Franklin, Tennessee Cemeteries to be Placed on the National Register of Historic Places

The following teaser is from an article posted at The Tennessean website:

FRANKLIN [Tennessee] — A pair of cemeteries in downtown Franklin will be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, officially designating the sites for preservation.

Franklin City Cemetery and Rest Haven Cemetery, located across North Margin Street from one another, both date back to the early 1800s.

The National Register of Historic Places is the country’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation, according to a statement from the Tennessee Historical Commission. It is this statewide body that administers the program here.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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  1. Looking for two burials in the oldest cemeteries in Franklin, TN!

    Elijah Hamilton b.1753 Penna d. 1825 there in Franklin, Williamson, TN, and wife, Mary Warnock Hamilton b. Virginia d. 1830 Franklin, Williamson, TN; both passed away in 1825 and 1830 respectively, while living in Franklin, Williamson, Tennessee.
    Within Deed Book E, page 437 Elijah and Geo. Gillespie who were trustees of the Presbyterian Church in Franklin purchased on 17 Oct 1818, a tract of land from Andrew Johnson on which the Presbyterian Church which is now built, lying within the corporation of the town of Franklin and adjoining the graveyard.
    Would someone please tell me what might be on their gravestones and if any other Hamilton families might be buried near them.
    Mary Warnock Hamilton, was my 4th great-grandfather’s sister, whose maiden name was originally Womack. However when Elijah’s brother John Hamilton who was the Guilford, North Carolina court recorder on 14 Aug 1786, skewed the spelling of Mary’s maiden name,as well as all the rest of her 12 other siblings when they came to get married in Guilford, NC. This journey for been for me long and full of mysteries, as to name spellings and getting the correct information. Thus, I am looking for these two Hamiltons’ burials in the oldest part of the area. Can/Would someone with knowledge please assist me. Rhonda Warmack Houston

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