Sunday, July 25, 2010

1880 Article about Death of Will B. Kirkpatrick, or William B. Kirkpatrick, Nashville, Tennessee

Short article about the death of Will B. Kirkpatrick or William B. Kirkpatrick of Nashville, Tennessee, son of Robert T. and Eliza Kirkpatrick.  Will was born about 1859 and died in August of 1880 of typhoid fever.   His father Robert T. Kirkpatrick was born about 1826 in Tennessee and died in October 1871 in Nashville.  Will's mother Eliza was born about 1834 in Tennessee, and she outlived her husband, but I haven't been able to find out anything about her parents.  I'm hoping a reader can fill in the blanks.


Death of an Estimable Young Man.

The entire community will be pained to hear of the death of Will B. Kirkpatrick, book-keeper in the house of O'Bryan Brothers, and one of the best known and most popular young men in the city.  He died at the residence of his mother, in South Nashville, this morning, of typhoid fever.  He had been in bad health for several months and made a flying visit to Bon Aqua some weeks ago with the hope of improving his condition, but upon his return had to give up business, and was confined to his room until prostrated with a violent attack, which his skillful physicians could not arrest.  Mr. Kirkpatrick was one of the first members of the Porter Rifles, but left that company recently and attached himself to the Rock City Guards, and was elected third Sergeant.  The company will hold a meeting to-night to take action on his death.  The deceased was a son of the late R. T. Kirkpatrick, a well-known dry goods merchant, and has a large family connection.  His early death will be greatly regretted by his host of friends, who had marked for him a bright career and a useful life in the future.

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