Old City Cemetery

Located on Waterloo St. in Lawrenceburg, TN.  The property for the cemetery was deeded to the City of Lawrenceburg in 1852 by Noah Parker, although there was a burial ground located on this site prior to this time and many burials were before this date.  The earliest known marked grave dates back to 1835.  The following list was taken from the records of the Works Progress Administration Historical Records Project (a copy of which can be found at the Lawrence County Archives).  When the "At Rest" Cemetery Records were compiled in 1966 by Carrie Gresham and Irene Alexander, there were very few markers left and some tombstones were broken and scattered.  The WPA records state that "There are 100 graves with legible markers, 9 illegible, 17 fieldstones, and an estimated 225 unmarked graves. The cemetery is in fair condition."  When visited again for an update in 1983, some additional markers were found and have been included.  

In February of 2004, Jason Goodrich, local Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander, and the staff of the Lawrence County Archives visited the cemetery with Nick Fielder, TN State Archaeologist, in order to determine the boundaries of this cemetery and locate the unmarked graves.  As stated above there are hundreds of unmarked graves; the stones for many of the marked graves have deteriorated almost beyond reading.  Others are broken or laying down and are in desperate need of repair. The graves of two families are enclosed by concrete walls and one family plot has a wrought iron fence around it. The fence is in need of repair and painting; the concrete enclosures need cleaning and restoring as many are crumbling (especially the columns); all gravestones need cleaning  Several of the above ground false crypts have either caved in or are broken. The local SCV cleaned the stones and some of the walls, mended a few of the stones.

Contributed by Kathy Niedergeses      email: lcarchives@lorettotel.net

Adams, Joseph E. Johnson, son of J. G. & N. A.  d. 19 Sept. 1878  3 yrs., 20 mos., 19 days. (wrong - see Johnson)
Arrington, Samuel   d. 18 Aug. 1861

Barnes, John William  21 July 1845 - 22 Aug. 1845  (In Memory of)  "He took the cup of life to sip For bitter 'twas to dream; He put it meekly from his lip And went to sleep again."
Barnes, Amanda Tennie, dau. of R. E. & M. F. E.  12 Sept. 1855 - 19 Oct. 1859
Barnes, Leonidas M., son of R. E. & M. F. E.  16 Aug. 1845 - 22 Mar. 1846 (In Memory of)

Baucom, C.  -   no dates

Beckham, Clarence R., son of A. B. & L. M.  12 Mar. 1878 - 31 Mar. 1881
Beckham, Edward Leonard, son of A. B. & L. M.  20 Mar. 1875 - 25 May 1881  6 yrs., 25 days

Bentley, Daniel   d. 6 Apr. 1860     age 60 yrs.
Bentley, Matilda A., wife of Daniel  d. 18 Oct. 1862  49 yrs.
Bentley, Leonidas M.  27 Oct. 1825 - 22 June 1862
Bentley, Martha A., wife of Leonidas M.  d. Mar. 1860  age  (?)  (In Memory of)
Bentley, Milton L.  19 Mar. 1829 - 3 Nov. 1860
Bentley, L. Mino  26 May 1823 - 11 Mar. 1878 born & died in Lawrenceburg, TN  "Our loved one is not dead only sleepeth, a friend of the poor, he fell at his post.  Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
Bentley, Mrs. Araminta T. (Arrington), consort of L. Mino was born 18 June 1824 - 27 Jan. 1856 (In Memory of)
Bentley, Alonzo  Inf. son of L. Mino & A. T.  10 Nov. 1853 - 19 Nov. 1853 (In Memory of)
Bentley, Samuel A. J.  son of L. Mino & A. T.  7 Dec. 1855 - 14 Feb. 1856
Bentley, Jeremiah, Inf. son of L. Mino & A. T.   was born 9 Oct. 1852 & died on the same day  (In Memory of)
Bentley, Ferd F.  d. 16 Nov. 1856  (In Memory of)  (stone box with name C. Baucom on top)
Bentley, Daniel  (no dates, this is not the same Daniel Bentley as the one who died in 1860, as this grave is by the Harvey lot.)

Bradshaw, Idalette G., dau. of J. N. & A. J.   b. & d. 9 Jan. A. D. 1851   3 mos., 14 days  "It is well"  2
Kings 4:26   (In Memory of)
Buchanan, W. J. (tombstone shows no dates or inscription, but it is probable that his wife is also in the walled-up enclosure.)
Cannon, Sallie E.  4 Oct. 1847 - 10 Nov. 1861   (stone fallen)
Cannon, Dora A., dau. of J. D. & N. J.  16 Jan. 1881 - 9 Nov. 1882  
Carden, J. L. O.  d. 23 Jan. 1915    42 yrs.  "Thy trials ended, they rest is won."
Carrell, Wm. Asa, son of S. A. & M. F.   2 Mar. 1861 - 23 Aug. 1885
Cavnor, Rosa, dau. of J. D. and M. J. Cavnor  16 Jan. 1851 - 9 Nov. 1882  1 yr., 9 mos., 23 days  "Sleep on sweet
baby, and take thy rest, God called thee home, he thought it best."

Chaffin, Jackson Columbus, consort of Sue born 7 Aug. 1836 - departed this life 10 Jan. 1882  "The Lord giveth and
the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."  (Erected by his devoted wife and daughters.)
(Note: Four unmarked sunken graves next to this one.)

Chisholm, James E. B., son of Rufus & Emeline T.  d. 4 Sept. 1856  13 yrs., 7 mos., 17 days
Cleggett, Lucy Bentley, colored  b. 1840 - d. 20 Aug. 1897  She was faithful to every duty. (There could possibly be
L. Joy b. 1848)
Crook, Mary H., wife of Z. V.  4 Mar. 1839 - 21 Mar. 1885
NOTE: Crook, Z. V. (Zerrubbabel V.), 2 Apr 1843 - 7 May 1912 is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Maury Co., TN in their special Civil War Veterans section. 
Davis, Cecil  18 Nov. 1860 - 25 Aug. 1889  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
Davis, Dora  3 Mar. 1885 - 4 Dec. 1886
Davis, Asariah P.  29 July 1811 - Sept. 1886
Davis, Rebecca C. Hardwick  b. 28 Apr. 1815 - 14 Oct. 1896
Davis, Martha (Mattie), wife of Samuel A.
(Note: The four last four above Davis graves are unmarked.  Information give by Mrs. Walter Locke, Sayre, OK from Bible records of her family.)
Deavenport, T. D.  18 Sept. 1837 - 11 Feb. 1889 "His memory is blessed." 
Deavenport, Mrs. Amanda F.  Sacred to the Memory of my Sister who departed this life March 25, 1863  "Dear
Sister thou'rt gone to rest, To dwell forever with the blest, Yet again we hope to meet when the storm of life has fled; In Heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell tears are shed."  (Stone put up by Morris & Bro. Pulaski, TN.)  (Note: Amanda  F. Deavenport was a Finch, and wife of T. D.)
Dillahunty, Louis  12 June 1845 - 20 Dec. 1895
Duncan, Nancy, consort of John  15 Oct. A. D. 1802 - 4 Apr. A. D. 1840  (Sacred to the Memory of)
Estes, Ernest (colored)  died October 26, 1918 at the age of 23 years, 5 months and 12 days (unmarked)
Evans, William W., Sr.  b. May 1797 - d. 11 Aug. 1844  b. Russell City, VA
Evans, William W., Jr.  b. 10 Oct. 1836 - 31 Mar. 1856  (In Memory of)
Evans, George W.  16 May 1829 - 6 Oct. 1847  (In Memory of)
Evans, Lt. Berry W.  3 Tenn. Regt. b. 6 Apr. 1839 - accidentally killed at Camp Trousdale, TN 16 Aug. 1861
Evans, Cynthia C., dau. of Wm. W. & Cynthia  17 Apr. 1841 - 5 Nov. 1841 (In Memory of)
Franks, Alice   17 Oct. 1923 - 25 Jan. 1925
Gaither, Sarah  E.  11 Aug. 1827 - 5 Aug. 1893 
Gaither, Sophiah Matilda, dau. of of John S. & S. E. 17 May 1849 - 30 Sept. 1850  1 yr., 1 mo., 13 d (In Memory of)
Garrett, Our Baby Little Joe  inf. son of J. W. & Alice  2 may 1885 - 13 Oct. 1885  5 mos., 11 days
Gilmore, Mattie L., dau. of J. M. & P. E.  27 Nov. 1871 - 28 Aug. 1886
Gilmore, Willie E., son of J. M. & P. E.  10 Dec. 1876 - 17 Apr. 1881
Hagan, Susan R., dau. J. A. & M. A. Hagan  28 Nov. 1849 - 27 Oct. 1851  
Hancock, Florence, wife of Noah, dau. of G. H. & Sarah E. Nixon  4 Mar. 1857 - 16 Dec. 1902  (Headstone lying
down in 2004.)  "Gone to live with the angels."
Hancock, Thomas Nixon  8 Sept. 1884 - 29 Mar. 1925, son of Noah and Florence Hancock
Herbert, Thomas D., son of Dr. C. L. & N. J.  23 Aug. 1849 - 13 Sept. 1852 "Suffer little children to come unto me
and forbid them not, for as such is the Kingdom of God."
Hendley, Mrs. Lula Bentley   (This is an unmarked grave now; information given by Mrs. Walter Locke, Smyrna, OK
from Bible records of her family in 1966.)
Hill, Daniel C., son of D. C. & M. J.   22 May 1885 - 27 July 1886 (At top of stone) "To bloom in Heaven"
Horn, Mary Lillian   d. 17 June 1874  age 7 mos.
Horne, Inf. son of G. P. & W. S.   d. 5 Aug. 1876
Horne, Anna Mable, dau. of G. P. & W. S.  d. 25 Oct. 1881  16 mos.  (Top of monument broken in 2004)
Hughes, Richard Ellis, Inf. son of G. T. & L. B.   d. 4. Apr. 1870
Johnson, Edward Reece   b. 2 Feb. 1844 - d. 15 Dec. 1912
Johnson, Gretchen Janette   25 Sept. 1913 - 15 Aug. 1914
Johnson, Malinda S./B., wife of E. R.   1 May 1842 - 2 Apr. 1880
Johnson, Joseph E. Johnson, son of J. G. & N. A. Adams Johnson   d. 19 Sept. 1878  aged 3 yrs., 10 mos., 19 days
(This death was recorded in "At Rest: Cemetery Records of Lawrence County" as Adams, Joseph E. Johnson, son of J. G. & N. A., but the marker says the last name is Johnson.) 
Kelsey, James Albert  31 Mar. 1866 - 3 Jan. 1898  31 yrs., 9 mos., 3 days
Kelsey, Bertie Franklin  17 Aug. 1873 - 14 Sept. 1891  18 yrs., 27 days
Kirk, William J.   26 Dec. 1811 - 10 Nov.  (no year)
Kirk, Mrs. Nancy G., consort of William P.  29 Aug. 1805 - 20 Aug. 1849
Love, Mathew, b. in Tyrone Co., Ireland, Sept. 1779 - 16 Oct. 1849
Love, William A. - no date   (this is an unmarked grave beside the above)
Luker, Minerva  20 Mar. 1827 - 31 Jan. 1887  about 60 yrs.
Matthews, Thomas J.  21 Nov. 1798 - 31 July 1836 (His obituary in the August 1846 Academist Newspaper states
he died at the age of 47 in 1846.) 
Matthews, Mattie Leslie, Inf. dau. of B. F. & I. V.  13 Oct. 1857 - 3 Dec. 1858
Matthews, Jennie Finch, Inf. dau. of B. F. & I. V.  6 Sept. 1860 - 9 June 1861
(Unmarked grave enclosed by wire next to above)
McCarston, Sophronia, wife of Stephen, and dau. of Jo & A. F. Tarkington  24 Mar. 1831 - 30 Apr. 1853
Meek, Robert M.   b. in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.  5 Nov. 1858 - 10 May 1873
Meek, Francis H.    2 May 1857 - 16 Jan. 1866
Meek, Caroline J.   born in Giles Co., Tennessee  20 Apr. 1841 - 4 Sept. 1873
Meek, Mack Cooper   8 June 1862 - 26 Feb. 1890
Meek, Giles M.   25 Sept. 1820 - 19 Jan.  1880/6   (Tall double faced stone)
Meek, Laura A.   born in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  22 Oct. 1858 - 10 May 1872
Meek, Thomas B.   22 July 1866 - 9 Oct. - 9 Oct. 1867  
Meek, Laura   22 Oct. 1835 - 30 Jan. 1858  (same stone as Giles M.)
Miller, William F.   son of G. F. & Dora M.  24 July 1890 - 31 July 1890
Neely, Thomas D.   8 Jan. 1824 - 20 Dec. 1886
Neely, Mary W.   6 Oct. 1824 - 14 Mar. 1880
Nixon, George H.   d. 4 July 1887  64 yrs., 8 mos., 25 days  "I am ready to live or to die".  (On the side of his
          monument was: "His monument is rather in his public life distinguished by honest sobriety faithfulness
          undaunted courage and a will and energy which nothing baffled.  Geo. H. Nixon left the world better by having
          lifed in it.  He heared none of the responsibilities of an intensely active life.")  [Note: Col. George H. Nixon
          distinguished in the War of the Confederacy, had his early military experience as 1st Lt. of Co. B, 1st TN Inf.
          in the war with Mexico.  At the beginning of the War in 1861, he was holding a Federal office in the Territory
          of Nebraska by Appt. of President Buchanan.  resigning his position, he returned to Tennessee, and enlisted
          for duty, was elected Major, then Col. of the 48th Reg.  Col. Nixon was, also, one of the leaders in
          establishing the railroad through Law. Co.]
Nixon, Minnie B., dau. of G. H. & S. E. born in Brownsville, Feb.  27 Aug. 1860 - died 27 Mar. 1890 in Lawrenceburg,
Tenn.
Nixon, Augusta A., dau. of G. H. & S. E.  1843 - 31 Aug. 1881
Nixon, Our Little Joe, son of W. T. & E. G.  25 July 1879 - 19 Oct. 1888
Nixon, Henry,  son of Henry & Laura   16 June 1884-30 July 1886
Nymand, Georgianna, wife of Chas., dau. of Amelia & Geo. Pruitt   b. 16 Dec. 1864 - d. ??  (This is an unmarked
grave.  Information given by Mrs. Walter Locke, Sayre, OK.
Parkes, Joseph, born at Upton Forge, County Sallop, England  1 May 1806 - 18 Sept. 1880   Father
Parkes, Mary A., wife of Joseph.  Born at the Level Parish Kings Winford, Staffordshire, England  2 May 1812 - 16
Aug. 1879  Mother
Parker, Rhoda, consort of Noah  d. Feby 15, 1836 in the 49th yr. of her age (Sacred to the memory of)
Parker, Noah, Rev.   d. 13 Septr. 1856 in the 69th year of his age  (Sacred to the memory of)
Parker, Frances Mary, 2nd consort of Noah, who died Jany 11 1848 in the 44th year of her age. (Sacred to the
memory of)
Reagin, Leonora Parkes, born at New Roads, Staffordshire, England  29 May 1841 - 8 May 1878  (dau. of Joseph &
Mary Parkes)
Red, T. W., Rev. of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church who fell at his post 22 July 1890  "His life was short but
noble."
Rogers, W. J.  4 July 1838 - 4 July 1880  (top of stone broken in 2004)
Rogers, Willie, Leonard, Johnnie, children of W. J. & Mattie
Rose, Robert Henry, Judge  born in Burnswick Co., VA   2 Jan. 1810 - d. in Lawrenceburg, 25 Dec. 1891  "He lived
for the good of others."  (Grave beside this unmarked)  (Grave sunken in 2004)
Simonton, Minnie B. B., dau. of J. A. & M. E.   5 Aug. 1871 - 3 Oct. 1872}
Simonton, Jefferson O., son of J. O. & A. F.  6 June 1847 - 14 Oct. 1849
Sims, Carrie Leslie   22 June 1887 - 5 Aug. 1887  dau. of J. B. & Mannie
Slagle, Thomas A., husband of Narcissa  28 Dec. 1856 - 26 June 1887
Smith, Dora   4 July 1863 - 1 Jan. 1882  18 yr., 5 mos., 27 days
Smith, J. P., son of H. J. & M.  d. 7 Sept. 1884  3 mos., 18 days
Smith, G. W.  9 July 1814 - 15 Sept. 1835  (In memory of)
Smith, Fanny   b. 1780 - 29 Jan. 1856, wife of Francis   (In memory of)
Spence, Freddie   d. Aug. 21 1885  son of W. C. & M. E.  age 9 mos., 19 days
Spence, Mary   16 Apr. 1880 - 10 Aug. 1881  dau. of W. C. & M. E.  age 1 yr., 3 mos., 24 days
Stewart, Berry Evans, son of Dr.  D. M. & S. F.  born at Wayland Springs, Tenn.  16 Sept. - died at Lawrenceburg,
Tenn. 19 May 1875
Sullivan, 2 Inf. daughters of L. M. & S. E.   (no dates)
Tarkington Jefferson D.  son of J. O. & A. F. 6 June 1842 - 4 Oct. 1849
Tarkington, Neele S. Brown  26 July 1843 - 20 Aug. 1846  son of W. H. & P. A.
Turner, Mary Bettie, eldest dau. of W. H. P. & Minerva Turner 18 July 1853 - 1 Mar. 1868  14 yrs., 7 mos., 11 days
Turner, Emily Jane
, dau. of W. P. H. & Minerva Turner  3 Sept. 1855 - 13 Oct. 1857  (In memory of)
Turner, Ida Ann, dau. of W. P. H. & Minerva Turner  18 July 1857 - 29 Apr. 1858  (In memory of)
Turner, Charley, Inf. son of W. P. H. & Minerva Turner  14 Sept. 1864 - 25 Oct. 1864
Watts, Nathaniel N., son of W. M. & S. H.  25 Nov. 1880    23 yrs., 19 days
Williams, Jeanette Camelia Neely  b. 1862 - (unmarked grave; info given by  Mrs. Locke, Sayre,  OK) 
Woodward, Mattie Tom, dau. of Rev. T. H. & L. J.  d. 23 Nov. 1888  age 1 mo., 8 days.  (a footnote beside this has
letters "N. E. S.")

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