No Final Rest In Potter’s Field



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I just found out that my father was hit on Rossville blvd. Chattanooga TN on October 25, 2015. I can't fid his obituary or anything other than a news article. Would love to find him. His name was William H. Sprague.

Danielle Smith more than 2 years ago

William H. Sprague

Hi Danielle! I live in Chattanooga. Let me know if you would like any help locating the remains of your father. I also work for the City.

John Cate more than 1 year ago

The one I heard of...

Is mixed in with and below pleasant gardens in Brainerd. As was told to me by an early resident of Ridgeside; the hillside is one of the first paupers cemetery. Before Chattanooga expanded; beyond missionary ridge was way out from town. Far enough to wagon out all the unknowns and bury them. It was supposedly for the unknown civil war vets, slaves, town drunks, diseased and unwanted. There are no headstones across the hillside. Just divot after divot of sunken in graves. Early aerial photos show the roadbeds of pleasant gardens intertwined throughout the cemetery. There are scant few out of place headstones and markers as if filling in empty space(free)
That’s the story the old man passed on, who knows there it is.

Jared Broome more than 3 years ago

John Doe

There is a John Doe from 1972 still unidentified in your area.

His remains were found in a cornfield. No DNA as he was buried in the Cofer Cemetery.

Todd Matthews more than 4 years ago

Very Interesting...

How did you hear about this site? The sad thing is there are so many unidentified folks out there and no way to ever identify them.

Beth more than 3 years ago

Grave marker

A friend of mines' birth mother is buried there. Is there a record of burials in the last 30 yrs. She passed away in 1988 and would like to know the location or her grave.

randy schmidt more than 6 years ago

Mother's grave...

Hi Randy. There should be a way to locate the burial of your friend's mother since it was after 1974...when the graveyard finally became official. I'm so sorry I'm just now reading this. Unfortunately, this site does not alert you when you get a comment, and there is no doubt you will not read this for another 3 years. I would be more than happy to help you figure out how to locate her. Shoot me an email and I will get with the folks who helped me with article, and we'll get you an answer:

Beth more than 3 years ago

Potter's Field

Thanks for the interesting article! If you happen to run across more information about the "cadaver express" going on at that time, I'd be interested to hear/read about it!

Chris more than 7 years ago


Thanks Chris for your sweet comment. I hate that I'm not getting these comments until just now. Ugh. Anywho...better late than never, right? I truly had no idea so many people were interested in this topic and there was so little info on it. I was considering a book. Maybe I should consider it a little more seriously...

Beth more than 3 years ago

Potter's Field

Fantastic article! Thank you so much for such great details.

Heather more than 7 years ago


Thank you Heather. It was indeed a complex topic with many layers of information that I just couldn't cram in there. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

B Miller more than 7 years ago


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