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Benjamin Franklin Dorsey, New Albany Gazette, April, 19, 1900.

                                                B.F. Dorsey Is No More

    Mr. B.F. Dorsey, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, passes quietly away at his home four miles east of New Albany on the evening of the 10th, at 5 o'clock.

    He had been in feeble health for several years, and it was known that a very small jar would part asunder the brittle thread of life, yet we were not prepared for the reception of the sad shock.   But alas! the summons came, none else could answer and he is  gone.

    Mr. Dorsey first saw the light of day mid the sunny hills of Alabama 72 years ago, from whence he came about 1850 to Union county, and settled near Lebanon church where he lived till death claimed him as his own.  He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, ever ready to support her institutions, a lover of the Sunday School and everything that pertained to the advancement of the Master's kingdom upon earth.

    He had been married three times, and was the father of nineteen children.  A widow and twelve children survive to mourn his loss.  The pathway of life, however was not with alloy it having passed through the shadow of many trials and troubles.  It having  been his lot to witness the passing away of his first and second wives; and the moss grown over the graves of seven children; a brother was killed by being thrown from a wagon and a grandchild perished in the flames of a burning building.  Surely his cup of sorrow was full; yet he never faltered by the way nor questioned the wisdom of Providence.   Surely the words of the immortal Job, "Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble," has been verified.  But he is gone.  No ode that we may sing can make his sleep more peaceful.  No eulogy that we can utter can penetrate the leaden ear of death.  No monument that we can build can reach into that far off realm to which his noble spirit has gone, but we can cherish his memory, emulate his virtues and   follow his example, and can only say that Heaven never opened wide her portals to receive a soul of purer motives.  We would not say to the bereaved relatives weep not, for this is natural and right, but will say remember that He said, "I am the resurrection and the life," will come again, not to repeat the scenes of Gethsemane and Calvary, but as King of Heaven, and earth to awake the sleeping saints and gather up His jewels, to whom shall be given a crown of righteousness that shall fade not away.                                                             R.W.H.

I hope that you will consider entering this on your web-site.  Mr.  Dorsey's first wife was Elizabeth Dulaney, his second wife is currently unknown to me and his third wife was Florence Drummonds.

Thank you,
Brenda Dahlberg

Thursday, December 9, 1920
Miss Beulah Chunn, who was teaching the Sunshine school west of Ripley,
died Monday morning at the home of her brother-in-law, George Stanford,
where she was living.  She had been sick several days but not thought to
be dangerously ill until Sunday.  Her folks who live in Union county
were sent for and most of them got there before she died.  Her remains
were carried to Pleasant Ridge for interment on Tuesday. Miss Chunn was
a sister to Mrs. George Stanford.
(Sent in by: Vicki Burress Roach)

Nov. 21, 1963
Services for George A. Chunn, retired farmer and blacksmith of New
Albany were at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.  Burial
was in the church cemetery.  Smallwood Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Chunn, who was 80, died at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Shands
Hospital.  He was born in Union County and had lived in the Pleasant
Ridge community until moving to New Albany about 10 years ago. He was a
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mattie Chunn; four sons, Jasper Chunn of
Memphis, C.B. Chunn and James Chunn of Jackson, Mississippi and Austin
Chunn of Batesville, Mississippi; four daughters, Mrs. J.Q. Self and
Mrs. G.W. Hines of the Pleasant Ridge community, Mrs. Jewell R. Snyder
of New Albany, and Mrs. Clara Prentice of Mirra Loma, California; five
sisters, Mrs. Ila Stanford of Memphis, Mrs. Virgie Hodges of Ripley,
Mrs. Marie Barton of Mantee, Mrs. Lois Lindsey of Seequick, Kansas, and
Mrs. Annie Lee MaGill of Guntown; 25 grandchildren and 17 great
(Submitted by: Vicki Burress Roach)

        Union county's sole remaining veteran of the War Between the States, Lorenzo Dow Walker, who observed his ninety-third birthday last September, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. I. W. Moody, in Blooming Grove, Tex.,following an illness of a year and a half.  Mr. Walker's death was attributed to the Flu and pneumonia following.
         He has made his home with Mrs. Moody since September 1939, the last time he visited relatives and friends in New Albany and had been in very poor health until his fatal illness.
        As a youth he joined up with the Confederate Army near the close of the Civil War, but never actually saw service in the trenches with the Confederates as the war ended before he was sent to the battlefields.  He was born at Jackson, Sept. 25, 1847 and moved here when 11 years old.
        He was widely known and beloved among his friends here, in Texas and in Oklahoma, where he frequently visited.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.
        Funeral services were held in Blooming Grove with burial following there Wednesday, according to the information received here by relatives.
        Surviving are three sons, Ernest Walker of New Albany, and Geo. Walker of Blooming Grove; L. D. Walker, Jr., Leland; four daughters, Mr. H. A. Williams of Hickory Flat;  Mrs. Moody and Mrs. Bettie Wooten, both of Blooming Grove;  Mrs. Eliza Miller, Cotton Plant, Ark.;  many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
        The Gazette joins the host of friends who join with the family in mourning this last survivor of the Nation's early internal strife.
submitted by:  Kay Luna

W. C. Graham
    Myrtle, Miss., May 22, 1935----W. C. Graham, Confederate veteran and founder of the town of Myrtle, died at his home here last night at the age of 93. He had lived most of his life in and near Myrtle. In 1869 he was married to Miss Emma Richardson. After laying off the site many years ago, he set up the first dry goods store here. He remained in business for years and became a large landowner. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Methodist church by the Rev. L. M. James, pastor.
Submitted by:
Gary Telford
Family Roots Genealogy Research

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices Volume II: 1866?1888 Compiled by Lowry Ware Scmar Columbia, South Carolina 1998 Died on Saturday, April 4th, 1868 near Ellistown, Lee Co., Miss., NehemiahJohnson, in the eighty fifth year of his age. Born in Iredell Co., N.C., January 1, 1784, and in his youth joined one of the Associate Reformed churches of that country, but I [Rev. S. A. Agnew] am not able to state which one. He loved to talk of those olden times and sainted ministers. The son with whom he was living at the time of his death is named William Blackstocks in honor of one of the fathers of the Associate Reformed church. Mr. Johnson was married to Ann Templeton, September 26, 1809. In the fall of 1810, he left N. C. and removed to what was then called Mississippi Territory, and settled within nine miles of the present site of Huntsville, Ala. During his residence there he served as a soldier for three months in the Indian War of 1812. In the year 1817, he moved south of the Tennessee River into Lawrence County, Ala. Here in 1820, he joined the Methodist church, and here, too, on October 2d, 1834, his wife died. Like her husband, she was reared and had become a member of the Associate Reformed church in North Carolina. In 1835, he moved to Fayette County, Ala where he remained until 1841, when he went to Greene County, Ala In 1850, he came to Pontotoc Co., Miss., and became a member of the Hebron Presbyterian church. In 1860, he came within the bounds of Hopewell and was rejoiced to find an ecclesiastical organization similar to the one in which he had been reared long years ago. The Psalms sounded sweetly in his ears, and he seemed to be greatly delighted with the services of the sanctuary. He united with the church and his walk and conversation were such as becometh the Gospel. For several years after leaving N. C., Mr. Johnson refused to join any church, because none of those to which he had access accorded with his views. “Finding,” to use his own language, “that living out of the church was not favorable to a religious life,” he pursued a different policy and first connected himself with the Methodist church and subsequently with the Presbyterians. 
Reformed Presbyterian Marriages and Deaths, 1866?1888

sent in by Tom Johnson

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