Posted by: smyrnatnhistory | December 24, 2008

Templeton Grove

Many thanks to Jamie & Jessica for pointing out the Templeton Grove Cemetery on Florence Rd. This neglected cemetery is the final resting spot for one of Smyrna’s earliest families. John Nash Read came to Rutherford County in 1806 from Charlotte County, Virginia. John died in 1826 and was the first known burial at this cemetery. Also buried here is his 3rd wife, Mary Barksdale Read. If I am remembering correctly, the William Barksdale family arrived in the area around 1808. Was she part of this family? Did the Barksdales follow the Reads to Rutherford County or did John and Mary marry after his arrival in Smyrna?

John fought in the Revolutionary War. He participated in the Battle of Guilford Court House in present day Greensboro, NC. He had several children, including 10 from his marriage to Mary. 5 of those children are known to be buried at Templeton Grove. I am assuming that Templeton Grove was the name of the family home. I say this because John’s mother, Mary Nash, was from Templeton Manor in Virgina. If any of you have more information on Templeton Grove, please share!

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