Clear Creek Cemetery
Burial Place of The Meeks &
In the volumes of At The Feet Of
Jesus and Letters & Sermons Of T.B. Larimore Vol.2 are mentioned the lives
of T.B.'s mother, Nancy Larimore and the father-in-law of his sister, Mollie
Larimore Meeks, who was Gen. John H. Meeks. They were both faithful members of
the body of Christ and played an important role in the works of
and R.P. Meeks and countless others. They are buried at the back of the cemetery
together with others of J.H. Meeks sons, one of which, John, fought in the Civil
War battle at Shiloh and later on in the war, died. See the directions to Clear
Creek Cemetery at the bottom of this page.
George K. (c. 1794-) and Mary (c. 1792-1877) LARIMORE were the grandparents of famed Christian Church/Church of Christ evangelist Theophilus Brown (T.B.) LARIMORE (1843-1929). This communion of churches, founded by Thomas and Alexander Campbell and Barton Warren Stone as a Christian movement dedicated to Christian unity and church reform, officially split in 1906 into the Christian Church and the Church of Christ. To his credit, Elder LARIMORE refused to take sides in the split, remaining in fellowship with both groups.
T.B.'s mother's name was Nancy LARIMORE(c. 1813-1902). NANCY was the dau. of George K. and Mary LLARIMORE. T. B. LARIMORE'S birth father is unknown. Christian Church/Church of Christ evangelist FD SRYGLEY, in his 1889 biography of LARIMORE, "Smiles and Tears: Larimore and His Boys," says only that LARIMORE was born into a prosperous family that was ruined financially and the father subsequently became an alcoholic and eventually left them. From T. B.'s having the surname LARIMORE and the fact that no marriage has been located for his mother it seems that Elder LARIMORE was an illegitimate child. Elder LARIMORE stated that his mother named him Theophilus Brown because she liked the way it sounded and because they were relatives of the Brown family of Tennesse that produced several governors of that state. This connection has not been authenticated as of yet.
Nancy LARIMORE had four children, two sons and two daughters. T. B.; PORENDS, or PORENDO, (1847-), who died or went missing during the Civil War; MARY F., "MOLLIE" (c. 1852-aft 1920), who married Christian Church evangelist Rufus Polk MEEKS; and HELEN (c. 1838-), who married Joseph TATE (c. 1838-) in 1859 in Sequatchie County, TN. JOE and HELEN had one child, a dau. CAPITOLA, born 1859/1860. What became of PORENDS, HELEN, JOE and CAPITOLA isn't known.
NANCY was living with her mother MARY in Sequatchie Co, TN in 1870. By 1880 she was living with dau. MOLLIE and son-in-law RUFUS until her death in 1902. Son T.B. graduated from Mossy Creek Baptist College (now Carson Newman, before he and his mother and sister joined the Christian Church. T. B. became a preacher, and in 1871 opened Mars Hill Academy for Males and Females near Florence, AL, operating the school until 1887, at which time he closed it to preach full time.
T.B.'s first wife was Julia Esther GRESHAM (1843-1907), one of several children of Philemon and Delilah FILES GRESHAM of Lauderdale County. ESTHER gave him several children; his second wife was Emma PAGE (c. 1854-1943). Because of his refusal to draw lines over the doctrinal disputes of the day and his love for all men, T. B. LARIMORE was one of the most noted and beloved evangelists among Christian Churches/Churches of Christ after the Civil War. His Mars Hill Academy trained dozens of young preachers for the ministry.
George K. and Mary LARIMORE had at least three children that I can document, perhaps four: James H. LARIMORE (c. 1836-), who married Mary BREWER in Sequatchie County, TN in 1853. They had at least one child, a son named WILLIAM, born c. 1854. And a JH LARIMORE served in Co G, 51st TN Inf.; Jackson V. LARIMORE (c. 1838-), who served in Co F, 2nd TN Cav. In the 1860 Sequatchie census enumeration for the household of William DAVIS, there's a Julia A. LARIMORE (c. 1843-), who married Wm. Emery HATFIELD in Sequatchie in 1863 and drew a widow's pension. If memory serves this JULIA was TB LARIMORE'S cousin.
George K. LARIMORE is buried on Cagle Mountain, near Dunlap, in Sequatchie County, TN. MARY is buried in nearby Williams Cemetery. Nancy LARIMORE is buried near Stantonville, TN, close to the historic Shiloh Battlefield.
I'm a historian interested in T. B. LARIMORE not a LARIMORE descendent. I have documentation for all of the information posted above and I'd love to swap information with any LARIMORE descendents (esp. Lynda WILSON above) who can fill in the gaps on LARIMORE'S parents' families.
Lee Freeman, email@example.com
Source: Geneology.com link
Follow-up to the above post.
George K. LARIMORE was enumerated in Jefferson Co., TN in 1830. His name appears in a tax list of Jefferson Co. in 1822. In 1850 GEORGE, and MARY were living in Bradley Co., TN with their sons JAMES H. and JACKSON V. By 1860 they're in Sequatchie Co., with the two sons and their dau. NANCY and her family. Nancy LARIMORE'S son, T. B. Larimore, was born in Jefferson Co., and raised near Dunlap, in Sequathcie Co.
Source: Geneology.com link
T.B. And His Beloved Mother, Nancy Larimore At Mars Hill
Aunt Nancy Larimore
(Mother Of T.B. Larimore & Mollie Meeks)
January 3, 1813
September 2, 1903
Gone To The Mansions Of Rest,
Her Words Were Kindness,
Her Deeds Were Love,
Her Spirit Humble,
She Rests Above To The Christian
"Dying Is But Going Home"
The Cross Is Changed Into A Crown
Though Thou Art Gone
Fond Memory Clings To Thee
Friend Of Our Younger Days.
'Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
For They Shall See God.'
Gen. J.H. & Ellie Meeks, Parents Of R.P. Meeks
George L. Meeks, son of R.P. & Mollie Larimore
Meeks - 1875-1895
Directions To Clear Creek
From Selmer, Tennessee: Go south on Hwy
45 just south of the bypass and turn left on Hwy. 142. toward Stantonville. Go
8.5 miles to Stantonville to yellow caution light (cross 224). Go 7/10 mile just
past Bob's Salvage and turn left on Mt. Vinson Rd. Go to the first right (Dennie
Barber Rd.). Go less than 1/4 mile and turn left on Clearcreek Cemetery Rd. Go
to the Cemetery. Graves are in the rear.
From Shiloh State Park, Shiloh,
Tennessee: From Shiloh Park go west on Hwy 142 toward Stantonville 2.5 miles to
city limits the 7/10 mile to right on Mt. Vinson Rd. To the first right (Dennie
Barber Rd.) Go less than 1/4 mile and turn left on Clearcreek Cemetery Rd. Go to
the Cemetery. Graves are in the rear.
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