This letter, containing numerous cemetery references, was written to Mary Dibrell Fiske about 1935. Mrs. Fiske, daughter of Montgomery C. Dibrell and niece of George Gibbs Dibrell, was born in Sparta. After the War for Southern Independence, she and her husband Theophilus Fiske moved to Mooresville, MO. The letter is from her niece, Estelle Stuckey Bunch, whose father was John Perry Stuckey and whose mother was Milley Dibrell, also a daughter of Montgomery C. Dibrell.
The old cemetery mentioned is believed to be the cemetery in downtown Sparta.
May 23 Rhea House Sparta Tenn Dear Aunt Mary- Only have a little while to write you. We have just returned from cemetery-Where we found Grandfatherís also Aunt Sallies graves-I could not make out the date of birth and death on the marker but his name was there and M.C. D. on footstone. M.C. Dibrell on the stone and this inscription: Here rests a beloved husband and father- And the following poetry- His toil is oíer His work is done- And he is fully blessed He fought the fight and victory won And entered into rest Then I took some names and dates I thought might interest you-they are as follows J.A. Dibrell 1845-1913 Ritha wife of J.A. Dibrell 1850-1876 Sarah Jane Meek Oct 25 1845 Aug 20 1879 Now some of these tombstones are so old and worn I could not get it all Asenatha Ė B- Wife of Dr. Wm B. Hall 1839 Dr. Madison Fiske May 25, 1794 Oct 19, 1854 60 years old About this moment Mary found grandfatherís grave. Will get Dr. Fiskes wife the next time we go. Annie(? Can't read) Cummings wife of W.R. Jackson 1852-1881 Emily Carrick 1853-1867 Katie Bailey 1861-1866 Wm Jared 1861-64 years old T.D.(?) Jared 1847-1896 Dr. W.B. Cummings 1838-1887 Daniel W. Young 1842-1882 Mary Young May 12, 1846 March 18, 1935 Anthony Dibrell June 4th 1788 Jan 25, 1875 Milly Dibrell Oct 17,1790 August 15, 1873 All the above names are- ( breaks off here) Martha Jane Carrick 1858-1886 William Rhea 1862-1898 age 36 Ann Gracy 1815-1889 Joseph Snodgrass 1826-1858 Louisa wife of Jos Snodgrass 1830-1873 Martha England 1806-1902 A.E. Rhea 1859-1904 Johnson Grain Died 1890 age 74 Heywood Turney (?) 1832-1856 Ambrose Beutase(?) 1829-1892 Tom H Burns 1845-1907 This grave is now in a Barn lot Emily C. Cope 1832-1882 John Young 1798-1856 Then we drove to the new cemetery and found the graves of- J.L. Dibrell 1856-1910 Cora Taylor Dibrell 1859-1935 Jos. B. Dibrell 1820-1830 Stanton Dibrell 1860-1921 Frank Dibrell 1858-1914 J.L. Cummings 1848-1924 Lena Cummings 1854-1935 Dr. G.?. Gist 1853-1923 Cousin Lou said Sis Rhea was your friend died 1915-buried old cemetery- Sister Kate Rhea Seithay(?) [see below] lives in Chattanooga Nar (?)and Cousin Lou and Fannie Gist live in Sparta-Fannie married a son of Dr. Gist Byrd Rhea lives in Lebanon Tenn a very successful doctor. He married a Seiltan(?) [ same name as Kate Rheaís last name but undecipherable to me] a preacherís daughter. Mary Young died recently and had a good clear mind. She lived with her daughter. Danny killed himself (shot) before this child was born. Granny England cousin Louís grandmother age 96 fell and broke her hip. The Church of Christ now stands where Aunt Lou Snodgrass lives; she was Lou Leftwich. Lamson Carrick married Matilda Snodgrass-only 14 years old-had a baby at 15 years of age- Cousin Lou Dibrellís home now stands where Maj. Ferris lived 2 blocks north of Rhea House. Cousin Lou says her name is Mary Lou-thinks she was named for you. Mom [ this would be Milly Dibrell Stuckey] didnít seem to recognize names in cemetery-very few-I donít think any thing looks natural-and she doesnít seem to recall names Cousin Lou mentions or of things happening in years gone by. Wayman Dibrellís widow and daughter Mary Lou live in the old place. We will go there-Mom will see Alice Anderson. How I wish you could have been with us. Perhaps some of these names would interest Uncle Ernest [Dibrell] if you care to send this letter to him and have him return to you. We will tell you everything on our return. Tomorrow we spend with Ritha Monday we go to Clifty and M--- to your old home. Ritha will be with us [illegible] Vaughtie can't come here and we donít think Mom equal to another 500 extra miles to see Vaughtie. Well, want to get this to you. Now keep well. Love for all- Estelle