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Saunders-Cunningham-Alexander Cemetery
The Saunders-Cunningham-Alexander Cemetery is located off of Rome Road approx. 2.2 miles south
of Dixon Springs near the Cumberland River. Across the nearby Dry Creek was the early town of
Bledsoesborough, which was established by an act of the Tennessee legislature in 1797.
GPS 36-19-774N 86-03-965W

"The Lost Town of Bledsoesborough, Tennessee" by Vernon Roddy.1984. Page 16 has the following:

"Behind the garden and across "Dry Creek" is the graveyard where lie Major William Cunningham
(Revolutionary Aide-de-camp to General Washington) and his daughter Nancy. Near by are the graves
of Colonel William Saunders, an officer in the Revolution and a member from North Carolina of the
Society of the Cincinnati, and Major Richard Alexander, an officer under Jackson in the war of 1812."

Twenty-five or more years ago some family members became concerned about the survival of the cemetery
so they moved the broken tombstones and top covers of the stone crypts to the nearby Beasley Cemetery.
They have since been stored for safekeeping. Only one tombstone remains today and the remains of at
least four crypts. A previous landowner built a cabin in the immediate vicinity of the cemetery.

Hamilton, W.C. MD 13 Feb 1816 - 30 Nov 1849
"Gods Noblest Work An Honest Man" By his wife.

The following tombstones were moved:
Mentlo, Nancy C 6 Dec 1827 - 10 Jan 1834
Hamilton, Susanah R 17 Sep 1784 - 15 Feb 1853
Saunders, William 20 Apr 1759 - 20 Oct 1803
Rev. Soldier- Commissioned Lt. N.C.Line 8 Feb 1779
Alexander, William 1853(1863)? - 1 Jun 1864
s/o J.L. & Sarah D. Alexander
Cunningham, Major William 1741-1806
Cunningham, Elizabeth Watkins no dates w/o Major Wm.
Alexander, Nancy C 27 Dec 1777 - 1 Dec 1839
Alexander, Richard 11 Jan 1769 - 15 Oct 1855
Cunningham, Frances age 63 d. 15 Apr 1849

Listed in Smith County, Tennessee Cemeteries-North of the Cumberland River page 102.
Photographed Aug 17, 2006.

The next four photograpts were made in the Beasley Cemetery several years ago.
and are some of the stones that are now in storage for safe keeping.

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