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Judge John Augustine Nooe, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 21, 1812
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1865
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

John Augustine Nooe was the son of John Baptist and Harriett Triplett Burnley Nooe. His grandparents were Zephaniah Nooe/Noe Sr. and Mary SLAUGHTER of Culpepper Virginia. He was the first graduate from the University of Alabama receiving his A.B. in 1832 and his M.A. in 1835. He married Harriet Crowdus on June 16th 1851 in Nashville (Tenn. Marriages 1796-1950). Their children were Helen Fogg Nooe, Louise Volney Stevenson Nooe Walker and John A. Nooe, Jr. John Jr. died June 15 1860 of dysentery in Memphis. The Shelby County Death register indicates he was 2 years and 5 months old. John's sister, Emily Brown Nooe, died at the age of 17 when the family was residing in Knoxville.

It's possible that John Nooe Sr. was first married to a woman named Caroline as he appears in the 1850 Census, Franklin Alabama dated January 24 1850 with a 20 year old woman named Caroline Nooe. It's also interesting to note that a Caroline is interred at the Wilson-Nooe Cemetery in Franklin County, Alabama. I am still researching this possibility.

The Burial Records at Elmwood indicate Judge Nooe was interred in the Leatherman Vault on Chapel Hill.

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Elmwood Cemetery Biographical Sketches 1974
Judge John A. Nooe was born in Richmond, Va., in 1812. When very young he came with his father to Northern Alabama. He was the first graduate sent forth, in 1832, by the once famous University of that State. He read law at the same time with the late T.J. Turley, in the office of V.D. Barry, at Bolivar. Judge Nooe died in this city December 16th, 1865, and there was never a member of the bar more admirable for manly and Christian virtues, for stainless integrity, for fidelity to trusts reposed, or for tireless devotion to tasks of professional duty. he was a sound, clear-headed master of his profession, even as in social life he was an elegant gentleman.

Memphis Daily Appeal
December 17 1865 page 2

Passing Away.--Our obituary department to-day records the death of Judge John A. Nooe, of this city...Judge Nooe was well known and universally esteemed by our citizens, and his death will occasion general regret and sorrow.

Memphis Daily Appeal
December 19 1865
Meeting of the Bar.
At a meeting of the Memphis Bar, held at the Chancery Court room, on Saturday morning last, on the occasion of the death of Judge John A. Nooe, W.K. Poston was called to the chair, and Green P. Foute appointed Secretary....

Your Committee have heard with equal surprise and sorrow of the death of the Hon. John A. Nooe, who died at his home in this city on Saturday last, after a short but painful illness. Judge Nooe was a native of the adjoining State of Alabama, where he had practiced his profession continuously, with marked ability and success, until his removal to Memphis, some eight years ago. As a citizen, of well known and unyielding integrity and truth; as a lawyer, of sound, through and reliable capacity; as a man, of the most genial nature, of the most conservative and benevolent purpose, no man stood higher in the State of Alabama. he had also in these respects by regular and steady advances, won his way to the understanding and confidence and hearts of the people of Memphis. In every society there not unfrequently appear men of more meteoric flash and rapidity of action, who most generally disappear as suddenly as summer clouds, leaving behind but few regrets. How different the character of the deceased! With him there was no effort to create false impressions-impressions which his sound excellent sense and genuine heart might fail to sustain. he loved honesty and truth with a passion that amounted to religion. His friendships were as ardent as his nature was honest. Those he admired were ever objects of his most solicitude; and their success in business seemed to incorporate itself in his mind with that of himself. He had no enemies--he made none; he had too much respect for the rights of others, and for the freedom of opinion, and too much patience to offend, without cause, the prejudices of men. A man of liberal classical education and general reading, he always felt and expressed no little concern for the political interests of his native and adopted states, as well as for those of the American people at large. Upon these subjects his views were interesting, and were those of a cautious but liberal statesmanship, which ever frowns upon the innovations and extreme measures of political adventurers. Altogether tolerant in affairs of Church as in those of State, there was nothing of the proscriptive or sectarian cast in his opinions; he conceded that sincerity of judgment and purpose to theirs, which he claimed for himself, he felt no unkindness toward men because they differed with him in opinion. Conscious as he was of having discharged his duty to his family, to society, and himself, the approach of death presented to him no terrors; he felt no alarm; and when told he must die, calmly replied: "we must all die; the thought of death gives me little or no trouble." None but the Christian philosopher and gentleman could thus have spoken! What a volume of warning to the wayward and the wicked! Therefore,

Resolved, that we deeply deplore the death of John A. Nooe as a public calamity, particularly to the Memphis Bar, of which he was one of the brightest ornaments; and that we sincerely condole with his afflicted family in their bereavement.

Resolved, that as a testimony of respect for the memory fo John A. Nooe, the members of this Bar, and officers of this Court, will wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days; and that his Honor, the Judge, be invited to do the same.

Resolved, that permission be asked to spread a copy of these proceedings upon the records of this Court and that a copy be transmitted by the Chairman to the family of the deceased.

The Chairman of the meeting was authorized to designate members of the bar, under the third resolution, to present the report and resolutions to the different courts of the city, to be entered on the minutes.

The meeting then adjourned and proceeded in a body do attend the funeral.
W.K. Poston, Chairman
G.P. Foute, Secretary

His wife Harriet, married Judge Henry G. Smith on August 10 1868 in Nashville. Public Ledger Aug 13 1868 
Family links: 
  John Baptiste Nooe (____ - 1832)
  Louise Volney Nooe Walker (1855 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Lot 1 Chapel Hill, Leatherman Family Vault
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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Judge John Augustine Nooe, Sr
Added by: Mary & Kent
Judge John Augustine Nooe, Sr
Added by: Mary & Kent
Judge John Augustine Nooe, Sr
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- Mary & Kent
 Added: Nov. 30, 2012

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