|Highgrove Circle, Franklin, TN|
Postal Code: 37069
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Williamson County Map lists this cemetery as McGavock Cemetery. It is located near the corner of Gillette Drive and Highgrove Circle. These streets are in the custom section of River Landing Subdivision.
The cemetery is the resting place of many member of James and Lucinda (Ewing) McGavock and their family. Lucinda's stone remains intact but Jame's stone has toppled to the ground and is broken into several pieces. If you look closely at the top of Jame's stone you will note that it is similar to the shape of his son, Alexander's, headstone. This enables cemetery visitors to gain a better idea of how the original stones once stood.
James McGavock, son of Hugh, was a third generation McGavock in the United States. The family was originally from Additional information about this family can be found in a book entitled, "The McGavock Family: A Genealogical History of James McGavock and His Descendants From 1760 to 1903". The book was written by Rev. Robert Gray and published in Richmond, VA in 1903.
With regard to the physical description of the cemetery, the builder of the subdivision did some damage by moving stones around and pushing some to the center of the cemetery; however, Michael Zachary Williams Glaser worked with the TN State Archeologist and other members of Boy Scouts of America to restore the cemetery by removing trash that had been built up for 30+ years, removing fallen trees, overgrown bushes, barbed wire, etc. from the site. Plants and flowers that were typically found in cemeteries of that age were planted on the site. The State Archeologist made suggestions as to how to address the tombstones. After the work was done, a legal contract was drawn up which required the cemetery to be maintained by the subdivision home owners association. There was no expiration date on the contract.
Even with the restoration efforts, the cemetery markers continue to age and grow less legible with time. Several of the stones have no names. Some are broken and stacked near a tree (thanks to the developer). One unmarked stone appears to be a large round table top. There is a column that may have once been the base of the table.
Across the street from the McGavock cemetery is a slave cemetery. The slave cemetery is not maintained as well as the McGavock's family cemetery. None of the markers contain names. For the most part the markers are more like pieces of stones laid to mark the head or foot of a grave. Over time, these markers have become dislodged and unless one knew that the area was a cemetery you probably would not have imagined that the fenced in area contained anything special.
Additional information about the individuals buried in this cemetery will be provided in the upcoming months. Please check back to learn more.