Watts Cemetery of 19W
Spivey Mountain, Unicoi County, Tennessee
Surveyed and documented by Beth
Macro view of Watts Cemetery with Civil War Veteran William Watts' stone
in the center --taken Feb 28, 2008 --bbpytel
Watts Cemetery is named after Civil War veteran William Watts and nestled deep in the woods off 19W (Spivey Mnt. Rd) in the
Mountain Range of Unicoi Co., Tennessee.
From the town of Erwin, take I-26 towards Asheville, NC and exit Temple Hill Road.
At the end of the ramp make a left, go under the highway and at the Stop
sign, make a right. This is US Hwy 19-23W. Continue for about. 1.5
miles and at the fork, make a left onto 19W heading towards Burnsville,
NC. Proceed towards the summit of Spivey Mountain. Just before you reach "Dead Man's Curve" (marked by large boulders
on the right), make a left onto John B. Hensley Road. Initially the
road is paved leading steeply downwards to the bottom of the hill;
however, once you cross Watts Creek [a small tributary feeding into Spivey
Creek] the road narrows and becomes gravel. You will pass 3 private
residences [2 on the left and one on the right] After you pass the
2nd house on the left, you will see a logging road shortly afterwards on
the left-side. This is the cemetery road that climbs steeply up the hill.
I highly recommend parking your car at the foot of the hill and walk [abt.
300 feet to the top] as the road narrows again. This is a dormant
cemetery with only 4 marked graves; I counted 15 field stones. Some
of the "Unmarked" graves are indicated based
on research and county records as noted.
FOSTER, HENSLEY [#14],
HUGHES [#3], SHEHAN, SHELTON
[#1; 4], WATTS [#1-2;
WATTS, Elizabeth P.
b. [July] 1871 - d. 1961
[w/o John K. M. Watts; married
1889; d/o Armstrong Shelton and Elvira Hughes
children: Lurana, Ustaly "Ulsey", Esther
P., Manota, Sarah]
WATTS, John [K.] M.
b. October 1866 - d. 1947
"We will Meet Again"
[s/o William Watts and Lurana Hensley #13/14]
NOTE: During the
1900 Unicoi Co. census, 8th District, HH #19, he states being born
Oct. 1863; married for 11 yrs.
SHELTON, Virah [Mary Elvira HUGHES]
b. abt. 1859 - d. December 11, 1922
"Wife of Armstrong Shelton - Gone but Not Forgotten - died age 63"
[w/o Armstrong "Olmsted" Shelton #4]
NOTE: Per Unicoi Marriage record,
Vira Hughs and Olmsted Shelton applied and married on June 12, 1879,
witnessed by L.S. Tilson; Adjudicated by Armstrong Harris, J.P.
There is another Elvira Hughes-Shelton buried in the
Hensley #3 Cemetery #60.
Armstrong "Olmsted" [suspected - unmarked
b. 1843 - d. bef 1900
[wife - Vira #3; s/o
David Shelton and Nancy Verlin
NOTE: born in the Clear Branch area of Unicoi Co., TN
John B. [unmarked w/ Field Stone]
b. January 18, 1915 - d. February 18, 1915
[infant s/o William "Billy" Shelton
of Madison, NC and Ulsey Watts]
Unicoi Co. death record #455, cause of death "croup"; informant C. E.
Hensley [Kittyton, TN]; buried "Watts Cem."; parents mentioned on record.
WATTS. Nathan Dempsey [suspected
- unmarked w/fieldstone]
b. May 1855 - d. bef 1930
[s/o William Watts and Lurana
Hensley #13 & 14; wife Sarah A. Foster married May 27, 1877,
witnessed by her brother David Franklin Foster]
WATTS, Sarah Adeline
FOSTER [suspected - unmarked w/
b. July 1855 - d. abt.
[d/o unknown and Ellenor
"Nellie" Foster; w/o N.D. Watts; children: William F., Leroy, Gaither,
Anderson, George G., Burton L., Loretta
unmarked graves with
SHEHAN, John [suspected
- unmarked w/fieldstone]
b. January 12, 1855 - d.
July 8, 1925
[s/o Aaron Shehan and Sarah
Hensley; married Sarah Watts on November 28, 1877]
NOTE: Unicoi Co. death record #308, died at age 70; widower;
parents mentioned on record; cause of death heart failure; died in 12th
[suspected - unmarked w/fieldstone]
b. 1856 - d. abt. 1890
[d/o William Watts and Lurana
Hensley; w/o John Shehan; child: Melissa K. Shehan]
b. 1829 - d. bef. 1895
[s/o Peter Watts? and Mary of Bee Log area, Yancey Co., NC]
"Co. K, 13th Tenn Cavalry, Union Army"
enlisted on Oct 1, 1863 as Pvt. at age 35 and mustered on Jan 26th.
married Lurana on June 5, 1851 in Washington Co., TN
AFFIDAVIT dated November 29, 1886
in which William Watts attests
to his service in Co. K in 1861 and 1865 and his acquaintance to William Issam Hensley explaining W. Issam's affliction sustained in the war;
they marched from Kentucky to Knoxville, TN; also stationed at a camp in
Bulls Gap, TN.
Lurana HENSLEY [suspected
- unmarked w/ fieldstone]
b. 1831 - bef. 1895
[d/o John Hensley and Ursla; w/o William Watts married on June 5, 1851
children: Mary Ulsey, Nathan Dempsey,
Sarah, James R., Maley, John K. M.]
NOTE: During the 1860 Census, John and Ursla were living next door
to their daughter Lurana Hensley and William Watts.
Ulsey [unmarked grave
w/ field stone]
b. abt. 1848 - d. August 2, 1918
[d/o William Watts and Lurana Hensley;
married/divorced John B. Shelton]
NOTE: Unicoi Co.
Death record #590-1918 cause of death "Flux"; divorced; informant
-J. M. Watts [Kittyton, TN]; parent noted on record; buried "Watts Cemetery"
James R. [suspected - unmarked]
b. July 1857 - d. July 4, 1939
[s/o William Watts and Lurana Hensley
the LDS Death record data base digital folder 4183673, Image #1396, File
#1876877 - he died age 80, noted as "Jake Watts, s/o William Watts and
Lurania Hensley, occupation "Farmer", buried at the "Mountain Dell" Cem.
I suspect he is buried here rather than the Old Hensley Cemetery
which was also referred to as the Mountaindale Cem since his father and
sister are noted being buried here. This cemetery is in the
Mountaindale area as well.
Unmarked graves with field stones
Unmarked graves with field stones
[PHOTOS: left to right]
1) the trail which leads up to the cemetery which sits on top of the hill
2) the cemetery --large oak is the center piece of the cemetery.
3) walking back down the trail from the cemetery. The gravel forked
road on the left leads back to RT 19W.
Cemetery survey and photos
were taken on February
23, 2008, by Beth Bradford-Pytel
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