From the 11 Jul 1836 issue of the National Intelligence newspaper of Washington, DC
At Kinston, Lenoir co., N.C., John Gatlin, Esq. in the 70th year of his age. The deceased was for many years an active and enterprising merchant of that place. In the various relations of husband, father, and citizen, his conduct was always truly deserving, and highly exemplary. His health had been gradually declining for two or three years past. The melancholy death of this elder son, Dr. Gatlin, who fell a victim to the savage ferocity of the Indians, with the unfortunate Major Dade and his companions, during the last winger, seemed to greatly accerlerate his death.