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Buford Maury

Obituary of Matthew F. Maury, Franklin, Tennessee.

Mr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, one of the oldest citizens of Williamson County, Tenn., passed away at his home, in Franklin, on December 5, 1919.

Matthew F. Maury was born in Williamson County January 19, 1829, and had thus nearly completed his ninety-one years. His father, who was a brother of the famous Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, the "Pathfinder of the Seas," for whom the nephew was named, came to this county from Virginia at the opening of the last century, and the name has always been prominent in the county. He went into the Confederate army with Baxter's Artillery from Williamson County, but was later detailed by General Johnston in the Engineering Corps.

Mr. Maury spent some years in Washington as a youth when his distinguished uncle, by whom he was educated, was in official life at the national capital, and the nephew had a rare fund of first-hand reminiscences and anecdotes of the great men of the time. He was a man of keen intelligence, high principles, and generous sentiments, strong in his convictions and firm to maintain them. His wife, who was Miss Eliza Buford, daughter of a prominent citizen, died several years ago.

Surviving is one sister, Miss Bethenia Maury, of Franklin, the last of a large family. Of his children, five sons and five daughters survive him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1920.

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