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 - Scoffs Hill Pioneer Couple Honored In Work Done...
Scoffs Hill Pioneer Couple Honored In Work Done on Ancient Cemetery By GORDON H. TURNER SCOTTS HILL If the first settlers of this southeast section of Henderson County could rise from their graves now more than a century and a quarter after the first ones died they might be amazed at many things. The h a 1 f-hundred or so buried in the historic old "Granny Austin Graveyard," three miles southwest of here might not feel slighted that only five graves had been marked with tombstones, very simple ones at that. For in those days on the frontier, family members often had to make out with native sandstones or cedar stakes for memorials when loved ones were laid to rest. Nor would these humble pio neers feel too bad that better road routes years later left their beloved spot off the beaten path and that the community road by the cemetery which saw many covered wagons pass was long ago completely abandoned. We do think that the eyes and hearts mostly hearts of these people would beam and rejoice at what they could see, should they come back for a brief spell now. Hundreds of descendents of the Charles Austins scattered through three-fourths of the states and several other nations are now seeing to it that the "graveyard" of their common forebears is restored in a manner to make it an outstanding family and "community improvement" project. Some 200 Charles Austin de scendents in 30-odd states were written about plans and invit ed to share in the project, m absentia, through small dona tions. More than half quickly responded with high praise for the undertaking and sending money in amounts from $1 to $100. First problem among many which normally arise in such an undertaking, was to obtain free access through the 45-acre farm which has enclosed the graveyard since the old road was abandoned. Originally part of the Charles Austin holdings, this acreage changed hands several times since his death in 1875. Mrs. Vera May Cooper of Memphis had owned the land only two years when talk of (Continued on Page 5)

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  1. The Jackson Sun,
  2. 29 Dec 1963, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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