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Smith, Rebecca Tennessee Barns Cemetery

REBECCA TENNESSEE BARNS SMITH TOMBSTONE

(REMOVED FROM ORIGINAL LOCATION)

OH-29: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN. OTTER CREEK RD.

On day of survey site visit, 6-16-2002, Volunteers could see the inscription on one tombstone, located at the edge of woods. This was the tombstone of Rebecca Tennessee Barns Smith. The current owner was asked about the history of the tombstone. On purchase of the property, in 1989, the current owner found two very heavy tombstones in his front yard and decided to remove the tombstones, out of harm’s way, to the edge of the woods in the back yard. During the relocation, one of the tombstones cracked and disintegrated. This was the tombstone of Henry Barnes. A previous owner, Bill Mitchum, was able to provide important historical information.

When Bill Mitchum and his wife Anita Mitchum purchased the property in 1964, there were two tombstones in the front yard, leaning against large sycamore trees. He was told that the two tombstones were originally located in a graveyard on the Davis property on Otter Creek Road, near Hillsboro Pike. The bodies had been exhumed and re-interment, it was thought, took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The two tombstones were relocated to this property about one mile from the Davis land. On the Oak Hill Quadrangle topographical map, two cemeteries are shown in the area of the Davis property. One of these cemeteries would have been the original graveyard of these two tombstones.

Mr. Mitchum took photographs of the two tombstones which showed the inscriptions.
 
HENRY BARNES
who was born Jan the 31 1767
in Edgecomb NC and come
to this State in the year 1789
and departed this life on
Oct 20, 1832.
 
REBECCA TENNESSEE BARNS
daughter of B.M. & Mary Barns
was born May 19, 1831
Married to A.C. Smith April 1849
Died July 11th 1850
Report: 10-10-2002
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