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Camus Cemetery (Lost)

AN-99:  NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN.   NOLENSVILLE PIKE
 
The land where the Camus family cemetery was located was vacant for many years.  In the spring of 2004, the land was purchased.  During the summer months of 2004, Camus family descendant Eric Martin, State Archaeologist Nick Fielder, the new property owners and Cemetery Survey Volunteers, met several times on the site.  By family tradition, two members of the Camus family were buried in the cemetery on their own land.  There will be continued careful inspection of the land in order to locate the cemetery when development begins.  The names of the two Camus family members buried in the graveyard:
                    Julian A. Camus Born in France 1800
                           Married Catherine Elizabeth in France ca. 1834
                    Catherine Elizabeth Camus  Died. 1871
                            
 
Family history information was sent to the  Davidson County Cemetery Survey project by James Martin during 2004.  Mr. Martin’s careful attention to family tradition, study of the land deeds, wills, settlements and current maps enabled him to determine the specific tract of land where the cemetery was probably located in Davidson County.  According to family history, “… Julian and Elizabeth Camus immigrated to the United States during 1845.  They settled in the 8th Civil District of Davidson County, where Julian first followed the trade of tailor and later coppersmith. They were communicants of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nashville, even though they lived twelve miles from Nashville, each child was brought to St. Mary’s to be baptized and the priest visited the Camus house monthly…”
 
The will of Elizabeth Camus, dated November 11, 1870, and recorded May 6, 1871, in Davidson County, Tennessee.   The Executors Settlement for Elizabeth Camus, deceased, was recorded on November 10, 1873.  A portion of the accounts paid in the Settlement have been listed below:
                                     Clark & Shannon, medical bill                         $69.05
                                     J. G. Briley, a/c for Coffin & case                                 20.00                       
                                     Thos. Powell a/c for building house over grave         16.70
                                     Green & Fitzhugh a/c Burial clothes                          12.65
 
Of particular significance in the Settlement was the payment for “building house over grave.”   In Middle Tennessee, a house was often built over a grave to provide protection. At the Hermitage, following Rachel Jackson’s death in 1828, Andrew Jackson had a house built over her grave that remained until replaced by the monument.  In the case of the Camus family graveyard, this receipt for “building house over grave” is important since the location of the original graveyard is still being investigated.
 
SURVEY REPORT.  10-15-2004

Communication from descendant of 8-15-2006. Archaeological examination of the property did not locate a graveyard.
 
UPDATE REPORT:  January 2008  
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