ROOK CEMETERY (Also known as the Gilliam Cem) -MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE
D.., A.... B...? Fieldstone crudely fashioned into marker with fading hand inscribed lettering. Folks for those of you new to this subject. Inscribed memorials were rare or non-existent prior to 1815. The above stone is the typical way graves were marked for the first wave of white settlers in the south. Later when inscribed markers became more prevalent there were still cases of burials that were carried out without spending the small fortune it took to acquire and setup a formal headstone. What is the evidence this is a headstone. For one it faces the east something olden Christians believed in. Second there is an attempt to memorialize the stone with lettering. Third it it is pointed at the top indicating the direction of heaven. Fourth the rock is standing up instead of lying on the ground. Well, I could go on but I think the point is clear this is a headstone in the Craig family Cemetery in the front section of the cemetery.
Visited here 27 Dec 2006. (WA)