Tombstone Inscriptions, Et Cetera from the Black Cemeteries of Chester County, Tennessee
By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000


            From Montezuma drive about 1.6 miles on Highway 225, turn south onto 225-South and drive about 1.7 miles to this cemetery situated on the south side of the highway; in the Hickory Corners community. Sugar Creek is the old-time name of the cemetery but on some maps it is called the Cason Cemetery.


In memory of MANDY JANE, wife of Ben ROGERS Died Nov. 1895 aged about 42 years


MALICIE CASON, Born October 1849, Died January 1890, At rest with God in Heaven

FRAZIER CASON, Died March 9, 1932, aged 96 years


            Mr. Orville Davis, a great-grandson of Frazier and Malicie Cason, helped his father (so he informed the writer) to place the Casonsí tombstones in this cemetery in the late 1940s. Malicieís death year is evidently in error due to forgetfulness as she appears with her husband in the 1900 U.S. Census. Mrs. Joe Garner, a lady who lives near the cemetery and a resident of the area for at least seventy years, recalled that the weather was so severe, with snow on the ground, when Frazier Casonís funeral was held that it had to be hastily conducted.

            In the last will and testament of Phrazier (Frazier) Cason, executed March 10, 1925 (probated March 19, 1932), he divised his property to a granddaughter, Tener (Tena) Davis except for a featherbed and one dollar to his oldest son, Morris Cason and $1 to his youngest son, Jary Cason. (Chester County Will Book 2, page 297; his is one of only two black men who executed wills that were admitted to probate in Chester County for many years.


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