Month: November 2009
This cemetery, also known as the Caffy Graveyard, is located in the Readyville Quadrangle on property owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Pitts. SE on Bradyville Pike, left on Murray Kittrell Road. On right side of road in stand of trees. Many fieldstone markers. Mr. and Mrs. Pitts are trying to clean the cemetery but need help from relatives of persons buried there. GPS coordinates 35.7803 -86.2461 Photographed by: Patsy Paterson email@example.com
The cemetery as it appeared on Nov. 21, 2009
J. N. Caffy Aug. 22, 1823 – Dec. 4, 1892
Mary H. Caffy, wife of J. N. Caffy
Sept. 1, 1832 – Dec. 16, 1869
Sarah N. Caffy Feb. 15, 1839 – Aug. 27, 1889
Charles L. Lowe, Son of William & Rody Lowe
March 18, 1821 – Dec. 13, 1824
Rody Lowe, Consort of William Lowe
Jan. 24, 1795 – Jan. 22, 1854
Col. William Lowe Aug. 20, 1797 – Oct. 6, 1863
Margaret M. Caffy McCrary, Wife of J. A. McCrary
Dec. 7, 1869 – Feb. 20, 1891
Dollie H. McFarlin, Wife of J. B. McFarlin, Married Nov. 12, 1884
Jan. 17, 1866 – Sept. 10, 1889
James Alma McFarlin Sept. 4, 1889 – March 4, 1890
David N. McGill, Son of David & Mary McGill
July 7, 1821 – July 18, 1830
Mary McGill, Consort of David McGill
March 17, 1787 – May. 19, 1818
Inside an iron fence area
F. A. McKnight 1835 – 1926
and wife Isabelle Caffy McKnight 1846 – 1921
Emmet E. Patrick, Son of J. R. & M. M. Patrick
Feb. 22, 1884 – July 27, 1884
Infant Daught of J. R. & M. M. Patrick
Aug. 31, 1886 – Sept. 10, 1886
Johnny Patrick, Son of J. R. & M. M. Patrick
Jan. 1, 1888 – April 28, 1888
Willie Patrick, Daughter of J. R. & M. M. Patrick
April 16, 1885 – Sept. 18, 1888
Dorthy Youree, Wife of James Youree
April 3, 1801 – March 3, 1893
Elizabeth Youree, Wife of F. H. Youree
Sept. 13, 1828 – Jan. 16, 1874
Listed in Rutherford County Cemetery Book but stones not seen by me:
Louisa M. Walkup Dec. 28, 1832 – Dec. 18, 1856
Broken stone- child of ___ & M. E. Youree
James Youree, Sr. May 15, 1797 – Sept. 8, 1845
Dorothy Youree Aug. 6, 1860 – June 10, 1893
Nancy S. Youree April 25, 1867 – Sept. 23, 1871
Listed on Caffy Graveyard Inventory but not seen by me:
Dorothy Youree Jan. 17, 1798 – April 3, 1831
So you can get to know the people who bring you cemetery pictures we are going to have a new feature called meet your photographer.
Today’s photographer-Patsy Paterson
What made you start photographing cemeteries? I started visiting cemeteries with my mom and grandmother when I was growing up. After starting research on mine and my husband’s family, I remembered those trips and thought I would like to have photos of those tombstones and see if they were still there because some were in very small cemeteries. Then I started taking photos of the stones around the family tombstones and wondering if they were relatives or if they were neighbors. At first I didn’t take photos of the whole cemetery but now try to do so whenever possible. Now this has morphed into me taking pictures of cemeteries where I don’t have any relatives buried that I know of. This happens on vacation, when I’m visiting or when someone sends me an email and asks can I take a photo of a tombstone that is in our county or close. I love photography and that seems to mesh with genealogy very well.
How many cemeteries have you photographed? I really don’t know how many cemeteries but I have about 12,000 photos that I have put on FindAGrave. All of the ones from Rutherford County are also on the Rutherford County blog.
What kind of camera do you use when you photograph cemeteries? I use a Canon 12 pixel Digital SLR.
What do you take with you when you photograph cemeteries? I have a bag that I take. Sometimes I need nothing out of the bag except my camera. However, sometimes there are challenges. I have some grass clippers, a clipboard with the cemeteries I want to visit that day, some sidewalk chalk that I use if I absolutely have to and then a squirt bottle of water to wash the chalk off afterwards. Not in the bag but with me is my GPS to take me places that I have never been before. Oh, yeah and some bug spray…
Do you take anyone or anything (like a dog) with you when you photograph cemeteries? I take my husband or rather my husband takes me. He takes no photographs but helps with branches, grass, and keeping critters away. I couldn’t do it without him. And neither could we here at Rutherford County, TN cemeteries. Thanks Archie!
Do you have any advice for someone who’d like to make this their hobby?
Take someone with you or let someone know where you are. That’s good advice for any hobby. Next is to buy the best digital camera you can so you won’t have to spend too much time fixing the contrast, etc. later. Then, to take all the photos you can at the cemetery you are visiting. I have made several trips back to a cemetery for photos that I didn’t take. Also take a picture of the cemetery itself so you can tell what it looked like on a certain date.
If you like Patsy’s work, be sure and send her a thank you at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to be one of our photographers and get a special mention here, email me at email@example.com. There’s always openings!
This cemetery is actually in Coffee County, TN, but since it is a Confederate Graveyard and near Rutherford County, I have decided to include it here to preserve it for future researchers. As you can see from the images, we are just in time.
Kim Shockey took the same images in 2003 on her site at http://www.kimshockey.com/cem/co/coffee/beechgrove2.html so you can compare how much damage has been done to this cemetery in just 6 years.
These pictures were take by Cheryl Parsons firstname.lastname@example.org on 12 Sep 2009.
PVT William T. F. Pike
Hillards Co A 2 ALA Legion CSA
Charles Henry Johnston
4 KY INF
27 Mar 1832
03 Apr 1863
PVT Continential Line
[Cheryl’s Note’s: Isaac Eoff was married to Margaret Knox. He applied for a Revolutionary War Pension on 7 August 1832. My information says he died in Coffee County. I’m not sure why a Revolutionary War marker would be in this Confederate cemetery. I think this is the only one. Since the marker says it was originally the site of an old pioneer cemetery, maybe Isaac was buried there already and someone ordered the newer stone for him.]
John C. Ahsley
13 Dec 1823
17 Aug 1824
Aged 8 Months
[Cheryl’s Notes: This is one of at least four markers inside a little black iron fence in the Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery. The other stones are for J. P. Stephenson, Mary S. A. Stephenson, and Louisa Stephenson. One online source lists this child’s parents as William Ashley and Polly (Weaver) Ashley. I haven’t verified this, but I know Ashleys lived all around Beech Grove.]
J. P. and M. S. A.
Sep 3 1863
Oct 14 1880
(Cheryl’s notes: These dates from Kim’s site)
24 Tenn Regt
Mary S. A. Stephenson
J. P. Stephenson
April 12 1834
Dec 16 1881
Teresa’s Notes: While this cemetery is not in Rutherford County, if there is a cemetery of historical significance like this one in surrounding counties that someone would like to photograph, I will gladly add it to the blog. These men were not just from Coffee County, They came from all over the country. They just died in battle here. The sad thing is to see the deteriation of this cemetery in just the short time between when Kim photographed it in 2003 and when Cheryl did in 2009. Will this cemetery even exist in 2015 for the 150th anniversary of the war?
I was born of her womb; I was nurtured at her breast; and when my last hour shall come. I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom and rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms- Edward Ward Carmack 1858-1908