The divine services were conducted by Revs. Ford and Hoyt, at the First Presbyterian Church of which denomination Mrs. Stout has been a devoted member.

September 27, 1863
Died at the U. S. Government Franklin Shops on the 25th instant, Martin Burton, aged about 37 years. He died of appoplexy. His remains will be removed from the Shops for burial today at 10 o’clock a. m. The attaches of the Quarter master’s Department and the Shops are invited to attend.

September 30, 1863
Died in this city at the residence of Dr. W. K. Bowling at nine o’clock Monday night, the 28th instant, Dr. John L. Cheatham in the 32 year of his age.

September 30, 1863
The members of the Trabue Lodge, No. 10, I. O. O. F. will meet at the Odd Fellows Hall on Wednesday morning, September 30th at 9 o’clock for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother, Dr. John L. Cheatham. Members of other Lodges in the city are respectfully requested to meet and join in the procession. T. J. Hopkins, Secretary.

October 1, 1863
The remains of Dr. John S. Cheatham were followed to their last resting place yesterday by a large number of Odd Fellows of which society he was a worthy member. It is pleasing to know that during all the troubles that have passed over our beloved country in the last two years, the Odd Fellows have proudly maintained their noble order and kept it in a working condition. To visit the sick, to relieve distress and to bury the dead are duties that they perform with a willingness that proves that there is some “remnant of the angel” still left in the human breast. Without reference to creed or politics, the Odd Fellow is found at the bed side of the sufferer, faithfully and lovingly ministering to his wants. We have known many instances where our brave Union soldiers in the hospitals of Nashville, have made their wants known and, in every instance, all the attention has been shown them that one brother could show another. For the sake of the widow and orphan, we hope the Order may ever prosper.

November 7, 1863
Died in this city on Friday morning, November 6th, Bettie Morgan, infant daughter of John R. W. and Elizabeth Pearcy. The friends and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend her funeral this morning at 10 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. W. D. F. Sawrie.

December 15, 1863
Died on Monday, 14th instant, at 1 1/4 p. m. at the residence of his father, W. H. Horn, Mr. Richard H. Horn. The friends and acquaintances of the family will attend his funeral from his father’s residence on College street this morning at 11 o’clock.

December 16, 1863
The remains of Mr. Richard H. Horn, a member of the City Fire Department, were escorted to the graveyard yesterday by a portion of the members of each of our fire companies. The deceased was the son of our worthy and highly esteemed fellow townsman, Captain W. H. Horn.

December 19, 1863
Passing Away. Since the breaking out of the present unhappy war, many of the oldest, best and most substantial citizens of Nashville have paid the last debt of nature and passed away from our circle, leaving behind, as a legacy to the rising generation, a long list of noble deeds and virtuous examples. Of such was the subject of these remarks. Yesterday morning at 8 o’clock, Thomas Washington, Esq. departed this life after a painful illness of several weeks which he bore with firmness and resignation. In the demise of Mr. Washington, the State of Tennessee has lost one amongst her oldest and most valuble citizens. For more than half a century, Mr. Washington occupied a most prominent position as a citizen and member of the Bar, being, at his death, the oldest member of the fraternity in this state during all of which time his actions and life were characterized by the highest principles of honor, honesty, integrity and punctuality which gained for him the highest esteem and confidence of the whole community.

In the year 1803, Mr. Washington was a student of the first promise of his age at the Vallidolid Academy at that time the only classcal school west of the Alleghany Mountains, under the superintendence of our aged and venerable George M. Martin, Esq., now a citizen of Maury County, Tennessee. He held the first Attorney Generalship in this District in 1809; the duties of which office he discharged with ability, firmness and impartiality. Of the very numerous scholastic contemporaries of Mr. Washington, but one or two now remain known of citizens of Davidson county who will learn with mingled sorrow and sympathy this announcement of his death.

General Thomas Washington, the father of the deceased, removed from Virginia to Tennessee and settled in Williamson county as a farmer about the year 1800 where he lived and died at an advanced age, highly esteemed and respected by all, leaving a large family all of whom, but one, have paid the debt of nature in Tennessee, sustaining enviable characters for honesty and propriety. Truth and justice bear the assertion that Mr. Thomas Washington was for more than fifty years amongst the most useful, intellectual, upright and inflexibly just citizens of the State, never yielding to the influence of popular opinion when, in his judgment, destructive of public good, nor never seeking or asking for public favor by the sacrifice in his judgment of public goods. As a man, he was strictly honest and firm, as a lawyer, he was just, learned and unfaltering to his clients’ interest when not subversive of right; as a friend, he was faithful and sincere, never wavering from danger or defeat; as a husband, he was most kind and affectionate; and as a parent, indulgent to a fault. He died at the ripe old age of seventy-six years. He will long be remembered by our people as one of “Nature’s noblemen.”

December 19, 1863
The friends and acquaintances of Thomas Washington are invited to attend his funeral from Christ Church this afternoon at 3 o’clock. Service by Mr. Harlow.

December 28, 1863
Mr. John F. Moore, an old citizen of Nashville, died in the Gazette office between 9 and 10 o’clock Saturday night. He had been complaining for some days, but no serious apprehensions were felt concerning him until half an hour before his death. P. C. Coleman, Esq. was sent for to hold an inquest on the body and the jury returned a verdict of “come to his death by an apoplectic fit, brought on by intemperate habits.” Mr. Moore will be remembered as an old business man and as the heading publisher of the Nashville Journal.


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