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The Hunter Cemetery

The Hunter Cemetery is located off of Davis Creek Road.

 

Made available to The USGenWeb Archives by Bill Hunter azel@sprint.ca

Recorded by:
William J. Hunter 
66 Glencairn Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1S 1M6

Last recording completed October 1, 1998.

Directions:

From just south of Harrogate on U.S. Highway 25E, at the intersection of Tennessee highway 63, go west on Tennessee highway 63 approximately 12 miles.  On the left will be a green street sign marked Davis Creek Road.  Turn left (South) on Davis Creek road and go over the hill, at the bottom of the hill, on the right, is a large white house.  A dirt road or lane goes to the right literally in the lawn of this house, take this road.  The cemetery is about 200 yards on the right.

After visiting the cemetery stop and read the inscription on the front of the Davis Creek Primitive Baptist Church, just past where you turned into the lane to the cemetery.

This white house is built on the foundation of the house Henry Hunter built in 1796.  He owned 500 acres centered about this house and is probably buried behind the Davis Creek Baptist Church in one of the two graves there.

I have annotated most of the names.  These annotations are in [  ].  Anything in [   ] is added by me to what is on the gravestone.  I have provided some dates in [   ] from other sources.

This cemetery contains a number of what I call crypt type graves. That is, the grave is surrounded by a stone on each side to a height of about eighteen inches and this is covered with a stone, making a rectangular box of stone about eighteen inches high.  The inscription on these graves is on the end, on the up hill side.

I first recorded this cemetery in the mid 1960's and at that time I was able to chalk the inscriptions on these crypt type graves and read each one clearly.  Continued deterioration makes even this technique almost useless today.

These crypt type graves are in rows.  They are identified in this recording by standing at the gate into the cemetery and reading left to right.

Top row:

Hunter, Joseph March 15, 1791-July 4, 1879 [Son of Henry and Barbara (Bollinger) Hunter]

Hunter, Elizabeth [Moyers] died November 17, 1862, aged 69Y 8M 1D. [Wife of Joseph Hunter, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Ausmus or Robertson) Moyers]

Second row down from top:

Graves, J[esse] B. born November 28, 1861 - [Son of Jesse and Serena (Cain) Graves]

Proffitt, Elisha died October 25, 1845, age 27. [First husband of Catherine Hunter, son of William and Ruth (Stover) Proffitt]

Hunter, Henry died September 22, 1854 [1856], aged 23Y 27D. [Son of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy' (Moyers) Hunter]

Lynch, Chany died December 8, 1859, aged 53Y 5M 22D. [First Husband of Malinda Hunter, daughter of Henry and Barbara (Bollinger) Hunter]

Moyers, Abraham died December 31, 1866, aged 77Y 9M 18D. [Son of Michael and Elizabeth (Ausmus or Robertson) Moyers]

Third row down from top:

Hunter, Jane [Hicks] [Second wife of Jordan Hunter], died October 6, 1845, age 21.  Buried in the same grave, Polly Hunter, October 6, 1845-October 19, 1845.

Hunter, Barbara died March 9, 1841, aged 18 [Daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moyers) Hunter]

Hunter, Elizabeth died January 14, 1846, aged 24 [Daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moyers) Hunter]

Hunter, Barbara [Bollinger] died December 3, 1846, age 77 [Wife of Henry Hunter, daughter of Isaac and Catherine (____) Bollinger]


Now for the rest of the cemetery:

I have purposely broken up the family groups in the interest of arranging them alphabetically for ease of search, however, the annotations clarify the family groups.

At the bottom of the list there are additional names and dates of persons probably buried in this cemetery, but without gravestones.  Also, some gravestones have been removed from the cemetery and where possible those names are at the bottom of the list.

One of the most interesting graves in Claiborne county is in this cemetery. Just to the left of the gate when you enter the head stone reads: 

THE STRANGER died 1909.  His name, age, and place of origin unknown.  He worked at an itinerant shingle mill quietly and peacefully and when he died the citizens of this community gave him a final resting place in this quiet spot on earth.


Ausmus, Dallis [Hopper] December 3, 1904 - July 1, 1958 [Wife of Frank William Ausmus, daughter of Henry and Sophronia (Stiner) Hopper]

Ausmus, Frank W[illiam] August 2, 1907 - [January 12, 1980] [Son of Henry and Lelia (Dunn) Ausmus]

Ausmus, John Fred February 18, 1930 - March 26, 1985 [Son of Ira Curtis and Kate Hayes (Sluss) Ausmus]

Ausmus, Pauline [Peevely] August 25, 1933 - [Wife of John Fred Ausmus]

Ausmus, Rachel Bornd April 30, 1878 Died May 28, 1880 [Daughter of Benjamin and Barbara (Hunter) Ausmus]

Ausmus, William C[lyde] 1963 - 1964 [Son of Mallon and Johnnie (Terry) Ausmus]

Braden, Archie March 2, 1920 - March 2, 1920 [Son of James Marshall and Ellen (Hopper) Braden]

Braden, Ellen M[ary] [Hopper] May 3, 1896 - April 17, 1959 [Daughter of Jordan and Mary (Marsee) Hopper, wife of James
Marshall Braden]

Braden, James H[omer] September 15, 1917 - January 25, 1919 [Son of James Marshall and Ellen Mary (Hopper) Braden]

Braden, James M[arshall] January 1, 1893 - December 25, 1941 [Son of Henry and Lucinda (Lynch) Braden]

Braden, Ottis January 29. 1916 - January 29, 1916 [Son of James Marshall and Ellen Mary (Hopper) Braden]

Brown, Adam C[hester] 1977 - 1991 [January 9, 1977 - 1991] [Son of Chester Hubert and Susie (Edwards) Brown]

Church, James Earl January 19, 1939 - July 6, 1939

Church, Joyce Ann July 13, 1944 - July 15, 1944

Dummett, Barbara [Leach] October 22, 1862 - December 19, 1940 [Wife of (1) James Robert Dummett, and (2) Jacob Howard, daughter of William F. and Elizabeth (Hunter) Leach]

Dummett, Edith Olive February 26, 1895 - October 18, 1901 [Daughter of James Robert and Barbara (Leach) Dummett]

Dummett, Harriet Elizabeth September 21, 1892 - October 16, 1896 [Daughter of James Robert and Barbara (Leach) Dummett]

Dummett, Harvey F[ranklin] June 23, 1895 - December 10, 1947 [Son of James Robert and Barbara (Leach) Dummett]

Dummett, James R[obert] September 21, 1862 - October 16, 1895, First husband of Barbara Leach [Born in Ireland?]

Edwards, Arlis August 2, 1926 - September 21, 1935 [Son of Walter Eugene and Patsy Louise (Wright) Edwards]

Edwards, Arnold Vergil March 25, 1920 - January 23, 1986 [Son of Jesse Lincoln and Hassie (Harmon) Edwards]

Edwards, Bertha March 8, 1944 - March 10, 1944 [Daughter of Walter Eugene and Patsy Louise (Wright) Edwards]

Edwards, Bertha C. September 23, 1914 - March 4, 1995 [Second wife of Doctor Henry Edwards]

Edwards, Bobby Lynn August 15, 1954 - August 15, 1954 [Son of Condis and Doris (Berry) Edwards]

Edwards, Boyd September 3, 1946 - June 10, 1984 [Son of Verlin and Cecil (Graves) Edwards]

Edwards, Cecil [Graves] October 18, 1903 - November 5, 1988 [Wife of Verlin Edwards]

Edwards, Dock H.[Doctor Henry] July 14, 1894 - December 28, 1979 [Son of James and Sarah Cumae (Ellison) Edwards]

Edwards, Ellen [Leach] April 18, 1900 - January 16, 1928 [Daughter of French Haggard and Sarah (Ausmus) Leach,
wife of Tilmon Edwards]

Edwards, Frank E. November 2, 1918 - August 15, 1941 [Son of Doctor Henry and Mary (Wright) Edwards]

Edwards, Hassie [Harmon] May 28, 1895 - September 17, 1984 [Wife of Jesse Lincoln Edwards, daughter of Joseph LaFayette and Martha (Dunn) Harmon]

Edwards, Henry D[avid] June 2, 1898 - September 29, 1970 [Son of Jefferson and Jane (Ausmus) Edwards]

Edwards, James 1834 - 1912 [July 14, 1912] Civil War Marker. [Company B, 6th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment
(Union)]

Edwards, Jane [Ausmus] October 15, 1866 - October 13, 1930 [Wife of Jefferson Edwards, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann "Polly" (Hunter) Ausmus]

Edwards, Jeff[erson] October 1, 1860 - October 19, 1932 [Son of James and Lucinda (Hunter) Edwards]

Edwards, Jesse L[incoln] October 1, 1890 - September 13, 1962 [Son of Jefferson and Jane (Ausmus) Edwards]

Edwards, Leety February 10, 1899 - December 23, 1909

Edwards, Linaus July 4, 1857 - October 8, 1904 [Son of James and Lucinda (Hunter) Edwards]

Edwards, Loyd September 3, 1946 - October 11, 1992 [Son of Verlin and Cecil (Graves) Edwards]

Edwards, Ray December 23, 1914 - February 22, 1934 [Son of Doctor Henry and Mary (Wright) Edwards]

Edwards, Ronnie Lee September 14, 1942 - September 14, 1942 [Son of Adrian and Oklen (Pierce) Edwards]

Edwards, Roy [Jackson] 1924 - 1984 [April 25, 1924 - October 1, 1984] [Son of Jesse Lincoln and Hassie (Harmon) Edwards]

Edwards, S. December 22, 1907 - February 6, 1908 [Probably a grand son or grand daughter of Linaus and Sarah Ann
(Lasley) Edwards]

Edwards, Sarah C[umae] [Ellison] February 20, 1857 - December 24, 1939 [Second wife of James Edwards, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Mahala (O'Dell) Ellison]

Edwards, Sarah [Linda] [Williams] January 24, 1932 - July 15, 1997 [Wife of Roy Jackson Edwards]

Edwards, V. J. January 17, 1933 - April 21, 1934 [Son of Verlin and Cecil (Graves) Edwards]

Edwards, Verlin November 7, 1895 - April 10, 1975 [Son of Jefferson and Jane (Ausmus) Edwards]

Evans, Bertha K., daughter, 1887 - 1935

Evans, Bill 1851 - 1925

Graves, Gracie April 9, 1913 - August 31, 1914 [Daughter of George Henry and Polly Ann (Edwards) Graves]

Graves, George H[enry] July 22, 1892 - December 24, 1947 [Son of Eli and Cordelia A. (____) Graves, husband of Polly Ann (Edwards) Graves.

Graves, Polly Ann [Edwards] April 27, 1894 - April 15, 1942 [Daughter of Jefferson and Jane (Ausmus) Edwards]

Hopper, Cinda [Lucinda] April 22, 1855 - March 26, 1932 [Daughter of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Hopper, Daniel Milton April 13, 1862 - June 28, 1890 [Son of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Hopper, Elizabeth March 27, 1857 - March 12, 1908 [Daughter of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Hopper, Jerdon [Jordan] November 3, 1851 - December 17, 1926 [Son of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Hopper, Matison Rosco September 23, 1889 - February  3, 1962 [Son of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Hopper, Mary [Eliza] [Marsee] November 18, 1855 - August 5, 1934 [Wife of Jordan Hopper, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Helan (Hale) Marsee]

Hopper, Rosa August 1, 1859 - February 10, 1935 [Daughter of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Hunter, Boby, No date

Hunter, Chester F. October 28, 1907 - December 13, 1968 [Son of Pryor L. and Ollie (Lambert) Hunter]

Hunter, Clayton November 21, 1909 - April 14, 1965 [Son of Pryor L. and Ollie (Lambert) Hunter]

Hunter, Eva G. August 14, 1909 - October 4, 1982 [Wife of Chester F. Hunter, daughter of James Monroe and Martha (Graves) Owens]

Hunter, James C[hester] May 28, 1909 - October 9, 1964 [Son of Jefferson Thomas and Louise M. (Williams) Hunter]

Hunter, Jefferson Hunter March 31, 1812 [1814] - September 20, 1895 [Son of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moyers) Hunter]

Hunter, Jefferson T[homas] September 19, 1879 - February 6, 1957 [Son of Henry and Sarah Elizabeth (Ausmus) Hunter]

Hunter, Louise M. [Williams] September 2, 1882 - July 18, 1967 [Wife of Jefferson Thomas Hunter, daughter of Zimry and Barbara (Leach) Williams, Zimry as her father is not certain]

Hunter, Martha [Ann Davis] [1831] - April 13, 1889 [Second wife of Jefferson Hunter, daughter of Thomas and Parkey (Berry) Davis]

Hunter, Nettie [Smith] January 1899 - August 1947 [Wife of Sterling Hunter]

Hunter, Ollie [Lambert] March 14, 1888 - February 2, 1958 [Wife of Pryor L. Hunter]

Hunter, Pryor L. January  21, 1878 - June 18, 1944 [Son of Jefferson and Martha Ann (Davis) Hunter]

Hunter, Ralph September 1, 1935 - January 1, 1936 [Son of Chester F. and Eva (Owens) Hunter]

Hunter, Rindy [Hopper] [October 1842] - June 1916 [Third wife of Jefferson Hunter, daughter of Hezekiah and Sarah (____) Hopper]

Hunter, Rose A. [Rosannah Beeler] September 28, 1816 - age 52 [September 28, 1816 - July 2, 1868] [First wife of Jefferson Hunter, daughter of Peter and Barbara (Petree) Beeler]

Hunter, Sterl[ing] August 1881 - September 1948 [Son of Jefferson and Martha Ann (Davis) Hunter]

Hunter, William Franklin August 11, 1901 - December 17, 1965, my father. [Son of Jefferson Thomas and Louise M. (Williams) Hunter, he was a good father]

Hunter, William F[ranklin] April 6, 1884 - February  11, 1938 [Son of Jefferson and Martha Ann (Davis) Hunter]

Kelley, Alvin H[artsel] June 6, 1940 - October 24, 1940 [Son of Charles Hooper and Ruby (Maddox) Kelley]

Lambert, Louvenia E[dwards] March 25, 1893 - July 24, 1977 [Wife of Pryor C. Lambert, daughter of Jefferson and Jane (Ausmus) Edwards]

Lambert, Pryor C. January 22, 1881 - November 11, 1934

Laws, Joe C. 1886 - 1842

Laws, Malinda 1898 - 1929

Maddox, Charlie May 1, 1890 - July 19, 1984 [Son of George Washington and Martha Jane (Hunter) Maddox]

Maddox, Edgar V. Maddox 1916 - 1964 [May 20, 1916 - July 27, 1964] [Son of Charlie and Matilda (Hopper) Maddox]

Maddox, Haskell D. November 2, 1912 - February 11, 1964 [Son of Charlie and Matilda (Hopper) Maddox]

Maddox, Jack [Andrew Jackson] December 7, 1932 - May 1, 1970 [Son of Charlie and Matilda (Hopper) Maddox]

Maddox, Matilda [Hopper] January 21, 1893 - October 28, 1988 [Wife of Charlie Maddox, daughter of Jordan and Mary
Eliza (Marsee) Hopper]

Lambert, Alba C[layton] August 10, 1917 - November 18, 1993 [Son of Pryor C. and Louvernia (Edwards) Lambert]

Morgan, Hettie L[ambert] December 21, 1915 - March 23, 1937 [Daughter of Pryor C. and Louvernia (Edwards) Lambert]

Morgan, Robert H., Infant son of Hettie Morgan

Roberts, George September 2, 1897 - February 8, 1982

Roberts, Isaac Lee January 15, 1944 - March 4, 1969

Roberts, Mary C. March 3, 1900 - November 11, 1975 [Wife of George Roberts]

Rogers, C[arlie] A[nn] [Hopper] August 26, 1853 - February 24, 1921 [Wife of John Rogers, daughter of Daniel and Rachel (Hunter) Hopper]

Swanson, Violet M. Turner February 20, 1931 - February 21, 1991

Terry, Gladys [Braden] September 25, 1922 - [Wife of Joe Terry, daughter of James Marshall and Mary Ellen (Hopper) Braden]

Terry, Joe [December 25, 1909 - June 6, 1988] [Husband of Gladys (Braden) Terry]

Terry, Vickie Lee March 1, 1962 - March 1, 1962 [Daughter of Joe and Gladys (Braden) Terry]

Petree, Leon, Funeral Home Marker 1928 - 1998 [May 2, 1928 - March 20, 1998]

Smith, Easter Cordelia November 27, 1878 - June 16, 1883 [Daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Hunter) Smith]

Smith, Elizabeth [Hunter] March 22, 1838 - December 28, 1910 [Wife of (1) William F. Leach (2) Robert Smith, daughter of
Jefferson and Rosannah (Beeler) Hunter]

Smith, Robert February 27, 1859 - September 13, 1922 [Son of James Alvis and Nancy (Ellison) Smith]

Smith, Rosie Jane [Leach] July 30, 1858 - April 21, 1920 [Wife of Jesse F. Smith, daughter of William F. and Elizabeth (Hunter) Leach]

Young, Timothy, No date. [Company M, 14th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Civil War, Union)]

Some of those who are, with reasonable certainly, buried in this cemetery, but without gravestones:

Edwards, Lucinda [Hunter] c1830 - March 19, 1888, wife of James Edwards, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moyers) Hunter.

Hunter, Jordan January 25, 1816 - September 26, 1881, son of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moyers) Hunter.

Hunter, Sarah "Sallie" [Edwards] October 14, 1835 - , wife of Jordan Hunter, daughter of Spencer and Catherine (Riddle) Edwards.

Leach, Catherine [Hunter] March 31, 1814 - May 22, 1890, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moyers) Hunter, wife of (1) Elisha Proffitt, wife of (2) David Leach.

Lynch, Malinda [Hunter] 1809 - September 23, 1881, daughter of Henry and Barbara (Bollinger) Hunter, wife of Chaney Lynch.

Some gravestones have been removed from this cemetery and are used as under pinning on the white house at the intersection with Davis Creek road and the entrance to the cemetery.  Two gravestones with the inscriptions facing the outside are legible.  Others with the inscriptions on the inside are probably there and would be visible only by going under the house.  These stones were part of the crypt type graves.

The visible stones are:

Dossett, Eliza Jane died September 24, 1844, age 21.

Leach, David died October 28, 1858 age 54Y 3M 4D.

It is a family tradition that the stones for the crypt type graves were carved by Joseph Hunter, son of Henry and Barbara (Bollinger) Hunter. The members of the immediate family who died after his death in 1879 do not have grave stones.

 

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