#130 Kerr Cemetery

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Lascassas Quadrangle 3/4 of a mile north of Sharpsville Church.  Located on the of hill of Guy James’ farm in 1970’s cemetery book.

Photographed by Linda Matchett lmatch2005@gmail.com




G. W. Kerr

03 Feb 1813 (cemetery book says 21 Feb 1813)

25 Jul 1870


Hugh Kerr

13 Apr 1850

18 Nov 1893 (cemetery book says 1898)


William Kerr

27 Mar 1854

09 Feb 1898



The cemetery as it was when Linda photographed it.



Leo W. Hutchison

PVT 45 Tenn Inf CSA

22 Feb 1940

11 Jun 1843




Sarah Kerr (wife of G. W. Kerr)

28 Aug 1819

15 Oct 1885

John Gambril Cemetery

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John Gambril Cemetery Smyrna Quadrangle.

Photographed by Jeff and Teresa Elliott October 2015

This cemetery was very difficult to find.  We stopped at many houses, but they kept sending us to other easier to find cemeteries in the area. To find this cemetery, you need a GPS enabled device and this GPS coordinate for the cemetery: 35 55’53.55″N 86 36’20.14″W

There are many ways to get to this cemetery, but we followed Rocky Fork Road to Caitlin Trail.  At the very end of Caitlin Trail is a trail that goes off into the road, shown here:


Follow this trail until it runs out in the middle of the wooded area. Here is where you will need your GPS.  Luckily cell coverage in this area is extremely good and you should be able to follow your GPS through the woods fairly easily. We visited in Mid October and you can see the forest wasn’t over grown.  Summer time might be harder. There were lots of rose bushes scattered in this area, so at one time, it  may have been cleared off.


Once you come out of the woods, you will be on the TVA  easement for gas pipe line.  You will follow this TVA pipe line across the field shown, around a corn patch (at least we did) and up that HUGE hill. Cemetery is almost to the top of the hill on right just inside wood line.  We saw several signs that hunters use this area, so dress brightly and be very careful!


Cemetery as it looked in October 2015.



View from cemetery looking back at corn field.




This is John’s tombstone. We moved it into the light and took a picture enumerated below. This is where we found the original, leaning against this tree.  You can see that the stone has broken off it’s base.  My guess is the base was about where this tree now stands, based on his foot stone.


Hannah (Rainey)

second wife of Jno. Gambill



(Author’s note:  John married Hannah Rainey on 10 Apr 1834 in Rutherford County, TN.  They were married by Jacob Payne, J. P.)



J. K. Bennett
consort of J. M. Bennett (could be T. M.)

(Author’s note:  I have no idea who J. K. Bennett was. As far as I know, she was not a family member.  Thomas Bennett owned the Blacksmith Shop next door to the Gambills and this may be part of his family.)


Amazing view from the cemetery looking out over the valley surrounding the knob.


John Gambril  (Author’s note: Son of Bradley and Susannah Gambill)

22 Dec 1774 (some records have 1771, but I believe the last number is a 4 based on military records and the spacing between the 7 and 4.  It appeared to be a 4 on the stone as well.)

11 Jun 1843


Sarah Gambill  (Author’s note:  This is Sarah Kimbro (Kimbrough), daughter of William Kimbrough and Elizabeth Gooch)  She and John are my 4th great grandparents.

29 Mar 1777

24 Jun 1832

Sarah and John Gambill were married 01 Nov 1798 in Davidson County, TN.

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There may be other burials in this cemetery. These were the only actual stones we saw while we were there. This cemetery was not enumerated when the 1970 cemetery books were done.  My guess is it was lost to time until TVA cleaned off for their easement.


Another amazing view from the cemetery looking out over the valley below.  It is likely that the Gambill house was very near this location as it looked out over the entire valley below.




We found this field stone and a matching foot stone in the cemetery. Since we know John Gambill bought part of his father’s farm before Bradley’s death, we wondered if perhaps this stone marked the grave of Bradley or Susannah Gambill, John’s parents.



Matching footstone to head stone above.

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This is me standing about halfway down the hill to give perspective of just how far a hike it is up to the cemetery.

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Cleared off area just up the hill from the cemetery that may have been the original home site. 



We had to wonder if these large stones were part of the original home site, or just naturally occurring.  If the original home sat here, it had a 360 degree view of the valley below and John and/or Bradley could have viewed their entire plantation from the front porch of the home.  If I owned the land, it’s where I would want my house to be, that’s for sure! 



The following is a transcription of John Gambill’s will written in Rutherford County, TN:

I, John Gambill do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made.
First I direct that my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible and the very few out of any money that I may die possessed of or that may come into the hands of Executors.
Second, I loan to my wife Hanna one hundred acres of land Beginning at my southeast corner near Thos. Bennett, Black Smith shop thence west for enough to include the fields on each side of my land and 20 poles farther thence north sufficiently far to include my cotton field even if said bounds should contain more than 100 acres thence east to my eastern Boundary thence south to the beginning with the privilege of getting timber south of said land if then (with all the building and my mill contional 
[sic] is not sufficient on it this lane to be void so soon as my wife Hannah marries or dies or \[can’t read\] that in as much as I paid for her two hundred and nine dollars after our marriage that she shall refund or pay said money to my estate at her death and the acceptance of this will shall guarantee the payment of said money also I loan to her one horse wither Charlie or Kit two cows and calves two sows and pigs 5 ewes two set of cups and saucers two set of plates a set of knives and forks and 3 dishes a half dozen chairs a table one pot one skillet one ven and 2 pair of hooks.  Also I confirm our marriage contract that is to say she shall have to dispose of as she pleases at her death one negro man named Ted and one named Davy one negro woman named Fanny and her children Booker and Alfred and increase, one cupboard two beds and bedsteads and all the bed cloths she bought here one chest and two trunks one hundred dollars in money and her full years provisions for the next year but there is to be interruption of the making or saving the crop the years provisions to consist of one hundred Barrels of corn fifteen hundred pounds of Pork 20 bushels of wheat 50 # of coffee 100 # sugar and a barrel of salt.
Third, I give and bequeath to each of my children in the manner following or their heirs one equal share or portion of my estate of the heirs of Charlott Hall, Elizabeth Lovel, John K. Gambill, Kiziah Brown, William Gambill, Frances Dyer, Martha Hatfield, James T.  Gambill heirs of May Rogers, John Pope, George W. Gambill
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Lovel and her heirs the tract of land on which she now lives believing that it will only make her equal to the rest of my children in a division already made not to be taken into the division of this will with all the property of mine on said premises and I appoint my son William her trustee to take charge of said property and also her portion as legatee to manage for her benefit and at her death descend to her children.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my grand son Thomas Rogers son of Mary Rogers decd. five hundred dollars in the the Nolensville turnpike stoke in lew
{sic] of any part of my land the balance of one share to the made out in money and in case of his death without heirs the property or bequeath to return to my estate and I authorize my Executors to act as Guardians for him his share in not to extend to division already made.
Sixthly, all that part of my estate devised to Martha Hatfield and James T. Gambill shall go into the hand of Wilie Brown who I appoint their trustee to manage and control for their benefit and at their death to descend to their heirs.
Seventh, I appoint John Hall trustee for my daughter Jane Pope with the power of managing and controlling said property for her benefit and at her death said property to go her children.
Eighth, wither of my children that is dissatisfied with their trustees may change said trustee by confirming to law or applying to court and if the same drawn does not suit the situation of the the legatees the trustee by the consent and joint conveyance of the legatee may change or sell said share but nothing in this contained shall excuse said trustees from giving bound as provided by law;
Ninth my land at home shall be equally divided among all my legatees except T. Rogers; according to quality and quantity the school tract of land by R. Halls and the Puckett tract together may be divided into shares to suit the number of my legatees also excerpt T.  Rogers.  In the
[illegible] on that is to be made among my children notes and amounts which I have against them are to be taken into the amount and I nominate and appoint  D. R. Gooch George \[illegible\]  William Allen Jas S. Smith and Robert Cook to make the division of the land.
Tenth for the purpose of making an equal division amount my legatees I direct my slaves to be sold to the highest bidder with all other property of mine which I have not heretofore disposed of on a credit of twelve months.
Eleventh all the perishable property I have loaned to my wife shall be valued to her and paid back to my estate at her death Lastly I do hereby  nominate and appoint my son William H. B. Gambill David R. Gooch and James S. Smith my Executors in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this 16 May 1845 My Executors are not to be ruled to security.
[his X mark]Gambill
May 19th 1843

#75 Gambill Cemetery

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LaVergne Quadrangle:

On Hobson Pike Left side approaching I-24 On a hill just before reaching entrance to Interchange City.  Well fenced. William Hamilton Benjamin Gambill was the son of John and Sarah Kimbro (Kimbrough) Gambill.  When he died, Bradley gave each child a portion of his estate and it is possible that this cemetery is on W. H . B. Gambill’s portion.

Photographed by Jeff and Teresa Elliott 2015


W. H. B. Gambill (William Hamilton Benjamin Gambill, son of John and Sarah Kimbro (Kimbrough) Gambill)

24 Sep 1810

02 Aug 1893 (Cemetery book has 1898)



Same as above


Mary H . Gray

wife of W. H. B. Gambill

14 Sep 1811

06 Sep 1885




Ben Stuart Gambill

son of Charles and Annie W. Gambill

02 Oct 1879

09 Dec 1950


Ben Gambill

14 Feb 1871

19 Sep 1934


Benajah G. Gambill

10 Mar 1837

15 Jun 1853


Martha J. Gambill

26 Jun 1849

01 Apr 1865


Infant Daughter of

R. L. & Beuce L. Gambill

28 Aug 1899

30 Aug 1899


HIs following children are buried here:
Ewing Johnson Irvin

Mary Agnes and James Gambill

Rosa B. Gambill

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Charles Hill Gambill

01 Sep 1846

21 Aug 1919

Erected by Rosa B. Gambill


stone of Issac T. Gambill

Jan 1857

01 Dec 1869

Not photographed:

Angie Gambill

09 Jul 1926

10 Aug 194

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Stairwell leading up to cemetery.  Cemetery is fenced but needs a good cleaning.

#16 Bennett Cemetery

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Smyrna Quadrangle: 

On Rocky Fork-Nolenville Road. 1/3 mile east of Williamson County line.  250 feet sout of road on the end of a steep sloping ridge in back yard of house.  According to the 1970 cemetery book, there were no trees and most stones down and the was a part of an iron fence standing. There are now a few trees, and the fence is missing.  Cemetery in back yard of house and very well kept.

Photographed by Jeff and Teresa Elliott 2015

Joseph Montgomery Bennett

15 Dec 1830

17 Jun 1900


Mary G. (2nd wife of J. M. Bennett)

28 Jul 1836

13 Apr 1883


Maggie Kate Bennett

27 Jul 1884

13 Sep 1908



Benjamin Watson Bennett

17 Jan 1854

25 Sep 1906


Ann C. Shelton

wife of L. W. Shelton

29 Sep 1833

31 Mar 1905


Lindon W. Shelton

29 Sep 1896

02 Oct 1926


Carrie Bell Shelton

26 Jan 1874

14 Jun 1946

William Thomas Shelton

29 May 1860

02 Jul 1928


This stone was impossible to read:  Could be one of the sand stone markers mentioned in the cemetery book.

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Overview of cemetery. You can see that there are room for many unmarked graves in cemetery.


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#26 Brown Cemetery-Additional Information

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I received an email from Marshall Brown [whynotus@comcast.net] with additional information on the #26 Brown Cemetery. We first blogged about it here: #26 Brown Cemetery

All information and images copyright Marshall Brown

He told me that John Brown’s full name was John W. Brown, the owner of Brown’s Mill.  His father, John Thomas Brown (1761-1849) was a Revolutionary War veteran (1780-81) who was born in Lunenburg County, VA, and fought under Gen Gates.  In his 1833 pension application he states that his land is worn out and while some of his children are already in Tennessee, the remainder will travel with him to resettle there.  Those children  were Grechson, Thomas, Lucretia (Weatherford), Gerusha (Pully), John W., Margaret, William R., Richard, Marthina and Nancy.  Other individuals that married his children and made the trip include the Osbornes, Weatherfords, Lowry (or Loughry) and Pully.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the unknown graves are those of John W. and his family members.

Maragret Gilliam

MARGARET GILLIAM (married 20 Nov 1830 in Wilson, TN per marriage bonds)

B. 14 Jul 1805, North Carolina (per marriage bonds)

D. 16 Aug 1867



Additional Family Information:

LUCINDA (or LUCRETIA per 17 Feb 1824 wedding registry) R. WEATHERFORD (Maiden name BROWN, sister of JOHN W. BROWN, owner of Browns Mill)

B. 1790, Lunenburg County, VA

D. 27 Aug 1872

JOHN W. BROWN (owner of Brown’s Mill)

B. 17 Feb 1824, Lunenburg County, VA

D. 15 Sep 1876

PAUL KERR (Father of THOMAS ERNEST KERR, husband of VERGIE BROWN) (VERGIE was the great grand daughter of JOHN THOMAS BROWN who was JOHN W. BROWN’S brother)

B. 1855

D. 1925

ADRIANA ANDRA LOUGHRY (Wife of J.N. LOUGHRY.  Maiden name BROWN, daughter of John W. Brown & Margaret Gilliam)

B. 22 Sep 1834, Rutherford County, TN

D. 10 OCT 1877


B. 3 Oct 1872, Rutherford County, TN

D. 10 Jun 1895

J. N. LOUGHRY (Taught at Lascassas Academy and minister of Presbyterian Church)

B. 28 Mar 1826, Blairsville, PA

D. 11 Oct 1896


B. 2 Nov 1857

D. 30 Jul 1898


B. 2 Jun 1883

D. 9 Jan 1902


B. 30 Sep 1866

D. 8 Aug 1889

MARGARET GILLIAM (married 20 Nov 1830 in Wilson, TN per marriage bonds)

B. 14 Jul 1805, North Carolina (per marriage bonds)

D. 16 Aug 1867


B.10 Jan 1852

D. 11 Aug 1857


And this folks is why we are here. Because you just never know when on stone turned face down will turn into a blog post with lots of new family information!  Thanks to Mark Brown for sending me this image. Copyright belongs to Mark so please contact him about use.

New Bethel AME Church Cemetery, AKA Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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This cemetery is located in the Eastern Quadrangle.   On FindAGrave, the cemetery is listed as New Bethel AME Church Cemetery but the sign posted in the cemetery says Mount Pleasant Cemetery.  Photographed by:  Patsy Paterson

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The cemetery as it appeared on April 17, 2009

Johnnie Mai Akins
Johnnie Mai Akins


 Sept. 1, 1932 – June 10, 2003



Sarah L. Alsup

Feb. 16, 1906 – Aug. 30, 1984

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Wardell Alsup, Sr.

July 12, 1932 – Nov. 8, 2002

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Wayman Luster Alsup, Jr.

1927- 2003

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Reb. Wayman Alsup, Sr.

Feb. 16, 1905 – Nov. 16, 1975

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Addie Lee Bass

June 21, 1949 – May 14, 1996


Cicero Batey

March 8, 1907 – May 5, 1982


Johnny Beard

Jan. 1, 1939 – Sept. 2, 1963


Bettie Miller Bright, wife of John Bright

June 7, 1888 – Aug. 2, 1914

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Hillard A Brown, Jr.

Feb. 1, 1939 – July 9, 1993

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Janice E. Brown

March 27, 1961 – Sept. 8, 2005


John (Bruce) Buchanan

1879 – 1944

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Jerry L. Chaney, Jr.

Aug. 4, 1982

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Addie Mary Claybrooks

June 28, 1932 – Sept. 14, 2006


Clarence W. Claybrooks

Nov. 21, 1927 – July 6, 1971


Elder Sallie Clemmons

March 22, 1900 – March 28, 1988


Charlie Evans

Jan. 27, 2000


Charlie Fagan

May 6, 1881 – Nov. 27, 1965


Jasper Newton Fagan

May 31, 1913 – Nov. 19, 1983


Mildred Fagan

April 11, 1912 – March 26, 1966


Amanda C. Frazier

Sept. 4, 1910 – March 8. 1995


Cicero Frazier

May 6, 1996


Emmett Garner

1975 – 1963


George S. Garner

Aug. 14, 1907 – July 15, 1921


Matthew A. Garner

Feb. 4, 1922 – March 28, 1998

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William E. Garner

Sept. 17, 1920 – June 28, 1986


Cindy Garner

Oct. 1, 1865 – Jan. 19, 1946


Booker Gilbreath

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Elmer Garner Green

1924 – 1977

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Freeland J. Green, Jr.

March 14, 1946 – Sept. 14, 1999


William Henry Green

July 19, 1932 – ??


Horace H. Halliburton

1874 – 1960


Katrina R. Harper

Feb. 16, 1959 – July 27, 1997


Charles (Chuckie) Hayes

August 6, 1964 – April 17, 1997

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Helen Green King

July 26, 1913 – May 22, 2002


Ira N. Knox, Inf. son of Ira & Carlice

March 2, 1984


Ike Lawrence

1881 – 1959


John McGuire


Fred McHenry, Sr.

Aug. 1, 1921 – Aug. 17, 1996

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Rev. W. G. Miller

Feb. 5, 1872 – May 30, 1955


Catherine Minter

May 3, 1856 – May 7, 1922

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George D. Osborne

Nov. 15, 1943 – Dec. 13 1994


Jerry L. Osborne, Jr.

1985 – 1987


Ricky Jawaski Osborne

Oct. 17, 1974 – June 2, 1999


Sally Osborne

Dec. 31. 1915 – July 1, 1986


Willie Osborne

July 16, 1945 – July 26, 1961


Winfred Osborne

July 16, 1903 – May 25, 1973


Bettie L. Osborne  1918 – 1952

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Willie J. Puckett, Sr.

July 8, 1949 – Dec. 4, 2007


Cleara Richardson

Dec. 22, 1940 – Nov. 29, 1982


Laura Robinson

Oct. 12, 1948


Cora Smith

1899 – 1966


Ethel G. Smith

Oct. 31, 1911 – Jan. 28, 2001


Robert G. Smith

Feb. 11, 1903 – Aug. 1, 1993


Gracie M. Sparks

Jan. 28, 1939 – Jan. 28, 1995

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Johnnie L. Strickland    Oct. 18, 1915 – Feb. 8, 1997

Obed Strickland   Sept. 14, 1908 – Sept. 14, 2000


Kevin D. Strickland

Oct. 15, 1965 – Dec. 12, 1975



Willie F. Strickland   March 1881 – ??

Idella Phillips   July 16, 1833 – June 25, 1927

thomas,dorothyDorothy Osborne

March 19, 1938 – Aug. 1, 1986


Nettie R. Townsend    1876 – 1958


Mrs. Josie Wade    1893 -1957


Lena Weatherly    May 24, 1994


Ulysses Williams

Oct. 25, 1927 – Feb. 17, 2002


Mattie Wright

1858 – Nov. 22, 1928

White Cemetery

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This cemetery is located in the Webbs Jungle Quadrangle.  It is located  on a farm in a field directly across from the Millersburg Church.   The cemetery is not listed in the Rutherford County Cemetery Book.   Photographed by:  Carol Robertson White



The cemetery and farm sign as it appeared on May 8, 2005