This photograph was taken from the side of the cemetery. From the road you see only trees. Vantage Engineering PLC would be located directly behind you if you were taking this photograph, beside the cemetery. They have a small parking area.
When Ritchey came home yesterday, he said, I have something for you. Nothing warms the cockles of my heart than words like that. At one time flowers or chocolate would have been much appreciated. But when he continues ‘I stopped by a graveyard’, that really make my heart sing. Yes, we are a crazy couple – thank goodness we found each other!
There is a small, family cemetery located in Mercer County, but very near the Boyle County line on US127, on the right as you head for Danville. This is the Bonta Cemetery – although there are no stones left with that name. It’s also known as the DeMott Cemetery. Ten stones were fairly readable. Remarkably the cemetery was clean, although surrounded by trees and brush – a beautifully hidden gem. A big thank you to whoever cleaned it!
I have had this cemetery in mind for some time but wasn’t sure of the location. Ritchey found it through his geocache. In the description of the geocache was written:
‘The Bonta Family Graveyard is the resting place of Revolutionary War soldier John Gritton, 1755-1839, and his family. John Gritton served as an Indian spy at McMurty’s Station, Mercer Co., under General George R. Clark and Cpt Drake’s Rangers. During another period of service, he was stationed at McGeary’s Station, near the Salt River, where he marched with General James Ray on the Clark’s Campaign against the Indians on the Big Miami. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognize him as a revolutionist who assisted in establishing American’s independence.
A tombstone marking John Gritton’s grave has not been recently located. Records from the Mercer County Historical Society show that in 1964 he had a stone in the cemetery. After 1964, the cemetery was no longer kept cleared and from years of overgrowth and neglect many of the stones were broken or lost. In the fall of 2009, the cemetery was once again restored and most of the stones repaired.
John Gritton is this cache owner’s 5th Great-Grandfather and patriot for DAR membership.
For safety please don’t park along 127. There is a small business with parking available next to the entrance of the graveyard. As always, no night caching!
You’re looking for a small lock & lock container with room for small trade items.’
I love using older records, such as the following, and updating the information with modern technology – such as photographs.
In Volume II Cemetery Records, Mercer County, Kentucky, published by the Harrodsburg Historical Society, they list the Bonta or DeMott family graveyard as such:
This graveyard is located on a farm at Cove Springs near the Mercer County-Boyle County lines, about two miles south of Harrodsburg on Kentucky Highway 127 (Danville Pike). The following list was copied in August 1967.
Ritchey took the photos yesterday.
Peter DeMott died October 15, 1834, age 78 years.
Anna DeMott, daughter of Peter, died March 9, 1812.
Mary DeMott, wife of Peter, November 9, 1780 – May 27, 1862.
No stone found 2019 – Garrett DeMott, no dates.
Jesse Gritton, April 1781 – February 16, 1857.
Anna Gritton, wife of Jesse, December 4, 1776 – June 9, 1854. Stone broken.
No stone found 2019 – J. J. McDonald died February 11, 1819, age 14 years.
Martha E. Turhoon, daughter of R. and P. Turhoon, December 30, 1854 – August 4, 1855.
George Turhoon, son of R. and P. Turhoon, January 14, 1853 – January 30, 1853.
Margaret Vannice – no dates.
The following stones were found by the late Mrs. B. F. Norfleet, Harrodsburg, when she made a copy of the graveyard in April 1955. These stones may have been standing in 1967 but were missed because of the overgrowth of weeds and bushes. There were also many fieldstones with no inscriptions at the time of the later copying.
Lawrence DeMott, 1719-1800, New Jersey Militia
John Gritton, 1755-1839.
Some stones were unreadable.
Today I share photos – at a later date we will learn more about these families.