Also see link for more info and pic's of headstones.
* * * IF ANYONE HAS BURIED IN UNION GROVE WITH IN THE PAST FEW YEARS (1995-), PLEASE EMAIL ME . I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RECENTLY BURIED HERE. WAS IT A FAMILY PLOT ECT... THERE IS NO KNOWN DEED TO THIS PROPERTY AND NO KNOWN PLAT OF WHO IS HERE. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHO IS HERE WITH NO STONES LEFT OR EVER HAVING A STONE. IF ANYONE HAS OLDER PICTURES OF UNION GROVE WOULD BE FANTASTIC.I HAVE SO MANY FAMILY MEMBERS HERE AND NOT ONE HAS PAPERS OF BURIEL FROM THAT TIME. ANY HELP OR INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.* * *
UNION GROVE CHURCH OF GOD CEMETERY FUND, UNION GROVE ROAD, CHARLESTON, TN 37310 These ladies have been trying their hardest for a long time for the upkeep on Union Grove. They would Love donations and upkeep funds to keep this cemetery as good as possible. Ann Parker Waters, 179 Bucks Pocket Rd., Old Fort,TN 37362 & Linda Longwith, 1415 Benton Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311. email-AWATERS@vec.org .
THANKS SO MUCH LADIES I'M SURE YOUR NOT TOLD OFTEN ENOUGH
Some people have given me information on people buried in Union Grove (Lower) Cemetery that do not have headstones, these are listed as family info no dates given, due to no dates provided. IF you know these dates please let me know I will add them.
Union Grove Cemetery Union Grove Road / Old Bacon Road Located on Tasso Road east from Highway 11 To Chatta Valley Road about four miles.Go Noth on Chatta Valley Road approximately four tenths of a mile. Take this road east two and eight tenths of a mile to church and cemetery. This was formerly Methodist, now Church of God of Prophecy. The cemetery is divided by the road and a bit over to one side. There are some unmarked graves.
(Recorded in August of 1998 by Susan Langheld, with help from Cleveland Historical Center who helped tremendously) Updated 10/1999, and 2002
Stories of people buried in Union Grove from Family members. It will be personal and give charcter and life to our area in time. See ya all soon.
Note: Any one following LAWSON check out OLD FOUR MILE CEMEYERY IN POLK CO. (have pic's of some of the headstones)
Names that will be added soon as info is received. ALFORD,ALFORD,WILKINSON,OGLES, McALISTER.
****Varnell, A. M. October 22,1872 December 11, 1931 (* this is one side of stone, shared with below two also.*)
****Varnell, Eliza A. March 6, 1866 December 23, 1904 (* together on one side with next *)
****Varnell, Odie M. March 16, 1904 January 22, 1905 (* shared stone with last row last two names*) List
Wilkinson, Henry C. family info no dates given
Wilkinson, female wife of Henry family info no dates given
Wright, Sallie Lawson Daughter of J.L. & Rebecca Lawson February 14, 1892 February 7, 1916
" ** " show names not listed in Bradley County, Historical Cementerys. These names are recorded by myself in August 1998 at the Union Grove Cemetery with my husbands help. I have also noted where the spouses were mentioned on the stones. " **** " This is because this head stone with three names is residing in side a little rock wall with T. A. Lawson and Sarah Lawson. Varnell Family was very close with Lawson Family. Marriages between them. Please allow for human error but I double checked all information.
HERBERT STOWE, (email from granddaughter)I found your web page and cried while calling my mother. My grandfather Herbert Stowe is buried there. He has an unmarked grave. My mom want desperately to find out where he is buried so she can put a headstone there. My mom was 3 yrs old when he died. His name is Herbert Stowe. He was born March 29,1908, and died April 11,1936. His mother was Callie Routh Stowe and his father was John Stowe. Some earlier memories that mother has is somebody telling her that the day of the funeral it was rainning so much the grave kept filling up with water. I would love to find out where the grave is and present that information to mother on Mother's Day. note: no know plat of the cemetery exisits.
HERBERT STOWE obit, Cleveland Daily Banner, Herbert Stowe 28, Employee of Bradley Machine company, died suddenly Saturday night at 9:00 at his home on the old Dave Duncan farm in Chatta Valley, about two minutes after reaching home after a long and strenouse days work. He worked with his brother in law John Weaver. Stowe was a member of Wildwood Camp. W.O.W. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Anette Stowe one daughter Virginia Ruth one son John B. Stowe one brother J.B. Stowe and two sisters Mrs. John Weaver of Lee highway, Mrs. Virgil Wilkinson of Akron, OH. Funeral services were held this afternoon from Union Grove Cemetery. Rev. J. David Kidwell pastor of the Frist Christian church officiating buriel being made in the church cemetery.
JOHN HOWARD LAWSON I only met Howard twice as a child. He was dark skinned from the sun and wore a hat and overalls. He was very quiet.He smiled at the kids(seven of us)but that was about all. They had a chicken coop with quite a few chickens, and some times sold the eggs.Mom talks so fondly of him. Mom was raised by Howard and Bettie (his wife, also buried here)most of her life. She talks of how proud honest and gental of a man he was. He had very good carpenter skills building a house for each of his children (3). I was also told of Howard buying honey from a friend near Baker rd when his children were younger.He was a devoted family and church man. Never was involved in bootleggin as many other family members were. It seems your either a good Lawson or a bad Lawson with no fine line to cross.
VARNELL I spent a beautiful day in Union Grove cemetery a few years ago & placed roses on my grandmotherís,(Della Varnell Clark) grave. My parents were both orphaned or abandoned when they were very young & so, until my brother began to seek them, my Tennessee family, the Varnells & McCallisters & Clarks were a complete mystery to us. All we knew of them was the little that my mother, Charlotte Elizabeth Clark, and her sisters, Gladys, Lois & Etta shared with us. Della, we were told, died during the flu epidemic of 1917 & 1918, leaving four little girls, my mother & my aunts. When Della died, the little girls were farmed out to families in the area, only one of which were relatives, & that was Andrew Jackson Clark, where 2 year old Etta was sent. My mother, 4 year old Charlotte, was raised by the Moore family & always thought of Mrs. Moore as the closest she ever came to having a mother. Dellaís husband disappeared from his daughters lives soon after Della died. Iíve always wondered why the Varnell family didnít take their granddaughters in. Iíve a picture, (one of my most precious possessions, having only come into my life in the last few years), of Grandmother Della when she was about 13 years old.....and with her are all of her brothers & sisters, (quite a lot of them, those Varnells!) & her mother, Eliza, & father, Monty Varnell. On the day that I opened the envelope with that picture, sent to me by my brother, though I remembered his warning to ďBe PreparedĒ, I was stunned to see how much I look like her......The connection I felt to her was instantaneous and remains very strong.There is no way to describe what I felt that day in that old cemetery.....anger at the family who abandoned those beautiful little girls....love, such love for a beautiful, laughing girl that died so young...& regret that I hadnít found that grave before my Mom died. When I looked at that old church, I remembered that my Mother told me that as a child, she always dreaded motherís day.....All the little girls except Mother, wore a red rose for their Mom on that day.....but my mother always had to wear a white rose because her mother was in heaven. How she hated white roses all her life List