HE-21: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN. Old Hickory & Central Pike
This cemetery was surveyed in the Davidson County Cemetery Survey project on January 16, 2004. At that time, the cemetery was overgrown and in a very deteriorated condition. Surveyors were able to record the inscriptions on 3 Tombstones and to note the presence of at least 20 Fieldstones. On the Metro Planning Commission Parcel ID & Maps web site, the identification for this land is the “Gleaves Cemetery.”
During February 2005, Gleaves family descendants, including Fran Gleaves Nichols, Hilda Hagar Barnes, George & Betty Wilkerson, James & Janice Lewis, Richard Gleaves, Bobby Wayne Graves, Tom Gleaves and with their leader Owen C. Gleaves
and his wife Linda, were able to clear the cemetery of overgrowth and to re-set and restore tombstones in the graveyard. The participation and support of Debbie Mullins and the Burning Tree Apartments and John Thomas, Tree Techniques, Mt. Juliet, were also great assets to this project.
Davidson County Cemetery surveyors returned on February 26, 2005, to re-survey the tombstones. George Wilkerson mapped the cemetery and counted the fieldstones.
5 TOMBSTONES WITH INSCRIPTIONS
HILL Born: 1828 Died: 1846
Front Inscription: IN/ MEMORY OF/ PEYTON R./ SON OF ROBERT S. AND/ ELIZABETH HILL/ BORN NOVR. 10TH/ 1828/ DIED SEPT. 30TH/1846
GLEAVES Born: 1827 Died: 1828
Front Inscription: SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ GEORGE W. SON OF/ W. B. & HARRIET L./ GLEAVES/ WAS BORN/ AUGUST 19TH 1827/ & DEPARTED THIS LIFE/ APRIL 19TH 1828
WRIGHT Born: 1805 Died: 1881
Front Inscription: EMELINE WRIGHT/ BORN/ FEB. 10, 1805/ DIED. JULY 29, 1881
Footstone: Yes Footstone Inscription: E.W.
GLEAVES Born: 1830 Died: 1833
Front Inscription: SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ FELIX R. GLEAVES/ SON OF W. B. &/ HARRIET L. GLEAVES/ WAS BORN JUNE/ THE 7TH 1830 &/ DEPARTED THIS L(IFE)/ MAY THE 21ST 1833
Front Inscription: CLEM…/ WAS BORN…
SITE RE-SURVEYED FEBRUARY 26, 2005
After the clearing was completed, other markers, without inscriptions or partial inscriptions, located by George Wilkerson, were reported to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey, on April 18, 2005, were as follows: 6 tombstone markers without inscriptions. 1 marker with “M. C.” A large square stone buried underground. approximately 3 ½ feet by 3 ½ feet by 7 to 8 inches thick, was left underground for
fear of breaking the stone.
Janice Gleaves, family historian, wrote to Frances Gleaves Nichols, on March 29, 2005, stating that this cemetery was on land owned by Thomas Gleaves. His land adjoined the property of his brother Absolem Gleaves. Thomas Gleaves was born on March 18, 1771, in Cripple Creek, Wyeth County, Virginia and died in 1848/49 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was married to Sarah (Sallie) Smith on March 13, 1797, in Davidson County, TN.
According to Oscar Ray Gleaves, as reported, on May 2, 2005, to Owen C. Gleaves,
there used to be two large monuments in the cemetery. The monuments would have stood side by side. Mr. Gleaves recalled playing on them when he was a boy. In 2005, only the base and the top were intact for one large monument, but the middle section, where the inscription would have been written, was missing from the cemetery. The other large monument was buried in the ground. When inspected, during February 2005, no inscription was found due to weathering and age of the marker.
UPDATE REPORT MAY 7, 2005