Cemetery #3 of 19W
Spivey Mountain, Unicoi County, Tennessee
Surveyed, documented, and analyzed by Beth Bradford-Pytel
PHOTO: Taken on Sept. 2003,
-bbpytel before and after
clearing the overgrown cemetery by brothers Scott, Duane, (late) Doug and
Foster Cemetery #3 is nestled deep in the woods off 19W (Spivey Mnt. Rd) in the Unaka
Mountain Region of Unicoi County, TN. It is very close to the Old-New Hensley
Cemetery #3. Head east on 19W towards the summit of Spivey
Mountain, make a left onto Coy Williams Road, just before you reach "Dead Man's Curve" (marked by large boulders). Coy Williams
Road is semi-paved
leading steeply downward to the bottom of
the hill. The paved road ends at the Old David Frank Foster house (on the
right and privately owned by another family). The road continues straight
via a logging easement cutting through two meadows and then inclining up a steep hill.
The cemetery is at the top, on the left where there is a clearing with a
couple of huge overgrown Boxwoods. The graveyard has been dormant since 1964. It includes more than 24 unmarked graves with
field stones which are believed to belong to the descendants of either Kennedy
Kan Foster, Williams, Shehan or William A. Hensley clans. David
Franklin Foster and Leanner Elvira Hensley are my GG grandparents.
PHOTO: (taken Sept 2013) To commemorate the cemetery, Julian Fender
and I jointly crafted a sign to which I am standing next. I am the 2G grand-daughter
of David Franklin Foster and Leanner Elvira Hensley; great grand-daughter of
Margaret Ibbie Foster-Hensley all of whom are buried in this cemetery. I
also give thanks to Julian Fender for taking care of this remote cemetery
located on Spivey Mountain.
SURNAMES: FOSTER, HENSLEY, SHEHAN, WILLIAMS
1. HENSLEY, W. [William] Kims
b. March 23, 1869 - d. January 14, 1944
[s/o William Henderson Hensley and Julia Ann Hensley buried
he married Mary Lucretia
"Creasy" Foster-Jones on May 9, 1897. Children:
1) Ruth Eller "Rissie" (md. Willard Biddix),
2) Reed Bud
(md. Mamie Banner)
3) Ida Jane (md. Orville Banner)
4) Julia Kate (md.
5) Monroe H.
(md Dorothy Williams)
NOTE: The 1940 Census shows he owned a home on
Rt. 19-23 (Holly Bush Gap) and completed the 3rd Grade and a farmer.
Per TN Death Cert #2095 died age 74, cause of death "no physician in
charge"; his son Bud Hensley was the informant; buried at "Foster" Cemetery.
His wife Creasy was b. July 28, 1879-d. July 28, 1976, and she is buried
at Lamar Comm. at Cherry Grove, Erwin. W. Kims grave stands alone in the far
southern end of grave; I suspect his parents,
William Henderson Hensley [s/o John Hensley Ursla] and Julia Ann Hensley
[d/o William Kimmsey Hensley and Elivia "Ella" Chander] are buried
Old Hensley Cemetery #3
in unmarked graves.
[several unmarked graves between
W. Kims Hensley and the next grave]
2. SHEHAN, W. G.
b. August 25, 1885 - September. 4, 1908
"Killed by a train at the ridge tunnel McDowell - Gone but Not Forgotten"
b. August 15, 1897 - d. October 16, 1964
"Blessed are the merciful"
[s/o David Frank Foster and Leanner Hensley
NOTE: Fred never married. He was found dead under
the barn at his parent's old property on Spivey which is down the hill from this cemetery. My
father told me that he died from alcohol poisoning.
b. December 22, 1843 - d. January 8, 1922
"Gone to a brighter home, where grief cannot come"
[s/o unknown and Ellenor"Nellie"
Foster (b. 1819-1896)
NOTE: Served Co. K, 13th Tenn Vol., Cavalry.
According to his
David states under oath that on September 9,
1863, he was captured by the Union Army at Cumberland Gap (hence he was serving
for the Confederates) and was sent off to Camp Nelson, KY, at which time he enlisted
in the Union Army on Sept. 20, 1863, given a Uniform and mounted with a horse.
In late November 1863, he was given a furlough to go home. He explains his
service under Capt. "Derby" along with other fellow Spivey Mountain residents.
The Affidavit was taken for the purpose of investigating
Hensley's pension application which was initially denied by the
History of the Thirteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry,
by Samuel W. Scott, Samuel P. Angel, (page 479) David F. Foster
enlisted at the
age of 17
as Pvt. in Co. K, 13th TN Cavalry, serving under Co. Commander Capt. John G. Dervin. He was
mustered on January 26, 1864, at which time he
never showed up and was documented as AWOL. Other
relatives/neighbors with whom he served in the same unit were: William Watts, William Kimsey Hensley, Logan Hensley, brothers William Issam
Hensley and James W. Hensley
(killed in action), and
William Granison Chandler. After the war, David F. was a lifetime farmer
on Spivey. His father is unknown
but some claim he was a Rigsby; others assert William Hensley; or gambler named John
Black of Clay Co., KY. Appears his mother never remarried and her children resumed her surname.
David's mother, Ellenor "Nellie" Foster was living in the "Wolf's" area of
Unicoi during the 1880 census and most likely is buried in that area.
FAMILY PHOTO circa 1897 of David Frankin Foster's
R-L First Row: David Frank, son Joseph, son Fred
[infant in lap], wife Leanner Hensley,
dau. Nellie Catherine, son-in-law Robert Burton "RB" Hensley, dau Amanda "Mandi";
R-L Second Row: dau. Matilda Jane, dau. "Maggie", dau. Manota "Nodie",
son Dolphus B; Standing in Back: son William Burton. Photo taken at
the wedding of Nellie Catherine Foster and Robert Burton Hensley, married on
April 25, 1897. photo courtesy of my uncle Duane Bradford.
FOSTER, Leanner Elvira
b. January 8, 1858 - d. July 3, 1949
"The angel band was not complete, she's gone to fill the vacant seat"
[w/o David Frank #4; d/o
Burton Hensley and Catherine J. Edwards buried
Old Hensley Cem #3; children:
1) William Burton #6
- never married
2) Mariah Cordelia md.
Allison Woodville Hensley, buried
md. Robert Burton Hensley, buried
New Hensley Cem #3,
Burgess Gaither Hensley, buried Clear
5) John Allison #7
6) Margaret "Maggie" Ibbie #8
buried Bradford Cem,
Thomas Jefferson McIntosh
buried Evergreen Cem.
Jane Hensley buried
Foster Cem #2
Richard Arthur Hensley buried
Old Hensley Cem. #3
10) Daniel Harrison md. Della
Jane Lawing buried Lakeville, Oregon
11) Fredrick E. #3
- never married
of Leanner Hensley-Foster shows no
indication of the cause of death.
William B. [Burton]
b. April 6, 1874 - d. April 16, 1930
"Dearest brother, thou hast left us here, thy loss we deeply feel,
but tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal"
[s/o David Foster and Leanner Hensley #4-#5]
NOTE: William never married; Unicoi Co. death record #9947, cause of death
"tuberculosis"; informant D. B. Foster of Clear Branch; buried "Foster Cem."
FOSTER, John A. [Allison]
b. April 12, 1882 - d. July
"Resting on hope of a
[s/o David and Leanner Foster
#4-#5; John never married]
8. HENSLEY, Maggie I. [Margaret Ibbie]
b. June 30, 1884 - d. July 5, 1919
--We will meet
[d/o David Frank and Leanner Foster
#4-#5; married Howell Hensley on
June 12, 1912 in Unicoi Co.; child:
NOTE: Unicoi Co. Death Record #466-1919,
cause of death "
peritonitis and appendicitis"; informant was her brother W. B. Foster of Kittyton;
buried at "Hensley Cem." It's possible that her body is interred at the
Hensley Cem. and later, a stone was purchased abt. 1930 and placed at the
Foster Cemetery. After Maggie's widower,
Howell Hensley never remarried and
is buried next to their
Pearl Lee Hensley at
New Bradford Cem located on their farm at the
summit of Spivey Mountain.
b. July 19, 1927 - d. November 6, 1930
[s/o Daniel Harrison Foster and Della
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #26629-1930; cause of death
"diphtheria"; informant father of Erwin; parents mentioned in record; buried
Kyle's parents lived in Unicoi Co. up through the
1940's. Harrison worked in the pottery factory as a Kiln Foreman and
Drawing Cells (artisan). Sometime before 1950's, he and Della moved out to
the prairie country of Lakeville, Lake Co., Oregon and are buried at Sunset Park
[carved initials on field stone; suspected William's grave]
PLUS.....24 Unmarked Graves with field stones
[most likely descendants
of Fosters, Sheehans, Hensleys]
PHOTO: (left) Taken Sept.
2003 -bbpytel. Taking a break from clearing off the cemetery; [l-r
Duane, (late) Douglas and Scott Bradford, grandsons of Maggie Ibbie
Foster-Hensley #8. (right) Sept 2013, new sign and the cemetery is
in the background with the huge boxwood.
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