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James Pooley

Death 25 Mar 1865 (aged 39)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 101523800 · View Source
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James Pooley married Augusta Ann Barnum Nov 1849. Their children were William Charles, James B. Edward Foster, George Fredrick, Frank Davenport and Martha Augusta Pooley.

Elmwood Cemetery Biographical Sketches 1874
Pooley Brothers:
On lot no. 179, Fowler Section, located in the north-east portion of Elmwood Cemetery, and on the north side of the Road of Honor, are buried two brothers, William and James Pooley, and their brother-in-law, Robert Purdy. All these were natives of Scotland. William Pooley and Robert Purdy came to Memphis in 1854, as merchant tailors. James Pooley settled in Memphis in 1858, as a jeweler. He established the jewelry store now occupied by F.D. Barnum-his brother-in-law and successor. They were steady and skillful men in their respective vocations, and being prosperous in business, purchased country homes in the vicinity of the city. All three, in succession, received fatal injuries by being thrown from a buggy while returning home from business after dark. To make this remarkable coincidence the more singular, the horse or horses (for they were different) on each occasion took fright and ran off just outside of the old entrenchments. The following are the dates of these casualties--the first two being in close proximity of time:

Robert Purdy was thrown April 31st, and died may 1st, 1861. William Pooley was thrown July 15th, and died August 27th, 1861. James Pooley was thrown March 25th, 1865, and was killed instantly.

Such was the sad and melancholy coincidence in the death of these brothers! They were true and good men, thoroughly indoctrinated into Old Scotia's religious faith, and all who knew them will admit that the moral portrait of a good man, drawn by the most sublime of all poets, is highly appropriate:

"Lord, who's the happy man that may to thy blest courts repair,
Not stranger-like to visit them, but to inhabit there?
"Tis he whose every thought and deed by rules of virtue moves;
Whose generaous tongue disdains to speak the thing his heart disproves.
Who never did a slander forge, his neighbour's fame to wound;
Nor hearken to a fals report by malice whispered round.
Who vice in all its pomp and power, can treat with just neglect;
And piety, though clothed in rags, religiously respect.
Who to his plighted vows and trust has ever firmly stood;
And though he promises to his loss, he makes his promise good.
Whose soul in usury disdains his treasure to employ;
Whom no rewards can ever bribe the guiltless to destroy,
The man who, by this steady course, has happiness insured,
When earth's foundations shake shall stand, by Providence secured."




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  • Added: 30 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101523800
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Pooley (11 Dec 1825–25 Mar 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101523800, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Mary & Kent (contributor 47170788) .