CEMETERIES of HENDERSON COUNTY


* Boswell Cemetery *

Boswell Cemetery is a well-maintained family cemetery at the site of the old Boswell homplace on the west side of Longsought Road about 1 mile south of Strayleaf Road. In addition to the identified burials, five graves (four adults, one child) are marked with fieldstones and jonquils at other locations suggest six additional unmarked burials.

Along the Long Sought Road north of Lexington lies the old Boswell homeplace and family cemetery. The Boawell house was erected by Brown Boawell, who was born on 14 Aug. 1802 in North Carolina. On October 15, 1829, he married Manella Graves, the daughter of Azariah and Penelope Simpson Graves. They moved to Henderson County in time to be included in the 1830 Census, and built a 20 x 20 one room long house with a fireplace at one end. The house was added on to considerably in later years achieving its present dimensions well before 1900. In 1912, the house received a thorough remodeling by members of the Boswell family, descendants of whom still own the structure. South of the main house lies the family graveyard, where Brown Boswell was interred on April 14, 1863, Boswell's family died with the Confederacy during the War — a relation raised by Boswell, M. G. Graves, served with the 27th Tennessee Inf. [CSA], and is also buried in the family cemetery. His son, Sanders, served with the 16th [21st] Tenn. Cavalry.

A daughter, Isabella, married Alexander H. Rhodes, the County Clerk. His son, John B. Boswell, served in Brown’s 55th Tennessee. John B.'s later son-in-law, Felix Creasy, was publisher of the Lexington Republican, a well known County newspaper before the turn of the century. Brown Boswell's seventh child, Nancy Adeline, married Elliott Harrison Crook in 1871, who had served in Company I [formerly Company A] of the 13th Tennessee Infantry, the first unit raised in Henderson County to fight for the Confederacy. A son, Elijah Franklin Boswell, became clerk of the Chancery Court and as a son-in-law of John S. Fielder, was a part of Boswell, Fielder, and Company which served Lexington for a number of years. After Manolla Graves Boswell's death in 1859, Brown married her sister, Nancy. Two children were born to this union. The eleventh and last child was a girl, Nancy, who was born a scant six months after her father's death in 1863. She was given the middle name Brown, as a posthumous honor to her father.

Lexington Progress History Notes 19 August 1988
By W. C. Crook, Henderson County Historian

NAME BIRTH DEATH SPOUSE PARENTS
BOSWELL, Brown 14 Aug 1802 14 Apr 1863 Manella A. Graves
Nancy J. Graves
60 y 8m
BOSWELL, Infant   11 Dec 1926   Joe & Lorene Boswell
BOSWELL, Infant   23 Mar 1916   Bebe & Zelma Boswell
BOSWELL, Joe Frank 05 Aug 1861 15 Jan 1914 Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown & Nancy J. (Graves) Boswell
BOSWELL, Larry 1890 1914    
BOSWELL, Mannella A. (Graves) 07 Dec 1810 18 Nov 1859 Brown Boswell Azariah & Penelope (Simpson) Graves
BOSWELL, Mary E. 19 Jun 1846 07 Jun 1864   Brown & Manella A. Boswell
BOSWELL, Mary Elizabeth (Adams) 1862 1955 Joe Frank Boswell Teldean Adams
BOSWELL, Nancy J. (Graves) 26 Dec 1824 11 May 1899 Brown Boswell Azariah & Penelope (Simpson) Graves
BOSWELL, William 15 Jun 1842 25 Mar 1843   Brown & Manella (Graves) Boswell
CROOK, William Franklin 22 Nov 1871 17 Apr 1873   E.H. & N.A. Crook
FLAKE, James L. 29 Oct 1849 17 Aug 1850   Jas. S. Flake
GRAVES, Major Lee 05 Jul 1831 30 Apr 1905   Azariah & Penelope (Simpson) Graves
GRAVES, Mary Gilliam (Adams) 29 Sep 1839 30 Aug 1905 Major Lee Graves  
RHODES, Isabella G. (Boswell) 07 Apr 1832 30 Jul 1884 Alexander H. Rhodes Brown & Manella (Graves) Boswell

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