BENTON (CITY)


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Location: On old Patty Road at the edge of Benton, or about 1/2 mile from courthouse.
Date established: Earliest inscription is 1840.
BY whom est: Citizens of Benton on land acquired from James McKamy
Acreage: 4 acres
Number of graves: 500 to 600
Remarks: Among prominent persons buried are Col. William M. Biggs, the county's first Circuit Court Clerk and member of the State Legislature. He has a descendent, Burch Biggs, who has been sheriff of the county for three terms, and a son Broughton Biggs, who is the present Sheriff; Col. David Stewart and wife, Ann, who were parents of James B. Stewart, Mayor of Cleveland; Hugh Knox and wife; John W. Hildebrand 1818-1909, a son of John w. Hildebrand Sr. who built the first mill in the county for the Indians in accordance with Dearborn's Treaty with the Cherokees, Jan. 7, 1806 to be built within one year. He , JohnW. Jr. was a Cherokee Councilman at the time the Indians were sent to the Indian Territory. Lawrence Hilderbrand, son of John w. Hildebrand, Jr. was register of Deeds for Polk County; Jack Hildebrand, brother of Lawrence Hildebrand; Dr. Robert N. Fleming, Reg. of Deeds for 17 years and physician for over 50 years; Virgil A. Clemmer, co-editor of the Benton paper, later editor of the Cleveland Banner and Knoxville News-Sentinel. Several Negroes buried in westwise, and Hildebrand slaves in south corner. Negroes now use King's Cemetery. Condition: Excellent
Date: January 29, 1940

 

Benton/Town Cemetery

Excerpts From a 1912 Benton News-Gazette

Republished here with permission from PCH&GS.

The old Town cemetery here in Benton has for the last few years been almost abandoned for recent interment purposes. Only a few families yet living in this section use any part of the old cemetery. Two additions have been made to it - the last one a well-fenced acre for private lots, each fronting upon an aisle. So few families remain her who use the old cemetery that the duties of fencing the grounds and caring for them fall heavily on these families. A few years ago B. F. McClary took the lead in fencing and cleaning it off and had to bear the greater part of the expense. Last year W. M. Clemmer had it cleaned off and sowed in blue grass at his own expense almost entirely. Now the fence around it is about half down, and these two men and Rev. Robinson, Walter M. Harrison and others have started a movement to put a good fence around it and have the grounds well taken care of and beautified.

Scores of people living in Cleveland, Charleston, Chattanooga, and other nearby places as well as hundreds in the west have ancestors interred in this old cemetery. As the cemetery as a public interment ground is about filled and fast becoming an abandoned place, its early history and something of its sacred ashes of long silent tongues of early pioneers and public benefactors almost forgotten by the younger generation will no doubt prove interesting to posterity. Some families have five generations represented in its hallowed precincts.

Fragments of its history and something of its occupants is recalled or found from records written in courthouse tomes or marble tablets. How appropriate is a cemetery for the soul's meditation on a sunny Sabbath afternoon. The souls of the saved are in the land of the living - it is we who walk and talk on earth that are in the land of the dying.

In 1840 James McKamy owned the land where Benton now stands; and in the sale of town lots by the town commissioners, the record of the last lot offered for sale reads, "Lot No. 8 swapt to James McKamy for a graveyard." In other words, McKamy was to give a graveyard lot further out of town. Lot No. 8 is the lot in the north corner of Benton, and was later given to Ocoee Academy. McKamy offered the town people the choice of two places for a cemetery, one being the hill where the high school building is being erected and the ground just northeast of it, and the other the site of the present cemetery. The people of the town voted upon the two sites, choosing the latter.

In places, the box vine and other growth makes such a heavy carpet that the unmarked graves cannot be distinguished, but a careful count and estimate places the number interred in the town cemetery at six hundred. Of this number about 400 are either marked by rough stones without names upon them, or have no markers at all. Possibly half of those without names given are known by somebody or other, but unless they are marked or numbered soon with a record of the name, the entire four hundred or more will be "unknown dead" as are now from 100 to 300 of them.. Among the unknown are some prominent in the early history of the county.

The town is sadly in need of a successor to Gilbert Blankenship, the caretaker of the cemetery until his death about twenty years ago. He knew whose graves practically all the unmarked ones were, but his knowledge of them died with him. And since his day no one has appeared to take his place.

 

Benton/Town Cemetery Inscriptions
First known date recorded - November 12, 1831, last recorded May 2, 1943

With notes from former County Historian Roy Lillard's files.

Alexander, Elizabeth - 1772 / May 20, 1856 at 84 years of age; consort of J. Alexander

Alexander, Joseph - 1766 / December 15, 1851; age 85 years

Armstrong, Edwin Fay - April 11, 1903 / May 2, 1943

Armstrong, Eugene - September 19, 1876 / October 20, 1935

Bain, Henry - February 2, 1899 / March 4, 1891; son of Wm. & A. E. Bain

Bain, W. M. - March 6, 1862 / February 14, 1890

Ballenger, John - September 25, 1836 / September 18, 1882; A Mason

Ballenger, Mary - April 25, 1850 / March 31, 1900

Ballenger, W. B. - 1868 / 1929

Banard, Beckey Brown - No dates

Barker, J. M. August 7, 1876 / December 30, 1907

Bates, Debby September 27, 1863 / April 18, 1914; w/o J. F. Bates

Bates, Ina Garrett - June 13, 1895 / May 5, 1928; w/o James C. Bates

Bernard, Thad - No dates

Bible, Annie McClary Stamper September 12, 1880 / January 29, 1905; w/o W. L. Bible

Biggs, Allen C. April 8, 1821 / February 26, 1891

Biggs, Col. William M. - July 23, 1797 / November 1878

Biggs, Della Etholeen - January 28, 1899 / September 21, 1915

Biggs, Elbert I. - March 3, 1872 / July 14, 1873

Biggs, Elizabeth January 21, 1820 / June 18, 1855

Biggs, Frances T. September 1, 1852 / 3 months, 18 days d/o George M. Taylor

Biggs, James E. November 25, 1850 / July 22, 1854

Biggs, Madison February 24, 1861 / April 25, 1920

Biggs, Margaret M. Temple - September 16, 1794 / November 25, 1872

Biggs, Mary B. Gilliland - April 6, 1883 / December 27, 1927; w/o R. A. Biggs

Biggs, Mary J. - August 23, 1850 / November 28, 1861

Biggs, Mattie Cook - June 30, 1862 / May 23, 1897; wife of W. M. Biggs

Biggs, Mrs. E. A. - May 18, 1843 / February 24, 1925

Biggs, Sarah Minerva Hambright August 31, 1834 / October 14, 1916; m. to James M.

Biggs on October 10, 1855

Biggs, Thomas Payton - November 15, 1858 / July 19, 1887

Biggs, Thomas T. - February 24, 1829 / September 18, 1907

Biggs, W. C. - 1861 / 1929

Blackburn, James C. - died March 27, 1857; age 2 years, 4 months, 18 days

Blackburn, John A. - died April 1, 1857; age 5 years, 6 months, 14 days

Blackburn, Martha J. - died March 15, 1857; age 4 years, 29 days

Blankinship, Elizabeth - December 14, 1803 / Sept. 10, 1859; w/o Stephens Blankinship

Blankinship, Fanny Deen - 1819 / May 22, 1871 at 52 years; consort of Gilbert Blankinship

Blankinship, Gilbert - 1818 / April 26, 1892; age 74 years

Boyd, Alston January 26, 1820 / July 21, 1859

Boyd, Bennett - June 30, 1818 / September 6, 1854

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Boyd, Bernice Hill May 11, 1887 / February 17, 1919

Boyd, Erby Sr. - July 30, 1796 / June 1, 1865

Boyd, Erby, Jr. - September 12, 1821 / December 10, 1891

Boyd, Euclid April 24, 1852 / September 10, 1854

Boyd, George April 6, 1884 / October 15, 1885; s/o T. J. & L. B. Boyd

Boyd, George - died March 16, 1872; age 10 months, 23 days

Boyd, George W. - died January 3, 1889; age 53

Boyd, Harriett Elizabeth - January 14, 1831 / February 14, 1910

Boyd, J. L. - December 1833 /April 1859 at 26 years, 4 months

Boyd, J. L. - died April 1859; age 27 years, 4 months

Boyd, James Jones - October 10, 1843 / February 19, 1917

Boyd, Julia Ellen April 18, 1842 / October 1918

Boyd, Louisa Jane November 18, 1851 / October 15, 1854

Boyd, Maria C. - March 12, 1809 / October 18, 1863; w/o Erby Boyd, Sr.

Boyd, Martha August 15, 1824 / October 18, 1853; w/o Alston Boyd

Boyd, Mary Ann November 18, 1853 / May 20, 1855

Boyd, Thomas J. March 18, 1829 / December 9, 1888

Boyd, Thomas S. March 5, 1850 / September 16, 1853

Boyd, Will B. - August 20, 1869 / March 17, 1928

Brewer, Pearl McClary Norton March 7, 1890 / January 10, 1919

Brock, Matilda August 11, 1868 / February 16, 1918; w/o F. M. Brock

Browder, Harriett Shamblin McClary Feb.14, 1833/ Apr. 27, 1885 2nd w/o Simon Browder

Browder, S. E. - 1833 / 1885

Brown, Edith April 6, 1907 / September 17, 1909; d/o O. H. & L. E. Brown

Brown, John - No dates

Brown, Leah - No dates

Brown, Mary E. - June 28, 1939 / July 5, 1939; d/o Morris & Edna Brown

Brown, W. E. - December 20, 1882 / April 12, 1919

Bumgarner, Becky Bates - died October 4, 1909

Burchfield, W. H. - November 28, 1860 / November 3, 1929

Byrd, Emma M. Lankford February 9, 1881 / August 15, 1916; w/o D. M. Byrd

Byrd, Lee April 4, 1904 / January 21, 1927

Byrd, May L. Faulkner - May 1, 1876 / July 14, 1920; w/o Ed Byrd

Byrd, Pat - No dates

Byrd, Thomas E. - July 23, 1873 / December 2, 1934

Byrd, Thomas E. May 23, 1873 / Dec. 3, 1934; age 61 years, 6 months, 10 days

Byrd, Walter - No dates

Calhoun, William - September 26, 1853 / September 2, 1930

Carruth, G. W. - September 7, 1853 / July 25, 1885

Cartwright, Nancy Brown - No dates

Cate, Infant - died July 1881; two weeks; s/o J.G. & Jennie Cate

Christian, Almira - 1834 / June 5, 1908

Christian, C. J. - April 14, 1856 / August 8, 1919

 

Benton/Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Christian, Dick - 1821 / March 3, 1918

Christian, W.N. - February 22, 1854 / January 28, 1919

Christian, Walter - March 5, 1894 / September 20, 1896; son of W. N. & C. J. Christian

Clemmer, Callie Ballenger April 2, 1871 / July 19, 1926

Clemmer, Emma Russell - 1858 / 1882

Clemmer, Houston W. August 13, 1902 / September 10, 1927

Clemmer, Infant - b/d 1882; child of V. A. and Emma Clemmer

Clemmer, Joseph M. - October 1863 / August 26, 1899

Clemmer, Lena Dobson - March 10, 1885 / July 3, 1889

Clemmer, Margaret Elizabeth - April 12, 1881 / July 23, 1886

Clemmer, Mary Dobson - April 10, 1850 / November 10, 1905

Clemmer, Mary Elanore - March 27, 1937 / March 29, 1937; d/o J. Lee and Inez Clemmer

Clemmer, Mary Elizabeth (Mazie) Oct. 1, 1911 / Nov.19, 1913; d/o J.D. & Mary Clemmer

Clemmer, Mary Orr April 13, 1876 / June 14, 1939

Clemmer, R. W. September 24, 1875 / April 14, 1939

Clemmer, V. A. - June 9, 1856 / May 10, 1909

Clemmer, W. M. - September 12, 1848 / October 24, 1919

Clemmer, Wayne No dates

Clemmer, William H. January 10, 1907 / January 13, 1910; s/o R. W. & Annie Clemmer

Cloud, Jack b/d October 15, 1919; s/o Mr. & Mrs. Jay Cloud

Coeland, Ralph - August 18, 1914 / October 6, 1914; s/o R. Meigs & Gladys Coeland

Cook, Alexander - No dates

Cook, Campbell - September 16, 1860 / August 13, 1866

Cook, Daisy - March 3, 1899 / March 17, 1899

Cook, Haseltine - October 6, 1841 / March 25, 1892

Cook, James - May 17, 1820 / March 10, 1896

Cook, John Henry - August 22, 1893 / January 27, 1894

Cook, Lucinda - April 9, 1830 / November 11, 1906

Cook, William B - June 23, 1850 / December 29, 1867

Cooke, C. W. - January 28, 1834/ March 16, 1877

Copeland, R. Meigs June 8, 1909 / March 3, 1920; s/o R. Meigs & Gladys Copeland

Copeland, Stanley - May 22, 1913 / October 3, 1914; s/o R. Meigs & Gladys Copeland

Corvin, W. T. - No dates

Couch, Reuben - November 24, 1849 / July 19, 1907

Couch, Taylor, James, Reuben and Clifford - Marker, but no dates

Cowen, Mrs. Ann - October 1, 1777 / October 11, 1858; mother of David Knox

Cox, Gale - No dates

Crews, Dillie - b. 1876 (?)

Crews, H. K. P. - July 29, 1845 / March 8, 1897

Crews, Henry - b. 1883

Crews, Louise Reynolds - July 27, 1850 / October 30, 1939

Crews, Oscar - b. 1885

Cross, Betty Jean - February 17, 1934 / December 28, 1942; d/o O. R. Cross

 

Benton/Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Cross, Hubert - March 1, 1912 / August 22, 1930; s/o W. A. & Tilda Cross

Cross, Willie - April 13, 1908 / August 30, 1923

Crox, Ella Sue October 30, 1910 / April 7, 1912; d/o R. B. & N. E. Crox

Crox, Henry A. August 5, 1836 / May 30, 1912

Crox, Henry A. No dates; Co K 6th PA Calvary

Crox, R. Ben July 21, 1885 / March 15, 1916

Crox, Susan J. December 2, 1844 / May 4, 1923

Crox, William Harrison - November 28, 1868 / February 9, 1941

Cutcher, Emma Cook September 23, 1861 / May 12, 1933

Cutcher, John December 12, 1858 / March 26, 1910

Dacus, Isham - No dates

Dacus, W. M. E. - October 31, 1870 / June 21, 1871; s/o A. N. & S. E. Dacus

Day, Jacob - February 14, 1850 / May 4, 1932

Day, Minerva Long - September 10, 1858 / November 1, 1913

Dobson, J. W. - April 9, 1851 / October 24, 1858

Dobson, John M. - September 10, 1819 / November 9, 1858

Dobson, Margaret - 1817 / March 5, 1877 at 60 years

Dobson, R. C. - 1817 / August 30, 1878; age 61 years

Dobson, W. B. - April 22, 1844 / March 22, 1880

Dodd, W. W. - 1836 / 1889

Dodd, W. W. - October 9, 1836 / November 1, 1889

Douglas, Lucy A. November 5, 1864 / November 1880; dau. of W. M. & Sarah Douglas

Dunn, James M. - May 13, 1812 / June 28, 1865

Dunn, Joseph - April 12, 1842 / September 30, 1882

Dunn, Mary - July 16, 1816 / November 11, 1859

Dunn, Mary Gamble - March 10, 1869 / March 12, 1940

Dunn, Samuel - 1814 / 1857

Eggart, Nola B. Nicholson Wilson - Jan. 27, 1881 / February 27, 1927; w/o W. M. Eggart

Elrod, Lizzie Boyd July 24, 1854 / October 4, 1925

Elrod, Luta May May 12, 1896 / July 7, 1896; age 2 months

Elrod, M. B. June 15, 1854 / June 21, 1904

Elrod, Robert H. November 11, 1866 / February 27, 1891

Evans, Elizabeth - No dates

Falls, Fannie M - January 28, 1803 / April 5, 1871

Fetzer, Augusta May Lowery May 21, 1884 / October 17, 1924; w/o J. J. Fetzer

Fetzer, Harve - 1859 / 1939

Fetzer, Mildred M. - April 10, 1923 / March 26, 1936

Fetzer, Minerva A. - 1864 / 1940

Fields, Crabtree - 1815 / May 13, 1873; age 58 years, 3 months, 20 days

Fike, Luta Grace - September 21, 1836 / August 4, 1887; dau. of G. A. & M. E. Fike

Fleming, Cynthia - September 3, 1843 / January 22, 1924

Fleming, Mary Smith - February 15, 1823 / June 11, 1910

Fleming, Robert N. - December 16, 1811 / October 20, 1900

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Fleming, Samuel - September 2, 1799 / March 5, 1864

Fousler, Flossie Lillard - September 6, 1916 / May 19, 1940;

Fousler, Gwendolyn - August 25, 1934 / January 21, 1940; d/o Flossie Lillard Fousler

Gamble, Effa - November 14, 1872 / November 14, 1876; d/o M.M. & Margaret Gamble

Gamble, Fred May 22, 1885 / October 21, 1893

Gamble, Lafayette P. - died September 27, 1853 at 11 months

Gamble, Maggie - December 8, 1874 / November 14, 1876; d/o M.M. & Margaret Gamble

Gamble, Margaret February 18, 1848 / May 18, 1927

Gamble, Marire and Elizabeth - Slaves of the Gamble Family

Gamble, William - July 15, 1865 / April 25, 1870

Gamble, William B. - died August 27, 1857 at age 18 months

Gamble, William M. October 11, 1832 / July 14, 1913

Garrett, Herskin Virgal February 3, 1908 / March 20, 1926

Garrett, Martha V. Payne - July 6, 1842 / November 14, 1910

Gilliland, Alsey Shamblin December 8, 1854 / August 5, 1932

Gilliland, Elizabeth Guinn - October 22, 1889 / October 19, 1934

Gilliland, William C. June 5, 1853 / May 8, 1919

Gilliland, Willieann - September 21, 1913 / December 16, 1941; w/o Everett Bates

Grady, Lucreta March 20, 1832 / November 25, 1888; w/o M. B. Grady

Green, Horace Maynard - Oct. 15, 1855 / May 31, 1856; son of P. W. & Susan Green

Green, Mary E. - Dec. 17, 1857 / Nov. 6, 1888; d/o P. W. & Susan Green

Green, P. W. - Dec. 10, 1816 / May 6, 1884

Green, Sarah Evaline - April 15, 1853 / Sept. 15, 1854; d/o P. W. & Susan Green

Green, Susan R. - Feb. 20, 1830 / July 22, 1892

Gregory, Infant June 5, 1927 / June 7, 1927; d/o Mr. & Mrs. Watson Gregory

Guinn, A. G. - 1893 / 1940

Guinn, Abraham February 9, 1828 / May 14, 1919

Guinn, Cornelia September 5, 1827 / February 28, 1912

Guinn, Debbie Sue Biggs June 7, 1899 / July 1, 1926; w/o A. G. Guinn

Guinn, Infant b/d July 19, 1919; s/o A. G. & Debbie Sue Guinn

Guinn, Infant b/d/ April 6, 1922; s/o A. G. & Debbie Sue Guinn

Guinn, John Winfield February 11, 1857 / March 20, 1921

Guinn, Margaret Ann Morris September 29, 1869 / November 10, 1924

Guinn, Veneita Carrel December 25, 1920 / April 19, 1928; d/o Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Guinn

Hannah, Jane - d. June 2, 1859; age 83 years, 6 months, 2 days

Hannah, Lorett Leomy - February 1, 1857 / January 22, 1858; d/o R. F. & T.C. Hannah

Harbison, Emma Turner 1860 / 1936

Harper, George W. No dates; Artificer Co. M. 6 US Vol. Inf. Spanish American War

Harper, Rinda Harbison 1883 / 1926

Harrison, Bobby - September 27, 1860 / September 29, 1928

Harrison, Charles S. - March 6, 1876 / December 14, 1940

Harrison, Esther Carter Scruggs Nov. 28, 1878 / Dec. 3, 1905; w/o Walter M. Harrison

Harrison, Infant - No dates; s/o F. M. & M. A. Harrison

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Harrison, Sallie Jenkins - September 11, 1853 / October 15, 1928

Harrison, Walter M. No dates; Q.M. SGT- Co. D 6 U.S. Vol. Inf. Spanish American War

Haskins, David Hoyt - June 14, 1936 / January 2, 1937

Haun, Clarence Hubert July 7, 1922 / July 21, 1923

Head, Henry C. June 10, 1909 / January 31, 1910; s/o L. H. & E. G. Head

Head, Louis H. October 8, 1883 / January 31, 1911

Hicks, Infant - b/d August 5, 1903; dau. of T. M. & S. E. Hicks

Hicks, Infant - March 17, 1905 / March 21, 1905; son of T. M. & S. E. Hicks

Hicks, Sarah Long - December 28, 1860 / January 24, 1939

Hicks, T. M. - March 13, 1863 / April 14, 1934

Higgins, Fred Joseph - July 14, 1929 / September 10, 1929

Higgins, Martha C. Dunn - July 22, 1881 / June 18, 1927; w/o F. D. Higgins

Hildebrand - Slaves of the Hildebrand family

Hildebrand, E. J. August 16, 1821 / March 15, 1894

Hildebrand, E. J. - February 20, 1843 / October 2, 1910

Hildebrand, J. W. February 23, 1843 / September 17, 1910

Hildebrand, J. W. - May 6, 1863 / February 23, 1889

Hildebrand, Lawrence W. November 11, 1859 / September 12, 1921

Hildebrand, Sis 1845 / 1917

Hodges, Gloria Ethel - February 19, 1884 / 11 a.m. June 24, 1884; d/o G.G. & M. C. Hodges

Hodges, M. Clarinda - January 30, 1861 / April 21, 1884; w/o G. G. Hodges and daughter of Erby & Harriett Boyd. Died at Lula, GA.

Howell, Infant - b/d September 30, 1893; (son of Mr. & Mrs. John Howell)

Huckaby, Birt - 1865 / Father

Huckaby, Paris E. Smith - 1940 Mother

Hughes, Elizabeth July 25, 1789 / July 1854

Hughes, James - January 2, 1822 / April 15, 1890

Hughes, James J. - January 27, 1865 / October 25, 1886

Hughes, Mary Biggs - February 12, 1825 / November 27, 1919

Hughes, W. F. - died January 1893; age 31 years, 5 months, 17 days

Hutchins, Minnie F. Stephenson - September 17, 1877 / November 13, 1936

Hutsell, Avy - May 10, 1858 / February 25, 1890

James - John D. - died August 10, 1926

James, Children - No dates; Three children of John James

James, Henry - September 1, 1885 / April 25, 1916

James, John - No dates

James, Mrs. Digo - No dates

Johnson, John H. - April 2, 1792 / July 23, 1869; served in War of 1812 as Lieutenant

Johnson, P. L. - 1849 / September 17, 1888; age 39 years, 9 months

Johnson, Sallie E. - January 19, 1854 / February 26, 1874; w/o P. L. Johnson

Kerr, Dessie Lou June 24, 1919 / July 28, 1920

Kerr, Duncan K. May 1, 1849 / November 17, 1933

Kerr, Infant b/d November 7, 1920; d/o J. O. & Nellie Kerr

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Kerr, James Oscar 1890 / 1929

Kerr, Louise E. January 8, 1881 / February 20, 1926

Kerr, Stella Mae November 27, 1917 / January 20, 1918

Kerr, U. H. June 15, 1888 / August 3, 1916

Kline - No other information

Kline - No other information

Knox, David L. - March 25, 1801 / March 2, 1854

Knox, Elizabeth - April 20, 1800 / February 1, 1859; w/o David Knox

Leach, L. L. - January 10, 1855 / November 1, 1904

Leach, L. L. - November 9, 1889 / December 15, 1890

Leach, R. G. - June 25, 1842 / February 20, 1914

Ledford, James W. - May 7, 1875 / August 12, 1885

Lemons, Isabella - 1835 / 1921 (fa. Charles McNelly, mo. Kate Shook)

Lemons, Robert T. - July 11, 1854 / December 21, 1929

Lemons, W. M. - 1801 / 1884

Lewis, Babe Holden - April 26, 1894 / January 26, 1917

Lewis, Charles W. - Dec. 28, 1858 / Jan. 17, 1863; s/o Jel. A. & S. J. Lewis

Lewis, Infant - b/d January 21, 1917; s/o M. G. & Babe Holden Lewis

Lewis, John Q. - May 26, 1853 / Sept. 11, 1854; s/o Jel. A. & S. J. Lewis

Lewis, W. Ruel - February 11, 1915 / October 19, 1915

Lillard, D. U. - August 15, 1901 / February 23, 1931

Lillard, Euclid January 31, 1876 / December 18, 1929

Lillard, Minnie K. December 24, 1832 / April 7, 1908

Lillard, Nelia Guinn - February 11, 1887 / April 3, 1932

Long, Bob F. - December 5, 1883 / January 26, 1914

Long, George - No dates

Long, James A. - May 11, 1856 / July 16, 1922

Long, Katherine - 1855 / 1906; wife of J. A. Long

Long, Ollie - No dates

Love, Clifford Denton Nov. 28, 1935 / December 15, 1935; s/o Clifford & Victoria Love

Love, Infant b/d June 15, 1909; s/o A. E. & M. S. Love

Love, J. Herbert - July 6 1876 / January 25, 1938

Love, James O. - October 13, 1883 / December 11, 1932

Love, Joe B. December 13, 1847 / March 17, 1913

Love, Nannie J. October 23, 1850 / March 5, 1893

Love, William F. August 19, 1874 / November 25, 1915

Lowery, Timothy S. - July 14, 1844 / October 7, 1872

Lyle, Lucy Jane - January 14, 1891/ July 26, 1941

Lyle, Ruben Lewis - July 17, 1867 / October 9, 1935

McCamy, Ann - d. Oct. 7, 1851; age 56 years, 7 months, 18 days

McCamy, Infant - b/d Feb. 5, 1858; d/o W. M. & J. B. McCamy

McCamy, James - d. Dec. 15, 1862; age 66 years, 10 months, 15 days

McCamy, W. M. - d. April 15, 1861, age 2 months

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

McClary, Andrew P. died September 25, 1867; age 41 years 1 month, 18 days

McClary, B. F. July 6, 1848 / October 25, 1932

McClary, Cyrus - November 12, 1831 / March 21, 1860; age 28 years 4 months, 9 days

McClary, George W. - died October 12, 1856; age 1 year, 3 months, 3 days

McClary, Hugh Morris 1852 / 1895

McClary, Infant - b/d December 2, 1907; s/o of S. B. & Stella McClary

McClary, Jacob L. - March 31, 1820 / March 17, 1903

McClary, Jenetta Christian - 1899 / 1931; d/o W. B & Maggie Jenkins Christian

McClary, Julius C. - September 26, 1863 / December 28, 1940

McClary, Laura Ethel Rymer - 1887 / 1937

McClary, Louisa Boyd - May 23, 1923 / October 27, 1887

McClary, Louise May - May 6, 1859 / August 31, 1863

McClary, M. C. - October 28, 1886 / March 12, 1888; s/o H. M. & I. A. McClary

McClary, Martha F. October 27, 1848 / January 31, 1930; w/o B. F. McClary

McClary, Martha Francis Jan. 10, 1916 / October 22, 1918; d/o S. B. & Stella McClary

McClary, Mary B. - November 4, 1921 / November 24, 1936

McClary, Mary E. November 4, 1921 / November 23, 1930

McClary, Morris J., Jr. - b/d 1930

McClary, Nancy - October 26, 1797 / August 16, 1863

McClary, Onie C. - died June 26, 1875; age 29 years, 10 months, 17 days

McClary, Rachel - died March 25, 1852; age 19 years, 6 months, 27 days

McClary, Spencer Boyd - October 2, 1882 / September 28, 1942

McClary, Theresa Ann Boyd 1853 / 1929

McClary, Thomas R. - April 22, 1791 / June 3, 1859

McNelly - No dates; mother of William and Dave McNelly

Mitsell, Miss A. V. - May 18, 1858 / February 25, 1890

Montgomery, John B. - August 11, 1855 / May 4, 1856

Morgan, Falby Garrison - September 5, 1872 / September 2, 1908; wife of Joe Morgan

Nankivell, M. Cornelia - February 23, 1859 / April 4, 1882

Norris, Jenett - June 15, 1932 / June 16, 1932; d/o Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Norris

Norton, John April 5, 1886 / July 11, 1913

Nuchols, Infant January 13, 1906 / January 18, 1906; s/o Dr. & Mrs. J. D. Nuchols

Nuchols, J. D. May 25, 1868 / December 31, 1932

Nuchols, Mary A. September 15, 1840 / November 16, 1910

Orr, Martha E. Harbison October 16, 1851 / May 20, 1928; w/o W. A. Orr

Parks, Cintha Ann - April 11, 1821 / May 4, 1858; wife of Col. James Parks

Parks, Jane - July 28, 1774 / October 11, 1855; mother of Samuel & Col. James Parks

Paul, G. W. - January 24, 1822 / January 6, 1899

Paul, Minerva - December 15, 1826 / February 19, 1899

Payne, Eliza M. - January 20, 1851 / August 18, 1901

Payne, Georgia L. Couch - July 29, 1880 / December 9, 1902

Payne, Martha - died April 16, 1899; age 5 months, 14 days

Payne, Thomas B. - died November 27, 1899; age 22 years, 8 months

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Payne, Walter - June 3, 1879 / March 10, 1927

Prince, Daisy May - March 28, 1888 / April 3, 1888; d/o W. A. & Laura Prince

Prince, Laura Taylor February 17, 1864 / May 16, 1939

Prince, Raymond L. October 28, 1902 / May 11, 1929

Prince, W. A. August 24, 1862 / November 14, 1927; A Mason

Prince, Wayne E. - September 8, 1884 / September 6, 1885; s/o W. A & Laura Prince

Quillen, Lou J. - February 27, 1840 / August 27, 1869; w/o Rev. E. E. Quillen and d/o Lewis and Elizabeth Vansant

Quillen, Rev. B. B. - No dates

Quintrell, Amanda November 2, 1865 / June 22, 1919; w/o S. H. Quintrell

R. R. S., -1851 (Not known what this means, but is as printed in the list.)

Ramsey, Sis Shelton No dates

Reid, Infant died April 10, 1869; d/o M. V. & S. Reid

Reid, Infant died November 19, 1870; d/o M. V. & S. Reid

Reid, J. L. - died April 1, 1859; age 26 years, 4 months

Reid, M. J. - January 1841 / February 16, 1863; age 22 years, 36 days

Reid, S. M. - 1811 / December 1858; age 56 years, 5 months

Reid, Teresa - 1815 / August 1848; age 33 years, 7 months

Reynolds, Emily Copeland - 1848 / 1891; w/o Isaac Reynolds

Reynolds, Emily Webb - 1848 / 1891; w/o W. T. Reynolds

Reynolds, Isaac W. - 1810 / July 18, 1855; age 45 years

Reynolds, Isaac W. - Oct 1, 1894 / June 6, 1895

Reynolds, James B. - July 17, 1898 / June 19, 1899

Reynolds, W. T. - 1847 / 1927

Rhea, G. J. - No dates; brother of Mrs. Jacob Milburn

Rickett, Bobby - No dates

Rickett, John - August 1, 1809 / November 18, 1897 (married Sept. 11, 1834)

Rickett, Matilda - September 25, 1835 / February 21, 1911

Rickett, Susannah - December 22, 1808 / March 15, 1881

Roads, Rachel Smith - September 1, 1857 / September 10, 1927

Rogers, James - No dates

Rogers, Maude Long - 1885 / 1928

Rogers, Melissa - February 20, 1877 / May 4, 1909

Rogers, Susie - No dates

Rollins, B. P. - July 15, 1845 / Jan. 8, 1930

Rollins, E. J. - Sept. 6, 1847 / Jan. 28, 1914

Rollins, J. E. March 26, 1879 / December 16, 1925

Rosenburg, Infant - No dates

Ross, Ruby - December 27, 1880 / March 24, 1881; dau. of P. W. & Lillie Ross

Runions, Joe died January 21, 1918; PVT. 316 M C B N; Tennessee WW I

Russell - No other information

Rymer, Allie Josaphine - March 17, 1863 / February 19, 1935

Rymer, Ida -died February 12, 1890; 13 years, 8 months, 2 days; d/o J. A. & M. A. Rymer

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Inscriptions

Rymer, John A. - December 13, 1846 / October 19, 1892

Rymer, Martha Hughes December 20, 1847 / August 22, 1933; w/o S. A. Rymer

Rymer, Mary - March 25, 1852 / January 30, 1930

Rymer, S. A. February 11, 1844 / October 11, 1934

Rymer, William H. - September 29, 1857 / January 25, 1930

Selders, Infant No dates; s/o Charles & Edna Selders

Shamblin, G. W. December 15, 1840 / May 14, 1926

Shelton, Frankie died December 26, 1909

Smiley, William Harley - July 14, 1941 / October 3, 1941; s.o Mr. & Mrs. Harley Smiley

Smith, Ada Barton - Dec. 22, 1864 / July 24, 1864; age 7 mos. 2 days; d/o Martha A. Smith

Smith, James Maton - January 20, 1879 / August 27, 1928

Smith, Jane - April 1, 1799 / March 17, 1888 (at the same marker of David McNelly)

Smith, Jeanne Kate - 8 years old; d/o James Maton Smith

Smith, Martha A. - d. July 2, 1864; age 19 years, 7 mos. 4 days.

Stamper, Charles Arthur August 2, 1877 / November 30, 1901

Stephenson, Ona Ellena Lyle - April 21, 1895 / December 26, 1927

Stephenson, W. H. - October 9, 1903 / May 24, 1931

Stuart, Ann - 1757 / April 1, 1862; age 75 years

Stuart, David - 1799 / April 3, 1882; age 82 years, 4 months

Sweeny - Martha - No dates; wife of Moses Sweeny, Sr.

Sweeny, Emma Bowers - August 25, 1849 / April 5, 1885

Sweeny, Joseph - No dates; son of Moses, Sr. and Martha Sweeny

Sweeny, Moses - January 5, 1849 / April 22, 1927

Sweeny, Moses Sr. - No dates

Sweeny, Sarah E. Kimbrough - October 28, 1857 / November 27, 1912

Sweeny, William Henry November 15, 1892 / March 31, 1926

Taylor, Alexander W. died February 26, 1864; age 19 years

Taylor, Amanda - September 18, 1821 / July 14, 1884

Taylor, Eliza Jane April 29, 1858 / June 29, 1914

Taylor, Elizabeth Clemmer - April 5, 1873 / May 27, 1931

Taylor, George 1816 / August 18, 1872; age 56 years

Taylor, Henry Clay - died May 22, 1874; age 1 year, 3 months, 14 days

Taylor, Infant - b/d May 24, 1871; d/o N. B. & M. J. Taylor

Taylor, James Berry - died February 25, 1887; age 71 years, 5 months, 4 days

Taylor, James Berry - May 10, 1871 / July 23, 1933

Taylor, John F. July 3, 1841 / October 6, 1917

Taylor, John H. died June 1, 1862; age 13 years; s/o George M. Taylor

Taylor, John N. - 1809 / May 26, 1869; age 60 years, 5 months, 8 days

Taylor, Margaret 1818 / September 3, 1881; age 68 years

Taylor, Mary E. Fleming September 3, 1843 / December 15, 1920; w/o John F. Taylor

Taylor, Mary Jane 1844 / December 29, 1910; w/o W. E. Taylor

Taylor, Mary Van Meter Denton - died April 17, 1877; age 33 yrs. 1 mo.; consort of J. E. Taylor, J. E. - April 12, 1843 / June 16, 1909

 

Benton / Town Cemetery Cemetery Inscriptions

Taylor, Minerva - August 3, 1818 / February 8, 1901

Taylor, Minnie Cook - No dates

Taylor, Myrtle Horner 1896 / 1924

Taylor, Nancy A. B. Weaver - b. 1810 / June 27, 1873 ; age 63 years, 8 months, 16 days

Taylor, Nova L. - April 14, 1872 / January 31, 1940

Taylor, Thomas N. - November 14, 1852 / March 31, 1904

Taylor, W. E. October 8, 1863 / July 21, 1904

Thompson, Mary Burchfield - 1895 / 1933

Tivis, Mr. and Mrs. John - Jan. 7, 1826 / Mar. 7, 1908

Tunnell, Julia - November 23, 1819 / August 23, 1862

Vansant, Salina Elizabeth Boyd December 30, 1844 / August 2, 1924

Webb, Addison 1878 / 1880

Webb, Emily - 1822 / 1874

Webb, John - 1817 / 1884

Webb, Lawrence May 17, 1872 / June 19, 1873; s/o J. L. & E. C. Webb

Webb, Robert - 1853 / 1881

Webb, Roberta - 1861 / 1882

White, James L. V. February 23, 1813 / April 1, 1871

White, John - b. PA 1780 / June 18, 1855

White, Mary - b. VA May 17, 1787 / August 9, 1869

Wiley, Richard - No dates

Wiley, Tommie and Parker - b/d Sept. 1940; infant sons of Mr. & Mrs. Thos. R. Wiley

Williamson, Mariah Lawson - July 7, 1858 / January 27, 1935

Wilson, Isaac N. June 12, 1846 / January 16, 1914

Wilson, John Nuchols March 23, 1910 / November 26, 1911; s/o R. B. & L. C. Wilson

Wilson, Julia January 2, 1836 / April 22, 1902

Wilson, Richard September 15, 1831 / September 4, 1909

Wilson, Sarah M. October 16, 1859 / August 5, 1940

Wilson, Thomas R. April 19, 1893 / October 8, 1927

Wimberly, Callie Belle McClary September 19, 1868 / March 19, 1932

Wimberly, William F. February 24, 1856 / December 15, 1927

Witt, Bryan J. - May 21, 1897 / February 21, 1929

Witt, John E. February 21, 1902 / May 2, 1928

The following persons are known to be buried in the old part of Benton Cemetery in unmarked graves. They were listed in 1948 by William M. Harrison, but no markers in 1963.

Carter, daughter of Jack Carter

Dunn, Susan

Hixen Couch, Martha Taylor; Poney,

Woody, Sarah Stinnett Dunn, Samuel Couch, inf. of Molly & Reubin

Stinnett, John, Sr. Dunn, Beulah and Minnie Taylor, inf. of J. E. Minnie

Stinnett, Mrs. John (was a Carter) Coe, Inf. d/o Hayes Brown, Homer and an infant dau.

Fields, Isaac and Crabtree Johnson, Naylor Blankinship, Elisha died 1845 f/o David

Fields, Mrs. Isaac (was an Evans) Green, Phillip Christian - Mary Jane and Isham

Boyd, John Reynolds, Elizabeth Hannah, Joseph M. died 1840

Moore, Mrs. - died 1902 Couch, Inf. of Mandy Harrison, Inf. of M/ M Charles Harrison

Shamblin, Sarah Couch, William Nelms, George, who m. Fanny James


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