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Elizabeth "Betty" Irvine Bone
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The stone that the monument is made of at the entrance of the cemetery was salvaged from an old railroad bridge that crossed Trace Creek at Denver, TN (near New Johnsonville). In the 1970's I was a brakeman for the L&N RR and used to pass over many sites where old bridges had been replaced and these old hand hewn stones were just pushed out of the way for the new bridge. All these years I have wanted to make a cemetery monument from one of them and in 2007, I caught a RR bridge crew working on a bridge where some of these stones were located. I approached the bridge foreman, told him my desire and with his track crane he loaded me one. For 28 hours I labored with masionary tools smoothing out the oval panel that the monument company needed in order to engrave it. The history behind this stone is interesting as it was laid at the bridge site by freed slaves that made up a couple of Union Army regiments that constructed the bridge at Denver when Union Army was extending the RR to old Johnsonville during the Civil War. (Written by Barton Bone 4-20-2009)
Added by: NatalieMaynor
3/27/2009
 
 
 
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