GO-30: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN
ORIGINAL LOCATION. MYATT DRIVE NEAR INTERSECTION OF GALLATIN ROAD AND TWO MILE PIKE
CEMETERY REMOVED. ACCORDING TO TENNESSEAN ARTICLE, June 13, 1978. CHANCERY COURT SUIT NAMED THE PERSONS BURIED IN THE CEMETERY:
MINNIE LEE CANTRELL
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UPDATE REPORT 11-26-2012
IN May 2012, W. Pierre Johnson, a descendant of those buried in the Boaz-Cantrell Cemetery contacted the Davidson County Cemetery Survey project and requested assistance in finding out where the graves of those in the Boaz-Cantrell Cemetery were taken. His grandparents were Henrietta and Felix Hall. His mother was Jessie Hall Fite. Mr. Johnson had found his mother's death Certificate which listed her death as November 8, 1931, and listed her parents as Felix and Henrietta Cantrell Hall.
A copy of the Tennessean article, dated June 13, 1978, was obtained from Tennessee State Library& Archives. The article reported more details about the Boaz-Cantrell Cemetery.
"Four business partners have asked Chancery Court for permission to relocate the remains of a small cemetery on property which they own near Rivergate Mall. One of the partners reported that they bought this property last year and found out that there had once been a small black graveyard there. Three descendants of people buried on the tract, off Myatt Drive, were found but they said it has been at least 20 years since anyone was buried there. "The best that we could determine there are eight graves there, but they are all sunk in and grown over with no markers or anything." The suit to the Chancery Court asked the court "to rule that the area is no longer a burial ground, both because it has been abandoned and because it is now in the middle of a business, commercial area." Location of the cemetery was given as 1,000 feet east of the heavily traveled intersection of Gallatin Road and Two Mile Pike.
Note: The article gave the names of those buried in the cemetery which appear in the listing above.
On behalf of Mr. Johnson, David Kline, Metro Planning Mapping, was contacted. In November 2012, Mr. Kline was able to obtain the Chancery Court records. The Court ordered that "... the property was declared unsuitable for a burial ground and that the remains of any persons buried therein shall be removed and re-interred in the Sons of Ham Cemetery, located on North Gallatin Road, in Madison The removal and re-interment shall be conducted by Lewis & Smith Funeral Directors. The remains shall be placed in caskets and buried in marked graves in the cemetery. It is further ordered that the removal and re-interment of all said remains shall be done with due care and decency and that Plaintiffs obtain permanent access to the new graves for purposes of visitation..."
Chancery Court order was filed on August 29, 1985.
Copies of the Tennessean article and of the Chancery Court order were sent to W. Pierre Johnson, the descendant.
Sons of Ham Cemetery, located on Gallatin Road, between Dry Creek Road and Dry Creek, was surveyed in the Davidson County Cemetery Survey project on March 23, 2000. At that time, no tombstones with inscriptions were found for the nine removed from the Boaz-Cantrell Cemetery.
Additions to the Boaz-Cantrell Cemetery (Removed) website listing. 6-21-2013