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SHAW CEMETERY, CULLEOKA, MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE

From Culleoka go east on Mooresville Pike for one mile. The cemetery is on hillside behind Andrews' (was so in 1987.  I did not get their names in 2005) house on left. Climb the hill going up from the house about 500 yards, but bear slightly right as shown on these maps. Several cedar trees, and thickets are in the area of the cemetery.


SHAW, Prof. Barclay R., 28 Jan 1865 - 15 Oct 1895, (Son of J. P. & Margaret Shaw.)
SHAW, M.A.E.S., footstone with initials M.A. E. S. Mother
SHAW
, large base but no stone visible.
SHAW, Large base with no inscription remaining.
SHAW, Mary E., 12 Feb 1856 - 27 Oct 1893. "Wife of W. F. A. Shaw." (Stone broken.)
SHAW, W. F. A., (fieldstone marker only, Thought to be grave of W. F. A. Shaw. )
SHAW, Cordie P.
, 4 Feb 1885 - 6 Jul 1887. (Stone broken into several pieces.)

This graveyard was so degraded from over growth of trees, groundhogs and trampling from livestock that it is almost beyond finding where the graves are located. Many of the stones are broken and away from the head of the grave. My suspicions are that most of this occurred naturally from the tree growth.  The cemetery has been abandoned for many years. There are graves and several fieldstones outside fence. 

We shouldn't expect the local farmer to understand how to care for graveyards such as this  He probably does not understand nor is concerned that the tree roots and growth are destroying this cemetery. It is a major undertaking to stop that. Somehow we need to make this a more public responsibility. Generally now that falls on the descendents if they are interested and can be found. Most don't know they are descendents. Interestingly the people buried here are probably great-grandparents of someone out there today. I know I knew one of my great grandparents and was only a few years away from being alive at the same time as the other three, so where are the descendents?

The view looking south from the cemetery. If the Cedar Trees weren't 
there one could see Highway 373 below.

Sources:
Photos and research of Wayne Austin. Visited there 30 Dec 2005 on a late Friday afternoon. Published here 18 Dec 2007.
"Maury County Tennessee Cemeteries", 6 Mar 1987, by Fred Lee Hawkins, page 494.
"They Passed This Way", 1963, by Evelyn Shackleford & Marise Lightfoot, page D-233.)