Emerson Cemetery

Lawrence County, TN

Directions to Emerson Cemetery:

From Summertown, take the Turnpike (Hwy. 240) traveling west. The cemetery is located a short piece (approximately 1/2 mile) east of the intersection of Barnesville Road and the Turnpike, on south side of the road on the farm of Gary Singleton at 1080 Turnpike Rd.

Descendants say that James Jackson Pennington was buried on the George White Place, which was the farm on which the Emerson Cemetery is located. George White was his son-in-law, having married Mr. Pennington's oldest daughter. Another of his older daughters married an Emerson. The Anny Emerson below may possibly be the mother of this son-in-law of Pennington. The family thinks that he was possibly living with his oldest daughter at the time of his death, so was buried on their farm. The information on the other two unmarked graves was given by Clarence White, another descendant of Mr. Pennington. There appeared to be quite a number of unmarked graves in this plot.

Anny Emerson, born AD 1785, died 1 Oct. 1852

Martha L. Emerson, born Oct 2 1847, died Oct 10 1855, Good 8 years and 8 days (*see note at end of listing.)

A. E. (no dates) (*possibly footstone for Anny Emerson)

James Jackson Pennington, born 8 Jan. 1819, died 6 Jan. 1885

"Sis" Pennington (no dates) dau. of James Jackson Pennington

Harvell Willshire, a boy from Maury Co. (no dates)

*Note: Martha L. Emerson, age 3, is listed in the household of R. J. Emerson, age 35, in 1850. Also in the household are William H., age 30; Nancy, age 26; Ann, age 65. Ann is the mother of R. J. and William H. Emerson. Nancy is the wife of William H. and Martha L. is most likely their child.

*Note: Margaret A. White, the widow of George White, and son, A. J. M. White, are living next door to the Emerson family in 1850 census of Lawrence County, TN.

Some information taken from "At Rest" Cemetery Book by Carrie Hardwick Gresham and Irene McBane Alexander; 1967.

*Notes added by Kathy Niedergeses

Thanks for Katie Singleton for her assistance.

Submitted by Kathy Niedergeses August 5, 2009

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