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Knox County, Tennessee

Compiled by Robert McGinnis
Knox County Cemetery Historian

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For nearly 25 years, Robert McGinnis has been the undisputed Knox County Cemetery Historian.  He has transcribed more than 630,000 graves in Knox County, plus thousands of others in adjacent counties.  Other researchers have transcribed cemeteries, but no effort has been as thorough as Robert's, nor do they amplify the data by including marriage, will, obituary, and deed information where it's available!

Robert's annotated list includes each cemetery's name(s), location(s) and periods of use.

Find the link in the table below that contains the first letter of the cemetery(ies) in which you are interested.  Note that cemeteries named for individuals (i.e., "John Smith") are alphabetized according to surname.

Many thanks to Robert  for sharing his expertise of Knox County cemeteries with us!

Cemeteries A - B Cemeteries C Cemeteries D - F Cemeteries G - H Cemeteries I - L
Cemeteries M Cemeteries N - O Cemeteries P - R Cemeteries S Cemeteries T - Z

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tombstone Review published Knox County Cemetery and funeral home  transcriptions by Robert McGinnis.
tombstone View list of on-line Knox County cemetery Web sites and tombstone transcriptions.
tombstone View GNIS list of 185 cemeteries in Knox County (with links to area maps!)
tombstone Review "Funeral Homes and Cemetery Records" section of the Knox County Bibliography for transcribed cemetery records in print.
tombstone Read about Knox County's "lost" cemeteries.
tombstone Read Tennessee's Cemetery Laws.

A note about the Confederate Cemetery, located at 1919 Bethel Avenue, Knoxville:
     One official source states:  "The Confederate Cemetery is rarely opened to the public. It is owned and administered by the Mabry-Hazen Foundation, and inquiries should be addressed to the Mabry-Hazen House (865) 522-8661.  Most of the 1,600 Confederates and 50-60 Union prisoners of war buried here were lost to disease, which periodically swept the camps during the War.  As far as is known, none of those lost at Fort Sanders are interred here."
     However, historian William Rule wrote in 1900:  "
The Confederate or Bethel Cemetery is located about one mile east of Gay street on the Rutledge pike, and includes four acres of land, two acres of which was purchased in 1862 of Knox county, and two acres of Joseph Mabry.  Ever since it was established it has been in charge of the Ladies’ Memorial Association.  More than 1,600 Confederate dead lie buried in this cemetery, and according to the present section, W. D. Winstead, an old Confederate soldier, there were buried here in the southeast corner, three hundred bodies of soldiers killed in the charge on Fort Sanders, immediately after the battle, which, if correct, when added to the ninety-two buried in neat pine boxes under the direction of S. T. Atkins, would make three hundred and ninety-two killed in that disastrous attack.  The monument on the Confederate dead in Bethel Cemetery was erected through the efforts of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, and was unveiled May 19, 1892, that being the day usually observed for the purpose of decorating Confederate soldiers’ graves."

tombstone A note about the National Cemetery, located at 939 Tyson Street, Knoxville:
     The cemetery is managed through the office of the Chattanooga National Cemetery (phone 423-855-6590).  This office can look up burials for telephone inquirers.  There is no on-site staff in Knoxville.  A small building on the site houses notebooks with the names and interment details of each person buried here.
Historian William Rule wrote in 1900:  "The National Cemetery at Knoxville is situated on a slight eminence in the northwestern portion of the city, the principal entrance being on Jacksboro street [now North Broadway], which passes along the western side of the cemetery.  There are also entrances on the eastern side, one for carriages and one for people on foots.  This cemetery was established in 1865, and laid out according to places furnished from Washington. ...  The number of graves in this cemetery at the present time is 3,238, and contains the bodies of 2,191 soldiers who names are known and 1,047 whose names are unknown.  Among the known are thirteen bodies of soldiers that died in camp in Knoxville during the year 1898."

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