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Cheri Dunaway Smith (#47957981)
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Bio Photo My BIO- Married, mother of 6, Retired Texas Realtor and now in the process of opening a campground. We own land in Arkansas so 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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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
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