notes indicated on the plat:
There are numerous other graves in the Austin Cemetery,
other than the ones that are marked with readable
Notes from Bess Machtley would indicate that she
believed that one of the graves in this area might be
Romey Lee Anderson, infant child of William Edward &
Flora Anderson. Another grave may have been that
of Ethel Anderson, an infant child (no other data
These markers are thought to be the graves of the
According to Bess Machtley's notes, she was told
that there are five children from the Hale family buried
here who were not directly related to the Austins.
Bess Machtley speculated that James Austin, son of Nathaniel
or Mary Hudgens may be buried in this area.
However, in June of 2001, Ray Austin learned that James
Austin is buried in the Carter Bilbrey Cemetery, south
of Livingston, TN. James Austin, the second son of
Nathaniel & Mary Austin, born about 1806/1807 and
died about 1895 as indicated on his stone, is buried
next to his daughter Eli Whitney Austin Bilbrey, born
Aug 3, 1850 and died April 6, 1908. LOCATION OF
CEMETERY: The Overton County Roll Call,
Cemetery Records 1795-1975 by Gary Denton Norris, 1987,
has both James Austin and Elia Bilbrey listed. To
get to the Carter Bilbrey Cemetery, take Highway 111
south of the Livingston, TN square, about 1 mile.
Turn left at the traffic light and onto Old Highway 42.
Go about 1/2 mile and turn left onto Highway 84 toward
Monterey. Go about 5 miles and turn left onto
Highland Mountain Road. Go to the top of the hill
and drive just a short ways and watch for a green road
sign on the right that has "BILBREY CEM LN."
The beautiful cemetery is located on a small knoll.
The graves are in the center of the cemetery and are of
the same old-style grave stones as the old graves in the
Austin Cemetery in Lost Creek.
Bess Machtley thought that two of the unmarked
graves in this area may be two of Nathaniel
Austin's infant children who were not named.
These ground stones are believed to be graves of
some of the slaves. It is known that they were
buried in the cemetery.
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