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 Susan Frances “Sue” <I>Dromgoole</I> Mooney

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Susan Frances “Sue” Dromgoole Mooney

  • Birth 10 Jul 1837 Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 13 Sep 1920 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 36713444

CONFEDERATE VETERAN
Nashville, Tenn., December, 1920
Mrs. Sue F. Mooney
Mrs. Susan Frances Dromgoole Mooney, Confederate veteran, widow of a Confederate chaplain, on September 13, 1920, from the home of her son-in-law, C. K. W. Turpin, in Nashville, Tenn., passed over the river to
the rest of the people of God.
Her parents, John Easter Dromgoole and Lucy K. Blanch, were Virginians who came to Tennessee early in life and settled in Rutherford County, near Murfreesboro. Both families were prominent patriots in the war for independence, and afterwards were active and influential in civil, Church, and educational affairs throughout the history of the State. John E. Dromgoole was mayor of Murfreesboro in 1864 and was a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1870. He was a prominent layman in the activities of the Methodist Church, South, and also in the higher circles of Masonry. He died in 1897, nearly ninety-two years old. This daughter, Sue F., was carefully trained and received the best educational advantages the country afforded. Born July 10, 1837, she was married on July 31, 1856, to Rev. Wellborn Mooney, a minister of the Southern Methodist Church. Thus at nineteen years of age began that long life of self-sacrificing devotion which makes the Methodist ministry a record of heroism.
She shared all the vicissitudes of her husband's
life and work, making everywhere a home for him and their children. It would take a volume to tell of the patient, fruitful work of all those years. She has given sketches of it in her little volume, "My Moving Tent."
In those sad and strenuous years, 1861-65, of the War between the States, while her husband was away with the armies of the Confederacy, she became familiar with the perils of refugee life, as she and her little children were driven from place to place by the Federal Authorities. But it all served to confirm her native born devotion to the South and its ideals and traditions. Her experiences only developed and strengthened that resourcefulness that made her such an efficient helper of every good cause.
She was a born teacher, with a tender heart for every needy child, and during the war as she had opportunity she taught without charge needy Confederate children along with her own. After the war she, with her
husband, established a school at Murfreesboro, where they taught and trained the boys and girls of needy Confederate families and also young men who had been in the army and needed training for business. Then in 1890 she established a school in her home town of Dresden, Tenn., where
she continued the same liberal policy with Confederates. No one will ever know the extent of her influence for good on the generation succeeding the war. She once told me that she had at Murfreesboro trained thirty girls and sent them forth well educated free of charge.
Her husband died on October 5, 1907, after fifty-one years of happy life and service with this lovely helper in all his work. But with intelligent energy she continued to work for the highest spiritual interests in various positions assigned to her by the Church. She possessed a remarkable literary gift, and she wrote entertainingly with inspiring messages of memory and hope in the Church papers almost to the last - bright, interesting, helpful, drawn from the varied experiences of her long pilgrimage, full of encouragement to others in the path of that same pilgrimage. And she never lost her love for the Confederate soldier and his cause. The Old South was in her heart next to her religion.
With a strong, clear intellect, a tender, gentle heart, a bright, sunny disposition, she made this world a better and happier place to live in. It was a long life, more than fourscore years of beautiful service, that leaves behind it an inspiring fragrance of goodness and graciousness. We will miss her, but we know that her Lord has welcomed her to the heavenly reunion. "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into
the joy of thy Lord." She is survived by three sons and two daughters, five out of eight children.



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  • Created by: Melissa Clayton Key
  • Added: 4 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36713444
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Susan Frances “Sue” Dromgoole Mooney (10 Jul 1837–13 Sep 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36713444, citing Sunset Cemetery, Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Melissa Clayton Key (contributor 46868985) .