Posted by: smyrnatnhistory | November 26, 2008

Christopher Ridley

Originally uploaded by lorbsel

One of the “hidden” gems in Smyrna is Mapleview Cemetery. Tucked between a subdivision and a soccer field, it is a veritable cornucopia of Smyrna history.

As Smyrna grew, many of the town’s smaller family cemeteries were moved here. The pictured grave is that of Christopher Henry Ridley. Mr. Ridley was originally interred in the Ridley Cemetery on Stewarts Creek. Since his grave was marked, Mr. Ridley was moved to Mapleview when the area was developed.

Born October 7, 1842, he was the son of Granville and Rebecca Ridley. He was a member of the 1st/27th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry and participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. Christopher was felled in battle at Atlanta on July 22, 1864. His is just one of the many fascinating stories now resting at Mapleview.

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