March 21, 1840
HANAH E. DODD died Cannon Co., Tenn., Feb. 27, 1840 aged 19 years, 2 months and 13 days [Feb. 14, 1821].
October 6, 1843
Colonel HIRAM TENESON, Rutherford Co., Tenn., died Cannon Co., Tenn., June 28, 1843, in the 34th year of his age.
June 20, 1845
WILLIAM BOWEN born Rutherford Co., Tenn., Oct. 9, 1795; died Cannon Co., Tenn., Mar. 13, 1845; moved with parents to Tenn.; husband and father (9 children).
January 9, 1846
HENRY FORD died Cannon Co., Tenn., Nov. 11, 1845 aged 77 years, 8 months, 27 days [Dec. 23, 1767]; native of N.C.; moved to what is now Cannon Co., Tenn.
November 12, 1847
ALAMINTA BOND wife of Richard Bond, died Cannon Co., Tenn., Sept. 6, 1847 aged 31/32 years old; wife and mother (3 small children).
February 4, 1848
Tribute of Respect for JAMES TAYLOR, born Mecklenburg co., Va., May 2, 1774; died Cannon Co Tenn., Jan. 6, 1848; by the Woodburg Division #88, Sons of Temperance, dated Jan. 12, 1848.
June 14, 1850
JESSE BREWER born in 1812; died April 23, 1850. BENJAMIN BREWER born in 1815; died April 23, 1850; both were sons of Hinchin and Martha Brewer. They were tanners in Woodburg, Cannon Co., Tenn. Drowned in a flood "through our beautiful valley."
October 25, 1850
ELIZABETH TURNLEY daughter of John and Elizabeth Spindle; joined Methodist Church in Spotsylvania Co., Va.; moved to Tenn., 1817, with husband, John Turnley. Died Cannon Co., Tenn., June 23, 1850 aged 97 years.
May 29, 1851
ELIZABETH SOAPE wife of A. F. Soape; daughter of Joseph and Sophia Warren; born Cannon Co., Tenn.; married in 1840 and moved to Pontotoc Co., Miss.; to Panola Co., Texas, 1848 where she died April 18, 1851.
August 19, 1852
JOSEPH M. McFERRIN s/o Alexander F. and Eliza McFerrin of Cannon Co., Tenn., born June 12, 1836; died July 4, 1852, typhoid fever.
June 2, 1853
THOMAS B. SANDFORD s/o Lawrence and Apphia Sandford, born Stafford Co., Va., June 9, 1822; moved to Cannon Co., Tenn. 1848; joined MECS May 1852; died Woodbury, Tenn., May 9, 1853.
June 23, 1853
SARAH J. REED born Va.; md Lemuel Reed, March 28, 1815, Cannon Co., Tenn.; died March 3, 1853 in her 57th year.
February 7, 1856
JANE ELROD w/o Adam Elrod; d/o Samuel and Isabella Laving [Lawing]; born Cannon Co., Tenn., June 27, 1818; died in that county, Dec. 29, 1855; left widower and 8 children.
January 7, 1858
SUSANNAH BATES d/o William and Elizabeth Bates, born Cannon Co., Tenn., April 8, 1834; died Tensas Parish, La., Nov. 21, 1857.
Apri1 15, 1858
P. A. CONNER w/o Dr. T. W. Conner, late of Nashville, Tenn., died Cannon Co., Tenn., no date given; born Oct. 1, 1834 and joined Baptist Church at Germantown, Shelby Co., Tenn. in 1846.
January 19, 1860
WOODSON YOUNG, native of Cannon Co., Tenn., died McKenzie Institute in Texas, Dec. 15, 1859 in his 22nd year.
June 7, 1860
JUDITH C. IVIE, nee Wood, w/o D. C. Ivie of Cannon Co., Tenn., born Jan. 11, 1818; md Sept. 11, 1834; joined MECS April 22, 1860; died April 24, 1860.
September 26, 1861
Dr. JEFFERSON PARKS born April 12, 1809; died Cannon Co., Tenn. April 10, 1861.
NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, V. 31, #7. February 18, 1871
WILLIAM L. BATES only brother of Rev. Ulysses S. Bates of Tenn. Conference b April 8, 1848; d Nov. 26, 1870; tribute of respect for him by Woodbury Lodge, #255, Masons, December 5, 1870.
March 16, 1872
WILLIAM DENMAN FOSTER s/o William B. and Bethany Foster, born Morgan Co., Miss. March 21, 1845; died Cannon Co., Tenn. Jan. 29, 1872; joined MECS 1855.
September 7, 1872
Rev. JAMES A. WALKUP born Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Jan. 14, 1802; died Cannon Co., Tenn. June 6, 1872; s/o William Walkup who moved to Rutherford Co., Tenn. 1804; joined MEC; licensed to preach 1829, becoming traveling preacher in Tennessee Conference 1838; md Miss Tennison who survived him with several children.
Apri1 29, 1876
SAMUEL EDGAR HAWKINS son John and Mary Hawkins, born 1864, Cannon Co., Tenn.; died May 24, 1875 "having been thrown by a mule when his foot became entangled in the bridle and he was dragged to death."
SALINA HELEN HAWKINS dau John and Mary Hawkins born Cannon Co., Tenn. June 19, 1872 and died of whooping-cough, March 16, 1876.
January 26, 1878
WILLIAM S. JUSTICE born Chatham Co., No. Carolina, Sept. 28, 1801; died Cannon Co., Tenn., Dec. 19, 1877 leaving a widow and several children.
March 23, 1878
ENOCH and ELIZABETH JONES; he born Sept. 17, 1791 and died Feb. 2, 1878, Cannon Co., Tenn.; she, his wife, born Feb. 6, 1797 and died June 10, 1877; married about 65 years; Cumberland Presbyterians; raised ten children.
Apri1 6, 1878
SAMUEL B. OWEN born May 10, 1842; married Canzada Tate 1867; died Cannon Co., Tenn., Feb. 9, 1878; surviving were widow and 6 children.
JAMES VASSAR died Franklin Co., Tenn., Dec. 3O, 1877 in the 52nd year of his age; native of Cannon Co., Tenn.
May 4, 1878
Rev. FIELDING F. FAGAN, Tenn. Conference, s/o Rev. R. L. Fagan, born Cannon Co., Tenn., Dec. 8, 1846; licensed to preach, Methodist Church, Giles Co., Tenn., Sept. 1865; married Mildred Short, Dec. 21, 1870; served church in middle Tenn.; died April 11, 1878 and buried in the "new" cemetery in Pulaski, Tenn.
June 1, 1878
Rev. FIELDING FOSTER FAGAN born Dec. 8, 1846, Cannon Co., Tenn.; died near Cornersville, Tenn., April 11, 1878; a long panegyric written by Willbon Mooney. Tribute to him by 3rd Quarterly Conf., Peterburg Circuit, dated May 18, 1878. June 29 issue contains a sentimental panegyric written for him by Mrs. Sue F. Mooney. July 27 issue, "Reminiscences of the Rev. Fielding Foster Fagan," a pious panegyric written for him by Rev. W. D. Cherry.
September 6, 1879
ALEXANDER F. McFERRIN, Cannon Co., Tenn., died Aug. 23, 1879 aged about 70 years.
August 21, 1880
Mrs. CELINA BOWMAN, widow of David Bowman, died Rutherford Co., Tenn., July 3, 1880 aged 86 years. Woodbury, Tenn.
February 16, 1884
SAMUEL E. BURGER born in east Tennessee, July 27, 1802; married Hannah B. Hicks, January 24, 1830; died Cannon Co., Tennessee, December 14, 1883.
March 7, 1885
SARAH COOPER died December 10, 1884 aged 71 years; husband, Isaac Cooper, died shortly before she died. Woodbury Circuit, Tenn.
April 10, 1886
Rev. E. L. JONES born Cannon Co., Tenn., Nov. 15, 1854; licensed to preach in Methodist Church Oct. 30, 1875; Tennessee Methodist Conference; ordained deacon, Oct. 12, 1879; ordained elder, Oct. 22, 1882; died Feb. 12, 1886.
January 8, 1887
JO. C. HOLLIS son of J. M. D. and Elizabeth Hollis, born Cannon Co., Tenn., Sept. 5, 1851; died McLennan Co., Texas, Dec. 14, 1886.
February 11, 1888
THOMAS WEST born Cannon Co., Tenn., Nov. 7, 1816; died Alexandria, Tenn., Nov. 14, 1887; married Martha Allen, Mar. 28, 1838; active Methodist layman.
April 21, 1888
ELIZA HIX McFERRIN born Mar. 27, 1815; died near Woodbury, Tenn., Jan. 24, 1888; married A. F. McFerrin, a cousin of John B. McFerrin, June 11, 1835.
May 10, 1890
MARY ELKINES, nee Vandygriff [nee Elkins], born Cannon Co., Tenn., Oct. 18, 1838; married M. G. Vandygriff, Jan. 23, 1854; 7 children, 5 surviving her; died Coffee Co., Tenn., Feb. 15, 1890.
October 4, 1890
JOHN BAXTER STEVENSON, 1821-1890:
REV. JOHN BAXTER STEVENSON.
Rev. John Baxter Stevenson, son of Rev. Elam and Mrs. Lydia Stevenson, was born in Giles County, Tenn., Dec. 17, 1821, and departed this life Sep. 6, 1890, in Roanoke, Ala. The religion of his paternal ancestry was Calvinistic Presbyterian; his maternal, Protestant Episcopal. His father was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in 1813. Brother Stevenson was one of eleven children. Three of his brothers have been local preachers in the M. E. Church, South. His parents dedicated the children to God in baptism in their infancy. This family was a patriarchal church in which the paternal priest offered the morning and evening sacrifice, consisting of reading the Scriptures, singing a hymn of praise, and offering a devout prayer. These services were not so prolix as to weary the children, nor so short as to appear an irreverent form of devotion. Under the ministry of Rev. James McFerrin, presiding elder, Brother Stevenson formally united with the M. E. Church, in 1832. In 1834, after two sermons, one preached by Rev. J. B. McFerrin, the other by Rev. H. H. Brown, at Mount Pisgah Camp-ground, in Giles County, Tenn., he was genuinely converted. He held his membership at Bee Spring, Richland Circuit, Tennessee Conference, from 1832 until received on trial in this Conference in 1843. His first public prayers were offered around his father’s family altar. July 22, 1843, he was licensed to exhort by recommendation of his society. Sep. 2, 1843, he was licensed to preach by the Quarterly Conference of Richland Circuit, Rev. Thomas Madden, presiding elder. At the same time and place he was recommended to the Tennessee Annual Conference for admission into the traveling Connection, and was subsequently received on trial. His first appointment was Bellefont Circuit as junior preacher, Cornelius McGuire, preacher in charge. The second year was spent on Marshall Circuit, Rev. L. D. Howell, preacher in charge. This was an exceedingly pleasant and successful year, about two hundred having been added to the Church. At the close of this year he was admitted into full connection, and elected to deacon’s orders, but was not ordained until the following year, no Bishop being present. At the Conference in 1845 he was placed in charge of the Wartrace Circuit. This was also a year of great success. At the Conference of 1846 he was ordained deacon by Bishop Andrew, and appointed to Bedford Circuit, with J. C. Woodward, as junior preacher, About one hundred members were added to the Church, among them R. L. Fagan, who became a member of the Tennessee Conference. This closed his fourth year in the itinerancy, and he was elected to elder's orders and ordained by Bishop Paine. His next appointment was Hickory Creek Circuit. In 1848 he was appointed to Russell Valley Circuit; in 1849 to Bellefont Circuit. June 25, 1850, he was married to Miss Eleanor G Shriver, of Bedford County, Tenn. In 1850 he was appointed to Montgomery Circuit; in 1851 to Hickory Creek Circuit; in 1852, to Woodbury Circuit. During these past two years his wife had been an invalid, and he had boarded her at her father’s, working at manual labor, when not ministerially employed, for money to pay her board. In 1853 he was appointed to Wesley Circuit, the nearest appointment being twenty miles from his afflicted wife. In 1854 he was returned to Wesley Circuit, upon which he suffered during the year from acute tonsillitis. At the Conference of 1855 he was under the painful necessity of taking a supernumerary relation; which he held for five years in connection with Bedford Circuit. During all these years his throat caused him great trouble. During three years of the war he preached very little, owing to the Federal invasion. In 1863 he went with the Confederate army, until failing health drove him to North Carolina, the home of his ancestry. Here he labored successfully until April 30, 1865, when he returned to his wife in Middle Tennessee. On the morning of March 16, 1866, she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. In 1866 he was appointed to Florence Station; and Oct 8, 1867, was married to Miss Sallie C. Munn, of Florence, Ala. In 1867 he was appointed presiding elder of Florence District, which he served efficiently for two years, when his throat trouble caused him to ask the Bishop for lighter work. In 1869 he was sent to Valley Station, where he staid four years. He was then sent to Florence District, which he served three years. He was then sent to Oxford and White Plains, which he served two years; then to LaFayette District, four years; Alexandria Circuit; one year; Birmingham Circuit, one year; Munford Circuit, three years; and Roanoke Circuit, which he was serving his third year. He was twice elected to the General Conference.
This is, in brief, the record of an active life, full of good words and works. It is impossible, in an article like this, to estimate the good he accomplished, or state the greatness of the man. Brother Stevenson was thoroughly converted; he never doubted it, nor did those who knew him. He was deeply in love with Jesus and his fellowmen. As a minister of the gospel he was able and fearless. He was a strong and scriptural preacher, with a healthy conscience, and possessed of undaunted courage. When he took a position, satisfied of its correctness, no man or army of men could drive him therefrom. He made n great many new sermons in his latter years, some of which were extraordinary — all were good. He was a friend of true education. He loved children and the young people. He was a man of prayer-one of Enoch's class —"he walked with God." He was a father to young ministers, and a true brother to older ones, loving preachers as well as any man I ever knew. He was my presiding elder when I was licensed to preach, September, 1869, and our love for each other can never die. Next to my father he took interest and confided in me. His last illness was very painful. He was never well after returning from Greensboro last Commencement. He craved to get well that he might continue to preach, but had "a desire to depart and be with Christ" if he could not get well enough to continue preaching.
The writer conducted his funeral service Sunday, Sep. 7, in the Grove at Roanoke Methodist Church, there not being room for on third of the audience inside the church. It was estimated that there were over one thousand people present. Remarks were also made by Rev. R. S. Snuggs, F. P. Randle, and Dr. Shaffer, pastor of the Baptist Church. Then we laid his body in Roanoke Cemetery to rest until it shall be reunited with the happy and Holy Spirit in heaven. The Lord bless the wife who had a model husband, and the four boys who had an affectionate father, to whom he left the legacy of a spotless life and stainless character. "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?"
L. F. Whitten.
August 22, 1891
"Sister" VANDERGRIFF, nee Stanley, born Cannon Co., Tenn.; died Lamar Co., Texas, April 8, 1891.
September 19, 1891
WASHINGTON SUMMERFIELD MASSIE born Fauquier Co., Va., Dec. 5, 1822; died McMinnville, Tenn., July 5, 1891; moved to Ala. in 1837; married Fidelia McKinstry, 1848; moved near to Woodbury, Tenn. in 1850; moved to Warren Co., Tenn. in 1870.
December 5, 1891
MARY ANN PARKER daughter of J. E. Parker born April 7, 1871; died Cannon Co., Tenn., Sept. 12, 1891.
August 13, 1896
MARY SUSAN LASSITER born Cannon Co., Tenn., Oct. 22, 1859; died near Chico, Texas, July 5, 1896.
June 9, 1898
CLAUDE McCREARY SHACKLETT born Cannon Co., Tenn., July 11, 1875; died Fulton, Ky., April 25, 1898.
June 20, 1901
ISAAC GRIZZELL born Cannon Co., Tenn., Feb. 6, 1827; married Elizabeth Jones, Nov. 20, 1847; 1 dau., 7 sons; died Warren Co., Tenn., Jan. 3, 1901; joined Methodist Church in 1872.
NASHVILLE DAILY AMERICAN, 1876, A GENEALOGICAL SCRAPBOOK
September 9, 1876
At a picnic in Cannon Co., Tenn., yesterday, Jim Carnehan became so intoxicated that a friend, Charles Ferrell, took him home, in Civil District 23 of Rutherford County; on reaching the homeplace Carnehan got into a quarrel with Ferrill, struck him with a rock, killing him.
November 21, 1876
"$10 Reward. 1 will pay the above for my son, Calvin Shirley, who left his home in Cannon County [Tennessee] on the 12th instant. He is 16 years old, complexion dark, has only one eye, is spare made [thin] and small for his age; supposed to have left in the company with a youth named Robert Vaughn.N. J. Shirley, Woodbury, Tenn."