Transcribed from Decatur County, Tennessee Cemetery Records, various pages
Copyright 1984, Nathaniel A. Wesson Chapter #2396,
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Parsons, TN
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[HTML editor's note: This file contains several cemeteries which were listed as unnamed in Decatur County, Tennessee Cemetery Records. Three cemeteries listed as unnamed which have names are listed under their real names. These are noted below.]
Located on Coleman Ivys farm, south of Decaturville, off Brooksie Road, about 7 miles from town. Pass Crawford's Church, turn to the right at Hollis Keeton's home, go a short distance, take first left hand road. (There is only one house on this road.) This grave can be seen from the Ivy home. The rock is broken, but readable.
Smith, Fanney, d. May 22, 1920, age 42 years, "Dau. of W. H. Smith"
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on March 6, 1977.
Located off Highway 114, Scotts Hill, Tennessee. Turn at Otha Blackwell's and it is on Neal Clark's farm in a wooded area.
Two unmarked graves
(No names and no dates)
TOTAL 2 graves
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander and Blanche Tuten on February 28, 1976.
Located on Wilkins Town road, Parsons, TN between James Rushing's and Teddy Wayne Myracle's homes, about a 2 mile walk from the black top road. Grave is under big pine tree near the pond.
Riggs, J. W., no dates, military marker "Co. E 6th Tennessee Cavalry" (Union Army Private)
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed on October 6, 1975 by Bobbie Bartholomew.
Located in Decaturville in the front yard of Mrs. Mary Weir's home on East Main Street. It is the grave of a child and there is no evidence of a grave there, no sunken place, and no mound of earth or no rocks. Mrs. Weir states that as far back as she can remember it was a known fact that sometime a child had been buried there. The way she related the story, her grandfather moved there and the grave was there at that time.
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on May 20, 1977. This personal interview was done with Mrs. Weir at the same time.
Located on a farm owned by Mrs. Marie Dodd, north of Parsons near I-40.
At least 4 unmarked unidentifiable graves.
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on March 20, 1977. Mrs. Dodd states no one has been buried there in the last 50 years. This is known as the Frank Dodd farm. If this graveyard has a name, Mrs. Dodd guesses it to be the Allen graveyard.
Located on Perryville-Decaturville road, pass Jerry Carrington's house, opposite side of road on top of second hill, few feet from blacktop road near large old cedar tree.
Sandstone rock, no name
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on May 22, 1976. I was told that there were about four graves, but I was able to locate only one. The land is controlled by TVA, not used anymore.
Located off the Decaturville-Perryville road, to the back of Stewart's house, across the road that turns to Lost Creek Boat Dock, on top of a big hill is said to be a graveyard. The late Dee Davis stated there were graves there, but no markers to indicate how many. Others in the community seem to think this could be an Indian burying ground. A house now sits on top of the hill. This is near the Utah Church community.
This cemetery was indexed in November, 1980 by Margarett Alexander.
This cemetery is located approximately 6 miles from Decaturville off Highway 69 South. It can only be reached by walking. After you cross White's Creek Bridge, turn right and follow the creek until it turns back to the left, then turn to your left. There are 3 unmarked graves believed to have been people traveling through in wagons. When they became ill they camped here and later buried their dead. Another story says they were children who lived in a nearby cabin and were burned to death.
This cemetery was indexed by Virginia Raney on March 9, 1981.
Located on Fred Inman's farm, north of Parsons to the rear of Silas Miller's house.
At least 10 graves marked with sandstone rocks. Could be more. No names on any rocks. Located in wooded area much undergrowth.
This cemetery was indexed on August 2, 1976 by Blanche Tuten and Margarett Alexander. A special thanks to Edna Miller who served as our guide.
Located on the south side of the mouth of White's Creek in the Mt. Carmel community, east of Decaturville, is a grave, perhaps that of a Negro man. This information was obtained from Mr. Zollins Smith in a personal interview. He received the information from his parents, the late Mr. & Mrs. Will Smith.
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on December 30, 1979.
Located on Myracle Town road, pass Callie Johnsons, go to Janice Jones, graveyard is in wooded area a few feet from the road on the other side of the Jones' home.
Rosson, H. G., Apr. 1, 1827-Feb. 24, 1872
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander and Bobbie Bartholomew on April 14, 1976.
Located out from Decaturville, near Brown's Crossing and Highway 100, on the Andrew Brown farm and now owned by Mrs. Alvis Brown.
Thomas Hart (Sandstone Marker)
This information was written in a will by his wife in 1846. He had a son Ab Hart.
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Miss Zelma O'Neal on May 27, 1981.
(Earl Brigance Property)
Located on the right side of Highway 100 West, a short distance from the W. F. Brigance home. This graveyard is 7.7 miles from Decaturville. Turn to the right of highway (first turn after leaving the Brigance home) at Edd Dunavant's garage, go short distance, take first right hand gravel road, nice brick home in view (Mr. & Mrs. Billy Wayne Campbell), go to rear of their home. A few medium size cedar trees in view, at foot of cedar trees are four sandstone rocks indicating four graves. No names on any of the rocks.
TOTAL 14 graves
This cemetery was indexed on December 26, 1977 by Margarett Alexander. A special thanks to Earl and Hubert Brigance for serving as guides.
NOTE: I interviewed Mr. & Mrs. Marion Pratt, residents of Decatur County Manor who lived near this graveyard for years. The late Mrs. Cindy Laster told them a family by the name of Davis was buried there: A Mr. & Mrs. Davis and she thought one daughter.
Would anyone know if this could be Green B. Davis (B. 8-28-1826) who married Levenia Watts (B. 12-23-1830) who had a son named Joel Ashberry (B. 3-25-1849) and another son named Lewis F. Davis (B. 7-1-1850).
Located near Brownaport Furnace east of Decaturville. It will take about 1½ hours to make the trip, pass Brownsport Furnace, go about ¼ mile, a road turns to the left at a large hickory tree. In dry weather one may be able to drive, however, we left the truck at the hickory tree and walked, follow the road less than ¼ mile, cross garden spot, up the valley 300 feet. The graveyard is in a heavy wooded area covered in honeysuckle. This graveyard would be very difficult for anyone to locate unless they can get someone familiar with the area to assist them.
Smedley, E. W., Mar. 6, 1825-Oct. 28, 1873, "Wife of George B. Smedly"
Tennison, Hannah C., d. Dec. 5, 1873, age 40 yrs, "Wife of J. B. Tennison"; footmarker has H. C. T.
TOTAL 2 graves
A very special thanks to Mr. Frank Smith who located the graveyard and then served as our guide, and a special thanks to my husband Fred Alexander for going with me.
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on March 16, 1960.
Located off 114 from Oil Well community going toward Scotts Hill. To the right of the road, walk through a hayfield for about 5 minutes to a thicket. Not used, neglected, grown up.
Montgomery, Martha J., d. Mar. 28, 1861, aged 1 yr 11 mos 29 days, "Dau. of J. G. & P. C. Montgomery"
14 unmarked graves
TOTAL 15 graves
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander and Blanche Tuten on November 2, 1976. Thanks to Mr. John Rushing who acted as our guide. He was told several years ago that a Negro was buried there with a watch. Local legend states someone dug up the remains and took the watch.
Located on Phelia Wright's farm, 7 miles Northwest of Decaturville on old Beacon-Decaturville road near the Beech River Bridge.
Smithers, Charles G., d. Aug. 16, 1834, 26 years old
TOTAL 1 grave
This cemetery was indexed by Blanche Tuten and Bobbie Bartholomew on March 24, 1976.
[HTML editor's note: This unnamed cemetery is shown as Cox Cem. on the U.S.G.S. Parsons quadrangle.]
Located about 3 miles from Parsons, just off 641 North on the Readey farm, are about 30 unmarked graves. Graves have limestone markers but no names. Some graves in the center have a limestone rock fence around them.
The cemetery was indexed by Fred Alexander, Tony Collett, and Parker Collett in April, 1980.
Several graves are reported to be in a field on the left aide of the Brooksie Road that turns to the right just before reaching the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. There's no tombstones to indicate graves. This was owned by Barney Montgomery at one time, but is presently owned by Robert Tuten. We were told that some Wyatts were buried there. Also, we have heard it was an Indian burial ground.
This cemetery was indexed on February 15, 1981 by Blanche Tuten and Margarett Alexander.
Located in the northeastern part of the county, east of the Cozette community. Cross Rickett's Creek on the Woodlawn Shores road and take the first paved road to the left. Follow this road approximately 3/4 of a mile to a logging road on the left. Follow the logging road .2 of a mile. Cemetery is approximately 1,000 feet on the right side of the road. No evidence of any graves.
This cemetery was indexed on February 21, 1981 by Tony Collett and Kyle Townsend.
Located on the farm formerly owned by William (Buck) Baker off old 69N in the Cozette community. Hard to locate, condition poor and not used anymore. Probably Baker.
Baker, E. P., June 15, 1820-Sept. 11, 1843, "Wife of B. G. Baker"
(At the time of her death the spot where she was buried was the garden. She was Emily P. Baker, was Hendrix before marriage. According to the local legend, Mrs. Baker died with smallpox and her husband bad to bury her by himself. Neighbors assisted in digging the grave, but were afraid to go near the deceased. This was B. G. Baker's first wife, he and his second wife are buried in the Baker graveyard.)
1 marker has been removed. This was the son of Ben G. & E. P. Baker according to a Mr. Earl Miller who gave us directions on the location of the graves. Goodspeed's History, page 881 gives story on B. G. Baker's family, one son-Horton Howard Baker was a Lt. in the CSA after Shiloh, came home and died 2 days after his arrival. Could the grave where the stone has been removed be his? If so, the UDC would gladly erect a marker.
1 grave sandstone marker.
TOTAL 3 graves
This cemetery was indexed by Blancbe Tuten and Margarett Alexander on December 19, 1977. Thanks to Mr. W. O. Baker who most graciously assisted us arid walked the 1½ miles to and from the graveyard. Without his help, the location of this graveyard would have been impossible.
[HTML editor's note: This unnamed cemetery here is called Hill-Johnson.]
[HTML editor's note: The unnamed cemetery here actually has two names: Smith Cem. on the U.S.G.S. Holladay quadrangle and Haynes Cem. on the Tennessee Department of Transportation road map for Decatur County.]
(W. F. Brigance Property)
Located on Highway 100 West, 4½ miles from courthouse in Decaturville on left of highway to Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Brigance's home. About a 5 minute walk from their house is evidence of two graves. Mr. & Mrs. Brigance were told by Mrs. Brigance's father, the late Tom Wright, and her uncle, the late Will Davis, there were two graves there. There was an old house on this place called the Barbara Blue house, also a spring referred to as the Barbara Blue Spring. Would anyone recognize this name? Does it have any meaning? Mr. & Mrs. Brigance have owned this property for 30 years, it is part of the Holley farm (A. B. Holley was the father of Norma Story and Ruby Martin.)
Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Brigance for walking to the graves with me. Mr. Brigance thinks he has been told a man and his wife were buried there.
TOTAL 2 graves
This cemetery was indexed by Margarett Alexander on December 26, 1977.
NOTE: I interviewed Mr. & Mrs. Marion Pratt, residents of Decatur County Manor in Parsons. They recall a man by the name of Jeff Barber living at the Barbara Blue place.
Located on the Dr. Luna farm on Highway 69 south from Decaturville.
E. J. G. (foot marker)
Haley, Sarah K., Jan. 31, 1830-Oct. 2, 1843, "Dau. of E. K. Haley"
Laster, ______, d. Oct. 29, 1900, age 1 yr 2 mos, "Son of W. M. & H. J. Laster"
Mallard, Lennei, d. June 26, 1937, age 78 (not broken)
Pettigrew, Anner Belle, d. July 3, 1898, aged 14 yrs 5 mos 14, "Dau. of John Pettigrew"
Stegald, Absalom, Oct. 14, 1773-Sept. 15, 1845
At least 8 graves marked with sandstone rocks.
TOTAL 14 graves
This cemetery was indexed on March 17, 1977 by Margarett Alexander. According to Weldon Welch, it is called the Scott Graveyard.
This graveyard is about 3 miles from Decaturville on Highway 69 south on a big hill in a very beautiful location. All rocks are broken but one. .Cows are in the graveyard since it isn't fenced. Much growth. A special thanks to Mrs. Opal Kelley, who lives nearby, for serving as my guide. She states having seen many more rocks in the past than we were able to locate today.
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