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Deaths – March 1, 1907

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Deaths as reported in this issue:

  • Mattie Batty, 801 Fifth avenue, South, 45 years.
  • John Jordan, 1336 Third avenue, South. 1 year.
  • George Alexander, 709 Allison street, 27 years.
  • Willie Temmus, 18 Murrel street, 2 years.
  • Carrie E. Cleveland, 1001 Salem street, 2 years.
  • Infant of Annie Lewis, 208 Sycamore street, 15 days.
  • Thomas McCatherine, Lake Providence, 64 years.
  • George Hooper, 1025 Eighteenth avenue, North, 76 years.
  • Julia Cole, 718 Ewing avenue, 12 years.
  • Della Lurenia Larender, 33 Perkins street, 3 years.
  • Mary Mason, Creek street, 37 years.
  • George Ella Richardson, 418 Quarry street, 37 years.
  • Ida May Underwood, 710 Winter, 34 years
  • Shirley B. Reehals, 636 Steele street, 11 years
  • Eugene Sykes, 38 Trimble street, 0 months
  • Ella Beard, 1918 Tweed street, 32 years
  • George Barker, 714 Fairmont street, 3 months

Death of Hamilton Talley

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Hamilton M. Talley, who died at 1236 S. Cherry street in February, wrote his own obituary and selected ministers to preach his funeal and directed every detail on paper before he died.  This is something wonderful for one man in a weak condition of mind.  He also willed his soul to God

Death Records!

I’ve just learned that the Shelby County Register of Deeds has a statewide death index that covers 1949-2005. This is great!

At this point, I’m not sure how comprehensive it is, but you should definitely take a look! Some benefits of also searching there include a direct link to a form to request the records of the individual.

Deadly Encounter

Nashville Glove
1 Mar 1907

Sometime ago there was something said in this paper of the killing of each other by a class of our people in this community, which seems to be periodically epidemic.

Last week the public had dished out to it an account of one young Negro woman cutting to death another over a nasty love affair between them and a white man. Both of these women had come up together from childhood being reared by the same woman who was the mother of one of them. But environments and evil associations tore asunder the bond of friendship which had been formed during the earlier years of their home-life and constant companionship.

This week the public has another sensational killing. This time the parties to the tragedy are two young Negro men.

Wednesday morning, February 27, in the brickyard lodging to W.G. Bush & Co., Sam MABRY was killed by Newton Smith. Smith claims it is said, that the difficulty was brought on by MABRY. He said that during the morning he got into MABRY’s way and the latter cursed him, whereupon he got a brick and throwing it, struck MABRY whom he killed. No claims that he had no intention of committing murder, but to our thinking, that will be much harder to prove than it is to say.

Smith claims that MABRY was the aggressor, but the statements made by those who saw the whole affair are rather damaging and do not boar him out in his claims. He is said to have thrown the brick at MABRY which the latter was upon a ladder.

It is not the purpose of this “write-up” to pass upon the credibility of the statements of those who witnessed the difficulty, that lies wholly within the province of the Criminal Court; but its purpose is to give an account of what is a fact: The death or killing of Sam MABRY by Nowton Smith.

Note: This is not the full article. If you want to know more please contact me.

Another Old Veteran Dead

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Mr. George Hooper, Old and Well-Known Porter, Passes Away. — Mr. Geo. HOOPER, who has been confined to his bed for three years, his body wrecked with pain and suffering, died at the home of Mrs. Anna T. JACKSON on Eighteenth avenue, North, at an early hour Tuesday morning.

This announcement will not come to a surprise to those who had known of the patient’s long illness and sufferings, and who had expected his death at any moment during the past three years, but still it will bring a sense of sadness to many who had respected Mr. HOOPER. His long life of usefulness, his ever courteous manner and his high sense of integrity had won for him in his official capacity as head porter of the Maxwell House for thirty-two years.

Three years ago Mr. HOOPER, while in the active discharge of his duties, was suddenly seized with an attack of paralysis, which completely incapacitated him for further duty and he had practically been to his bed since. He had during those long years of illness, days of quiet and peace, but most of the time he suffered intensely and every day found him growing gradually weaker and weaker. When the end came he met it with resignation and sank greatly to rest.

During his long career as porter Mr. HOOPER accumulated at one time considerable property, but he trusted the investment of his earnings to his white friends and they were unfortunate in their investments, and all during his illness he was wholly dependent upon the liberality of friends and Mrs. Anna T. JACKSON, to whose house he was taken when first attacked with paralysis. This woman was no relation, but bound by ties of friendship opened her house to the afflicted man and for three years administered to his wants with an unselfishness rarely equaled.

Mr. HOOPER was born of slave parents in February, 1836, and was seventy-one years old when he died.

After Mr. HOOPER attained his freedom he began his career as hotel porter, first serving in that capacity for the old City Hotel, located on the public Square just south of the Methodist Publishing House block. He in turn, then served in the same capacity at the old St. Cloud Hotel on Fifth avenue, then located on the present site of the older Caster-Knol building.

In 1869, when the Maxwell House was completed and opened, Mr. HOOKER was appointed head porter under Mr. McKENN, the first manager. He continued with I.H. FALTOn and Co., of which firm Mr. John OVERTON, owner of the hotel properly, was a partner and took an active part in the management. He continued as head porter with succeeding

Had Wide Acquaintance. Mr. HOOPER perhaps knew more prominent men than any other in the South. The drummers who were

Mr. HOOKER was a member of St. Johns’s A.M.E. Curch and his liberality went far towards helping this church in past years. He was and Odd Fellow and belonged to several other secret orders, but it was for the church when he did most of service, and the congregation of St. John’s has reason to honor and revere his memory.

The funeral took place at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, with services at St. Johns’s Church. Dr. Halglor officlals Spring. Talyr & Co.. Good call. o the three i’d probably join 1.o firstt!

Fatal Accident

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Last Monday morning Carrie Cleveland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland of Salem and Albion streets, was playing near a stove when the dress of the little child caught fire and before the flumes could be extinguished she was so badly burned that there were no hopes of saving her lift.  The little sufferer lingered until just after last nightfall when death put an end to her aflictions.  The funeral services were solemnized Tuesday and a large number of friends were present.

Carroll Napier Langston, Jr.

Over on my genealogy blog, I’ve just posted some information on my overall impressions of FootNote.com and some of the potential I see with it. As I was exploring the site, I decided to do a search for information on Carroll Napier Langston, Jr. His paternal grandmother, Ida M. Napier Langston, was a sister to James Carroll Napier.

One of the collections I noticed in FootNote was one titled, Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1941-1948. In the course of my research, I knew that Carroll N. Langston Jr. had gone missing during WWII and his body was found a couple of weeks after he went missing. Wanting to see if I could find him in this resource, I did a search. His name is rather unique, so I was able to readily identify him in the results. I am deeply moved by what I found.

A report from September 19, 1944 provides an account from the person that found his body, Captain Samuel R. Center. While he was on reconnaissance with 5 others, he found a body that had washed up to the beach of the Adriatic Sea near Pineta, Italy on June 26, 1944. The account describes everything that they found on his body, information about how they buried him and a detailed description of where they buried him. On his person were items such as his ID tags, his pilot wings, a metal cigarette case, and his watch. They buried him “…about 750 feet south of railroad flag station no. 331, 200 feet from railroad track towards sea; 65 feet towards sea from second concrete post of barbed wire fence. Wow.

There were witnesses to the incident. — Lts. Maurice V. Easters, Ulysses S. Taylor, and Harold E. Sawyer. Lt. Sawyer reported that Carroll called in saying that he had engine trouble. Carroll was unable to keep up in flight, so Saywer left his route to fly with Carroll. Carroll was not able to keep the plane up, so decided to bail out, but something went wrong with his chute. It did not inflate all the way and Sawyer saw Carroll hanging on to the side of the plane. Sawyer could not stay with him because of low fuel, but notified Air Rescue. Carroll’s plane crashed about 10 miles off the coast of San Benedetti, Italy. The paperwork even includes a hand-drawn map of where his plane went down.

I really feel like I need a moment of silence after reading through all of this. Can you imagine finding this level of detail for a relative? These documents were previously confidential – I am so glad they have been opened up for public use.

If you have a FootNote account, you can view the images here.

Obituary: James Carroll Napier

From the Tennessean – 21 Apr 1940

While visiting the Tennessee State Library & Archives yesterday, I located this obituary for J.C. Napier. napier_jc_obit_tennessean.jpg

Deaths – 22 Feb 1907

Nashville Globe
22 Feb 1907


  • Ann Collins, 914 Cedar street, 50 years
  • Thos. Leech, Una, Tenn., 88 years
  • Sanford Goodall, 1411 Pike street
  • Amanda Sumner, 125 Market street rear, 83 years
  • Henry Kizer, County Asylum, 85 years
  • Sallie McBride, 812 Williams street, 35 years
  • Jno. Chambers, 310 Tenth street, 26 years
  • Wallace Henry Marten, 526 Tenth street, 4 months
  • Lela Gill, 1006 Eigth avenue, North, 25 years
  • Jesse Parks Hayes, 1804 Thompson street, 26 years
  • Rev. C.H. Russell,  412 McLemore street, 80 years
  • Infant of Luberta Mayes, 1033 Shankland alley
  • Annie Wade, 79 Willow street, 19 years
  • Mollie Reed, Seventeenth avenue and Church street, 20 years
  • Lucinda Mitchem, 527 Sixth avenue South, 80 years
  • Daniel Payne, 701 Smiley street, 100 years
  • Infant of Mary Elizabeth and Clint Bean, corner of Cedar street and Thirteenth avenue
  • Noble Marshall, 1821 Almeda street, 27 years
  • Evelyn Lewis Terry, 1215 Jefferson street, 58 years
  • Irena Johnson, 1036 Fourth avenue, South, 22 years
  • Bettie Gordan, 309 Vernon avenue, South, 50 years
  • Richard Jordan Wade, 801 Ewing avenue, rear, 5 months
  • James White, 1518 Hamilton street, 51 years
  • John Gains, 314 East Tenth street, 66 years
  • Hampton Talley, 1234 Fourth avenue, South, 50 years
  • Henry Walker, 55 First avenue, S., 83 years
  • Guy Norville, 1039 Jo Johnston avenue, 13 years
  • Thos. Poole Peirceson, Glenn Cliff, Tenn, 2 years

Mrs. Heseltine Ellington

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

Mrs. Heseltine Ellington departed this life Feburary 17, 1907 in Memphis, Tenn., at the home of her grandson, Albert Williams. Mrs. Ellington was born and reared in the state of Georgia, near Macon. She was married to Peter Ellington several years before the Civil War. To this union were born eleven children, of whom Rev. W.S. Ellington, Editorial Secretary of the National Baptist Publishing Board, and pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city, is the fifth child.

Peter Ellington died twenty years ago; thus the care of the home and the education of the children were devolved upon Mrs. Ellington. No sacrifice was too great for her to make that her children might receive a liberal education and make useful men and women of themselves. Of the seven children that survive her, there are ministers of the Gospel, one is a school teacher, and all are Baptist.

The remains of Mrs. Ellington were taken to Gallaway, Tenn., and buried beside her husband, Peter Ellington, in the cemetery of Union Hill Baptist Church, of which she was a member for more than thirty years.

Besides the seven children mentioned above, there are nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren to mourn her loss.

Note: another article about her death also appeared in this issue.