Family Cemetery Preservation
The Philips of Pennsylvania – 2 very well maintained cemeteries:
• Revised: 04 MAY 17 •
The first two generations of Philips lived near Philadelphia and Pittsburg. Joesph Philips was a first generation immigrant to America from Pembrokeshire, Wales. He and many of his descendants are buried in beautiful West Chester, PA. It is part of the Vincent Baptist Church, which was established in 1737.
This cemetery is well cared for and has new placards for most of the Philips headstones.
Take a virtual tour of Vincent Baptist Church and Cemetery:
Joesph Philips’ son David was a Captain in the American Revolution and relocated to Western Pennsylvania. For 43 years, he was the pastor of Peters Creek Baptist Church (est. 1773) in South Park Township, PA south of Pittsburg. He and many of descendants are buried there. His sons John and Josiah moved to Wilson County, Tennessee around 1799. They are buried in Watertown, Tennessee in a small remote family cemetery. For some reason an extra “l” was added to the last name when they moved to Tennessee.
The Vincent cemetery is very well maintained.
Take a virtual tour of Peters Creek Baptist Church Cemetery:
The Middle Tennessee Family Cemetery restoration project:
It’s not often that one gets to find their 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Great Grandfather and Grandmothers, but that’s what happened recently. Even more astonishing, my cousins and I found the log cabin that some of them lived in! It is estimated to be well over 200 years old. Possibly the oldest in Wilson county. The land was deeded to John Phillips in 1801*.
The property owner has agreed the descendants have it, so we are in the process of drawing up plans to find a new home for it and the resources to disassemble and move it.
- Preston Henderson Cemetery – Puckett Road, Norene, TN (formerly Oak Hill and then Henderson Crossroads – History of Norene PDF)
- Henderson-Malone Cemetery – Powell’s Chapel Road, Murfreesboro, TN
- Charlton Ford Cemetery – Dinky Lane, Murfreesboro, TN
- John Phillips Cemetery | 200+ year old log cabin- Hale Road, Watertown, TN
- David Phillips & U.S.C.T. Cemetery – Bass Road, Watertown, TN
- Rev. John Phillips Cemetery – Cherry Hill Lane, Norene, TN
- Bass-Phillips Cemetery – Hale Road, Watertown, TN
- Cummings-Phillips Cemetery – Puckett Road, Norene, TN
- Short-Phillips Cemetery – Powells Chapel Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
- Hoover-Walter Hill Cemetery – Walt Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
ALL OF THESE ARE SURROUNDED BY PRIVATE PROPERTY
Tennessee has more family cemeteries than any other state in the U.S. It’s important to protect these historical sites for future generations, as millions of newcomers flood into the region. This family cemetery in Middle Tennessee dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, seven generations back from it’s current day protectors: Billy Pittard, Blake Henderson, Bob Henderson and Bobby Whitson
Take a panoramic virtual tour of this restoration project here. The “hot spot” images have additional detail: headstone information and family photos.
For more information on Rutherford and Wilson County Tennessee family grave sites: https://southernrootsandbranches.wordpress.com
*p.13 ‘The Phillips Family History’ by Harry Phillips – 1935
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