Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, located in central Washington County, Kentucky, just off Hwy 555, north of Springfield, is near and dear to my heart – for several reasons. The first would be that my 4th great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, who fought in the Revolutionary War and moved his family from Virginia to Kentucky in 1818, helped build this church. I believe he gave part of his land for the church and cemetery, and pews were made from trees growing on his land. This was the year 1833 – only three years before the captain died. He decided to be buried in the family cemetery three miles closer to town. But many of his grandchildren and generations following were buried here – my ancestors! Linton, Moran, Edwards and others. And, this was the church my husband’s father pastored for three years in the 1960’s. Ritchey and his family lived in the parsonage just down from the church.
The 150th anniversary of the church was held in 1983, two years after our marriage. We attended, heartily welcomed by the people of this small church. Dinner was held in a parish building past the cemetery. Good food, companionship and memories were abundant. And in their book of history was the program from our wedding!
From the left, Phyllis Brown, hubby Ritchey Brown, oldest brother Randy Brown, and second oldest, Rod Brown.
In 2005, the 175th anniversary, not only did Ritchey and I attend, but two of his brothers.
Ritchey and I photographed 857 gravestones during one full day and several other shorter time periods. This is a cemetery we visit often.