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Old St. John Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery

Haywood County, Tennessee


Last Name

First/Middle/Maiden

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Notes

Archbell

Dave

27 May 1851

17 Mar 1925

"Weep not he is at rest"; From JKT Smith Book

Campbell

Albert

20 Dec 1832

8 Jan 1897

"He is not dead but sleepeth"; From JKT Smith Book

Carney

Geneva

1916

1941

"Gone but not forgotten"; a fallen stone; From JKT Smith Book

Jones

Jane

abt 1849

Easter 1919

Age 70; "Gone but not forgotten"; From JKT Smith Book

Jones

Orange

abt 1842

5 Apr 1919

Age 77; "Gone but not forgotten"; From JKT Smith Book

Maben

Edmon

4 Jul 1827

6 Oct 1899

"Gone but not forgotten"; From JKT Smith Book

Maben

Edmon W.

10 Aug 1878

22 Feb 1908

"Heaven is my hope"; From JKT Smith Book

Maben

Fannie

1 Nov 1872

30 Apr 1902

"There is no parting in heaven"; From JKT Smith Book

Maben

Louis

16 Oct 1869

27 Jul 1893

W/O Walter Maben; "Christ is my hope"; From JKT Smith Book

Maben

Nannie J.

17 Jun 1875

18 Jun 1905

"She died as she lived,trusting in God"; a fallen stone; From JKT Smith Book

Maben

Walter

26 Mar 1866

29 Apr 1893

"Only sleeping"; a broken stone; From JKT Smith Book

Newsom

George W.

29 May 1886

29 Jun 1913

From JKT Smith Book

Shaw

Sallie

12 Mar 1864

22 Aug 1899

"Weep not he is at rest"; From JKT Smith Book

Shaw

Willie

No Date

10 Jun 1935

TN Pvt 368 Inf 92 Div; From JKT Smith Book

Sweet

Marion



buried in unmarked grave per Mr. Hazel Boyd; from JKT Smith book

Thomas

Alice

3 May 1860

14 Jul 1922

"She was too good, too gentle and fair to dwell in this cold world of care"; inside a wire fence; From JKT Smith Book

Thomas

Joe

1887

1938

"Father" "We miss you"; inside a wire fence; From JKT Smith Book

Thomas

John

1868

1940

"We will meet again"; a fallen stone; inside a wire fence; From JKT Smith Book

Thomas

John Henry

17 Sep 1912

14 Jun 1954

TN PFC 589 QM Laundry Co WW II; inside a wire fence; From JKT Smith Book

Thomas

W.M.(Martro)

17 Aug 1896

7 Aug 1918

S/O John W. & Alice Thomas; Dancyville Chapel CME Church; "Gone but not forgotten"; inside a wire fence; From JKT Smith Book

Directions: Located in Dancyville, Tennessee; situated on a sloping hill about 0.1 mile west of the United Methodist Church (dating to 1837) (from JKT Smith book).

Source: “Tombstone Inscriptions From Black Cemeteries In Haywood County, Tennessee,” by Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1998 (Used with permission).

Note: Once the site of Old St. John Missionary Baptist Church, this cemetery served as a community black burial ground for generations although it has now been abandoned for burials. Judging from the many evident graves and sandstone markers, there are hundreds of unmarked graves here. Having been informed by her contacts of the existence of this cemetery, Ms Reese Moses there upon alerted the compiler about the same and he read the tombstones here in mid-November 2000. (from JKT Smith book)

From WPA cemetery survey (20 Apr 1939):

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14 Sep 2008