Dr. A. and Theresa Laurent – Tombstone Inscription


Laurent, Dr. A.
Laurent, Theresa B.
Section 28.1
ID # 280679


Memory of
A. Laurent
Born Dec. 5, 1809
Died June 20, 1850


Memory of
Theresa B. Laurent
Born May 5, 1813
Died July 1, 1850

1908 Plat: Theresa B. Laurent
                Section 28 NE Lot 100
1909 List: Lot owner Buddeke
Interment Index: 6-22-1850 Dr. A. Lawrence
                7-2-1850 Mrs. Theresa Lawrence 
Recorded 2005 with Additions (Interment records)


On July 24, 2016, descendant John Laurent sent an inquiry to the City Cemetery website about the Laurent family. Through his family papers and through additional research by Fletch Coke, more historical information can be added to the history of this family. The Laurents were buried, during 1850, in the Buddeke lot at City Cemetery that had been purchased on October 5, 1844, by J. H. Buddeke, member of a prominent Germantown family. According to John Laurent, after Dr. A. Laurent and his wife died in 1850, their children were placed in the home of John Murkin, a Nashville shoemaker. U.S. Naturalization papers show that John Murkin was born in Hanover, “Germany. He became an American citizen in New York on May 7, 1844. In the U.S. Census 1850 for Davidson County, John Murkin, aged 40, was listed with his wife Catherine, aged 33, and their five children, aged 3 to 12 years as well as five Laurent children aged 3 to 11 years. The Census of John Murkin’s Household was enumerated in The City of Nashville, on September 6, 1850, three months after the death of Dr. Laurent and two months after the death of Theresa Laurent. Nashville City Directory 1857 listed an advertisement for J. A. Murkin Boot & Shoe Manufacturer & Also Dealer in French and American Leather at 46 College Street. One of the children of John Murkin in the U.S. Census 1850 was John A. Murkin. During the Civil War, John A. Murkin served in Company A. First Tennessee Infantry and was reported as a Confederate Prisoner of War on November 17, 1864. In the Nashville City Directory 1869, John Murkin was listed as “Supt. Shoe Manuf. at 19 Public Square.

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