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Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee

andrew johnson national cemetery
Andrew Johnson Family Plot

GPS: 36.155375, -82.837973

121 Monument Ave
Greeneville, TN 37743

Published: November 4, 2019
Total records: 2,480

Andrew Johnson National Cemetery is owned and operated by the National Park Service. In 2019 it closed to new burials.

Cemetery History

The land that comprises the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery was bought by Andrew Johnson in 1852. According to family tradition, Johnson enjoyed coming to this spot for peace and meditation. It afforded superb and unpopulated views of the mountains in the distance. Because of its height, it was used during the Civil War for signaling, and it became known as "Signal Hill."

It was Andrew Johnson's request that he be buried here, and he was, on the 3rd of August, 1875. At the crest of the hill, the Masons carried out the rites of burial.

The family erected the tall obelisk over Andrew and Eliza Johnson's grave in 1878. There was a dedication ceremony, and afterwards, this became known as "Monument Hill."

The cemetery was owned by the family until 1906. From 1906 until 1942, the cemetery was under the jurisdiction of the War Department. The first veteran burial took place in 1909; by 1939 there were 100 graves.

When the NPS took over in 1942, their original policy was to allow no more burials. The DAR and American Legion, however, began lobbying for the reactivation of the Cemetery, and in 1946 they found success. Along with Andersonville National Cemetery, the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery remained one of only two active national cemeteries within the National Park Service until 2019.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Records

Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on November 4, 2019. These records do not include any of President Andrew Johnson's family plot (see next section below). These include only veterans burials. Dates of death range from 1898 to 2019...

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Andrew Johnson Family Plot Records

The following are names of persons buried in Andrew Johnson's family plot (see Family Plot Map linked below). These names were acquired from the National Park Service...

JOHNSON, Andrew, 17th President of the United States, bur. 03-Aug-1875
JOHNSON, Eliza, First Lady
DOUGHERTY, Mary, Mother of Andrew
WHITESIDES, Sarah, Mother of Eliza
JOHNSON, Charles, Son, d. 1863, age 33, originally buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, later reinterred here
JOHNSON, Robert, Son, d. 1869, age 35, originally buried at Old Harmony Cemetery, Greeneville, later reinterred here
JOHNSON, Andrew Jr. "Frank", Son, married Bessie Rumbough
STOVER, Mary Johnson, Daughter, d. 1883, 1st husband Daniel Stover, 2nd husband William Brown
PATTERSON, Martha Johnson, Daughter, d. 1901
PATTERSON, David Trotter, Son-in-Law, d. 1891
LANDSTREET, Belle Patterson, Granddaughter, d. 1891
WILLINGHAM, Martha Landstreet, Great-Granddaughter
PATTERSON, Andrew Johnson, Grandson
PATTERSON, Martha Barkley, Daugher-in-Law
BARTLETT, Margaret Patterson, Great-Granddaughter, d. 1992
STOVER, Lillie M., Granddaughter
BACHMAN, Sarah Stover, Granddaughter
STOVER, Andrew Johnson, Grandson
BACHMAN, Andrew Johnson, Great-Grandson
BACHMAN, Ethel I., Great-Granddaughter-in-Law

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