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Rains, John Cemetery

Rains, John Cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee

AN-90: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN, NOLENSVILLE PIKE
 
11 TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS
  3 FIELD STONES UNMARKED

Swearingen Born 1840 Died 1861
MARY E. SWEARINGEN/ BORN/ AUG. 2, 1840/ DIED APR. 5, 1861
  (Discovered during 2016 restoration)

SWEARINGEN Born: 1811 Died: 1812
Front inscription: IN MEMORY OF/ JOHN R. SWEARINGEN/ INFANT SON OF/ L. & N. B. SWEARINGEN/ BORN NOV. 23RD 1811/ DIED SEPT. 2ND . 1812/ AGED 9 MONTHS 9 DAYS/ I SHALL GO TO HIM/ BUT HE SHALL NOT RETURN/ TO ME
 
SWEARINGEN Born: 1812 Died: 1842
Front inscription: IN MEMORY/ OF/ MRS. N. B. SWEARINGEN/ CONSORT/ OF/ L. SWEARINGEN/ WAS BORN JULY 23RD 1812/ AND DIED MARCH 28TH 1842/ NOR WOULD I WISH THEE BACK TO LIFE/ MINE IS A LOVE TOO DEEP/ TO BID THEE SHARE THIS SPIRIT'S STRIFE/ SLEEP ON THOU LAST ONE SLEEP./ BETTER THAT WE SHOULD LOVE THEE/ A TENANT OF THE TOMB/ THAN THAT THE WORLD HAD WROUGHT/ ITS CHANGEFUL WEB OF GLOOM/ FOLD THEN THY WINGS MY BURIED DOVE/ UNTROUBLED BE THY REST/ DEATH IS THE TREASURE HOUSE OF LOVE/ MY EARLY LOST MY BLEST
 
RAINS Born: 1823 Died: 1830
Front inscription: FANNIE O. RAINS/ DAUGHTER OF/ JOHN AND FANNIE/ RAINS/ WAS BORN JAN'Y 1823;/ AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE/ JULY 1830: AGED/ 7 YEARS/ THIS LOVELY AND SO YOUNG AND FAIR/ CALLED HOME BY EARLY DOOM;/ CAME JUST TO SHOW HOW SWEET A FLOWER/ IN PARADISE WOULD BLOOM
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: NONE
   {Note: corrected to Fannie, not Annie, after 2016 restoration of tombstone)
 
RAINS Born: 1828 Died: 1844
Front inscription: SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF RUTH/ K. RAINS WHO WAS BORN/ AUGUST THE 22 1828/ AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE/ FEBRUARY THE 22/ 1844/ TELL ME MY DEAR DEPARTED/ OH TELL ME WHITHER ART/ THOU FLOWN/ MUST I NO MORE BEHOLD/ THY FORM/ UNTIL I REACH THE CHRISTIAN/ HOME/ OH SIGH NO MORE MY MO/ THER DEAR/ NOR WEEP TO THINK MY SP/ IRIT/S GONE/ FOR I AM FREE FROM SIN/ AND CARE/ AND DWELL WITH SAINTS/ BEFORE THE THRONE
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: NONE
 
STREET Born: 1807 Died: 1860
Front inscription: MRS. CHRISTIANNAH/ WIFE OF/ PARK STREET/ BORN/ FEB. 3, 1807/ DIED/ DEC. 19, 1860/ I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAYS TO/ WELCOME THE TOMB;/ SINCE JESUS HAS LAIN THERE/ I DREAD NOT ITS GLOOM/ THEN SWEET BE MY REST TILL/ HE BIDS ME ARISE,/ TO HAIL HIM IN TRIUMPH/ DESCENDING THE SKIES
 
RAINS Born: 1784
Front inscription: FANNIE RAINS/ WIFE OF/ JOHN RAINS/ BORN IN THE YEAR 1784/ AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE/ THE 10 DAY OF JULY 1846 (BROKEN STONE) / AGED 62 YEARS/ TILL CHRIST SHALL COME TO AROUSE THE SLUMBERING DEAD/ FAREWELL POOR LIFELESS CLAY, A LONG FAREWELL/ SWEET BE THY SLEEP BENEATH THE GREEN TREES/ WHEREIN HAVE LAID THEE IN THY LONELY CELL/ YET AGAIN NO HOPE TO MEET THEE/ WHERE THE DREAM OF LIFE IS FLED/ YES IN HEAVEN WE HOPE TO SEE THEE/ WHERE NO FAREWELL TEARS ARE SHED.
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: F. R.
   (Note: added  "the 10 day of July 1846" after 2016 restoration of tombstone)
 
RAINS Born: 1773  Died: 1855
JOHN RAINS SENR./ WAS BORN IN THE YEAR 1773/ AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE 26/ DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1855/ AGED 82 YEARS/ THY LABOUR DONE SECURELY LAID/ IN THIS THY LAST RETREAT.
  (Note: Tombstone discovered during 2016 and re-set next to tombstone of wife Fannie)
 
RAINS Born: 1826 Died: 1844
Front inscription: AMANDA G. RAINS/ DAUGHTER OF/ JOHN AND FANNIE/ RAINS,/ WAS BORN SEPT. 1826/ AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE/ JUNE 1844: AGED/ 18 YEARS./ SISTER! THOU HAST GONE AND LEFT US/ AND THY LOSS WE DEEPLY FEEL/ BUT TIS GOD THAT HATH BEREFT US/ HE CAN ALL OUR SORROWS HEAL.
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: NONE
 
RAINS Born: 1803 Died: 1874
Front inscription: JAMES RAINS, SR./ BORN/ MAR. 30, 1803/ DIED/ DEC. 24, 1874
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: J. R. SR
 
RAINS Born: 1818 Died: 1861
JOHN RAINS, JR./ BORN/ MARCH 1818/ DIED/ JAN. 6, 1861
Footstone: YES Footstone inscription: J. R.
 
SITE SURVEYED APRIL 6, 2002
RE-SURVEYED AFTER RESTORATION OCTOBER 10, 2016

Update Report. October 10, 2016. By Fletch Coke
The cemetery restoration has been completed by Dan Allen, archaeologist and stone conservator. Two tombstones were discovered underground during the work and have been re-set: Mary E. Swearingen and John Rains Senr. See their inscriptions in the listing above.  
  {Note: On use of Senior and Junior in the 19th century.  After the death of his father John Rains Sr., a pioneer settler at the Bluffs (now called Nashville), John Rains Jr. became Sr. and his son, also buried in this cemetery, was then called John Rains Jr.}
  {Note. The John Rains Cemetery, Nolensville Pike, was identified in a Davidson County Deed on April 13, 1888, and was designated a "Graveyard" in the county property records on December 10, 1900.}

Report. March 29, 2017.  This cemetery was destroyed in early March 2017. The graves were dis-interred and removed to Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Tombstones were also removed and re-set in Mt. Olivet.  More updates will be provided on this website.  Click photo image to see the restored cemetery before destruction.

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