Access is by four-wheel drive vehicle or by foot. By vehicle, follow US Rt 82 from Lebanon toward Cleveland; turn left onto State Rt 645 just before the entrance to Cleveland Elementary School and go to the intersection with State Rt 640 at Jessee's Mill. Just prior to the intersection, a poorly identified dirt road turns back to the right (North) amd follows Mill Creek to the Clinch River. This road is very rough and rutted, and it is necessary to ford the creek at two locations. At the bottom of the descent, where the road forks, bear right and look for an old chimney on the left near the road. The cemetery is across the large flood plain on the rise to the right By foot, follow the Norfolk Southern tracks from Carbo eastward along the Clinch River for about one and one-quarter mile to the Mill Creek flood plain, which is easily identifiable as the only large flat area on the right (South) side of the tracks. The cemetery gate can be seen clearly from the tracks at a point where a gravel railroad crossing has been provided.
Note: Items in brackets ( ) have been added by the compiler.
APPEARANCE AND CARE
This cemetery does not appear to be routinely maintained, but there was little evidence of undergrowth or weeds. Our first visit was on April 7, 1997, and there was no difficulty moving about anywhere in the cemetery or on the nearby homeplace of Daniel Sutherland. Descendants of Daniel Sutherland had erected a very large and impressive granite slab engraved as follows:
JESSE SUTHERLAND 4-15-1830 -- 10-10-1913
MAHALA K. SUTHERLAND 10-18-1832 -- 4-20-1926
MARY S. BROOKS 5-8-1858 -- 10-26-1891
THOMAS SUTHERLAND 10-27-1865 -- 1-19-1956
TABITHA F SUTHERLAND D 1950
JOSEPH SUTHERLAND 9-16-1868 -- 2-28-1907
ROSA C SUTHERLAND 1875 -- 1939
NANCY SUTHERLAND B CA 1836
LEMAN SUTHERLAND 10-5-1894
DALLAS SUTHERLAND 7-27-1915 -- FEB 1924
WM. BERNARD COOK B D 10-22-1914
JOSEPH HUBBARD B CA 1871
AND MANY UNKNOWN
ERECTED 1987 BY DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL & PHOEBE
LEMAN SUTHERLAND Born: October 5, 1894 Died: July 25, 1900
(This grave is located about ten feet to the northeast of the Memorial Marker and slightly to the right (south) of the pathway leading from the cemetery gate to Daniel's homeplace)
JOSEPH SUTHERLAND Born: September 16, 1868 Died: February 28, 1907
ROSA C. SUTHERLAND Born: 1875 Died: 1939
(She was the wife of Joseph Sutherland. They share a single headstone)
DALLAS R. SUTHERLAND Born: July 27, 1918 Died: February 9, 1920
(The date of death is as it appears on the head stone, and is in conflict with the date shown on the Memorial Marker.
Daniel Sutherland was the son of James and Sarah Buchanan Sutherland. His wife, Phoebe Fuller, was the daughter of Jesse and Betsy Lee Fuller.
Jesse Sutherland was Daniel's son, and Mahala Kiser was Jesse's wife.
Nancy Sutherland ("Big Nance") was Daniel's daughter, and was married to John Smith. She is reported to be buried; ". . . just across the haul road next to the garden fence."
Exact relationships of the others named on this Memorial Marker are not known.
An undetermined number of linear sunken depressions, most likely graves, were found to the south and to the east of the Marker. There also was an area of disturbed ground just southwest of the markers of Joseph, Rosa and Dallas that looked as if someone had very recently dug up an area about 30 feet by 20 feet and replaced the earth. We could not determine the cause of this large disturbed area.