Died on the 20th ult., at his residence, near Bean Station, Grainger county, Thomas Gill, in the 72nd year of his age. The deceased was a native of England, but emigrated to the United States in early life and soon thereafter became a resident of the spot where he died, in all the relations of life he was ever faithful.
His uniform uprightness, his benevolence of heart, his Christian kindness towards all men, but especially towards the humbler class of society had won for him the esteem of all who knew him. He had been for many years a member of the Methodist Church and none could have performed with stricter fidelity the duties which his profession devolved upon him. The consciousness of having thus lived, removed from his mind all the terrors of death.
During his short sickness he gave frequent and most satisfactory evidence to relatives and friends who surrounded his bed, that he did not fear to die. Though far in life, his children cannot but deeply deplore the loss of such a father. Other relatives to whom he had been endeared by his amiable life will unite with them in shedding a tear over the grave of so good a man. Children never loss a more affectionate father, society a more honest member, the poor a better friend, nor servants a kinder master. He is gone from amongst us, but with brightest hopes of the future.
Source: Knoxville Register, Wednesday, February 4, 1846
Transcribed by Robert McGinnis and used with his permission.
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