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Tommie Moser Nichols (#47108891)
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Prompted by my father to personally find all family cemeteries in the Monroe Co., TN, area, I learned how addictive "walking on the ground your ancestors walked on" is! An awakening was finding the horrific conditions some cemeteries are in, including those managed by TVA. Finding the Find-a-Grave website will enable me to more readily show the world what can happen when no one cares. I am a UT graduate with 3 grown children. Recently, I became aware of 3 African American Cemeteries in Lonsdale - the middle of the city of Knoxville, TN. Research done by Robert McGinnis proved it to encompass 24 acres, most of which became a dumping ground, was overgrown, and was a location for unspeakable criminal activity. Sheriff J. J. Jones has undertaken the clearing of the worst - Southern Chain and Longview. I am attempting to capture every stone possible and preserve the memories of these special people before they again become victims and disappear. Some photos are very bad, and I apologize. Due to the terrain conditions, I was very limited. My research priorities are Moser, Nichols, Nuchols, Davis, Cook, Clemens, Hurst, and the families involved in the Howard-McGhee-Jones Feud in TN.
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Kevin Bogle
RE: William Bradley, 1825-1910, Southern Chain Cemetery
Hi, Tommie,

Thank you for your reply. There's no apologies necessary. I know from experience that when you're researching genealogy or cemetery information, sometimes we don't quite remember where something came from, or have the documentation to back it up. It's no problem at all.

I have been researching William Bradley's life and the lives of his family members, and I have found some fascinating stuff. That includes a newspaper article from the 1940s where his son talked about his father's life as a slave. It also includes a transcript of his court testimony from the 1870s, where he talked about running away from his master (who happened to own the Baker-Peters House on Kingston Pike) and going to live with his first wife, who was a free woman.

I also visited the Southern Chain and the other two cemeteries a couple of months ago. It's a shame that they have gotten overgrown again. I am researching the history of these cemeteries as a volunteer for Knox Heritage. They plan on nominating these properties to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. They hope that if these cemeteries are included, it will be easier to keep them clean and maintained. The info I'm finding will hopefully help Knox Heritage in the nominating process.

Anyway, thanks again for getting back with me. Have a great day!
Added by Kevin Bogle on May 18, 2017 6:44 AM
Kevin Bogle
William Bradley, 1825-1910, Southern Chain Cemetery
Hello, Tommie,

My name is Kevin Bogle. I am volunteering with Knox Heritage, researching the history of the Southern Chain cemetery in Knoxville, as well as the life of William Bradley. He was once an owner of the cemetery land and is buried there.
You created the profile for William Bradley on, and you mentioned that he was the son of another William Bradley and a Julia Bradley. Could you please tell me your source for this information? Was it in a Virginia census or somewhere else? Thank you very much for any information you could provide; I appreciate it. Have a great day.

Kevin Bogle
Added by Kevin Bogle on May 16, 2017 2:58 PM
Glenda Rowland
RE: Clota Mason
Thanks Tommie. I am not related to any of them but I am related to most of the Wilson and Brown line in Monroe Co. I appreciate all that you have done.
Added by Glenda Rowland on May 05, 2017 6:47 PM
Teresa Harris
Saint Paul
Please send me transfer request for any of your family.
Added by Teresa Harris on Apr 20, 2017 10:12 PM
Sylvia Garland
Baby Ogle tombstone picture
Mr. Nichols, you are more than welcome to use that photo in any way you need to. I am sorry I posted the wrong other could be found, and I stayed in that cemetery 3 hours searching & searching. Hopefully you can find someone who can use the photo. Please forgive me for taking so long to get back to you. Sincerely, Sylvia Garland
Added by Sylvia Garland on Apr 17, 2017 11:31 AM
Vertis Lucas, Foster, Holstick, Threatt, Descendan
John L Holstick and Wife Elizabeth(Isabella) Holstick
tjlee08 Burial Place: His death certificate shows he was buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. I'm convinced that both he and his wife are buried in what is now called Golden Cross Cemetery. The cemetery property is approximately 425' south of the Mt. Calvary Church, and is listed in his and his wife's name. Evidently there is no marker for either he or his wife. The cemetery is overgrown with trees and bushes. 05-06-2015.
Added by Vertis Lucas, Foster, Hol... on Apr 15, 2017 7:45 AM
Hi, I just wanted to thank you again for all your work with local cemeteries! I had to take a break from family history due to family and self illness, but I am back on the trail again. You helped me in the past with finding my great great great grandfather that was moved in the TVA relocations. I will never forget your help. Hope you are doing well!
Sincerely, Alma
Added by AKL on Apr 12, 2017 8:36 PM
RE: Phillip and John
I understand and appreciate your passion to get the information as correct as possible.

I rechecked my references for Phil(l)ip. Two with double L and two with single L as you stated.

I rechecked my references for John Mos(i)er. I do not have one including a middle name as Paul.


Added by greatcouloir on Mar 19, 2017 11:06 AM
Chris Hammond
RE: Ruben Boneparte
I actually discovered it by accident. I drive by the land that the cemetery is on every morning on the way to work. I thought I saw what appeared to be a tombstone, so I stopped one day after work and found 7 of them! Ruben's was among them. Thanks for your help! I didn't mind having the memorials merged, just wanted to make sure people didn't get confused. The only name I can find for this cemetery is "Dante Road Cemetery" on the KGIS map. I just named it Dante Cemetery on here, figured that was more appropriate. It appears that all of the graves in there, at least the ones I have been able to find record on, belong to African-Americans. Sadly, people have been illegally dumping there. I have reported it to Knox County and they are investigating it. After I get the go ahead from them, I'm probably going to try to get out there and clean it up some more.
Added by Chris Hammond on Mar 07, 2017 7:11 PM
Old and New St Paul Cemetery
Tommie, just wanted to follow up regarding our email.

I never heard back from Teresa, so I did contact A.J. Marik, an admin with Findagrave, who advised me to send the pertinent information regarding the duplicate memorials to, which I did on Feb. 8th.

Hopefully they can merge the duplicate memorials (of course there are about 130 memorials...) and I also hope you will still be able to manage your families memorials.

Don't stress over it!!

God Bless, Debbie
Added by BLESSING on Feb 16, 2017 6:52 PM
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