Some Early City, Village and Country
Burying Grounds
By John A. House

Being an account of some of the cemeteries of Reedy, Sandy, and Mill Creeks from visits made in 1903, 1904 and 1905, with additions by the author through later years of some Wood and Wirt County cemeteries


Since a child, I have had a fancy for visiting the Silent Cities of the departed "where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap" and where from time to time, are gathered back to the bosom of Mother Earth, the tenantless forms, so recently the abode of vigorous life.

I know of no place more interesting to visit than a well kept, well shaded graveyard. The respect we owe our race, ourselves and our own dead, impels a reverential awe when we stand by the last resting place of the departed, possibly in the presence of those whose bodies have long ago crumbled into dust. The spirit of the place seems on us.

Whenever I visit a neighborhood, if opportunity affords, I take a stroll in the cemetery.

While collecting notes for historical sketches of the pioneers of Roane and Jackson Counties, I visited several graveyards and will here endeavor to give a brief description of each, with names, dates of birth and death, and may keep a short sketch of the most notable of its denizens.

It will especially be my aim to notice all the old pioneers and also the old people of a later day, who by name or otherwise, had any connection with the earlier days.

A few of these graveyards, as those at Spencer, Ripley and a few others, were well kept, but most of them are in a sadly neglected condition.

Several have been deprived of all shade by the destroying hand of modern vandalism.

'Tis good to hold communion with the dead,
To walk the lane, where bending willows throw
Gloom o'er the dark green earth, er'e day is fled,
And cast deep shadow on the tomb below.

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