Cemeteries of Henry County Tennessee
 
Fairview Church of Christ Cemetery
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Paris to Big Sandy - 16 Miles (25 Minutes)

From Paris court square, take Market Street / Veterans Drive / Mineral Wells to 69A toward Big Sandy. Once in Big Sandy, turn left on Main Street (there is a Citgo Gas station on the Northwest corner), bear right on Front Street, turn left on Second Street, then right on Fifth Street (where a sign points to the right and reads "All Resorts"). Fifth Street takes a hard turn to the left and then right, and is now considered Lick Creek Road. A fork comes up pretty quick with Faxon Road, so bear to the left to stay on Lick Creek Road.

It is another 10 miles and between 25 to 30 minutes from Big Sandy to the Henry/Benton County line and the wildlife refuge boundary. You will pass an old storefront on your left and then turn left on Bennett's Creek Road to enter the refuge and cross the county line. While inside the refuge, you are on gravel roads at best and dirt roads at worst. You are best to double and triple check that your vehicle is prepared for some rough terrain. Also of note, Cellular phones do not work while in the old 23rd district, so emergency assistance may not be as easy to get.

Once inside the 23rd, you will pass the Mt. Zion Baptist Church building on your left after a mile. From there, it is another 3/10 mile to the TVA equipment shed on your left. After another 1/2 mile, a dirt road will appear to your left with a sign reading "Authorized Personnel Only." Proceed at your own risk. This road dips downward from the main road and can get very muddy.

The Fairview Church of Christ Cemetery is about 125 yards down this road and on the left. A clearing will appear more visible on the right of the road (where one can park). If you're not looking for stones, you could miss the cemetery so be watching.

Travel time from Paris Court Square is approximately 45 minutes, allowing for slow speeds.

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The Fairview Church of Christ Cemetery sits deep inside the woods of the Old 23rd District, off Bennett's Creek Road and a small dirt road (historically known as Watkins Hill Road) that is difficult to drive. The location is quiet, peaceful, and heavily shaded by tall woods. According to Larry T. Perry's map of the area, the Church building was across the road from the cemetery.

There were only ten graves at this cemetery in 1940 when TVA did their initial listings. In 1943, TVA moved the Bradford/Pace Cemetery to this location, bringing a large number of graves with them. Only 39 could be identified, the remaining graves were moved at the request of Mrs. Emily Caroline (Bradford) Pace (then the Bradford/Pace cemetery's landowner). When walking around the cemetery, it is difficult to judge its size and shape. The unidentified graves were signified with temporary markers by TVA. Some of these markers survive, but there has to be a lot that are lost.

Overall, condition is as good as can be expected for a cemetery so far in the woods. This author is more concerned with access to the cemetery than the cemetery itself. Some stones have definitely been placed in the last few decades, though the cemetery obviously does not benefit from any regular care. Overall, condition is good.



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Earliest birth date: Henry Bradford, born 23 Aug 1811. Names listed in Compendium: 24
Oldest death date: Henry Bradford, died 10 Jun 1863. Names evident on records as of May 27, 2007: 38
Prevalent names seen: Weldon: 8
Photos archived here: 50



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Photographs taken May 27, 2007.
 
Name Photos Birth Death Notes Cause of Death Nearest Relative
Bradford, Evaline Frances 005/a 02 Sep 1829 30 Apr 1895 Evaline Frances (Hansell) Bradford; Dau of Henry & (Unknown) Hansell; Wife of Henry Bradford; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Daughter: Emily C. Pace
Bradford, Henry 005/006/a 23 Aug 1811 10 Jun 1863 Son of Crawford Bradford; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Murdered by one of his Sharecroppers over a Dispute Daughter: Emily C. Pace
Cathey, Burline 008 1925 Dau of W. E. & Sallie Cathey; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Colitis Father: Eldridge Cathey
Hansell, Henry 010 Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Granddaughter: Emily C. Pace
Hansell, Unknown 011/a Wife of Henry Hansell; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery "Grave No. 23, Moved 5-12-1943"; Temporary Marker Granddaughter: Emily C. Pace
Herndon, Infant 013 1895? Inf Child of James Frank & Diana Herndon; Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Stillborn Mother: Diana Herndon
Herndon, Infant 014 1897? Inf Child of James Frank & Diana Herndon; Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Stillborn Mother: Diana Herndon
Herndon, Infant 015 Inf Child of James Frank & Diana Herndon; Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Stillborn Mother: Diana Herndon
Herndon, James F. 016 19 Sep 1868 30 Jun 1919 James Frank Herndon; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Heart Widow: Diana Herndon
Martin, Infant 018 1938 Son of Guy & Truma Martin Stillborn
Medlock, James Samuel 020/a 03 Jun 1859 24 Nov 1933 Aged 74y Daughter: J. L. Richardson
Nichols, Mary A. 022 04 Dec 1853 11 Jun 1921 Mary Winniford "Winnie" (Bradford) Nichols; Dau of Henry & Evaline (Hansell) Bradford; Wife of C. P. Nichols; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Sister: Emily C. Pace
Odom, E. 024 1928 1931 Aged 2y; Temporary Marker Lenice Odom, Father
Pace, Edwin Eastmon 026/a 26 Oct 1876 22 Aug 1882 Aged 5y 9m 26d; Son of William P. & Emily C. Pace; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Mother: Emily C. Pace
Pace, Emily 027 1860 19__ Emily Caroline "Cal" (Bradford) Pace; Dau of Henry & Evaline (Hansell) Bradford; Wife of William P. "Bill" Pace; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery [NOTE: In the book "A Pictorial History of the Old 23rd District," it is said that Emily Caroline Pace was buried in the Walker Cemetery close to Cottage Grove. The lack of Caroline's full death year on Bill and Caroline's shared stone would suggest that she is not buried here.]
Pace, William E. 028/a/b 13 Aug 1891 09 Feb 1902 William Errett Pace; Son of William P. & Emily C. Pace; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Dropsy Mother: Emily C. Pace
Pace, William P. 027/a/b 1853 1934 William Perry "Bill" Pace; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery "Grave no.32, moved 5-12-1943" Widow: Emily C. Pace
Perry, Claudine 031/a 02 Mar 1938 15 Jun 1938 Dau of Olin & Lou Perry
Perry, Infant 031/b 1931 Son of Olin & Lou Perry Stillborn
Perry, Susie Pearl 033 1903 1906 Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Father: Richard Perry
Salyers, Floyd 035 Stillborn Father: F. F. Salyers
Salyers, Joel Don 035 02 Jan 1930 09 Jul 1938 Aged 8y Father: F. F. Salyers
Todd, Infant 038 1934 Temporary Marker Stillborn Father: Roy Todd
Todd, Marvin 039 no dates Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Dropsy Uncle: Bud Todd
Todd, Nancy 040 Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery "Grave No. 62, Moved 5-12-1943" Influenza Son: Bud Todd
Weldon, Celia E. 042 1857 1937 Wife of W. A. Weldon Daughter: Charley Thomas
Weldon, Cora Grainger 043 1886 1918 Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Influenza Husband: Charles J. Weldon
Weldon, Charles 044 Infant; Temporary Marker
Weldon, Harrett 045 1880 1880 Infant Dau of J. R. Weldon; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Mother: Mrs. Ollie Owens
Weldon, J. R. 045 1860 1893 Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Pneumonia Widow: Mrs. Ollie Owens
Weldon, Lavelle 047/a 10 Jan 1905 23 Aug 1906 Dau of J. H. & E. M. Weldon; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Pneumonia Father: James H. Weldon
Weldon, Orah E. 048 06 Dec 1880 07 Jul 1883 Dau of William A. & Celia E. Weldon Pneumonia Sister: Mrs. Charley Thomas
Weldon, William A. 042 1851 1927 William A. "Bill" Weldon; Aged 76yrs Daughter: Charley Thomas
Winters, Winfred 051 Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery "Grave No. 24, Moved 5-12-1943" Niece: Emily C. Pace
Wyninger, Frances J. 053 1845 1880 Frances Jane Daniel Wyninger; Wife of John Jacob Wyninger; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Tuberculosis
Wyninger, Infant 054 Infant of John J. & Frances J. Wyninger; Temporary Marker; Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery Stillborn
Wyninger, Infant 055/a Moved from Bradford/Pace Cemetery "Grave No. 65, Moved 5-12-1943" Stillborn
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When the Tennessee Valley Authority moved the Bradford/Pace Cemetery graves to this cemetery, they brought with them 41 graves that could not be identified. We found some of these graves with temporary markers left by TVA in the Southeast corner of the cemetery, but most of the markers had broken or fallen apart and long lost their paper placards.



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