Old Ray (Rhea) Cemetery

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Search Old Ray (Rhea) Cemetery:

the "Old Ray Cemetery", located on the property of Mr. Joe Lee Rasco, Bone Cave (near McMinnville),Warren County, Tennessee. from info 1972

From correspondence Kathleen Pennington of McMinnville from Feb. 9, 1992:

"Today my husband and I drove to Wesley's Chapel about 20-25 miles from here. The Rhea's (Moses' line) owned several hundred acres (I think) in this vicinity. We took some pictures of an old Rhea home. There at least 3 or 4 Rhea cemeteries which are grown up and rocks destroyed in that vicinity. The place where my great grandfather was buried has all been cleared away and no markings of any graves left. The cemetery where Rev. John M. Ray is buried has been fenced in, I think that names can't be read on the rocks anymore. I do have a Rhea cousin who read the rocks several yars ago and sent me a notarized statement of same."

The statement referred to by Kathleen Pennington states:
" I, John W. Bezusko, husband of Johnnie C. Ham Bezusko ( a descendant of John Rae and his wife Mary), was able to decipher the inscription on the tombstone of Mary Rae's grave as follows:
In memory of
Who departed this life 12th Feb 1814 age 71 years
She wa a pious member of the Baptist Church for
forty years before her death
Mary Rae's grave is between the graves of her husband Reverend John RAE and daughter Mary Brazeal in the "Old Ray Cemetery", located on the property of Mr. Joe Lee Rasco, Bone Cave (near McMinnville), Tennessee.
Sworn and acknowledged...22 Oct, 1972"

Thomas J. Barnes of McMinnville discoverd an old RAE (RAY) graveyard, not far from town. This information is found in "Tennessee Cousins" page 526.
There were a few markers and about ten or more graves:

John Rae
died February 16, 1813
aged 74 years, Baptist Preacher

Nancy Cooper
daughter of J. M. Rae
died June 1, 1843
aged 61 years

Mary Brazeal
daughter of J. M. Rae
died 1811
aged 42 years

Isham Ray
died in the 21st year of his life, no date.

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