Civil War-era gravestones returned after being stolen from Hawkins Co. property

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Two stolen Civil War-era gravestones have been returned after they were stolen from Hawkins County in March.

According to Tom Funaro, whose family owns the property,  the gravestones were returned anonymously in April.

One grave marker belonged to the grave marked Peter Couch, COD 8th Tennessee Infantry.


The other gravestone was laying nearby and was marked Couch. Family members believe that grave belonged to Peter’s brother, William.


Those gravestones were stolen from the Bulls Gap property on Beech Grove Road sometime between March 21 and March 29, 2019.

On May 4th, members from a local relic hunting group contacted the Funaro family about helping them find buried markers and establish the boundaries of the cemeteries.

During that process, they found the partial headstone of John L. Couch, believed to be the father of William and Peter. A number of other grave markers were found.

Now, the family is working to restore both cemeteries.

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