Brown-Knight Cemetery

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Brown-Knight Cemetery

Giles County, Tennessee, USA
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Four Brown sisters or in-laws (don't know which) came to Giles Co in early times to live there and nothing much is known. One married a Knight it seems. They sold their slaves to C.E. Reed's grandfather. They were relations of that early Brown family in southern Giles Co that became very prominent in Tennessee History, two of which served as Governors of the state. Still their small graveyard was destroyed by neglect & un-thoughtful people.

What I found here was a completely destroyed graveyard. No stones were standing under a lone Walnut Tree. Part of a base was still there. I am told land owners in the past used the stones to weigh down their cultivator disks when there were plenty of boulders around the area to be used.
Anyway my trusty probe was utilized to uncover several pieces of stones completely buried. All were parts of tombstones that were smashed into several pieces many years ago by some force.
A part of a headstone for Martha Brown was found. Another footstone had the initials R.K. standing for (Rebecca Knight?), another stone bits of inscription for the monument to Elizabeth Brown (nothing else known), another footstone with one initial R remaining on the left side (initial of given name). Later I would be told this was an old Slave Graveyard ta da - ta da - well you know the story. All "old torn up graveyards" were very old slave graveyards to the uninformed public. However, there may have been slaves buried here somewhere in unmarked graves along with other unknown souls. All these graves were set during the slavery period (prior to 1860). I was not convinced this was only a slave graveyard. When I investigated this I was able to match these graves up the Brown-Knight Cemetery (in the Giles Co Cemetery Book 1986, by the Historical Society). This cemetery at one time had the most of five monuments standing. It should be excavated more thoroughly to uncover all the sunken parts of tombstones and reassemble them for more inscriptions.


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GPS Coordinates: 35.02914, -86.95309

  • Added: 20 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2632861