Bedford County,


Cemetery Records

The following online cemetery transcriptions are available. Click on the cemetery name to see the listing.

Jenkins-Lutheran Chapel
Shook Cemetery
Taylor Cemetery
New Hope Baptist
Waite-Friendship Cemetery
Bell, Troup, Sylvan Mill Cemetery
Thompson Cemetery
Political Graveyard
Green Cemetery
Richmond (partial)

Cemetery records in the USGenWeb Archives

See also the Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project for current activities on Bedford cemeteries.

For info on the following cemeteries, you may contact them directly at:

Hillcrest Funeral Home & Cemetery
1802 Madison St
Shelbyville, TN

Willow Mount Cemetery
321 Dover St
Shelbyville, TN

This story about the cleanup operations project on the Cotton Mills Cemetery on Shelbyville Mills Road appeared in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette July 1, 2009.  Here are two photos taken during the cleanup:  photo1  photo2

In addition, the following published resources are available. Check library catalogs for availability and interlibrary loan.

- The Keller Cemetery of Bedford County , 1994

- Tennessee, Bedford County Bible, family and tombstone records, 1938

- Marsh, Helen Crawford., Cemetery records of Bedford County, Tennessee, 1976, 1986, 2002 (the Argie Cooper Library in Shelbyville as a copy).

- Sacred to the memory of Old City Cemetery, 1812-1973, Shelbyville, Tennessee, 1974

- The Couch-Patton Cemetery : a project, 1992

- Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records, Bedford County, Tennessee. May be purchased on CD-ROM as part of the publication "Bedford County, Tennessee, Earliest Marriage and Will Records; Church, Bible, Family, and Tombstone Records" from GSC Associates Historical Records Publications for $14.95 plus $2.50 s/h.

Help needed in upkeep of historic cemeteries?

The Richmond Cemetery Association is seeking people interested in restoring and upkeep of historic cemeteries. The Chairman is Bob Davidson, but you may contact:

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hames; 2398 Hwy. 130 West; Shelbyville, TN; 931-684-7340

Nona Curlee 931-684-5362, 1701 Valley Road, Shelbyville, TN

Bob Davidson 931-684-1792, 205 Blue Ribbon Pkwy, Shelbyville, TN

See this interesting article on the cleanup of the Cotton Mill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Bedford County Cemeteries from GNIS

The links below are to lists of the Bedford County cemeteries on the USGS 1:24,000 (7.5 minute) topographical maps, as determined from the USGS Geographical Name Information Server (GNIS). These are undoubtedly NOT all the cemeteies in Bedford County, although there are 424 in this list. Further information on each one can be found from GNIS, including maps of their locations.

Cemetery List 1 (A-D)

Cemetery List 2 (E-L)

Cemetery List 3 (L-P)

Cemetery List 4 (P-W)

Cemetery List 5 (W-Z)

Tennessee Cemetery & Burial Site Laws. The Early Days.

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