OH-50: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN.
Original location was near present-day intersection of Woodmont Blvd. & Harding Pike.
Information was sent to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey project about the removal of the graves from the Nichols-Williams family cemetery which was once located near the historic house called Woodlawn. Information was provided to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey project by Paul Clements, historian, by Carol Kaplan, Nashville Room, Public Library, and by Linda Bussard, Family Service Counselor at Mt. Olivet. The following research findings were prepared by Fletch Coke, Davidson County Cemetery Survey project.
Willoughby Williams died on December 8, 1882.
Nashville Banner, Saturday, December 9, 1882. “The death of Col. Willoughby Williams occurred yesterday at the home of his daughter in Louisville, Kentucky.”
Nashville Banner, Monday, December 11, 1882. “ The remains of Col. Willoughby Williams arrived in the city yesterday morning and were conveyed to the residence of Col. A. S. Colyar, on Spruce Street. In the afternoon, the remains were taken to the First Presbyterian church where the funeral service was held. The remains were accompanied into the church by Col. A. S. Colyar, Judge Jos. C. Guild, Judge Nathaniel Baxter, John M. Lea, ex-Governor James D. Porter, Messrs. A. G. Adams, Anson Nelson and James M. Hamilton, who acted as pall-bearers… The remains were deposited in a vault at Mount Olivet Cemetery.”
Records of Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Mt. Olivet Cemetery opened in 1856.
Section 1 Lot 27 purchased on February 8, 1860, by F. M. McNairy & W.W. Willoughby
Lot Owner Card File (1851-1995) Section 1 Lot 27. Lot owner. Willoughby Williams.
Names & Dates of Interments. Section 1 Lot 27 (1871 – 1901)
December 13, 1871 Dr. R. N. Williams
May 30, 1872 Marion Lewis
August 8, 1874 Ellen L. Williams
September 18, 1888 Willoughby Williams
February 18, 1898 Mrs. Mary Williams
August 18, 1900 A. J. Williams
May 12, 1901 Capt. John Nichols, Mrs. Annie Nichols, John Henry Nichols,
Julia Nichols, Mrs. Jane N.(Nancy) Williams, Emma Annie Williams,
Martha Jane Williams, Henry Cabler, Eleanor Cabler, Mrs. Nancy McMinn.
(May 12, 1901. Date of relocation of the graves from Nichols-Williams
family graveyard at Woodlawn to Mt, Olivet Cemetery.)
Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, compiled by Jeannette Tillotson Acklen,
published 1933. Page 90. The following tombstone inscriptions were recorded at Mt. Olivet Cemetery during this inscription project in the 1930s.
Eleanor Cabler, departed this life June 21, 1824, age 72 years
Harvey Cabler departed this life Nov. 26th 1830, age 75 years
Sacred to the memory of Cap. John Nichol (sic), who departed this life, Sept. 17th
1842, age 67 years
S----(sic) consort of John Nichol (sic), departed this life, Aug. 6, 1838
Willouby (sic) Williams, June 14, 1798 – Dec. 8, 1882
Sacred to the memory of Emma and Anna, infant daughters of Gen. W. & Mrs. N.
Williams (sic), died March 18, 1829, age 20 days
Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Nancy D. Williams, wife of Willouby (sic) Williams,
who departed this life on the 18th of July, 1814, age 37 years
More information about the house Woodlawn, and the families who lived there, John Nichols and his wife Anna Nichols, their daughter Nancy who married Willoughby Williams and their son, John Henry Williams, may be found in The Past Remembered,
Volume I, by Paul Clements, published in 1987.
On October 29, 2004, Fletch Coke and Ruth Warner visited Section 1 Lot 27, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family tombstones for the Nichols, Cabler and Williams family were found on the cemetery lot. No tombstone was located for Willoughby Williams. It is possible that his marker has been covered over since the lot is located on a hillside. The tombstones on this lot are in need of restoration.
PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE RESTORATION OF THE NICHOLS AND WILLIAMS TOMBSTONES AT MT. OLIVET CEMETERY, PLEASE RETURN TO THE HOME PAGE AND SEND AN EMAIL.
SURVEY REPORT. MARCH 23, 2005