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CHESLEY COFFEE GRAVES-MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE-TARRAPIN BRANCH

Mapping the Location


COFFEE, Chesley, Born November 19 1755 & Died September 18, 1818 He came from North Carolina via Kentucky. His Father was believed to be Chesley Coffee, Sr. When Photographed the inscription was not there and it was apparent the top face of the stone had fractured away. I could not locate any parts on the ground that contained the lettering. A large stump on our left from a dead tree once violated the stone but has long since died. 
It is now rotting away and no longer appears to threaten the stone.
This is a 1996 low resolution video capture by C. Wayne Austin. Since the inscription has weathered away we are using the inscription from They Passed This Way translated about 1963 and or Maury County Tennessee Cemeteries by Fred Hawkins agreeing with that. Our reasons for thinking this is the Chesley Coffee Stone is the location mapping verification is close by but I think not exact. Also the age of the stone tells me the style of stone was set prior to 1830.