Obituaries – 1865

Please note that the listings here are only for obituaries that have been found to date. It does not include all those that are listed with readable inscriptions; therefore, we have not yet cross-referenced them to the tombstone pages.
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NameObituary DateDeath DateAge
Allen, John H10/12/1865  
Allen, Mr. S. Shadrack7/27/18657/26/1865about fifty-nine years old
Bertrand, J. N.3/2/1865  
Bradfute, Hamelton3/27/1865  
Brown, George Boon1/4/1865 – 1/5/1865Sunday evening lastin the 43rd year of his age
Byram, Mr.12/14/1865Tuesday night 
Cameron, Gabe (well known colored barber)2/6/1865  
Campbell, Sarah M.12/6/186512/5/1865youngest daughter
Clements, Mr. Benjamin N.  (Colonel Benjamin Norris)9/5/1865 two notices9/4/1865 
Coleman, Jordan P., Esq. and also1/17/1865 – 1/26/18651/16/1865 
Collinge, Hannah2/6/1865 two notices2/2/1865in the 53rd year of her age
Collinge, Robert2/6/1865 two notices1/28/1865in the 52nd year of his age
Cotton, Eugene Clements1/30/1865 boy of five summers
Cullen, John12/14/1865  
Cummings, Philip7/8/1865 about twenty-five years old
Cummings, Thomas J.7/2/1865Saturday afternoonabout thirty-five years
Cunningham, Daniel7/10/1865Saturday morning 
Dashiell, Kate7/4/1865  
Dix, Mr. John6/12/1865 aged 72 years, 8 months and 2 days
Elliot, Peter (negro)4/14/1865  
Evans, Jimmie W.5/22/1865  
Fassman, Mrs. Anna M.8/4/18658/3/1865 
Garrett, Myra and also10/3/1865  
Heregis, John4/1/18653/30/1865 
Hinton, Selina J.8/24/18658/23/1865in the 15th year of her age
Hobbs, Mr. John N8/15/18658/14/1865 
Hughes, Mrs. Elizabeth F.2/27/1865 two notices  
Hughes, Mrs. Eudoxey1/7/1865Thursday nightaged about 67 years
Hummer, Charles B.7/17/18657/16/1865infant son
Johnson, Doc (negro)2/14/1865Sunday night last 
Keenan, William1/26/1865 three notices1/24/1865 
Kirkman, Mrs. Lizzie10/20/1865  
Lihman, Anna4/17/1865 little daughter
Long, A. B. Esq.5/1/18654/30/1865aged 56 years
Long, Mr. Elisha6/15/18656/14/1865in his 78th year
Loyd, John W. Jr.6/9/18656/8/1865aged nine years
Mathews, Julien1/13/1865 little son
Mathewson, Mrs. Mary11/18/1865  
McDaniel, Alexander R.10/18/1865  
Monohan, M. M., Esq.3/27/1865 two noticesSaturday evening lastin the 70th year of his age.
Pilcher, Captain Merritt S. and also1/14/1865 – 1/15/1865Wednesday last 
Reid, Carrie V.5/13/18655/12/1865 
Robertson, Dr. Felix7/16/1865Sunday nightmaking him eighty-four and a half years old, lacking a couple of days
Rutledge, Mrs. Septima Middleton6/14/18656/12/1865aged 81
Scott, Mary Jane2/6/18652/5/1865 
Sharp, Thomas A.3/30/18653/25/1865of the age of 40 years
Shull, William T.3/21/18653/20/1865in the 26th year of his age
Smith, Charles Winston5/8/1865  
Smith, Elias P.11/15/1865  
Spackman, Mrs. Susan11/15/1865  
Stodhard, Walter (negro boy)3/17/1865Wednesday evening last 
Taplan, William8/24/1865 33 years old
Thompson, Mr. James H7/4/18657/3/1865 
Todd, B. F.1/20/1865Wednesday nightaged about 40 years
Vaupel, Anna and Otte5/17/18655/16/1865children
Williams, Samuel10/19/1865  
Williams, Shane (negro)5/9/18655/9/1865 

Death Notices from The Nashville Weekly Press and the Nashville Daily Press and Times for 1865.

January 4, 1865
Death of George Boon Brown. It becomes our painful duty this morning to chronicle the death of George Boon Brown, one of the proprietors of the Nashville Press and an old and well known citizen. He was attacked with an apoplectic fit on Sunday evening last and lingered until five o’clock last evening at which hour he expired, in the 43rd year of his age.

Mr. Brown was a practical printer and in his young days was regarded as among the best in the country. He was a native of the Western Reserve, Ohio and came to this city about the year 1845 and worked a considerable time in the book room of one of our newspaper offices. In October, 1847, he accepted the position of foreman of the Nashville Whig and performed his duties with credit to himself and the utmost satisfaction to his employer. We remember him well at that time and we can bear testimony to the fact that a more industrious man was never engaged in a printing office. Some years afterwards the subscription of the Nashville Whig was transferred to the Republican banner when Mr. Brown was admitted as a partner with B. R. McKenzie, Esq., the old proprietor in the publication of the Nashville Daily True Whig in which paper he continued his connection until the office was purchased by the proprietors of the Daily Patriot when for some time he was engaged as local editor in the new concern. At a later period, he worked in the wholesale grocery business and was a partner in the well known house of Mizen, Hooper & Co. in which he was very successful. About the time of the breaking out of the war, he retired from business and remained inactive until the publication of the Press was commenced being instrumental in its foundation. The deceased was a kind, gentle hearted gentleman and had a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will regret to hear of his untimely end. If he had his faults, they are now forgotten while his many virtues are combined in the hearts of those who knew him well. Peace to his ashes.

January 5, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of George B. Brown are respectfully invited to attend his funeral from Deaderick street this Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, January 5, 1865. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Sawrie.

January 7, 1865
Died in this city on Thursday night, Mrs. Eudoxey Hughes, aged about 67 years. Her friends and acquaintances are invited to attend her funeral from the residence of her son, Jordan Coleman, No. 16 South High street this morning at half past 10 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Howell.

January 13, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Joseph P. and Julia Mathews are invited to attend the funeral of their little son, Julien this morning at 9 o’clock from their residence on Woodland street, Edgefield. Divine service by the Rev. John W. Hunter. “Like a sunbeam that lightens awhile, the gloom of a dark winter day, Fair child of our love, thou hast passed: thou has passed from earth away.”

January 14, 1865
Death Of An Old Citizen. We learn that Captain Merritt S. Pilcher, an old citizen of this place, died at Franklin on Wednesday last. Captain Pilcher was one of our oldest business men and for many years was highly esteemed by all. In the early days of navigation, he was largely interested in the steamboat business and was more than once commander of several of our first class boats. If our memory serves us correctly, he was part owner in the William L. Robinson, Red Rover, John Randolph, Gladiator and Ellen Kirkman, fine steamers of the olden time. At the time of his death, he was on a visit to his son, a wounded Confederate office in the hospital at Franklin. Captain Pitcher’s family belonged to the early settlers of this State. During the Revolutionary war, his father furnished salt to the army from our present Sulphur Spring, which was then known as French Lick.

January 15, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Merritt S. Pitcher are invited to attend his funeral from the house of Speaker Hollins, No. 18 Summer Street, this morning, Sunday 15th at half past 10 o’clock.

January 17, 1865
Death Of A Well Known Citizen. We regret to announce the death of our esteemed and well known citizen, Jordan P. Coleman, Esq. who died suddenly yesterday morning of diphtheria. He was attacked with this dreadful disease on Saturday evening. At 6 o’clock yesterday morning, he breathed his last. Mr. Coleman was one of our most tender spirited and enterprising citizens—kind-hearted gentleman and greatly beloved by all who knew him. For many years he represented the fifth ward in the upper branch of the city council and during the time, served upon several of the most important committees, at one time we believe, being chairman of the Committee on Public Schools. During his whole administration, he represented faithfully the wishes of his constituents, protected the interests of the corporation and was energetic and untiring in the discharge of his duties. A large circle of friends will regret to hear of his sudden demise. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss.

January 20, 1865
Died in this city on Wednesday night, B. F. Todd, aged about 40 years. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend his funeral from the residence of W. P. Newland, No. 67 McLemore street this evening at 2 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Sawrie.

January 26, 1865 (Thursday)
Died, William Keenan, a member of the firm of Stephens and Stone and formerly a partner in the house of Ewing, Sperry & Co., died in the city on Tuesday night last of consumption. He was only confined to his bed for a few days and died rather suddenly.

January 26, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of William Kennan are invited to attend his funeral from the residence of Mr. A. Patterson, corner of High and Demumbrane streets today at 11 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Howell. Hacks in waiting at Mr. Cornelius at 10 o’clock.

January 26, 1865
Tribute of Respect: Nashville, January 20, 1865, to the W. M. Wardens and Brethren of Cumberland Lodge, No. 8.
The undersigned who were appointed a committee to draw up suitable resolutions in regard to the death of brothers M. S. Pilcher and Jordan P. Coleman, beg leave to submit the following report: Whereas, Death having suddenly removed from our Masonic family our much respected and beloved brothers, Merritt S. Pilcher and Jordon P. Coleman who having finished their labors on earth, it becomes the duty of those who remain to improve the afflictions of the All-wise disposer of human events to keep alive the memories of those who were dear to us while living and, although dead, yet speak from their dark abodes. Therefore, with these motives, and that the virtues of our departed brothers shall survive in our hearts: Resolved, that in their example and character, we have another testimonial that the upright citizen and God’s noblest work, the honest man, are but the practicable excellencies inculcated by the precepts of our institution. Resolved, That this tribute of our feelings be transmitted to the families of our deceased brethren as an earnest of the esteem and consideration with which we cherish their memories, with the assurance of our deepest sympathies in this bereavement which has taken from them the good husband, the kind and affectionate father and from us, our devoted and honored Masonic brethren. Very respectfully submitted. John S. Dashiell, Thomas H. Cox, John W. Barry.

January 30, 1865
We regret to chronicle the death of Eugene Clements, son of our esteemed friend and fellow citizen, M. C. Cotton. He was a bright, beautiful, intelligent looking boy of five summers. “Whom the Gods love die young” and it is a consolation to the sorrowing hearts to know that his little spirit is shining amid the hosts of God’s angels. “Weep not for those whom the vail of the tomb in life’s early beauty hath hid from our eyes. Ere sin threw a blight o’er the spirit’s young bloom Or earth had profaned what was born for the skies.”

February 6, 1865
Severe Affliction – The mother and father of Mrs. W. R. McFarland, of this city, died recently in Mound City, Illinois and have been forwarded to this city for interment. It is sad at all times to visit the house of mourning, but when we see two coffins side by side, each containing the remains of a fond parent, the bereavement is double. For over fifty years, they trod life’s rugged path together and hand in hand, as it were, they go down to the grave.

February 6, 1865
Died, in Mound City, Illinois on the 28th ult., Robert Collinge in the 52nd year of his age. In the same place on the 2nd inst., Hannah Collinge, wife of the above, in the 53rd year of her age, father and mother of Mrs. W. R. McFarland of this city. The relative, friends and acquaintances of the deceased and W. R. McFarland and family are invited to attend the funeral this day at 10 a. m. from the residence of Mr. McFarland, No. 73, North College Street. Divine service by Rev. Mr. Allen,

February 6, 1865
At the residence of Mrs. J. G. Brown at 5 o’clock, p. m. on Sunday, February 5th, 1865, of consumption, Mary Jane, wife of Mr. S. M. Scott, of this city.

February 6, 1865
Gabe Cameron, a well known colored barber, and a great banjioist, died in this city yesterday. In respect to his memory, the different barber shops clothed their doors in mourning.

February 14, 1865
Negro Shot: On Sunday night last, a difficulty occurred in a house on Chitton’s alley, in the sixth ward, between Doc Johnson and Charley Woods, negroes who were engaged in playing a game of cards. During the altercation Charles Woods drew a pistol and fired, the ball taking effect in the abdomen of Doc Johnson producing death nearly instantly. An inquest was held over the dead body of Doc by Esq. Meacham and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.

February 27, 1865
Death Of An Old Resident. Mrs. Elizabeth F. Hughes, mother of Captain James and David Hughes, died in this city on Saturday morning last at an advanced age. She was a devout Christian and had been a member of the Methodist church for over forty years.

February 27, 1865
Died, in this city on the morning of the 25th instant, Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes, mother of Captain James and David Hughes. A devoted mother and an exemplary Christian and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over forty years. “Blessed are the died that died in the Lord; Yea, for they rest from their labors.”

March 2, 1865
Died In The Workhouse. J. N. Bertrand, a well known citizen of this place, died in the workhouse on Tuesday night last of mania apota. He was a painter by trade and some years ago did an extensive business.

March 17, 1865
Killed. Walter Stodhard, a negro boy, was accidentally killed on Wednesday evening last by running against a sword cane in the hands of another negro boy named Charley Lanier. The cane entered his body near the heart producing internal hemorrhage from the effects of which he died in half an hour after the occurrence.

March 21, 1865
Death of William T. Shull
It becomes our painful duty this morning to chronicle the death of William T Shull, one of the proprietors of the Press. He died at 5 o’clock yesterday morning in the 26th year of his age. He fell a victim to that dread disease, consumption, which had been slowly stealing upon him for some time past, not however, assuming an alarming form until within the last three months during which period, he became entirely prostrated and was compelled to keep his room.

Mr. Shull was a native of Fayetteville in this State and removed to this city something over ten years ago, when he was a mere lad. He entered the Gazette office as an apprentice where he completed the Art Preservative,: and embarked upon the sea of manhood with the confidence of his employers and the esteem and respect of the craft. So poplar was he with his fellow craftsmen that afterwards, he was elevated to the position of President of the Typographical Union, a compliment indeed to one so young in years. It was the pleasure of the writer to know him from boyhood up and we can bear testimony to his many virtues. Upright in his conduct, industrious in his habits and amiable in disposition, he was beloved by all who knew him. For many years, he was a part of our household and in picturing the short past, we are reminded and shall hold in pleasing remembrance the sunny days of his youth. Little did we think then that in a few brief years we would be called upon to offer a tribute to his memory. “So vanish our state, so pass our days, So life but opens now, and now decays; the cradle and the tomb, alas so nigh, to live is scarce distinguish’s from to die.”

Mr. Shull leaves a wife, one child, a brother and a sister, to mourn his loss. May the living record of the deceased console them in this their sad bereavement. His funeral takes place from his late residence in West Nashville this evening at 4 o’clock.

March 27, 1865
Death Of An Old Citizen. Another of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens has gone to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. We chronicle with regret this morning the death of M. M. Monohan, Esq. who died at his residence on North College street on Saturday evening last in the 70th year os his age. The announcement was not unexpected, for he was well traveled in the winter of his days. His many friends had noticed for some time past that his health was fast failing and that he had “fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf.” But although recently prostrated by sickness and old in years, he still retained up to the hour of his death, his manly sense and energy of mind.

Mr. Monohan came to Nashville over forty years ago where he has been residing ever since. He identified himself with the interest of the city and was ever foremost in works of enterprise. From Nashville in its infancy, he has seen it grow to be a large and populous city and it must have been some consolation to him in his declining years to think that he added materially to its growth. In 1840 he was elected Alderman from the Second Ward, a position which he filled with credit to himself and honor to the city. He also represented the same ward in the municipal government in the years 1844-5 and for many years afterwards was the unanimous choice of his constituents, but he declined serving for a longer period. Since that time he has filled many positions of honor and trust. For many years he was a Director in the Bank of Tennessee by appointment of the governor. He served too, for a long period as Director in the Union Bank which position he held at the time of his death. He was also Director in the Nashville Commercial Insurance Company and the remaining Directors will feel his loss deeply. The deceased was a man of sterling worth and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of the entire community. As a citizen, he was active and useful and his place will not be easily filled. In addition to which he was a kind hearted, benevolent, Christian gentleman and in the church, to which he was fondly attached, his loss will be seriously felt. We cannot close this brief tribute to his memory more appropriately than by quoting the following lines of the poet: “Age sat with decent grace upon his visage, And worthily became his silver locks; He wore the marks of many years well spent, Of virtue, truth well tried and wise experience.”

March 27, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Mr. M. M. Monohan are respectfully invited to attend his funeral at his late residence on North College street today at half past two o’clock. Services at three o’clock at the Cathedral.

March 27, 1865
Funeral Notice: the friends and acquaintances of Hamelton Bradfute are invited to attend his funeral Monday, the 27th of March at 3 o’clock p. m. from the residence of P. H. Mitchell, No. 142 South Summer street. Divine service by Rev. Mr. Sawrie. New Orleans papers please copy.

March 30, 1865
Died on the 25th instant, in Robertson county, in this State after a brief illness of two weeks, Thomas A. Sharp, for many years a citizen of Edgefield and well known there as a sound and exemplary Christian and a most excellent citizen. He was suddenly cut down in mid-life, being of the age of 40 years; but his brethren and friends have the consolation of knowing that he died as practical Christians die, ready and resigned. He leaves a wife and one child. W. J. A. Edgefield

April 1, 1865 (Saturday)
Death of Another Old Citizen. We announce with regret this morning the death of John Heregis, a well known citizen of this place. He died at his residence on Thursday night last. Of the many excellent mechanics of which Nashville has boosted of in the past twenty-five years, Mr. Heregis stands foremost on this list. His great genius enabled him to master everything which he undertook and he leaves behind him as a monument to his skill, many articles of manufacture which challenge the admiration of the scientific world.

April 14, 1865
Killing Of A Negro. Willie House and Zack Warren had a trial before the Recorder yesterday upon the charge of killing another negro named Peter Elliot at a ball on Saturday night last. According to the testimony, the difficulty originated between Jo Napier and Bob Petway. Jo was dancing on the floor and his partner, a sable damsel, was giving her attentions to Bob who is regarded in the ball room circles as a trump. Joe became jealous and told her about such conduct and afterwards commenced cursing Bob and drawing a knife and pistol, was about to go into Bob’s affections. Willis, the defendant, came forward to prevent the difficulty and wrenched the pistol from Jo’s hands. Quiet was about to be restored when in rushed Mahala, the manageress, with a broom stick which she commenced using pretty freely on Jo Napier’s cranium. A scuffle and considerable commotion ensued and in the grand turmoil, the pistol which Willis took from Jo was accidentally discharged and the ball grazed the left shoulder of a negro named Mitch Shute and afterwards entered the breast of Peter Elliott, inflicting a fatal wound. The only evidence in the case against Willis was detailed by one witness who said that he heard him say on the same evening that he was going to the ball to break it up or kill Dick Woods and Mitch Shute. Warren was only a musician on the occasion and was not implicated in the difficultly and summing up the whole evidence, it was considered purely a case of accidental shooting and the parties were discharged.

April 17, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Dr. R. Lihman are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of his little daughter, Anna, at his residence, No. 53, Cedar Street, between McLemore and Spruce. Services at 4 o’clock today.

May 1, 1865
Died in this city on Sunday, April 30, 1865, A. B. Long, Esq., aged 56 years. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral from his residence on South High street, between Lincoln Avenue and South Union, this morning, May 1 at 10 o’clock. Divine service by Rev. Dr. Sawrie.

May 8, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Dr. N. N. and Mrs. S. A. Smith are requested to attend the funeral of their son, Charles Winston Smith on Monday evening, the 8th inst. at 4 o’clock p. m. from their residence, corner of Cherry and Mulberry street, South Nashville. Funeral service by the Rev. Dr. Howell.

May 9, 1865
Negro Killed – At a quarter to 1 o’clock this morning, a negro named Shane Williams was shot to death in an alley leading from Church to Broad street by another negro named Dick Woods. Woods fired five shots at his victim. Williams ran down the alley a couple of hundred yards and fell and died soon afterwards. The cause of the act was a ball room jealousy and a personal affray in which the murderer was worsted. At least that is the way the attendant darkies told the story.

May 13, 1865
Died at Louisville, Kentucky on the 12th of May, 1865, Carrie V., daughter of George A. and Carrie V. Reid of this city. The friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from their residence, South Cherry street, Sunday morning the 14th instant at 11 o’clock. Divine service by the Rev. R. B. C. Howell.

May 17, 1865
Died in this city on Tuesday 16th instant, Anna and Otte, children of Charles Vaupel. The friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend their funerals from their father’s residence on Church Street at 3 o’clock this evening.

May 22, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Evans are requested to attend the funeral of their son, Jimmie W. This afternoon at 3 o’clock from their residence on Park street. Divine service by Rev. Dr. S. D. Baldwin.

June 9, 1865
Died in this county on Thursday, the 8th instant, John W. Loyd, Jr., son of J. W. and M. J. Loyd, aged nine years.

June 12, 1865
Died at his residence on the Lebanon Pike, four miles from the city, Mr. John Dix, aged 72 years, 8 months and 2 days. The friends and acquaintance of the family and of his son, Mr. William Dix, are invited to attend his funeral from the residence of Mr. William Dix on South Summer street between Elm and Ash streets, today, Monday, June 12, at 11 o’clock a. m.

June 12, 1865
Death Of An Old Citizen. Mr. John Dix, the father of our fellow citizen, William Dix, expired on Saturday, full of years, at his residence a few miles from Nashville. Mr. Dix was in his 73rd year and was a well known and much respected citizen. He served as a private soldier through the year of 1812; and through the entire rebellion up to the hour of his death, remained immovably true and loyal to the flag undner whose ample folds he had so nobly fought.

June 14, 1865
Obituary. Departed this life on the 12th of June at half past 1 o’clock at the residence of her son-in-law, Francis Brinley Fogg, Mrs. Septima Middleton Rutledge, aged 81, relict of Major Henry Middleton Rutledge and daughter of Arthur Middleton of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the old patriots of the American Revolution and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The funeral will take place from Christ Church at 10 o’clock on Thursday morning, June 15th.

June 15, 1865
Died: Mr. Elisha Long, of this city, died on the 14th instant in his 78th year. His friends are hereby invited to attend the funeral service at his residence near the crossing of the Chattanooga Railroad and Franklin Pike on Thursday the 15th instant at 3 o’clock p. m.

July 2, 1865
Dropped Dead. About four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, on Deadrick street in front of William Rear’s Lock and gun shop, a man fell down on the pavement in an apoplectic fit and died almost immediately. The Coroner’s inquest elicited the following facts: the man’s name is Thomas J. Cummings and he was seized with his fit as he was adjusting a key to his carpet bag, preparatory to leaving on the evening train for New York city. From the evidence of papers found on his person, that place appears to be his residence and where he has a wife from whom he had a letter earnestly inquiring the reason why he did not come home. It appears that he was lately a government employee at Chattanooga and had been honorably discharged. He had a set of transportation tickets to his place of residence. On is left arm were pricked, in India ink, a ship, a dog and a wreath. He was about five feet, six inches high, aged about thirty-five years and was of light complexion. He is said to have a brother in the army at Chattanooga. New York papers please copy.

July 4, 1865
Obituary. We regret to announce the death of Mr. James H. Thompson, the foreman of the job department of the Press and Times. He was at work as usual on Saturday but was on Sunday seized with malignant hemorrhage of the lungs from which he died last night about 8 o’clock. The community loses in him a worthy member and the typographical fraternity one of its best ornament. Mr. Thompson is a native of Nashville and was connected with the Gazette when that newspaper first commenced its career.

July 4, 1865
Funeral Notice: The friends and acquaintances of Captain John S. Dashiell are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of his daughter, Kate on this evening at 4 o’clock from his residence, No. 11 South Vine street. Services by Elder P. S. Fall.

July 8, 1865
A Sudden Death. Philip Cummings, late of Toronto, Canada, West, had been out drinking all day and was taken home by his companions to Behron’s saloon, next door to the Louisville depot on Market street. A physician was called in and pronounced the cause to be a congestion of the brain, causing a rush of blood to the head in consequence of disease of the heart. He died 3 o’clock p. m. The deceased is about twenty-five years old and was a bar-keeper in the saloon where he died. The place is known as Behron’s saloon. Only one dollar in currency and a piece of tobacco were found in his pockets. The verdict of the jury was came to his death by congestion of the brain brought on by excessive drinking.

July 10, 1865
Soldier Drowned. On Saturday morning about 9 o’clock, two soldiers went on one of the coal barges and asked permission to go in swimming. While one of them was standing on a spar which was holding the barge from getting aground, the swing turned round, throwing him into the water and being unable to swim, he sunk almost instantly. A crowd stood by and watched the man drown without attempting much assistance and then commenced to dive for him. At this juncture Mr. Rowdin, superintendent of the lower levee, came up and succeeded in recovering his body. He was drowned about ten feet from the shore. His name was Daniel Cunningham and belonged to the 82nd N. W. Infantry.

July 16, 1865
Death of Dr. Felix Robertson. This widely known and highly respected citizen of Nashville died on Sunday night. He was the first male child born in this city and the sixth child of Col. James Robertson. His birth dates back to the 11th of January, 1781, making him eighty-four and a half years old, lacking a couple of days, at the time of his decease. The old gentleman has long lived on Cherry street “ripe in years and full of honors,” esteemed and beloved by more than thirty thousand of his immediate fellow citizens.

July 17, 1865
Died at the residence of B. F. Brown, 25 Summer street at 6 o’clock Sunday morning, July 16th, Charles B., infant son of C. W. and Ann Hummer. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend his funeral this evening at 4 o’clock.

July 27, 1865
A Tragedy. One of those melancholy occurrences which, before we made life so cheap in the eyes of the community, would have startled the whole of Nashville throughout all her borders, took place yesterday afternoon towards night. It appears that Mr. B. H. Payne, one of the grocery firm of Payne, James & Co., procured last winter, through the courts, a divorce from his wife on account of an illicit connection between her and Mr. S. Shadrack Allen. While the trial was in progress, Payne declared that if he succeeded in fixing upon Allen the guilt of seducing his wife he would certainly kill him.

On yesterday afternoon, between four and five o’clock, as Allen was sitting with a party of friends in front of a window of a saloon next to the livery stable of J. B. Parrish, No. 64, South College street, debating the proposition to buy a drove of mules to take down south to sell, Payne advanced to where the party was engaged in conversation. As he reached the spot where Allen sat, he exclaimed in a loud tone, “Mr. Allen!” Just as the man addressed looked up, Payne discharged a pistol at almost point blank range, the ball hitting the pectoral muscle at the arm pit, making only a trifling wound. At that the whole party jumped to their feet and tried to get out of the way. Just then the pistol was again discharged, the shot wounding a man named Cochrans who was standing in the door of the saloon, in the hand and severely but not dangerously in one thigh. By this time Mr. Allen has succeeded in getting a revolver out of his pocket, but before he could use it, he received the third charge of his assailant’s weapon, the ball striking the left third rib which it broke and passed over into the body, lacerating the upper portion of the heart, producing almost instant death as the man walked only six or seven steps and falling, expired. The body was immediately carried home to the residence of the deceased on Summer street, beyond Broad. On the way it was met by the distracted wife, whose shrieks alarmed the whole neighborhood.

Coroner Coleman was at once apprised of the affair and hastened to hold an inquest to give the family an opportunity to wash and prepare the body for burial. A jury was hastily summoned and sworn. A physician was called in and made a professional examination of the wounds. He could not decide with positiveness whether there were two or one wound as the ball might have ranged so as to have passed through the body but the evidence indicated separate wounds. A ball dropped out of the one made in the pectoral muscle at the left arm pit while the examination was taking place and is in possession of the Coroner. Two witnesses who saw the killing testified to the material facts and the jury brought in evidence to the effect that the deceased had come to his death by shots fired from a pistol in the hands of B. H. Payne. The assailant has been arrested and lodged in jail. From him we received the account of the seduction of his wife, the facts of which have now become part of the records of the courts. He avows the deed and justifies his act.

The deceased was about fifty-nine years old and leaves a widow but no children. Payne is older by several years than the man killed. Both, we learn, are in excellent pecuniary circumstances.

August 4, 1865
Died in Edgefield at the residence of her grandmother on the 3rd day of August, 1865, Mrs. Anna M. Fassman, wife of F. B. Fassman. Funeral service at Christ Church at 5 o’clock this afternoon.

August 15, 1865
Died in this city of consumption on Monday, the 14th instant at 6 o’clock p. m., Mr. John N. Hobbs. His friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend his funeral from South Cherry street near the Grave Yard at 4 o’clock this Tuesday evening. Divine services by W. F. D. Sawrie.

August 24, 1865
Died in this city at 12 o’clock on the night of Tuesday, August 23rd, 1865, of neuralgia, Selina J., eldest daughter of James M. and Olavia Hinton, in the 15th year of her age. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral from the family residence, No. 46 North Front street today at 10 o’clock a. m. Divine services by Rev. Dr. R. B. C. Howell.

August 24, 1865
A Mysterious Death. Yesterday afternoon the City Saxon discovered the dead body of a man lying in an enclosure at the old cemetery. He promptly notified Coroner Coleman who held an examination but no inquest upon the remains of William Taplan, late a private in Captain Cyrus E. Patchen’s company (D) of the 13th regiment Veteran Wisconsin Volunteers. His papers showed that he enlisted on the 24th of last September for one year and was discharged on the 13th of June, 1865. He was paid off on the 15th of June by Captain Newcomer. He was born in Ireland – 33 years old, five feet-6 inches in height, dark complexion and had brown eyes. He was noted as a laborer in his descriptive list. When found he was laying partially on one side and from his extended arm and dead fingers, had fallen upon the green turf the photograph of a prepossessing woman, as if his last looks had been directed to a loved one’s features and dying, they had fallen from his nerveless grasp – the lifeless clod and the “counterfeit presentment” alone remain as mute witnesses of a sorrowful tragedy. Whether the death of this man was natural or not, is unknown. His body was decently interred and his effects are in the hands of Coroner Coleman.

September 5, 1865
Died at the residence of John P. White in Edgefield on yesterday evening, Mr. Benjamin N. Clements. The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of John P. White, Woodland street, Edgefield. Divine service by Rev. J. B. McFerrin.

Death Notices from the Republican Banner for 1865

September 4, 1865
In memoriam – Col. Benjamin Norris Clements (See copy)

October 3, 1865
Wife Murdered in Germantown, Myra Garrett – husband, James Garrett (See copy)

October 12, 1865
Died, John H. Allen – Allen (See copy)

October 18, 1836
Died, Alexander R. McDaniel (See copy)

October 19, 1865
Drowned – Samuel Williams (See copy)

October 20, 1865
Died – Mrs. Lizzie Kirkman (See copy)

November 15, 1865
Funeral Notice: The relatives, friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Susan Spackman, late of Philadelphia, are invited to attend her funeral this Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from Christ Church. Service by Rev. William Harlan.

November 15, 1865
Death of an Old Citizen – Elias P. Smith – See copy)

November 18, 1865
Funeral Notice: The funeral service of the late Mrs. Mary Mathewson will take place at the Cherry Street Baptist Church this morning at 10 o’clock. The friends and acquaintance are respectfully invited to attend. Services by the Rev. Mr. McKee.

December 6, 1865
Died on Tuesday, the 5th inst., Sarah M., youngest daughter of Rev. J. P. and L. W. Campbell. Funeral from the residence of R. A. Campbell, Ewing Avenue this evening at 2 o’clock. Service by the Rev. J. C. Provine.

December 14, 1865
Drowned – John Cullen (may be John Wollin on cemetery list) (See copy)

December 14, 1865
Murder And Robbery On The Lebanon Pike. On Tuesday night some eight or ten marketmen were robbed by three highwaymen on the Lebanon pike. Mr. Bradshaw, being halted, having been through the process before, shrewdly dropped his money upon the road and after the departure of the robbers, recovered his funds. The robbers continued on toward Lebanon, plundering whoever they met and crossing Stone’s river, demanded of the toll-keeper at the third gate, Mr. Byram, his money. It is supposed that he resisted as he was shot four times and killed and the premises were sacked. Further on the miscreants attacked and beat and robbed other parties. When news of these outrages spread, a party of citizen, armed and mounted, followed in the tracks of the robbers who will receive short shrift if come up with. Who the scoundrels were is unknown but it is hoped that they may meet with speedy justice. Mr. Byram, the toll-keeper, is spoken of as a worthy citizen.


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