MORROW, Ella Hill (d. 1907)

Columbia Notes — A very sad death was that of Mrs. Ella Hill MORROW, which occurred at the residence of her father, Mr. Rutledge HILL, January 2.  A large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral at Salem Presbyterian Church, of which she was a consistent member.  Services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. MACKLIN, assisted by Revs. Mr. C. NORMAN and T.W. HAMPTON, of the A.M.E. Church.  Rev. P.E. GREGGS eulogized her life beautifully as a teacher.

She taught in Maury and adjoining counties.  Mrs. MORROW was a woman of splendid traits of character; admired and loved by all who knew her, and that was tested by the long line of carriages that followed her remains to beautiful Salem Cemetery, eight miles from here, where flowers were spread over her last resting place.

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Mr. Ed HILL, of New York, who was at the bedside of his sister, Mrs. MORROW, when she died, will return in a few weeks.

The Nashville globe. (Nashville, Tenn.), 11 Jan. 1907. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

MORGAN, Sam (d. 1866)

Last night, about 11 o’clock, Mr. Wood MACKEY, son of our esteemed fellow citizen, Alex MACKEY, Esq., who lives about three miles East of Columbia, detected a negro man named Sam MORGAN, stealing corn from his crib, and attempted to arrest him, the negro made an effort to escape, and Mr. MACKEY shot and killed him.  Sam formerly belonged to Mr. John F. MORGAN, of this city, and was cultivating a portion of the Annie BOOKER farm, near Mr. MACKEY’s.
Source: Columbia Herald, 12 May 1866

ASHTON, Thomas B. (d. 1869)

Death of a Bright Boy. – Thomas B. ASHTON, son of the late James H. ASHTON, died at the residence of his mother, Maury county, Tennessee, July 12th, 1869, aged about 18 years.  He was a young man of extraordinary promise.  His mind was of the very first order.  His moral character unexceptionable.  He was, in all respects, one of the most admirable young men whose death we have been called to mourn.  He had been a professor of religion and member of the M.E. Church South, for two years.  He met death calmly and triumphantly, and without a cloud or fear sweetly “fell asleep in Jesus.”  We expect to meet him in the bright world above. – R.G. Irvine, July 20, 1869.

Source: Columbia Herald, 23 July 1869

Tableaux Vivant At Ashwood Hall (1869)

The beautiful and picturesque church of St. Johns, about seven miles from Columbia, on the Mt. Pleasant pike, was much injured during the war, and has remained out of repair ever since.  And the grounds, which contain the remains of a number of gallant Confederate soldiers and distinguished generals, as well as many of Maury’s favored children are also out of repair.  It is proposed to have a series of Tableaux at Ashwood on the 23d inst., for the purpose of raising money to repair the church and grounds.  The Tableaux promise to be highly entertaining, as some of the fairest and most accomplished ladies and gallant gentleman of Columbua and Maury Co. will take part in it.  The object is worthy of praise, the Hall is magnificent, the tableaux will be enchanting, and the accomplished managers, R.K. and Maj. Will POLK, will make everybody comfortable.  Tickets $1, to be had at all the drugstores.

The Columbia herald. (Columbia, Tenn.), 13 Aug. 1869. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

Colored School Exhibition (1869)

Thursday night of last week Rev. Mr. BROOKS’s colored school had an Exhibition at the close of the session, in the Hamner Hall.  It was had thus publicly for the benefit of the New Methodist Church, now being built.  The speeches and the songs were all good, and fifty dollars was raised.

The Columbia herald. (Columbia, Tenn.), 13 Aug. 1869. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

Members of the United States Colored Troops to be Commemorated in Dedication Ceremony

The African American Heritage Society of Maury County announced that a dedication ceremony to commemorate the placement of the names of 54 members of the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) from Maury County and 4 white Maury Countians who fought and died for the union in the Civil War will be conducted on Oct 19th, 2013 at 10 AM at the Maury County War Memorial Monument located outside the Maury County Court House. 

The program includes an honor guard from the black Civil War re-enactors of the 13th U.S.C. T. Regiment who will present and post arms to honor these men, as their names are read into Maury County’s place of history.  

The Key Note speakers include, Mr. Patrick McIntyre, Director of the Tennessee Historical commission; Mr. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Foundation, and Dr. Bobby Lovett.  Ms. Dorothy Oliver will sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Oh Freedom, followed by a prayer and taps to honor these brave men.  

A luncheon will be served following the ceremony at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall at St. Peters Episcopal Church on 7th St.  Dr. Bobby Lovett of TSU will speak. Luncheon reservations are available until October 10, at $25 per person. 

The history of the 13th U.S.C.T. where most of these Maury County men served can be found at  The regiment was formed on Sept. 24, 1863 at Murfreesboro, Tn.  The 13th USCT Regiment was presented with its Regimental flag by the colored ladies ofMurfreesboro, TN on Nov. 19, 1863.  The 13th USCT was initially stationed in defense of Nashville and railroad facilities in Middle Tennessee.  The unit repelled the forces of General Nathan Bedford Forrest on several occasions and was engaged in battles at Johnsonville and Nashville.  In Dec. 1864 the 13th USCT Regiment was consolidated with the 12th USCT and 100th USCT under Colonel Thompson into the 2nd Brigade.  The Second Brigade, including the 13th USCT participated in the fierce assault on the right wing of General Hoods Army of Tennessee in the Battle of Nashville on Dec. 15- 16th,1864 at Overton Hill (Peach Orchard Hill).  The battle site can be seen today just west of I-65 at the Harding Place exit, where a historical marker has been placed.  The 13th USCT was mustered out of service on July 7th, 1865 in St. Louis. 

For further information on the event or luncheon call : Jo Ann McClellan  – 931-682-3755   or   931-698-4765