Banner photograph of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bath, North Carolina - Taken by Judith Richards Shubert October 2008

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Shouns United Methodist Church Cemetery

While at our daughter's home in North Carolina we took several excursions along the back roads while "leaf peeping". We saw many little churches and cemeteries in that state as well as Tennessee. I'd like to show you one of my favorites. Shouns United Methodist Church beckoned to us from the distance as we drove through the rain, and we had my daughter "STOP!" one more time!

The pictures aren't my best, but the church is so beautiful I had to share them.

According to the Johnson County Genealogy Page, the cemetery is called Donnelly Cemetery of Shouns, Johnson County, Tennessee, a.k.a. Shouns United Methodist Church Cemetery. It is located on Old Shouns Road, beside the Shouns United Methodist Church in Johnson County, Tennessee.

On one of the taller monuments toward the back of this picture you can see the name Donnelly.

The gravestones seen in the photo above are outside the rock fence on the left side of the church. I am sorry I didn't get a clear picture of the engraving on the monuments.

The Original Johnson County, Tennessee Genealogy Page

Please take time to look at the wonderful pictures and thorough listing of gravestones of the Donnelly Cemetery taken by Basil McVey, October 5, 2002, and shown on the Johnson County Genealogy Page.

All photographs found here at Cemeteries of the Covered Bridges were taken by me, Judith Richards Shubert, in October 2008.

I posted some of the other country churches and cemeteries we saw that weekend on Genealogy Traces here .


  1. These pictures are so beautiful. What a lovely setting for the church and its cemetery.

  2. Thanks, Janice. We visited during a beautiful time of year. Late October and early November.

  3. Have you found any of our relatives there yet, Judy? I think that would be a nice place to be buried, but my children would never visitl


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