Obituary is undated, but appears it was in July/August 1852.
Matron is dead
Mrs. Clarissa Coleman was born in Burke County, NC in the year 1774. She was the daughter of Col. William White and was married to Col. Thomas Coleman in the year 1789. With her husband she emigrated to Maury County, Tennessee in the year 1812, where she continued to reside until her death. In early life, she united herself with the Protestant Episcopal Church, and continued her membership until she removed to this county. Some years after, there being no parish in the county, she joined the Methodist Church, in which she continued a member until her death. For the last few years, she attended church but seldom, on account of advanced age and infirmities. She was however, a constant reader of the Word of God. She died at the residence of Col. Powhattan Gordon, on the 13th July last in the 78th year of her age, in the full hope of a happy immortality. When asked if she was afraid to die, she replied she was prepared, and had no fears. And in her last hours, her daughter perceiving her moving her lips, as if trying to speak, enquired as to her wants, when she replied she was conversing with an invisible spirit, and felt perfectly resigned to meet her dissolution.
Mrs. C. has enjoyed an enviable reputation for 40 years, to the neighborhood where she died. She always possessed a buoyant spirit, and was the life of the social circle. For some years past, the infirmities of old age were doing their work of death, but she never seemed disposed to make others share them.
Even in her old age she seemed alike the companion of the great-grandchild, as of the grandchild, the child and the compeer.
Thus our veteran mother has, in her protracted life, filled a prominent place in the social circle, and blessed at least a portion of four generations. She was followed by a large train of kindred and friends to her last resting place on earth.
She was interred in the ______ burying grounds of her deceased husband, Col. Thomas Coleman. There side by side, sleep the veteran pair, surrounded by many of their offspring. Peace to their memory and rest ______ till the resurrection morning.
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