Friday, July 11, 2014

Lyman Taft Gunn Bible Pages

Recently the Tennessee State Library and Archives completed a project to scan the photocopied Bible pages in their collection.  The collection currently has more than 1500 Bible records which have been donated through the years.  More will be added as they are received.  

I found Lyman Taft Gunn's Bible pages, which had been donated by Kent's Aunt Sophie, aka Sophia Ezzell Dobson, back in 1963.  Aunt Sophie is the one who urged us to document the Moran family.  

The Gunn Bible was published in 1846 by Harper & Brothers, New York.

The births page documents the birth of Lyman Taft Gunn and his first wife Caroline Matilda Morehead and their children:

And grandchildren:
Caroline Margaret Gunn, daughter of James T. Gunn and Margaret D. Gunn

Charles Augustus Hugh Gunn, Son of James T and Margaret D. Gunn

Lyman Buckner Gunn, son of Lyman C. and Sallie B. Gunn

Fannie Lemira, daughter of John W and Sophia R. Gunn Moran

Mary Willie, daughter of James T.and Margared D. Gunn

The Marriage Page:

Lyman T Gunn was marriet at Nashville Tennessee to Caroline M. Morehead, January 22, 1840.

At Cincinnati May 15 1857 by the Rev. Dr. Fisher Lyman T. Gunn to Mary Anne Hall daughter of the late Joseph Hall, Esq of Boston Massachusetts.

James T. Gunn and Margaret D. Brown June 21st 1868 by the Rev. J. M DeSpain Mississippi County Arkansas.

Lyman C. Gunn and Sallie E Boyd Dec 14th 1870 by the Rev. Dr. John Hunter at Jackson Mississippi.

Sophia R. Gunn and John W. Moran Dec 27th 1871 at Gardner Tenn.


Mary Francis Gunn deid at Nahsville Tenn. Jan 1st 1845, aged Twenty-Two, 11 days.

Caroline Matilda Gunn died at Nashville Tennessee, November 10 1855.  Aged about Thirty Eight Years.

Caroline Louise Gunn Died at Nashville Tennessee July 28th, 1857. Aged Three years ten months and twenty eight days.

William L Gunn of Galloping Consumption died at (1876) Nashville August 7th at 12:30 a.m. Aged 26 years 11 months.

Lyman Boliver (Buckner) Gunn son of Lyman C and Sallie E Gunn died at Jackson Miss August 18th 1876 aged 4 years 10 months

Charles Morehead Gunn died of Galloping Consumption June 2nd 1878 at Nashville aged 22 years 8 months

James Tucker Gunn died at Goodlettsville Davidson County Tennessee August 11 1880 aged 39 years and 10 months of consumption

Dr. Lyman T. Gunn died at Dresden, Dec. 1st 1890, at 1/2 past in the evening, aged 80 years, 7 months, of old age and tropical affection.

Like most family Bibles not everyone was recorded and there are a few mistakes here and there such as Lyman Buckner Gunn listed as Lyman Boliver Gunn.  The name is a nod to General Simon Bolivar Buckner, a cousin to the Gunn/Moran families.

Most of the links in the post go to the memorials on Findagrave.  The headstones at Nashville City Cemetery, if there were any, are gone except for the main Gunn marker and the markers for Lyman Cephas Gunn, Sallie Boyd Gunn and their son Ellis Morehead Gunn.


  1. Thanks so much for posting this! I am a descendant of Dr. Lyman Taft Gunn, through his son James T. Gunn, through his son Charles Augustus Hugh Gunn, through his son, my grandfather, Hugh Spofford Gunn, through my mother, Dorothy Regina (Gunn) O'Sullivan.

    I will share this with my children!

    1. Hi Doreen, glad to be of help. Kent is the great-great grandson of Lyman Taft Gunn through his daughter Sophia Gunn. She married John Williamson Moran and they lived in Dresden Tennessee. Lyman died at their home Dec 1, 1890.