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Cumberland Masonic Lodge 8
Existing Tombstones

The seven tombstones on the Cumberland Lodge No. 8 Lot are for people who died between 1847 and 1861. There were 29 burials on this lot between 1846 and 1922. With the new replacement tombstone for Washington Cooper, who died in 1871, there are now 21 people who do not have tombstones on the Masonic Lot in 2008. No burials have occurred since 1922.

John Greer
Born 1796 and died September 25, 1847. He died at age 52 of “dropsey” which is today identified as congestive heart failure. On his monument was recorded:
“He was an honest man. The noblest work of God.”

Frederick Smith
On his tombstone, Frederick Smith was identified “Sailor” and “The first rigger on Capitol Hill.” The cornerstone was laid for the new State Capitol in Nashville in 1845. Three years into the construction, in February 1848, Frederick Smith, first rigger, died of spasms.
A Philadelphia architect William Strickland won the competition to design the State Capitol. There were many cost overruns and the building was barely completed by outbreak of the Civil War.

Lieut. W. W. Marshall
His monument tells us that he was born in East Tennessee and was 25 years old at the time of his death. Oddly enough, after having served in the Mexican War, where there was fierce fighting and many casualties, he returned to Nashville where he contracted scarlet fever and died in May 1848. “Peace to his ashes.”

Robert Armstrong and John Peabody died on the same day. July 4, 1850. On that very day 17 other people died of the same disease and were buried in the City Cemetery. In Nashville, a town of 10,000 people, during the first 4 days of July, 64 people died of that dread disease Cholera.
Only the year before James K. Polk, a few months into his retirement from the presidency, died on June 15, 1849, in Nashville of cholera. The remains of the president were placed, with Masonic honors, in a vault at the City Cemetery. On May 22, 1850, his remains were re-interred under a handsome monument, designed by William Strickland, on the front lawn of his home Polk Place. Many years later there was another removal to a final resting place on the State Capitol grounds.

Robert Armstrong was born in Scotland. In 1850 he lived in a Nashville household with 22 other thrifty Scots. The obelisk placed over his grave reads “Erected by A Friend.” His monument says that he was 29 years old.

John Peabody TombstoneJohn Peabody was born in 1792 and died On July 4th 1850, at age 58, of cholera. The 1850 U.S. Census gives two “John Peabody” of his age: one lived in Groton, Massachusetts & one in Erie, Michigan. This handsome monument was not erected at his burial site until after 1908. Persons with more information about John Peabody’s monument, please contact the Nashville City Cemetery Association.

Francies Maxwell (name as spelled on his tombstone)
Name was spelled “Frank” in the Interment Book. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1850 he and his wife Cateren, 19, and child Emma, 1 year old, lived in Philadelphia. He was 30 years old when he died in Nashville of consumption on December 21, 1858.

James A. Laird
Colonel Laird, as he was listed, 34 years old, in the City Cemetery Interment Book. He died of consumption, which we now call tuberculosis. In 1860, Laird was listed in a household of ten people in what is today downtown Nashville. He left a wife, Martha, aged 23, and a 3 year old son. Was he a war casualty? The Civil War had begun six months before his death. He died on Oct. 31, 1861. There was a James A. Laird listed in Neely’s 14th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry (CSA). Persons with more information about James A. Laird, please contact the Nashville City Cemetery Association.

Washington Cooper
Replacement tombstone dedicated by Cumberland Lodge No. 8 on May 11, 2008, in the presence of a gathering of Masons, Nashville City Cemetery Association Board members and his descendant William R. Cooper.- See bottom images for the Masons.

Nashville Republican Banner
June 22, 1871
Obituary
Washington Cooper

MASONIC

CUMBERLAND LODGE NO. 8, F. and A.M.--- Called Meeting, this (Thursday) morning, 22nd inst. at 9 o’clock, to attend the funeral of Brother Washington Cooper.

Brother Cooper was one of the oldest Masons in the city, and one of the original members of Cumberland Lodge. All Masons in good standing are also invited. By order of the W.M.

JOS. S. CARELS, Sec’y.


Prepared by Fletch Coke 5-9-2008


CLICK HERE to see article from Republican Banner, Friday, July 2, 1869 - "Old Memories. Personal Reminiscences of Distinguished Nashville Masons"  by Anson Nelson.

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Masonic Lot. City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee
Cumberland Lodge No. 8

Section 25 EP (25.2) Lot 1

By Date

Deed Card (Metro Historical Commission)
Deed No. 308 Deed Book No. 1 Jan. 9, 1845 81 x 100
Deed No. 202 Deed Book No. 11 Sept. 16, 1851 95 x 41

Interment Books (Transcript 2007. Metro Archives)

29 Burials on Masonic Lot. Entries listed as follows:
Date - Name - Age - Sex - Race - Residence - Disease - Avenue (grave location).- Lot Remarks

1846, April 1
Davis, John H. - No Age listed  - M W - City - Apoplexy - Central Lot - A member of Masonic Lodge No. 8

1847, Sept. 26
Greer, John - 52 - M W - City - Dropsey - Central Lot -A member of Masonic Lodge

Feb. 21, 1848
Smith, F.- 50 - M W - City - Spasms - Central Lot - A member of Masonic Lodge

May 27, 1848
Marshall, W. W., Lnt. - 25 - M W - City - S. Feever - Central Lot - Masonic Lot - A Citizen of Monroe Co.

1850, July 5
Armstrong, Robert - 25 - M W - City - Cholrea - Central Lot, Box- Dug the grave themselves

1850, July 5
Peabody, John - 57 - M W - City - Cholrea - Central Lot, Box - A Freemason

1853, Nov. 9
Swinson, J. H. - 41 - M W - City - Consumption - Central Lot Masonic - A member of Masonic Lodge

1855, March 2
Fain, Mrs. E.- 22 - F W - City - Of the Heart - Central
Remarks: None {Listed on “Burials,” back of Deed Card. MHC}

1856, March 3
Signa, John - 62 - M W - City - Disease: Unknown - Central Lot Masonic Lot, a Mason

1857, Nov. 11
Vassi, L. - 29 - M W - City - Disease Consumption - Central Masonic Lot - Professor of Modern Languages

1857, Dec. 1
Larkin, Robert - 65 - M W - Clarksville, TN. - Complication - Central Lot - Masonic Lot

1858, Dec. 24
Maxwell, Frank - 28 - M W - City - Consumption - Central Lot - Masonic Lot

1861, Oct. 31
Laird, James A., Col. - 34 - M W - City - Consumption - Central Lot
Interred on Lot of Cumberland Lodge

1866, Sept. 27
Tyson, Richard - 37 - M W - City - Cholrea - Central Lot - On Masonic Lot

1866, Oct. 26
Woods, W. C.- 51 - M W - City - Flux - Central Lot - On Masonic Lot

1867, Sept. 15
Carlan, John - 40 - M W - City - Consumption - Central Lot - On Masonic Lot

1870, Aug. 14
McCan, J. H.- 45 - M W - City - Flux - Central Lot - Buried on Masonic Lot

1871, June 22
Cooper, Washington - 72 - M W - City - Old Age - Central Lot - Masonic Lot

1873, Nov. 4
Windsor, Eugene B. - 32 - M W - City - Flux - Central Lot - Masonic ground

1876, Nov. 5
Infant Daughter - No Age - F W - City - Mem.Croup - Central Lot
Child of Eugene Windsor, dec. Masonic ground

1877, March 12
Corl, Daniel - 65 - M W - N.Carolina - Poison - Central Lot - Masonic ground

1882, Feb. 10
McKee, J. H. - No Age listed - M W - Los Angeloss, Cal. - Brights disease of Kidneys - Central Lot
Box paid. Grave on Masonic ground

1884, Oct. 8
Cameron, Andrew - 23 - M W - Scotland - Dysentry - Central Lot
Box paid, grave on Masonic lot

1891, March 10
Pierce, H. F. - 37 - M W - City - Consumption - Central Lot - Grave on Masonic grounds

1894, April 21
Glass, J. T. - 49 - M W - City - Consumption - Central Lot - Grave on Masonic ground

1898, June 28
Longacre, J. I. - 43 - M W - City - Typhoid Fever - Central Lot - Grave on Masonic Lot

1913, Sept. 13
Gibson, G. P., Mr.- 63 - M W - County - Heart Disease - Central Lot - Masonic Lot

1920, Feb. 28
Manthorn, A. P. - 35 - M W - City - Acedorea - Central Lot - Grave on Masonic lot

1922, June 22
Conner, Geor J. - 59 - M W - City - Urpherts - Central Lot - Georg. J. Conner. Grave on Masons lot

End of Interment Book Entries

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1908 Plat Map, Engineer Smith. Section 25 EP Lot 1
Cumberland Lodge No. 8 F.A.M.
7 Tombstones with Names on 1908 Plat Map

Greer, John
Smith, Frederick
Marshall, Liut. W. W.
Little Genie (child of Eugene Windsor/ Interment Book)
Laird, Jas. A.
Armstrong, Robert
H.F.P. (H.F. Pierce/ Interment Book)
In addition, 3 tombstones were shown on 1908 Plat Map but without legible inscriptions.
Note: Little Genie. No tombstone in 2007.
Note: John Peabody. No tombstone in 1908. Tombstone in 2006 & 2007.

2006 Tombstone Inscription Project (Nashville City Cemetery Association)
Utilizing location maps & ID Numbers (Metro Historical Commission)
Section 25.2 Lot 1. Tombstones surveyed 2006
250106 Maxwell
250107 Laird (tombstone broken in 3 pieces 2006)
250108 Armstrong
250109 Marshall
250110 Smith
250111 F. S. (Footstone for #250110)
250112 Greer
250113 Peabody

Tennessee State Library & Archives.
Minutes of Cumberland Lodge No. 8. Free & Accepted Masons, Nashville, Tennessee. Records, 1817-1963
Accession Number 73-26. On Microfilm.

Minutes reported attendance of Masons at funerals of their Lodge members. Mention was made of the payment for services to local undertakers.

Only eight (8) tombstones are located, in 2007, in the Masonic Lot at the City Cemetery. There were 29 burials on the Masonic Lot between 1846 -1922. Consideration should be given to the placement of an historical marker in remembrance of the other Masons buried on Cumberland Lodge No. 8 Lot in the Nashville City Cemetery. In the future it is possible that descendants will want to discuss with the Metro Historical Commission about replacement tombstones.

Fletch Coke 
5-6-2008

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NASHVILLE CITY CEMETERY
MASONS
INTERMENT BOOK RECORDS

By Name

NAME
BURIAL DATE
REMARKS
Anderson, William
May 26
1857
a member of the Masonic Fraternity
Averitt, G. W.
Jul 4
1850
a Free Mason
Bostick, Hardin P.
Feb 24
1861
a member of the Masonic Fraternity
Burton, C. P.
Nov 24
1856
a Free Mason
Cameron, Andrew
Oct 8
1884
box paid, grave on Masonic lot
Canon, T. V. 
Feb 11
1849
member of Masonic Lodge
Carlan, John
Sep 15
1867
on Masonic lot
Claibourne, John
Jul 8
1871
member of Masonic Fraternity
Conner, Geor J.
Jun 22
1922
grave on Masons lot
Cooper, Washington
Jun 22
1871
Masonic lot
Corl, Daniel
Mar 12
1877
bp, Masonic Ground
Daniels, John
Aug 23
1853
buryed by the Masonic Order
Davis, John H.
Apr 1
1846
a member of Masonic Lodge no. 8
Dreyfus, I.
Jun 8
1851
a Free Mason, charge W. T. Weakley
Foster, E. H., Hon.
Sep 8
1854
a member of the Masonic Fraternity
Gibson, G. P., Mr.
Sep 19
1913
Masonic lot
Glass, J. T.
Apr 21
1894
grave on Masonic ground
Greer, John
Sep 26
1847
a member of Masonic Lodge
Henderson, I. P.
Jun 25
1873
chgd to Masonic Lodge
Koepf, Charles R.
Mar 2
1860
a painter, a member of Masonic Order
Larkin, Robert
Dec 1
1859
Masonic lot
Longacre, J. I. 
Jun 28
1898
grave on Masonic lot
Manthorn, A. P.
Feb 28
1920
grave on Masons lot
Marshall, W. W., Lnt.
May 27
1848
Masonic lot, A citizen of Monroe Co.
Maxwell, Frank
Dec 24
1858
Masonic lot
McCan, J. H.
Aug 14
1870
on Masonic lot
McCombs, James R.
Sep 15
1858
a Mason and a Fireman
McIntosh, John
Jun 1
1859
a member of the Masonic Fraternity
McKee, J. H.
Feb 10
1882
box paid, grave on Masons ground
Moore, D. M.
Dec 8
1846
a member of the Masonic Lodge
Natt, John
Jan 20
1859
an engineere & a member of the Masonic Fraternity
Noaks, E. B.
Jul 15
1854
buried by the Masonic Fraternity
Norvell, Joseph, Mr.
Jan 10
1847
a member of the Masonic Lodge
Peabody, John
Jul 5
1850
a Free Mason
Pierce, H. F.
Mar 10
1891
grave on Masonic grounds
Plummer, James R.
Feb 25
1858
a member of the Masonic Fraternity
Saffrans, David
Nov 3
1852
Freemason
Signa, John
Mar 3
1856
Masonic Lot, a Mason
Smith, F.
Feb 21
1848
a member of Masonic Lodge
Stevens, John B., Remains of
Mar 22
1857
a member of the Masonic Order
Swinson, J. M.
Nov 9
1853
a member of Masonic Lodge
Tanneyhill, Wilkins
Jun 3
1858
the head of the Masonic Fraternity in Tennessee
Turney, Edwin H.
Oct 27
1860
a member of the Masonic Fraternity
Tyson, Richard
Sep 27
1866
on Masonic lot
Wilson, George A.
May 12
1846
member of Masonic Lodge
Windsor, Eugene B.
Nov 4
1873
Masonic ground
Windsor, Infant Daughter
Nov 5
1876
child of Eugene Windsor, dec. Masonic Ground
Woods, W. C. 
Oct 26
1866
on Masonic lot
Wynne, Robert
Nov 25
1849
a Freemason

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