Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church – 175th Anniversary

Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church

Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church is located in the northeastern part of Washington County, just south of the Bluegrass Parkway.   From the parkway take Highway 555 south, and then make a right turn onto Highway 153.  It was begun in 1833 on part of the land owned by my ancestor, Captain John Linton.  Many of the “old people” are buried in the cemetery at the back of the church.  There are Lintons, Morans, Janes, Keenes and others – all descended from the Captain.

It is rather ironic that my husband and I both have connections to this church.  Rex Brown, Ritchey’s dad, was a lawyer in Independence, Missouri, when he decided to attend seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He became pastor at Pleasant Grove.  My husband attended grade school in Washington County for a few years before the family became missionaries.  They were in Belgian Congo for three years.

In 1983, shortly after Ritchey and I were married, we attended the 150th anniversary, and in 2008 again attended the 175th anniversary of the church.  The people there are very gracious and had many fond memories to tell of Ritchey and his brothers when they lived there as young boys.

While there I took many pictures of the church and gravestones in the cemetery.  This year I hope to go back and take pictures of each of the stones.

Below:  View of the cemetery from the back of the church.

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  1. I am looking to see if Henry E Moran is buried in the cemetery along with Capt John Linton? His wife, Nancy E and Young F, son are buried in the Landacher Cemetery St Clair Co Mo. Young was born in 1852 and died in 1857. Nancy died in 1859 and Henry had died somewhere in between those years. Family rumor has it that he died on a family visit to Ky and is buried there. Any assistance would be deeply appreciated. Long lost cuz, Joy

    • Joy, if he is buried in the Linton Cemetery there is no stone. There are only seven stones in the cemetery – Captain John Linton, William Moran, Jr., William Linton, Eliza Linton, Benjamin Franklin Linton, Mildred (Milly) Linton Edwards and John L. Edwards. I’m sure there are many more buried there. Captain John’s wife, Ann Nancy Mason. William Moran’s wife, Susan Linton. There are babies and children buried there – that information was from my grandmother. I’ve often thought it would be interesting to hire some with a sonar device (is that the correct term?) that could show the number buried there.

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