A Census of Cades Cove Through Gravestones

  • Gary S. FosterEmail author
  • William E. Lovekamp


Gravestone data (1840–1939; socio-demographics and epitaphs) were transcribed as social variables to describe various dimensions of the Cades Cove community. This included the sex/gender composition of the community, gender roles and familial statuses, patriarchal dominance and gender inequality, age structures and age statuses, ethnicity implied by surname, family/kinship importance, aspects of community integration (vitality and permeability), social class, homogeneity, religion, and seasonal patterns of fertility and mortality. This illustrates and demonstrates the archival capacity of cemeteries. While there are many things cemeteries cannot disclose, there are a few things only cemeteries can disclose, and the exploitation of cemetery as data source must be adroit.


Descriptive variables Epitaphs Gravestone data Socio-demographic data Univariate 


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  1. 1.Sociology, Anthropology, and CriminologyEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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