On This Date, Something Happened: Bettis Family Cemetery
Behind the Piggly Wiggly (er, excuse me, the Cash Saver Cost Plus Food Outlet) on Madison, there’s a small grassy lot with a historical marker.
It’s not just an empty lot – it’s the Bettis Family Cemetery. The marker reads:
“Here was the farm of the Tillman Bettis family, the second to settle on the Memphis bluff after the 1818 treaty, even before the town was laid off. Mary Bettis was the first child born in the new settlement.”
Long before the grocery store, the plot of land at the corner of Madison and Belvedere was the Bettis family land. All that’s left now is the small plot of land that served as the family burial ground.
As far as cemeteries go, it’s not too exciting – there are no headstones or markers, just grass, weeds and a huge tree.
Bettis Family Cemetery
Angelus St., north of Madison behind the Cash Saver Cost Plus Food Outlet