Southern Christian Advocate
August 31, 1905: p. 15, col.1

BRAMLETT -- Martha E. Bramlett (nee McCrary) was born March 1, 1825, and died June 4, 1905, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Shepphard.  She was married to William D. Bramlett, October 20, 1842.  For twenty years she was a widow, making her home with her children.

In early life she was converted and joined Bethel M. E. Church, South, on the Greenville Circuit, S. C. Conference, and was a consistent member to the day of her death.  She was laid to rest in the old Bethel Cemetery, by the side of her husband.  Some of the most sacred memories of her life clustered around Bethel Church and the old campground where she often, through her long life, held sweet communion with the Lord.  It was indeed a treat to hear her talk of the days of yore, when she had heard Bishops Capers and Weightman, Rev. Nicholas Talley and many others too numerous to mention who laid the foundation of Methodism in the old Palmetto state; for there were indeed giants in those days.

It was not my privilege to be with grandmother in her last days on earth but I was not in the least surprised when mother wrote me of her triumphant death, for they who live close to their Lord in life always die well.  Though for many years she was an invalid, she was never heard to murmur at her lot, for He whom she had served so long did not leave her comfortless in her suffering.

Two of her children, J. T. Bramlett and Mrs. Alice Smith, preceeded her to the other world several years ago.  Three children and fifteen grandhildren mourn her loss.  The children are Mrs. T. H. Sheppard, Mrs. Hattie A. Harbin and M. M. Bramlett.  She has left as a heritage to her children and grandchildren what is to be choosen rather than riches--a good name.

A. V. Harbin
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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