The Early Grove Methodist Church, established circa 1857, is asking for help with identifying unmarked graves in its cemetery, according to Saundra Nunley, church member. The church is also accepting any information about the church, which is located at 1085 Early Grove Road.
Articles, pictures of christenings, weddings, programs, pastors, or other information are welcome. "We know of 10 or 12 names of people buried there without markers," Nunley said. She commented that the unmarked graves are known just from talking to people.
"We just want to see this done," said Nunley. "We both (herself and Nancy Bolden) are into genealogy big time and we want to contribute something during this lifetime. Those (unmarked) graves hold somebody's father, daughter, child or mother."
The Franklin family was one of the earliest to settle in Early Grove, and their family plot provides the only hint of a design for the cemetery. Maxwell Wilson is believed to be the first settler, soon joined by families from the Carolinas and Virginia. Other settlers included the Abernathys, Baileys, Masons, Tuckers, Worshams, Wellborns, and Vaughns.
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