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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 (This is Samuel L., not the Samuel B. Arrington who served in the Civil War. The Civil War marker was placed on his grave in error.)|
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
|Baucom, C. - no dates|
Beckham, Clarence R., son of A. B. & L.
M. 12 Mar. 1878 - 31 Mar. 1881
Bentley, Daniel d. 6 Apr.
1860 age 60 yrs.
|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
|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
L. Joy b. 1848)
|Crook, Mary H., wife of Z. V. 4 Mar. 1839 - 21 Mar.
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.
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,
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.
Kirk, Mrs. Nancy G., consort of William P. 29 Aug. 1805 - 20 Aug. 1849
|Love, Mathew, b. in Tyrone Co., Ireland, Sept. 1779 - 16
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
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,
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
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
|Reagin, Leonora Parkes, born at New Roads, Staffordshire,
England 29 May 1841 - 8 May 1878 (dau. of Joseph &
|Red, T. W., Rev. of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
who fell at his post 22 July 1890 "His life was short but
|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
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
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.,
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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