Friday Ritchey and I planned a genealogy adventure. Since most of the cemeteries we’ve visited have been in Mercer, Marion, Washington and Nelson Counties, we decided to branch out and head west! We did make one stop in Marion County – Holy Name of Mary Cemetery in Calvary, just a few miles south of Lebanon. Calvary is one of the areas the Maryland to Kentucky Catholics chose as their destination in the 1790’s. Many older pioneers are buried here. The cemetery is divided into two sections – new and old. Gaining access to the older section means traveling over a small wooden bridge and up the stone steps to the top of the hill.
What a beautiful cemetery! At the top of the hill is a section where pieces of broken gravestones have been made into a permanent memorial. I am thankful these pieces of stones were not thrown away – and most of the stones are legible, if not entire.
I went to school with some Lee’s from Calvary. This could perhaps be their forebear – Samuel Lee, born August 22, 1778, died March 5, 1863. Aged 84 years, 6 months and 13 days.
On to Taylor County, south of Marion. The first stop was Our Lady of the Hills – located at the top of Finley Hill. I remember this area fondly. My aunt’s husband’s parents lived and operated a small store in the area. When I was young we stopped by and had sodas and a snack – and one time ate lunch with them. The store was a stone building, very unusual. This cemetery is rather small, with just a few older stones. William Hardesty, October 23, 1833 – November 28, 1915. Margaret Hardesty, April 4, 1842 – November 20, 1916.
Saloma Baptist Church is a small church in the rural area of Saloma. Thomas V. Gupton, February 22, 1863 – January 24, 1845. Father, let thy grace be given, That we may meet in heaven. Lolie P. Gupton, September 4, 1868 – June 6, 1933. She faltered by the wayside and the angels took her home. I love this gravestone!
Our next stop was the Harding Family Cemetery, a small cemetery on Old Pitman Road – about the size of the Linton Cemetery, but with more stones. Adam Campbell, 1778-1850, Sarah Steele Campbell, 1787-1871. Born in Augusta County, Virginia, died here. Pioneers – they and others founded Campbellsville, Kentucky.
The bushes and shrubs have grown to such great proportions there are stones hidden between and underneath them!
In Brookside, the Campbellsville city cemetery, we found this stone with a lovely painting of the departed – most unusual. I’ll admit that the stone is very hard to read. I believe her name is Prudie Lyon, wife of William, born June 22, 1871, died January 4, 1899. This was a very large cemetery – we photographed the older stones.
Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery is small, but beautiful! It, too, is located in the rural southwestern part of Taylor County.
Hogard’s Methodist Chapel is on the the Taylor County, Green County line – actually in Taylor County. This is a very small cemetery, with few older stones. John Franklin, son of S. J. and Lizzie Wilson, born December 5, 1890, died June 24, 1924. A war vet in France, Co. K 141 Infantry, wounded October 3, 1918.
On to Green County. Pleasant Run Baptist – another small, rural cemetery. Several older stones were inside this brick enclosure.
One of the oldest buried in the Greensburg City Cemetery is General James Allen, born April 15, 1769, died November 25, 1836.
By this point we were famished – and just happened to find Longhunters Coffee and Tea Company on the town square in Greensburg. Not only did we find good food, but friendly people. The owner not only has the restaurant, but is working to make a history museum on the second floor.
All the sandwiches and salads are named for historical personages or places. I had the General Nathaniel Greene sandwich – turkey breast, provolone, roasted red peppers, herbed oil dressing on sundried tomato swirl bread – delicious! Green County was formed on January 1, 1792, in honor this Revolutionary War hero!
If you are in Green County – on a research trip or just passing through – stop for lunch or a snack at Longhunters!
Our last stop in Green County was at Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery. W. B. Heizer, January 25, 1850 – November 29, 1916.
We finally made it to Columbia, in Adair County, but the shadows were falling and it was difficult to take some photos because of the sun. Frank L. Wolford, September 2, 1817 – August 2, 1895. After taking as many photos as we could, we started for home. It was beautiful all day – the sun shining brightly – and as we drove home we had a huge moon to enjoy!