(Madison County, Tennessee)
Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1995


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On April 4, 1938 Mary E. Stovall and Mary W. Beatty read and copied the tombstones located in the Old Salem Cemetery. These cover pages 108 to 112 of the manuscript entitled, "Tennessee, Records of Madison County, Tombstone Inscriptions, Mrs. John T. Moore, State Librarian and Archivist, Works Progress Administration." As read:

[HTML Editor's Note: Jonathan Smith cut and pasted a reduced copy of the 1938 record when making his scrapbook manuscript. The material is rearranged slightly again in making the HTML file. Accuracy of 1938 page breaks noted below cannot be guaranteed.]



James T. Greer
May 5, 1822
Feb 14, 1859

Charles Lafayette Greer
July 30, 1834
Oct 25, 1852
Aged 23 yrs. 2 mo. 25 days
"None knew him but to love him"


Miss Mary E. Smith
Jan 18, 1835
July 29, 1854
19 Y. 6 M. 10 D.
(Inscription illegible)


Pleasant Theodore
Nov 14, 1845
"In the 8th Year of his age.


To the memory of Lucius, Son of Benj. R. & Emily E. Person
May 5, 1850
June 6, 1850


Pleasant, infant son of Alexander & Margaret Greer's
Born Nov. 3rd 1832
departed this life July 27, 1833
"Loving & beloved children
Your bodies sleep together in the dust
Your spirits mingle before his throne."




Alexander Greer
Born in Medenburg Co. N.C.
July 21, 1788
died Sept. 9, 1858
Aged 20 yrs. 5 mo. 18 days

(The two following graves are covered with concrete slabs, which bear the inscriptions. No headstones) /These are STONE not concrete. J.S./


To The Memory or Margret I. Greer
who departed this life January 22nd 1841
in tne 43rd year of her age.


To the Memory of
Susan H. Person, wno departed this life
Oct. 27, 1842
in the 23 year or her age.


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1938 Inscriptions, Page 109 continued


Camillus P. Greer
Aug 4, 1830
Feb 7, 1859


Charleos Lafayette, Son
of B. R. & Emily K. Person
Mar 18, 1857
May 19, 1859
Aged 2 yrs. 2 ms. 1 day

William Marshall, Son
of L. R. & K. K. Person
June 11, 1855
Nov 21 , 1859
Aged 4 yrs. 5 rns. 10 ds.
(This stone is fallen; almost
buried in ground).

(These twelve graves mentioned above are in one lot, enclosed in wrought-iron fence. These next four seem to be an addition, also fenced in. We discover that they mark the resting place of one Adam Huntsman and three wives).


In Memory of Elizabeth, wife
of Adam Huntsman
Died 7th Jan. 1843
Aged 33 Years.

In Memory of Sarah W., wife
of Adam Huntsman
Died Oct. 1825
Aged 33 Years

Third wife of Adam Huntsman
Born A.D. 1789
Died Dec. 4, 1858
Aged 69 Years

(The following grave, obviously the husband by initials on foot-marker, has the top of stone containing name broken off, leaving only dates and inscription).

Feb 11, 1785
Died Aug. 23, 1849
"Blessed are the Merciful
for they shall obtain mercy."

(This completes those fenced in lots)




In Memory of Thomas Burrus
Born in Sourry County, N.C.
June 23rd, 1791
Died February 28th, 1842
Erected by the bereaved wife Susan Burrus.


Mary Alice, Dau. of Cynthia J. & Wm. G. Smith
Dec 16, 1849
Dec 13, 1854


In Memory of William Franklin, Son
of Philip &. Nancy Warlick
June 22nd, l1820
Oct 5th, 1839

Nancy, wife of Philip Warlick
Born in London Co. Va.
Oct 11, 1799
Died in Carrol Co. Tenn.
Dec 19, l877

In Memory of Philip Warlick
Born in Lincoln County, N.C.
Nov. 50th, 1791
Died February 4th
Aged 47 Years 2 months 5 Days


This Stone marks the
resting place of
Little Estelle,
Daughter of Maj. J. E.
& Emma C. Mc Donald
Aug. 2, 1860
Nov. 6, 1863
(This Monument is entirely up-rooted,
leaning against a tree.)

In Memory of David Warlick
Born in Lincoln Cty. N.C.
Jan. 1st, 1800
Died May 14th, 1845

(This next grave with one more monument, appearing very old, only the base of which is left, completes this group).


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1938 Inscriptions, Page 110 continued:


In Memory of
Catherine Bevels, Consort
of Timothy P. Jones,
Daughter of Richard
& Sarah Fenner
Born in Franklin County, N.C.
January 6th, 1821
Died April 17, 1845
Member of the Episcopal Church

(This grave and the next are also covered with slabs, which were partly buried and entirely over-grown. They are obviously the only ones left of many in this group; signs of a brick wall and sunken earth show that there are other graves).

Sacred to the Memory of Atlas Jones
January 18th, 1782
November 17th, 1841
A native of Massachusetts.


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Thomas E. Garrett
and wife Susan R. Garrett

(Next to this large stone lie two small (about 4' slabs, joined without writing). These three graves are in a family lot about 15' by 2o'. It is badly over-grown but with low wall still intact).

Sacred to the Memory of Martha J.,
Consort of T. E. Garrett, a daughter
of Robert & S. L. Brown
Feb. 12, 1831
June 9, 1859
Aged 27 years, 3 mos. 16 ds.
"Farewell vain world I am going home
My Savior smiles and bids me come."

Here lies 2 infants of Thomas H.
& M. J. Garrett
"Suffer little children
to come unto me and forbid them not."


James Caldwell
Feb. 25, 1776
Mar. 10 1841


Gabriel Anderson
Born in Newberry District, S.C.
Feb. 15, 1774
Jan. 19, 1850


Jordan C. Holt
Born in Bedford Co. Tenn.
Dec. 25, 1822
Died in Madison Co. Tenn.
Oct. 8, 1851


Elizabeth Word
Born A.D. 1782
Died Apr. 6, 1860
Aged 78 Years


C. V. Lockard
July 1, 1852
Nov. 28, 1852


Mary A. Brown, Dau. of
Robert & Susan Brown
Sept. 8, 1836
Mar. 13, 1853
"It was an angel that
visited the green earth
and took a flower away"


Martha O. (or D.), wife
of W. B. Rainey
May 10, 1814
Mar. 29, 1840


Margreth Pavatt
Died Aug. 27, 1841
Aged 57 years


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1938 Inscriptions, Page 111 continued:


Elmina L. Betts
Dec. 9, 1322
Oct. 5, A.D. 1835
Aged 2 Y. 9 M. & 26 D.


In Memory of H. Rogers
Born ____ 16, 1778
Died ____ 10, 1842
(This stone is almost entirely gone; marker in half.)




Infant dau. of
Robert & Susan L. Brown
Born dead Oct. 13, 1841
"Budded on earth to bloom in heaven"

George Washington Brown, Son
of Robert & Susan L. Brown
May 14, 1848
July 7, 1848
"Sleep on, sweet babe, and
take thy rest, God called
thee home. He thought it best.
(They are side by aide)


M. E. Henderson
July 19, 1844
Oct 18, 1920


(Thin is a low walled-in lot, with graves caved in and overgrown with trees. There is a large, modern monument at one end of the lot, bearing above inscription. Lot about 12' by 20'.)


The typing is quite dim on the 1938 inscriptions pages but they merit presentation as representative of the tombstones in the cemetery in 1938.

      ATTENTION, — All who have friends or relatives buried at Salem Cemetery, three miles east of Jackson, are invited to meet there Thursday morning, 15th of May, by 8 o’clock, with spades, saws, hatchets and bandsaws, for the purpose of building a fence around the graveyard. Those that can't come in person, are requested to send a good hand to represent them. By order of the trustees,


WHIG-TRIBUNE, Jackson, May 10, 1873


Some of the editorial staff of the WHIG-TRIBUNE wrote in its October 14. 1871 issue of the old camp-meetings that "were always associated in our mind with potato pie, cold chicken. barbecued pig, and sweet cakes and well do we remember with what fondness we looked forward to those happy gatherings when a boy. The good old fashioned hospitality, the kindly smiles and cordial hand shakings with which all were greeted went a long way in those happy times bringing 'sinners to repentance.'"

In his book, THE HISTORY OF A COMMON SOLDIER OF THE ARMY LIFE IN THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 (published 1920), page 119, Leander Stillwell, who fought "at Salem," Dec. 1862, wrote that after the Federals had withdrawn towards Jackson, of which his unit (51st Illinois Inf.) was a part, "Reinforcements soon came out from Jackion and then the whole command advanced, but the enemy had disappeared. Our regiment marched in column by the flank up the road down which the Confederates had made their charge They had removed their dead and wounded, but at the point reached by their head of column, the road was full of dead horses."-Also page 116, "The cemetery /Salem/ was thickly studded with tall native trees and a few ornamental ones such as cedar and pine."

In a conversation with Malcolm D. Wilcox, Sept. 4, 1995, he told the writer (Smith) that the five grave-markers placed near the cemetery gate simply marked as "unknown" Confederates (C.S.A.), are placed as commemorative stones, indicating the sacrifice of Confederate losses at the military engagement at Salem Cemetery, December 19, 1862. As Stillwell noted in the quotation, above, from his book, the Confederates had taken advantage of the Federal haste and withdrawal (temporary as it was) to remove their dead and wounded. Any Federal dead would surely have been buried in the soldiers' cemetery located near the old Union University campus in Jackson (and the remains from that cemetery were removed after the war to an established federal cemetery in Mississippi).


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