Anytime one hears the name ‘Pioneer’ cemetery it should be visited! And the same can be said for the Pioneer Cemetery in Hopkinsville in Christian County. A small park where many of the original citizens of Christian County are buried, it is nicely maintained and contains lots of history in one small area. Today I would like to concentrate on Bartholomew and Martha Wood and their family.
This pioneer graveyard was used from 1812 to 1858. Within this enclosure are buried 185 named persons, and many more unknown, all early settlers of Christian County. The land for this cemetery was donated in 1812 by Bartholomew Wood, the first settler in Hopkinsvile. He also donated land and timber for the first public buildings 1797. He died in 1827 and was buried here.
Bartholomew Wood was the town founder – in 1796, frontiersman, a farmer, a tavern keeper in the town of Hopkinsville. The Christian County Court House was built in 1797 upon land supplied by Bartholomew and with his lumber. The town was originally known as Elizabeth in 1799, but was later changed to Hopkinsville in 1804. Bartholomew Wood died here November 26, 1827.
Martha Ann was the wife of Bartholomew Wood. She was born in Virginia June 27, 1763, married in Jonesborough, North Carolina (now Tennessee) July 20, 1780, and died at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, November 9, 1846, outliving her husband by almost twenty years.
Children of Bartholomew and Martha Ann Wood were Elizabeth Wood Douglass, Mary (Polly) Wood Gist, Sarah (Sally) Wood Cornelius, Temperance (Tempy) Wood Roberts, Patsy Wood Millholland, Bartholomew T. Wood, Carter T. Wood, Curtis Davenport Wood, William J. Wood, Letitia Charlotte Wood and Hardin J. Wood.