John McKissack (1791 - 1855)

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About John McKissack

Polk County, Tennessee Cemeteries

Most of the cemetery infomation here was published in November, 1996 and November 1997 Polk County Historical and Genealogical Quarterly. Used with the permission of President and Editor, Marian Presswood. Additional information was provided from newspaper clippings contributed by Maria Carruth. We thank them all!

Back in January of 1940, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), under the direction of State Supervisor Penelope Johnson Allen, undertook a project of copying historical records. Lawrence McConkey was given the task of listing all the burial grounds in Polk County. He not only made the effort to locate as many cemeteries as possible , but also made notes as he talked with those who lived in the area. Much valuable information has been preserved through his efforts. His listings, complete with his own remarks, are as follows: (Please remember that remarks were made in 1940.) Date: January 25, 1940

McKISSICK (COMMUNITY) or BONE YARD

Location: East side of mouth of Sylco Creek at Parksville Lake or 7 miles up lake from Parksville on south side of lake. Parksville is 6 miles SE of Benton .

Number of graves: Approximately 40

Established: Before Civil War by Abraham Mckissick and discontinued around 1900.

Acreage: 1 acre Abraham McKissick died about 1874.

Ed Glenn hauled the corpse and a horse named Tom would not pull, but there was enough men to push the wagon.

Jake Rymer died about 1876 (Rymer fell dead) Mrs. Abraham McKissick, James McKissick; Mrs. Will Triplett; Lewis Triplett died about 1876 Columbus McKissick, son of Jack McKissick John McKissick, died about 1850 Mrs. John McKissick. (she was a Williams) Mrs. William McKissick, (she was a Hagler) Nancy McKissick, daughter of William McKissick) Charley Rymer, son of Alse Rymer Mary McKissick Two children of Nancy McKissick Howard George Howard was killed in a raid William J. and Martha Clements McKissack. Catherine Kerr Barker died about 1871 Martha, born 1883 died in 1990 at age 107! Edom Dixon who married a McKissick * Seven men killed in Gatewood's Raid. (Editor's note: According to an article in The Heritage of Polk County, Tennessee, page 20, seven men listed as being killed in the Gatewood Raid on November 29, 1864 in this area are: Thomas Bell, James Nelson, Harvey Brewster, Jim Hughes, John Christopher, Sam Lovell and Riley Sisson.)

Fact 1: Served in war of 1812 East Tennesse Milita, 19th Reg. company i

Fact 2: 1855, Will Gave information Polk County Tennesse

Fact 3: 1850 Servire Co Census

Fact 4: 1829, Land Grant of 50 Acres to John in Jones Cove

Fact 5: War of 1812 Cemetary records National Archives

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John McKissack's Timeline

1791
February 28, 1791
1828
1828
Age 36
1830
1830
Age 38
1834
1834
Age 42
1837
1837
Age 45
1838
1838
Age 46
1843
1843
Age 51
1855
August 28, 1855
Age 64
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