Charles Nicholas Meriwether (TMSI #95)
Newspaper unknown (clipping from Minor Meriwether’s book)
Unknown (died September 28, 1877)
Meriwether—On the 28th September last, at Woodstock, Todd county, Ky., the family residence, Charles Nicholas Meriwether, aged 76 years, 1 month and 9 days.
Though born in Virginia, he lived his three score and ten years in the county where he died. In his twenty-first year he intermarried with Caroline Hunter [sic Huntley] Barker, who, with her sister, Mrs. Gilmer, are the sole surviving children of Charles Barker, of Fairfield, Todd county, Ky. To them it was given to live together as man and wife for the unusual period of fifty-six years, and more, to live in true marriage; one life of harmony, of mutual love, of mutual respect, and untied usefulness to all that came within their sphere of action. To the bereaved, as to all within the vicinage of Woodstock, language is inadequate to express the loss, and yet the anguished heart will try to “wreck its thought upon expression,” however unavailingly. For we all feel that the highest, noblest Christian gentleman in the land has passed away. He was the Christian, living in all the enjoyments pertaining to Christianity, fervent, trusting, tolerant, not formulated, but living in the perennial freshness of “glad tidings,” as they came down fresh from heaven. He was the gentleman, not in form and person merely, though the courtliness of his manner had a charm and individuality of its own, but the gentleman in the oldest and purest impart of the title; for his unique gracefulness of manner had its origin in kindness of heart and that human sympathy that “makes the whole world kin.” He had that manly courage that is equal to all emergencies, that could combat with unflinching vigor all the calamities of life. The desponding man, brought within the sphere of his moral power, would leave him hopeful and strong. You could not be in his presence without realizing what was within him, his unconscious moral power, his absolute rectitude and thoughtfulness, his love of right and honesty in all things, and above all things, united with modesty of demeanor and a geniality of temper that carried away all hearts. For like many of earth’s benefactors, he had a keen sense of humor, an enjoying playfulness of manner, never used to the annoyance of the most sensitive nature, but as auxiliary to the enforcement of the convictions of his supreme common sense.
He was the oldest son of Dr. Charles Meriwether of Meriville, Todd county, Ky., of distinguished attainments, ancient family and highest moral worth, who, though long dead to us, still speaketh to those who are yet here to remember his long life of benevolence and active virtue. It is much to be the son of such a sire; but yet birth and position are but accidents, whilst the life of our departed friend was ever his own. He made his life what it was, and its rich legacy is common property of all that came within its influence.