Tinsley Davis Cemetery
Memphis, Whitehaven, Shelby County
Cemetery: Tinsley Davis Cemetery
Other: Davis-Bowe-MaCargo Cemetery
Street: 0 Melodywood Dr.
Directions: South on Getwell Rd then West on Shelby Dr to Tchulahoma Rd and turn L. Go to 2nd street whichis Melodywood Dr. cemetery is about 1/12 blocks down on righthand side of Melodywood Dr.
Features: Trees were planted from seedling switches by Dr. Nathaniel Ragland who rode horseback from LaGrange, Tn. for his cousin's funeral (Frances Elam)
Availability: Ms. Doris Muex, Early Shelby County Settlers Association/ helby County Historical Commission
Contacted: City of Memphis, Shelby County Historical Commission, Archives, family members
BASS, BOWE, BURKE, CLARKE, DAVIS, ELAM, GLANVILLE, LESTER, LOVE, MaCARGO, MAYFIELD,PETTUS, RAGLAND, RICKS
The cemetery used to sit in Shelby Co, Tn. but it was recently annexed in to the City of Memphis, Tn. They took the land over in 1974 for ZERO dollars (3.1 ac.) The county has been assessing taxes on an area 90x120 which is shown as a cemetery, and a cemetery cannot be taxed. It is scheduled to go up for tax sale by the end of June 2005. It would not be possible to bury the number of people that are buried in this cemetery in that small of an area. Also, one residence has extended their back yard into the cemetery.
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Name: Rebecca Stanley
There are no headstones in this cemetery. Previous transciber noted headstones stacked neatly along the fence. Eye witnesses described several large city of Memphis truck at the fence area. After the trucks left, all of the tombstones were gone. The City of Memphis, says it owns appx 3 acres of this appx 4 acre cemetery, but no deed can be found. They are using those three acres as a park and deny that there are any burials on the 3 acres. Recent onsite visit showed proof of burials on these 3 acres. The other 1 acre or so shows on tax records to be owned by a long-defunct development group, who now says they don't own the property. However the property will be sold at a tax sale on June 30th if Appx $1600 isn't paid. Cemeteries in TN are not taxable. Please Help Quickly!
Name: Marypat Drummond
Date: June 10, 2005