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McCrory Cemetery

McCrory Cemetery

OH-16: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN.  Granny White Pike
 
4 TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS
 
McCRORY     Born: 1795       Died: 1849
Front Inscription: IN/ MEMORY/ OF/ MARY W./ McCRORY BORN/ AUG. 10, 1795/ DIED MAY 29/ 1849
 
GRIMES          Born: 1866       Died: 1871
Front Inscription: J. ANDREW/ GRIMES/ BORN DEC./ 22, 1866/ DIED NOV. 17, 1871
Footstone; YES   Footstone Inscription: None
 
UNKNOWN
Front Inscription:  S???  U/W???
 
GRIMES          Born: 1863       Died: 1864
Front Inscription: M. LEONORA/ GRIMES/ BORN AUG. 2? 1863/ DIED JUNE 24, 1864
 
GRAVEYARD OVERGROWN.  DEBRIS AND LIMBS DUMPED ON THE SITE. TOMBSTONES NOT LOCATED CLOSE TOGETHER. 
 
SITE SURVEYED JANUARY 1, 2000
 
Information was sent to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey, on March 8, 2004, by Mary Charlotte Hall, regarding the McCrory Cemetery, listed in Edythe Whitley’s ca. 1940’s book entitled McCrory-Greer Families.  The following is from this book:
      “This McCrory or Grimes Graveyard is about one mile from the Johnson Church on the Morrell place, on the line of Williamson and Davidson counties, in fact the county line runs through the same lot in which the cemetery is in… I (Edythe Whitley) interviewed Mrs. Morrell.  Mrs. Morrell said that when she was a child John Bell McCrory, son of Thomas McCrory, lived in the old McCrory house adjoining her home… John Bell McCrory was a miser according to Mrs. Morrell and his love for money and land created the desire to use the entire field for cultivation.  He removed the stones (from his mother’s and father’s graves) and cut down the trees, plowed over the graves.  The stones were carried to the cemetery across the road and placed without removing the graves.  I (Edythe Whitley) then went to old cemetery across the road on her son’s farm and found the tombstones as she had explained.  They were in the fence corner, not stationary, but loose. Fortunately are unbroken and can be plainly read.  In this old cemetery (McCrory)  there are some ten or more graves marked only with rock slabs without inscriptions… The general condition is what I can only term ‘terrible.’  In a few more years there will be nothing to carry on the history of this cemetery and the people who lie buried there.  Hogs run at will now, the fence is nearly down, the trees are deadening, and the stones will soon be discarded or broken and made impossible to read.”
 
Edythe Whitley recorded these tombstones in the McCrory Cemetery in the 1940’s.
 
J. Andrew Grimes
Dec. 12, 1866 - Nov. 17, 1871/7
 
J. L. Grimes
June 7, 1810 - March 31, 1881
 
Sallie McWaller, consort of McNairy Waller  (daughter of Thomas & Mary McCrory)
Jan. 23, 1833 - Aug. 9, 1861
 
Jomira Elam  (Josephine Elam, daughter of Thomas & Frances Elam)
1857 - 1867
 
Tommie Elam
1835/8 - 1852/3
 
M. Lenora Grimes
Aug. 28, 1863 - June 24, 1864
 
S. B. W.  (No dates)
 
Sallie Bett, daughter of McNairy H. Waller (and Sallie McCrory Waller)
Aug. 1860 - June 20, 1881
 
Emit Elam (Emmett, son of Thomas & Frances Elam)
May 21, 1866 - Sept. 30, 1875
 
Lula Elam (Lula, daughter of  Thomas & Frances Elam)
Jan. 7, 1863 - Sept. 30, 1875
 
{Two “loose tombstones”}
My Father
Thomas McCrory
Aug. 8, 1790 - April 26, 1884
 
Memory of Mary W. McCrory
Aug. 10, 1795 - Aug. 29, 1849
 
End of tombstone inscriptions recorded by Edythe Whitley in the 1940’s
 
Report. 3-19-2004
                                                                   
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