July 2nd , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Graveyard discovery sheds light on Carter County Union soldier

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For at least one Carter County homeowner, all that’s required to get a good view of the region’s history is a walk in the backyard.

Photo by Max HrendaCounty Historian Scott Bowers clears brush from the grave of Elizabeth Hilton at the Jenkins plot near Brimer Road on Monday afternoon. Later that day, Bowers would discover that she and William Jenkins, who was interred next to her in the plot, were married on Aug. 8, 1889.

Photo by Max Hrenda
County Historian Scott Bowers clears brush from the grave of Elizabeth Hilton at the Jenkins plot near Brimer Road on Monday afternoon. Later that day, Bowers would discover that she and William Jenkins, who was interred next to her in the plot, were married on Aug. 8, 1889.

On Monday afternoon, Elizabethton resident Brownlow Vines and County Historian Scott Bowers examined a cemetery plot next to a residence along Brimer Road.

Vines was first introduced to the cemetery in the 1940s by his father, Tracy, when the two would go hunting in the surrounding woods.

“He knew it was there, I think,” Vines said. “A lot of the older people knew about it. I think he liked (historical) things like that.”

After learning of the cemetery’s existence, Vines and his brothers would occasionally tend the grounds, out of respect for the dead.

“We’d come up there and cut brush out of it,” Vines said. “We put the fence up, too, to keep people and animals out. We felt like it should be taken care of, because it was on its own out in the woods.”

Since that time, however, the plot has become camouflaged by fallen trees and overgrown plants. Despite this, Bowers said that the cemetery exceeded his expectations.

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