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CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CEMETERY, (Petersburg) LINCOLN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Mapping the location


Area Photos: 0222/0223/0224/0225/0245/0254/0255/0278/0294/0295/0296/0297
BEARDEN, B.F., c 1812 – 23 Jan 1870, Aged 58 years. “To Hallowed Duty he devoted his” 0234
BEARDEN, Susan M., Died Feb. 4, 1875, “Mother” birth date, nor age given. 0235/0236
BLACKNALL, C.R., 2 Aug 1822 - 3 Jul 1875. (stone shaled and hard to read. Months and days may be transcribed incorrectly) 0250
BLAKE, Henrietta, consort of C.M. Blake, 26 Aug 1834 – 29 Sep 1866. 0259
BLAKE, Cadie Metcalf, 18 Oct 1855 - 19 Feb 1861, Aged 5 Yrs 4 mo & 1 day. No photo
BLAKE, Amanda A., Died August 29, 1873, birth date, nor age given 0229
BLAKEMORE, James, 25 Sep 1780 - 24 Sep 1857. 0276
BLAKEMORE, Sarah, 7 Mar 1788 - 6 Apr 1863. 0286/0279
BLAKEMORE, Martha M., 24 May 1824 – 16 Mar 1861 (Broken Marker, part of death date slightly visible) 0284/0288/0279
BLAKEMORE, Virginia G., 30 May 1863 - 22 Sept 1863. 0274C/0274
BLAKEMORE, . . . . . . . ., (marker without inscription in Blakemore area. It is a footstone with the headstone broken & the top missing.) 0275/0278
BLEDSOE, Theo W., 16 Dec 1838 - 21 Feb 1867, Aged 28 years. “Too dearly loved, Too early gone.; A wifes tribute” 0231/0232
BLEDSOE, Mrs. E. Helen (Bearden) Bledsoe, wife of Theo Bledsoe, c 1838 15 Jan 1883, Aged 44 years. “Lifes duties done, Heavens Joys Won” 0230
BROWN, Infant daughter of J.M. & Amanda Brown, born and died 11 Jun 1862. (two stones) 0243/0244
B. . . ., E.H., (footstone – no other information) 0228
B. . . ., W.A., (footstone – no other information) 0281/0279
CHAPMAN, John H., Age 47 Years, No dates 0260/0262
CHAPMAN, Robert S., Son of J.H. & D.L. Chapman, Age 6 Months, no dates 0261
CHAPMAN, John Winston, son of D.H. & D.L. Chapman, 13 Oct 1854 - 9 Jan 1862. (Tombstone broken and dates not found) 0287/0279
CRUNK, Rena B., Dau of A.J. & M.D. Crunk, 8 Jan 1871 – 14 Feb 1872. 0273C/0273
ELLIS, Infant Daughter of E.W. & N.L Ellis, Born dead 28 Sep 1874. 0249
GREEN, A., cir 27 Jul 1799 - Died 29 Sep 1871, Age 72 Years 2 Months & 7 days. 0247/0248
HARRIS, Infant son of R. & S.A. Harris, 1 Nov 1869 - 19 Dec 1869. No photo
HUSBANDS, Infant son of M.H. & E. Husbands, 9 Nov 1857 - -- Sep 1859. No photo
JOHNSON, Mary C., wife of J.S. Johnson, 10 May 1870 - 24 Oct 1892. 0263
METCALF, Infant son of C.B. & S.F. Metcalf, -- Dec 1862 - -- Jan 1863, Age 1 month. 0256
METCALF, Infant son of C.B. & S.F. Metcalf, 3 Sep 1860 – 24 Sep 1860. 0257
MITCHELL, Rev. D. L., 8 May 1818 - 25 Oct 1885. 0226
MITCHELL, Mrs. M.A., 13 Apr 1828 - 30 Apr 1885. 0227
MONTGOMERY, J.E., 23 Apr 1871 – 14 Nov 1891. 0258
REID, James F., 29 Feb 1828 – 25 Jul 1891. 0282/0279
RIVES, Dr. H. H., Born in Dinwiddie Co. VA in 13 Apr 1817, Died of Cholera in 2 Dec 1866. “generous to a …..” 0270
RIVES, Dora, Infant daughter of R.C. & R.J. Rives, 22 Dec 1862 - 17 Jan 1864. (death date could be 1863) 0271
RIVES, Henry T., Infant son of R.C. & R.J. Rives, 22 Dec 1862 - 12 Aug 1864. 0271
RIVES, Lizzie, Daughter of R.C. & R.J. Rives, 14 May 1864 - 1 Aug 1867. 0265/0266
RIVES, Hattie, Daughter of R.C. & R.J. Rives, 19 Apr 1866 -27 Feb 1882. Aged 15 years, 10 Months & 5 Days. 0283/0279
RIVES, Lilla May, Daughter of R.C. & R.J. Rives, 13 June 1868 -13 July 1883. 0280/0279
RIVES, Ida Belle Daughter of R.C. & R.J. Rives, 1 Jan 1875 - 10 Feb 1876. 1 yr, 1 mo & 9 days. 0264
RIVES, Susan E., Infant daughter of B.W. & H.E. Rives, 11 May 1861 - 16 July 1861. 0267
RIVES, J. F.,  No dates (Footstone without a headstone) 0277
RIVES, Green, Born Sept 1, *????, Died Feb 1. 18?? (Broken marker) No photo
R. . . . . ., J.F., (Initials inscribed on fieldstone, no other information) No photo
SHOFNER, W.M., 24 mar 1846 - 30 Sep 1882. (all we see here is W.M. Shofner. Stone broken and dates missing) 0285
SMITH, Susan A., Consort of Dr. W.R. Smith, 11 Oct 1838 – 13 Mar 1867. No photo
SMITH, Augusta, Dau of Dr. W.R. & E.A. Smith, 26 Mar 1879 - 5 Jul 1880. 0241/0242
SMITH, Susan A., Dau of Dr. W.R. & E.A. Smith, 13 May 1864 - 12 Sep 1867. No photo
SMITH, Willie Robert, 14 Dec 1872 – 4 Sep 1875. 0233
STREET, Johnie Allen, son of J.C. & Ida S. Street, Died 7 Oct 1878, Aged 4 years 1 month & 26 days. “Our Idol now in Heaven” 0238
STREET, Little Mary, 1st born of J.C. & Ida S. Street, Died 13 Sep 1871, Aged 11 days. 0237
TROOP, Nannie, Daughter of F.C. A. & M.J. Troop, 15 Jun 1864 – 31 Aug 1867. 0272
S. . . . . ., A.C., (no other information, footstone, headstone not found) 0252/0253
S. . . . . ., M.J., (no other information, footstone, headstone not found) 0251/0253
Unknown gravestones, fragments massed in one spot in the cemetery – Poor effort at restoration. 0290/0291/0292/0293
Unknown Monument, Pyramid Style with top broken 0239
Unknown crumbled Monument, with top broken 0240/0242
Unknown broken monument, Jimmie, son of . . . . .  died Jan 3X? (Surname may be Rainey) 0246
Unknown grave stone – dismantled Box tomb 0268/0269
Unknown grave fragment of gravestone – broken year dates 1840-1860 visible. Believe it is a part of a Box tomb 0289

This cemetery located & fronting on High Street in Petersburg, Tennessee is between the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Church of Christ was in existence before either of those buildings were constructed and likely was founded by the Masons. The name Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery tacked on as it name may not be totally appropriate.

R. C. Rives and Andy Cummins reportedly had the first saddle shop in Petersburg.

Henry H. Rives was known to be a business partner of George W. Blakemore. Together, they bought a piece of property near the square in 1838. Blakemore was one of the Commissioners of Petersburg appointed to establish the boundaries of the town after it was incorporated in 1837.

The Lincoln County property records  show Deed Books R-1, Page 502 and S-1, Page 262 shows that in 1849 Thomas K. Warren owned all of the property between the square and the current location of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His property extended from High Street far to the east of Russell Street. He sold most of that property to Barnett Metcalf in December 1849, but retained a small plot [46 ft. by 60 ft.] where the cemetery is now located. In December, 1850, Thomas Warren donated the small plot to the three organizations that had constructed a house of worship on the property he sold a year earlier. The house of worship was apparently located between the cemetery and the town square. Many of the graves appear to be on the donated plot, but some appear to be on the plot Warren sold to Metcalf. It seems likely that the people buried in the cemetery were members of the respective churches and the Masons.

 
Transcribed & compiled by Mary Bob McClain from Photos taken by Wayne Austin. 27 May 2010. Typing unrevised listings by Faye Bradford. Added here 3 Aug 2010 by Wayne Austin. Also presented on page 437 of the book Lincoln County Cemeteries by Tim & Helen Marsh. Includes excerpts from A Lions Club Newspaper, Petersburg News, August & December 2009