Many years ago there was a taboo about planting cedar trees in cemeteries

close up of cedar tree branches

By Dennis Evans

In August I was fortunate to visit the ancestral cemetery of the Evans family in Fentress County, Tennessee. 

The forest has reclaimed my 4X and 3X grandparents and other members of the Evans’ family final resting place.  

What remains today consists of field stones as markers and depressions in the forest floor that indicate their mortal bodies have returned to the earth.  

On the Cumberland Plateau of East Tennessee, the family did not have the privilege of having inscribed granite markers to memorialize the deceased.

Instead, they relied on verbal family history as to who was laid to rest and the location of the gravesites. 

close up of cedar tree branches
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