GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Recording of Tombstone Inscriptions
CLICK HERE to learn about the 1908 Plat Map with sections and lots and the 2005 Map with identification numbers.
Research Resources listed in Documentation
*Felix Randolph Robertson Smith
Felix Randolph Robertson Smith, Engineer, under the direction of Major Eugene C. Lewis, was responsible for important surveys of the Nashville City Cemetery in 1908. This survey work resulted in the Plats of the Sections & Lots (1908), the recording of the Inscriptions on Tombstones (1908) with a Supplement (1911) and the publication of the Alphabetical List of the Dead (1909). Mr. Smith’s work provided the earliest documentary evidence of the Sections, Lots and Tombstones and Inscriptions at Nashville City Cemetery.
Felix Randolph Robertson Smith, son of Elizabeth Anderson Robertson Smith and Thomas Smith, was born March 16, 1838. Felix was the grandson of Lydia Waters and Dr. Felix Robertson, and the great grandson of founders of Nashville, Charlotte Reeves and James Robertson. Mr. Smith died on February 12, 1920, and was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.
Supplement 1911 Listing
They worked on recording the cemetery inscriptions between 1954 & 1970. CLICK HERE to access the listings. This limited edition, entitled Old City Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, was typed in 1971.
A useful resource for graveyard symbolism can be accessed online by CLICKING HERE.
Death date finding aids
Research helped to fill-in the missing portions of inscriptions
Additional information has been typed in bold in the Inscription write-up, for example:
(Inscription worn away except letters “Wet”)
By using the 1908 Plat, the Section and Lot were located and a tombstone on that Lot was named “Lewis Wetzel Died 1848” The Interment index listed his burial as April 16, 1848. Smith 1908 listed the entire inscription. All these together made it possible to complete the original inscription as shown above.
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Fletch Coke 2013