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Lewis Co, Tennessee:
Pioneer Cemetery,
Meriwether Lewis State
Park Page
The headstones from this cemetery were removed by the Park Service several years ago and replaced with small, flat markers that contain the initials only. This was to make it easy to mow the area. The markers are not on the actual grave sites but are located around the flag pole.  Permission was obtained from Peggy Scherbaum, Park Ranger, to post this information.  This information is considered "public domain".

 References:

A The official Natchez Trace Parkway list
C Two pages titled "List of Dead" found in curatorial storage at NPS Headquarters in Tupelo, MS dating from the 1920s-1940s
D From An Interview With Robenia Joyce, located in curatorial storage at NPS headquarters in Tupelo, MS
E Lewis County Herald death notices, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
F Work Progress Administration Records of Lewis County, Tennessee, 1936, located at Lewis County Public Library
H Fragments of stones in curatorial storage at NPS headquarters in Tupelo, MS
J 1860 Lewis County Tennessee Federal Census, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
K 1910 Lewis County Tennessee Federal Census, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
L 1900 Lewis County Tennessee Federal Census, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
M 1880 Lewis County Tennessee Federal Census, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
N 1870 Lewis County Tennessee Federal Census, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
O 1850 Lewis County Tennessee Federal Census, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
P Wills and Inventories Nov. 1846-January 1874, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
Q Miscellaneous articles from Lewis County Herald, microfilm located at Lewis County Public Library
R April, 2001 letter from Kelli J. Bercham to Peggy Scherbaum, interpretive files, NPS, Hohenwald, TN
S June 14, 1934 letter from Ronald F. Lee to Verne E. Chatelain, located in curatorial storage at NPS headquarters in Tupelo
T June 18, 1934 letter from O.B. Ray to R.A. Livingston, located in curatorial storage at NPS headquarters in Tupelo, MS
U Unsigned, undated statement, located in curatorial storage at NPS headquarters in Tupelo, MS
V 1/21/01  Interview With Andy G. Hinson
W Notes from Peggy Scherbaum's phone conversation with Kelli J. Bercham, 4/16/01, interpretive files, Meriwether Lewis, Hohenwald, TN
X "Descendants of Hasten Spears" revised 1996, donated by Maryland (Yogi) Spears. Located in Interpretive Files, Meriwether Lewis, Hohenwald, Tn
Y "An Interview With Andy G. Hinson", 2001, located in Interpretive files at Meriwether Lewis, Hohenwald, TN
  Revised 20 July 2001 by  Peggy Scherbaum, Park Ranger .  

This Interpretation is by Sammye Lawson  on 17 November 2001

   
  First Middle Last Birth Date Death Date References (See Above) Other Information
1 Leonard   Andrews     C  
2 Will   Andrews     C  
3 John Carlton Arnold     A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
4 J. R. Bennett Aug. 18, 1840 July 6, 1856 A, F  
5 Elva Marie Bishop Aug. 7, 1909 Oct. 29, 1909 A, F, H Inscription: "Sleep On Sweet Babe And Take They Rest / God Called Thee Home He Thought It Best"
6 Maggie Black     C  
7 (Infant) Bromley     A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
8 (Infant) Bromley     A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
9 Mattie Bromley     A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
10 George E. Brown     A,  M Several references to George P. Brown
11 Charles Henry Browning Dec. 31, 1915 April 30, 1926 A, C  
12 (Infant)   Browning Sept. 26, 1925 Sept. 28, 1925 A, C Infant son of E.P.,Jr. and I.M. Browning
13 William

T.(or A. or I.)
TAIT

Browning July 10, 1913 (?)
correct!
July 5, 1915 (?)
correct!
A, C Husband of Ida Milliken (Note another Will A Browning married to Eliza Tate in 1910 census, born about 1869 - Grave and circa 1927 marker not located 

"The W. T. Browning is actually William Tait Browning, son of Louisa Tait (Milliken) & William Allen Browning, born 10 July 1913, died 5 July 1915." information from Candy Jones.

14 (Infant)   Campbell     A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
15 Celia   Carroll     A  
16 Freda (or Fred)   Carroll June 22, 1908 July 5, 1912 A, C  
17 (Infant of John)   Carroll     A,  X John R. Carroll married Sara Etta Spears, per "X" reference.  Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
18 Ollie  M. Carroll About 1895   A, K Mother of Mrs. Willie Bennett

Information provided by Sammye Jo Lawson on 11 June 2002.

Ollie Captola (Hardin) Carroll  1888 Sept. 16, 1909
19 Pearl   Carroll     A Sister of Mrs. Willie Bennett
20 Rosie (or Rosa, or Rose) Carroll Aug. 23, 1911 Aug. 2, 1915 A, C  
21 Willa (or Willie)   Carroll Abot 1863, 1873 or 1898   A, K, M  
22 Mary   Casman     A  
23 Claud H. Churchwell     A, G Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
24 Zada (or Zeda)  Hays (or Hayes) Clayton  1883  bef 1915 A Information from Cheryl Zelek: She is the first wife of Britton Clayton
25 William James Curry July 23, 1867 Dec. 16, 1868 A, C, L, R (In the 1900 census a William Curry is listed born in March of 1869, with two children?) Son of Malinda Permilia Flanigan Curry and Samuel William Curry. (note: William is mother's father's first name; James is father's father's first name.)
26 E. infant         A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
27 Chesley Ditto Flanigan Jan. 4, 1857 Nov. 10, 1860 A, W Died of Yellow Fever
28 Dora   Flanigan Dec. 25, 1875 Sept. 3, 1878 C  
29 "Dumpy"   Flanigan     D Twins with Dumpy Flanigan
30 Francis H. Flanigan Feb. 28, 1843 Nov. 24, 1855 C, O Daughter of William H. and Purify Flanigan
31 John C. Flanigan Nov. 13, 1851 Sept. 23, 1878 A, C, D, J Son 0f William H. and Purify Flanigan - Brother to Thomas Flanagan
32 (Malinda) Permelia Flanigan Oct. 16, 1847 Feb.7, 1914 D, O, R Daughter of William H. and Purify Flanigan.  Married Samuel William Curry. Son William James also interred at Pioneer Cemetery
33 Purify Permelia (Rieves) Flanigan Jan. 15, 1815 Feb. 6, 1885 A, C, D, F, J, M, O Wife of Wm. H. Flanigan. Mother of John C. and Thomas M. Flanigan
34 Sarah Jane Flanigan March 23, 1847 (or '49) Nov, 11, 1855 A, C, O Daugter of Wm. H. and Purify Flanigan
35 "Stumpy"   Flanigan     D Twins with Dumpy Flanigan
36 Virginia Hazel Flanigan Dec. 21 (or 22), 1895 Oct. 26, 1896 A, C, F Infant daughter of Thomas N. Flanigan and Kittie Fenno Christian. Inscription: "She was lovely, and for a while was given; an angel came and claimed his own, and bore her home to heaven"
37 William H. Flanigan April 23, 1813 March 21, 1888 A, D, D, F, J, M, O, P, Q Husband of Purify Flanigan Clerk of County Court, Innkeeper and "master".  Born in North Carolina
38 Clarence V. Hale, Jr. Aug. 11, 1903 Oct. 3, 1922 A, C, E, K Son of Will L. Hale. Killed by a truck.
39 Clarence  V. Hale, Sr. Jan. 14, 1855 Oct. 23, 1906 A, C  
40 Jno. T. Hale     A  
41 John H. Hale     G  
42 John T. Hale Sept. 16, 1865 Sept. 4, 1871 A, F, H, N Son of J.W. & N.G. Hale
43 John Wesley Hale Aug. 1830   A, C, L, M, O, P Farmer, Husband of Nancy C. (Tait) Hale - married 8/18/62 - Served as Lewis County Clerk in 1860's - Father of Wm. J., Nancy E. (Milliken), (?), John L., Ulisses, and Isaac A.
44 Marth L. (Pope) Hale Aug 24, 1855 (or '54) Jan. 9, 1923 A, C, L Divorced by 1900. Could read and write. Mother of one, head of family, farmer. Daughter of Mary Jane Pope
45 Nancy C. Hale Feb. 18, 1905 Feb. 18, 1905 A, C, F, H, L, M, P Daughter of Netherland and Frances Tait. Married John Wesley Hale 8/18/62. Her original tombstone read "Her spirits smiled from that Bright Shore and Softly Whispers, Weep No More." Sister of Eliza Tait, Fannie Jane Tait, Thomas H. Tait, Celine C. Milliken, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait and Wm. J. Tait. Mother of John L. (9/4/65 - 9/4/71), and Nancy E. (Milliken), Ulisses, Isaac A. and (?)
46 William J. Hale Sept. 23, 1863 Jan 18, 1905 A, C, F, H, L, M, O, P, Q,  Postmaster. Son of John W. & Nancy C. Hale. Husband of Lucy A. Hale. Son of J.W. & Nancy Hale. Inscription: "In my Father's house are many mansions". Note: in 1850 census, another Wm. J. Hale is listed as 22 years old.
47 Eunice (or Unis) C. Higgins May 29, 1840 Jan. 3, 1913 A, F, H, K Wife of John W. Higgins. Inscription:"Weep not for me, friends dear, I am not dead, but sleeping here." Circa 1927 marker missing
48 John W. Higgins April 27, 1915 April 27, 1915 A, F, H, K, O  
49 Della   Himes     A  
50 Infant of John   Himes     A, K (James Walter Himes born 11 June 1890; J.W. Himes born 14 Oct., 1850? OR James Walter Himes born June 11, 1890)
51 Marion David Himes Nov. 7, 1896 June 17, 1922 A, C, E, F, K Shot by officer in a still raid.
52 Mary Eugene (or L.) Himes March 8, 1906 March 8, 1906 A, C  
53 Virgie (or Virgil)   Himes Oct. 6, 1924 Oct. 6, 1924 A, C  
54 Adel (or Adell)   Hinson July 6, 1918 July 6, 1919 A, C  
55 Amie (or Annie)   Hinson Jan. 29, 1921 Aug. 29, 1921 A, C  
56 Beulah (or Bula, Bulah) Ola B. Hinson April 24, 1921 Nov. 6, 1924 A, E, F, S, V, Y Daughter of Elihu & Bonnie Hinson, granddaughter of Drucilla Hinson. "Mrs. Elihu said that she would prefer to have the proposed road go directly over the grave of her child than have the remains removed". Died of typhoid fever. "Next-to-the-last burial in Pioneer Cemetery".
57 Cestine   Hinson Oct. 14, 1923 Sept. 27, 1925 C  
58 Christine Hinson     A,   
59 Cletus   Hinson     A, W  
60 Clovis (or Clovies, Cloves)   Hinson Jan. 10, 1916 Aug. 27, 1916 A, C  
61 Drucilla (or Drucella,Drewciller) Frances  Spears Hinson Dec. 1869 Dec. 13, 1920 A, E, K, L, W, Y Grandmother of Beulah Hinson, mother of Elihu Hinson and five other children. Children: Eugenia, Truvinia, Cletus, Florence McNabb are also interred at Pioneer. Married to Polk H. Hinson. Could read and write, but husband couldn't. Original marker in possession of Andy G. Hinson. Reads "D.F. Hinson". Sister of Lum Spears, whose wife is also buried at Pioneer. Daughter of Sarah Jane Pratt and Nick Spears. "The last burial in Pioneer Cemetery.
62 Erline (or Earline)   Hinson     A  
63 Essa May (or Mai)   Hinson   March 7, 191? A, C, F Birthdate: Oct 22, 1840 or Jan. 24, 1911
64 Eugenia (or Eugenie)   Hinson     A, W Twins with Truvinia; buried in same grave. Child of Drucilla and Polk Hinson
65 Harlan   Hinson     A.  
66 Herschelle (or Hershal)  Hinson About 1896   A, K  
67 Herset   Hinson Feb. 16, 1912 April 25, 191? C  
68 Infant of John   Hinson About 1917 June 3, 1921 A, E "Four year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Hinson"
69 Lorrie, Lettie or Lettie   Hinson or Henson     A  
70 Mattie (Daisy?)   Hinson Abt. 1870 or 1905 A, F, K "Mattie Daisy Hinson was married Dec. 15, 1907" or in 1887?
71 Oscar   Hinson-Henson     A  
72 Sarah May Hinson     G  
73 Sherman   Hinson     A  
74 Truvinia Hinson     A Twins with Eugenia; buried in same grave . Child of Drucilla & Polk Hinson
75 Vernon   Hinson Sept. 18, 1918 Jan. 26, 191? A. C  
76 William   Hutson or Hudson     A Grave & circa 1927 marker not located
77 Infant   Iynam     A  
78 Ada   Johnson July 27, 1874 March 21, 1900 A, C  
79 Billie   Johnson     A  
80 Mary   Johnson     C  
81 William Brantley Johnson Sept. 1, 1848 Feb. 8, 1900 C  
82 Mrs.   Johnson     A Gravce and circa 1927 marker not located
83 Infant   Kellum     A Grave & circa 1927 marker not located
84 Richard   Larue Nov. 15, 1893 Oct. 15, 1911 A  
85 Infant   Lee     A  
86 Infant   Lynam     A Grave & circa 1927 marker not located
87 Maggie   Lynam     A Grave & circa 1927 marker not located
88 Lucy   Mathis     A  
89 Sarah Mathis     A  
90 O. T. McNabb     A Child of George & Florence McNabb
91 Florence   McNabb     A, W Wife of George McNabb, Daughter of Drucilla & Polk Hinson. Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
92 Celine or Celene C.    (Tate) Milliken or Miligan     A, B, C, J, K, L, M, N, O, P,  Daughter of Netherland & Frances Parker (Cooper) Tait. Sister of Nancy C. Hale, Eliza Tait, Fannie Jane Tait, Thomas H. Tait, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait & Wm. J. Tait. 2nd Wife of James Turner Milliken (Married 9/15/75). Daughters: Margaret A., Mary B. Milliken (12/25/70-1/9/82) and   Louisa Tait "Ida"   who married Wm. Allen Browning  Could read and write.  notes in red from Candy Jones
93 Mary B. Milliken or Miligan Dec. 24, 1879 Jan. 9, 1882 A. F. H.  Daughter of J.T. and Celine Milliken
94              
95 Leonard   Peveyhouse     A  
96 William   Peveyhouse Around 1833   A, J, Q Labourer, Spelled Pevyhouse or Peevyhouse
97 James W. Pope About 1847 Jan. 1924 A, E, I, J, O, R "Died at the home of his sister Ms. Tom Carroll, from typhoid age 77, other sister Ms. Marshall McNabb. Twice married, no children. Was a mason." Note: marker at milepost 380.5 reads "Mary Jane wife of J.W. Pope died 1900". The marker refers to a different relative, not his wife. "James was 13 when his father and older brother Jacob left to serve in the Civil War for the confederacy, leaving his mother with five young children to raise and provide for. He was first married to Susanna Frenker on Jan. 22, 1871 but she passed shortly afterwards. He was second married to Mary J. Burns on May 23, 1873. James lived all his life in Lewis County." Grave and circa 1927 marker not located.
98 Mary Jane  (Burns) Pope Dec 9,1827 Feb. 8 (or 6), 1905 A, C, F,  L, O, R Daughter of Lee and Margaret Burns. Married to J.W. Pope. (Mother of Marth Hale and one other; widowed by 1900?) Could read and write. Note: marker at milepost 380.5 reads "Mary Jane wife of J.W. Pope died 1900". This marker refers to a different relative, not James W's wife.
99 William E. Pope About 1848 A, M, N Farm Laborer
100 William L. Pope Feb. 13, 1848 April 23, 1878 C, J, M The 190 census lists a William Pope at 30 years of age.
101 Zola or Zolat T. Sadler Nov. 23, 1900 June 27, 1903 A, F,  Daughter of J.R. & D.P. Sadler
102 Robert O. Smith      U Grandfather of Cooper brothers. "One grave that is not marked is that of R.O. Smith's grandfather, whose obituary lists him as being buried at the corner of the Lewis grave." "Robt. O. Smith was Mail Carrier came along Natchez Trace Rd about Sun up he found body lying with feet in road."
103 Cinthey F. Spears March 22, 1872 Sept. 14, 1910 A,  C,  K, T, X Wife of Jim. Mother of 10 children. "'Two relatives of Mrs. Spears…will consent for her to be moved, but mentioned the fact that she had personally selected this particular spot as her final resting place. "Daughter of brother to Columbus Spears, Calvin."
104 Nora Edemer Spears Oct. 24, 1909 Dec. 25, 1912 A,  K, X Daughter of Nilus Columbus (Lum) Spears and Lenora Ann Grimes Spears.
105 (Nora)  Lenora Ann Grimes Spears March 10, 1867 June 7, 1925 A,  K, V, X, Y Married Nilus Columbus (Lum) Spears on Sept. 6, 1882. Mother of 13 children. Last buried in Pioneer? Wife of Lum Spears.
106 Martha Emmaline Spears About 1857    K Could not read or write. Grave and circa 1937 marker not located. Second wife of Nicholas Spears B:1827
107 Martha P. Staggs About 1839   A, C, J  
108 Eloisa Or Eliza Or Eloise A   Tait Feb. 27, 1829 Sept. 18, 1858 A, F, H, O, P Daughter of Netherland and Frances Tait. Sister of Fannie Jane Tait, Nancy C. Hale, Thomas H. Tait, Celine C. Milliken, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait and William J. Tait. (note another Eliza Tait, married to Will  A. Browning in 1910 census, born about 1878)
109 Fanny or Fannie Jane Tait Dec. 3, 1837 Oct. 7, 1861 A, B, F.J, O, P  
110 Frances or Fanny  Parker(Cooper) Tait March 5, 1799 Aug. 2, 1862 A, B, F, H, J, O, P From Virginia. Married Netherland Tait 12/9/19. Mother of Eliza Tait, Fannie Jane Tait, Thomas H. Tait, Celine C. Milliken, Nancy C. Hale, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait and William J. Tait.
111 Netherland   Tait March 11, 1792 Nov. 24, 1856 A, B, F, H, O, P Farmer, from Virginia.  Married Frances Park(er) (Cooper) Tait on 12/9/19. Father of Eliza Tait, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait, Fannie Jane Tait, Thomas  H. Tait, Nancy C. Hale, Celine C. Milliken and William J. Tait.
112 Thomas H. Tait June 25 or 28, 1824 Sept. 6, 1866 A, B, H, J, O, P Farmer. Son of Netherland and Frances Tait. Brother to William J. Tait, Eliza Tait, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait, Thomas Hll Tait, Nancy C. Hale, Celine C. Milliken and Fannie Jane Tait.
113 William J. Tait 1834 1866 B, J, O, P Farmer. Son of Netherland and Frances Tait. Brother to  Eliza Tait, Charles B. Tait, Caleb Tait, Thomas Hll Tait, Nancy C. Hale, Celine C. Milliken and Fannie Jane Tait.
114 Tom   Tucker or Turcker About 1854 Feb. 1924 A, E, Q Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
115 Homer   Turner or Turcker or Tucker About 1899   A. C, K Laborer on home farm. Could read and write. Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
116 (Infant)   Turner     A  
117 T. S. Turner April 18, 1862 March 5, 1911 C
118 Mattie    Turner   A, C, V Related to Andy Hinson's father. Grave and circa 1927 marker not located.
119 Sam   Turner About 1842 or 1862? A, J, K, O Farmer. Original marker in possession of Andy G. Hinson, reads "S.F. Turner".
120 Myrtle Anice White     A Grave and circa 1927 marker not located
  Infant Son   Hinson   Nov 5, 1922   from: Lewis County Herald, published [Thursday,] Nov. 9, 1922

"The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hinson died Sunday and was laid to rest at the Lewis Monument Monday."

Nov. 5, 1922 would be the date the infant died and Nov. 6, 1922 being the date the infant was buried at Pioneer Cemetery.

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