Dear Fellow Researchers,
I would like to
supply you with a small amount of information about a few
Cemeteries along the Campbell County and Scott County, TN,
county lines. I have taken the list below from the Campbell
and Scott County topographical maps located in the courthouses.
These cemeteries are difficult to locate because of their
location in the rural mountains.
*There are tombstones dating back to the Civil War. Five Civil
War veterans are buried at the Baker Cemetery. George Webb's
stone is a military stone and has the Jewish Star of David
inscribe upon it.
The list below contains the names of families that lived
in the area where the cemeteries are located. This list
may not be totally complete.
There is one other problem in accessing these cemeteries other
than their location. Some of the landowners have erected gates
blocking access to them. One of the landowners was heard to
say that the people buried in these cemeteries had no family
that would care to visit their gravesite. Cemeteries are a
valuable source of information for anyone trying to find their
family. It is a state law in Tennessee, (I'm not sure about
any other states), that you may not block access to any cemetery.
I would ask that if anyone were to find a gate blocking a
cemetery that they contact their local county commissioners,
road dept, and if necessary their county district attorney.
I would also contact your local historical society with the
information. Please, I stress do not take it upon yourself
to remove the gate. This should be done in a legal manner.
We should have access to the gravesites of our families, but
it will take public outrage to get the problem solved.
I would also request that if you know of any cemeteries
or gravesites that are not listed in your local historical
society register. Please, contact them and make the information
of the location available to them. It may protect the cemetery
from being forgotten or destroyed.
Thank you for your time,
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