Capt. A. Kingsley – Tombstone Inscriptions

Kingsley, Captain Alpha

Section 28.51

ID # 280240

Capt. A. Kingsley


In Woodstock, Vt.

Nov 21st 1778

Died in Nashville

(Rest cracked off)

Sept 28th 1846



1908 Plat: Capt. A. Kingsley

                Section 28 SE Lot 31

1909 List: Lot owner A. Kingsley

Interment Book: 9-28-1846 Capt. A. Kingsley

           Superintendent of Nashville Cemetery

Note: Nashville Whig, Sept. 29, 1846

    “Captain Alpha Kingsley died

    yesterday morning in Nashville.”

Recorded 2006

Biography for Captain Alpha Kingsley

Captain Alpha Kingsley History

I viewed the website directory and index for those names listed as buried at the Nashville City Cemetery. I managed to find my ancestor, Captain A. (Alpha) Kingsley along with his son William Bissell Kingsley and Alpha’s adopted daughter Eugenia Wilson. They are interred at lot 28.51 as shown in your records.

Alpha Kingsley was my fifth Great Uncle. I am directly descended from his brother Simeon Burk Kingsley. Alpha was born in Woodstock VT, in 1778. He joined the Army in 1799 and was in charge of the building of the first fort at Fort Madison Iowa in 1808/1809. Shortly thereafter he wed Elizabeth Ayer of Kingston in Roane County, TN. He probably was stationed at Fort Southwest Point where William Bissel Kingsley was probably born. About 1811 after his father-in-law died, he moved his family to Nashville and owned a mercantile business there from 1815 to about 1819. Thereafter, about 1820/21 he owned the Nashville Inn and operated it for about four years. He was the first Sexton of the City Cemetery. He remained in Nashville until he died in September of 1846. He was also the district paymaster for that part of Tennessee.

History sent to Nashville City Cemetery Association
By David Kingsley. August 12, 2006

According to the official website for Fort Madison Iowa:
            “Fort Madison was constructed by members of the Department of Indian Trade as well as soldiers from Captain Ninian Pinkney’s Company, United States Infantry Regiment. The men that oversaw the actual construction were First Lieutenant Alpha Kingsley and United States Factor John Johnson.”
            For more information, visit the Old Fort Madison Iowa website for photographs of the reconstructed fort, its history and annual events.

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After 2009 Restoration

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CLICK HERE for obituary listing

CLICK HERE for David Kingsley’s information regarding Alpha Kingsley’s parent’s graves

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