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WATSON-PINKSTON CEMETERY, SMYRNA CHURCH RD., MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE

From Scribner's Mill Road go east and just before one crosses I-65 turn left (north) onto Smyrna Church Road and go about a half mile north. Stop at the last house (now 4/17/2008 owned by Mr. & Mrs. William Warf) on the left and park near the barn. Follow a fence row straight (south) back from the barn 100 yards and then turn slightly southwest for another 300 yards climbing straight up the hill. As you near the peak you will notice the cemetery in the highest part of the hill. From there you will look down on your left (wintertime) at Interstate 65 & and can hear the car noise thru the trees. The cemetery is in an old partly fallen barbed wire fenced area.  


Locator Map of the cemetery

Unmarked Grave & Area Photos


BATY, Delilah F., 16 Feb 1821 - 15 Jun 1899. (nee Delilah Martha Frances Pinkston. Married 1st P.P. Watson & 2nd, Thomas H. Batey.) 
CALLAHAM, H. J. (Henry Jackson), 24 Feb 1820 - 4 Oct 1870, 50 Years, 7 Months & 10 Days. (husband of Mary Margaret Callahan interred, New Ramie Cemetery.) 
COOPER, R. P., 'Consort of E. Cooper", 11 Jan 1830 - ... Apr 1854. (Rebecca Polly; daughter of Turner & Sarah Jordan Pinkston) (stone not found in 4/2008)
COOPER, Martha H., 11 Dec 1852 - 23 Mar 1859. "Daughter of Edmund & R. P. Cooper."

JONES, William Turner, 30 Jun 1879 - 16 Oct 1891. "Son of J.C. & S.W. Jones".
JONES, Infant of J. C. & S. W. Jones, no dates. 
JONES, Infant of J. C. & S. W. Jones, no dates.
JONES, Infant daughter of J. C. & S. W. Jones, died 22 Jan 1892.age 18 Mo., 8-10 days.
LITTLE, Sarah E., 11 Dec 1832 - 15 Mar 1894. 'Wife of G. W. Little." (Dau. Turner & Sally Pinkston.)
LITTLE, Infant of G. W. & S. E. Little, no dates. 
MOORE, Steve, no dates. (Grandfather of Mrs. Lula (Lex) Martin. (stone not found 4/2008)
MOORE, Eliza, no dates. (Wife of Steve Moore.) (stone not found in 4/2008)
PARK, F. J., 23 Mar 1852 - 18 Oct 1899.
PARK, Sallie J., 30 May 1855 - 6 Jan 1929. "Wife of F. J. Park" 
PINKSTON, W. W. (Wm. Wesley), 31 Oct 1817 - 11 Feb 1871. (son of Turner & Sarah Jordan Pinkston.)
PINKSTON, Mary Steele, 13 Jan 1822 - 15 Mar 1870. (Daughter of John & Marget "Peggy" Pinkston Watson. Married to Wm. Wesley Pinkston on 25 Jun 1840; killed in accident.)
WATSON, P. P. (Peter Pinkston), 6 Feb 1816 - Sep 1845. (Son of John Watson & Marget "Peggy' Pickens of S.C.; Mar. Delilah Frances Pinkston, 24 Feb 1838.)

Buried here in graves without inscribed markers:
PINKSTON, Ann, d. 28 Nov 1822. (Mother of Turner Pinkston.)
PINKSTON, Turner, 22 Aug 1797 - Aug 1876.
PINKSTON, Sarah Jordan, 17 Dec 1799 - Sep 1883. (Dau. of Lydia Stone & Henry Jordan; wife of Turner Pinkston; couple outlived 8 of 13 children.)
WATSON, John, 18 Sep 1783 -Sep 1859. (Married to Marget "Peggy" Pickens on 9 Mar 1809.) 
WATSON, Marget "Peggy" Pickens, 15 Feb 1790 - 27 Dec 1844. possibly the daughter of Jonathan Pickens, Jr. & Lydia Harrison Pickens. 
WATSON, Lydia, 16 Dec 1809 - Nov 1892. (Dau. John & Peggy Pickens Watson.) 
WATSON, Marget Jane L., 3 Aug 1828 - 1902. (Dau. John & Peggy Pickens Watson)

Records say these folks were buried here also, but no inscribed stone was found
:
MOORE, J. T., "61, died Saturday near Park Station; wife & two children survive; buried Watson Cemetery. (Daily Herald, 12 May 1902.) 
MOORE, Lizza Loretta, married, 1 Apr 1839 - 4 Feb 1916. dau. Thomas & Sarah Pinkston; bur. Watson Cemetery. 
LaRUE, J. R., married, 19 Dec 1841 - 20 Feb 1917; son of Hardin & Carolie Watson LaRue; buried Watson Cemetery. 
LaRUE, Mrs. Alice, married, Born 1860, Giles Co.; died 6 Nov 1926 of old age; buried Watson Cemtery.; daughter  of Tull & Margaret Sutton Whitens; information by Rufus LaRue, Bryants Station.
LaRUE, R. D., married, 28 Jul 1886 -19 Apr 1919; son of J. A. Larue, b. Bedford Co., Tn. and Alice Whitaker, b. in Giles Co., Tn.; buried in Watson Cemetery 
TURNER, Francis B., married, 15 Mar 1854 - 30 May 1925 of dropsy; buried Watson Cem.; daughter of John & Hester Nickens Akers.

There are 30+ upright fieldstones marking graves in this cemetery. We must ask ourselves what brought all these people to be buried high upon that hill top, most of them without memorial stones. They were mostly kinfolk. I can see the possibility of religious influence also in that the Christian Church was very strong in the early years here, and still is. That is another bond for a common influence for determining a burial place for these early settlers. [WA 4/24/08]

See "Maury Co Tn Cemeteries" page 454-455, by Fred Hawkins for more genealogical info.

Listed in "Maury County Tennessee Cemeteries", 13 Mar 1987, by Fred Lee Hawkins, page 454. Also in the book, "They Passed This Way", 1964, by Evelyn Shackleford & Marise Lightfoot, page D-173.
Photographed & Transcribed by Wayne Austin 17 Apr 2008.