Contributed by Kathleen Haynes
Contact Myrtle Bridges September 25, 2008
Miss Sue V. Tate
Nov 1, 1927
How are you these days? I am dry as a powder horn, as usual. Never go anywhere, just keep house.
Will is travelling, and some times goes up into Kentucky which leaves me alone a week or little
over sometimes. I am not afraid for I have been so much alone, besides my next door neighbors
are so close I can almost touch their house.
Will is trying out a new radio that he will only keep a week, but wants to put me in a fine one.
Too expensive yet, besides they are improving all the time and I'd rather wait to get the latest.
Here are some clippings from the papers about Lizzie Gill who married a Thurman and lived in
Philadelphia. She was the grand daughter of Col. Sam Tate. Now what relation is that Col. Sam Tate
to your father, if at all? They have same name. This Sam Tate once owned our old home. The Peters'
homeplace. He had a daughter Lizzie Tate who married Mr. Gill, from whom the neighborhood was named
'Gills Station', and Lizzie Tate Gill had their daughter Lizzie Gill who married Thurman.
That is all I know or can find out about the family, except there is or was a Mr. Sim Tate. Then
two young children Addie Tate and Russel Tate. Their father a Mr.
Tate married Miss Volney Robinson,
quite pretty brunette.
There were some large handsome pictures in the old home when we came. One was a full length portrait
of Mrs. Gill in her bridal robes with a heavy gilt frame around it. Another picture about nine feet
high, 10 to 12 feet long, heavy gilt frame. It was a picture of the house and front yard. A baby buggy
near the front fence with a plump baby in it. An old Negro nurse seated on the root of the tree apparently
sound asleep. The house trees all natural also a delivery wagon in front yard.
Mama said the old Negro mama was the most natural looking thing in the picture. I wonder why a picture as
handsome as that was they didn't have some of the older members of the family in there.
When we went to the plantation in the winter the pictures all disappeared, also a large iron safe that
was in the dining room. My father or brother George may have made some arrangements with the Tates to
allow the pictures to remain until Mr. Gill could find a place to store them. I later heard the picture
of the house was seen on Monroe Ave, up town somewhere. So that's all I know so far.
Write when you find time. Deluge last spring, now so dry and dusty. I feel like I am eating my peck of
dirt long before I die, and quite warm for this time of year.
With love to all,
Wednesday Morning (Obit)
Granddaughter of Col. Sam Tate Dead
Mrs. Lizzie Gill Thurman Dies in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Lizzie Gill Thurman formerly of Memphis, and the granddaughter of the late Col Sam Tate, died
in Philadelphia Monday according to word received here last night. She was the cousin of R. F. Tate,
and Gen St. T. Carnes.
Mrs. Thurman spent a large portion of her girlhood in Memphis. She was the daughter of the late George
Gill, prominent in the cotton marked and proprietor of one of the first cotton compresses in the city.
Col. Tate was associated with Gov. James C. Jones, R. C. Brundey, and others in the early railroad history
of Memphis, and was president of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad when the Civil War broke out.
For the past 10 years Mrs. Thurman had made her home in Charlottesville, Va., Recently she had been in ill
health and her death followed an operation she underwent in a Philadelphia hospital.
Mrs. Thurman will be buried here (in the Elmwood Cemetery). The body will arrive tomorrow, but funeral
arrangements had not been completed last night. J. T. Hinton and Son have charge of arrangements.
*The 1920 Census of Tennessee, Shelby Co., Memphis shows Jessie H. Peters, 81, wid.; Kate Holden,
daughter, 48, divorced; & William Holden, 20, grandson, single. Kate Peters (b. Dec 1871 TN, was formerly married to
Ezra W. Holden (b. 1868 Ohio)
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