Mrs. Theresa Sumner

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 29, 1891, page 1
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Death of Mrs. Sumner.

Mrs. Theresa Sumner, wife of the late Joshua Sumner, died at the Tennessee house, of which she was proprietress, last Tuesday morning at 8:30 o’clock. She had been in feeble health for quite awhile.

Mrs. Sumner was born in Habersham county in 1824 and was consequently in her 67th year. She has a long while been a resident of this city. She was a kind hearted, good woman, kindness to the poor being a leading trait of her character. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Rector, and several grand-children to mourn their loss.

The funeral ceremonies, conducted by Rev. W. H. Cooper, of Dalton, occurred yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, after which her remains were carried to Oak Hill cemetery and interred.


The Courant American
February 12, 1891
Page 1

In Memoriam.

Write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.

On the morning of January 27th, 1891, at 8:30 o’clock, at the home of Mrs. Theresa Sumner, in Cartersville, after an attack of pneumonia lasting but nine days, the spirit of this excellent lady left its tenement of clay. Up to the very hour of her last illness she had been energetically engaged in earning duty and usefulness in her home.

Mrs. Sumner was born in Habersham county, Ga., March 7th, 1824, hence had not quite reached her 67th birthday. She was one of the several children born to J. J. Dickerson and Elizabeth O’Neal—the father and mother, both of whom settled in Habersham county, where they became prosperous in tilling the soil, having moved from the good old town of Greenville, S. C. On October 31st, 1840, Theresa Dickerson was married to Mr. Joshua Sumner, at her childhood’s home in Habersham. In April, 1853, Mr. Sumner and wife became citizens of Cartersville, (nearly 38 years ago) and both have made this place their home until called to the home that knows no pain, neither needs sun to lighten it, “for the glory of God and of the Lamb is the light thereof.”

For a number of years prior to the civil war Mrs. Sumner’s husband, who was widely known, conducted a prosperous business in Cartersville, as a buggy and wagon manufacturer on East Main street. He died here in December, 1886, at the family home.

During 1870, about 21 years ago, realizing and preparing to supply a greatly needed want of the growing town they lived in, Mr. Sumner and wife opened the well kept and always popular traveler’s resort, known as the Tennessee House, in which thousands have been made thankful for the liberal cheer and hospitable treatment there received. Since Mrs. Sumner’s death this good work still goes on. In 1841 Mrs. Sumner joined the Baptist church, and her consistent pious walk in the faith of her choice, is the admiration and comfort of all who know and honored her noble self-denying [line obscured by fold]

Her deceased husband was for many years a Baptist. Mrs. Sumner leaves two living children, Mrs. Lizzie Rector, present manager at the Tennessee House, and Mrs. Kate Brandon, who resides with her husband, Mr. Jeff Brandon, at the old Brandon home, on the Etowah river, in this county. Each of these daughters are the mothers of several children known to this community. A third daughter of Mrs. Sumner’s, Albertine, died when but eleven years of age. Truly a solid, substantial matron of the old school, a veritable “Mother in Israel,” has fallen amongst us—full of good deeds and ripe with honors—we are left to mourn our loss, but should strive to emulate her bright and pure example.
Cartersville, Ga., Feb. 3, 1891.


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