Foundry Hill Cemetery

Others buried in FHC

It is certain that many unidentified people are buried in FHC. Probably each block or rock marks a grave, and there are likely several unmarked graves; however, little is now known about the identity of those in these graves.

Research by Bettye Ploeger shows that not only George W. Arnn, for whom the new grave marker has been erected but also several other Arnns are buried in FHC. The foundry for which the community is named may have been started by this elder George Arnn but was operated by his son George, known as Boss Arnn, for many years. The older George probably donated the land that comprises the original portion of the cemetery at about the time of the death of his wife, Sarah (Walker) Arnn or the death of his son's first wife, in the late 1840s. George and Sarah are probably buried near the location of the grave marker. Boss Arnn's first wife,Frances (Phelps) Arnn and second wife, Charlotte (Lewry) Arnn, are also buried at FHC, and Bettye believes George "Boss" Arnn is buried by them.

I have identified the grave between John Priestly and Emily Jane Alexander and Joseph Riley and Mary Elizabeth Alexander as being that of either Joseph's and Mary's son Isaac or Joseph's first wife (and Mary's aunt) Victoria Stagner, both of whom are probably in FHC, and some of the concrete markers near Stephen Brizendine's grave are probably other members of his family. I am fairly sure that a few of the people listed here have gravestones because there are a few stones with engraving that is undecipherable to this point. If anyone has definite or even fairly substantial evidence for identification of others, I will add that information. We are fairly sure about the following people.

Burchess Berkley (I have found no marker for him; however, Sue Reed, who took her list from 1) "Tennessee Trailings" dated November 11, 1977, or 2) Mr. Charles Sanders's records, has him as a Foundry Hill burial and has that he died 23 Aug. 1909, aged 79 y. The age given is correct to be Lee Berkley's grandfather Walter B. Berkley

John William(s) Berkley, son of Walter Burgess Berkley and father of Lee Berkley is buried here, according to his death certificate. His wife, Minerva Ferguson Berkley is also buried here according to her death certificate.

Nina Lee Bucy According to the death report, she died 12 Aug. 1905, aged 18 y.

Myrtle Cole, 22 May 1882 - 13 Oct 1925; daughter of Alonzo Cole, whose grave is marked, and Lena Stephens, who is probably buried here also; basis: TN death certif. #356. Lena's death certificate mistakenly gives her father as Benjamin Stephens, but she was apparently Benjamin's sister and daughter of James Henry Stephens and Aditha Stephens (maiden name and married name). The 1880 census shows that Alonzo was living with the Stephens family before he and Lena married.

Albert Griffin, died 12 Feb 1908, aged 31

W. H. Griffin, died 7 June 1907, aged 72 He was the father of William L. Griffin, who was the husband of Ann who has a marked grave.

Betty Jo Lasater, 2 Nov 1936 - 4 July 1946. Betty Jo, daughter of Jesse Lasater and Birdie Paschall and a classmate of mine in grammar school, was originally buried at FHC but was re-buried other family at Puryear Cemetery.

Mary Hudgins McClure, 6 July 1867 - 30 Apr 1936

Francis "Fannie" Merrell She was Burgess Berkley's daughter and is buried here according to her death certificate.

Ellen Overcast, died 12 Dec 1912, aged 70

Elsie Mae Overcast It is likely that one of the unreadable gravestones is hers.

Galon Overcast , 1 Apr. 1876 - 3 Feb. 1967 Relatives report that he was a son of John Calvin Overcast and Sallie Ann (Tyler) Overcast. He is probably buried near them and their children who died young.

Myrtle Robertson, 1903 - 1975

Martha Snow, died 25 Mar 1910, aged 77

Rowe M. Snow, died 24 Dec 1910, aged 51

Verah Steeley, 13 July 1888 - 13 June 1890, dau. Of R.B. and M.C. Steeley

Topher Lee Tyler

Viola Tyler

Angie Walker, died 4 June 1915, aged 73. I'm unsure where this information originates

James Wilson, 18 Feb. 1852 - 28 Jan. 1932 He was probably the James Wilson who was married to one of George Arrn's daughters.