#120 Palmore Cemetery-Now Known as Palmore-McDowell

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Rockvale Quadrangle:  2 miles west of Almaville and 3/4 mile north of Spanntown Road.  At end of long farm road.  Cemetery is located on the McDowell Place owned by Horner on Spanntown Road in the 4th Civil District of Rutherford County, TN.
Photographed by Pauline Arnold

According to Pauline, the cemetery is run down, some of the stones were removed and lost.  The ones that are left can’t be read from the erosion of the stones.

Laura McDowell, whose mother and father lived on the place remembers some of the names that were on the stones and said at one time there were twenty to thirty stones.  This is an attempt to recreate the cemetery.  Some information also comes from Mike Young of Hendersonville, TN.  He gave directions to the cemetery as they were given to him by Lula Fain and Herman Major on 10 Mar 1996.  He said he found 22 tombstones written in script and at least 12 to 13 other hand carved tombstones with emblems, but no inscriptions.

On 08 Feb 1998, Pauline received additional information from Mrs. Laura McDowell Toombs through her daughter Peggy Toombs Hayes.

Anyone who might have pictures from this cemetery can let me know  and I will add them.

Luiza Palmore


04 Apr 1893

Wm. Palmore

01 Oct 1804 (cemeteries book says 01 Dec 1908)

02 Dec 1890 (cemeteries book says 21 Dec 1890)

Joseph Heaton



Mary "Molly" Adams Heaton



wife of Joseph Heaton

McDowell Infant

son of Henry Armstrong McDowell and Etta Lou Hawkins McDowell

14 Sep 1920

14 Sep 1920

Laura Palmore McDowell wife of Lee Andrew McDowell

no dates

Lee Andrew McDowell

son of Lucinda "Lizzie" Elizabeth Heaton McDowell

Jun 1859

12 Feb 1934

Annie Lovan Toombs

infant daughter of Thomas Bennett and Laura McDowell Toombs

06 Feb 1936

06 Feb 1936

Note from Teresa:  It is a terrible shame that all we have of a nice old cemetery like this is memories.  It is for this reason that Jeff and I started photographing cemeteries and putting them online.  Anyone who would like to adopt a cemetery can photograph it and email the pictures to me at GenerationGoneBy@bellsouth.net


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