WC-19: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN. LICKTON PIKE
In March 2003, a graveyard site, on Lickton Pike, was reported to the Davidson County Cemetery Survey by Robert Ingram, a longtime resident of the area. Mr. Ingram said that his mother, in her 90s, recalled funerals taking place at the graveyard by members of the Webber and Harris families who had been slaves on nearby farms.
Cemetery Survey Volunteers visited the site on April 4, 2003. Facing Lickton Pike was an open area with grave depressions visible. On either side of this open area were the front yards of two residences. No tombstones were visible. When this cemetery was first posted on the web site, October 2003, it was named the Webber-Harris Cemetery. The exact location was reported to the Metro Planning Commission with a request that this area be identified as a burial site.
On August 5, 2004, Robert Ingram again contacted the Davidson County Cemetery Survey to report that his mother believed that the woman whose funeral she remembered seeing at the graveyard, ca. 1918, was “a descendant of one of the Webber slaves or had been born into slavery.” This woman had lived on the Webber farm. According to Mr. Ingram, the Webbers had left Nashville in 1808 to begin farming in the Whites Creek area. They had been carriage and wagon makers in town before they moved and then they became grist millers and saw millers. The Webbers owned a farm of several hundred acres in the neighborhood. Mr. Ingram suggested that the cemetery should be called the Webber Cemetery.
Persons with additional information about the Webber Cemetery, please return to the Home Page, click-on “Report A Cemetery” and send an email.
SURVEY REPORT. OCTOBER 17, 2004