Tabbitha A. Crook
Departed this life at her late residence in Tippah County Mississippi, Sister Tabbitha A. Crook daughter of Peter J. and Lavinia Cotton in 51st year of her age. The subject of this notice was born April 20, 1823, was married to Willis A. Crook November
10, 1842, obtained a hope in Christ in 1840 and with her husband joined the Primitive Baptist Church at Pleasant Hill in this county at the September Conference in 1857 and lived as one guided by the Spirit of Christ until her death. The circumstances of her death are peculiar and worthy of note. She died in the forenoon that morning. She arose early, prepared breakfast, after with the family, and after arranging her morning affairs went to the barn, accompanied her little daughter,Willie, to pick geese, and while picking the third or fourth one complained of severe pains in the head, and almost immediately cast the fowl aside, exclaiming, ĒO, my head!Ē She fell forward and never spoke again. In her death the Church sustained the loss of one of its most worthy members, society an honest, quiet shepherd and her children an independent affectionate and watchful mother. She
was a firm believer in the doctrine of salvation by grace alone to the rejection of all the so called helps of the present day.
She leaves a family of eight children two son and six daughters four of the latter being married may the Good Lord take them under His guardian care, and if agreeable to His Holy Will, may they be happy recipients of that knowledge which is life eternal, is the earnest desire of the lovers of truth of her acquaintance.
J.W. Norton Elder J.A. Norton C.O. Mod.
In the year of our Lord, 1854. It has pleased the Divine Mind to take to himself our beloved
brother and pastor of our church, James Childers, an old fashion disciple of our Lord and Savior
Deceased May 5 Age 82
Resolved that the same be recorded in our church book as a remembrance of his labors and to
sympathise with his relations. Done by order of the church in conference Saturday before the 3rd
Lords day in July 1854.
Resolved forevermore 1st it becomes our painful duty to record the death of our beloved Sister
Orpha Darnel of this county she departed this life on the 10th day of July 1862 in the ? year of
her age for thirty one years Sister Darnel has been an humble yet worthy member of the
Primitive Baptist Church she enjoyed and she reserved the love and respect of all the brothers
and sisters who knew her in this church her seat is vacant but we have the comfortable assurance
that she has only exchanged her home of toil and strife on earth for a happier home in her
Fatherís house of many mansions resolved 2 that we request our Clerk to insert these resolutions
in our church book done in church conference Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in September
Peter Cotton Mod protem
William Norton C.C. protem
Obituary of Lydia Stephens
Resolved 1st, It becomes our painful duty to record the death of our esteemed Sister Lydia
Stephens, of this County the 25th February 1857 in the 65th year of her age.
For thirty eight years sister Stephens has been an humble, yet worthy member of the Primitive
Baptist Church, She enjoyed as she deserved, the respect of all the brethren and sisters who knew
her. In this Church her seat is now vacant, but we have the comfortable assurance that she has
only exchanged her home on earth for a happier home, in her; Fatherís house of many mansions
Resolved 2nd That we request our Clerk to insert these resolutions in our Church book.
J.M. Spight, Ch. Clk J. B. Huddleston, Moderator
Obituary of Elihu C. Grace
Resolved 1st, That it becomes our painful duty to record the death of our beloved brother Elihu C. Grace who died at his residence in this vicinity on the 29th October 1857 in the sixty second year of his age. Bro. Graceís stay as a member of this Church has been built limited, yet we have all confidence that our loss is his eternal gain. And that he has gone to his Father house of many mansions. Freely he was an honest man Resolved 2nd, That as a keep sake we request our Clerk to insert these resolutions in our Church Book Resolved 3rd, That our Clerk be requested to forward a copy of these resolutions to our bereaved Sister and family and inform them that we deeply sympathize with them whilst under the affecting hand of a kind Providence, who doeth all thing right. Signed by order of the Church while in conference the day and year first written
J. B. Huddleston, Moderator J. M. Spight, Ch. Clk.
The following notice was presented to the Church by Bro. J.M. Spight Owing, to a dispensation of Divine Providence it becomes our painful duty to record the death of our beloved sister, Sarah Hopper who died at the residence of her husband in this neighborhoodon the 3rd day of February 1859, in the 45th year of her age. Sister Hopper has been a worthy and beloved member of the church for years, and we have noticed with love and gratitude to God that her seat was very seldom vacant at our church meetings. But we grieve not, as those who have no hope, for we have an abiding evidence that
our loss is her eternal gain.
Resolved, that our Clerk be requested to insert this in our Church book
Done in conference Saturday before the third Lordís day in Feb. 1859.
It also becomes our sorrowful duty to record the death of another of our beloved sisters Matilda
Morrow, who died at the residence of her brother-in-law, brother J.C. Jackson in this
neighborhood on the day of 1859
Sister Morrow has been a worthy member of this Church for many years and we have the
assurance that her calling and election was made sure with God and that she is now enjoying the
smiles of our Heavenly Father where sorrow and grief has forever ceased our Clerk is also
requested to insert this in our Church book
Done in conference Saturday before the 3rd Lords day in Feb. 1859
J.B. Huddleston Moderator J.M. Spight Ch. Clk
It is our duty as a Church to announce (though with grief) the death of our beloved sister Rhoda
Hall who died at her residence in this County on the 26th August 1858
Sister Hall lived some distance from this Church and was therefore deprived of the priviledge of
attending only occasionally, But we trust she is now in the immediate presence of our beloved
Savior where distance is no barrier and where distance is no barrier and where sorrow and grief
has for ever ceased our Clerk is authorized to insert this in our Church book.
J.M. Spight Clerk
James M. Spight
Departed this life in the fifty third year of his age after a brief illness James M Spight Elder. Our
dear brother was an old settler and one of the most respected and useful citizens. He was a man
of unimpeachable character the honest and upright course of conduct he exhibited gained for
him the enviable position of an honest high minded man. His simplicity and cheerfulness
rendered it necessary that he need only be know to be admired.
Justice to his memory claims that we honor him not only as an upright member of Society but as
a Christian also in early life he claimed a hope connected himself with the Primitive Baptist
Church and was Baptized in 1832 or 1833 by Elder David Gordon of which denomination he
lived an exemplary and devoted member until his death He manifested a decided preference for
the customs and mode of worship practiced by the Primitive Baptist order And he was devoted
by attached to the principles of the Christian faith as evidently set forth in the New Testament.
Pleasant Hill March 1861
And up to a period of life which but few comparatively speaking are permitted to live He
exhibited on all occasions those admirable traits of character so peculiarly suited to the Christian
Character Humanity Integrity and Piety
Whereas it hath pleased God in his wisdom and goodness in the execution in doubt of a wise
design to call from our Society our dearly beloved and worthy brother Clerk Be it resolved by the
Brethren and Sisters of Pleasant Hill Church in conference assembled that we recognize in the
death of Brother Spight a loss to the community of a patriotic and high toned Citizine to his
bereaved and disconsolate Family of a kind and affectionate Husband a tender and indulgent
parent and to the Church of a worthy and consistent member Resolved that while we regret the
loss of our brother Company we cherish with pleasure those bright examples of virtue and piety
So conspicuous by set forth by his orderly walk and Godly Conversation while among us.
Resolved that we earnestly sympathize with the bereaved widow and children of our deceased
Brother in this untimely loss but would commend them to the mercies of an overruling
Providence for Condolence Resolved that in view of the promises of God to the upright in heart
and of the past Conduct of our departed brother we doubt not but that our loss is his eternal gain
Resolved that our brother Clerk present to the family of our deceased Brother a copy of these
proceedings and also forward a copy of the same to the Editor of the Ripley Advitiser and the
Signs of the times with the request that they publish the same
Done in conference Saturday before the 3rd Lordís day in March 1861
J.B. Huddleston Mod.
James W. Norton Ch. Clerk.