Yesterday was a glorious day in Kentucky. A reprieve from the 90+ temperatures we’ve had in the last several weeks – and no rain! The high managed to get to 82, the skies were a bright blue, grass and trees wonderful shades of green. We left at 8:00 a.m.
Our goal was to visit Robertson and Fleming counties and take photos in several cemeteries each. You know how much Ritchey loves geocaching. There are four covered bridges in the two counties – those beautiful, historic structures that are slowly dwindling in our country – and they each had geocaches hidden in them! They were added to the list. And on the way home, we planned to visit Blue Licks Battlefield State Park – what some have called the last battle of the Revolutionary War, fought in Kentucky on August 19, 1782. The British and Indian forces slaughtered many of the Kentuckians. I have posted several wills written by men from Mercer County that did not survive the battle.
We began at Piqua Methodist Church in Robertson County, a small, rural cemetery. While there, the gentleman who takes care of the cemetery stopped by. He showed me a list of those buried here, useful since many did not have gravestones, or have long since broken. He related that the last person buried in this cemetery was his elementary school teacher, Gladys Shepherd, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 104.
Ritchey finding a geocache at Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County.
Just about a mile north on Highway 165 was the small church and cemetery of Piqua Christian. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, just outside the town of the same name, was our last cemetery for this county. On the way to neighboring Fleming County we stopped at Johnson Creek Covered Bridge, and Ritchey found his first geocache of the day. Sitting in the middle of the bridge eating a chicken salad and croissant sandwich, the breeze was heavenly. Butterflies were plentiful, and there was no noise, just an occasional moo or bird chirp.
Top stone – In Memory of Edward Dulin, Sen., Born in Virginia, August 6, 1769, and Died in Kentucky, September 25, 1830. Lower stone – In Memory of George, twin son of John W. and Elizabeth D. Dulin, Born October 23, 1851, died July 30, 1852, age 9 months and 7 days. Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky.
In Fleming County we visited Elizaville Cemetery, a lovely small town, only few miles from Flemingsburg, the county seat. Evergreen Hill Cemetery was quite impressive with its old stones. I wanted to share this one with you today since it was so unusual. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an old above ground stone with writing on the side. There were at least ten or twelve in this cemetery. Other beautifully carved stones were for cholera victims in 1833.
On to the three covered bridges in Fleming County – Goddard White, Grange City and Ringo Mills. One more cemetery stop in this county – Mt. Pisgah on Oakwood Road.
It was about 6:00 p.m. and we still had one more stop – Blue Licks Battlefield – in Nicholas County. I was so impressed with the granite monument that names those who fought and died in this battle. After taking photos we had a picnic supper before starting home. It was a full day but so much fun! And think of all the great information I have to share with you!
Categories: Genealogy Ramblings
Thank you, thank you! My people are from Fleming & Nicholas Co! Though I live in California, I’ve been to theses beautiful Kentucky counties twice (and the also the nearby Blue Licks Battlefield), spending as much time as I could in the courthouses and cemeteries. Love your posts and photos, which I luckily & happily happened across when doing research for a friend whose family is from early Washington Co.
I am a member of the Lafayette Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution in Lexington. We have our summer meeting every year at Blue Licks and do the Grave Marking Ceremony. This year, it is August 18th and we draw about 150 people. I am attaching a picture of us a couple of years ago. I receive your email each day and enjoy it very much.
Thank you so much for yet again taking us on a genealogical journey filled with beautiful pictures and a treasure trove of information. I always look forward each morning to your posts.