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The first thing that intrigued me about this cemetery were two gravestones which are said to have been carved by the decedents’ son.  They are unique in that the faces of his parents are carved into the back of each tombstone – the primitive art is striking.


Thomas and Elizabeth Warren Lawson are both buried in the Lawson Cemetery in Hickman County, Tennessee, along with several other Lawsons and Warrens (Elizabeth’s maiden name).  Elizabeth died on September 7, 1883 and Thomas died shortly thereafter on December 21, 1883.  According to various sources, their oldest son, Shadrach Warren, carved their headstones.  The hand prints on the back of Thomas’ stone are said to be the hand prints of his grandchildren, Shadrach’s children, Callie Leona, Etta Lou and Lillie Eveline.  The stones were carved from grindstone taken from Grindstone Hollow near Hassell’s Creek.

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