|Cummins Mill Road|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Owen Cemetery is located on the Cummings Mill Road, Jackson County,
Tennessee, about three fourths mile from the Dodson Branch Road. The
cemetery is owned by the Mount Union United Methodist Church. The land was
given to the church by Martin Van Buren Lewis and his wife, Susannah Farmer
Lewis, on 20 September 1882, with the stipulation that no grave be put South
of Eliza F. Lewis' grave. Eliza F. Lewis was the infant daughter of Mr & Mrs
Lewis. Eliza F. Lewis was removed from the Owen Cemetery and was buried in
the Cookeville City Cemetery, Cookeville, TN after the death of her mother.
The grave site is still visable where Eliza was buried.
The cemetery is called the Owen Cemetery due to the Winburn Owen family
owning the land around the cemetery from 1892 until the death of Thurman Owen
in 1991. Previous owners of the farm were Nathaniel Mason, Hugh Swearingin
and his sons, James, Levi, and William. William Sweringin sold the farm in
1851 to Stanley Spradling, a son-in-law of Isaac Jaquess. Spradling sold the
farm to Martin Van Buren Lewis. Mr Lewis sold the farm to his nephew, Isaac
Robert Jaquess. Isaac R. Jaquess then sold the farm to his brother-in-law,
Peek sold the farm to Winburn Owen and it remained in the Owen family until
1991. The farm has now been subdivided.
There are approximately 125 graves in the cemetery and most are marked by
field stones. In the North West corner of the cemetery, there is an eroded
slate headstone with the date "born in 1776. I am assuming the the North
West corner contains the earliest graves. All graves are laid in rows facing
East and are in a fairly straight line.