Month: December 2010

# 151 Spence Cemetery

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This cemetery is located in the Rover Quadrangle.  SW on Highway 99 to Rockvale, left on Rockvale-Versailles Road, left on Versailles-Newtown Road continue on Panther Creek Road.  1 1/3 miles E of Versailles.  Cemetery is grown up.  Has several fieldstone markers.  GPS coordinates  35.72889   86.52372  Photographed by Patsy Paterson

The cemetery as it appeared on December 31, 2010

C. D. Comer   Jan. 25, 1845 – Feb. 12, 1907

Elizabeth Underwood Comer   Jan. 31, 1844 – Dec. 31, 1935

Brittian Spence   1791 – Oct. 8, 1829

Phebe A. Turner   Dec. 14, 1872 – Dec. 21, 1872

J. G. Williams   May 2, 1812 – Aug. 3, 1898

Phebe Williams   Oct. 7, 1820 – May 7, 1897

 Mentioned in the Rutherford County Cemetery book but not seen by me:

J. C. Turner     Aug. 19, 1881 – _______

Fall Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery-Research Question

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I received the following from Mark Warnick []. If you know, please post a comment or email Mark.

I noticed your blog and information, and I am hoping you can help my family. We have been searching for our first ancestor that came to the country, and who fought in the Revolutionary War. We found out he was buried in Fall Creek and his headstone was witnessed in the 1980’s. I have searched and searched, and myself and different family members have come to Rutherford County to look for it, and we cannot even find the cemetary. I personally believe that the name of the cemetary was changed while other family members believe we have not found it. The cemetary was listed in three different publications put out by the Sons of the American Revolution The list the cemetary as
“Fall Creek Presby Ch Cem Fall Creek, Rutherford County, TN” The person I am looking for would be James Warnock and his first wife was
Rhoda Brown. We have been searching for this grave for at least 4 years, and my great Aunt saw it in the mid 70’s, but she passed away (at 90 or so) in 1984.

Any help you could give would be SO appreciated! My biggest fear is that it has been lost to weeds, trees, grass and lack of care. This is the last graves to find in the United States and we have found all in our direct ancestary line. Thanks for your help and time, … Mark

Mark S. Warnick

Cripple Creek Research Question

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I received the following email from Sterling Parker at If anyone knows the answer, please email Sterling or post a comment below.

Hi, I’m Sterling Parker and my researching interest are the Youree from the Cripple Creek area.

I have some information that may be of interest to you. My ancestor was William Francis Youree born 1818 in Rutherford Co. TN and died in Ellis County, TX abt. 1885. He was the son of Joseph Youree Sr. b.
1782-1790 in Mecklenburg Co. NC and d. Aug 12, 1839 in Rutherford Co., TN and wife Rosanna “Anne” McSpadden b. abt 1784 in Augusta Co., Virginia and d. aft April 1855 in Rutherford Co., TN. Joseph Youree was the son of Francis Youree Sr. b. 1750-1760 in Ireland and d. 1826 in Rutherford County, TN and Isabell Hartt b. 1750-1755 and d.
1820-1830 in Rutherford Co., TN.

When Joseph Youree Sr. died, his two youngest sons William Francis and his younger brother John N. Youree acquired his property. They were supposed to have paid the estate for the land and apparently did not.
Their next oldest brother Thomas Youree was the administrator of the estate.

The courts sold about 2/3’s of this property to settle with the people that were owed money by Joseph Youree’s estate. This was done on April 24, 1848. In the court documents there was set aside land for a grave yard. The grave yard measured 16 1/2 square poles. I have looked and this measurement would be about 100 ft. by 100 ft. The land that was sold was on the “waters of Cripple Creek”

I know of no other cemetery located near the banks of Cripple Creek other that the Cripple Creek Cemetery. Being that this happened just 9 years after Joseph Youree, Sr.’s death and is the land that his father Francis Youree Sr. had and became his son’s Joseph’s after the death of his father, I believe that the possibilities that both Francis, his wife Isabella Hart Youree, Joseph and his wife Rosanna “Anne”
McSpadden Youree and others of that time are buried there.

I am, however, curious, and to the size of the Cripple Creek Cemetery, is it, today, still only 100 ft. X 100 ft? If not are there any other land records showing that someone sold or donated additional land to make it the size it is today? If I am wrong, is there any other cemeteries that would fit the criteria of 100 X 100?

Sterling Parker