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LATTA, CEMETERY (Snow Creek Road) MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE

In addition to the tall memorial stone for Samuel Latta seen on our right (and its footstone) we see here several fieldstones standing on end marking the head and or foot of graves. Two more inscribed stones are on our right and many more fieldstones. The use of formal inscribed stones did not come into widespread use until about 1815. However, one cannot arbitrarily conclude that these fieldstone were for deaths before 1815 as the lack of inscribed stones continued to be active in some circles.

In this photo we are looking at least one fieldstone buried half into the ground marking a grave. If a fieldstone falls from that standing position it is always suspect as to its original purpose.


This massive Maple Tree trunk has grown up around a fieldstone marking a grave, but really over the grave. The fieldstone is standing on its side buried half into the soil facing east/west and in the row of the Latta/Neely graves.

Two fieldstone marked graves are at the foot of this giant Red Oak Tree. The tree growth might have dislodged one of them if this was a head and footstone over one grave. It is clearly beside the grave of Samuel Latta but has some space there.

In the center may be a stone marking a grave. It has been trampled on for so long by cattle that one cannot be sure it faces east or is standing. 

Information (23 Jun 2009) & photos (24 Mar 2009) by Wayne Austin. Added here 23 Jun 2009.