|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1833|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1912|
Obituary of Sallie Nesbitt Sizemore published in the Dickson County Herald April 19, 1912. In Memoriam
Mrs. Sallie Nesbitt Sizemore was born in Dickson County, Tennessee, and died at the home of her son Claude H. Sizemore, in Dickson, Tenn. April 1, 1912, aged 78 years.
Mrs. Sizemore was a great niece of the sainted Samuel McAdoo, one of the pioneers in establishing the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in this country. She became a member of the Cumberland Church when just a child and was a faithful and loyal christian all her life. She was married to Dr. R. H. Sizemore and was a faithful and devoted wife for him to his death. He died at Erin, Tenn., July 14, 1879.
Three sons blessed the united life of Mrs. Sizemore, vis.: Eugene A., who died in infancy; Clarence R., now living in St. Louis Mo., and Claude H., a resident of Dickson, Tenn. The deceased has also left one brother and one sister to morn their loss. Mrs. Sizemore had every attention in her last sickness that loving hands and tender hearts could render. It was not until the inevitable came upon her that she would allow special attention.
She was a woman of great willpower and never wanted anyone to attend to her so long as she could wait on herself. She was cheerful and hopeful in all her sickness up to only a short time before the end came. Her faith in God was fixed to the end. Almost with her latest breath she whispered, "It is well." She knew no fear of any thing, or any body. She fully believed her life was safe anywhere. Day or night, if she felt duty called, she did not hesitate, but, at once, would go out in the darkness of the night that she might be a help somewhere. Her husband was a surgeon in the army during the war between the States, and this good woman soon felt that loyalty to her husband demanded her presence with him in his delicate work, and she went to him and for two years, or longer, she was right by his side assisting him in his work. Many of the old soldiers yet living say she was God's angel among the wounded and dying. At her funeral veterans of the gray were her pall-bearers. Many of them as they looked upon her cold form for the last time could not refrain from weeping. It was by their hands her body was consigned to its last resting place.
Her patriotism is no less spoken of than that of many of the illustrious dead who fell in line of battle. Many of her courageous and daring deeds are recalled by those who were with her and knew her army record. I only mention a few here. At one time she passed between the Union and Confederate lines while under fire with a looking glass under her arm, playing the citizen of the neighborhood. At another time, on hearing of the hunger of an almost starving rebel, she determined to get some potatoes nearby, and though the army on both sides were in battle array she passed somehow the pickets, got the potatoes and returned and was reprimanded by her husband for taking such risks. Her simple reply was, "I got the potatoes." Another time, at the point of a pistol she forced a horse thief to put back her horse in the stable, warning him that to carry out his orders would result in his death. She was taken to Atlanta while the city was being shelled, but made her escape in a meat car. In a difficulty between a Federal officer and her husband she threw herself between them to save her husband from the drawn sword in the officer's hand. She defied the officer and called him a coward. She often went among the sick and dying administering medicine and giving such other help as she knew how to give in their troubles. She assisted her husband in dissecting, often standing in heaps of limbs all around her, she holding the tallow candle, the only light available, while her husband was amputating and otherwise attending the soldiers.
Mrs. Sizemore was indeed a remarkable woman and her long life of heroism and christian labor is an inheritance for her grown sons that they will ever enjoy. The older people feel the loss of a comrade. The younger ones feel the loss of a loving and congenial mother, who was ever ready with a rich story to reherse that would thrill and make them love her memory. She sleeps the sleep of the good and brave. Some sweet day we shall meet her again.
Her funeral was conducted from the M. E. Church, South, in Dickson, Tenn., before a large audience of sorrowing friends, April 3, 1912.
Thomas Nesbitt (1791 - 1867)
Dorcas McAdoo Nesbitt (1794 - 1853)
Rufus Hix Sizemore (1831 - 1879)
Alexander Eugene Sizemore (1857 - 1859)*
Clarence Rufus Sizemore (1868 - 1943)*
Claude Hix Sizemore (1871 - 1927)*
Sarah Ann Nesbitt Sizemore (1833 - 1912)
James McAdoo Nesbitt (1837 - 1917)*
Married: 13 May 1856 in Charlotte, Dickson, TN
Plot: Section: Roth, Block: A, Lot: 41, Space: 2
Created by: D & J Cloninger
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37911740
Added: Dec. 16, 2011
Sallie, I never knew you but in all the investigation into you & your past I feel a kinship with you. Dear Lady an "Angel" for the wounded and dying Confederate soldier of the Civil War, may you rest in peace with your loved ones. Thank You for all YOUR s...(Read more)|
D & J Cloninger
Added: Jun. 4, 2009