“KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that we, William Montgomery and James Kirkpatrick,
both of the County of Sumner and State of Tennessee, for and in consideration of the good will
and respect for Religious Societies and for Neighbourhood conveniences have granted,
bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell and convey unto
the reverend Hugh Kirkpatrick and Robert Taylor, both of said County and State,
in trust for the use of the Society and Neighbourhood in general for a public burial ground
a certain lot or ground joining the said Montgomery and Kirkpatrick and the old and new meeting house lot.”
The above gift by William Montgomery and James Kirkpatrick made on the 10th day of May, 1830, was one of the many gifts of time, labor and money made to the Beech/Shackle Island Community and specifically to the Beech Cemetery. The Beech Cemetery Association for Endowment Fund and Perpetual Care assumed the care and maintenance of the Beech Cemetery in 1963 and through the gifts of time, labor, and money from many the Association has beautified the cemetery but additional funds are needed to carry on the work because of increased costs.
Taken from letter dated August 16, 1973 by Edd S. Hurt, Jr., Atty., and Chairman of the Beech Cemetery Association. The name has since been changed to Beech Historic Cemetery and is not a part of Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is separate from the Beech Cemetery.