Old Jonesborough Cemetery Inventory, 1995-1996


Old Jonesborough Cemetery Inventory, 1995-1996


The Old Jonesborough Cemetery Inventory, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, consists of a report (which includes data from tombstones, a cemetery layout plan, and photographic images of selected gravesites) and data sheets compiled by students in the Historic Preservation class of the Governor's School for Tennessee Heritage taught by Joe Spence in the summers of 1995 and 1996.

During the field survey, students cleaned and compiled data from the headstones in order to provide the first complete inventory of gravesites found in the cemetery. For reporting purposes, the cemetery was divided into sections A-M (a layout drawing in the report provides orientation for the researcher) with students assigned to specific sections for data collection. Important information regarding personal and family data related to the general and family history of Jonesborough, Tennessee, is contained in the material.

The historic Jonesborough Cemetery is located on Rocky Hill off East Main Street in Jonesborough, Tenn. In 1803, Jonesborough commissioners purchased the property for use as a town cemetery for $30. An additional two acres was purchased to extend the cemetery in 1844. It served as the town's first cemetery, gradually being superseded by Maple Lawn Cemetery (established in 1890). A self-perpetuating board of trustees has responsibility for the property. The cemetery contains the graves of many prominent early citizens and families of Jonesborough, including members of the Aiken, Blair, Deaderick, Dosser, Hoss, Lucky, Reeves, Rhea, Sevier, and Slemons families, as well as Confederate General Alfred E. Jackson.

The current digital collection contains PDF file surrogates created in 2022 of the complete content of the collection.


Tennessee Governor's School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage (Organization)


Old Jonesborough Cemetery Inventory, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University




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ETSU Archives of Appalachia: AppMs-0503

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