Category Archives: Cemeteries

Duncan Cemetery On Main Street In Nicholasville

The small, iron fence-enclosed Duncan Cemetery on the corner of Main Street and Duncan Street reminds me of the Linton family cemetery in Washington County – just a simple family cemetery, but one with lots of stories and history.

William Duncan, born January 1, 1788, died September 6, 1863.

William Duncan and Nancy Blackford married in Jessamine County, Kentucky, December 22, 1813.  Between the twenty year span of 1814 and 1834, the couple had nine children.  A family Bible gives births, marriages and deaths, which came in handy since a few of the stones were difficult to read.

Nancy, wife of William Duncan, born December 17, 1791, died June 24, 1860.

Nancy Blackford Duncan’s parents are also buried in this cemetery – Benjamin Blackford and Catherine Sadowski.

In memory of Benjamin Blackford, born February 19, 1762, died November 21, 1842, aged 80 years, 8 months and 2 days.

In memory of Catherine Blackford, born October 6, 1770, died February 8, 1832, aged 62 years, 3 months and 2 days.

Rion Duncan was born November 6, in the year of our Lord 1814.  Departed this life September 5, 1849.

Rion Duncan was the eldest son of William and Nancy.  He married Louisa Tompkins.

Louisa Duncan, born February 26, 1816, died April 19, 1853.

In memory of Margaret Duncan, born January 14, 1817, departed this life January 3, 1848, aged 30 years, 11 months and 2 days.

Margaret was the oldest daughter of William and Nancy.

James Blackford Duncan, born February 7, 1824, died August 16, 1854, son of William and Nancy.

Charles W. Duncan, born April 28, 1831, died January 14, 1852, son of William and Nancy.

Alexander Crockett Duncan, born in Russell County, Virginia, June 30, 1787, died May 10, 1857, aged years, brother to William Duncan.

Ann, wife of James B. Duncan, died March 20, 1849, aged 48 years. 

This Ann cannot have been married to the James B. Duncan in this cemetery due to the age difference.  They are not buried side by side.

Information taken from the Bible of William and Nancy Duncan:

  • William Duncan was born January 15, 1788, and died September 6, 1863.  He married Nancy Blackford December 22, 1813.
  • Nancy Blackford Duncan was born December 17, 1791, and died June 24, 1860.


  • Rion Duncan was born November 6, 1814, and died September 5, 1849, from cholera.  He married Louisa Tompkins June 20, 1837.
  • Margaret Duncan was born January 14, 1817, and died January 3, 1848.
  • Catherine Duncan was born July 27, 1819.  She married James Bourn January 21, 1847.
  • Sally Ann Duncan was born October 21, 1821.  She married Robert Carlisle April 9, 1851.
  • James Blackford Duncan was born February 7, 1824, and died August 16, 1854.
  • Robert Duncan was born September 8, 1826.  He married Virginia Nave November 28, 1865.
  • Benjamin Sandusky Duncan was born February 13, 1829.  He married Lucy A. Funk May 22, 1856.
  • Charles William Duncan was born April 28, 1831, and died January 14, 1852.
  • Mary Deziah Duncan was born September 25, 1834.  She married James Carlisle October 5, 1854.

Nancy’s parents:

  • Benjamin Blackford was born February 19, 1760, and died November 21, 1842.
  • Catherine Sadowski Blackford was born October 6, 1770, and died February 8, 1832.


A Trip To Metcalfe County and Center-Asbury Cemetery

One of the most delightful cemeteries we’ve visited is the Center-Asbury Cemetery in Metcalfe County.  When Ritchey and I were there this past October it was a beautiful sight – the cemetery was surrounded by a cornfield on three sides.  The cemetery is in the northwestern part of the county on Hwy 314, just north of Hwy 1243 on the left.  It is close to the town of Center.

The photo above shows a row of above ground gravestones.  These must be very old as they are extremely difficult to read.  I believe the last name for these graves is Newman – and, honestly, that’s a guess – but I could not read any dates.  What a shame!

Now a closer look at some of the stones.

Malinda F. Cummins, born October 23, 1830, married Charles E. Witt June 16, 1852, died November 1, 1900.

Mary E. Lain, June 29, 1833 – March 31, 1925.

Mary E. Burks Higgason Butler Lain.

Dr. S. F. Higgason, born November 29, 1830, died November 19, 1871.

Dr. Suprey Rush Higgason married Mary E. Burks in 1854.  The couple had two daughters, Leona L. and Lucy E.  In the 1870 Census of Metcalfe County the daughters are listed as age 13 and 1, respectively.  It is very likely there were other children who did not survive.  After Suprey’s death in 1871, Mary married Preston Robert Butler, with whom she had at least three children.  After his death Mary married James William Lain.

William Thomas, born December 6, 1834, died October 21, 1901.

William Thomas was first married to Susan Hays, with whom he had three children – Luellen, James and Mary Belle.  His second wife was Nancy Catherine Philpott.  In the 1880 Census for Metcalfe County are listed the following children:  James A., 14; Clarence, 3; Ernest, 2; and Charley, 1/12, born in May.  It is possible Luellen was married by this date, but I fear Mary Belle must have passed away as she would be under the age of 14.

Mother – N. C. Thomas, October 11, 1845 – August 6, 1925. 

Nancy Catherine Philpott Thomas.

Daniel F. Blain, born March 7, 1834, died October 28, 1899.  Co. B, 19th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

In the 1880 Census of Metcalfe County, David Blain is listed as 42, a shoemaker, born in Ireland.  His wife, Rebecca Squires, was 36, and born in Kentucky.  The couple married September 3, 1873.

John Snider, born September 14, 1777, died March 20, 1865.

In the 1860 Census of Metcalfe County, John Snider is living with his son, P. J. Snider, who is a saddler.  John is 84 years of age.  According to the census he was born in Tennessee.  Philip J. Snider is buried beside his father in this cemetery.

John W. Wells, January 16, 1887 – September 20, 1946.  Effie L. Wells, February 27, 1890 – April 21, 1960.

A Trip Through Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery In Green County

Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Green County is small, the stones are not very elaborate, but it is well taken care of – you know these deceased family members are very important to the remaining loved ones.

img_7885C. B. Lowe, January 5, 1884 – August 24, 1947.  At Rest.

img_7886Lou Annie Lowe, January 21, 1887 – January 1, 1932.

img_8447W. B. Heizer, January 25, 1850 – November 29, 1916.  At rest.

img_7893Sarah Lile, 1857-1944.

img_7899Jane Polley, 1801-1894.

A beautiful stone, though faded – the gates of heaven stand open, flowers within.

img_7900Miley Polley, Company B, 13 Kentucky Infantry.

img_8451A view of the cemetery.  Notice the line of stones going almost diagonal in the  photo – markers, but no names.

img_7901Maggie S., daughter of Thomas and Frances Burress, born November 7, 1872, died August 12, 1900.

img_7902Thomas Burress, October 28,, 1845 – January 5, 1925.  Private Company E, 37th and 55th Regiment, Volunteer Kentucky US Mounted Infantry, Civil War.

img_7892Another view of the cemetery.

img_7907Mamie Herron, October 8, 1913 – February 8, 1931.  Wife.

img_8441I hope you’ve enjoyed our visit to Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Green County, Kentucky.

A Visit To Valley Cemetery – Spencer County

Valley Cemetery is located at 1082 Mt. Washington Road in Taylorsville, Kentucky.  This cemetery was established in the year 1900.  Old Taylorsville Cemetery is in the downtown area, and was used until Valley Cemetery began accepting burials.  Ritchey and I visited in May of 2014.


John L. Martin, June 16, 1849 – June 28, 1905.  Mattie, his wife, November 5, 1848.


Oliver P. Tichenor, born July 28, 1830, died September 6, 1896.  Susan P. Tichenor, born May 24, 1834, died August 25, 1919.


Thomas Stone, born August 13, 1801, died September 10, 1873.  Sallie A., wife of Thomas Stone, born November 28, 1814, died February 19, 1890.  Mary O. Stone and Eli D. Stone, infants of S. A. & T. Stone.


Isaiah Yocum, 1831 – 1925.  Kate Froman, his wife, 1845-1924.


M. A. Barker, July 29, 1815 – January 28, 1895.  T. A. Yocum, May 21, 1861 – December 15, 1893.  M. Yocum, May 1859 – July 1859.  M. J. Yocum, October 28, 1830 – July 1863.  M. A. Yocum, March 25, 1836 – July 1866.  M. C. Floyd, July 21, 1840 – October 22, 1868.  E. J. Barker, December 11, 1821 – December 18, 1891.


Andrew J. Webster, born February 8, 1837, died March 31, 1901.  Eliza J. Webster, born January 30, 1847, died December 10, 1894.


George William Hedges, 1839-1870.  Sallie Cox Hedges, 1842-1925.


William E., husband of Mamie I. Gaddie, 1882-1946.


Buddy Grayson, July 18, 1946 – October 14, 2006.  Beverly Ann Grayson, September 16, 1947 – May 21, 1999.


Six Revolutionary War Veterans Buried In Pisgah Presbyterian Cemetery

Since Ritchey and I visited Pisgah Presbyterian Cemetery in April of 2014, in Woodford County, I believe it to be one of my favorite small cemeteries.  It could have something to do with the beautiful little stone church – founded in 1784, erected in 1812, and remodeled in 1868.  It could have something to do with the cemetery strewn with tiny purple and white flowers on that beautiful spring day.  But most likely it is the fact that there are many older graves, including Revolutionary War veterans that lie sleeping in the church yard.  I want to share photos of six with you today.

img_1390William Kinkead, 1736-1821

img_1389William Kinkead was a Captain in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War.  He married Eleanor Guy.  She and three of her children were captured by Indians and held during the year 1764, during which son Andrew was born.

img_1393Alexander Black, 1752-1827

img_1392How fitting to put these small reminders at the foot of the gravestones for the veterans.

img_1397_1Joseph Bartholomew, 1756-1812

img_1396_1Surrounded by lovely green violet leaves and tiny purple blossoms.

img_1405_1William Garrett, a Revolutionary War Soldier.

I could find no dates on this stone.

img_1423_1Alexander Smith, 1745-1814

img_1425_1A hero for the ages.

img_1447Samuel Stevenson, born March 11, 1741, died December 17, 1825.

img_1445Never forget the sacrifices these men made for the freedoms we hold dear now.  They are just as important, or more so, now, as during those early days of our country.


A Trip Through Independence Cemetery in Kenton County

In September of 2015 we visited the city cemetery of Independence in the county of Kenton.  This wasn’t a huge cemetery, but an interesting one.  Clouds were beginning to build, as you can tell from the photos, and we barely had time to take some photos before the heavens opened up.  Let me share a few with you today.

dsc00125It seems flowers continue to be put into the hand of this statue – you can just peek the red, white and blue.

img_2755Sarah, wife of Holand Osborn, born January 27, 1789, died, July 15, 1871.

img_2760Curchwill G. Osborn, born August 15, 1804, died February 6, 1875, aged 70 years, 5 months, 21 days.

Do you think this man’s name was badly misspelled?

img_2774Aquilla Wilson, died January 12, 1842, aged 53 years.  (Born 1789).

img_2775Mary, wife of Aquilla Wilson, born May 16, 1797, died August 24, 1875.

img_2779A very beautifully decorated stone.

img_2780Hattie, wife of Allen Reed, June, 4, 1874 – April 30, 1900.

img_2783Thomas Ervin, born February 29, 1829, died April 22, 1900. 

img_2791Tom L. Harris, 1848-?  Laura T., wife of Tom L. Harris, 1852-1892.

img_2812Philadelphia Oxley, born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, June 24, 1795, died in Independence, Kentucky, December 16, 1878, aged 83 years, 5 months and 22 days. 

This is perhaps my favorite stone in the cemetery, and if you would like to read more about this remarkable woman, just click on the above photo.

Gravestones From Smith Grove Cemetery – Warren County

img_6108Horace Kirby, March 28, 1893 – August 13, 1916.

Wanted to share with you these gravestones from Smith Grove Cemetery in Warren County, Kentucky.

img_6109Jacob Shobe, born Fall of 1781, died October 10, 1827.

img_6109Clorey Shobe, born Fall of 1783, died January 20, 1857.

img_6113Joseph Pleasant Cowles, November 20, 1836 – April 20, 1912.  Martha Mitchell Cowles, January 11, 1838 – April 20, 1917.

img_6124Lorenza Dow Mathews, March 20, 1892 – February 15, 1919.

img_6127Sophia, wife of John W. Dean, born October 11, 1858, died December 20, 1882.

img_6130Thomas Allen, born October 22, 1819, died June 4, 1883.

img_6141Leander W. Rasdall, Pvt. Ky Cavalry, Buckner’s Guides, Confederate States Army, December 19, 1838 – March 10, 1883, Prisoner of War.

I hope you have enjoyed this short tour of Smith Grove Cemetery!