Benton-Douglass-Sevier – Tombstone Inscription

Benton-Douglass-Sevier Mausoleum

Nashville City Cemetery
Section 11.2 ID # 110195
Section 11 EP Lot 1 (1908 Plat Map)
Located on Benton Lot. Corner of City & Pine Avenues

City Cemetery Lot Card for Section 11 EP Lot 1
Lot Size 24½ x 40
Deed No. 384 Deed Book No. 1
Lot Owner Mary Ann Benton & John W. Martin
Date Sold Aug. 20, 1847

Inscriptions on marker inside Mausoleum (2005)

Mary Benton Douglass Sevier
Widow of T. F. Sevier
Born May 22, 1838
Died November 30, 1929

Mary Childress Benton
Widow of Col. Jesse Benton
Born April 24, 1797
Died May 30, 1881

Minerva Hulme Douglass
Widow of Gen. Kelsey Douglass
Born October 20, 1812
Died May 30, 1887

Marion Sevier
Wife of Col. Granville Sevier
Born February 26, 1888
Died August 28, 1928

Col. Granville Sevier
Husband of Marion Sevier
Born September 9, 1869
Died January 30, 1944

City Cemetery Interment Book
Col. Granville Sevier Male White 74 Years
Residence: Granny White Pike, Nashville, Tennessee
Died at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville
Buried February 1, 1944 in Sevier Vault, City avenue
Born Sept. 9, 1869 Sewanee, Tennessee
Father T.F. Sevier. Mother Mary Benton Douglas Sevier

Tennessee Certificate of Death
Colonel Granville Sevier died on January 30, 1944, at age 74 years. He was born in Sewanee, Tennessee, on September 9, 1869. His father T. F. Sevier was born in Russellville, Kentucky and his mother Mary Benton Douglas was born in Nacogdeches, Texas.

After 2009 Restoration

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Nashville Tennessean, Monday, January 31, 1944.
Obituary. In part, as follows:

“Col. Granville Sevier, 74, noted Nashville philanthropist, former diplomat and one-time commander of Fort Shafter, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, died in St. Thomas Hospital last night at 7:10 o’clock after a heart attack he suffered 11 days ago…” Funeral services have tentatively been set for Tuesday afternoon at the Church of the Advent of which he was a member, with Dr. Prentice Pugh, officiating. The body will be placed in the family mausoleum in the old City Cemetery…”

[Note: After retirement from the U.S. Army, Col. Sevier made his home at “Sunnyside,” the house built in the 1850s by Mary Childress
Benton (Mrs. Jesse Benton). The historic house, in Sevier Park, serves today (2016) as the Administrative Office for Metro Historical

Prepared by Fletch Coke 11-25-2016

Benton-Martin-Douglass-Sevier Family History