John Brown Mahan – Tombstone Inscriptions

Mahan, John Brown

Section 30

ID # 300020


Our Little John Brown Mahan

Son of James & Cassandra


Died 25 Aug. 1863

Age 2 years 7 months

17 days


But Jesus said Suffer Little

Children to come unto me.



1908 Plat: Jno. Mahan Died 1863

               Section 30

Interment Book: 8-26-1863 Infant

                       of James Mahan

Recorded 2005 with Addition (Smith 1908 & Garrett)

Revisited after 2008 Restoration

After 2008 Restoration

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Historical Information
John Brown Mahan
was one of three infants born to James Mahan, f.m.c. and his wife who were buried at City Cemetery between 1856 – 1865, as reported in the City Cemetery Interment Books. An infant, black, buried on August 26, 1863, was identified as  a child of James Mahan, free man of color. This infant would be John Brown Mahan, whose tombstone listed him as the son of James and Casandra Mahan, who died on August 25, 1863, at age 2 years 7 months and 17 days. U.S. Census 1860 for Nashville Ward 4, Davidson County, listed James Mahan 28 years, his wife Cassandre [sic] 19 years and child Mary J. Mahan 1 year old. James Mahan was listed as a Barber. In U.S. Census 1870, James Mahan is listed as a Barber with a daughter Mary aged 16 years “at school.”