Well, this is one of the more interesting posts I’ve done on a cemetery. When my mom and I were up in Hurricane Mills, Humphreys County, Tennessee with my great-aunt Kat a little over a month ago we were directed to the Shannon Cemetery (also known as the Pleasant Valley Cemetery) by my cousin Ann. We went there to find Crafts, and we ended up finding a lot of Willhites, too. I wasn’t able to take photos of all of the headstones in the cemetery, but I did get all of the Willhites, Crafts and a few others, including Pickards (which tie into my Cathey and Craft lines!).
The following are the photos I was able to get. I can’t wait to go back! I put as much information about the family relations as I could find. Also, if I was able to find a cause of death (from death certificates or records) I added that.
note: my relationship to the Willhite family is:
Virginia Marie Stalls (my mom)
Ruth May Craft (grandmother)
Henry Corbit Craft (great-grandfather)
Eppy (Epanetes) Willhite (gg-grandmother), daughter of William M. Willhite and Mary McGibboney.
Cause of death was consumption.
Cause of death was purulent pericarditis (secondary to pneumonia).
Cause of death was lobar pneumonia.
Cause of death was carcinoma of lower lobe of right lung
(Mary) Stella Willhite 1882-1917 (death certificate lists parents as Calaway Hodge and Elline Hodge, but I have yet to find either of those names on a census with Stella, let alone Stella herself in 1900).
Cause of death was tuberculosis of the lungs.
Cause of death was scrofula of lungs and old age.
James E. Willhite 1839-1912 (there appears to be an issue with who his parents are-there are several James E. Willhites all born about the same time, but no one has actual birth dates for any of them. He was born in White County, according to his death record.)
note: my cousin Ann told me that James E. Willhite's parents are William M. Willhite and his first wife, possibly Jane Bennett (I think I have that right!).
Cause of death was old age.
Cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis.
Cause of death was cancer of the liver.
Cause of death was cerebrospinal fever with typhoid complications.
Cause of death was was not listed on her death certificate, but it was probably old age.
Cause of death was chronic interstitial nephritis.
Josie B. Shannon 1880-1969, daughter of John D. Willhite and Cynthia Ellen Page.