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Old Bluff Cemetery (Near Rutherford) Now Plowed Over. Located on a Bluff above the Rutherford Fork of the Obion River. Charles Franklin Edmundson (1904 - 1986) described the cemetery circa 1914 as being overgrown with vines and small trees. His father Benjamin Franklin "Mack" Edmundson showed him the cemetery while they were on a fishing trip. Some tombstones were still standing but most were broken or thrown to the ground. some of the names were Edmundson, Burgin, Ward and Tinkle. Pointing to one part of the cemetery his father indicated that this was the oldest part of the cemetery, dating back to the 1830's. There were no markers there. Until after the Civil War there was no Railroad to bring in stone for markers. The reason the cemetery was placed on the river was because in the winter the rude dirt lanes were impassible, but coffins could brought up or down the river. Robert Patton, a Revolutionary War Figure from Buncombe County, NC owned the land, built a Presbyterian Church from logs and set aside the land for the cemetery. There was a double clear water spring also located there. Robert Patton was said to be the first burial. I am the fourth great-grandson of Robert Patton.