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Grave Monument Locations


Grave Monument Locations in the Old South is a survey of the locations of the various places in the Old South where stone, brick, and wood monuments and gravehouses occured. We are looking for examples of old time rectangular and triangular burial monuments as found in the Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau, and the adjoining piedmont areas. If you know of other of these types of monuments, please send an e-mail to Fred Smoot.

TYPOLOGY SAMPLES, (Typical)

Rectangular (Box) Shaped Burial Monuments
Box Tomb (Slab)
Stone Tomb (Riprap with Slab Top)
Slot and Tab Tomb (Slab)
Table Tomb (With Ledger Stone Slab Top)

Triangular Shaped Burial Monuments
Coffin Shaped Tomb (Ashlar)
Shaped Stacked Stone Tomb (Ashlar)
Stacked Stone Tomb (Riprap)
Step-Stone Tomb (Large Stone) (Ashlar)
Step-Stone Tomb (Large Stone) with Coffin Shaped Top (Ashlar)
Step-Stone Tomb (Small Stone) with Headstone (Ashlar)
Tent Grave (Slab Tent with Headstone and Footstone)
Tent Grave (Slab Tent without Headstone and Footstone)

Ledger Stones
Ledger Stone (Slab with Headstone and Footstone)
Ledger Stone (Slab without Headstone and Footstone)
Ledger Stone (Slab without Inscription)

Gravehouses and Graveshelters
Gravehouse (Wood on a Stone Foundation)
Grave Shelter (Wood)

The typology of the Triangular Burial Monuments  used here is based on a system developed by Lonsdale MacFarland Green of “Sewanee,”  The University of the South, May 1999.


ALABAMA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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ARKANSAS
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
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FLORIDA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
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GEORGIA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
-
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KENTUCKY
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
-
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LOUISIANA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
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MARYLAND
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
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MISSISSIPPI
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
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MISSOURI
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
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NORTH CAROLINA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
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OKLAHOMA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
-
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SOUTH CAROLINA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
Pickens County
Oolenoy Baptist Pumpkintown
Both Stone & Slab
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-
-
-
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-
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TENNESSEE
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
Bedford
On Bill Russell Road
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-
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Step-Stone (large)
Bedford
Shofner Lutheran
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-
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Slab W/Headstone
Bedford
New Hope Baptist, Fairfield
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-
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Step-Stone (large) with Coffin Shaped Top
Coffee
Beechgrove Cumberland Presbyterian Church
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Concrete
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Coffee
Brixey (family/ruins)
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Stone Foundation
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Coffee
Stephenson
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-
-
Slab Tent
Grundy
Caldwell, in Bells Cove
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-
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Slab Tent
Grundy
Old Baptist Graveyard, Pelham
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-
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Slab Tent
Grundy
Warren Cemetery, Pelham
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Slab Tent
Lincoln
Bethel
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Shaped Stacked Stone
Marshall
Beechwood, in Cornersville
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Shaped Stacked Stone
Marshall
Bethbirei Presbyterian, Farmington
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Shaped Stacked Stone
Marshall
Mt Zion Methodist, between Talley and Belfast
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Step Small Stone W/Headstone
Marshall
New Hope, between Cornersville and Ostella
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Shaped Stacked Stone
Mogan
Lavender Family
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Shaped Stacked Stone
Moore
Old Bethel, Lynchburg
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-
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Step Stone
Overton
Deck Cemetery, Crawford
Slot and Tab
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Ledger Stone
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Overton
Falling Springs, Allred
Slot and Tab
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Slab Tent
Van Buren
Beech Cove, Hwy 30 East near Bledsoe county line.
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Slab Tent
Van Buren
Big Fork, Cummingsville
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Slab Tent
Van Buren
Molloy, ½ mile S. of the V-B. CH on the Old Dunlap Hwy.
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Slab Tent
Van Buren
Stony Point, near Doyle, in a field across from Sparkman Community Center
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Slab Tent
Warren
Anderson (family/Ruins)
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Stone Foundation
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Warren
Armstrong, near Irving College
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Slab Tent
Warren
French (ruins), on Barren Fork River
Stone Box (Cairn)
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Warren
Shellsford Baptist, east of McMinnville
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Slab Tent
White
Mt Gilead, s/w of Sparta
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Slab Tent
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TEXAS
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
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VIRGINIA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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-
-
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WEST VIRGINIA
County
Cemetery Name
Box Shaped
Gravehouse
Other
Triangular Shaped
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