|Mike Gourley (#47400716)|
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Do you ever wonder why some folks are on this site? Is it ego, boredom, or a desire to be helpful? Some folks create memorials, some like taking pictures and some do both. For some folks it is all about genealogy. As for me, I started posting at the request of a member on a hiking site. You see, my thing is hiking. My area of particular interest is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A few years ago I became intrigued with cemeteries of the National Park. As you can tell from my profile picture I seek out old home places of those that once settled in what became the national park. I continue to venture into places long forgotten by most visitors to the park. Many of the cemeteries in the national park are lost or very rarely receive any attention. Some of those cemeteries I have created and posted pictures on findagrave. It saddened me to know that some of these hard working people would someday be forgotten and their memories just dust in the wind. Some of them already are. So I do the best I can to visit these places and share what I do know with others. I write blogs that I hope leave a blueprint for future generations. Someday the settlements of the smokies will be buried beneath the dirt and leaf litter. The chimneys fall and graves stones crumble. One day they will be nothing more than a memory. A friend of mine told me about a couple graves he found on a ridge above an old home place. If not for the Boxwoods that had been planted behind the stones one would not even think them to be burials. The headstones are now enclosed by the boxwoods. The two footstones indicate that these were adults. It is off trail and a hard hike to find them. I am not even sure the Park service knows they are there. I only know because of the blood and sweat of a friend who found them and knew I would be interested. I just did the hike myself and can attest to the blood and sweat as you fight the rhododendron and feel the bite of the briers to reach this place. So why am I on here? Because I do not want those mountain people to be forgotten. Much is left to speculation about these places. Everything is subject to revision. So if I have made any errors on this site be rest assured none were made in malice. My only reason for creating a memorial is because of my belief that no one should be forgotten. My hope has always been that someone would request a transfer of management. I want and desire them to be managed by family members. My life situation today is one in which I do not really have time for upkeep so please feel free to request transfer.|
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|Charles Dean Crosby||Carr Cemetery|
I was attempting to fill a couple photo requests for Carr Cemetery in Sevier County. Not until I hiked up to Carr Branch Cemetery, did I realize these are 2 different cemeteries. Carr Cemetery on Findagrave.com does not have a map or location. I contacted them, but they had no idea. I also contacted the people who posted a memorial, but have not heard from any of them. Do you know where it might be.?
|Charles Dean Crosby||Green Cemetery|
Mike, As I stated in an email to you earlier today, yesterday I hiked Old Settlers Trail. I took the side trail up to Green Cemetery. I took 3 pictures, as there were only 2 readable stones, which were very very new. I was going to put them on findagrave, but did not, because the pictures you have are very different. Your documentation of where the cemetery is located, is where I was. To get to the cemetery, it is about 1/4 mile off Old Settlers trail. The last 100 yards is a steep climb to the hilltop. On Old Settlers Trail, there is a fresh sign on a tree Stating "Green Cemetery" with an arrow. The path to the cemetery is marked with fresh gray markings (simular to what you would see on the Appl Trl). I only saw about a dozen stones, all with no markings, except the two new ones. I do not want to post these unless we are sure they are one in the same Green Cemetery. Would like to email you these before posting. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send to you.
|Charles Dean Crosby||Your Profile|
Mike, your profile is most interesting as we have some of the same interests. I recently retired and we moved to Gatlinburg permanently. Pryor we had a second home here, but sold our primary residence and moved here.
I am an avid hiker also. Yesterday I was on Old Settlers Trail. I hike one or two days a week anywhere from 5 to 20 miles per hike. My goal is to hike all 900 miles of the GSNP maintained trails. Also looking to the future in doing the App Trail.
I do a lot of genealogy research, mostly on my own family lines. My thing is research on my own family, and to help other with specific info as I can. If I go to a graveyard, I will first look at it on findagrave. Or if I am out hiking, I will do the same. If anyone has a request for a picture, I will look for it also and post.
The Plemmons Cemetery find is a long story. I had been at the "Ownby" cemetery while hiking Porters Creek Trail, looking for stones that had photo requests on findagrave. I stopped at the ranger station to ask them if they knew on any other "Ownby" graveyards in the are. The park ranger at Greenbriar showed me the map they have and this cemetery was listed as another "Ownby" cemetery. I determined that it was not on findagrave, so decided to hike up there and take pictures, thinking it was another small graveyard in the Smokies. Shocked when I got there! So decided, OK I am here, take photo's of all the stones that had inscriptions. Then I stopped at the Gatlinburg Libray and discoverd it was really Plemmons Cemetery. So I have all these pictures and still going through them and comparing with what is on findagrave.
As for findagrave, I post info and pictures on my family(s)and also try to help others that have pictures requests. Accuracy is important to me, so if I make an error, I want to know about it. Also if I find an error or have additional info, I will leave an email. I do not seek out new memorials to place on findagrave, as I have plenty of my own family research to do.
Thought you may be interested in what my motives were regarding the Plemmons Cemetery.
Let's do a hike someday!
|Charles Dean Crosby||Plemmons Cemetery|
I added a photo of the stone of M.E. Huskey at Plemmons Cemetery, Greenbriar, Sevier County, TN, because it shows some of the dates better. As you know, photo's of the same stone can vary based on time of day, sun direction, and after the first heavy frost the mos is not as visible. Anyway, the photo I added shows the birth date as May 19, 1867. The death date appears to be Feb. ??, 18?1. Please look at my photo and update the dates as you feel led. Thanks for all your work in this cemetery.
|Andy Goss||RE: Chestnut Flats Cemetery, Blount Co, TN|
Thanks and rest up. I will contact you again when I get back home.
|Andy Goss||RE: Chestnut Flats Cemetery, Blount Co, TN|
Thanks for your quick and courteous reply.
It *is* believable that this cemetery isn't gps-marked, as it has been heck for me to find any information about how to get to it. It's so tantalizing, seeing photos posted of my GG-Grandfather's gravestone, and not being able to find my way to it.
I was hoping to go back there before the Parson Branch Road closes for the season, Nov 17th I think it is. But if not, there's always next year.
If you decide to hike in from 129, my wife and I could meet you along the Parson Branch Road at a point of your choosing (at the Gregory Bald Trail pull-out?), go from the parking area with you to find the Cemetery, and then take you back to your car in our high-clearance 4WD vehicle. We are out of town right now, but will be back in town late Tuesday the 5th. We live in Asheville, NC, so it's about a 3-hour trip for us over to Cades Cove.
Please let me know if you decide to work this venture in this season. Again, thanks for the info.
|Andy Goss||Chestnut Flats Cemetery, Blount Co, TN|
Hi Mr. Gourley,
I am Lynn Goss, and I have a few relatives buried in the Chestnut Flats Cemetery in GSMNP. Among them are my GG-Grandfather, Wison Burchfield, and my GG-Gramdmother, Elizabeth Burchfield (Baker).
However, I cannot find the cemetery! My wife and I tried yesterday, but with no success. I have read it's off Parson Branch Rd, out of Cades Cove, but I don't where to find it -- it isn't marked from the road, and it's a long way around to make another go at it!
Can you tell me how to find the Chestnut Flats cemetery? I sure would appreciate it!
|shelly parker||Nations Cemetery in Swain Co.|
My name is Dean Parker. I live in Hudson N.C. My father,Lloyd,was born in 1899 in Ravensford. My mother,stella was born in 1903 in Whittier. In 1927 there 18 month old daughter died from spinal menghitis and was reportedly buried in Nations Cemetery. I have seen the photos that you have posted on Find A Grave's website, and was wondering if you have seen any infant graves there. I plan on visiting the area in a couple of weeks and would also like to know how hard it is to find the cemetery
|Mike Thomas||Thank you|
For the photos and information for John Stinnett and Mary Bohannon.
PS. i think that is the best bio i've read on here.
Added by Logan on Sep 03, 2013 1:44 AM
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