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WATSON, (JOHN W.) CEMETERY, (Fred white Rd), MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE

From Columbia follow Hwy 50 several miles and turn north (left) onto Fred white Road before it goes under I-65. Go 1 3/4 miles north and look right at a trailer house 200 yards off the road. The cemetery is 50 yards in back of that home under the trees.


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WATSON, John W., 9 Aug 1836 - 3 Jan 1916. (Co. K, 48th (Voorhies) Inf., C.S.A., Soldier's Pension #S13180, 48th Voorhies' Inf.; Ref: Tn. State Library & Archives; Stone Broken in two places.)
WATSON, Louisa, 4 Mar 1839 - 18 Jul 1907. "Wife of John W."
WATSON, Cordelia E.,
31 Jul 1868 - 25 Jun 1894. "Daughter of John W. Watson."
WATSON, Idella,
4 Oct 1891 - 27 May 1895.
WATSON, Clara May,
12 Aug 1895 - 31 Mar 1916.
WATSON, Madie E.,
31 May 1900 - 17 May 1917.

Death records:
*WATSON, William W., "64, died Monday; son of late John Watson; wife & 3 sons survive; buried in family cemetery." (Maury Democrat, 3 May 1928.)

*Possibly buried here as Mr. Fred Hawkins indicated in 1987. Mr. Fred Hawkins offered no final evidence that William W. Watson was of this same Watson family. In fact there is another Watson family buried in the Watson-Pinkston Cemetery just a mere 2 miles south of this place and that is another possibility. [WA, 23 Jan 2009]

There were several fieldstones, still in place & standing on edge embedded into the soil, marking graves both within the grave areas of the Watson family.  One or two of them were in the outlying areas. 

Except for the condition of the John W. Watson memorial this little family cemetery is in remarkably good condition to have been abused in the past. Many of the fieldstones that mark graves are still in place. I commend the parents of the children of the neighborhood for teaching the children to respect these graves and monuments.
 
Listed in "Maury County Tennessee Cemeteries", 13 Mar 1987, by Fred Lee Hawkins, page 441. Also listed in "They Passed This Way", 1963, page D-167, by Evelyn Shackleford & Marise Lightfoot. Information & photos by Wayne Austin 23 Dec 2008, added here 22 Jan 2009.