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Providence Church Cemetery

BE-21: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN.  Todd Pries Drive
 
6 TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS

Providence Church Cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee

 
GREER            Born; 1806       Died: 1869
Front Inscription: JAMES L. GREER/ BORN/ NOV. 25, 1806/ DIED/ AUG. 5, 1869
 
GREER            Born: 1835       Died: 1855
Front Inscription: GREEN B. GREER/ BORN/ JULY 30TH, 1835/ DIED/ OCT. 2ND 1855/ AGED 20 YEARS/ 2 MONTHS/ & 2 DAYS
 
GREER            Born: 1806       Died: 1849
Front Inscription: HANNAH/ WIFE OF/ JAMES L. GREER/ BORN/ JAN. 25, 1806/ DIED/ JUNE 2, 1849
 
HARDIN         Born: 1808       Died: 1838
Front Inscription: SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ MRS. ZANY HARDIN/ BORN MARCH 23, 1808/ DIED APRIL 2, 1838
 
DEMOSS                                Died: 1856
Front Inscription: ELIZABETH/ WIFE OF/ THOMAS DEMOSS/ DIED APRIL 24, 1856/ AGED 51 YEARS
 
DEMOSS        Born: 1844       Died: 1847
Front Inscription: MARTHA A./ BORN AGT. THE/ 15 1844/ DIED OCT. THE 5. 1847/ DU. OF/ J. S. AND/ D. DEMOSS
 
SITE SURVEYED APRIL 16, 2000
 
Re-visit was made to the Providence Church Cemetery on January 14, 2004, to look for one additional tombstone reported to be in the graveyard and as well as for the “Hardgrave” military tombstones.  On January 14, 2004, the tombstone for Louis DeMoss, recorded in 1995, by Charles E. Doggett, was not visible, as it had not been visible in 2000.  In a publication, entitled “Nashville Hardgrave Cemetery: 1995 Report,” Mr. Doggett recorded this inscription: “In Memory of Louis DeMoss.  Born Oct. 1753 – Died. Sept. 1820.”  On the cover of this publication was a photograph of the military markers for Francis Hardgrave and Skelton Hardgrave.  On January 14, 2004, Cemetery Survey Volunteers found information, on a paper notice, about the removal of the Hardgrave military tombstones from the Providence Church Cemetery:
   “The DAR obtained military stones for Skelton and his father Francis Hardgrave in 1941 and erected here (in 
    this cemetery).  The Hardgrave Family Cemetery was later discovered across the river in what is now 
    Horseshoe Bend development.  In 1998, both stones were moved to the correct cemetery. Francis’ original 
    stone was still there (Hardgrave Cemetery) and barely readable.  Skelton Hardgrave is believed to be buried in 
    New Orleans.”
 
On February 29, 2004, Davidson County Cemetery Survey volunteers visited the site of the Hardgrave Cemetery, Williamson County, Tennessee.  The two military markers for Francis and Skelton Hardgrave were located in the cemetery with other original tombstones.  On the Davidson County Cemetery Survey website, visit "Hardgrave Cemetery Williamson County, Tennessee,"  where you will find a Link to historical information on the website maintained by Charles E. Doggett.
 
Report. March 1, 2004
 
IN
MEMORY OF
LOUIS DEMOSS
BORN  OCT. 1753
DIED SEPT. 1820
 
On June 30, 2004, Judy Campbell, a descendant of LOUIS DEMOSS, reported to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey that she had visited the Providence Church Cemetery and found his tombstone in an obscure place.  Cemetery Survey volunteers visited the graveyard on July 7, 2004, and indeed the tombstone was located and the inscription was clearly legible, as recorded above.
 
Addition to the Providence Church Cemetery web site listing.  August 2004.
 
 During 2013, archaeological investigation of the grave sites in the Providence Church Cemetery was undertaken by Dan Allen, archaeologist and stone conservator.  Continued research and study is underway for this cemetery.

Report.  12-16-2013

 
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