Hiram and John Litton. Briar Creek Cemetery, Whitley County, Kentucky
Today I am sharing photos of gravestones of the Litton family who are buried in Briar Creek Cemetery in Whitley County, Kentucky. This cemetery is located in the city of Williamsburg, right off Interstate 75 at exit 11.
In Memory of Hiram Litton, was born March the 29, 1787, and died October the 9, 1852, aged 65 years, 6 months.
Hiram Litton married Martha Cox October 26, 1812, in Knox County, Kentucky. There are many Cox family members buried in this cemetery, very likely relatives of Martha, that will be included in another post. Martha died in 1829, the couple enjoying only 17 years of marriage. At least two children were born to the couple, Emily and John, since their birth precedes their mother’s death.
In research on Ancestry it gives Hiram’s parents as Solomon Litton and Martha Duncan. However, the 1852 death records of Whitley County tell us a different story. Hiram and his brother, Burton, both died in 1852, and fortunately that was the first year Whitley County kept death records. Burton died April 28th of fever; his parents were listed as Hiram and Mary Litton; he was a farmer and was born in Washington County – which I believe to be Virginia rather than Kentucky. Hiram Litton died October 2nd of that year, also of fever, and his parents are listed as Hiram and Mary Litton. Since the death dates on the gravestones match the death dates in the Whitley County records, I feel sure Hiram and Mary are the correct parents of the two brothers.
In Memory of Martha Litton, wife of Hiram Litton, was born June the 19, 1797, and died September the 18, 1829, aged 32 years, 3 months.
Dying at the young age of 32, Martha probably had complications during childbirth – or any number of other illnesses that, which in our day and time would not be fatal, but in those early days of our country could easily take a life.
In Memory of Emily N. Litton, daughter of Hiram and Martha Litton, departed this life August 29, 1841, aged 21 years, 11 months and 16 days.
Emily was born September 13, 1819.
In Memory of John S. Litton, was born March 20th, 1826, died June 12th, 1854, aged 28 years, 2 months and 23 days.
The gravestones for the Litton family are quite beautiful. The color is a light reddish brown, with scroll work, leaves, and drapes – and an angel at the top. All four match – were they purchased at the same time? What a loving tribute to these family members.