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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Greenwood Cemetery - Organized 1840


The plaque above appears near the bottom of one of the brick pillars that mark the entrance to the Greenwood Cemetery. Buried here are early residents of Madison County whose names are Bain, Barnett, Cauthen, Gragson, Linn, McWillie, Russell, Scott, and Truesdel. The cemetery itself is located west of the community known as Camden, south of Firetower Road, and west of the intersection of Cauthen Road. Nearby are other old cemeteries where some of Madison County's earliest pioneers are buried. Greenwood Cemetery's location is somewhat remote, in a heavily forested part of Madison County, where timber has long been a cash crop. Since a majority of early marriages occurred because families lived near each other, it is likely that some of the families buried in this cemetery were linked by the marriages of their children.

One of the oldest graves in Greenwood Cemetery is the grave of Robert Matthew Cauthen. His gravestone is located within an area surrounded by a wrought iron fence, now weathered by time. According to his grave marker, Robert was born on April 3, 1866, the son of C. B. and J. B. Cauthen. He was married to Mary Morris Anderson on June 7, 1899, and he died on February 6, 1902, just months after their third wedding anniversary. His father, John Burdette Cauthen, who was born in South Carolina in 1831, is buried nearby. Although Mary Cauthen apparently remarried a Mr. Cobb after her husband's death, she is also buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Robert Matthew Cauthen
b. April 3, 1866
d. February 6, 1902



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