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.

[additional note]

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

FRASER, Leto (Mrs.)

Funeral for Mrs. Leto Mary COGGIN Fraser, 75, wife of Forgey Fraser died last night at her home on Carter St., following a week’s illiness will be held at 5 p.m today at Oakes and Nichols funeral home.

The Rev. James Brewer will officiate and burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery

Mrs. Fraser, a daughter of the later M.A. and Melissa McDonald COGGIN, was a native of Maury County and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W.E. MANGRUM, of Birmingham, Ala., and Mrs. G.E. Sparkman of Columbia, five sons,
Hollis Fraser of Birmingham, Dick, Raymond. W.C. and Fulton Fraser, all of Columbia; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild;
one sister, Mrs. H. B. Harris of Columbia; four brothers, J.C. COGGIN Sr., of Columbia, Cooper COGGIN of Lewisburg, Herbert COGGIN of Maury County and Malohn COGGIN of Nashville.

The Daily Herald – Columbia, TN

Submitted by Scott Fraser, 2005

GOAD, Osbourn (1859)

Submitted by: Kenneth Haas.
From “The Texas Baptist”

Osbourn Goad died 4 July 1859 near “Tennessee Colony”, Anderson County, Texas in the 49th year of his life. Mr. Goad was born in Maury County, Tennessee 30 Nov. 1810. He joined the Knob Creek Baptist Church in 1832. In 1850, he moved to Nacogdoches, Texas and united with the Mount Moriah Church. In 1856, he moved to Anderson County and became a member of the Macedonia Church at Tennessee Colony. He is survived by his wife and several children.
( Son Of Robert Jr. and Polly (Mahon or McMahan) Goad of Maury County.)

From the Lindsay News, Lindsay, Garvin, Oklahoma, August 1, 1913, front page.

“Goad Funeral Friday
The remains of R.W. Goad, who died at Alex Wednesday evening, were laid to rest in the Erin Springs cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Friday, a brief fuenral discourse being pronounces at the grave by Rev. H.P. Haley. The deceased was 70 years of age, a native of Tennessee, and at one time a resident of Texas. He lived in Oklahoma a number of years. He is survived by a wife and several children.”

From the Alex Tribune, Alex, Grady county, Oklahoma, August 1, 1913, page 4.


M.R. goad, father of Goad Brothers, at this place, died last Wednesday evening at eight o’clock after an illness of many months. Mr.
Goad moved here from Lindsay last fall, and purchased a home just south of town, at which place he resided until his death. His body was taken
to Erin Springs for burial. He had been a resident of Lindsay for many years and was an honorable and upright citizen.”

Contributed by: Cheri Shelton

FRASER, Forgey

The Daily Herald (reel 479)

Submitted by Scott Fraser, 2005

Forgey FRASER, Retired Farmer, Dies at Home

Forgey FRASER, 84, retired Maury County Farmer, died at 11:45 p.m.  Monday at his home on Carter Street. He had been in poor health for some time.

A son of the later John and Arentha BUTTS FRASER, he was a lifelong resident of Maury County. Mr. FRASER spent most of his life in the Knob Creek community but moved to Columbia about 15 year ago. His wife, Mr. Eleto Mae COGGIN FRASER, died in 1949.

The body is at Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 2:30 pm., Wednesday by the Rev. W. Stockman.

Survivors arae two daughters, Mr. W.E. MANGRUM and Mr. G.E. SPARKMAN of Columbia; five sons, H.C. FRASER of Birmingham, R.C. FRASER of Knob Creek and Dick, W.C. and Fulton FRASER of Columbia; a sister, Mrs. Will SELLERS of the Theta Pike; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbears will be Doyle SULLIVAN, D.O. PRIEST, Gordon AMMONS, Elmer WARF, Joe REED and Ernest HAYWOOD.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom BROWN, Ross WHITLEY, D



Will and Maury PIGG, Herbert and Benton CHURCH, Dr. W.C. BENNETT,




Burial will be in Rose Hill with Oakes and Nichols in charge.


THOMAS Jr., J.W.B. – (date unknown)

“The days of our years are three-score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be four-score years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away.”

“I hold the world but as the world is a stage, where every man must play his part in the great drama of life. Every day is a new scene in that greatest of all plays, the Play of Life. Each day is a new page upon which we write our record for weal or for woe. The curtain is drawn; the record is made; the book is closed. ‘What I have written, I have written.’ “

There was an era in the history of the world, when all nations had become steeped in sin, had forgotten God, when there was not even a ray of light and hope to penetrate the unseen and mysterious, and reveal a Father’s watchful care and everlasting love. Even in that classic period of Greek culture and civilization, when such great minds as Socrates, Arostotle, and Plato, dominated and set the bounds of human thought and philosophy, they could not feel and understand, that somehow and somewhere there mus t be a guiding hand, a Supreme Being. But who He was, where His habitation, and from whence He came was a problem, unanswered and unknown. Under divine providence all ages have had their beacon lights, lest humanity in shear ignorance, superstition and sin, might plunge headlong into the abyss of everlasting abstraction. At length, and in the course of time, there appeared a colossal figure; a man of vision, adventure and faith: – the father of the faithful. In whose lineage at the proper time and pla ce, according to prophacy, Christ appeared “in us the hope of glory, and in whom all the nations of the earth should be blessed.”

In this great company of splendid Nobility of the Faith, our good friend and neighbor had taken his place, and played a noble part. He lived and was indeed, a man among men and every inch a man.

“Some men are born to greatness, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Perhaps no other citizen of his day and generation, was called upon by his friends and neighbors to assume so many of the duties and responsibilities, in both civil and ecclesiastical life. In every relationship of life, faithfullness seemed always to be his watchword. The rule and motto of his life must certainly have been: “I shall pass this way but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any k indness that I may show to any human being, let me do it now; let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall never pass this way again.”

He had fought the good fight, he had finished his course, he had kept the faith, and passed the test: “Am I a soldier of Cross, a follower of the Lamb, and shall I take to own His cause, or blush to speak His name?”

“Must I be carried to the skies On flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win prize, And sailed through bloody seas?”

His life had not been one of perpetual sunshine; upon his long and weary pilgramage, many clouds had cast their shadows; many trials and tribulations had left their impress. Just as the golden and glorious sunset of a long summer’s day, so typical of the morning, noon, and evening of a long and useful life; so the sun of his earthly race, went down beneath the western horizon, to rise again in resplendent glory, in the new Jerusalem. Peace and sweet rest to his worn and weary body; a joyful, happy and glorious resurrection to his immortal spirit.

Robert T. Perry

Bigbyville, Tennessee

THOMAS Sr., J.W.B. (Colonel) – (1892)

Another true and enthusiastic speciman, one of the most untiring of the “Old Guard,” and withal a gentleman of the finest qualities of the head and heart, has passed to the “shadow land,” leaving a void in that circle that can never be filled. Col. J. W. B. Thomas departed this life at his home, four miles southwest of Columbia, on the night of the 26th of January, aged 75 years and 18 days. The funeral services were conducted at his residence by Rev. M. E. Gabard, who paid a high tribute to the dead, a lluding particularly to his love for his wife and children and his devotion to his church, of which he had been a faithful and efficient officer for over twenty years. He was a member of McCain’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church and in its interest he appl ied all the energies of his heart and head. His religious character evidenced itself in every emergency, and when an effort was made a short time since to get up funds to purchase literature for the Sunday-school at Sunnyside, he offered the necessary mea ns for that purpose, exerting a potent influence in leading the young to a higher and better life. Occupying the home where he died for nearly half a century, he had the amplest opportunity for knowing and being known by the community of which he formed a part. He was a man of pronounced integrity of character, positive and strong in his convictions; thouroughly consiencious, strong in his feelings and warm in his friendships. The large concourse of people which attended the funeral services and follow ed his remains to their last resting place, attested the universal esteem in which he was held, and also expressed the sympathy of the public with the widow and children, so sadly bereaved of a companion, a counsellor, and a tender father. He was buried at Zion, and the pall-bearers were his old sporting friends, who associated with him in the wild woods and around the camp-fire. Col. Thomas was favorably known to the sporting fraternity as “Bulger,” and his name has become famous as a deer hunter and a crack shot. As it is his memory is enshrined in their souls, and they will mourn him as he should be mourned. Often on the banks of some murmuring stream in the grassy hassocks, will thoughts of him be near the sportsman’s heart, haunting it as with re al presence. Often when in the heat and hush of a summer noon we recline, weary and worn with fatigue on the mossy banks of some lone spring, down deep in the emerald woodlands, will the tear steal down the cheek to the memory of him who cherished so thos e hours of sylvan rest and knew so sweetly how to enjoy them. Green be the grass above him! His very bones would pine beneath the weight of marble, he should lie in the shadow of some deep woodland, where the whispers of the wind should make wild music in the vocal boughs; where some clear streamlet, rippling along its pebbly bed, should wake that melody beside his ashes which his ear loved so well while living; where the hum of the bee and the carol of the bird and all the calm soft harmonies of nature should sing requiescat of our sportsman friend.

In Pace Resquiescat

Others more capable will write for you the obituary of our friend; others yet living will write of the few of the “Old Spirits” left, but none can more warmly appreciate the living, and more sincerely mourn for the departed, than 

Yours ever truly, WAT. 

Mt. Pleasant, Feb 1st, 1892


Contributed by Paulette Carpenter, 2005

ENGLISH, Thomas (1949)


Funeral services for Tom E. English, 83, former Giles Countian, who died Monday at his home in Columbia, were held at 2 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon in the Chapel of Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home in Columbia. The Rev. C. S. Wilson, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, officiated and burial took place in Rose Hill Cemetery at Columbia. 

A son of the late John T. English and Sallie Belle Locke English, he was born and reared in Giles County and had lived twenty-two years in Maury County. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. English is survived by his wife, Lou Rosson English; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Potts, and Mrs. Roy G. Newton of Virginia; three sisters, Mrs. R. L. Rosson, Columbia, Mrs. R. W. Rose and Mrs. R. L. Brashears of Hams Creek, Giles County; four grand-children and two great grand- children.

From a Pulaski newspaper, saved by Mrs. Jewell English Stone, a niece of Mr.  Tom English

Submitted by Catharine Stone Schwarz