Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Boswell Cemetery (Henderson County, Tennessee)

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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 Henderson County, Tennessee. 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. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 35.74030, Longitude: -88.41780.

On the Longsought Road north of Lexington, Tennessee, lies the old Boswell homeplace and family cemetery. The Boswell house was erected by Brown Boswell, who was born on 14 August 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, Tennessee, in time to be included in the 1830 census, and built a 20 x 20 one-room log house with a fireplace at one end. The house was added 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. A relation raised by Boswell, Major Lee Graves, served with the 27th Tennessee Infantry [CSA], and is also buried in the family cemetery. Sanders Boswell, son of Brown Boswell, served with the 16th [21st] Tennessee Cavalry.

A daughter, Isabella G. Boswell, married Alexander H. Rhodes, the County Clerk. His son, John B. Boswell, served in Brown’s 55th Tennessee. John B. Boswell'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 Manella Graves Boswell's death in 1859, Brown married her sister, Nancy Graves. Two children were born to this union. The eleventh and last child was a girl, Nancy Brown Boswell, 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.

Source: Lexington Progress History Notes 19 August 1988 by W. C. Crook, Henderson County Historian

Boswell, Brown 14 Aug 1802 -  14 Apr 1863
Boswell, Infant 11 Dec 1926
Boswell, Infant 23 Mar 1916
Boswell, Joe Frank 05 Aug 1861 - 15 Jan 1914
Boswell, Larry 1890 - 1914
Boswell, Mannella 07 Dec 1810 - 18 Nov 1859
Boswell, Mary E. 19 Jun 1846 - 07 Jun 1864
Boswell, Mary Elizabeth (Adams) 1862 - 1955
Boswell, Nancy J. (Graves) 26 Dec 1824 - 11 May 1899
Boswell, William 15 Jun 1842 - 25 Mar 1843
Crook, William Franklin 22 Nov 1871 - 17 Apr 1873
Flake, James L. 29 Oct 1849 - 17 Aug 1850
Graves, Major Lee 05 Jul 1831 - 30 Apr 1905
Graves, Mary Gilliam (Adams) 29 Sep 1839 - 30 Aug 1905
Rhodes, Isabella G. (Boswell) 07 Apr 1832 - 30 Jul 1884


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