NE-15: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN, BERRY FIELD PROPERTY
Cemeteries located on Berry Field Property
The General Superintendent of Airports of the Department of Aviation for the City of Nashville has certified to the Department of Aviation and the City of Nashville that:
It is necessary for the continuation and expansion of the Nashville Municipal Airport, know as Berry Field, that the eight (8) private cemeteries now located thereon, be removed to an appropriate place of interment. Each of said private cemeteries or burial grounds lie either in a location which will be completely covered by earth-fill or by terminal or other type of construction, or else lies in an area from which earth fill must be removed for new construction at the airport. There is no suitable area within the Nashville Municipal Airport boundaries where such private cemeteries or burial grounds might be moved and from which they might have to be moved again.
Your complainant, therefore, avers that it is essential that the relocation of said graves within said burial grounds be moved to an appropriate location outside the boundaries of said Nashville Municipal Airport.
211 graves were re-interred at City Cemetery 1957.
Cemetery No. 1. Approximately 50’ x 70’, wire fence enclosed, containing approximately 20 graves.
Names on existing monuments:
John R. Dabbs - Aug. 27, 1835 - Apr. 12, 1900
Annie W. Dabbs - March 16, 1853 - July 28, 1929
William Coffee Dabbs - Sept. 19, 1839 - Feb. 6, 1925
Sallie Shumate Dabbs - Mar. 9, 1846 - Dec. 31, 1902
Fannie Dabbs, wife of Q. F. Herd - Born 1869, Died 1888
Our Daughter Mamie
James Polk Dabbs - Oct, 19, 1837 - July 29, 1877
Mary E. Shumate Dabbs - Mar. 17, 1840 - July 4, 1867
Father, Joseph t. Kimbrough - Aug. 6, 1849 - Feb. 3, 1904
Mother, Arminta C. Kimbrough - Mar. 21, 1853 - Jan. 6, 1929
Erected to the Memory of John R. Dabbs, a native of Charlotte County, Va. - Born 13th April, 1803 - Died 5th Nov. 1816 (sic) [actual date: 1846]
To the Memory of Rev. Richard Dabbs, Pastor of the Baptist Church - Died May 21, 1825
[Partial copy of 1957 Chancery Court Records from Metro Archives]
City Cemetery interments surveyed May 27, 2002
Front inscription: DABBS/ JAMES POLK/ OCT. 19, 1837/ JULY 29, 1877/ MARY E, SHUMATE/ MAR. 17, 1840/ JULY 4, 1867 [REPLACEMENT TOMBSTONE]
Front inscription: FATHER/ JOSEPH T./ KIMBROUGH/ AUG. 6, 1849/ FEB. 3, 1904/ MOTHER/ ARAMINTA C. KIMBROUGH/ MAR. 21, 1853/ JAN. 6, 1929
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: J. T. K. / A. C. K.
Front inscription: SACRED/ TO/ THE MEMORY OF/ REV. RICHARD DABBS/ PASTOR OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH/ IN NASHVILLE/ WHO DIED MAY 21ST 1825/ IN THE 53RD YEAR OF HIS AGE./ THE BRETHREN OF THE GRAND LODGE OF TENNESSEE/ OF WHICH HE WAS THE GRAND CHAPLAIN/ HAS ERECTED THIS MONUMENT AS A TESTIMONY/ OF THEIR RESPECT FOR HIS CHARACTER AS A MAN. [SLAB BROKEN INTO SIX PARTS BELOW INSCRIPTION]
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: A DIVINE, A MASON AND A CHRISTIAN
Front inscription: ERECTED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ JOHN R. DABBS/ A N(ATIVE) OF/ (CHA)RLOTTE COUNTY, VIRGINIA/ BORN/ 13TH APRIL 1803/ DIED/ 5TH NOV. 1846/ HE WAS A DUTI(FUL) (S)ON, AFFECTIONATE/ H(US)BAND, A KIND FATHER: HE WAS HONEST AND BENEVOLENT. AND HIS AF/ FLICTED WIDOW DEDICATES THIS MONU/ MENT TO HIS MEMORY. AS A TESTIMONY/ OF HIS WORTH AND HER IRRETRIEVABLE/ LOSS [SLAB BROKEN ACROSS IN THREE PLACES]
Mt. Olivet Cemetery re-interments: Lot No. 125, Section 27. Information from Affidavit in Metro Archives. Removed and re-interred
John R. Dabbs Aug. 27, 1835 - Apr. 12, 1900
Annie W. Dabbs March 16, 1853 - July 28, 1929
Buchanan Cemetery re-interments: Information provided by Lillian Patterson to Metro Archives 2001.
William Coffee Dabbs Sept. 19, 1839 - Feb. 6, 1925
Sallie Shumate Dabbs Mar. 9, 1846 - Dec. 31, 1902
Fannie Dabbs wife of Q. G. Herd born 1869 - died 1888
Our Daughter Mamie
Remainder of unmarked graves re-interred at City Cemetery.