Rev J N Arnold, 97, Dead;
Only 5 Confederate Veterans Left
The Rev John N Arnold, oldest confederate veteran in Macon county, and thought to be the oldest resident of the county, died at 4:00 Friday morning at the home of his brother, Walter Arnold in the Cullasaja section. He was 97 years old on January 8.
The Rev Mr Arnold's death leaves only five confederate veterans living in this county.
Mr Arnold had been ill about three months. He was a native of Macon county and during the war between the states, served in Company K, 9th North Carolina Regiment. He was taken prisioner (sic) 18 months before the close of the war and held by federal troops until the war ended.
Mr Arnold became a member of the Baptist church at the age of 21 and later entered the Baptist ministry. He held various pastorates in the county prior to his retirement, a number of years ago. At one time, he was an active Mason.
Surviving Mr Arnold besides his brother Walter are his sister, Miss Mary Arnold; a son, Oscar; and two daughters, Mrs Cannie Crisp and Mrs Lassie Genter, all of Cullasaja.
The funeral was held at 2:30 Friday afternoon at Sugarfork Baptist church with the Rev George Cloer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
(Published in "The Franklin Press", January 21, 1937.)
Funeral for J A Bates, 85, Held at Coweta Church
James A Bates, 85 year-old Confederate veteran, died Friday, October 30, at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs Harve Tallent, on Coweta, at 8 o'clock in the evening after an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services were held at the Coweta Baptist church Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock by the Rev P C Umberger, pastor of the Franklin Methodist circuit.
Mr Bates volunteered at the age of 16, serving through the last year of the war in Company B of the 39th regiment of the Confederate army. During this period of service he was reported to have used an average of 250 cartridges each night.
The deceased is survived by one brother, John Bates, of Tignal, GA, and several nephews and nieces.
(Published in "The Franklin Press", November 5 1931.)
CONFEDERATE VETERAN DIES
Samuel Taylor Ramsey, 90, Succumbs After Foot Amputation.
Samuel Taylor Ramsey, 90, one of the five remaining Confederate veterans in Macon county, died shortly before noon Saturday at the home of his son, Robert Ramsey at Tellico.
Mr Ramsey, despite his age, had been active until he became seriously ill four days before his death. An infection, which developed into gangrene, necessitated the amputation of his right foot on Friday, the shock of the operation proving too great for the old man to withstand.
Enlisted at 17
Mr Ramsey, son of the late John and Patsy Bryson Ramsey, was born at Tellico, February 22, 1847. At the age of 17, he enlisted in Thomas' Legion, famous in Western North Carolina annals of the War between the States. He was a member of Berry's 69th regiment.
His death leaves in this county only four Confederate veterans, A M Shope of Prentiss, J M Daves of Clark's Chapel, Sam Pickelsimer of Tesenta, and J W Caldwell of Iotla. In addition to these, there are a number of widows and one negro bodyguard, Jim Deal of West's Mill, who accompanied his master to the war.
Mr Ramsey joined the Cowee Baptist church early in life but later became a charter member of the Tellico Baptist church which he had served in as a deacon since 1884.
Leaves 5 Children
On October 19, 1869, he was married to Miss Nancy Emmaline Parrish of this county. They had seven children, five of whom survive - George, Robert, Harley and James Ramsey and Mrs Vance DeHart, all of Tellico. In addition, there are 37 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Tellico Baptist church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev W B Underwood, pastor of the Franklin Baptist church, conducted the rites.
Pallbearers were Albert Ramsey, Jack Weyman, Clyde West, Floyd Ramsey, Creed DeHart and Wade Moody.
(Published in "The Franklin Press" January 28, 1937.)
CONFEDERATE VETERAN DIES
Alfred M Shope Passes After Short Illness; Burial Thursday
Alfred M Shope, one of the four surviving Confederate veterans in Macon county, died at his home on Coweta Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock after an illness of 11 days with pneumonia. Had he lived until March 28 he would have been 92 years of age.
Funeral services were held at the Coweta Baptist church Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by the Rev W B Underwood and Rev J A Flanagan, pastors of the Franklin Baptist and Presbyterian churches.
Mr Shope was the son of John Shope and Luranie Allen Shope. He served in the Civil War as a member of Company D, 62nd regiment of North Carolina state troops. He had been a member of the Coweta Baptist church for a number of years and was widely known throughout Macon county.
Surviving Mr Shope are his wife; one daughter, Mrs Ada Hyatt, of Otto; two half brothers, Zeb and E V Shope, of Prentiss, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
(Published in "The Franklin Press", Franklin, NC, 4 March 1937.)
Death Claims J W Caldwell
Confederate Veteran Was One of Four Left in County
Jasper Wiley Caldwell, 94, Confederate veteran, died at the home of Robert H Bennett in the Iotla section of Macon county Friday morning at 11:30 o'clock. Death was due to a heart attack.
Mr Caldwell was one of four remaining Confederate veterans in Macon county. He was a member of Company C, 64th, North Carolina regiment, Confederate armies. He was born October 14, 1843 in Haywood county.
A Republican, he cast his first vote in 1864 for Abraham Lincoln.
Mr Caldwell had been making his home at the Bennett residence for eight years, moving to this county from Cataloochee, in Haywood county, where he engaged in farming for many years. He was a member of the Little Cataloochee Baptist church.
No close relatives survive.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Iotla Methodist church. The Rev H S Williams, pastor, officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were: W R Mason, John S Gibson, R V Neal, Raleigh Houston, Hansell Bennett, and M E Bennett, all of the Iotla section.
(Published in "The Franklin Press, Franklin, NC, 25 August 1938)
Macon Veteran Dies In Colorado
The following clipping has come to us from a Colorado Spings newspaper that touchingly describes the last days and the death of one of Macon county's last surviving Confederate veterans.
"A bent old man who three quarters of a century ago fought for the Stars and Bars in the army of the Confederacy and who six weeks ago came west for the prime purpose of dying, Thursday had been granted his last wish -- burial beside the body of his wife in Colorado Springs.
"He was William Roper, 95-1/2 years old, whose home was in Franklin, NC, and who fought with Robert E Lee through most of the Civil War.
"He died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs James F Kane, in Beaver Park, northeast of Penrose. To the last he kept steadfast his dislike, or dread, of doctors - particularly 'damn Yankee' doctors - and with death staring him in the face, refused medical aid.
"On July 16 the aged, silver-haired old man alighted from a train at Colorado Springs. Police officers kindly offered him help, found he had come out west 'to die'.
" 'I kind of had a feeling I might not last long.' he told officers. 'My wife's buried out here and when my time comes I want to be with her.'
"His daughter in Beaver Park was notified and took him to her home. The old southern veteran - only one in Fremont county - failed gradually in health. And Monday night he died.
"Because he had no medical attention, the Fremont county coroner's office was notified. Coroner Dr W T Little released the body to a Colorado Springs mortuary.
"And Thursday a stooped and weary old man's final wish was carried out. His casket was lowered into a grave that adjoined that of his wife."
(Published in the Franklin Press, 28 September 1939)
In Memory of One of the Old Veterans of Civil War
Uncle Israel Teem was born in Rabun county, Georgia, June 15 1842. Died June 12, 1920. Age 77 Years, 11 months, 28 days. He was married to Elizabeth Smith August 29, 1851 (Marriage date appears to be incorrect.)
He leaves a sad and broken hearted wife, two sons, and three daughters to mourn his departure, while their loss is his gain. He lived a true Christian life on till the end.
He had four daughters gone on before him. He said a few days before he died that he wished he was with the girls - in the happy home where no sorrows ever come.
(Published in "The Franklin Press", 9 July 1920.)
John L Cabe, 90, War Veteran And Prospector Dies
John Leonidas Cabe, 90 years old, a veteran of the Civil
war and for many years a prospector in Colorado, died at his home, 3027 Meade street, Monday of complications arising
from old age.
(Published in "The Franklin Press", 19 April 1928)
(Published in "The Franklin Press", 19 April 1928)
S W Picklesimer
Funeral services for Samuel
Wilson Picklesimer, 95, Confederate veteran and well-known farmer of the Tesenta section of this
county, were held at Dryman Chapel Methodist church last Sunday morning at 10 o'clock.
(Published in "The Franklin Press", 8 August 1940.)