February 1, 1876 Memphis, Tennessee Kate McCormick dies during an abortion The grave reads: Kate McCormick, Seduced and pregnant by her father’s friend, Unwed she died from abortion, her only choice, Abandoned in life and death by family, With but a single rose from her mother, Buried only through the kindness of an unknown benefactor,… Continue reading A woman’s death during an abortion grieved by anonymous benefactor
January 12, 1889 The Police Gazette publishes a story about the youngest smoker in the state of Tennessee, Wallace Lochridge According to The Abbeville Press and Banner (Abbeville, SC), Jan. 2 1889 page 3, Wallace was a year and 10 months old when he gained fame for being the youngest smoker in Tennessee and (hopefully)… Continue reading Toddler’s smoking habits draw attention of the press
January 6, 1872 Huntsville, Tennessee Angeline Moore, an orphan and servant, is murdered Angeline, 15 at the time of her death, was found in the wilderness in a battered state; her eye had been "mashed in," her ribs broken and collarbone dislocated, and she had numerous bruises all over her body. Suspicion quickly fell upon… Continue reading Orphan Girl murdered
October 10, 1911 Lynchburg, Tennessee Jack Daniel, whiskey magnate, dies of blood poisoning A legend surrounding Daniel's death involves his safe. According to legend, he would often forget the combination and, in frustration, would kick it. One of these kicks in 1906 is said to have injured his toe, causing him to walk with a… Continue reading The death of Jack Daniel
October 1, unspecified year Tennessee Professor Knowby records on an audio tape that he has killed his wife. The full quote from the audio entry was: "It is October 1, 4:33 p.m. Henrietta is dead. I could not bring myself to dismember her corpse. But I buried her."