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Cheri Dunaway Smith (#47957981)
 member for 2 years, 7 months, 9 days
Flo Baker
Martha C. Byerly's marriage to Eli Baker
Martha & Eli are my husband's gt., gt., grandparents. We are searching for info re. Eli's death and/or any info re. their marriage and sons, Dewitt & Silas (husband's gt. grandfather). We've read that Silas lived with his maternal grandmother (Elizabeth Rainwater Chapman), but no reason given. We next find Silas married to Nancy Primrose. Have not found any additional info on Dewitt.
Would love to receive any information and/or suggestions on how to do further research. Thank you.

Added by Flo Baker on Mar 19, 2015 10:22 AM

RE: John Henry Patterson
Created by: Cheri Dunaway Smith
Record added: Feb 09, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 142423579

Are you certain that this interment is in Rose-Neath Cemetery? Rose-Neath was not dedicated until circa 1980's.

I have recorded all interments in cemetery but never seen a John Henry Patterson grave marker.


JB Berry

Added by JB BERRY on Feb 12, 2015 5:20 PM

Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
I found this on the internet !!
Hi Cheri,
Cheri, a good place to check is the Coffee County Historical Society 101 West Fort Street
Manchester, TN (931) 728-0145 They may where to find out if there is a complete list of burials for the Old Redden Cemetery. Find a Grave says that the cemetery has been only 90% photographed. That means there are possibly 10 or 11 tombstones left to photograph.

This is the only way that I can contact you, and I found this fairly recent news article about your ancestors...........

Stolen grave markers lead back to 19th-century story of a husband, wife in Manchester, Tenn.

October 6th, 2014 by Ben Benton in Local Regional News

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - A mystery that unfolded more than 1,000 miles from a remote cemetery in Coffee County, has led back to a Confederate soldier who survived the war and returned to farm the pastoral countryside west of Manchester like his father.

Samuel Jiles Elliott married his bride, Mary, on May 26, 1863. But the Civil War raged, and Elliott enlisted in the Confederate Army that same year. He was 21.

Elliott served as a private in Capt. G.W. Robinson's Company E of the Tennessee Volunteers. Then he returned to the land and the woman he loved. They lived out their lives together until Mary died in 1885 -- on her 42nd birthday.
Elliott had her tombstone inscribed with the epitaph, "We shal meet again."

The same words were put on his own tombstone when he died three years later, at age 45. Those tombstones sat side by side on the couple's graves for well over a century under the sprawling boughs of a massive cedar tree in Old Redden's Cemetery. Until this year.

The Elliott couple's tombstones were taken from their grave sites sometime over the summer, probably in June or July, Coffee County Sheriff's Office investigator Bill Marcom said Wednesday.
Inexplicably, Samuel's tombstone was found in August, 1,120 miles away in Spearfish, S.D., a town of 11,000 or so in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. The tombstone -- and two foot stones from a grave site about 100 feet from the Elliotts' final resting place -- was found in an alleyway off of State Street following the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the neighboring town, Spearfish officials say.

Karla Weber, the cemetery sexton at city-owned Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish, said it took just a few minutes to find the cemetery where Samuel Elliott's marker had come from once she and Spearfish police joined forces and poked around on the Internet.

After a search of cemetery records in local and nearby communities, the website provided a link to a photo and location of the marker within 15 minutes, Weber said Thursday.

"We all just stood there and stared at my computer, stunned," she said.
But the mystery wasn't over yet -- Mary's marker was still missing.

Initially, no one even knew that the Elliotts' grave markers had been taken. Ronald England, one of two caretakers at the Old Redden's Cemetery in Coffee County, filed a theft report in July, after it was discovered that the two foot stones were missing and that the cemetery's sign had been vandalized. England, 73, lives a couple miles away from the cemetery on a road named for his family, some of whom are buried at the graveyard he helps tend.

"The secretary [of the cemetery committee] said somebody called her and told her what was missing and she called me, and I went down there and looked at it and didn't even see the others [the Elliotts' tombstones] missing until I went up and reported it to the sheriff's department that we'd had a vandalism," England said.

"At the time the report was made, we didn't even know the headstones were gone," Marcom said. The foot stones were the only missing items noted at the time.

England noted that the theft happened as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was concluding.

"It's such a secluded place that you have so many people go out there and drink and make love and whatever they do out there," he said, "and I figured somebody just picked it up and carried it off."

England said he spoke a few weeks later with the sheriff's office and was told of the tombstone's discovery 1,100 miles away, a baffling distance to haul such a thing.

"It just makes one wonder. What an odd thing to steal -- it's just odd," Coffee County Historical Society member Beverly Vetter said as she listened to discussion about the missing markers.

Spearfish authorities set about returning Samuel Elliott's marker to Manchester.

Marcom said Spearfish police insured the marker and foot stones and returned them via the U.S. Postal Service. But the headstone arrived in Manchester in August in two pieces and the postal service said the insurance wouldn't cover the loss, he said. Marcom said he's going to repair and reinstall the marker himself over the winter.

Now, officials in Manchester as well as Spearfish hope to see Mary Elliott's headstone returned to its rightful place beside her husband's.

Weber said she hopes that whoever took Samuel Elliott's marker will take Mary Elliott's marker back to Coffee County. "I know Mrs. Elliott's has to be somewhere between here and there," she said.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at,, or 423-757-6569.

Cheri, a good place to check is the Coffee County Historical Society 101 West Fort Street
Manchester, TN (931) 728-0145 They may where to find out if there is a complete list of burials for the Old Redden Cemetery. Find a Grave says that the cemetery has been only 90% photographed. That means there are possibly 10 or 11 tombstones left to photograph.

Added by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman on Jan 23, 2015 9:39 PM

Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
Re: Transfer of Kate Daniels Elliott
Hi Cheri,
Another clue: James Anderson Elliott's parents Samuel Jiles Elliott 27679562 and Mary Ann McBride Elliott 27679548 are buried at Old Redden Cemetery. It would be the natural thing for James to bury his wife in the cemetery where his family are.

I think it would be safe to add Kate, her little son, Rubin, and her triplets to Old Redden Cemetery. They may or may not have tombstones.

James would have had enormous doctor and funeral bills at that time, and he may have not had money for tombstones.

I am going to try to find where the cemetery informations is located.


Added by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman on Jan 23, 2015 8:39 PM

Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
Re: Transfer of Kate Daniels Elliott
You are so very welcome.

By following some of my Mother friends that were some times in-law relatives, my tree has grown all out of proportion, to the point that I have some entries that are no known relation to me. That is how I came upon James Anderson Elliott.

Your message in his bio about not being able to find where Kate Daniels burial made me wonder if, just maybe, I could find any possibilities.

Several other times, searching out the nitty gritty stuff has proved successful.

Happy Hunting,

Added by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman on Jan 23, 2015 4:10 PM

May Ashby Royer
RE: LF Martinson
Yes his family was notified and the tags were returned to them a while back. I cant delete or edit photos that I didnt post. But if you could would you edit it so that the message is deleted so that his family isnt bothered. Thank you.

Added by May Ashby Royer on Nov 23, 2014 10:53 PM

Marsha Conwell
John Henry Dowell
You left flowers for Johnnie Leon Dowell. Thank you he is my father. John Henry Dowell is his father. My name is Marsha Dowell Conwell. I am also related to Minnie who is buried in Midway. I guess we are related, but not sure how.
Marsha Dowell Conwell
You can also find me on Facebook

Added by Marsha Conwell on Oct 14, 2014 2:13 PM

Lorri Dyer
I guess we are long lost cousins!!!

Added by Lorri Dyer on Oct 01, 2014 5:20 PM

Jim Macey
S. J. Elliott
Did you see the story of his stone turning up in Spearfish, South Dakota? Fascinating.

Added by Jim Macey on Sep 24, 2014 5:26 PM

Carol Hoch
George Cermak
Thinking it has to have been a typing error on my part. I corrected it to match his stone. Thanks so much for the heads up.

Added by Carol Hoch on May 19, 2014 6:17 AM

Charlene Stubblefield
Thank you Cheri. I will keep you posted on anything we plan or that I found out about RBC.

Added by Charlene Stubblefield on Oct 15, 2013 8:21 AM

Charlene Stubblefield
RE: Roberts Black Cemetery
Please send me any information you have. I am also trying to get this cemetery set up with an historic marker. Thanks for transferring them to me. I will keep up posted with the progress that I make with this project. I will make sure my daughter is aware of what I am doing so I can pass it on to her when I am unable to continue. Edward Humphrey is my uncle and passed away about two weeks ago. This is another reason I am challenged to get this cemetery documented. My mother, all my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousin from both sides of my family are buried at Roberts Cemetery. I want to make sure my grandchildren and great-grandchildren (when I get some :)) know the legacy of my family. Again, thank you for caring and starting this process. I also plan to help others document forgotten cemeteries in the Waller County area.

Added by Charlene Stubblefield on Oct 14, 2013 2:07 PM

Charlene Stubblefield
RE: Roberts Black Cemetery
Thank you so much for getting this documentation process started. You and your daughter did a lot of work. My family and I are really thankful. We plan to meet in November to discuss making improvements to the cemetery and I will tell them about your great idea of getting a sign made.

Question: Did you create the following description of the cemetery on

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Next to Roberts Cemetery, separated by fence and has its own entrance. It is believed that this cemetery began with slave burials from the Roberts and Montgomery plantations. There are several field stones marking graves.

I am very curious about where this information came from.

Thank again.

Added by Charlene Stubblefield on Oct 14, 2013 8:51 AM

Charlene Stubblefield
Roberts Black Cemetery

Thank you for adding many of the grave information for the Roberts Black Cemetery. I have set up an account and will continue where you have left off. My mother and many other relatives are buried here and I want to make sure someone in the family documents this cemetery. I had no idea someone had already started this process. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My family and I really appreciate all your efforts.


Added by Charlene Stubblefield on Oct 10, 2013 11:18 PM

B Long
RE: Woodrow Hooper Elliott
You're welcome Cheri, anytime I can help at Bells Campground or around Knoxville just let me know.


Added by B Long on Sep 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Sarah Locklin Taylor
RE: Elliotts
You are very welcome.

Wishing you continued success in your research!

Best Regards,

Added by Sarah Locklin Taylor on Sep 02, 2013 12:23 PM

Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis
Gilbert Miller
I did find Gilbert Miller. If you contact me by e-mail I can help with this family.

Added by Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis on Aug 14, 2013 5:14 PM

Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis
Ozema Miller
You sent a message to me about Ozema Miller. He is my Paternal Great-Uncle. The picture posted on his memorial is of my grandmother and her brothers. I will check into the info you sent but at this time I do not know a Gilbert. Will research more on this. If you have any info you can share with me please send to me directly at my e-mail address in F A G.

Added by Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis on Aug 14, 2013 9:00 AM

Cory Collier
RE: Roberts Cemetery in Hockley
I haven't been there in several years, so I honestly couldn't tell you. I'm sorry.

Added by Cory Collier on Jul 29, 2013 5:28 PM

Dorothy Young Campbell

Thanks! I appreciate you letting me know. Appreciate it. Made correction.


Added by Dorothy Young Campbell on Jul 27, 2013 9:09 PM

RE: Destiny
sorry I just saw this I added it thank you for that.

Added by erica on Jul 24, 2013 8:05 AM

Karen Ann King Starkey
Re: Destiny Lynn Vestal
I transferred the memorial I created for her to you. I realize this one is a duplicate. I will let you decide what to do about the duplicate.

Thank you for all everything you do for the Find A Grave community.

Added by Karen Ann King Starkey on Jul 07, 2013 2:13 PM

Bobby Lee Dodson
RE. Cagley
Ok, I finally untwisted this one. lol. The father of Joseph Righte (probably
should be Wright) Cagley seen here is John Walker Cagley (Find A Grave #39781426) and his
mother was Louisa Staples Cagley (Find A Grave #39554792)if you want to link them.

He was apparently named after Joseph Walker Cagley, his grandfather, who was
married to Elizabeth Dunaway.

Mystery solved.
Don't you love it when it all comes together.
That's what its all about.
Bobby in Alabama.

Added by Bobby Lee Dodson on Jun 25, 2013 3:48 PM

Bobby Lee Dodson
Joseph Cagley Sr.
Cheri, I took a picture of a video I made a few years back of Joseph Cagley Sr. and his wife Louise, parents of the Joseph you asked about.
Its not at all good, its all I have.
E-mail me and I will send It.
Good luck with with your search.

Added by Bobby Lee Dodson on Jun 23, 2013 1:25 PM

Johnny Chandler
Thank you Cheri for the info sent for Johnny, it was well appreciated and has been applied and credit given.
A Friend

Added by Bonnie on Apr 13, 2013 4:16 PM


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