Robertson Family Cemetery

Located in R8W, T3S, Sec. 34. The cemetery is approximately 600 feet south of Clifton road and ½ mile west of Robertson Gin road. In the 1980s there was only one marker, and it was off its pedestal. Additional information added by Tim Harrison.

Martha A. Douglas – 1825 – 1848.  Consort of A. H. Douglas.  Daughter of J. C. N. & Marg Robertson.
Martha A. Robertson was born in Hardeman County, Tennessee, the daughter of Brigadier General Julius Caesar Nichols Robertson (1792 – 1880) and Margaret Reagan (1796 – 1891), who married on May 14, 1818 in Blount County, TN.  She married Addison H. Douglas on February 21, 1842.  She was the mother of one child: Margaret M. (1846), who is listed in both the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 407 living with her Robertson grandparents) and the 1850 Shelby County, TN Census (p. 66) with her father and his new wife.  Martha died on September 11, 1848. 

Margaret M. Douglas continued to live with her grandparents and was listed with them in the 1860 DeSoto Census (p. 82).  On September 20, 1866 she married John B. West, a former Confederate soldier who had served in Co. K, 9th Mississippi Infantry.  Margaret Douglas West was the mother of seven known children: Charles R. (1868), Richard D. (1870), Mattie A. (1873), Maggie H. (1875), William R. (1877), Lila L. (1880), and Lillian L. (1887).  She is listed with her husband and children in the 1870 (p. 219) and 1880 (p. 587 & 588) DeSoto Census Records.  She died in 1890.

Martha Robertson’s father and mother are both buried in the Hernando Baptist Cemetery.  Interestingly, while his initials are listed as J. C. N. his tombstone reads “Julius C. Mason Robertson.”  He attained his rank of Brigadier General in the Tennessee militia.  He served with Andrew Jackson in the war against the Creek Indians in Alabama, and was a sergeant at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.  In 1823 he was elected the first sheriff of Hardeman County, Tennessee, and in 1834 was a delegate to the Tennessee constitutional convention.  He was elected state senator for Hardeman, Fayette and Shelby counties in 1835.

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