On Grice Road

A visit to Granny Austin with Debra (Chandler) Austin
Debra is a descendant of Jeremiah Austin and his wife Matilda (Hart) Austin
Not to many graves here anymore -- Overgrown and lonely
Photos by Christine Walters April 2012

This is probably the oldest cemetery in the area. It is reached by a signed access road from Grice Road. The cemetery was cleared from an overgrown state in the early 1960s in preparation for an Austin family reunion in August 1964. However, in 1995 the cemetery seemed unmaintained. Concrete blocks mark 36 graves around the periphery of the cemetery. If the area in the center was full, the cemetery would contain over 100 unmarked graves. A large monument dedicated to the Charles Austin family has been erected in the center of the cemetery. A smaller monument marks the approximate burial location of the Archibald Jones family. A wooden sign erected in 1964 and partially unreadable in 1995 marks the entrance to the cemetery. David Donahue recorded this cemetery December 28, 1995.

Alicia Adcox, Anita Webb, Alicia Adcox, Blanch Buck, and Terry Grice recorded this cemetery circa 1975. Their record appears in Henderson County, Tennessee Cemetery Inscriptions (Memphis: R. H. Harris, 1976), Vol. III, pp. 646. This work is referred to as White in the notes below. The reunion and work on the cemetery is discussed and illustrated in Gordon Turner's History of Scotts Hill, Tennessee.


The old cemetery was named for Phoebe Ellen Woodward Austin wife of Charles C. Austin and one of the first adults buried in this pioneer community April 10, 1854..... This couple, married in 1815 near Charoltte, N.Car. had emmigrated from Anson Co., N.C. with their first 5 children in 1825. They were the first settlers, with relatives and neighbors who followed, in this area, had a big part in starting Cedar Grove .....Fellowship .....Scotts Hill ....communities. They built their log home near a fine spring 2 mi. north of here. 7 other children were born and raised to maturity here. They married of the first settlers also from N.Car. By 1850 the Austins had several grandchildren and by everyone Phoebe Ellen was known and loved as "GRANNY AUSTIN". This graveyard site was chosen by her husband, and has been known by name since her burial.

Note: As this sign was too worn to read easily in 1995, the wording has been copied from Gordon Turner's History of Scotts Hill, Tennessee. Charles Austin Family Monument, Side 1

Buried in this cemetery
Charles Austin 1796-1876 and Wife Phoebe Ellen Woodward 1798-1854
Rachel, their daughter 1818-1878 and her husband
Archibald Jones 1818-1884 Pioneers from Anson County, N.C. who settled 2 m ne about 1825
See back side for Charles Austin children buried elsewhere
Erected by descendants and friends 1963

Charles Austin Family Monument, Side 2

Children and in-laws of the Charles Austins buried elsewhere
Hulda 1816-1881 Jacob Maness 1813-1887
Buried Fellowship Cemetery 2 mi. N. E.

Ephrain H. 1820-1888 Lucy Ann Beauchamp 1824-1954
M. E. Church Cemetery Scotts Hill

Mehalia 1822-1871 John Scott 1816-1871
Family moved to Dunklin Co. Mo. 1870 Bu. McGrew Cemetery

Dr. Pleasant W. 1824-1896 Mary Murphy 1830-1889
Bethel Cemetery 2 Mi. E. of Scotts Hill

Alfred 1826-1898 Margaret Frazier 1830-1888
Family moved to Dunklin Co. Mo. 1860's Bu. McGrew Cemetery

Abigail 1828-1879 Ervin C. Medlin 1832-1869
Bethel Cemetery

George 1830-1901 Catherine Muse 1831-1894
Family moved to Dunklin Co. Mo. 1850's Bu. McGrew Cemetery

James M. 1832-1913 Charity Duck 1835-1914
Bethel Cemetery

Francis M. 1834-1913 Ava Duck 1838-1904
Family moved to Ark. 1885 then 1890's to Texas
Polk Cem., Nathan, Ark. Ambia Cem., Lamar Co., TX

Benjamin F. 1838-1914 Lucinda Scott 1840-1890
Cynthia E. 1840-1917 Jesse Holmes 1838-1928
Holmes Cemetery Scotts Hill

Archibald Jones Monument

Archibald Jones, 1818-1878
Rachel Austin, 1818-1884
Melinda O'Neal, 1835-____
Rated as state's top fiddler
Entertained many Civil War soldiers and Tenn. River excursionists

Austin, N. J., Aug. 8, 1861-____, "Aged 20 Y's 5 Mo's 12 da's" "Dau. of J. C. & Elizabeth Austin (broken at death date)

Austin, Salina, Jan. 24, 1868-Aug. 7, 1888, "Dau. of E. & J. C. Austin"

Jones, Martha A., Aug. 12, 1853-Aug. 24, 1855, "Dau of B. B. & Eliza Jones" (eroded) [name unreadable in 1995; identified from White using dates]

Morgan, J. B., Jan. 7, 1842-Mar. 25, 1863, "Son of George & Nelly Morgan" [White notes "Civil War"]

Other People Known to be Buried Here

Austin, Morgan B., Apr. 8, 1803-Aug. 16, 1835, brother of Charles Austin

Jackson, Elizabeth, 1805-1831, first wife of Morgan B. Austin

Jones, Louisa, daughter of Archibald Jones and Rachel Austin and first wife of Elias J. Scott

(from Melinda Bivens Lisby at Find-A-Grave)
Austin, Charles 26 Mar 1796 - 28 Dec 1875
Austin, Phoebe Ellen (Woodward) 1798 - 9 Apr 1854
Jones, Rachel (Austin) 1818 - 1878
Charles was a justice of the peace. H/O Phoebe Ellen Woodward. They Had 12 Children. They Are: Hulda, Rachel, Ephraim Henry, Mehalia, Pleasant Woodward, Alfred Charles, G.w. , James Madison, Fancis Marion, B.F. , Cynthia Ann.

(from Alan Miller at Find-A-Grave) Charles Austin was born March 26, 1796 in rural Anson County, North Carolina in a community called Austinville. He was the first son of Richard Austin and Sarah Morgan of North Carolina. He married Phoebe Ellen Woodward in 1815 in Mecklinburg County, near Charlotte, North Carolina. Charles and some others traveled to Henderson County, Tennessee in the early 1820's to scout out the area and build cabins for their families before moving them. Most likely his brothers and/or neighbors came with him. He was a tall, large-framed man, and he quickly built a log cabin for his family about one and a half miles southwest of the present day Scotts Hill, Tennessee.

In 1825 he moved his wife and five children to their large log house near present day Scotts Hill. Others came within a few years of his arrival including his brothers Morgan, James and Jeremiah Austin.

According to research by Gordon Turner, Sr., Charles' holdings were more than 2500 acres which came partly from seven grants from four Tennessee governors and by transfer of land granted to his father Richard Austin of North Carolina. They had seven more children and reared two or more orphaned nephews and nieces in the same residence.

Charles served as a Justice of the Peace in Scotts Hill and farmed his large acreage with the help of his large family. Phoebe died in 1854 and was the first in this cemetery located on their farm. It became known as the Granny Austin Graveyard in honor of her. Charles was buried beside her in 1875.

(from Edward Georgen at Find-A-Grave) Morgan, J.B. 8 Jan 1842 - 25 Mar 1863
Son of George & Nelly Morgan - Served in the Civil War
Was married to Mary Morgan (she moved to Davidson County when he was killed in 1863 she drew his pension there #W-4124

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