North Alabamian Obits - 1837


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NOTE: The North Alabamian was a newspaper published weekly, on Fridays, in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, AL. It was established about 1832, and at that time, Tuscumbia was located in Franklin County, AL. The original owner and publisher was Asa Messenger.

The North Alabamian
Friday, January 20, 1837
          With regret we learn the untimely end of Col. Wm. H. Allen, formerly of this county, but for the last year or two a citizen of Pontotoc, Mi. He came to his death, we understand, a few weeks since, from a pistol shot, received in a rencounter [sic] with a young man by the name of Parks. We know nothing of the particulars, not having received the number of the Pontotoc paper in which they were given. the subjoined remarks from a subsequent number of the Union, in which allusion is made to the incident above noticed, are very criditable [sic] to the author, and well merit the serious consideration of the community in general The practice of carrying deadly weapons has become quite too common, particularly in the south, and unless public sentiment be arroused [sic] against it, it is impossible to predict the mischief and crime to which it will ultimately lead.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 3 Feb 1837, p. 3
Departed this life, in this town, on the 24th January, after a protracted illness, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Hanse Finley, in the 26th year of her age. It would be a vain task to attempt to estimate her worth, as none but those who knew her best, and have felt most deeply the bereavement of her loss, can properly appreciate the many excellencies and virtues that adorned her character in life, and now endears her memory in death. To a disposition and temper naturally affectionate and amiable, she had superadded much of the gentleness and meekness of Christ, and died expressing that expansive and exalted love of the Gospel, which springs alone from a heart purified by faith in the Son of God.
          Died, in this Town, on Tuesday morning last, Mr. Samuel Keaghy, aged about 60, a native of Ireland, but for some years a resident of Tuscumbia.
          The Funeral of Mr. Samuel Keaghy by request of his friends, will be preached on Sunday next, at the School House near the head of the spring, at 11 o'clock, by Dr. W. H. Wharton.
Friday, Feb. 3, 1837.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 24 Feb 1837, p. 3
Friday..........February 24, 1837.
Melancholy Occurrence.
          Our Town was witness to a most degrading and melancholy occurrence on last Sunday night, the 10th inst., by which a young an of fair character and respectable connexions [sic] was suddenly brought to his death. The circumstances were detailed by several witnesses, before the Coroner's Inquest and the examining Court; and, although somewhat contradictory in detail, yet all went to prove that the deceased, Mr. John T. Brown, bookkeeper in the employ of Messrs. Keenan & Goodloe, came suddenly to his death by a shot from the premises of Abel Elkins, cabinetmaker, while in company with divers other individuals, near said premises. As Mr. Elkins is now in prison, awaiting his trial at the Circuit Court, for the alleged offence, we forbear comment.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 24 Feb 1837, p. 4
, in this place, on Saturday the 18th instant, Mr. William H. Delap, in the 24th year of his age, leaving a disconsolate wife and mother to mourn his loss. Mr. D. was a young man of sterling but unassuming worth; and died in the faith of Jesus, and in a full  confidence of happiness in a better world.---His remains were followed to the grave on Sunday by the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a member, and a large concourse of private citizens.--Comm.
DIED on the 21st instant, at the house of the Rev. Solomon Reese, Mr. Emery Goulde. Mr. G. had arrived among us but a few days, when he was attacked with inflammation of the lungs, and by it hurried to the grave.
DIED, recently, in Scotland, John L. McAdam, Esq., celebrated for his improvement on roads which bear his name.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 17 Mar 1837, p. 3 [ date probably should be 24 Mar 1837.]
DIED in this town, on the 17th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Dr. J. L. Anderson, late of Maryland; a young gentleman who private worth and professional ability will be seen from the following testimonials, voluntarily borne by those who knew them best.
Tuscumbia, March 18th, 1837
 At a meeting of the Physicians and Young Men of Tuscumbia, convened for the purpose of adopting some appropriate measures by which to testify their respect for the memory of the late Dr. J. Lawrence Anderson,
Dr. J. S. Helms was called to the Chair, and
Dr. A. M. Keller appointed Secretary.
It was then moved, and seconded, that Derosy Carroll and Jas. W. Rhea be appointed a committee to draw up and present to the meeting some suitable and appropriate Resolutions, expressive of the feelings of this meeting upon the occasion which has convened us together.
Whereupon, the following resolutions were submitted by the Committee, and adopted by the meeting;
1. Resolved, That, whereas the late Doctor J. Lawrence Anderson, since his residence among us, has greatly endeared himself to his associates and his acquaintances generally, by the sterling points of his principles, by an enlightened and cultivated mind, by his private virtues and his professional worth:--- Therefore,
2. Resolved, That we sympathize with the relatives of the deceased, in the severe bereavement which they have sustained in his death.
3. Resolved, That, as a mark of our respect for his memory and his worth, we will, in a body, attend his funeral, this afternoon, from the house of Dr. Wharton, and wear crape on our left arms for thirty days.
4. Resolved, That these proceedings be signed by the Chairman and Secretary, and published in the 'North Alabamian,' and a copy thereof be sent to the late Dr. Anderson's relatives in Maryland.
J. S. HELMS, Chairman.
A. M. KELLER, Secretary.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 28 Apr 1837, p. 3
Departed this life, on the 9th instant, at the residence of her father, (Mr. Hugh Finley, late of this place,) in Marshall County, Mrs. Amanda M. Hopson, in the 28th year of her age. The deceased, from early life, was distinguished for the benevolence of her heart, and all those modest and unassuming virtues which adorn a woman. She bore her painful and protracted illness with uncommon fortitude and untiring patience, and died believing in Jesus, triumphing over pain, and welcoming death.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 5 May 1837, p. 3
---In this place on the 2d inst., Mr. DAVID KELLER, Agent of the Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur Railroad, in the 50th year of his age.
            Mr. Keller had long been a resident of this valley, and was highly esteemed by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances, for the public spirit, integrity, and fidelity with which he discharged several important duties, both as the executor o private estates and agent for a public company. His benevolence and sympathy were exercised in times of distress, and his moral couroge [sic] exerted when danger demanded. In the revival of religion i this valley some years since, he made a public profession of his faith, and united himself with the Presbyterian church. In his attendance on the means of grace, he was exemplary and constant, and in the trying hour of dissolution, he experienced the consolation of that religion, whose author has promised his people that when their heart and their flesh fail, he will be the strength of their heart and their portion forever.  [Communicated.]

The North Alabamian
Friday, 12 May 1837, p. 3
DIED--In Newport on the 27th April, after an Illness of two days, Byron West Kimberlin, infant son of Jacob Kimberlin, of that place, aged one year.
                                                  Where is he now?
His sunny childhood's melted from my sight
LIke a spring dew drop.
How sad, to see so fair a flower
Crush'd in its budding bloom;
How sad, to pluck it from the bower
And lay it in the tomb.
That bud so quickly hence was torn,
The wounded stem doth droop and mourn.

The kindred flowers in sympathy
Have bow'd their fair heads low;
They mourn, sweet but, they mourn for thee---
That thou from them must go.
Thy memory has a fragrance shed,
More sweet than rose on grassy bed.

Hope cradles thee, my babe, to rest,
Where the sweet hawthorns bloom.
Rest sweet--the trump of God shall sound,
And burst thy dreary tomb.
Then thou, perenial flower, shall rise,
And sing with seraphs in the skies.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 26 May 1837, p. 3
Departed this life on Tuesday the 9th inst., Eliza W. Keenan, daughter of Thos. Keenan of this place, aged one year and 21 days.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 16 Jun 1837, p. 3
DIED--Suddenly, on the night of the 3d inst., at the residence of D. S. Goodloe, in this place, WYLIE P. LANE, son of Col. Isaac Lane, late of Morgan county, aged about 20 years.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 7 Jul 1837, p. 3
DIED---On the 21st ult., at the residence of his father, in this vicinity, DAVID S. MORTON, Esq. son of Maj Quin Morton, aged about 24 years. Mr. Morton had recently settled himself in Mississippi, and had but just arrived here on a visit to his friends, when he was violently attacked with the fever, which terminated fatally in a few days. He has left a wife and numerous friends and connexions [sic] to mourn their sudden bereavement.
----------In this place, on the 4th inst., after a lingering illness, JOHN D. STEWART, aged about 35 years---a native of Scotland, but for the last 10 or 12 years past a resident of this country.
----------On the same date, at his farm, three miles from Tuscumbia, Maj. QUIN MORTON, one of our oldest citizens, and for many years one of our most valuable public servants.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 7 Jul 1837, p. 3
Dr. Wm. H. Wharton will preach the funeral of David S. Morton and also of his father, Quin Morton, next Lord's day, (16th inst.) at the Christians' new Meeting House at this place.  July 14.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 18 Aug 1837, p. 3
----a few days since at Newport, in this county, Mrs. ----------- [sic] Kimberlain, relict of the late Jacob Kimberlain, of that place.
------------In this vicinity, on the 9th inst.,Mrs.Mary Blocker consort of John Blocker, Esq. of Mobile.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 25 Aug 1837, p. 3
     Departed this life on Saturday the 19th inst., of dropsy, after a lingering illness of some months, Mrs. Sarah Anne Jones, consort of Mr. Wm. Jones, of our vicinity, in the 21st year of her age.
     She had been for several years a meek and exemplary follower o Jesus. In all her suffering she evinced that submission, fortitude, and patience which non but those who look for his kingdom and appearing can. An affectionate and kind wife and daughter--she has left an amiable husband and many friends to bemoan her departure. But blessed are the dead who die in the Lord---they rest from all their labors, and their works do follow them.  She died in the faith.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 8 Sep 1837, p. 3
, at her residence in this county, on the 17th untimo, Mrs. Susan E. Reilly, in the 37th year of her age, relict of the late Capt. James T. Reilly, and daughter of the late Col. James T. Sandford, of Maury Co., Tenn.
          No family, within the bounds of an extensive acquaintance, has the writer known to suffer so severely by death, in the same period, as that of Mrs. Reilly. A few years since, her warm-hearted, amiable, and pious husband, sunk into the grave; then her venerable and highly-respected father; shortly afterwards, several sisters; then two lovely daughters, one of them leaving two sweet children, (both since dead,) and the other a blooming girl who withered away slowly from earth;--and now she too has gone to rejoin the society of those she so fondly loved below, whilst five of her youngest children are left, to drop the orphan's tear, and feel the orphan's fate. Mysterious Providence: wife and just, surely, but how inexplicable!
          Mrs. Reilly's character is soon told. It needs no apology---it shall receive no eulogy but that which facts confer. In her domestic and private relations she was whatever a wife, mother, and mistress, should be. ---affectionate, attentive, prudent, and sincere, she was a pattern of domestic virtue, worthy of universal imitation. She was a good neighbor, a warm friend, to th poor a benefactress, to the sick a sympathizing and welcome visitor. Having suffered, she knew how to feel for others. But t crowning virtue of her life was her Piety. She was a Christian. In early life she professed religion, and united herself with the Presbyterian church; and although her opportunities of waiting upon the ministry of he own denomination were of late years "few and far between," yet piety had with her become a principle, and its practice habitual. she honored her profession. Gentleness, resignation and kindness, were so blended with firmness and consistency of deportment, as to give stability to her purposes and dignity to her character.
          A life thus exemplary and useful ensured a peaceful exit. She died as she had lived.---Short was her passage from health to the tomb, and severe her sufferings, yet she murmured not, she repined not, nor seemed taken by surprise, but calmly and submissively breathed out her spirit at the command of her God, and is doubtless gone to join the thronged hosts that worship in the upper sanctuary.
XXThe Editor of the Columbia (Tenn) Observer is requested to copy the above notice into his paper.

[From the Florence Gazette.]
          Departed this LIfe, on the 20th of august, John D. Coffee, eldest son of the late Gen. John coffee, in the 23d year of his age.
          His illness was short---probably congestive fever; and his death altogether unexpected, until a few hours before the fatal termination of his disease. Mr. Coffee was just entering upon the active and busy scenes of life, and promised a career of no ordinary usefulness and respectability. But few men of his age exhibited a judgment so matured as his was; he was remarkable for good sense, and for the discretion of riper years. In these characteristics, he bore a strong resemblance to his lamented father. upon his attaining the age of 21 years, he was appointed the post Master at this place, and about the same time became connected with one of the oldest mercantile houses in Florence, since known as the firm of Pearson & Coffee. Truly, "in the midst of life, we are in death."

[From the Mobile Mercantile Advertiser.]
          Died, on Friday the 18th of August, after a short but severe illness, at his residence in this county, the Hon. George W. Owen, aged about 42, late Mayor of Mobile.
          In the death of this high minded, upright, most excellent and worthy citizen, the community generally, and a very large circle of relations and friends, have met with a severe and irreparable loss. His virtues were numerous and durable; his errors could not be pointed out. He has filed many public stations within the past twenty years, with efficiency and faithfulness--- with honor to the stations, and credit to himself. He was at one time speaker of the House of Representatives of this State; at another, Member of Congress from this district; at another, collector of the Port; and more recently---the past year---Mayor of Mobile. In each of these capacities, as in private life, Col. Owen was always the same dignified, enterprizing, [sic] upright, affable gentleman. He was a man of intelligence, of letters, and of business. He was a man to ornament society, to be beloved by a community, to aid humanity, to befriend the poor, and to set an example, in all the walks of life, worthy of universal emulation.

[From the Lynchburg Virginian.]
We regret to have to announce the death of Gen. John Floyd, for many years a distinguished public servant, both in the National and State Governments, and a few years since Governor of Virginia. He has long lingered under a distressing illness, and we learn died a few days ago, at the Sweet springs.

The Knoxville Register announces the demise, on the 9th of august, of Colonel John Williams, in the 60th year of his age---formerly a conspicuous name in the political annals, both of Tennessee and the Union. col. W. distinguished himself in the Creek war in 1813, was a Senator in Congress from 1815 to 1823, was Minister to the republic of Central America in 1826, and in 1829 retired from public life.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 15 Sep 1837, p. 3
DIED, a few weeks since, after a very short illness, on the Red River, (Ark.) Mr. William Bennet, lateof this place.
DIED, on Wednesday the 6th instant, at the Tuscumbia Landing, after an illness of three days, Mr. Joseph Arendel, aged 28 years, formerly of Russell's Valley, leaving an affectionate wife and family to mourn his sudden loss. He was truly a good husband, an affectionate father, and an obliging neighbor, and his loss will be sincerely regretted by an extensive circle of acquaintances.---[Com.]
Departed this mortal life, 29th June, 1837, in the triumphs of the Christian faith, Sarah Jane Scruggs, consort of A. F. Scruggs, and daughter of John S. and Matilda Hitt. Her end was glorious, as her life was virtuous and amiable.
                The angel of the Covenant
was come, and faithful to his promise, stood
Prepar'd to walk with her thro' death's dark vale.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 29 Sep 1837, p. 3
Departed this life, at the residence of Dr. G. G. Williams, in Lawrence County, on the 17th instant, Mr. Lemuel Peters, in his 60th year.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 6 Oct 1837, p. 3
DIED, in this vicinity, on the 29th ultimo, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of James Elliot, aged 5 years, 10 months, and 7 days.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 13 Oct 1837, p. 3
DIED---In Oxford, Connecticut, on the 16th September, Mr. D. B. Candee, Merchant of this town.
     At a meeting of the young men of Tuscumbia, Ala., convened for the purpose of expressing their feelings upon the reception of the information of the demise of their late associate and fellow townsman, David B. Candee,---S. M. Peters Esq., was called to the chair and W. J. Daly Esq. appointed secretary, when the following preamble and resolutions were offered by John A. Nooe Esq., and unanimously adopted.
      Whereas, having received the melancholy intelligence of the decease of our fried and late campanion, [sic] David H. Candee, who departed this life on the 16th ultimo, at his father's residence in the town of Oxford, Connecticut, and wishing to render a tribute of respect to the memory of one for whom we entertained the kindest feelings of regard; therefore
      Resolved, That we, a respectable number of the young men of Tuscumbia, Ala., friends and associates of the deceased, deeply impressed with the worth of our departed friend, do sincerely sympathize with his parents, who have lost an affectionate and promising son.
      Resolved, That we wear crape upon the left arm for thirty days, as a mark of respect for our lamented young friend.
      Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the North Alabamian, and a copy of the same forwarded to the parents of the deceased.
S. M. PETERS, President
W. J. DALY, Secretary.
Tuscumbia, October 9, 1837.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 2 Oct 1837, p. 3
DIED---Suddenly, on the 18th instant, of the rupture of an abscess upon the lungs, Miss OLIVIA M. WOOD, late of New England.

The Funeral discourse of Miss Olivia M Wood, late a Teacher in the Tuscumbia Female Seminary, will be preached by the Rev. C. Richardson, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, on next Lord's day, at 11 o'clock A. M.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 3 Nov 1837, p. 3
     Departed this life, in Russelville, Ala. on Monday 30th October, after an illness of 21 days of Bilious Fever, DANIEL R. GARLAND, Esq., in the 34th year of his age.---The deceased was a native of Tennessee, but removed to Russlville when but a youth, where he has resided ever since. In the loss of the amiable man, society has suffered a shock not easily to be be [sic] repaired. His character, which was well known to the community, stood without a stain. In all the relations of life in which he was called to act, he reflected honor on the human race. As a lawyer, he stood deservedly high for his courtesy to his brethren of the bar, and for his faithful dilligence, and prompt attention to his clients; as a justice of the peace, he was firm and mild, and his decisions were marked with a strict adherance to legal justice; as a merchant, he was prompt, obliging and indulgent; as a friend, he was warm and true; and as a citizen, his name and virtues will long be held in affectionate remembrance by this community, who so deeply and sincerely deplore his loss.-----
     At a meeting of the citizens, held at the Court House in Russelville on Monday evening, the 20th October, for the purpose of testifying their regret for the untimely end of their much lamented late friend and fellow citizen, D. R. GARLAND, Esq. and as a tribute of respect to his memory; on motion of J. S. Thompson, Cordy N. Skinner was called to preside, and J. B. Valentine was appointed Secretary.
     On motion of Dr. F. H. Anderson, the chair appointed F. H. Anderson, Charles Davis, Wm. H. Sale, John McMechan, J. H. valentine and Hugh Dixon a committee to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the sense of the community on this occasion, and on motion, C. N. Skinner was added to the committee.
     The following preamble and resolutions, drafted by the committee, having been read to the meeting, were unanimously adopted.
     Cherishing an affectionate regard for the many virtues which adorn the character of our much esteemed late friend and fellow citizen, Daniel R. Garland, Esq. whose untimely end we so much lament, in testimony of our high esteem, and as a tribute of respect to his memory, we the citizens of Russelville, have met to express our feelings on the occasion of our melancholy bereavement. Therefore,
     Resolved, That we entertain for our deceased friend and associate, the most affectionate regard, and that we deeply sympathise with his aged mother and numerous relations in their great bereavement.
     Resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting, the houses of business in Russelville should be closed until after the interment of our deceased friend.
     Resolved, That we attend his burial from his late residence on tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock A.M.; and that in testimony of our regard and attachment, we will wear the usual badge of mourning for 30 days.
     Resolved, That a copy of our proceedings on this melancholy occasion be signed by the chairman and secretary of the meeting, and transmitted to his aged mother.
    Further Resolved, That our proceedings be published in the Tuscumbia North Alabamian, and that we also request the editors of the Jackson (Ten.) Truth Teller, and Pulaski Trumpet of Liberty to publish the same.
C. N. SKINNER, Chair'm.
J. B. Valentine, Sec'y.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 27 Nov 1837, p. 3
Funeral Service....The Rev. C. Richardson will preach the funeral sermons of Mrs. Weaver and son, and Miss Matthews, in the Methodist Church, on next Sabbath, at 11 o'clock, A.M.
DIED---At his residence in this vicinity, on the 14th inst., NOEL WADDELL, in the 74th year of his age.
------------On Tuesday the 7th inst., at the residence of her mother, in Marengo county, Mrs. L. M. MAULDIN, consort of Littlebery Mauldin, late of La Grange, North Alabama. ---Communicated.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 22 Dec 1837, p. 3
For the North Alabamian.
"Happy soul! Thy days are ended,
all thy mourning days below;
Go! by angle guards attended,
To the sight of Jesus go
                      Wesley !
DIED on Sunday evening the 17th inst, in this place, of a pulmonary complaint Mr. Geo. Myres, formerly of Baltimore, Maryland, but latterly a resident of this state.
"In the midst of life we are in death" Saith the scriptures---
     Mr. Myers was beloved and respected by all who knew him, and moving calmly through this life, he ever wore that placid countenance, which gained him so many friends; all of whom will have to lament the departure of so good, so kind, so gentle an old man.---His age was 58 "and died full of honor."
"Resquiat in Pace:"
J. W. N.
N.B. The Baltimore Papers will please notice the above.
-----------On the same day at his residence in this place Maj. Samuel Jones aged about 60 years.

The North Alabamian
5 Jan 1838, p. 3
DIED—in Hagerstown, on the 8th of December, Mr. Henry Lewis, of this place, aged about 50 years.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 9 Feb 1838, p. 3
DIED—On the morning of the 2nd inst., Mr. Theophalas Joes, of this place, in the 24th year of his age, leaving parents in North Carolina, and an affectionate brother here to mourn a loss, which none but they known how to feel.
             Mr. Joes, died of consumption, after some months of severe suffering, which he bore with Christian fortitude. He was much esteemed, as I must infer, from the number of persons, who offered to do him kind offices, when he really needed them. He was a useful citizen, a kind brother, and an honest man. C.
----------On the 4th inst. At her residence in this place after a protracted illness, Levina Julian, consort of Mr. George Julian, aged about 45 years.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 16 Feb 1838, p. 3
The following obituary notice, made its appearance, in this paper, last week; but in consequence of a mistake in the orthography of the name, as then published, we give it another insertion, with the necessary correction.
DIED.---On the morning of the 2nd inst., Mr. Theophalas Ives, of this place, in the 24th year of his age leaving parents in North Carolina, and an affectionate brother here to mourn a loss, which none but they know how to feel.
            Mr. Ives, died of consumption, after some months of severe suffering, which he bore with Christian fortitude. He was much esteemed, as I must infer, from the number of person, who offered to do him kind offices, when he really needed them. He was a useful citizen, a kind brother, and an honest man. C.

The North Alabamian
Friday, 18 May 1838, p. 3
The funeral of the late Capt. Lem’l. Peters, will be preached, at the Leighton church, on the first Sabbath in June next. Brethren of the Masonic fraternity are requested to attend. By order of the Leighton Lodge,
May, 18 1838 A. S. JOHNSON, Sec.

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