Madison County, Tennessee
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Providence Methodist Cemetery

Jackson, TN.

Providence Cemetery is an antebellum mixed-race cemetery on the south side of Lower Brownsville Road between Providence Road to the east and Crutchfield Road to the west, near the Haywood County line. It is associated with Providence United Methodist Church and dates to the 1820s or 1830s. White burials are on the western side of the cemetery. It is impossible to count the number of unmarked graves here, but probably there are hundreds. All fieldstones which would have marked burials in the cemeteries first decades have been removed leaving a large mostly open area in the center of the cemetery. One family has begun reusing this area. Also, all upright marble footstones with initials from the late 19th century/early 20th century have been removed. Some are still in the cemetery but none are in place. The white section of the cemetery was extended downslope to the south about 1950. There is a brick wall with two gates along the western side of the cemetery. It may date to the 1960s and seems to have allowed a two row extension of the cemetery to the west. The southern gate is positioned at a paved access drive between the older part of the cemetery and the southward extension of the 1950s. There is now an access drive from the northern gate but it seems to have been unplanned. Most likely the fence and gate limited access to one point. Equipment for preparing graves entered the gate and wove between markers as it moved across the cemetery. Many markers along this drive were broken. The greatest damage is to Jones family markers which probably extended across the area which became this makeshift drive. David Donahue recorded this cemetery over several days in February 2004 based on the earlier record by Helen Johnson. Helen Johnson recorded the white portion of Providence Cemetery circa 1995. Her record appears in Cemetery Records of Madison County, Tennessee, Volume II, The Northern Half of County.

Revolutionary Solder Buried here
William Betts / Pennsylvania.

According to DAR, Vol 75, pg 365, "William Betts served as a private, 1775, under Capt. John Coryell, Col. Hugh Tomb, Bucks County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born in England, died, 1793, in Madison County, Tennessee." Marrie d to Caroline Jane Davidson. He had at least one known child - Martha Betts who married John Compton 8 October 1811 in Nashville, Davidson Co TN.


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