Data contributed by Mr. Bobby Godfrey



  McKissack Cemetery at Sylco, Benton, Tennessee

1. William McKissack 1770-1848 (Not 100% proven)

 It is believed that William was the first person buried in the Mckissack Cemetery.


2.  Abraham McKissack, born in TN 1803-about1874 (son of William (1770-1848), first Postmaster at Sylco, one of the first Justices of the Peace in Polk.

3.  Mrs. Abraham McKissack, Rosanna ____, born in Georgia.

4.  John Mckissack (son of William I) born in TN, 1791-1855 served in the War of 1812, 5th Regiment, Booths, East Tennessee Militia. Came from Jones Cove, Sevier County TN when William died.

5.  Martha Williams Mckissack (wife of John) 1803-1880 born in Sevier County TN.  Daughter of William Williams and Elizabeth Walker.

6.  James Mckissack, son of john 19th TN Infantry Killed in the Civil War Battle of Murfreesboro

7.  Edom Dixon (husband of Amanda McKissack)(son-in-law of John) Wounded in the Civil War Confederate,”G” Co. 3rd Tennessee, operated a Grist Mill.

8.  George Howard (husband of Nancy McKissack)(son-in-law of John) Confederate, “F” Co. 19th TN Infantry. Killed by Guerrillas.

9.  Nancy Mckissack Daughter of John.

10. Mary Ann Mckissack (daughter of John)

11. Alyson Rymer (unknown relationship)

12. Louis (Lewis) Triplett

13. Jake Rymer

14. Harriet McColister first wife of W.M. McKissack-son of John

15. Columbus Mckissack (grandson of John McKissack).

16. Catherine Kerr Barker

17. Charley Rymer (son of Alyson).

18-19 Two Infant George and Nancy Mckissack Howard Children

20-26 Others possibly Buried Mckissack Cemetery- “Madden Branch Massacre”

     James Thomas Hughes, Harvey Brewster, James  Nelson, John Christopher, Samuel Lovell, Thomas Bell were Killed by Capt. Gatewood (Confederate sent by Gen. Wheeler to recruit in  Polk County).  These men may have been removed and sent to the Federal Cemetery In Chattanooga, however, there is still a large mound outlined with bricks in the cemetery, which indicates that more than one person may be buried in this location.  Abraham allowed the burial even though his brother John had seven sons and son-in-laws fighting for the South.