Garland G. Lucas – Tombstone Inscriptions

Lucas, Garland G.
Section 28.8
ID # 281102

Garland G. Lucas
Sullivan Co.

Nineteen Penitentiary inmates died of Cholera during the June 1833 Epidemic in Nashville. They were buried at Nashville City Cemetery. In 2016 wooden markers were placed at the cemetery for these Cholera victims.

Fred Zahn of the Metropolitan Historical Commission was responsible for the carving of the inscriptions on the 19 wooden markers and locating where to place them at the Nashville City Cemetery. To read about his work on the project, click here.

To read the account of John Hill, a contemporary of these men and survivor of his time in the penitentiary, click here.

For more information, and to see a listing of the inmates’ names & counties of residence prior to incarceration, please see the following newspaper article in the Nashville Republican and State Gazette, Friday, July 5, 1833.

Charles A. Sherill has given permission to quote from Tennessee Convicts: Records of the State Penitentiary, Vol. I. 1831-1850, by Charles & Tomye M. Sherrill, published 1997:

Page 67
“Garland G. Lucas was received into the Penitentiary 12 April 1832. He is 5′ 73/4” high, 42 years old, weight 152 lbs. Born in Orange Co., Virginia, and brought up in Amherst. Moved to Sullivan Co., East Tenn., 12 years ago. He has lived in Hawkins, Co., Tenn. He has a wife living with H. Churchil on Holston River, near Lynns Boat Yard, in Sullivan County, 16 miles from Bluntsville [sic, Blountville], on the road leading from Nashville to Abington, Virginia. He has blue eyes, dark hair inclining to gray, dark skin, sharp nose, countenance good. He has followed waggoning, has been a soldier in the Virginia line, in Colonel Freemans Regiment. His relations live in Amherst Co., Virginia, consisting of one sister and three brothers. He has a scar over the right eye 1 1/2” long, but narrow. Also a scar on the middle finger of the right hand, on the inside of the finger near the middle joint, and a small round scar on the left leg, 4″ above the inside ancle bone. Was found guilty of grand larceny at the Circuit Court of Sullivan County and sentenced to three years imprisonment in the Jail and Penitentiary house of the State of Tennessee. Garland G. Lucas died of cholera on the 11th day of June 1833. [Ledger 45, p.89]”

Research Report August 2017

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