Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Cemeteries, Historic Sites | 1 comment

Acuff Chapel

“Established in 1786, this was the first Methodist Episcopal Church to be erected on Tennessee soil. Bishop Francis Asbury preached here often. A ten-day revival held here by Rev. John A. Granade began the Great Revival of 1780-1781. The chapel was named for Timothy Acuff, who gave the land on which it was erected, and whose son. Rev. Francis Acuff, was a convert at the Granade meeting.”    ~ Marker 1A-51, Tennessee Historical Commission

This historic cemetery is located approximately ½ mile south of Blountville on State Route 126. The cemetery is clean and well-cared for. Acuff Chapel was built between 1783 and 1786 on the land of Timothy Acuff, given to him for his service in the Revolutionary War. (According to Acuff-Ecoff Family Archives researcher Billie R. McNamara, Timothy Acuff purchased this land in Blountville. He never received a military land grant.) It is the oldest Methodist Church in Tennessee and was built by Timothy Acuff and Micajah Adams. The building was also used as a school.

“The original logs were used when the chapel was restored by the Holston Conference. The adjoining cemetery contains the remains of Francis Acuff, Timothy Acuff, Anna Leigh Acuff, and other early settlers. The Timothy Acuff log house, built before 1786, stands opposite the chapel and is a private home. The pews and pulpit are from Adams Chapel, which replaced Acuff’s Chapel in 1887.” ~ The General Commission on Archives & History of the United Methodist Church.

TNGenWeb Cemetery Database 1275445

GPS coordinates: 36.534824371, -82.359588623, elevation 1614.

Map location: Blountville quad

Transcribed by Donna Briggs and Gary Sawyer on December 10, 2002, members of the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee.

  • Adams, Elizabeth Holston   1763 – 1842 Wife of Micajah Adams Erected in 1937 by the 3rd, 4th & 5th generations
  • Adams, Micajah   No dates  Tennessee PVT Shelby’s Regt. Rev. War (According to the Revolutionary War records, he was born in 1759 in North Carolina and died in 1843 in Tennessee.) HW
  • Add?, Priscila   Only one date Nov. 17, 18??
  • Adams, Barbara   August 22, 1811 – May 30, 1863 Wife of Stephen Adams
  • Adams, Jesse   1798 – 1873
  • Adams, Stephen   May 6, 1801 – July 4, 1863
  • Cate, Thomas J.   December 14, 1848  – January 27, 1911
  • Cate, Dorcas R.   July 10, 1844 – June 30, 1926 Mother
  • Allen, Elizabeth Cate   June 29, 1885 – February 10, 1925
  • Allen, Nellie Cate   1876 – 1945
  • Booher, Louisa W. Hamilton   January 28, 1821 – October 24, 1860
  • Hamilton, Southwell V.   February 20, 1829 – Illegible [Masonic emblem] [Stone has been broken and repaired, making death date illegible.]
  • Frazier, Elizabeth   June 1, 1837 – February 11, 1902
  • Hamilton, Ellen   October 10, 1803 – October 22, 1891
  • Hamilton, Timothy   April 3, 1788 – July 1, 1837
  • Acuff, Timothy   Ca. 1738 – 1823, for whom Acuff Chapel was named
  • Illegible
  • Illegible
  • Cate, Hattie L. 1885 – 1969 [Same stone as Rush Cate]
  • Cate, Rush M. 1878 – 1944  [Same stone as Hattie Cate]

Submitter — HW Hailey Williams


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Acuff Chapel marker

One Response to “Acuff Chapel”

  1. Julie Scott says:

    Timothy Acuff was our fifth great grandfather!


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