REES CEMETERY (Pole Cat Hollow, near Moore County Line), LINCOLN COUNTY TENNESSEE
Mapping the Location
Unknown fieldstone marking grave
one grave south of W.H. Rees.
(could this be for Mrs. Adeline Davidson, maybe but I would be more inclined to
believe it was a Rees.)
Unknown fieldstone marking grave one grave south of J. J. Rives. 7880 (might be the stone inserted temporarily to mark the grave of J. J. Rives, but was never removed when the headstone was installed)
Unknown fieldstone marking grave one grave south of Ruth P Rives. 7881 (might be the stone inserted temporarily to mark the grave of Ruth P. Rives, but was never removed when the headstone was installed)
I am told by Mr. Russell (age 76 years) who
has lived up this hollow all his life that there is a Rees Family
Cemetery for African Americans nearby which is thought to be marked only with
fieldstones. It is back of Mr. Rees's home who still lives here and may maintain
this cemetery, which is on a hill behind his house.
The little spring branch supplying water to the settlers in early times who lived in this valley is called Pole Cat Branch. It empties into the West Branch of Mulberry Creek right at Charity Road. This branch spans a two mile stretch of the valley (hollow) and follows Pole Cat Hollow Rd. 7857
Sorry for the clearing tools being in the photos. They were still being used as I was making the photography rounds. As I tired it became more difficult to keep them from the photo scenes.
The tools were not near as bad as the brush that has overtaken this little abandoned cemetery. Folks these were real people that lived and died and are buried here long ago and I can tell you they were at least middle class America or above during their time. We tend to think when we see an overgrown abandoned cemetery that these were the graves of poor lost & forgotten people of olden times. I can tell you their characters were generally stronger than ours and they certainly could teach us much about survival in our cushy society today. Just look as how short their lives were or how many children they lost trying to get a family raised. Mothers always dying in child birth or related issues. We owe it to them to take better care of their resting places than what we are doing, even if private property is involved. Just a little single visit and clearing once per year as really about all that is needed to sustain this cemetery on a minimal level and that is not enough to disturb farming operations.
I could not have made a single readable photo without the first clearing the brush from the cemetery for about 2 hours. It is getting to be tough to do, but probably, in the long run, makes me stronger and more resilient, but I am willing to share the character building with any helpful person.
Added here from photo dated 1 Dec 2011 11:00 to 2:00 PM by C. Wayne Austin. Also listed in the book Lincoln County Cemetery Records by Tim & Helen Marsh, abt 1963, page 83-84. I believe I may have added about one or two listings that were not in that book but the book also contained records that were not representative of a transcription of a gravestone, but were in fact newspaper death records. This should be the most complete record of this cemetery that ever existed, and as these old stones now deteriorate, then this may be the best record ever recorded.
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