Friday, January 8, 2010

Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery, TN

Burial place of William(Willie) Blount, 4th Governor of Tennessee; and Austin Peay IV, the 40th Governor of Tennessee.
Willie Blount was the half-brother of Territorial Governor, William Blount, and served as his private secretary. He served as Governor from 1809 until 1815. He attempted to run for another term in 1827, but lost to Sam Houston.
Austin Peay IV was the only Governor to have died while in office. He served from 1923 until 1927, when failing health took his life. He helped establish the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The college in Clarksville was renamed in his honor in 1929.

The Cemetery at Greenwood was established in 1873 as the first "perpetual care" cemetery in Clarksville. Families from the two older cemeteries, Riverview and Trinity, moved many of their loved ones to the new cemetery. Many of Clarksville's most prominent citizens are buried here, including the two Governors mentioned above, and "Gomer Pyle USMC" actor, Frank Sutton. It is currently the largest cemetery in Clarksville.

1 comment:

  1. Great work on this blog. Sounds really interesting and I love old cemeteries.
    I am searching for a lost link in Rutherford County 1815 and back.
    My ancester Andrew J Palmer listed the county as his place of birth 1815. He is buried in Suches GA, I did find a stone online for another Andrew J Palmer born in the same month in 1817 that IS buried in Rutherford Co. I can't remember which cemetery. I am trying to make the connection from my Andrew J Palmer to his parents and/or siblings. I have requested historical papers on the Palmer family from Rutherford co. but found nothing to connect. Do you have any suggestions or have you knowledge of Palmer's born prior to 1815 that are buried there?