Mt. Gilead is a small, overgrown cemetery in rural Mason County, Kentucky, just on the line with Fleming County, on Highway 597, where Highways 1234 and 597 come together. Just looking at this photo you would not suspect the number of gravestones in this cemetery! Ritchey and I braved the weeds and brambles to get our photos!
Nancy M. Mattingly, born March 15, 1818, died September 12, 1903. In my father’s house are many mansions.
This stone is quite beautiful! Notice the castle-like house at the top of the stone.
One of two rock walled plots within the cemetery.
Three above-ground stones within the walled area.
The second walled area – filled with trees! A few stones rest on the trees and stand closer to the wall.
J. P. Campbell, born March 2, 1808, died October 16, 1895. Sarah, wife of J. P. Campbell, born (no date), died September 1, 1874.
Steps of the church?
Joseph Hampton, born February 7, 1798, died August 10, 1859. Judith K., wife of J. Hampton, born February 22, 1800, died June 1, 1874.
James Wallingford, born July 17, 1793, died May 1, 1865
Beautiful stone! Caption at bottom reads, “As a Husband, devoted. As a Father, affectionate. As a Friend, ever kind and firm. In life, he exhibited all the gifts of a Christian, in death his spirit returned to God who gave it.”
Sarah, wife of James Wallingford, born December 18, 1792, died July 27, 1860
Aunt Betsy Browning – no dates.
Mary E., daughter of John and Lucy Ann Breeze, born August 28, 1860, died November 3, 1863
A view of several other stones.
Samuel Bramel, born July 20, 1800, died April 27, 1881. Mary J., wife of Samuel Bramel, born August 10, 1802, died June 10, 1849.
In memory of Nicholas Wallingford, was born December 14, A.D. 1739, and departed this life September 5, A.D. 1829, aged 69 years, 8 months and 21 days.
At the bottom of the stone reads, “His race was swift, his rest sweet. His views divine, his bliss complete. His song sublime, his transports swell. His state eternal, God his all.” This gentleman was the oldest person found buried in the cemetery.
Notice the beautiful carving at the top of the stone – such intricate work for a stone this old. A large bouquet of leaves, with a corresponding one above that is upside down, with a long drape of cloth around the top of the stone.
These are just a few photos we took during our visit at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Perhaps one day you will visit! Let me know if you have relatives buried in this cemetery.