Submitted by Norma
Going from Middlesboro, go across Fonde Mountain this will be
on Hwy 90. Turn left onto ROCK CREEK ROAD, Go about two miles
and you should come to the junction of Black Diamond and Rock
Creek Ridge Road, turn right and stay on ROCK CREEK RIDGE. Go
about two miles and you should come to Rock Creek United Baptist
Church. It is on the left and the Gibson graveyard is there. Stay
on the lower side and will cross railroad. Keep going about three
miles, you will come to a large strip pit keep to lower side will
see bunch of pines and go past an oil well on the right. side
of the road. Then you should come to a level like place in the
road right before the road starts going downhill again you should
see on your left what would appear to be an old logging road.
Stop and walk out through it just a bit, if you watch closely
you will see a small like trail on the right and go up it a little
ways and you should see a sign on a tree pointing down hill that
is wooden with white letters GRV go down by the tree and look
carefully and you will find the graves. Unfortunately time has
not been good to them and Moses Hatfield grave is on the lower
side marked by a stone that is rounded on sides higher in center.
You have to get down and use fingers to make out the name. Sterling
Hatfield grave is the only one there that is really readable and
not that good. Henry Hatfield and Sallie Hatfield are buried there
as well as a Mulkey Davis. I haven't yet figured out who Starling
Hatfield is, however one Henry Hatfield b. abt 1841 son of Moses
Hatfield married Sarah Sallie Davis b. 1845 and they had a son
Sterling Hatfield who was listed as twelve years old in the Claiborne
County census of 1880 . The age of this Henry does not work out
to be the father of Starling. Moses son Thomas has a son Henry
born abt. 1862 or 1863 per census of 1880. However this does not
appear to be the son of Thomas either because he is still living
at the time of the 1900 census.
Here is the grave information as I have it.
MOSES HATFIELD my ggg grandfather
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