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Brenda Lee Burgess (#46519728)
 member for 13 years, 6 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo I have been retiring for three years from Adult Education, after teaching for 28 plus years. I plan on doing my favorite pass time, genealogy and taking photos of tombstones and posting them on line. I have personally inventoried about every cemetery in Bledsoe County. I have photo of all the tombstone in about every cemetery. My goal is to finish all the cemeteries this year.

I am married to my husband Clarence for 47+ years. We have two children and six grandchildren and four great-grandson.
I have be researching on all of my family lines for over 50 years. If it had not been for this resource I never would have found one of my great-great grandmother if it had not been for this site. This site is one of the best in the world for helping others.
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Elizabeth Newby
Thank you
With all my heart and all my soul, I thank you for transferring Soloman Newby to me. I am grateful.
Added by Elizabeth Newby on Jul 03, 2015 10:03 PM
Elizabeth Newby
Soloman Newby
Will you please transfer my Great-Great-Uncle Soloman Newby to me? Find A Grave Memorial# 83762823
Added by Elizabeth Newby on Jul 03, 2015 11:39 AM
Janet Carlson Vaughn
# 67113251 Lester Otis Swafford
Hi Brenda,
Was just looking at a post regarding Lester Swafford on Chattanooga history. Apparently there is a gravestone in a grassy area for this gentleman near Tunnel Blvd and Hiawassee Street in Chattanooga. In looking at his obit there is no tie to this area although he did live and work in Chattanooga (thinking auto accident). Since you have researched the cemeteries, would you know an answer to the gravestone in Chattanooga and its significance? Would be happy to email you a photo. My Email is

Thanks, Jan Vaughn
Added by Janet Carlson Vaughn on Apr 01, 2015 10:06 AM
Vicki Brewer Sexton
RE: Thomas Hale / Foster Cemetery
Thank you so much Brenda....Great information. I am looking for Thomas Hale Sr. son of John Hale(Revolutionary war soldier)and father to Thomas Hale Jr. that is buried in the Leffel/Webb cemetery. I was told that Thomas Hale buried in the Foster you know if he is or not? Also I am try to find Pleasant and Elizabeth Seals Brewer. They are supposed to be in a Brewer cemetery somewhere in Bledsoe county. Do you know where that is? Hope Im not bothering you to much.Am very thankful for your info.These are all my gggrandparents

GOD Bless
Added by Vicki Brewer Sexton on Aug 25, 2014 7:34 PM
Vicki Brewer Sexton
Foster/ Thomas Hale cemetery
Hi, Brenda
Can you please give me directions to ths cemetery and a list of who is buried there? looking for Thomas Hale Sr.
Thank you sooooo Much.
Added by Vicki Brewer Sexton on Aug 24, 2014 3:30 PM
John L. Swafford and children
Ms. Burgess--Thanks so much for your Memorial Page in tribute to my grandfather, John L. Swafford. On a most minor note, you have his birth date as 1845. It should be 1846 (and the 1846 date is the one shown on the Smeyna Cemetery gravestone marker). John and his wife, Eve Jane Billingsley Swafford had ten children--in order of birth:
Lester Otis Swafford (burial at Smyrna) Cem) (1875-1948)
Victor Hugo (I think you have Hugh) Swafford (died at 22) (burial at Smyrna em.) (1877-1899)
China Beulah Swafford Patton Thurman (burial at Smyrna Cem.) (1879-1959)
Lillie Swafford Southard (burial at Crossville City Cem, Crossville TN (1882-1974)
Lisa Swafford Hawkins (burial at Smyrna Cem)(1884-1919)
Henry Grady Swafford (burial at Smyrna Cem) (1887-1960)
Frank Swafford (burial at Okmulgee Cemetery,Okmulgee OK (1889-1975)
Dudley Clift Swafford, Pikeville City Cem, Pikeville, TN (1891-1958)
Ann Swafford Acuff Weidemann (burial at Smyrna Cem.) (1894-1980)
Billie Swafford Lacy (burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Abilene, TX) (1902-1988)

I am a son of Billie Swafford Lacy. Thanks again (my e-mail address is

Dallas Lacy
Added by BigD on Aug 12, 2014 7:53 AM
Vicki Brewer Sexton
RE: Foster Cemetery
Great ...
Thank you so much Brenda
GOD Bless
Added by Vicki Brewer Sexton on Jun 09, 2014 5:35 PM
Vicki Brewer Sexton
Foster or Hale cemetery
Hi Brenda
Do you know where the Foster aka Thomas Hale cemetery is in Bledsoe county and who is buried there?
Added by Vicki Brewer Sexton on Jun 08, 2014 3:08 PM
Paul Hudson Jr.
Martha Haston Smith & Harmon Rufus (Bud) Smith
Hi Brenda,

I want to thank you so much for fulfilling our photo requests. You have been so helpful in capturing our family photos of their headstones.

If it hasn't been for you we would never know what their headstones look like.

You have done wonderful work in Pikeville City Cemetery and surrounding area cemeteries in the Bledsoe area.

Thank you again,
Paul,Jr & Karen Hudson
Added by Paul Hudson Jr. on May 16, 2014 3:01 PM
Karen Mathis Hudson
Bess Montgomery Phy headstone
Hi Brenda,

I want to also thank you for fulfilling our photo requests on the Ferguson's in Pikeville City Cemetery.

One more thing. On Harold Grady Ferguson placed Bess Montgomery Phy headstone 1896-1989 on Harold's memorial.

Just wanted to let you know so you can put your photo on the correct memorial.

Thank you again for your time and efforts. It was so kind of you.

Karen & Paul, Jr Hudson
Added by Karen Mathis Hudson on May 12, 2014 7:03 PM
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