CEMETERIES of HENDERSON COUNTY


* Old Beech River Cemetery *
Also known as Timberlake Cemetery

NAME BIRTH DEATH SPOUSE PARENTS
ADAMS, Aslee 29 Jul 1872 30 Jun 1909   Jasper & Matilda Adams
PARKER, Levi 21 Jul 1811 02 Dec 1879 S.  
ADAMS, Martha S. 17 Mar 1860 26 Sep 1862   Levi & S.P. Adams
ADAMS, Matilda A. 1832 02 Nov 1917 Jasper Adams  
ADAMS, S. 27 Jun 1817 07 Aug 1897 Levi Adams  
ADAMS, Sudie 10 Jun 1870 02 Nov 1909   Jasper & Matilda Adams
BARHAM, Louanna (Timberlake) 12 Jan 1867 12 Sep 1954 Rayburn Newsom Barham Edward & Louisa (Small) Timberlake
BARHAM, Neuge R. 23 Jun 1898 20 May 1902   Rayburn & Louanna (Timberlake) Barham
BARHAM, Rayburn Newsom 11 Feb 1863 15 Aug 1950 Louanna Timberlake  
BIRD, Margaret (George) 1916 1917    
BIRD, Oleva A. 18 Jan 1865 13 Oct 1868    
CLARK, Kate (Timberlake) 24 Jan 1880 16 Aug 1904 S.D. Clark
m 4 Dec 1901
Edward & Louisa (Small) Timberlake
FLAKE, Euphratus
Biography
22 Sep 1847 24 Jun 1887 Bina  
GIBSON, Thomas L 19y 2m 3d 29 Mar 1875    
HOWARD, Elizabeth "Bettie" (Hinkle) 13 Sep 1849 25 Oct 1916 Samuel Howard m 7 Dec 1870 George & Lucy (Hawkins) Hinkle
HOWARD, John H. 1879 1934   Richard & Lula (Henry) Howard
HOWARD, Louise S. 1853 1916    
HOWARD, Martha Virginia 1y 9m 16d 02 Oct 1857   Samuel & Mary (Timberlake) Howard
HOWARD, Mary (Timberlake) 27 Jun 1831 03 Oct 1864 Samuel Howard Richard & Mary Timberlake
HOWARD, Richard William 24 Feb 1849 06 Feb 1929 Lula Henry (m 9 Dec 1873) Samuel & Mary (Timberlake) Howard
HOWARD, Samuel
Obituary
Biography
27 Nov 1823 07 Nov 1905 Mary Neal Timberlake
Elizabeth Hinkle
William & Ursley (Henson) Howard
HOWARD, Willie Mae 01 Aug 1864 01 Aug 1864   Samuel & Mary (Timberlake) Howard
KIZER, Nicholas 1844 1927    
KIZER, Robert Lee 1870 1899    
LASSITER, Henry 10 Nov 1830 16 May 1875    
McCALL, Grace
Obiturary
22 Aug 1888 15 Jan 1892   John Etheridge & Mary Adeline (Timberlake) McCall
PARKER, C.C. 01 Oct 1892 30 May 1919   L.M. & L.M. Parker
PARKER, C.W. 2y 11m 21d 26 Jun 1912   J.H. & A. M. Parker
PARKER, Clide 6m 10d 02 Dec 1920   Jim H. & Addie Parker
PARKER, Frances 15 Mar 1838 Aug 1897    
PARKER, J.H. 01 Oct 1882 25 Jan 1923    
RUSHING, Richard 24 Oct 1828 23 Feb 1892 Ibby  
SMALL, Mary Elizabeth
Obituary
04 Dec 1834 12 Mar 1916   Alexander and Phoebe (Ragland) Small
STANFORD, Clara 17 Nov 1893 09 Dec 8194   J.T. & Addie Stanford
STANFORD, Clary 21 Jan 1875 25 Aug 1875   L.A. & Margaret (Whyte) Stanford
STANFORD, J. Thomas
Obituary
05 May 1864 30 Jul 1908 Addie Stanford Lem Stanford
STANFORD, Jesse W. 23 Dec 1876 30 Dec 1878   L.A. & Margaret (Whyte) Stanford
STANFORD, L.A.
Biography
09 Sep 1837 26 Aug 1903 Margaret Whyte Thomas & Clarissa (Ross) Stanford
STANFORD, Lemuel A. 12 Oct 1863 11 Apr 1911   L.A. & Margaret (Whyte) Stanford
STANFORD, Margaret (Whyte) 04 Dec 1842 08 Dec 1899 L.A. Stanford Joseph & Mary Whyte
STANFORD, Mary 21 Jan 1875 29 Aug 1875   L.A. & Margaret (Whyte) Stanford
STANFORD, Willie 29 Aug 1886 25 Apr 1887   J.T. & M.A. Stanford
STANFORD, William H. 1895 1918   Died in France Pvt. C. 156th Inf.
THOMPSON, Joe 65y 07 Feb 1919    
TIMBERLAKE, Charles Hall
Obituary
30 May 1874 23 Jan 1908 Hilda Jacobson Edward & Louisa (Small) Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Daisy 4m 3d 27 Jun1906   H. & H.D. Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Edward Julius
Biography
Obituary
26 May 1843 26 Oct 1909 Louisa Hutchings Small Richard & Tabitha (Trice) Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Hance 1883 1967    
TIMBERLAKE, Harriet 11y 3m 12d Sep 1862   W. & B. Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Hettie 01 Jan 1888 28 Jun 1925 H.G. Timberlake  
TIMBERLAKE, Howard 20 May 1843 26 Oct 1909    
TIMBERLAKE, J.D. 12 Oct 1871 29 Jul 1880    
TIMBERLAKE, John 14 Jun 1844 02 Jul 1904 Harriet  
TIMBERLAKE, Leon 27 Mar 1827 11 Apr 1827   Richard and Mary (Neal) Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Louisa (Small) 12 Nov 1844 06 Jul 1912 Edward Julius Timberlake Alex Small
TIMBERLAKE, Mary (Neal) 16 Oct 1791 28 Jan 1833 Richard Timberlake Moses & Elizabeth (Gill) Neal
TIMBERLAKE, Nancy J. 1y 11d 13 May 1941   Richard & Tabitha (Trice) Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Richard 03 Sep 1788 06 Jan 1860 Mary Neal
20 Mar 1816 Franklin NC
Tabitha Trice
25 May 1834
Francis & Nancy (Poindexter) Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, Tabitha (Trice) 08 Apr 1802 13 Apr 1875 Richard Timberlake Harrison & Gillie (Barbee) Trice
TIMBERLAKE, William E. 07 Jun 1875 13 Oct 1877   L.N. & Amanda Timberlake
TIMBERLAKE, William 57y 1m 19d 29 Jul 1868    
TRICE, Gilles Barbee        
TRICE, William L. 18y 10m 13d 10 Jun 1864   Co C 16th TN Cav.
WATSON, Joe 1866 25 Oct 1918    
WATSON, Mary (Pyles) Jul 1868 17 May 1922 L.F. Watson Harrison & Tillie Pyles
WHITE, Mary M. 08 Dec 1798 18 Aug 1868    
YOUNG, Herman 1903 09 Jan 1920   Fred & Elizabeth (Pearson) Young
YOUNG, Infant 05 Jun 1863 05 Jun 1863   J.F. & E. Whyte
YOUNG, Infant 23 Aug 1866 23 Aug 1866   J.F. & E. Whyte
YOUNG, Joseph 66y 19 Sep 1861    
WHYTE, Melvin 37y 11m 24d 18 Feb 1867    
YOUNG, Hermon J. 02 Jul 1902 09 Jan 1920   Fred & Elizabeth (Pearson) Young
YOUNG, Lizzie Lue 18y 10m 2d 02 Apr 1887   S.M. & M.A. Young
YOUNG, Mary 66y 8m 24d 04 Nov 1903 S.M. Young  


Old Beech River Cemetery is on the west side of Old Huntingdon Highway on the north side of Lexington. On the opposite side of the road from the northern end of Beech River Cemetery is a small gravel pullout and a locked gate partially hidden by young cedars. A sign says for entrance, see sheriff. This is the beginning of the access drive for Old Beech River Cemetery. Even if you could open the locked gate you cannot drive in as the southern end of the drive is overgrown. Fallen trees block it further north. Though the cemetery is beside the Old Huntington Highway, it is not recognizable as a cemetery from the road. By 1991 this cemetery was overgrown and had been heavily vandalized. Some markers were broken. On the north end of the cemetery every marker which could be toppled had been toppled. They never were re-erected. In subsequent years storms have brought down many large trees within the cemetery. The cemetery is now mostly inaccessible unless you are very determined. Old Beech River Cemetery may be the cemetery sometimes called Timberlake Cemetery, though this term more likely applies to the very large walled family plot near the northern end of the Old Beech River Cemetery. This plot might contain 2-3 dozen burials. If previous records are correct, Old Beech River Cemetery dates to the 1820s. It generally was in use until the 1920s. The current Beech River Cemetery east of the road was created in the 1890s and received most Adams, Bird, and Gibson family burials after the 1920s. Other families using Old Beech River Cemetery now bury elsewhere. There are single identified burials in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1960s. The last known white burials were two Barhams buried in the 1950s next to a child they had buried in the cemetery in 1902. The last known black burial was in 1967. Given the age of the cemetery, many burials, perhaps a majority, are probably unmarked. To the extent it was possible to see through the thickets, there were no obvious fieldstones. They might have been removed after 1940 to make mowing easier. There was a dedicated caretaker for many years. The total number of burials cannot be estimated.

Many of the markers at the north end of the cemetery, though toppled, appear to be in good condition. The cemetery could be restored, but it would take a sizeable donation to pay for the necessary crews and equipment to remove the fallen trees and remount the markers. Three records exist for this cemetery. Frances Evans recorded this and nearby Beech River Cemetery as a single cemetery on August 1, 1936. Her record appears in Tennessee Records of Henderson County, Bible Records and Tombstone Inscriptions (Nashville, Historical Records Survey, July 27, 1939). Alicia Adcox, Betsy Patterson, Anita Webb, and Ophie Timberlake recorded this cemetery circa 1976. Their record appears in Henderson County, Tennessee Cemetery Inscriptions (Memphis, R. H. Harris, 1976), Vol. II, pp. 395-397. Old Beech River Cemetery is a mixed race cemetery. Jonathan K. T. Smith visited this cemetery circa 1995 and recorded black burials here. His record appears in his Tombstone Inscriptions from Black Cemeteries in Henderson County, Tennessee, 1995. Black burials are on the east side of the cemetery. To present the best possible record for this destroyed cemetery, the 1936, 1976, and 1995 records have been merged in the list below. The information for black burials comes from Smith. Frances Evans obviously knew which were black burials because she uniformly omitted them. All burials reported by Adcox et al. but not reported by Smith are assumed to be white. In case of discrepancies in data for white burials, the 1936 Evans record is given precedent. Because Evans' record includes Beech River Cemetery, items reported by her but not reported by Adcox et al. were compared against Joy Beth Campbell's 1998 record of Beech River Cemetery. Anyone reported by Evans who appears in Campbell's listing is excluded from the list below.
Three records exist for this cemetery. Frances Evans recorded this and nearby Beech River Cemetery as a single cemetery on August 1, 1936. Her record appears in Tennessee Records of Henderson County, Bible Records and Tombstone Inscriptions (Nashville, Historical Records Survey, July 27, 1939).
Alicia Adcox, Betsy Patterson, Anita Webb, and Ophie Timberlake recorded this cemetery circa 1976. Their record appears in Henderson County, Tennessee Cemetery Inscriptions (Memphis, R. H. Harris, 1976), Vol. II, pp. 395-397.
Old Beech River Cemetery is a mixed race cemetery. Jonathan K. T. Smith visited this cemetery circa 1995 and recorded black burials here. His record appears in his Tombstone Inscriptions from Black Cemeteries in Henderson County, Tennessee, 1995. Black burials are on the east side of the cemetery.
To present the best possible record for this destroyed cemetery, the 1936, 1976, and 1995 records have been merged in the list below. The information for black burials comes from Smith. Frances Evans obviously knew which were black burials because she uniformly omitted them. All burials reported by Adcox et al. but not reported by Smith are assumed to be white. In case of discrepancies in data for white burials, the 1936 Evans record is given precedent. Because Evans' record includes Beech River Cemetery, items reported by her but not reported by Adcox et al. were compared against Joy Beth Campbell's 1998 record of Beech River Cemetery. Anyone reported by Evans who appears in Campbell's listing is excluded from the list below.

From the Lexington Progress: Historical Notes by W.C. Crook October 25, 1989
As we approach Settlers Day, its sad to find the resting place of some of our pioneers laying in ruins. Old Beech River Cemetery, just north of Lexington on Huntington Street, sits along a dirt road across from the present Beech River Cemetery. The weeds and undergrowth, I'm used to, as nature has encroached upon some of our finest burial places, but the utter destruction laid upon Old Beech River quite frankly took me by surprise. Gigantic rocks of enormous weight lay tossed over; obelisks of impressive stature toppled and broken. Smaller rocks smashed into bits of gravel and mingled with the remains of someone's party.

Richard Timberlake, born about 1799, came to Henderson County in the early 1820's, acquiring vast tracts of land and founding our Timberlake community. Only the base of his rock remains. His second wife, Tabitha B. Trice, lies with a shattered rock next to him; the Timberlake and Howard graves are enclosed behind a formidable stone wall with no gate or entrance, but vandals made an effort to invade the domain and desecrate the monuments. Tabitha was the daughter of Harrison Trice, an early settler, and giles barber, the daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier. Judge Newsome Barham, that built the house on S. Main Street restored by Diane Harris, is buried here as well. His rest has been disturbed after only 39 years. WilliamL. Trice, Co. G. 16th TN Cav. CSA, was buried here in August of 1864. He fell on June 10, 1864 at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads (Tishomingo Creek) during Gen. Forrest's greatest victory during the war. His obituary states "He was a youth of rare excellence... a model boy he had won the admiration and esteem of all who knew him in the camps as well as home. He was abrave patriot, loved his county (The Confederacy) and seemed to appreciate and know what his duty was in the time of her greatest trial." The obituary ends with "Peace to his ashes. Sleep on, young warrior, Sleep. Earth Guards her sacred trust. And angels bright are hovering, round thy hallowed dust." Beer cans, trash and a tumbled tombstone guard the young man's grave now. And the broken stones of the ancestors of the Stanford, Whyte, Kizer and Howard families stand as silent sentries round his grave. Nicholas Kizer, who also served as a Confederate Soldier, braved the demise of his beloved South, endured the rigors of Reconstruction, and entered the great hall of fallen Confederate Veterans in 1927. So years later, what war and defeat could not do to his spirt, vandals have done to his monument.

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