TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS FROM BLACK CEMETERIES
IN CARROLL COUNTY, TENNESSEE
Compiled by Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000
To reach this cemetery turn east onto House Church Road from Highway 220 south of Atwood, Tennessee, and drive about 2.1 miles to Clay Farm Road; turn right onto the latter road and drive about 2.5 miles to the driveway of Mr. Lotee Hillsman. The cemetery is located about .5 mile to the northeast of his dwelling. The cemetery is on Mr. Hillsman's farm; long ago it was part of the Peter Newbill farm.
THEOPOLIS son of Peter and Jiney NEWBILL
Born July 1893
Died June 17, 1902
Sleep on dear child and take thy rest in Jesus arms forever blest
1890-1936 At rest
/wife of Randolphus Hillsman/
1884-1928 At rest
/wife of Edgar Hillsman/
(These ladies were daughters of Peter Newbill; married Hillsman brothers.)
According to Mr. Lotee Hillsman (born 1924) his paternal grandparents, Dempsey Hillsman (1864-1933) and Polly Hillsman (1866-c1930), are buried here as well as RAMON, son of Henry and Alma Hillsman (died about 1936). Mr. Hillsman told the present writer that his great-grandfather, also named Dempsey Hillsman, was born in bondage to the white Hillsmans /possibly John Hillsman/ near Trezevant, Tennessee. (He appears in the 1900 U.S. census as having been born in July 1822; his wife, Reatha, as born in March 1840; married forty years; seven children, three living.)
CARROLL COUNTY, TENN. CENSUS, 1900, JUNE 26. C.D.5:
PETER NEWBILL, bl, born March 1850, Tenn.; parents born Tenn.
JENNIE NEWBILL, bl, born Jan. 1860, Tenn.; parents born Tenn.; married 23 years; six children, all living:
ESTELL NEWBILL, bl, dau., born September 1880, Tenn.
PEARLIE NEWBILL, bl, dau., born May 1884, Tenn.
ROBERTA NEWBILL, bl, dau., born Jan. 1885, Tenn.
ARZINA NEWBILL, bl, dau., born June 1888, Tenn.
THEOPHOLIS NEWBILL, bl, son, born July 1894, Tenn.
The death certificate of the stillborn child of Eseral and Roberta GREER, April 13, 1917, indicates it was buried here.
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