Historic Cash Cemetery clean-up set for Saturday

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Clean-up of Cash Cemetery will be held this Saturday.

A clean-up of Cash Cemetery is planned for Saturday, Oct. 17.

Since the committee known as Envision Livingston was organized, several property owners have been recognized for improvements made to properties located within the Town of Livingston. Streets that have properties on which significant and well needed changes have occurred in recent months include East University Street and Sevier Street.

Envision Livingston committee members are now undertaking the restoration of the Cash Cemetery, located on North Oak Street in Livingston.

Along with 189 of those buried there, with the earliest grave in 1838 of JM Lynch, are several notable persons connected with Overton County history.

Although there are only three persons whose last name is Cash listed as being buried in the cemetery, Patrick Pool, a doctor, judge, and postmaster, date of death listed as 1848, is one of the older graves found there.

Patrick Pool’s daughter, Nancy Winnifred Vickhouse Pool, was married to Captain John Kennedy, who fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Both Captain Kennedy and wife, Nancy, are buried in Cash Cemetery.

Lieutenant James M. Cash’s date of death is in 1867. He was married to Lucy Elizabeth Hart Cash, who was buried in Cash Cemetery in 1923. Lucy Elizabeth was the daughter of John Hart and Lucinda Cullom Hart, who were great grandparents of Leilabel Dale Officer, Rose Hart Dale, Oscar Dale, Ruby Dale Stephens, and Charles Harris Dale Sr.

Joanna Goad Sevier Windle, daughter of Governor John Sevier and wife, Catherine Sherrill Sevier, and wife of Joseph Hawkins Windle, was buried there in 1823. She died at the age of 38. Even though a son of Governor and Mrs. Sevier has a marker in Cash Cemetery inscribed with the name Col. George Washington Sevier, his actual burial site is in Keisling/Knight Cemetery in Byrdstown.

The entire family of Henry Harrison (Harry) Springs is buried in Cash Cemetery. They include Harry’s wife, Ida Elizabeth Roberts Springs, and their daughters, Mary Lou Alice and Mabel. Harry Springs was a noted stone mason for which Rock Crusher Mountain came to be used as a quarry.

Many of Livingston’s older homes with chimneys, foundations, and rock walls were crafted by the talented hands of Harry Springs. All of this type work Harry did completely without the use of any modern day tools of today. The quarry where Harry worked employed a lot of men, many from the African American community in Celina and also from the state of Georgia, where Harry was originally from.

The hillside around the area of what is now the home of Jay and Amy Warren was covered with tents used by the men who worked in the quarry.

Harry’s daughter Mabel, at the young age of only 9 years, was once quoted as saying it was no trouble for her to “swing a 10-pound hammer” while helping her father chisel stones.

Harry died in 1933 at the age of 77 years.

One of Livingston’s earliest female doctors, Dr. Myrtle Lee Smith, is buried in Cash Cemetery. She was the daughter of Barton O. Smith and wife, Margrette Victoria Smith. Dr. Myrtle received an MD at University of Tennessee in 1926. She also studied in Philadelphia, and later, served as a medical missionary and an ordained minister in the Belgian Congo around 1930. She practiced medicine in Livingston and also served as the head of Tri-County Health Department.

She died in a car accident near Carthage in 1954.

Jesse Addison Barnes, buried in Cash Cemetery in 1914, was a member of the 13th Tennessee Calvary and served in the Civil War. He was also a lawyer. His obituary appeared in the Putnam County Herald and reads as follows: “Whereas, Captain Jesse A. Barnes, a veteran Odd Fellow and for many years a worthy member of this lodge, departed this life at his home in Livingston, Tennessee, on February 27, 1914. Therefore, Be It Resolved, that in the death of Bro. Barnes, our order loses an exemplary brother, who for many years had been an active and zealous worker and had accomplished much for the extension of Odd Fellowship in this section of the state. His profession suffers the loss of an upright and able advocate whose long activity as a member of the bar was characterized by unwavering integrity and exalted professional ideals. As a husband, father and citizen, he measured up to the demands of all of these responsible relations and influence of this useful life will continue to be felt long after his body has returned to dust.”

Jesse Addison Barnes and wife, Margaret Koger Barnes, were the parents of 10 children whose names were Millard Koger Barnes, Kate Barnes Bilbrey, Hattie Barnes Reeves, Belle Barnes, Sydney Koger Barnes, Harry Fields Barnes, Nellie Barnes Cooper, Carrie Barnes, Linnie Barnes Miller, and Clyde Barnes.

Little is known about a young lady who died in 1855 at the very young age of 19. The very attractive memorial marker for Mary Cullom is unusual in its design. It is believed that Mary was an African American whose parents were James N. Cullom and wife, Polly Cullom.

2D Lieutenant George Washington Carmack, a Civil War soldier, was buried in Cash Cemetery in 1899. His wife, Mahala L. Mayfield Copeland Carmack, was the daughter of Josiah Copeland whose wife, Mary Mayfield Copeland, was tried for murder in Overton County after killing Ruth Daugherty. The murder was the result of an affair Josiah was having with Ruth. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where Mary was acquitted after a second trial.

Josiah and Mary’s graves are said to be located in what was once referred to as Tarheel (Tower Hill) Cemetery in the Hidden Valley subdivision of Livingston.

George Washington Carmack and wife, Mahala, are both buried in Cash Cemetery.

These are only a few of the interesting stories connected to those whose final resting place was in Cash Cemetery. Many of the graves in the African American section of this cemetery are unknown.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the clean-up of the Cash Cemetery is welcome to do so. The initial work will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17. Volunteers may park in The Clark House parking lot. All are encouraged to bring tools such as weed trimmers, loppers, saws, and rakes, and to wear gloves and sturdy shoes.