Friday, October 22, 2010

SAVE!!! Mooring Cemetery, Mooring Rd, Lake Co, TN


I recently visited Lake County, Tenn. Although unmarked and unpopulated I was able to locate the Mooring cemetery, or rather what is left it.

What I witnessed September 2010:

I clearly saw Wyatt and Martha with baby boy Henry age 2 but their headstones were broken up. There were bits of headstones buried and the farming machine tracks were certainly closer than allowed to be there.

I am asking if anyone is interested in helping me try to perserve this piece of AMERICAN HISTORY.

In Lake County --- it is not only the Mooring Cemetery in danger but all these cemetaries;

Burrus Chapel

Cronanville Cemetery (Jones)

Crockett Chapel Cemetery

Davis Cemetery

Haynes Memorial Cemetery

Hornridge Cemetery

Jones Cemetery (Cronanville)

Mooring Cemetery

New Haven Cemetery

No Name Cemetery

Old Madie Cemetery

Parks Cemetery

The librarians and historians seemed helpless to know what to do about the situation.

The cemetaries are located in acres and acres of farmed land. Huge farming machinery tills the land in preparation of growing crops.

Although my heart truely goes out to the farmers of America, there must be something we can do to accomodate both interests.

Tennessee law protects these cemetaries; But it is up to us to alert the proper authorities as to the destruction of these cemeteries.

We have several East Tennessee Genealogical and History Societies to appeal our case.

b) Real property which has a deed that reflects the presence of human remains on the property is protected from disturbance or development as follows:
(1) A gravesite may not be disturbed in the area of ten feet (10") surrounding the perimeter of the gravesite; and
(2) A crypt may not be disturbed in the area of five feet (5') surrounding the perimeter of the crypt.

Why is it important NOW: because while there is "no statutes of limitations" that only holds true as long as there are still markers!

Cemeteries. Land... Descendants... Purchaser... Burial ground rights are not barred by statutes of limitations so long as graves are marked by monuments, gravestones, or otherwise.
The right to use a private burial ground as such is not barred by the statute of limitations, so long as it is kept inclosed ; or, if uninclosed, so long as the monuments and gravestones marking the graves are there, or other attention is given to the graves, so as to show and perpetuate the sacred object and purpose to which the land has been devoted; for possession by the living is not required, in such case, to prevent the acquirement of title by the adverse possession of the owner of the fee, so long as the dead are there buried, their graves are marked, and any acts are done tending to preserve their memory and mark their last resting place

Cemeteries. Desecration of private burial ground and graves therein, and wrongful obstruction of way thereto, are misdemeanors. The desecration of a private burial ground, and graves therein, and the wrongful obstruction of the easement of a right of way from the public road thereto, as against those entitled to use it, are misdemeanors, subject to punishment under the statutes applicable to offenses of that character.



Also we need to contact an attorney in the area that is up to date on the laws:

It is the responsibility of law enforcement personnel with jurisdiction over the location of the cemetery to enforce these laws.
If you are aware of any violations, you should immediately contact local law enforcement authorities for action. If law enforcement personnel do not handle the situation to your satisfaction, you should contact the state's chief archaeologist in care of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Nashville.

Mooring Cemetery, Mooring Rd, Lake Co, TN

List of people buried here:


This list was provided by Ruth Lee Wheatley Stover who was born in the Mooring Community and has done research on the Mooring Cemetery

Wyatt M. Mooring, b. Aug. 16, 1805, d. May 29, 1874

Henry Lewis Mooring, b. Dec. 13, 1826 - d. Dec. 24, 1873

Caroline Mooring Gray, b. Feb. 8, 1828 - d. Nov. 4, 1886

Jessie Gray, b. Dec. 20, 1812 - d. July 22, 1879

Eliza Jane Mooring Haleyworks, b. Nov. 27, 1829 - d. April 1905

Elizabeth Mooring Coats, b. Aug. 3, 1833 - d. Sept. 27, 1876

Timothy Christopher "Kit" Mooring, b. Dec. 1844 - d. Mar. 8, 1874

Wyatt Lee Mooring, b. Dec. 8, 1863 - d. Oct. 8, 1865

T. C. Mooring, b. March 4, 1801 - d. September 30, 1880

Phillip E. (or C.) Rice, b. 1853 - d. 1892/3

Martha "Mattie" Lewis Gray DeBerry, b. Sept. 9, 1848 - d. Feb. 22, 1901

Harriet A. Jones - b. June 13, 1871 - d. Jan. 28, 1876

Guy Gray - b. 1889 - d. 1902

Wyatt A. Haley, b. Aug. 20, 1857 - d. Dec. 26, 1867

Josephine Haley, b. Mar. 22, 1860 - d. Nov. 9, 1868

Cullen Edmondson, b. July 17, 1775 - d. June 14, 1836


James W. Algee, b. May 8, 1862 - d. May 22, 1863

Children of James W. Algee:

Robert Merwin Algee, b. Sept. 5, 1896 - d. Jan. 19, 1897

Infant son Algee, b. Oct. 22, 1899 - d. Oct. 23, 1899

Wyatt Algee, b & d Sept. 1, 1901

Howard Leduke Algee, b. Sept. 13, 1902 - d. Oct. 30, 1902

Thelma Algee, b & d Aug. 1905

Robert Clark Algee, b. Sept. 4, 1832 - d. Mar. 3, 1870


Martha A. Shadding, b. Oct. 20, 1824 - d. Dec. 30, 1874

Henry A. Algee, b. Oct. 22 - d. Nov. 24, 1882

Margaret C. Wall, b. Feb. 5, 1855 - d. Feb 5, 1873

Mollie W. Capps - no further information

Sarah Sue Baker, b. June 9, 1942 - d. June 10, 1942 (Curry Funeral Home)


These are all the stones that are left standing
Transcribed by William & Gay Mathis (11/03/01)

Mattie Lewis (wife of Dr. W. H. Deberry) 9/9/1848—2/22/1901 Age 52yrs, 5 mos, 13 days

Samuel R. Allen 6/22/1847—12/18/1895

Martha Mooring (wife of Wyatt, Mooring, Sr) 9/25/1870 (Death date only) Age 67 yrs, 7 mos, 20 days

Wyatt Mooring, Sr. 8/16/1805—5/29/1874

(No Name –Stone broken) 9/4/1834—3/3/1870 Age 35 yrs, 5mos, 29 days


Information provided by Isabelle Algee at

HARRIS, Stonewall [no dates or stone; twin of Verzall (or Verzalia or Berzalia). Died at almost 3 years of age after having been bitten by a rabid dog. They were sons of Daniel Harris and Martha Adkins Harris. Info per records of Winnie Mooney Hood]

HARRIS, Verzall, or Verzalia, or Berzalia. [no stone, no dates; twin of Stonewall Harris. His given name is believed to be an Indian name, but there is no proof of this. Died at almost 3 years of age after having been bitten by a rabid dog. They were sons of Daniel Harris and Martha Adkins Harris. Info per records of Winnie Mooney Hood]

Friday, October 8, 2010

Intentional Act of Genealogical Terrorism with an Accomplice

MY ACCOMPICE: Vandy Ann is my cousin I stayed with in KANSAS while doing genealogy work, September 2010. Vandy Ann is also interested in genealogy.

I shared with Vandy my data regarding my Kansas ancestors. By the way, these are not relatives my cousin and I share. I have a death certificate of John Christopher Hayley. The death certificate included his birth place, father's name and mother's maiden name. The death certificate was obtained on-line by a distant cousin Martha Jane Good Caswell of New Mexico. This is an excellent find and helped confirm my direct lineage with this family.

Although this was an excellent document, it included data about John Christopher's health that was "frankly" disturbing. Doctor put in a contributing cause of death that made some living relatives uncomfortable. So we just kind of altered (by deletion) the additional unverified data from the certificate.

Unverified because I do not have blood samples or blood analysis from three separate sources. I watch a lot of court tv. lol

Our reasoning?
1.----The doctor could have been wrong. lol
2.----I used the certificate to introduce myself to historians of his hometown and did not want to give "confusing" data.
3.----I could have not expected much cooperation from my dad if I was showing the document as is.
4.----Vandy Ann had all the office supplies and even straight edge to do a professional job.
5.----Vandy and I classified the data as TMI Too Much Information.

TMI is data that is not essential to the understanding of the purpose of the document. form, application but can delay and confuse the reader.
a) when a person is applying for a loan sometimes the perspective buyer would add data (my ex-husband is not paying his child support) that would only delay and confuse the lender.
b) adding on a job application that your last boss had serious mental health issues.

Could be true but TMI......

My Plea: Guilty with explanation:

So I am including my deception in all my writings and correspondences so everyone is aware of what, how and why this was done.

The original certificate, depository and references are included in my resource log. I added a note regarding my Intentional Act of Genealogical Terrorism.

The final verdict:
This phraseology was given to me in my judgement from THE HIGH GENEALOGY COURT OF ALL THINGS HOLY IN THE AREA OF GENEALOGY RESEARCH --- (aka Randy Seaver, a beloved mentor and friend of mine).

So I fall on the merciful judgement of the court. Admit my guilt, give a very feeble and disgusting excuse for my actions, and stand accused and found guilty.

Added sarcasm here---just kidding!
But as "everyone knows" with the struggle of living in a judgemental, archaic world --- sometimes manipulation, discretion, and "little white lies" are needed to survive or get the cooperation of others.

Side issue: Did you ever notice when people are trying to get away with stuff they know to be wrong --- they start making up theories and phrases to explain them self away such as TMI and "little white lies"?