DEATHS IN LAMAR COUNTY NEWSPAPERS
Vernon Pioneer (1875-1878)
Vernon Clipper – (1879 – 1880)
Lamar News (1886-1887)
Vernon Courier – (1886- 1887)
Vernon Pioneer, May 27, 1875
BEN. POE, an old Negro in the employ of CAPTAIN OGDEN, while in a spasm a few days ago, and was horribly burned (sic).He lingered awhile in the most intense agony and died.Ben was an honest old Negro and knew nothing but work.He enjoyed the good of all who knew him, both white and black.
Vernon Pioneer, May 26, 1876
Mr. ROBERTS, of Pine Springs Beat, an octogenarian, and one of Jackson’s men, died a few days ago.He was drawing a pension at the time of his death.
Vernon Pioneer, Feb. 23, 1877
A Mr. POLLARD was shot and instantly killed by a Mr. DARR, last week.The killing occurred near the Lamar and Pickens county line.We have not learned the particulars.
4.MATTHEWS, L. T.
Vernon Pioneer, Oct. 17, 1877
DIED – On the 11th inst, at his home, 4 miles north of here, MR. L. T. MATTHEWS.
5.PREDDY, Daughter of IKE
Vernon Pioneer, Oct. 17, 1877
A little daughter of IKE PREDDY, died on the 15th inst.
6.HUGHES, Mrs. MOLLIE
Vernon Clipper, Aug 8, 1879
MRS. MOLLIE HUGHES, wife of THOMAS HUGHES of this county, died on the 28th of July.Deceased leaves a family of five children, the youngest an infant only two weeks old.MRS. HUGHES, who was a daughter of REV. R. D. BOLIN of Lamar, was a very estimable lady beloved by all who knew her.
ALSO – August 15, 1879
OBITUARY – MANILAH JANE (BOLIN) HUGHES.She is not dead but sleepeth.The lovely daughter of R. D. BOLIN and NANCY E. BOLIN, MANILAH JANE HUGHES, the wife of THOMAS HUGHES, departed this life at 11 o’clock Monday July 28th, 1879, age 30 years.A dutiful daughter, kind wife and tender mother of 5 children.She was sick 9 days.She professed religion in 1867, and lived a strict member of the M. E. Church until her death.She often said during her illness she would never get well, and prayed often to be spared to raise her little babes, if it was the will of the Lord, if not his will be done.On Sunday morning being very low, she often asked her nurse, friends, and neighbors to let her talk to them, they first refused her, she said if she was going to get well it would not hurt her, if she was going to die it would do her good to talk; O let me talk, ma, will you meet in Heaven?I will sweet child; that is sweet news to me.She ten called her husband.Will you meet me in Heaven?I will.She then sang some four songs of Zion, gave a sweet smile and went home.
Her funeral, with her little daughter’s will be preached by REV. E. F. S. ROBERTS, at Bethel Church, on the 4th Sabbath in August.R. D. B. – July 30th, 1879
Vernon Clipper, Aug 15, 1879
Died, in this county, August 8th at his home 10 miles South of Vernon, HIRAM JHNSON.He was an old and respected citizen.
8.LACY, Mrs. SALLIE
Vernon Clipper, Aug 22, 1879
DIED.In town on the 17th inst., Mrs. SALLIE LACY, wife of Sheriff D. J. LACY.After two long years of pain and suffering, which she bore with invincible faith and patience, knowing that her suffering would terminate and that she would one day inherit the kingdom of God, and wear a royal robe.We tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved and affectionate husband, little daughter, aged mother, brothers and sister.May they all meet her in Heaven, where sickness, pain and sorrow is not known.
ALSO – September 12
REV. E. F. S. ROBERTS will preach the funeral of MRS. SALLY LACY, consort of D. J. LACY, on the 3rd Sabbath in October next, at 11 o’clock at Cansler’s Church.
ALSO – OCT. 24
On Sunday last we doned our best, saddled up and took a trip to Cansler;s Church in Moscow Beat, the weather being just cool enough to make it pleasant.We arrived at the place about 11 o’clock, and found a very large assemblage of people already in attendance, at least four or five hundred persons of all ages and sex, from the infant in its mother’s armto the aged matron and sire of 80.The attendance of so many persons was because it was the day appointed for the funeral of that most estimable lady, and devoted Christian, Mrs. SALLIE LACY, which was [reached by the Rev. E. F. S. ROBERTS, from the 22 chapter and 5th verse of Revelations:“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign forever and ever.”We think one of the most appropriate test, and was the ablest handled by the speaker that we ever listened to, holding the audience spell bound for about one hour and a half, not the least thing to cause a disturbance, and we must say the best behavior we have seen for a long time at church.Moscow showed themselves up in their proper light, that is in the light of knowledge and kindness; and when we peak of their kindness, we must return our heartfelt thanks to the many noble hearted ones who were solicitous and anxious for us to partake of their hospitalities at their homes, and while we could not do -----(CAN’T READ) ---that occasion, we say to them we will accept in the future, and not forget the many pressing invitations on that day.With the memory of the past we never think of times gone by without a feeling of deep gratitude for Moscow beat, and look upon her as one of our beacon stars.May the entire beat long enjoy the blessings of earth, and when called hence to their everlasting home, may they all rise triumphantly and go to rest there to meet our beloved friend and departed one whose funeral was preached on that day – [Ed.
9.THOMAS, Mrs. NANCY
Vernon Clipper, September 5, 1879
DIED – In this county, on Friday 29th, ult. MRS. NANCY THOMAS, wife of S. B. THOMAS.She was sick only one day and night.
Vernon Clipper, September 12, 1879
DIED – In this county on Monday the 8th inst., MR. WM. GRIER.He was sick only two days.
ALSO – January 9, 1880
WILLIAM M. GREER was born Dec. 31st, 1818, died Sept. 18th, 1879, age 60 years 8 months and 7 days.He was taken Saturday at 11 o’clock P. M., died Monday 7 o’clock P. M.The same evening after he was taken he talked for about three hours about dying; told his wife that he was on his death bed, called his grand children around his bed and advised them to live right that they might die in peace; told them he saw Heaven, and said all is well, clapped his hands in praise to God and said “Heaven Sweet Heaven when shall I see.” said he wished is was so that when he got to Heaven he could report back to his wife how everything looked; said “let music cheer me last on earth, and greet me first in Heaven.What a happy thought to meet our blessed Savior and the holy Angels.After which he talked but little, and passed from death unto life without a groan, and is now basking on the sunlight plains of immortal glory where all who live faithful will go.
11.MOLLOY, Mrs. MARTHA L.
Vernon Clipper – Septbember 19, 1879
MRS. MARTHA L. MOLLOY, wife of WM. M. MOLLOY.This estimable Christian lady we have every reason to believe has safely entered the rest that remaineth for the people of God.
She was born September 16th, 1830, and died of cancer in the breast Sunday morning September 7th, 1879.
Such is the simple chronicle of the dawn and close of a beautiful life which has lately passed beyond the sphere of time and to enter on the condition of immortality; a life beautiful because it had caught a radiance from the cross and had been steeped in the loveliness of the skies.Her affections in early life, having taken conscious hold in God, her soul grew beneath His gentle discipline as naturally as the flower expands its graceful petals tot he warm wooing of the morning sun.
Her life, and indeed her all, were placed as a willing and perpetual offering upon the alter of her home, so that both thought and effort ever bore testimony that self was lost sight of in securing the comfort of her household.
In temperament she was mild and gentle, ever possessing that charity which “thinketh no evil” and “is not easily provoked,” while she blended with these such diligence and industry that she was never known to “eat the bread of idleness.”
The memory of this good woman’s life will linger like a benediction in the community in which she resided, and the influence of her quiet, unostentatious Christian walk will remain a living testimony to the truth of Christ.Although she suffered with the most excruciating pain, she bore it with fortitude, often praying to the good Lord to remove her to rest, for she knew her way was clear.
She leaves four daughters, two sons, and a sorrowing husband to mourn her loss.
While she drinks at the fountain, they drink at the streams.
Soon they will strike hands upon the banks of sweet deliverance and united in ascribing praises to Him who washed them in His own blood.
The heartfelt sympathies of the entire community are extended to the stricken family who have been called to pass through these deep waters of afflictions.But, “It is a beautiful belief, that ever-round our head, Are hovering on noiseless wing, the Spirit of the dead.”
R. W. B.
12.MCCONNELL, J. THOMAS
Vernon Clipper, September 26, 1879
Below we publish the obituary notice of one of the noblest men we ever knew, clipped from the San Saba “News” of Texas:
J. THOMAS MCCONNELL, who died of smallpox at the quarantine station at this place, was the son of THOS. P. MCCONNERLL, of Fayette C. H. Alabama, came to San Saba in 1868 and has since been engaged in the cattle business with the Murray Bros.At the time of his death he was the partner of W. T. MURRAY in quite an extensive ranch in Tom Green County.He contracted the disease in Fort Concho, and came to San Saba to die among his friends and his kindred.His short 32 years of life have not been spent in vain.His was no idle vicious life.All the elements of character that mark true manhood were possessed by him.A rigid honesty, an energy that was tireless, a fearlessness that mocked at danger when in the discharge of duty or business, heart that melted at the cry of want and suffering and held always in his hand to help a fried or assist the distressed; this was Tom, so lately among us, with his manly bearing and cheering smile, but now, alas! gone out of sight forever!Although rigid quarantine laws compelled a hasty burial, and in the presence of a few, yet the hearts of his friends and his relatives were there.Bayonets and laws and public safety may quarantine bodies, but the human heart, pulsating with sympathy and the tear of sorrow flowing for them we love, knows no law and obeys none, but in spirit were there to witness the last sad rites that humanity pays the departed.The night time and its pale moonshine, the waving of live oak trees and the song of wild birds will keep guard over his grave forever, while the hearts that loved him, and the hands that would help him, can only remember him, can only keep sacred the anniversary of his death till the final summons to meet him in a better land where there is no death and no forgetfulness.
Vernon Clipper, October 3, 1879
DIED – On last Thursday evening at 6 o’clock , little PEARL, infant child of REV. GEO.TAYLOR
14.AKENS, Mr. J. J.
Oct. 10, 1879
On the 25th, J. J. AKENS, residing near Detroit, in this county, went out early in the morning coon hunting, about sun up.He cut a tree, which struck him senseless in which condition he died on the 29th ult.He leaves a wife to mourn his departure.
Vernon Clipper, November 21, 1879
DIED – On the evening of the 15th inst., at his home in Vernon, little CHARLIE P. MORTON, son of DR. W. L. and E. J. MORTON, aged 13 years.Surely one of God’s noblest children has gone up higher.To the bereaved parents, brothers and sister, we tender our heartfelt sympathy, and entreat them to hope one, hope ever until the perfect day, when they will by the grace of God meet little Charlie in one large happy family, and dwell forever in celestial peace.
16. WEBB, JOSEPH
Vernon Clipper, November 21, 1879
On Friday, the 14th inst, as JOSEPH WEBB, of Pine Spring Beat was on his way home from Aberdeen, his team took fright, ran away from the wagon and killed him almost instantly. He was a good citizen, and leaves a wife and children to mourn his death.
Vernon Clipper, January 9, 1880
DIED – At his residence in this County on the 20th day of December, 1879, HIRAM SMITH, an old and respected citizen.Age about 76 years.He leaves a wife and many children, and grand children to mourn his death.
18. HUEY, ALEXANDER
Vernon Clipper, Feb. 6, 1880
Pikeville Items (Marion County, AL)
MR. ALEXANDER HUEY, a very worthy citizen who lived in the neighborhood of the Toll Gate in this county, died suddenly on the 25th of January.He was in the woods with some neighbors chopping, and after hauling, sat on a log for awhile to rest, he complained of being thirsty, and rose from his seat, when he fell on his face and expired instantly.Deceased was a brother of MR. WM. HUEY, of Lamar County.
19.BROWN, Mrs. MUGGIE M.
Vernon Clipper, Feb. 20, 1880
DIED – In town at half past twelve o’clock, on Wednesday the 18th inst., MRS. MUGGIE M. BROWN, wife of W. A. BROWN.She suffered long, but endured it with the patients (sic) and fortitude that characterizes a true Christian.We tender our sympathies to the sorrowing husband, relatives and friends.She has gone, to watch from the Battlements of Heaven the arrival of those loved ones she leaves behind.
ALSO – March 12, 1880
In memory of MUGGIE M. BROWN, wife of DR. WM. A. BROWN, of Vernon, Ala.We knew her in childhood, and even then she possessed a sweet disposition.In 1865 in her young and tender years she was wedded to Dr. BROWN.And soon after her marriage she became afflicted and remained a sufferer through life.For years before her death she professed a hope in Christ, and lived and died in keeping with that profession.Our prayer to God is that her mantle of righteousness may rest upon her husband.At ½ past 12 o’clock on the 18th day of February, 1880, MUGGIE fell asleep in Jesus and awoke in Glory where she tuned her harp and sung troubles over; and struck the sweet notes of the lyre with that matin song that angels cannot sing redeeming grace and undying love a sinner saved by grace.Amen.J. A. B.
Vernon Clipper, March 5, 1880
DIED – In Vernon on the 26th ult., LIZZIE GILPIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. GILPIN.Her death was sudden and unexpected.Thus it is, “In the midst of life we are n death.”
21.FINCH, Mrs. T. D.
Vernon Clipper, March 12, 1880
DIED – Near Vernon about 4 o’clock p. m. on the 9th inst., Mrs. T. D. FINCH, daughter of N. F. and L. M. MORTON.Her life was that of a consistent Christian, her death was peaceful and quiet.One by one the earthly ties are severed, and our loved ones cross the river and join the immortal throng who sing the song of redeeming love upon the sun-lit plains of the glory land.We tender our sympathies to the bereaved family and loved ones.
Vernon Clipper, March 19, 1880
DIED. – In this county on Monday, 15th inst., THOMAS BRADLEY, son of MR. R. E. BRADLEY.ALSO – March 26
DIED – Near Beaverton, Ala., on the 15th inst., T. V. BRADLEY, son of R. E. and M. J. BRADLEY.How true it is, that “In the midst of life we are but in death.”Ere he had seen the flowers of twenty summers, while yet in the bloom of youth and just budding into manhood, Death laid his ruthless hand upon him and tore him from our embrace.A kind and dutiful son, an affectionate brother, a genial and social companion, he will be greatly missed by us all.But our loss is his eternal gain; and we sorrow not as those who have no hope, but rejoice in the hope of a glorious reunion beyond the grave.
When told that he was nearing the Jordan of Death, he called his friends and relatives around him and requested them to sing and pray, he then exhorted them “to live right that they might all meet in Heaven.”A short time before he breathed his last, while trying to satiate his thirst, we said to him, perhaps you had better not drink too much, and he replied, “It will not be long until I can quench my thirst: then with a pleasant smile on his countenance he quietly and peacefully passed away like one going to rest.
Thus, while earth has lost one of its jewels Heaven has gained another happied Spirit.
- R. E. B. – Beaverton, March 18th, 1880
23.KEMPER, Mrs. PETER
Vernon Clipper, Sept. 24, 1880
DIED – Near Vernon on Sunday night the 19th inst., MRS. KEMPER, wife of MR. PETER KEMPER.She was 62 years of age, zealous Christian, and greatly loved by all her acquaintances.
24.THOMPSON, Son of J. T.
Lamar News, Jan 7, 1886
We are pained to note the death of a little son of J. T. THOMPSON Esq. who had its skull crushed by a falling tree on Saturday last.
Lamar News, Jan 7, 1886
We hear of the sudden death of Mrs. GIBBS an aged lady in the northern portion of the county on Saturday night last.
Lamar News, Jan. 14, 1886
Died of pneumonia Wednesday night, Mr. BEN SMITH, seven or eight miles west of this place.The deceased received a severe wound during the war, which was thought to have caused his death.
ALSO -Jan. 21, 1886
OBITUARY:Died: On the night of the 13th inst. at his home eight miles west of town, BENJAMIN F. SMITH, in his fifty-fifth year.The deceased bore seven scars received while trying to uphold the lost cause.One of the wounds received hastened his death.He died expressing full faith in the Christian religion, giving his friends positive assurance that all was well with him.
27.CORBETT, Son of W. R.
Lamar News, Jan. 28, 1886
DIED:On Sunday last, after a long and painful illness, little son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. CORBELL.
28.HANKINS, Daughter of ISHAM
Lamar News, Feb. 11, 1886
DIED – On the 8th inst. of sever burns caused by her dress catching on fire, a little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ISHAM HANKINS. The News hereby extends sincerest sympathies to the bereaved family.
29.LEE, Mrs. M. M.
Lamar News, March 4, 1886
DIED:Mrs. M. M. LEE, of Detroit on March 1st, at an advanced age.The deceased was the mother of Mrs. G. W. BENSON of Vernon.
30.PENNINGTON, Mrs. NANCY
Lamar News, March 25, 1886
Mrs. NANCY PENNINGTON, mother of Mrs. S. F. PENINGTON, died on last Monday one and a half miles west of this place at an advanced age.
31.SAYLORS, Son of JOHN
Lamar News, March 25, 1886
We learn that a little son of Mr. JOHN SAYLORS, about five miles southwest of town, died first of this week.His death is supposed to have been caused from the pulling of a tooth, which fractures his jaw bone.
Lamar News, March 25, 1886
With sad regret we chronicle the death of Mr. PHILLIP RUSH, of our town, who departed this life on last Tuesday morning, after severe illness of several days.The deceased was 84 years of age, and one of the oldest and best citizens of the county and leaves a large family of children and grandchildren to mourn his death, to whom we extend our heart felt sympathy.The remains were interred on yesterday near Fernbank.
ALSO - Lamar News, Aug. 26, 1886
The funeral services of Mr. PHILLIP RUSH will be conducted by Rev. D. W. WARD in the Methodist Church Sunday at 11 o’clock AM.
Lamar News, April 15, 1886
Mrs. MARTHA KINARD, near here, died a few days ago.Our pen fails to give utterance to her pitiable condition.Our commissioner certainly ought to make some provisions for her now motherless children.
34.CRIBBS, Mrs. MARTHA
Lamar News, April 22, 1886
DIED:On the 15th at her home near Military Springs, Mrs. MARTHA CRIBBS, wife of H. C. CRIBBS, Esq.
Lamar News, April 22, 1886
DIED:At his home in Fayette County, on the 17th inst., Rev. EDWARD CORBETT.The deceased was held in high esteem by all.
Lamar News, July 8, 1886
SAMBO WALKER an idiot’s negro was drowned in Buttahatchie near Pine Springs last week.He left Cansler on Monday of last week, and was not heard from until found drifted upon the banks.Buttahatchie is a stream of many fatalities and a history of those who have found it a watery grave.
37.MILLER, Mrs. MARY H.
Lamar News, July 15, 1886
MRS. MARY H. MILLER, wife of Dr. D. R. MILLER, was born in Pickens County, Ala, and died at Festus, Missouri, May 22nd, 1886.
We pronounce no fulsome eulogium when we say that the world is better for her having lived in it, and Heaven has gained by her departure from the Shores of Time.None knew her but to love her, if their love was worth the winning, none named her but to praise.In every relation of life she was all or ampler to that religion which she professed and adorned.Zealously devoted to the interests of the Presbyterian Church, of which branch of Christian she was a member, she ----the cardinal fact that Christ is sovereign-----.Acting upon this belief, she did good to all as she had opportunity.And from the eyes of many “frequent falls the grateful dew for eneifits (sic) the world ne’er knew.”
All who came within her precincts felt as fi they were in an atmosphere redolent of purity, gentleness, goodness, and holiness.Tho’ the silver cord has been loosed, the golden bowl broken, her sainted spirit taken its flight to realms of everlasting lights trough the hands that dispensed kindly charities and the tongue that spoke sweet words of cheer and comfort to the disconsolate, lie palsied in the iron embrace of death.Though dead, she yet liveth, for “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”When the last summons came, she was found ready and waiting.The intense torture to which she was subjected from the cancerous affection with which she was afflicted, elicited no murmur of discontent.“The dress only would be consumed, the gold would be refined.”
She knew in whom she trusted – the “physician of the Soul.The Valley of the “dark shadows” had for her no terrors.There was a “light in the Valley.”Underneath her were the Everlasting Arms.”
In mingling our tears with the tears of those near and dear to the departed, we would say:We sorrow not as those without hope.Our loss is her gain.“The righteous hath hope in his death.”If we live aright here, it will be well with us in the --- “long hereafter.”If we hurt--- her life we shall meet her --- in the “Sweet By and By.”He husband, children, friends, which time unveils eternity,
"At the beautiful gate she will be waiting and watching for thee.”
And “Oh, How sweet to think, hereafter,
When the spirit leaves this sphere.
Love, with deathless wing, shall waft her
To those she long hath mourned for here.
Hearts from which was death to sever
Even this world can ne’er restore,
There, as warm, as bright as ever,
Shall meet us to be lost no more.”
Then, weep not for the silent dead
Their toils are past, their sorrow o’er,
And those they loved their steps shall tread
And death shall join in part no more.
38.BICKERSTAFF, Mrs. H. C.
Lamar News, July 15, 1886
We are requested to announce that the funeral of Mrs. H. C. BICKERSTAFF will be preached the 2nd Sunday in Sept., at Pilgrim’s Rest, by the Rev. T. W. SPRINGFIELD.
ALSO – Sept. 16
The funeral of Mrs. H. C. BICKERSTAFF was preached by Rev. T. W. SPRINGFIELD last Sunday.
39.BURROW, Infant of J. T.
Lamar News, Aug 5, 1886
We are pained to note the death of infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. BURROW on last Sunday.
40.WILLIS, Infant of JAS.
Lamar News, Aug. 26, 1886
DIED:On the night of the 24th last, four miles northeast of Vernon infant child of Mr. and Mrs. JAS. WILLIS.
Lamar News, August 26, 1886
DIED:On the 24 at his home six miles west of here of hemorrhage, Mr. LEROY TURMAN a good esteemed citizen.
Lamar News, September 2, 1886
With regret we chronicle the death of Mr. STEPHEN HARRISON, who died at the age of 76 years at his home five miles south of Vernon on last Friday.
43.KEMP, Infant of J. K.
Lamar News, Sept. 2, 1886
FERNBANK ITEMS - Aug 22, 1886
An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. KEMP, died in our town a few days ago;
44.SOUTH, Infant of J. A.
Lamar News, Sept. 2, 1886
FERNBANK ITEMS - Aug 22, 1886
also an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. SOUTH, died near here last week.
Lamar News, Sept. 2, 1886
FERNBANK ITEMS - Aug 22, 1886
Old Aunt PADDIE MCREYNOLDS, mother of G. C. and LANCY MCREYNOLDS of Olinda, died a few days ago near Hudson.“Aunt Paddie” passed her three score and ten years, and she tried to walk in the foot prints of the meek and lowly Jesus for more than 50 years of her life.We mourn not for her as those who have no hope, but we are consoled with the thought of “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”
46.BLACKWELL, LEVINA CATHARINE
Lamar News, Sept. 9, 1886
LEVINA CATHARINE BLACKWELL was born in South Carolina, March 16, 1837, and departed this life June 15, 1886, aged forty-nine years and three months.She was married to JAMES E. BLACKWELL, January 19, 1854, professed religion in 1856, and joined the M. E. Church South the same year.Since then she has lived a model Christian.She told her husband when he started to the late war that she would pray for him twice a day for him until he returned, and when he came back from the war she told him she had kept her promise.
She was the mother of seven children, all of whom except one have professed religion and are now members of the Methodist Church.She requested her husband, the night before her death, to tell all of her children that if she never saw them again on earth she would meet them at the pearly gates of heaven.She said there was not a shadow intervening between her and her Savior, and if it was God’s will she had rather go than stay here and suffer as she had suffered for ten or twelve years.Sister BLACKWELL was a good woman -–oved by all who knew her.I preached the last sermon that she heard on earth on Sunday afternoon at Free Hope Church.Wednesday following, a large congregation of weeping relatives and friends met at Walnut Grove Cemetery to pay the last tribute of respect to the remains of our departed sister.She has gone from us, but we mourn not as those who have no hope.She can not come back to us, but we can go to her.May God bless the grief stricken ones, and my they all meet her in heaven.
F. V. L. FINCH
47.BOMAN, THOS. S.
Lamar News, Sept. 23, 1886
In the death of Mr. THOS. S. BOMAN, Lamar has lost a noble and good citizen.
Lamar News, Oct. 7, 1886
DIED: Mr. BARRY BARNES of this county near Pearce’s Mills in Marion County last week.Mr. BARNES was here as a delegate to a Freewill Baptist Association.
Vernon Courier, Dec. 3, 1886
DIED:At Esq. W. W. PERNELL in this county, on the 24th inst. JIM JONES at the age of 58. He was a dementia from his birth. His sister Miss KATE JONES has cared for him all along though his life, she was kind and devoted to him
50.MARCHBANK, Infant of J. L.
Vernon Courier, Dec. 3, 1886
Also, in the neighborhood of Moscow, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. MARCHBANK.
Vernon Courier, December 7, 1886
MURDERED – THE MAIL CARRIER ON THE HAMILTON AND HALEY ROUTE
Found Dead in the Road With Two Loads of Buckshot in His Brain
Robbery the Motive for the Murder
No Clue to the Perpetrators of the Foul Deed
From the Marion Herald of Dec. 2nd
On last Tuesday evening a ripple of excitement was caused in Hamilton by the announcement that Mr. PONTIUS UNDERWOOD, the mail carrier on the route from this place to Haley’s Post office, had been foully murdered about three miles from Pearce’s Mills , on this side. By night the ripple had increased to an uproar and nearly every man had left the place to join in the search for the murderer, and to render any assistance necessary in the disposition of the remains of the unfortunate young man. From several men who have visited the place where the murder was committed, and who were with the searches until a late hour yesterday evening, we learn the following:
FACTS ABOUT THE MURDER:
The body was first discovered by a Mr. WEATHERLY who at once reported it to the people of Pearce’s Mills. Two loads of buckshot had struck him, one on the right cheek and the other just under the left ear. The last named shot was the fatal one. The entire load of shot went clear through his head and came out over his right eye, making a horrible wound, and capable of causing instant death. When found he was lying in a
POOL OF BLOOD
and in the same position, apparently, in which he had fallen from his horse. The mail bags were found at a distance of about two hundred yards from the spot, cut to pieces and the mail scattered about on the ground. Although his pockets were not touched, there can be but little reason to doubt that
ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE
for the crime, as he was a quiet, inoffensive and peaceable young man and so far as is know, hadn’t an enemy in the world. But there was no registered matter in the mail, so he got no money.
Mr. UNDERWOOD was a son of Mr. JESSE UNDERWOOD, an old and highly respected citizen, who has lived in the Haley neighborhood for many years. The young man was, we suppose about 20 years of age.
The excitement and indignation of the citizens is at fever heat, and if the villain is caught before they have time to cool down it is safe to say that he will be lynched. Determined men are doing all that can be done to find some clue to the murderer, but everything is yet shrouded in mystery.
52.HARRIS, Mrs. CAN
Vernon Courier, Jan. 7, 1887
Mrs. HARRIS, wife of Mr. CAN HARRIS, died on last Sunday morning at her home near town.
Vernon Courier, Feb. 4, 1887
WM. RODEN, son of VINCENT RODEN, of Marion County, was fatally shot by BYRON LEATH, near Abram Myer’s residence, 18 miles west of Jasper, Sunday evening last.He was shot through the body and survived about 24 hours. The killing seems to have been from sudden altercation. LEATH we learn has fled the country – [Jasper Citizen]
Lamar News, March 24, 1887
DIED: On the 15th of March 1887 of apoplexy SERENA J., wife of J. R. HILBURN and daughter of Mr. MARSH and ELIZABETH AVERS.She was called away without any warning, leaving a heart-stricken husband and five little children with many friends to mourn their loss.By T. T. HILBURN
ALSO – Vernon Courier, March 25, 1887
In Marion County on the 15th inst of apoplexy, SERENA J., wife of J. H. HILBURN and daughter of MARSH and ELIZABETH AYERS. She leaves a husband and five little children to mourn her death.
55.CLANTON, Mrs. JEROME – (or BALDWYN, Mrs. M. M.)
Vernon Courier, March 25, 1887
A SAD DEATH - [Columbus Dispatch]
The death of Mrs. CLANTON, better known in our city as Mrs. M. M. BALDWYN, was a sad and unexpected even. Exactly one month ago yesterday she was married at the Presbyterian church in this city to the HON. JEROME CLANTON, a distinguished lawyer and Senator of Eutaw, Ala, and left on her bridal trip to Alabama and Florida. A telegram came a few days since, stating that she had died at Oceola. Her remains arrived in our city on yesterday, and were interred in the Odd Fellow Cemetery. “In the midst of life we are in death” was never more exemplified than in the death of this most estimable and Christian lady. She left here in robust health, but death comes to all persons at all times. At his cruel touch the cheek pales, the heaving boom grows still, the beating heart ceases to pulsate, the eloquent tongue is hushed in silence, and the eye grows dim and closes forever to all earthly love and friends. Mrs. Clanton was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. We tender our sympathy to the afflicted husband and family.
Vernon Courier, March 25, 1887
DIED – On the 22nd inst of pneumonia, near Millport, Mr. JOHN EUBANKS. He was a good citizen.
57.LAWRENCE, Mrs. MARTIN
Lamar News, March 31, 1887
A sad occurrence was witnessed four miles west of this place on last Monday, Mrs. NED LAWRENCE while in a field where brush and leaves were being burned, her clothing became ignited and she was soon so badly burned that she died on Tuesday.
ALSO – April 7
In a local of last week’s paper we stated that it was Mrs. NED LAWRENCE who was so severely burned and died, we have since learned our mistake.It was Mrs. MARTIN LAWRENCE.
ALSO – Vernon Courier – April 1, 1887
We are pained to announce the death of Mrs. MARTIN LAWRENCE, who met her death on last Monday night from sever burns received during the evening while endeavoring to extinguish a fire that was burning the fence of the field of her husband. While thus engaged her clothing was ignited and she was so severely burned before aid could reach her that she died from the effects.
Mrs. Lawrence was a lady esteemed and loved by all who knew her. A devout Christian, a devoted mother and wife, and estimable in all the qualities that go to make a perfect woman.
We tender our sincere sympathy to the bereaved husband and family.
Vernon Courier, April 1, 1887
Mr. JAMES LAWRENCE died at his home five miles east of town, on last Wednesday.
Lamar News, April 21, 1887
Kingville, Ala. April 15, 1887
We have recently been informed of the death on the night of the 7th inst., of the Rev. PETER MCGEE who lived some 11 miles northwest of Kingville.Mr. MCGEE has long been an earnest Minister of the Free Will Baptist Church, and one of Lamar’s best citizens. He leaves many relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but, bless God, we have an inward assurance that their loss has proven to be his eternal gain.“Uncle Peter” was a good man, and let all prepare to meet him in that beautiful Land, where no storms ever beat on that glittering stand, while the years of eternity roll.
ALSO – May 5
The funeral of Rev. PETER MCGEE, late deceased, will be preached by the Rev. T. W. SPRINGFILED at Bethlehem church 8 miles south of Vernon on the 5th Sabbath in this month.
ALSO – June 23
The funeral of the late Rev. PETER MCGEE will be preached by Rev. T. W. SPRINGFIELD at Walnut Gove Church on next Sabbath with Masonic honors.
ALSO – JULY 7The visiting brethren from other Masonic Lodges were invited by the members of the Fernbank, or JOHN PAYNE Lodge to be present the Sunday following to take part in the funeral services of Brother PETER MCGEE, which was to take place at 11 o’clock am at Walnut Grove Church some 4 ½ or 5 miles west of Kingville. Long before the appointed hour had come Sunday morning, hundreds of people began collecting at the place appointed for the purpose of paying their late tribute of respect to memory of the deceased. The Rev. T. W. SPRINGFIELD of Vernon had been chosen to preach the funeral sermon, which he did in a very impressive manner at the hour appointed, using as a text the one hundred and thirty-third Psalm which reads as follows: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments.As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.”
60.DAVIS, Mrs. AMANDA
Vernon Courier, April 22, 1887
DIED – Near Millville on the 15, Mrs. AMANDA, wife of JOHN DAVIS. She leaves three children to mourn her death, and a large number of friends.
61.RASBERRY, Mrs. ELIZABETH
Lamar News, May 5, 1887
MEMORY OF MRS. RASBERRY
Mrs. ELIZABETH RASBERRY wife of ISAAC RASBERRY and daughter of JESSE TAYLOR, died April 22nd. 1887, after a long and painful suffering which she bore with Christian resignation. She had been twice married but had no children, and was about forty years of age; had lived a consistent member of the church since her youth, and died a triumphant death and gone to join her mother who died when she was very young.Peace be unto her ashes.
Sister, thou art gone to rest,
Thy toils and cares are o’er,
And sorrow pain and suffering now
Shall never distress thee more.
Lamar News, May 5, 1887
MEMORY OF JAS. HOLLADAY
Mr. JAMES HOLLADAY, an old man and full of years, died on Saturday the 23rd day of April 1887.He was 72 years of age; had lived in this county from his infancy. He was a good and peaceable citizen; had been a member of the Baptist Church for many years, a good and charitable neighbor and a kind husband. He has left an aged companion and many relatives and friends to mourn his loss.But we trust that our loss is his eternal gain. Therefore we should be content, and may the good Lord bless and comfort his faithful and disconsolate companion until they shall meet where parting is no more, is the prayer of the writer.
63.COLLINS, Mrs. JAMES
Vernon Courier, June 17, 1887
Mrs. COLLINS, wife of Mr. JAMES COLLINS, who resides seven miles ---st of Vernon, died on last Saturday.
64.HUGHEY, WM. P.
Lamar News, June 23, 1887
Mr. WM. P. HUGHEY, of near Beaverton departed this life last Thursday.The deceased leaves a large family and many friends to mourn his loss.
ALSO – Vernon Courier, June 24, 1887
Mr. W. P. HEWEY died at his home near Beaverton, on ----th inst, after a long lingering illness. He bore his suffering with patience and Christian fortitude, which was characteristic with him in all walks of life. He leaves a wife and ten daughters and a --- and a large number of --- to mourn his death. ---- to his memory.
65.WHITE, Mrs. ELIZABETH
Lamar News, July 14, 1887
MRS. ELIZABETH WHITE, near 90 years of age, died at her home near Pikeville last Saturday.The deceased has practiced medicine for many years and will be sadly missed by the citizens of that section.
66.GILMORE, Mrs. JOHN
Vernon Courier, July 29, 1887
Mrs. JOHN GILMORE, after a long and painful illness departed this life lat Sunday evening at 4 o’clock. She was a devoted Christian, and ---- in Him who bids: “Cast every burden on the Lord,” she passed into that rest where sorrow is not known.
ALSO – Vernon Courier OCT. 28, 1887
Rev. Mr. HEWITT will preach the funeral sermon of Mrs. JOHN GILMORE, at Lebanon Church, on next Sunday.
Vernon Courier, August 5, 1887
DIED – on the 26th ult. At his home near town, HILYARD WEATHERS, he was only sick a few days. He was a bright and intelligent deaf and dumb, had attended 1 or 2 session of school at Talladega.
68.----AYOR, Mrs. (AUNT JANESY)
Vernon Courier - August 12, 1887
DIED: At Millport last week, Mrs. --- AYOR, (AUNT JANESY). She had reached a ripe old age, and was loved by all who knew her.
69.UNDERWOOD, Mrs. BETTIE
Vernon Courier, August 19, 1887
Mrs. BETTIE UNDERWOOD died at the old homestead of her mother, Mrs. MARY MCCLAIN, in Winston County, on Thursday of last week.
Vernon Courier, Sept. 2, 1887
Last Monday evening half mile from Fern bank on the road leading to Vernon, Mr. AUS JORDAN met a horrible and sad death by falling from his wagon which ran over him breaking his neck, crushing his jaw bones and shoulder. The wagon was loaded with 1300 pounds of goods. Mr. JORDAN had been drinking some in Fern bank, and it is supposed that he lost his balance on top of the wagon causing him to fall, and rush into eternity without a moments warning.
ALSO – Sept. 9
Mr. GREEN JORDAN called on us last Monday and requested us to --- that a report has reached him to the effect that Mr. AUS JORDAN was by some one knocked from his wagon causing his death. Mr. JORDAN is very much mortified at this report, as is the deceased’s wife.He says they do not believe the report nor does any of the relatives. Mr. JORDAN and the entire connection will ever hold the people who delivered the body to them in great esteem, and their kindness can never be forgotten.
71.MIDDLETON, Mrs. SARAH ANN
Vernon Courier, Sept. 16, 1887
Mrs. SARAH ANN MIDDLETON, wife of Mr. JAMES MIDDLETON, died at her home at Vernon, Ala., September 12, 1887.
Mrs. MIDDLETON was a daughter of JOHN STEWART, deceased, of Fayette County, Ala. was born Dec. 1, 1825. She embraced the Christian religion and was baptized by Rev. H. W. MIDDLETON in the year 1847. Since that time she has lived a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church proving by her daily walk and life the glorious realities of the faith she professed. Though her sickness was long and painful she bore it patiently, asserting her confidence in the crucified and risen Savior who was with her as she passed through the deep waters. In her domestic life she was all gentleness and devotion, a loving wife, and affectionate mother, a true friend, and a kind obliging neighbor. The deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and children of the deceased. May the relatives and numerous friends, in this sad hour of bitterness, seek relief from Him whom she served so long and loved so well, who alone can furnish the balm to heal the wounded heart.
“Weep not when ye tell the story of the dead
“’Tis a sun-beam joined the glory Overheard!”
ALSO – Oct. 7
The funeral sermon of Mrs. JAMES MIDDLETON will be preached at Vernon the 3rd Sunday in November by Rev. A. MARKHAM.
Vernon Courier, Sept. 16, 1887
Mr. JOHN BLACK, Circuit Clerk of Fayette County died on the 13th inst. at his home at Fayette C. H.
73.GUYTON, Mrs. L. M.
Vernon Courier, Sept. 23, 1887
Mrs. L. M. GUYTON, of Pickens County died on the 14th inst. at her home.She was 75 years 4 months and 14 days old. She was a devoted Christian, and loved by all who knew her.
Vernon Courier, October 21, 1887
Mr. CAPAS MARLER died on the morning of the 16th.
75.COBB, JUDGE ALEXANDER
Vernon Courier, Nov. 25, 1887
Probate Judge, ALEXANDER COBB, was born March 5th, 1819.He departed this life on the evening of the 21st of November 1887.His exact age being 68 years, 8 months and 17 days.After two weeks of painful suffering, which this noble, true and good man bore with patience and fortitude, his life went out with the setting of the sun. Just one week before his death he embraced the religion of Jesus Christ, and was admitted into the Church by Rev. G. L. HEWITT and from that day till his death his utterances were praised to God of the brightest kind. One more precious soul has entered in through the beautiful gates to join the minstrel of Heaven and receive the coronation of the pure, the true, and the good into the beautiful home above our departed friend entered, and is now singing the song of redemption. While he is now hidden from our view by the tomb’s dark veil, there is a comfort to the grieving and bereaved hearts that there is one more added to the angels number and soon the veil will be rent, and the one who has only gone before will be waiting and watching at the pearly gate to greet their happy entrance there.
ALSO – SAME ISSUE
Next Sunday at 11 a.m. at the M. E. Church South, the Memorial services of Judge ALEXANDER COBB will be conducted in the following manner: Opening exercises by Rev. G. L. HEWITT, Testimonial remarks by Dr. W. L. MORTON, R. E. BRADLEY, J. D. MCCLUSKEY, S. J. SHIELDS, T. B. NESMITH, and Hon R. L. BRADLEY. The friends of the deceased are respectfully invited to attend.
By the Pastor
ALSO – DECEMBER 2, 1887
TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF JUDGE ALEXANDER COBB
The following was read at the Memorial Services of Judge Cobb, By Dr. L. W. MORTON, in the Methodist Church last Sabbath morning:
This sad occasion is in memory of our lamented and distinguished fellow citizen Hon. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of our Probate and County Court, whose death occurred on the ---- inst. I have known the Judge for many years, and intimately associated with him during the last 10 or 12 years as friend and physician; so much so that he made of me a confidant in much of his public and private life enabling me to see --- along the elements of the --- toned and honorable gentleman. He was always clever and obliging more inclined to look to the comforts and happiness of others than that of his own. His great heart in the --- of hospitality to his friend and charity to the poor knew no bounds. It seems that when --- calls were so frequent for ---- the heart would become cold and callous, it was not so with him, as I never knew him to send one away empty. Those whose houses have been burned by accident or the incendiary torch, or swept away by the fierce cyclone, can testify to the ---- of his great liberality toward them. Not only the in----igent will miss him, but we of this town, and surrounding country will miss him. Not alone in his society, good advice and council will we miss him, he has ever been a strong support and liberal in all of our public works and every thing looking to the comfort and pleasure of our people. Officially a purer and better man in my humble opinion never held the office of Judge of Probate. Honesty and integrity were the chief factors in his official career.
76.PENNINGTON, Mrs. ISAAC
Vernon Courier, Nov. 25, 1887
-----, wife of Mr. ISAAC PENNINGTON, died at her home near town on last Saturday.
Vernon Courier, Dec. 16, 1887
Mr. JAMES LOCKHART died at his home near Buttahatchie, Miss on the 10th inst. He was the father-in-law of JAS. SPRINGFIELD, Esq.
Dec. 16, 1887
We hear that on last Saturday night near Pikeville, Marion county two men were shot dead and one seriously shot, a Mr. BOB TERRELL, and one man hung. TOM BANISTER was one of the men shot.It seems these men were directing revenue officers to a still when they were fired on from the bush with the above result.
80.MARLER, Mrs. CAPIAS
Vernon Courier, Dec. 30, 1887
We are pained to announce the death of Mrs. CAPIAS MARLER which occurred very suddenly on Friday the 23rd of Dec. Her son Mr. BIRT MARLER left her at home in the morning in her usual health.When he returned to dinner he found it had been prepared but his good mother was dead in the house.