By James L. Douthat
of the Chickamauga Reservoir disclosed 55 cemeteries located in the area, 50 of
which, containing over 3100 graves, were on lands subsequently purchased by the
Authority. Twenty-four of these cemeteries, containing about 1300 graves, were
either to be flooded or cut off from highway access by flooding of the roads.
After identifying the graves and determining the wishes of the relatives that
could be located, 425 graves were moved to nearby cemeteries and agreements were
secured for 33 graves to remain in their original location. The other graves
could not be identified or the relatives could not be located, so the graves
were left in the cemeteries without being moved.
were made in six nearby existing cemeteries, and in one new cemetery laid out
for that purpose. Grave removals were completed in October 1938, requiring about
three months from the time work was started. Surveying and mapping of the
cemeteries and grave identification work, all preliminary to and necessary for
removals, were carried out Intermittently during the three years prior to actual
disinterments and reinterments.
regards of the grave removals were kept in duplicate, one set is filed with the
permanent records of the Authority, and the duplicate set la in the Maps and
Surveys Division files in Chattanooga. A report of the relocations was given to
the Tennessee State Department of Health, as required by them.
The total cost to the Authority was about
$12,000. This includes the surveying, mapping, Investigative and grave
identification work, locating and contracting with relatives, and the
disinterment and reinterment work.
(Taken from the original report to the Tennessee Valley Authority written by H. Jervey Kelly - Civil Engineer).
Submitted by and used with
permission of James L. Douthat
P. O. Box 400
Signal Mountain, TN 37377