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Sam Hope

Death 1927 (aged 72–73)
Polk County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Polk County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 100490561 · View Source
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Sam Hope's skeleton was found about 7 miles east of Benton over the Chilhowee mountain in January 1930. He had left home some 40 months earlier searching for gold he thought was hidden by the Indians in the Chilhowee Mountains. He was 74 years old.

His skeleton was found by Ed Harrison and J. M. Guinn who brought county officials who identified the body by the magnetic prospector's outfit and his fishing gear. They buried the remains in a shallow grave and set a stone crudely inscribed 'Sam Hope".

He is the only burial in this 'cemetery'.

Note: Information from the "Polk County News", Thursday, January 30, 1930 p. 1. and submitted to Findagrave by Polk County Historian Marian Bailey Presswood.




  • Created by: Marian Presswood
  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100490561
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sam Hope (1854–1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100490561, citing Sam Hope Gravesite, Polk County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Marian Presswood (contributor 47361548) .