Research Underway To Identify Stones

A research project is underway to locate, document and try to identify, and restore any problems with grave stones of some of our pioneer Jackson County settlers.

The focus will be on a specific style of grave marker, what is being called a Coffin Ledger they are believed to be totally unique to Jackson County.

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  1. Ric Finch on May 2, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Dear Editor–

    Glad to see your research project underway. I hope to be able to see the results once it is finished (of course, such studies are never truly finished). I have been studying covered graves in the Upper Cumberland area for over 40 years, and would say just off the top of my head that I have seen more coffin ledger stones in the Gainesville area than anywhere else I can think of, but they are not totally unique to Jackson Co….I have found them in the Albany, KY area, too.

    My personal primary focus is on comb graves, and my website contains much information and many images on this subject. I have found comb graves in nearly 500 graveyards in our region, including a few in Jackson Co. My article “The Tennessee Comb Grave Tradition” (found on my website) includes a listing of all the cemeteries with comb graves known to me in each county, including Jackson.

    If the current research project on coffin ledger graves turns up any comb cemeteries not on my list, I would very much appreciate being sent that information.

    Thank you!

    Ric Finch
    Prof. of Geology, TTU (retired)

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