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Cheri Dunaway Smith (#47957981)
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Bio Photo My BIO- Divorced, mother of 6, Retired Texas Realtor. We do a lot of travelling and pass many cemeteries along the way. If it's on my route, I might just stop and see who's there.

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost

Some of my family surnames: DUNAWAY, ELLIOTT, MOREN, McBride, JOHNSON, Cagley, DOWELL, DIAS, MAY, MADDOX, SCARBROUGH, SMITH, Humphrey, Byerly, etc.

PLEASE let me know if you see I have made a mistake on an entry or if a memorial I manage is incorrect. I am very approachable and will respond unless I am out of town.


RE: Pictures I have taken...feel free to use them as you would like. You do not have to ask for permission. If I didn't want to share them then they wouldn't be on the internet. : )
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Diane Jackson
RE: Roberts Black Cemetery

I know you said everything was transfered to Ms. Stubblefield, but the property with the awning does not belong to either cemetery. This is the neighbor's property to the right and this is their personal property in the picture. They are very kind to allow us to access the cemetery from there property.

Best regards,

Diane Jackson

Added by Diane Jackson on Aug 26, 2015 7:53 PM
Diane Jackson
RE: Roberts Black Cemetery
Her father is the keeper of the book of internments. I believe the internments have not been kept up nor has the cemetery been kept up. We were down last week. Mr. Charles Shepherd did not say anything about his daughter taking over the records for the cemetery so it sounds like she is willing to do so.

The upkeep is a do as you are able. The white cemetery to my knowledge has been willing to combine. Our access to the cemetery is through the neighbors property; therefore, the cover to cross under does not belong to the black cemetery.

This is a backwards situation and the Historical Marker needs to be established for the black side as they are to seperate cemeteries and were never included in the original marker for Roberts. I would like to see the historical marker established for my husband's side of the cemetery.

I am going to contact the Boys Scouts of America to see if this can be set up as a service project to clean up the cemetery on an on going basis as the younger descendants are hard to gather to do this. My husband is now on dialysis and it is difficult.

We will return next month to clean up the cemetery.

Thank you Cheri,

Keep in touch. Diane Jackson
Added by Diane Jackson on Aug 26, 2015 10:23 AM
Diane Jackson
Roberts Black Cemetery
Hi Cheri, my husband's family is buried at Robert's Cemetery. The individual who has the burial book is Charles Shepard. My husband is going to the Cemetery to do a little clean up.

The listing for Carl Jackson, who died in 2005, is Calvin Earl Jackson. There are others that you missed as they don't have stones.

James Louis Jackson
Born 17 Feb 1949.
Died 14 Feb 2006

Fannie Marie Williams
Born 9 Jan 1952
Died 12 Dec 2009

Catherine Jackson Anderson
Born 3 Feb 1937
Died 19 July 1997

We always refer to the name of the cemetery as Roberts Road Cemetery. Our Aunt James Ella Smith knows more on the history of the Cemetery. She lives on A Street in Waller. Her parents are Eugene and Galilee Walker. She know who the Baby Jackson is. I might. I will look again.

My e-mail is 214-566-0638.
Thank you for what I wanted to do. As far as I know the lot have not been plotted.

Thanks again,
Diane Jackson

All will let you know of others as I find them.

Added by Diane Jackson on Aug 21, 2015 7:39 AM
Clayton Raney
Martha Jane Humphrey Elliott addendum
I just came across a marriage date of 1944 for Martha Jane and Woodrow Hooper Elliott so maybe it is a matter of changing the word "first" to "second"...?!?

Thanks again,
Clayton Raney
Added by Clayton Raney on Aug 14, 2015 5:54 AM
Clayton Raney
Memorial #112904893-Matha Jane Humphrey Elliott
Cheri, I'll admit to being confused b y this lady's bio, yet I think I understand it (sort of). I do think there is an error.

It states that her 1st husband was James Anderson Elliott and her third was his son Woodrow Hooper Elliott, butt the last paragraph shows "Children of Martha Jane and James Anderson not yet linked (married 1-30-1925)...". If James was her first husband, either the date is wrong or the name should be "Woodrow Hooper" ... unless the earlier statement "Martha Jane's 3rd husband, Woodrow Hooper Elliott was the biological son of her first husband James Anderson Elliott" should have read "...son of her SECOND husband...".

Wow, this IS confusing but I hope you can shed some light on it. Sorry to dump this mess on Thanks for your assistance,
Clayton Raney
Added by Clayton Raney on Aug 14, 2015 5:41 AM
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
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