Charlton Ford Cemetery

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Charlton Ford Cemetery

Also known as Charleton Ford Cemetery

Location
Silver Hill, Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA
Memorials 32 added (72% photographed)

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The Charlton/Charleton Ford Cemetery was first transcribed in 1971 by Ernie Johns and was included in the book, “Cemeteries and Graveyards of Rutherford County, Tennessee“, with a listing of 20 headstones. Ernie also noted that there were a number of unmarked fieldstones graves and a few graves with cedar plank markers. Ernie Johns named the cemetery Charlton Ford Cemetery due to the nearby ford across Fall Creek and the Charlton graves in the cemetery. Other references have used the spelling of Charleton Ford Cemetery, so it is cross referenced with both spellings. The Charlton family lived closed to this location around 1900 and it is assumed that the cemetery was part of their land at that time. By 2009, the more permanent markers remained, but the cedar planks mentioned in 1971 were gone. In February 2016, the cemetery was cleaned and 6 more headstones were uncovered in the southwestern corner of the cemetery. The cemetery was in a lovely spot with fields and pastures on one side and on the other a bluff-top view of the Fall Creek. But in 2016, the fields and pastures were sold and a new subdivision is to be built there. How this will impact the cemetery is not known.
Why a cemetery in this location? One theory is the cemetery was once adjacent to a camp meeting place for followers of the Methodist church. At one time, there was a primitive road that passed right beside the cemetery. The road is long gone, but was known to have been a shortcut from Charlton Ford to Powell’s Chapel Church and most likely the Methodist Church, while it existed. Perhaps before 1834, the presence of this road passing here, the creek and the reliable spring water would have made this an excellent destination for a Methodist camp meeting with maybe a nearby cemetery.

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GPS Coordinates: 36.0153, -86.4056

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #10420