2016 June Meeting

The next meeting of the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society will be held Sunday June 12, 2016 at 2.00 PM at the Masonic Hall in Lynchburg. The program will be about Cemeteries, documentation and location.. The speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith of Sewanee who teaches at the University of the South.

Since 1998, Smith has been doing primary field research on the cemeteries of Middle Tennessee, visiting dozens of cemeteries each year. In 1999 he and Columbia, Tennessee, student Lonsdale Green co-authored a paper presented in London on the “Stone Burial Monuments of Middle Tennessee.” Smith has been particularly interested in discovering and describing Tennessee’s long-abandoned (and overgrown) cemeteries. He trains his students in basic field techniques such as mapping, use of GPS devices, digital photography, stone recognition, and tree identification to understand the way cemeteries mature and then decay over a century or more. His program on “Sacred Suburbs” has been given or requested by a number of Tennessee towns. Smith has also lectured on cemeteries for the Friends of the Library of the University of the South, for the Sewanee Summer Seminar, and for the Franklin County Historical Society. He has developed a middle-school lesson plan for an interdisciplinary approach for teams of teachers to use in teaching school children about local cemeteries. He has used his cemetery skills in advising local authorities in managing cemeteries on public lands or in proposed highway right-of-way corridors.

Dr. Gerald L. Smith studied religion and philosophy of science at Duke University where he received his Doctorial Degree. Smith is currently at work as co-editor of three books on the history of the University of the South and was recently elected president of the Franklin County Historical Society. He has taught at the University of the South for over 45 years.

The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.  For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621 .

About John Parkes

Welcome to the Moore County, Tennessee Genealogy Page. My name is John Franklin Parkes and I maintain this Web site. I have been researching my family for about seven years. Although I have only been working on my genealogy for a short time, my great-grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Sr. of Lynchburg, Tennessee spent his entire life collecting family histories, wills, deeds, pictures, and other historical treasures from this county. I was fortunate enough to obtain or get copies of most of his written records. After careful research, I realized that I am related in some way to many families of this county. Some of the surnames include Bobo, Colsher, Edens, Fanning, Felps, Flack, Holt, Lewis, Moore, Motlow, Parkes, Pearson, Pogue (Pollock), Renegar, Rountree, Simpson, Stone, Waggoner, & Walker. It may be noteworthy to mention that my great-great-great-great grandfather Allen Waller Parkes, great-great-great grandfather Rufus Burton Parks, great-great grandfather Rufus Alonzo Parks, great grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Sr., grandfather Roy H. Parkes, Jr and father Robert Jackson Parkes are all buried in the Lynchburg Cemetery, Moore County, Tennessee. God willing, I will also be buried there.
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