|Death of Mr. N. T. Townsend
Mr. N. T. Townsend, an old and honored citizen of East Perry, passed peacefully away on the 15 of May 1909, after an
illness of three weeks. Mr. Townsend was 74 years old at the time of his death. He was a native Alabamian, having
made Perry County his home all of his life with the exception of a few years. He lived in Louisiana, from which state he
volunteered when the war began between the states and served with honor and credit to himself and the Confederacy.
After the war, Mr. Townsend returned to Perry County and in 1869, married Miss Emerline Church who still survives
him. Unto them were born eight children, two sons and six daughters all of whom survive him except one, the oldest
daughter who preceded her father to the grave several years. Mr. Townsend was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist
church, but on account of declining health he had not attended his church for some years. He was a man of deep
convictions and was true to them. It can be truly said a good man has passed away. The remains were interred in the
Mount Olive Cemetery the 17 of May, a large number of relatives and friends attending the burial. Rev. J. S. Bolling
conducted the funeral services.
Editorial note: Two minor changes were made to the above obituary for historical accuracy. The date of death noted in the above obituary
was changed from "16 May" to "15 May" to match the tombstone, which is believed to be correct. Additionally, the author originally
incorrectly spelled "Emerline" as "Emiline", which likely reflected the common pronunciation.
|Obituary provided courtesy of Devon Townsend
|Marv Hamm's Genealogy Home Page
|Nathaniel Thomas Townsend
born: September 23, 1834 died: May 15, 1909