Jennie Mary Williamson
November 18, 1837 – October 31,1927
Marital Status: Never Married
Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Parents: John Newton Williamson (unknown – 1886) and Sallie P. Fentress Williamson (unknown – 1898)
Admitted to The Old Woman’s Home
Resided in The Old Woman’s Home at 2811 West End Avenue
Burial Site: Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee Section 13, Lot 21
Siblings: Susan Ann Williamson (1836-1919), Catharine Williamson (1840-1854), James E. Williamson (1842-1915), Frances M. Williamson (1844-1854), George Washington Williamson (1846-1919), Cynthia Williamson (1850-1851)
Cousin: John N. Cantrell
Miss Williamson was the last surviving member of her immediate family, her parents, three sisters and three brothers all having predeceased her. Miss Jennie worked as a saleslady at Lebeck Bros., a retail dry goods store on the Public Square in Nashville, after the death of her father. The 1910 census lists her as “sewing at home on own account” and the 1910 city directory lists her under Dressmakers. Miss Jennie’s family believes she was a member of the Christian Church which later became the Church of Christ.
Her siblings, Susan Ann and George Washington Williamson, died one month apart in 1919. In a letter dated July 15, 1919 from Miss Jennie to her cousin, John N. Cantrell, she delivered the sad news of the deaths of her siblings:
“Dear Cousin John,
I will write you to tell you how sad and lonely I am. Susie died Apr the 8 and George died May the 9. He lived only one month and one day after she died. It was as a great shock to me after she died. I stayed with him until he died now I am left all alone. I am living in the same house 208 Foster Street. Tis the best I can do. I have no home now.”
Miss Williamson moved to The Old Woman’s Home sometime after 1922.