An Inventory of Antebellum Tombstone Inscriptions
Carroll County, Tennessee

Compiled by Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002

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McLEMORESVILLE CEMETERY

The older section of this burial ground is located on the north side of College Street in McLemoresville.

Erected to the memory of
S C. PEERY
by his fellow students. He died Oct. 22, 1857

WM. M., JR. son of Mrs. I. M. & WM. M. HOOKER
Born Oct. 25, 1854    Died Feb. 4, 1855
Gone home

In memory of
DANIEL F. son of Rev. THOMAS & SARAH CHANCE
Born Dec. 2, 1823    Died Jan. 27, 1854 aged 30 yrs 1 mo & 25 ds

FRANCIS L. FURGUSON
Born Mar. T, 1842    Died Nov. 25, 1861
Stranger tread lightly on this ground, my only joy lies buried here; beneath this grassy mound lies all to me that was dear
[a fallen stone]

In memory of
CATHARINE BLACK
who died July 3rd 1846 aged 37 years 9 months
Nevins [stonecutter]

To the memory of
CATHARINE J. BLACK
who died October 31st 1846 aged 4 mo & 12 days

JACOB FOX
Died Sept. 13, 1834 aged 83 yrs 10 mos

JACOB A. FOX son of NATHAN H. & FRANCES FOX
Died Dec. 14, 1850 aged 16 yrs

Sacred to the memory of
JAMES S. son of WILLIAM & TEMPY FERGUSON
Died October 25, 1847 in his 24th year

Combined stone:
ROBERT PARIS
Born July 6, 1803    Died Sept. 17, 1853
CLARINDA JANE, his wife
Born May 1, 1816    Died March 22, 1835

CHARLES WILLIAM ROBERT PARIS
Born July 20, 1834    Died July 22, 1835
White & Co., Memphis, Tenn. [stonecutters]

AMANDA J. daughter of A. E. & MARY H. COOPER
Died Nov. 13, 1835 aged 21 mo 25 ds

EDWARD B. COOPER
Born Sept. 8, 1837    Died Mar. 16, 1862 aged 24 yrs 6 ms 8 ds

ANNIE J. COOPER
Born Dec. 10, 1856    Died May 11, 1860

GILBERT HART
Born Aug. 5, 1784    Died July 22, 1855 aged 70 yrs 11 mos & 11 days

 

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W. S. PATTERSON
Born Jan. 6, 1857    Died Feb. 6, 1857
Thus passed away our little boy
Amis & Co., Memphis [stonecutters]

SARAH F. LADD
Died July 2, 1836 aged 70 years
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord

MARY C. daughter of Dr. S. Y. & MARY L. BIGHAM
Died Aug. 2, 1843 aged 5 yrs 9 mo

SARAH A. daughter of Dr. S. Y. & MARY L. BIGHAM
Died Oct. 6 [no year given] aged 6 days
[a fallen stone]

MARY L., consort of Dr. S. Y. BIGHAM
Died Nov. 25, 1857 aged 35 yrs

MILTON WILLIAMSON
Born Oct. 14, 1814    Died Sept. 15, 1861

JEFFERSON DAVIS son of S. E. & M. A. WILLIAMSON
Born July 2, 1862 aged 11 days

JAMES L. son of HARRIET J. & J. C. WILLIAMSON
Born _____ __, 1834
[a broken, shattered stone]

MARY daughter of HARRIET J. & J. C. WILLIAMSON
Born May 10, 1837    Died July 23, 1838
[a fallen stone]

JAMES son of MARY A. & SAMUEL E. WILLIAMSON
Born Jan. 1838    Died Aug. 1839

SARAH A. daughter of J. C. & H. WILLIAMSON
Born Jan. 15, 1841    Died Jan. 30, 1859

JOHN N. WILLIAMSON
Died Aug. 3, 1853 aged 54 ys
In life beloved, in death lamented

SARAH daughter of MARY A. & SAMUEL E. WILLIAMSON
Born Dec. 20, 1854    Died Sept. 8, 1855

MARY G. daughter of MARY A. & SAMUEL E. WILLIAMSON
Born Jan. 11, 1843    Died Aug. 19, 1857

MARGARET, consort of L. H. WILLIAMSON
Died Feb. 27, 1852 in her 25th year

In memory of
RACHEL SERENA
daughter of SARAH C. & JOHN N. WILLIAMSON
Born July 20, 1852    Died Sept. 10, 1857
This early bud so young and fair called hence in early doom to show how sweet a flower in paradise would bloom

MARY C. wife of ROBERT B. GILKEY
Born Mar. 27, 1833    Died May 11, 1859
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord

CAROLINE FREEMAN daughter of ROBERT C. & MARY C. GILKEY
Born Feby. 20, 1856    Died Oct. 2, 1860
[a fallen, broken stone]

S. L. GRIFFITH
Born April 16, 1832    Died March 13, 1849

One tombstone:
WILLIAM PATTON
Born in S.C., Dec. 3, 1776    Died June 23, 1850
LOUISA H. daughter of J. H. & N. C. PATTON
Died May 14, 1847 aged 4 yrs 7 mos & 22 dys
J. H. son of J. H. & N. C. PATTON
Died Sept. 22, 1847 aged 18 mos & 11 dys
SARAH E. daughter of A. H. & M. H. PATTON
Died Aug. 17, 1852 aged 5 yrs 9 mos & 26 dys
LOUISA J. daughter of A. A. & M. H. PATTON
Died March 4, 1854 aged 3 yrs 5 mos & 3 dys
W. H. son of A. H. & M. H. PATTON
Died Oct. 3, 1855 aged 2 yrs 11 mos & 8 dys

MARGARET PATTON
Born Nov. 22, 1780    Died Mar. l7, 1859
aged 78 ys 3 ms 25 ds
She was a tender mother and an affectionate wife

JOHN D. son of J. [JOSEPH] & A. [ABIGAIL] CUNNINGHAM
Born Guilford Co., N.C., July 3, 1845
Died Sept. 27, 1864

Rev. F. M. HIGGS
Born Aug. 11, 1825    Died July 1, 1852

MARGARET daughter of T. & LOUISA ADAMS
Born Oct. 17, 1827    Died July 4, 1856

SOPHRONIA C. daughter of EDWARD & MARGARET GWIN
Died Aug. 5, 1849 aged 21 yrs 11 mos
Oh! inanimate stone of the tomb say to the visitor that comes here lies the body of one fair and dear but her soul is in heaven and with Christ will appear

MARY ALICE "Alice" GWIN
Born July 16, 1855    Died Sep. 6, 1858 aged 3 years
Beneath this stone in sweet repose is laid a mother's dearest pride, a flower that scarce had waked to life and light and beauty ere it died

 

 

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Sacred to the memory of
ALBERT B. MITCHEM
Born in York Dt., S.C., Jan. 8, 1814
Died in Carroll Co., Tenn., Aug. 13, 1852
This marble marks the lonely couch of sleep and living statues here are seen to weep, afflictions semblance bends not o'er thy tomb, affliction's self deplores thy early doom

FRANCES T. daughter of DORCAS & A. H. SMITH
Died Aug. 25, 1852 aged 11 yrs

GEORGE P. son of J. L. & P. C. SMITH
Born May 26, 1860    Died Oct. 13, 1861
This lovely bud, so young and fair, called hence by early doom, just came to show how sweet a flower in paradise would bloom

WM. T. son of S. D. & JAMES P. BRUMLY
Died July 18, 1853 aged 1 yr 8 ms

W. E. son of E. A. & W. J. KIRK
Born July 4, 1855    Died Sep. 28, 1856
footstone W. E. K.

R. A. son of W. J. & E. A. KIRK
Born Dec. 19, 1857    Died Sept. 10, 1859
footstone R. A. K.

ROBERT MITCHUM
Died Aug. 13, 1854 aged 78 years

SARAH F. GAMMON
Born Nov. 29, 1855    Died Jan. 29, 1856

INFANT DAUGHTER of MARTHA & W. R. GAMMON
Born and Died Oct. 28, 1856

HAYWOOD S. GAMMON
Born Mar. 28, 1847    Died Jan. 14, 1848

MICAJAH FLY
Born Sept. 3, 1826    Died Feb. 28, 1852

WILLIAM M. FLY
Born June 26, 1851    Died Sept 6, 1852

LAURA H., consort of B. F. WAYNICK
Born Apr. 8, 1836    Died Feb. 6, 1855
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord
footstone L. H. W.
[a broken stone]

POLLEY C. wife of W. H. FRANKLIN
Born Dec. 7, 1818    Died Oct. 22, 1837
aged 18 yrs 9 mos & 17 ds
Daughter of J. F. & S. ALGEA

CHARLES L. son of R. H. & F. B. ALGEA
Died July 15, 1857 aged 4 mos 16 ds

INFANT SON Of R. H. & F. B. ALGEA
Born and Died Dec. 15, 1855

In memory of
ELIZA ANN wife of A. T. M. WOOLLEN
Born Guilford Co., N.C., Oct. 17, 1823
Died in Carroll Co., Tenn., Sep. 25, 1858
[a fallen stone]

ANNE ISABELLA daughter of A. T. & E. A. WOOLLEN
Born at Wentworth, N.C., Feb. 3, 1848
Died at McLemoresville, Tenn., Sept. 11, 1862
aged 14 yrs 7' ms 8 ds

JAMES HENRY son of PHILIP & MARY C. GRASTY
Died Oct. 25, 1857 aged 1 yr 8 mo 5 ds

MARY S. wife of Dr. J. J. MULLIKIN
Died Dec. 15, 1856 aged 42 yrs 4 mo 6 ds

JULIAN SIMPSON daughter of JAMES & LOUISIAN BARKER
Born July 15, 18143    Died Dec. 16, 1852
aged 9 yrs 5 mos & 1 day

Sacred to the memory of
J. P. JEFFREYS
eldest son of JAMES & E. H. JEFFREYS of Yorkville, S. Carolina
He died in peace with God, March 9, 1850

WILLIAM _________ [stone broken]
Died Apr. 17, 186_ aged 56 yrs

Sacred to the memory of
JAMES BRANNOCK
who was born in Orange Co., N.C., January 13th 1798 and died at McLemoresville, Tenn., Oct. 25, 1854 aged 56 years 9 months & 12 days

In memory of
Mrs. MARTHA R. BOYD
who died Sep. 1844 aged 69 yrs

In memory of
NANCY R. BOYD
who died Aug. 14, 1843 aged 43 yrs

GEORGE B. HOPSON
Born at Port Royal, Montgomery Co., Tenn. [no date given]
Died at this place, Aug. 25, 1853 aged 28 yrs 6 mo & 10 ds

 

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Box vault:
Sacred to the memory of
Dr. DAVID H. BOYD
Born in Pittsylvania Co., Va., Mar. 23, 1804
Died at Shady Grove, Gibson Co., Tenn., Aug. 25, 1851
Erected by PENELOPE A. M. EDWARDS
[Dr. David H. Boyd married Penelope Edwards in Carroll County, April 14, 1840.]

MARY R., consort of ISRAEL BARKER
Born Nov. 19, 1788    Died Sept. 15, 1850
[a broken, fallen stone]

ADLY ALEXANDER
Died Sep. 11, 1849 aged 85 yrs

LOUISA S. wife of THOMAS A. DAVIS
Born Mar. 8, 1798    Died Feb. 6, 1856

NANCY wife of ADLY ALEXANDER
Died March 28, 1837 aged 67 yrs 5 mo

REUBEN BURROW, JR.
was devout in his life and departed in Christian triumph to live in heaven April 13, 1864 [born September 24, 1841]

Rev. AARON BURROW
was consecrated to God in his life and died as he had lived Sept. 6, 1862 aged 30 years [born July 23, 1832]

A replacement tombstone:
Rev. REUBEN BURIROW, husband
Died May 13, 1868 aged 70 yrs
ELIZABETH W., wife
Died Aug. 5, 1863 aged 56 yrs
Erected by West Tenn. Presbytery, C.P. Church, Feb. 1995
[Those of us who saw his original tombstone here noted that it read, "He was a minister of the Gospel 48 years."]

Burrow was born [June 26] 1798, Guilford Co., N.C.; with his parents, Ishmael and Catharine Burrow, moved to Smith Co., Tenn. in 1806, a year later to Bedford Co., Tenn.; through a female relative he was prompted to a religious conviction, voving "to God to seek his grace." Migrated in the spring of 1821 to "the dreary forest of Carroll county," returning that summer to middle Temn. where he joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, entered its ministry, first in Missouri where he was licensed to preach in 1823 and ordained in April 1824; he preached variously in the upper South; married Elizabeth Bell, Feb. 5, 1828 (nine children); he became a professor of theology at Bethel College in 1852 and also served as pastor of the McLemoresville congregation until 1864; a widower, afflicted with rheumatism he made his home with a daughter, Mrs. McGowen near Bartlett, Tenn., where he died May 13, 1868. (BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF THE EABLY MINISTERS OF THE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Second Series. by Richard Beard, 1874, pages 240-265)

EDDIE B. son of E. L. & M. J. McGOWAN
Died Mar. 30, 1859 aged 1 yr 6 mo 3 ds

ADELIA H. dau. of L. W. & E. E. DESHONG
Born Feb. 23, 1850    Died Aug. 13, 1862

 

ANNA E. dau. of L. W. & E. E. DESHONG
Born Jan. 4, 1852    Died Mar. 20, 1863

Rev. JOHN NEAL ROACH, Late President
of Bethel College
In memory of whose many excellent virtues and distinguished abilities as an eloquent divine and able instructor of youth and in administration of whose character as a patriotic citizen, a kind neighbor, a devoted husband and an affectionate father this marble statue [obelisk] is erected by his beloved pupils and friends. He was born in Wilson Co., Tenn., May 15, 1816, embraced religion and entered the ministry at a very early age, consecrated his life to the great interest of education and religion and died a martyr to his calling Nov. 19, 1852, aged 36 years. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth, yea, saith the spirit that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them.

 

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The encomium quoted on the former page was repeated in Latin on another side of the obelisk:

JOHANNES NEAL ROACH
Reverendus Vir
Obigenni acumen, litera, rum scientiam, morum eloquentiam in suggesto sacro summam pietatem, et pevitiam doctrinae in excolendis animus jmeanum sua aetate multum celebratus, opud posteros semper celebrandous: Plurima officia obiit eafide, diligentia et filicita te ut spem in illo repositam munquam fefllerit, hand raro superaverit, post long urn utilitatis cursum breri tempore confectum, cum naturae, rarum, fame satis roferat anmam ad altiou aspirantem placide efflavit et nunc in seni domini Jesus Christ virdrius nostri periculi, conquiescit.

[Roach was president of Bethel College from 1850 until his death in 1852.]

 

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