You can read about how I came to know about Dr. Boyd McNairy and his connection to my Sims family here. I updated this page in June 2013 with a chart showing the maternal links among the McNairy, Shelby, Minnick, Hodgekinson and Sims families.
N.B.— John G. Sims was a first cousin once removed of Ana Maria Hodgkinson, the wife of Dr. Boyd McNairy.
Delivered in the town of Shelbyville, Bedford
county, on the 4th day of July, 1815, by
JOHN G. SIMS, Esq.
Friends, Countrymen & Fellow-Citizens,
ALL hail this day of jubilee! the Anniversary of our nation's independence—bought by the blood of our predecessors; now rendered perpetual by our fathers, brothers, and children. Hail it, not only for its benefits bestowed, but as a period from whence is date blessings still greater, regenerated virtue, liberty and independece. Now let the heart heave at the sound of "Amor Patrire," and the countenance of each true blooded republican glow at the recital of his country's valor. Nine and thirty years ago your forefathers burst the shackles of a merciless tyrant; no friends but their swords; no comforts but the liberties of their posterity; daring in their enterprises, resolute to accomplish, obstacles but reanimated them, and success crowned their attempts. At length the tyrant was forced from his invasion, and a peace the precursor of our happy government, paved the way for our future glory, wealth and security.—Long did we enjoy its good effects—the wealth of other nations was mingled in our Coffers—the enterprising citizens left no portion of the globe unvisited, and the exchange of commodities still increased.
But our countrymen, aware of the necessity of internal improvement, converted to luxuriant fields, our wide extended forests, and in a few years, where naught was seen to float but the hollow tree, were our hundred vessels wafted by the breeze.
Population spread beyond expectations; new states were formed, and territories arose, till we proved ourselves the wonder and admiration of the world.—There has been a time in the history of all nations when the harmony of government and love of ease have been made to totter.—That time began to make its appearance in this devoted country as soon as the hardy yeomanry proved how valuable was its soil. Then was it that France commenced her depredations; but the roar of our cannon, and the fortitude of the government compelled a relinquishment of their injuries, and as acknolwedgement of our rights; the world saw how dangerous it was to intermeddle with the privileges of freemen and we lived in security once more.
But envy, the curse of liberty, coupled with the desire of conquest, again emerged from its torpidity—The star spangled banner of our country met with obstruction.—Columbia's sons were dragged into lingering confinement, and forced to contend against liberty and law, in asserting the wrongs of a Monarch on board his thousand ships—was this a theme to draw forth the powers of the Minstrel, or was it the sign to rally round the standard? must the Eagle be clipt of his [?] or should he soar undaunted through the darkened air? Our mind influenced all. "What! yield to a tyrants arm, & wear the chains of slavery—Fathers, Brothers, Sons is this your choice? Away to arms, the god of battle urges, conquer or die."—Such was the determination, and the last three years have proven how true were your anticipations—How sweet the recollection of our valiant deeds, how happy our veteran fathers exulting in their sons renown.
Fellow-citizens—To you who have borne the brunt of battle, and you too who have auxiliarated in the necessary preparations, a recital of our deeds would be but tautology—Every occurrence is safe in your recollection, there nursed to the primmer of your children's education, and there keep it unpolluted.—To instill the principles of this free government into their young unblemished minds, cannot be better done than by giving them with it, the indelible effects of freemen's valor.
Perhaps you expect to hear how Perry struck terror into British sailors on Erie; how he conquered a foe who boasted of invincibility on water—Suffice it to say, that it established the nation's superiority, gave command to the conquerer, and immortality to the Hero. The frontiers of the north claim a right to acknowledgement of their greatness; and the names of Pike, Scott, Ripley, McComb, Gaines and Brown, will be their country's boast for deeds of arms when the spot that receives their hallowed remains shall be lost in the recollection of man.—There too did the gallant M'Dunough send to an early eternity a host of foes, and received the laurels his country boasted to entwine round his browes.
But let us come nearer [?]—where is Tallushatchee, where Thledega, where too Tehopeka? These are our conquests, these are the brilliant stars that burnish our deeds, and light to future ages our untarnished glory, Soldiers of Tennessee rejoice, for it was you who secured homes for your neighbors, and safety against the savage of the forrest. Those names are a cloud to the enemy—t'were they may hear their heroes in the wind, and their shadowy ghost may restle thro' the graves.—These were once your song of joy, but now they are lost in the blaze of a later and greater victory—Anticipation animates your frames. It is "New Orleans" you cry. Yes New Orleans is that spot—there you impressed on British soldiers in letters of blood, how fatal to attempt the destruction of beauty, and that militia claim no booty to reward them. It was here that the huntsman and farmer hastened; not like their hireling enemy to lay waste and destroy—but for the protection of their rights and their territory—their thousand veterans fall beneath the thunder of our hundred, like the forests in the whirlwind and the eagle lowers from the air to receive the victorious wreaths, and bear his joyful honours to the corners of the world.—There shall the glory of America stand unimpeached, secured by the prowess of her soldiers and skill of her Generals. Our nation shall rejoice while virtuous liberty is its care, & defy the world when we have JACKSONS for our leaders.—Hail to thee, immortal Patriot! the sound of thy fame is electric fire to they country's foe!
Fellow-Citizens.—Reveillee no longer sounds the soldiers waking; care no more sits a load on your minds; wars stern alarms all hushed by the rays of mild peace, and merry meetings, are transport to the champions of our country, a reward more grateful to the soldier than hoards of gold; more durable than monumental pride.
Soldiers—you have now to throw off the armor of war, and resume the share and pruning hook; with it too recollect the dangers of a camp—disturb not society by an introduction of new created evils, but let the noble name of solider be merged in the still nobler one of private citizen. In peace the first care of society is the cultivation of every art that tends to promote internal wealth; raise us above the level of the world, and enrich the government for the defense of its rights—Every object should be pursued that collects the united exertions of the whole community—local jealousies be obliterated, and party spirit restrained within proper bounds. It has long been an agitated question whether party spirit is or is not a benefit in a government, so long as its influence operates to prevent an usurpation of power by one party, so long as it guards the constitution from encroachments, and so long as it keeps up that interest which aims at the greatest good, that long is it of inestimable value. But whenever it creates confusion in your councils, inability in your administration, and inertness when activity is most required, then it is time for you to look to it.
The mere disagreement of men is a matter to be expected at all times; where there is a majority they should act. Sluggisness is a greater evil, and often more productive of danger than a little precipitancy—deliberations in councils should be retained, but when once determined, let their acts proclaim it.
How unfortunate has it been, that the nation has warred within itself for the last few years. Unity of mind, after a declaration of war would have led to a speedier peace, whereas division enfeebled and impoverished our means.—Yet perhaps all think they have acted right, and for their country's interest.—Be it so; but has that country been the gainer? Surely not. What are the sentiments of the different sections of the union as to the war? The south exclaims—The war has roused our drooping minds, the nations of the world look at us in awe, fearing lest we should become a warlike people: one flag waves triumphant on the ocean, and our standard is death to the foe—United we dare the world—Liberty or death. Now ask the north, and it answers—national debt has drained our treasury; our people are oppressed by heavy taxes; misfortunes have impoverished them, brought by the war, and we have gained nothing. Such are the different opinions of men men, who express the same zeal for their country's good; and how happen it that it is so? I answer, baneful party spirit. Whence that the New England states exclaimed against the southern? (for we have a common interest) again I answer, party spirit—whence that the southern cry out against New England—why the same party spirit still.—Then take heed of it lest the cankerous worm gnaw that vitality, which in governments as in man, once destroyed, enfeebles the frame, and wrecks it, till at length it totters to the ground—Expel the jealousies mutually existing, then you may truly proclaim that the Untied States is the only government where true liberty dwells and social harmony reigns uninterrupted.—Then, and not till then, will you be a truly great people. But let us look afar from our shores.—See Europe about to commence again in war and blood-shed:—France triumphantly receives the man who, but lately, was a captive prisoner, and banished from her soil by a numerous enemy—without the drawing of a single sword he mounts that throne, which the day before a monarch filled.—Preparations are made for war, the royal insignia of greatness; and host of foes prepare to meet him, and so on shall domestic calm and happiness be lost amidst the clash of arms and trumpet sound—While these things are doing, guard your own country from the common danger; another war at a time when we are scarcely seated in our houses, and which must necessarily make us side with one of the powers against the other, would prove our ruin. Crowned heads have no fear for war; they are not the combatants; to them a thousand subjects are of no importance. But when Columbias sobs shall take the field in unison with either, bid farewell to liberty, farewell to all our greatness. But no; the yeomanry of our country feel and regard too much the rights and privileges they possess to attempt an union with any foreign power—as an individual nation our government is and ought to be best understood at home.
Experience has taught us that to live in peace, we must be prepared for war; and this idea begins to pervade the states. Our navy became respectable in numbers as soon as she proved herself necessary for the maintenance of "free trade and sailors rights."—Our army too has been increased to such a degree, as to enable us to man all the posts necessary to make a stand–drive, from territory predatory excursions, and repel any sudden invasion.—These are incumbent upon us, but no more. Standing armies, & navies, too great, have destroyed in all nations the liberties of the citizens, and will always be dangerous; guard then your rights by placing a veto upon the encroachments of any men or act of men you may place as your administrators.
Soldiers—This day your fellow citizens have chosen with one voice to welcome your return—a day ever to be remembered by you, for it is a day which must elevate you far above the level of ordinary men. The services you have rendered demands of them an expression of the high estimation in which you are holden; and surely there is no honor so great as the applause of freemen in the defenders of their rights.—In monarchies and despotisms a little paltry plunder is the soldiers earnings. But here the friendship and esteem of thousands.—We congratulate you on your safe reception in the bosom of your families and friends. May you ever remember that the reward which freemen bestow lives beyond their existence; and may that power who has guarded you through the perils of the battle, still guard you when the last trumpet shall sound.
Reference: The Nashville Whig (Nashville, TN) 01 Aug 1815 , p.2, reel TN16 35mm microfilm in Research Library, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX, accessed 2013
Reference: Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 [database on-line] Ancestry.com, based on Early Tax Lists of Tennessee. Microfilm, 12 rolls. The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.,
AN ACT for the relief of Mrs. Anna Maria McNairy, Widow and Executrix of Boyd McNairy, deceased, and for other purposes.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That the judgement obtained in the name and for the benefit of the State of Tennessee, against the estate of the late Dr. Boyd McNairy, of Davidson county, as one of the sureties of John J. Hinton, formerly sheriff of Davidson county, be, and the same is hereby released.
WHEREAS, in compliance with an act of the last session of the Legislature of the State of Tennessee, passed March 20th, 1858, for the relief of the securities of Thomas Hamilton, late tax collector of Tipton county, the said securities, on the 4th day of December, 1858, executed notes to the Clerk of the Circuit Court, of said county, under the supervision of the district Attorney General, due in two years from that date for the amount of State revenue claimed to be due by said Hamilton, for the year 1856; and whereas, the said Thomas Hamilton having assigned over and placed in the hands of said securities, sundry claims and effects, from which a portion of their said liability will be secured and met, now for the further relief of said securities;
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That upon said securities or their legal representatives, or any one of them, at any time before said notes fall due, rendering, on oath, to the clerk of the Circuit Court, of said county of Tipton, or his successor in office, a full and correct statement of all claims, money or effects placed into their hands, or in the hands of any one of them, by said Hamilton, showing the full amount collected on said claims, or received from said Hamilton, and paying over said amount into the hands of said clerk, for the use of the State, then the securities to be released from the payment of any balance that may be due on said notes, and the said clerk to deliver the said notes to the several parties who executed the same, and to pay out and account for the amount collected by him on said notes, as other public moneys: Provided, That the said John J. Hinton and Thomas Hamilton shall not be released from their liabilities to the State for failure to pay over the revenue.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That if any tax collector shall hereafter willfully fail and refuse to pay into the treasury of the State, the revenue which he has collected, he shall be guilty of a felony, and it shall be the duty of the Attorney General of the district in which such defaulting revenue collector may reside, to prosecute him for such offense, and upon conviction thereof, he shall be imprisoned in the State Penitentiary for a period of not less than five nor more than twenty years.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
TAZ. W. NEWMAN,
Speaker of the Senate.
Passed, March 10, 1860
Reference: Public Acts of the State of Tennessee Passed at the First Session of the Thirty-third General Assembly for the Years 1859-60, E. G. Eastman & Co., Printers, Union and American Office, Nashville, Tennessee, pps. 396-7 (free copy available from Google Books, March 2015)
BANKOF THE UNITED STATES. In our last paper a notice was inserted requesting the citizens of Nashville and Davidson county, to meet at the court house on Saturday last, for the purpose of expressing their opinion in relation to the renewal of the charter of the bank of the United States. A few persons, not exceeding seventy or eighty, assembled, col. Andrew Haynes was appointed chairman, and Samuel Watson, esq., secretary. As soon as the meeting was organized, Chas. Biddle, esq. offered a preamble and resolutions declaring in substance, that it was inexpedient, at the present time, to express any opinion on the subject. Before the question was taken, Dr. Boyd McNairy offered resolutions in favor of a renewal of the Charter. The meeting was then addressed by Felix Grundy, Esq. in favor of Mr. Biddle's resolutions, and by col. Andrew Erwin in favor of those submitted by Dr. McNairy. Mr. Biddle's resolutions were adopted and the meeting adjourned sine die. [Nashville Banner.
Reference: Niles' Weekly Register, 22 Oct 1831, p. 153 (free copy available at Google Books, March 2015)
It falls to us to record the death of one of the senior members of the profession in Nashville.
Dr. Boyd McNairy died, after a lingering illness, during the month of November last. He had been engaged actively in the practice of medicine for a half century in the city of Nashville, highly esteemed for his social qualities, his gentlemanly deportment and scientific attainments. As a physician, he was kind, attentive and successful, always observing to maintain the dignity of his calling. His name, in connection with that of two others yet residing in that city, Drs. Robertson and Waters, is associated with our earliest recollections of physic. Others there were, but years ago they were stricken down under the frosts of age. When we recall the names of Robertson, McNairy, Waters, Higginbothan and Roane, as the pioneers of medicine in Nashville, we see a band of which any community might be proud. Two lordly oaks still remain to weather the storms of a few more winters.
Reference: The Southern Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences, Volume V, Richard O. Currey, A.M., M.D., editor, 1857, pps. 69-70.
AN ACT for the relief of Mrs. Anna Maria, Executrix of Dr. Boyd McNairy, deceased
SECTION1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That two years be allowed Anna Maria McNairy, Executrix of Dr. Boyd McNairy, to pay a judgment of sixteen hundred and ninety-four and forty-eight hundredths dollars ($1,694 48,) debt and interest upon the same, recovered by Neill S. Brown, Governor of the State of Tennessee, in the Circuit Court of the County of Davidson, against the said Boyd McNairy as security of John J. Hinton, upon giving good and sufficient security to the Judge of the Circuit Court of Davidson county.
SEC.2. Be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect from and after its passage.
DANIEL S. DONELSON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
JOHN C. BURCH,
Speaker of the Senate.
Passed January 20, 1858.
Reference: Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, Passed at the First Session of the THIRTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY, FOR THE YEARS 1857-8, G.C. Torbett & Company, Printers, Nashville, 1858, p. 45 (free copy available on Google Books, March 2015)
Mr. WEBSTER has wrought little less than a miracle upon party feuds and divisions in the Western country. He has fairly extinguished the one and obliterated the other. In the last number of the Nashville Banner we find published the Letter of Invitation to him to visit that city, from which we take the following extract:
"In discharging the pleasing duty thus assigned them by their fellow-citizens, the undersigned have much satisfaction in being able to assure you that should it suit your convenience thus to extend your western tour, you will be most cordially greeted by the citizens of this town and neighborhood, without distinction of party, and that every effort in their power will be cheerfully made to render your visit as agreeable to yourself as they are sure it will be satisfactory to them."
That Mr. WEBSTER should be thus respectfully invited to Nashville by a portion of his Western countrymen is not at all surprizing. The remarkable feature of the honor thus paid him is complete political amalgamation perceptible in the following list of the Committee by whom the invitation was signed:
Wm. Armstrong, E. S. Hall,
Tho. Washington, Jno. Catron,
Felix Grundy, Ephraim H. Foster,
H. M. Rutledge And. Hynes,
Boyd McNairy, Ph. Lindsley,
H. R. W. Hill, Francis B. Fogg,
Jno. P. Erwin, Jno. Williams,
Robert Woods, G. W. Gibbs,
Geo. Crockett, W. G. Hunt,
H. L. Douglass,
We here behold Jackson-men, Clay-men, Neutrals, and every other class of politicians, harmoniously uniting to pay honor to talents and integrity which they believe to have employed usefully to the whole country. It is a spectacle we delight to look upon. Would that such were oftener seen!
Reference: American (New York, NY) 13 Jul 1833, p. 2 as indexed at GenealogyBank.com
STATE OF TENNESSEE, DAVIDSON COUNTY—CIRCUIT COURT, JANUARY TERM, 1872.
WHEREAS, JAMES T. PATTERSON, Collector of the Railroad Taxes for the County of Davidson, State aforesaid, has reported to the Court the following tracts of Land, Town Lots, or parts of Town Lots as having been assessed for the taxes for the year 1870; that the taxes thereon are due and remain unpaid, and that the respective owners of the same have no goods or chattles within his county, or which I can distrain for said taxes to-wit: