|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1835|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1905|
Note: The family did not include the name of the newspaper or the publication date of this obituary, written a few days after the death of Nathan Riley Gilmore at his home near Whitney, Texas. In the article the publication refers to itself as "The Messenger." The following was transcribed from a crumbly yellowed copy that is part of the family history record that was left to me. N.R. Gilmore died in Hill County, TX, in December 1905 at the age of 70. I am his great, great grandson through his daughter by his first wife, Sarah Jane Walden. Martha Melinda Gilmore was born in Wayne County, Tennessee in November 1856. Jane died in 1864 and Mr. Gilmore married his second wife, Elizabeth Ratliff, later that year. Of interest is the very touching tribute to Elizabeth included at the end of this obituary written by Mrs. Mary Gilmore, who seems to have been a daughter-in-law.
July 6, 2009
N.R. Gilmore Answers to the Last Roll Call
It was with a feeling of extreme sadness that the many friends of N.R. Gilmore received the tidings of his death last Sunday morning, he having expired at his home south of Whitney the night before. His friends in town were not aware of his sickness, it being of short duration, and were therefore not prepared for the announcement of his death. He became ill on the Sunday night preceding his death and after Monday lapsed into unconsciousness, from which he never revived. The day preceding the final attack, he had attended the old folks' singing at Prairie Valley and seemed to enjoy it very much, having talked interestingly of it after his arrival home that night, and seemed in the best of his extraordinary good health for one of his years.
His remains were reverently consigned to the grave at the Prairie Valley cemetery, last Monday about noon, which was attended by the largest funeral gathering, it is said, that was ever assembled there. The funeral ceremony was conducted by Rev. Welch and Rev. E.D. Gant, the latter a son-in-law of the deceased.
There was no more highly esteemed citizen of this section than "Uncle Riley," as he was familiarly called, and no one more fully deserved such esteem. He was a man with the strictest integrity, whose word was as valid as his bond, and whose uprightness and neighborly feeling for all his fellowman were characteristics known by all. He had been a man of extraordinary strength and activity and even this year cultivated and partially gathered a small crop of his own. He possessed indefatigable energy and always took an interest in his agricultural pursuits and the many things claiming his attention about the homestead. He was a toiling man and while most provident for his large family and enjoying all the comforts of live he craved, he was not rich in this world's goods. Honesty and right dealings with everybody were his guiding instincts, and he indulged no bitterness to anyone, and was therefore without an enemy. He was honored and loved by all, both old and young, and his cheerful character will be sadly missed by those who were his close neighbors and associates. THE MESSENGER joins his legion of friends in extending sympathy to the large family of surviving relatives, and re-assuring them with the comfort that his life was well spent and an example for them all to emulate. He was a good man in the truest sense and his memory will survive him to the end of the lives of all who knew him.
Just one year ago last week, THE MESSENGER made mention of the celebration of the fortieth marriage anniversary of the deceased, at which time his relatives gathered at his home and made merry the eventful day, to do honor to their venerable and beloved parents. Since that time the deceased's wife, one daughter and a grand-child have passed to their eternal reward, and the old gentleman's last year on earth was filled with sadness by the death of these loved ones. Since the death of his aged companion several months ago, the misfortune had preyed upon his mind to a considerable extent, and the other two deaths following in a short time made him melancholy and meditative. He gave those matters most constant consideration and often expressed himself as ready to answer his final summons – that his life's mission was ended.
Deceased was 70 years old on the 22nd of last February, and had lived near Whitney nearly 29 years, he having settled on the farm on which he died on January 1, 1877, though he had acquired additional tracts to the one first located upon. On Nov. 21, 1855, he was married to Miss Jane Walden, and to them were born four children. His first wife died on May 6, 1864, and on Nov. 27, 1864, he was married to Miss Lizzie Ratliff, who preceded him to the grave only a few months, at the age of about 64 years, and it was their 40th marriage anniversary that was celebrated a little more than a year ago. Twelve children were born to the latter union, making sixteen in all, all of whom lived to be adults except one, which died in infancy. There are yet thirteen of his children living, whose names and residences are as follows: Mrs. Martha Gant, of near Walnut Springs; Mrs. Mary Cypert, of near Whitney; Mrs. Nora Wood, of Cement, O.T.; Mrs. Nettie Hays, of Glove, Arizona; Mrs. Hettie Rose, of near Whitney; Mrs. Pera Ellis, of Knox County, Texas; W.P. Gilmore, J.F. Gilmore, John R. Gilmore, R.P. Gilmore, Tom Gilmore, Charlie Gilmore and Miss May Gilmore, of near Whitney, the latter being the only one unmarried and she having been the only one left at home with her father. Mrs. Sarah Walling and Mrs. Nannie Thompson were two others of his children who are dead, the latter having died only a few months ago at Globe, Arizona, and both having spent the most of their lives near Whitney.
Memory of a Sainted Mother
Mrs. N.R. Gilmore, who had been so low with lung trouble at her home in the Prairie Valley community, died Friday, Feb. 10, at 3:20 a.m. Her health had been failing ever since last May, although she took to her bed only about three weeks before she died. Although she suffered greatly, no one could have borne their suffering more patiently than she. She was buried Friday afternoon in the Prairie Valley cemetery, funeral services being conducted by the Rev. E.D. Gant by her request. There was a large concourse of friends and relatives followed her to her last resting place. Deceased was a kind and loving wife, a devoted mother and an estimable neighbor. She was loved by all who knew her. She was conscious up till the last and was ready and willing to go when the dear Lord saw best to take her. She told her family it was hard to leave them, but she didn't dread the hereafter. She talked to her children and admonished those who are not Christians to prepare to meet her in heaven. It was hard to give her up, but our loss is her gain. We hope her examples in life and her Christian's hope in death will be the cause of leading her children to Christ.
Miss Elizabeth Ratliff was born in Lawrence County, Tenn., April 3, 1842, she being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Ratliff, now deceased. She was converted and joined the Methodist Church in 1858 and lived a faithful Christian until death. On Nov. 27th, 1864, she was married to N.R. Gilmore, and to them were born twelve children, ten of whom are living, one dying in infancy and Mrs. W.H. Walling, deceased, she being the oldest child. The surviving ones are W.P. Gilmore, Mrs. J.T. Rose, Whitney, Tex., Mrs. C. W. Thompson, Globe, Ariz.,; J.R., J.F., R.P., Tom and Charley Gilmore, Mrs. Walter Ellis and Miss May Gilmore, Whitney, Tex.
N.R. Gilmore and family, in the fall of 1878, moved from Tennessee to Texas, where they have lived ever since, not moving over one mile from where they first settled up till the time of her death. On July 30, 1893, Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore joined the Baptist church at Prairie Valley, where deceased remained a member until her death.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee, mother,
We miss thee everywhere."
Mrs. Mary Gilmore
Mary Susan Bryant Rose (1835 - 1923)*
Martha Melinda Gilmore Gant (1856 - 1940)*
Mary Ann Gilmore Cypert (1858 - 1912)*
John Riley Gilmore (1873 - 1940)*
Etha May Gilmore Exum (1885 - 1961)*
FEB. 22, 1835
DEC. 2, 1905
Prairie Valley Cemetery
Maintained by: Jon Long
Originally Created by: June Richardson Hobgood
Record added: Apr 06, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6326135