Pretty Sad huh.... Well... I spent hours in the Library digging for documents, and still digging. Looks like this cemetery certainly has been neglected for years. I love the thrill of finding a piece of history or story about the Family. That is def. another blog. But...
This past Sunday, Matthew, along with a great neighbor from the Monticello community on Trinity Lane, decided to do an assessment of the cemetery before our clean up event on the 8th. of November. First of all, I must say, this is all so sad and heartbreaking, amongst the bittersweet feeling of paying respect to a seemingly respected and loved Nashville Family.
We Uncovered the following tombstones :
Ruth Greer Talbot (Wife Of Thomas Talbot)
Sara Green Fletcher (Daughter of Thomas Talbot) Sarah was the mother of 18 children!
Thomas H Fletcher (Husband of Sara) Thomas Served as Secretary of State from 1830-1832 The Obituary for Mr. Fletcher in The Whig r reads as :
January 14, 1845
Sudden Death of a Valued Citizen. We do not remember ever to have seen our community more shocked by the loss of a private citizen than on the announcement on Sunday afternoon thatThomas H. Fletcher, Esq., an eminent member of the Nashville Bar, had died suddenly of apoplexy alone in his office on the Public Square. He was discovered by his little son about 4 o'clock, on the floor, quite lifeless, having doubtless fallen from a settee upon which he was reading in a recumbent posture at the moment of the attack. He had complained of fullness in the head for several days previous and on Saturday exerted himself to an unusual degree, his illness considered, in a speech of two hours and a half before the Criminal Court of Davidson, in the case of the State vs. Merchant. And although he ate his dinner as usual on Sunday and was walking about within the hour of his death, the apoplexy is supposed to have been brought on by the physical and mental effort of the day before.
Mr. Fletcher was an old citizen of Nashville. His residence may be dated as far back as 1809. He served his country in the Indian campaigns of 1813. He then engaged largely in mercantile pursuits and being unfortunate, like hundreds of his fellow citizens, in the pecuniary disasters of 1818-19, subsequently directed his talents to the law in which he was eminently, we might almost say, pre-eminently successful. As a practical businesss lawyer, he had few superiors; as a criminal advocate - bold, shrewd and eloquent - he had scarcely an equal. His acquaintance with the politics of the country was very general and few men could trace their progress from the early days of the Constitution to the present time with more accuracy. And yet he had little or no taste for political pursuits though his ready talents would have adorned any station to which he might have aspired. At one period, he represented, for a session or two, the county of Franklin in the State Legislature, and at another, served as Secretary of State under a pro tem appointment from the late value and intimate friend, Gov. Carroll. But by these exceptions, he contented himself with the expression of his political sentiments in the private circles. His intimate knowledge of standards English and bellas lettre literature, imparted a charm to his fine conversational powers that made him at all times the agreeable social companion, while it enabled him, during his leisure hours, to amuse himself with occasional ------ ------- for the newspaper press. Our own columns have frequently been favored by his terse and attractive notices of the local interests of the city or the current amusements and incidents of the day. Nothing of this sort escaped his observation. If he found not "Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones and good in everything." his pen, at least, made smooth the rough passages of life by imparting interest and amusement to what others of less universal benevolence, might have deemed unworthy their philosophy. We record his death with heartfelt sorrow. He was a personal friend of long standing. He was the friend of other friends; in short a golden link in the chain of society, the sudden loss of which, at this early hour can scarcely be realized, much less told in its full extent.
Matlida G Wilson ( Wife of George Wilson and after doing research last night, I read that Matilda was the sister of Ruth Greer Talbot. Matilda Married George Wilson on December. 6, 1813 Matilda was the nice of his first wife and daughter of Andrew Greer Jr. of Wilson County. She died August 31st, 1822. George Wilson is said to have been the creator of the Nashville Gazette, publishing the first issues on May 26, 1819. George Wilson was an ardent supporter of Andrew Jackson and enjoyed his friendship, too. One of his descendants has preserved the origin note from General Jackson, which reads the following: " General Jackson's compliments to Col. George Wilson, and requests the pleasure of his company to dinner on Monday the 13 instr. A Jackson, 10th of May, 1832. It is unknown as to why he was called " Colonel". George Wilson was a mason. He was one of the committee that, in 1813, framed the original constitution of the Grand Mastership of Thomas Claiborne, the first Grand Master. He served as Deputy Grand Master and Senior Warden in many years. In 1822, he was appointed as Deputy Grand Master by Andrew Jackson. His portrait as the M.W. Grand Master in the State Grand Lodge Building in Nashville shoes a fine, handsome face, with regular features of a 40 year old man. ( All info found the Tennessee Historical Magazine Volume 4 written by John Hibbery De Witt, Williams Alexander Provine, St. George Leakin Sioussat.
I am know trying to track down any decedents of Thomas Talbot. This is crazily fun. I think I have found 2 ... that are my age. I sure hope they don't think i am crazy when I send them a Facebook message, but here goes nothing.
333. Berry Watson Dickson (Dwight Bennett Dickson , Mary Katherine McGill , Lon Hogg McGill , Elizabeth M. Hogg , Mary Talbot , Thomas ) was born Nov 25 1953 in Heidelburg, Germany. He died Dec 16 1985 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina and was buried in Buffalo Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Sanford, Lee Co, NC. Berry was employed in Railroad Engineer.
Berry married Jane Winfield Holler on 1980 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina. Jane was born 1956 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina.
They had the following children:
361FiKatherine Anne Dickson was born 1981 in Tarboro, North Carolina.
362MiiDavid Cooper Dickson was born 1983 in Tarboro, North Carolina.
363FiiiMyra Dickson was born 1985.
ALSO SEE SIMILAR POST ABOUT THE TALBOT FAMILY - CLICK HERE
If you read my blog a few months back, I have been anxious to get the Talbot's Family Cemetery cleaned up and I finally set a date! See Details below and I hope to have many people out to help honor such an important family in Nashville history. Happy Fall Y'all!