|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1943|
John McClanahan enlisted in the Confederate Army at the age of 19 and served during the remainder of the war in the cavalry under General Nathan B. Forrest. He took part in many of the major battles and came out unscathed. At the time of his death, he was the sole survivor of the Dixie Heroes.
Rev. McClanahan had a bench built and placed on the sidewalk in downtown Hartselle for the Confederate veterans to sit on. It was painted red, white and blue, and was known as "The Old Soldiers Bench". On it the men who had fought for the Confederacy sat and swapped yarns and usually a group of young people sat and listened to the tales they told.
For many years he had the distinction of being the oldest active minister in the state. He was ordained as a minister in the Missionary Baptist Church in 1867 and served more than 73 years in the ministry.
On Feb 21, 1867, he was married to Miss Margaret Caroline Tapscott, who died earlier than he did. They had nine children.
SOURCE: The Heritage of Morgan County, AL.
Decatur Daily, March 21, 1943
LAST OF GREY HEROES DIES
Rev. McClanahan To Be Buried Sunday At Bethel
Rev. John Dandridge McClanahan, aged 99, last of Morgan County's Confederate soldiers, died Friday night at his residence in Hartselle at 10:45 o'clock. He had been in ill health for quite some time.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at three o'clock at Bethel Baptist Church by Revs B. P. Collier, C. D. Boozer and Frank T. Smith. Interment will follow in the cemetery adjacent, Peck directing
The veteran of the war between the states is survived by two sons, Robert and Odie McClanahan of Hartselle; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers from the membership of the Masonic lodge, will be S. M. Nelson, E. H. Phillips, E. B. Adams, Buford Bentley, C. D. Speegle, D. W. McNeill, E. A. Oden and J. L. Roberts. Masons will have charge of the services at the graveside and all members are asked to assemble at Fraternal Hall in Hartselle at two o'clock Sunday afternoon.
Handling the flowers will be members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and of pioneer Hartselle families, including: Mesdames: L. H. Houston, Maude Day, Clio Larkin, Arthur Stephenson, Charles Quinn, W. T. Stewart, J. A. Hartselle and Misses Italyne Hardwick, Bertha Lee and Hattie Moore.
Margaret Caroline Tapscott McClanahan (1845 - 1931)*
Robert McClanahan (1868 - 1943)*
Edward Tuell McClanahan (1878 - 1942)*
Lula L. McClanahan Barnett (1881 - 1908)*
Odie McClanahan (1886 - 1952)*
I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT
I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE
I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH
Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Faded Genes
Record added: Nov 29, 2008
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