Category Archives: Cemeteries

Damaged Stones Area of Holy Cross Cemetery – Marion County

Holy Cross Catholic Church and Cemetery.

In Marion County, Kentucky, we find Holy Cross Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church in the state.  The historical marker tells us ‘Basil Hayden, Sr., led 25 Maryland Catholic families to settle near here, on Pottinger’s Creek, 1785.  Father Whelan said first Mass in Kentucky here in 1787.  First Catholic church west of Alleghenies built here in 1792.  First monks, 1805, Trappist Fathers (Cistercians).  Present church erected in 1823, under direction of famous Belgian missionary, Charles Nerinckx.’  Many of the remains of these old settlers lie in this cemetery and have lain here a good two hundred years or more.

As with all cemeteries, due to weather and time, some of the stones are broken or uprooted.  The good people of the area have made a place in the cemetery for these stones.  Some are fragments of stones, some are intact, some readable, others not so much.  I want to share with you today photos taken in this area of the cemetery.  Much valuable information is here for those who cannot find their loved ones in the cemetery proper.

Ann C. Hagan, died February 20th 1849 in the 40th year of her age.

Robert Greenwell, born in 1792.

An old, unreadable stone.  Elizabeth J., wife of James M. Sims, born December 16, 1811, died June 30, 1863.

Ann, wife of Raphael Heard, died October 3, 1847, aged 82 years (born 1765).  Sacred to the Memory of Milly A. Hagan, who departed this life January 13, 1800, in the ___ year of her age (portion has flaked off stone).

Thomas Greenwell died April 11, 1843, aged 30 years, 4 months.

James Green, born May 10, 1825, died January 19, 1865.

Nancy, wife of John Pike, born January 8, 1805, died May 10, 1865.

Mary, wife of William Lush, died June 6, 1852, aged 81 years (born 1771).

Felix C. Roberts, born September 26, 1860, died July 8, 1889.


First Members of New Providence Presbyterian Church – Born Before 1800 – Volume 4

The third installment of the original members of New Providence Presbyterian Church, Mercer County, Kentucky, who were born before 1800 – and there are quite a few – we’ve only scratched the surface!  The previous installments can be viewed – Volume 1 and Volume 2 and Volume 3.

Priscilla, wife of Robert McAfee, died February 19, 1837, in the 66 year of her age (born 1771).

James Coleman, born October 6, 1776, died January 5, 1844.

Mary Bunton, wife of James Lyons, born April 10, 1777, died May 27, 1850.

Ann, wife of Col. George McAfee, born January 11, 1777, died April 7, 1851.

In memory of Col. George McAfee, born April 28th, 1777, died May 28th, 1819, aged 42 years.

Robert McAfee, died January 30, 1849, in the 72nd year of his age (born 1777).

Nancy Buchanan, consort of A. Buchanan, deceased, departed this life October 1st, 1810, aged 32 years (born 1778).

Thomas Cleland, D. D., born May 22, 1778, died January 31, 1858.

Henderson Family Cemetery in Hancock County

Today we visit Hancock County, in northwestern Kentucky, and most specifically the small Henderson Family Cemetery.  This cemetery is located on the right of Hwy 1957, past the huge factory known as Aleris Rolled Products.  There is a small sign for the cemetery at the side road on which it is located. 

Elias Chrisler, December 8, 1828 – January 24, 1912.  Anna H., his wife, August 1, 1845 – no date.

William Henderson, February 18, 1766 – August 26, 1837.

This stone is very hard to read, but I wanted to share it since William was born in the 1700’s.

John W. Henderson, September 30, 1842 – December 4, 1925.  Eliza, his wife, December 3, 1848 – October 29, 1928.

Albert W. Henderson, June 11, 1883 – February 14, 1913.

Joe S. Henderson, January 18, 1852 – March 26, 1933.  Myrtie, his wife, July 20, 1869 – August 28, 1933.

John F. DeWitt, July 11, 1837 – March 8, 1923.  Mary N. DeWitt, April 11, 1837 – October 26, 1908.

James H. Lewis, February 7, 1850 – October 1, 1898.

In memory of Holbert Henderson who died July 1, 1846, aged 33 years, 9 months and 3 days.

In memory of Samuel Mason who died November 4, 1852, aged 63 years, 8 months and 27 days.

Vandalism at Alexander Cemetery

Milton Elliott Marcum, 1870-1927.  Ulice Huffaker Marcum, 1869-1965.  Alexander Cemetery, Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky.

It has taken quite a while to write this blog.  When we visited Alexander Cemetery in Monticello, Wayne County, in October of last year, I was furious to see the damage done to several gravestones in this cemetery.  There is absolutely no excuse – celebrating, partying or just hanging out – but spraying stones with blue paint is not acceptable.  It is a crime, punishable by jail time, monetary fines, or both.

It should be remembered that setting a gravestone after a person dies is the last act of homage to them, their final resting place.  It marks their last spot on earth, it is a reminder of the person, and is a holy spot for family and friends to come and remember their loved ones.  It is not to be disturbed.

I was shocked to read that Monticello had a problem with vandalism in this cemetery back in 1981.  Residents complained about youths drinking and smoking marijuana at night in the cemetery.

Melvinia T. Pogue, October 17, 1868 – December 27, 1961.  James T. Pogue, July 27, 1865 – May 13, 1928.

One of the stones looks as if it has been cleaned, but there can be seen a faint trace of blue on the stone.

Charles C. Worsham, 1838-1914.  Sarah E. Worsham, 1852-1932.

If the perpetrators are found they should be made scrub the stones with toothbrushes – until they are sparkling clean!


Pine Knot Cemetery – McCreary County

A few of the photos taken in Pine Knot Cemetery in rural McCreary County.  Take US27 south past Whitley City, to the little area of Pine Knot, turn left to 1651.  If you get to Strunk, you’ve gone too far!  And if you reach the Tennessee border it’s time to turn around!

Kizzie King Lay, November 6, 1910 – April 8, 1941.  She was a kind and affectionate wife, a fond mother, and a friend to all.

Nettie King Young, 1875-1935.  Aunt Net is gone with Jesus.

Nancy L. Campbell, 1866-1920.  M. B. Campbell, 1866-1928.

Martha A. Swain, born April 9, 1864, died December 3, 1937.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Dr. P. Medekle, March 23, 1844 – October 28, 1928.  At rest.

Ella Wood, wife of Harry Jones, born February 10, 1878, died July 11, 1913.  Ella, we miss you at home.

Calvin Richardson, Pvt CO E, 32 KY INF, Civil War, 1828-1888.

William J. Lee, March 20, 1853 – October 8, 1909.


War Memorial in Carlisle Cemetery

War Memorial at Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas County, Kentucky.

Ritchey and I visited the Carlisle Cemetery in Nicholas County about three and one-half years ago.  It is a beautiful cemetery, with an exceptionally nice War Memorial to the veterans of the World Wars and Korean War.

World War I soldiers buried here are:

  • Ernest Harmon, 1894-1918, died at Camp Meade, Maryland
  • James W. McCracken, 1894-1919, died at Coblenz, Germany
  • William H. Brooks, 1892-1918, killed in action, St. Die Sector, Vasges, France
  • James F. Delaney, 1893-1920, died at Carlisle, Kentucky
  • Eddie Roy McGinley, 1892-1918, killed in action, Argonne Forest, France
  • Samuel F. Watkins, 1892-1918, died of wounds, Aimes Hts., France
  • James Spencer Huffstetter, 1890-1918, died at Cruthe, France
  • Walter Purcell, 1893-1918, died at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Orville Edward Mann, 1896-1918, died at Camp Funston, Kansas
  • Aquilla D. Stone, 1897-1918, died at Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Michael Bryan Laughlin, 1897-1918, died at league Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • George Rector Clark, 1892-1918, died at Part Clinton, Ohio

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, October 12, 1918

Ernest Harmon, Milltown

Carlisle, Ky., Oct. 11 – Relatives at Milltown, this county, of Ernest Harmon, who died of influenza at Camp Meade, Maryland, have been notified that his body will be shipped home for burial.  The burial will take place in Carlisle beside the three Nicholas County boys who have heretofore died of that disease.  A lot has been provided here for a burial place of all young men from this city and county who die in the country’s service.

A newspaper article from 1919 gives more information, including a few names not listed above.  These men were from Nicholas County, but not all buried in Carlisle Cemetery.  Of the fourteen listed, eleven died of disease.

The Richmond Daily Register, Madison County, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 8, 1920

German Gas Kills

James Delaney, 27 years old, son of Robert E. Delaney, died at his home in Carlisle.  He became ill Saturday after setting tobacco all day and never rallied.  Mr. Delaney was a captain in the 801st pioneer infantry during the war.  While serving in France he was severely gassed and never recovered from the effects.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, May 9, 1926

At a meeting of the members of Nicholas Post, No. 17, American Legion, last night, it was decided to hold Memorial Day services at the graves of the soldier dead in the Carlisle Cemetery Sunday, May 30.  The graves of the twelve soldiers who died during the World War, and who are buried in graves around the $10,000 memorial erected to their memory in the Carlisle Cemetery, will be decorated.

World War II soldiers buried in Carlisle Cemetery:

  • Ollie C. Bussell, 1921-1945, killed in action, Germany
  • William L. Morris, 1925-1944, killed in action, Italy
  • Edgar L. (Jack) Ham, 1921-1945, killed in action, Italy
  • Howard J. Ritchie, 1918-1944, killed in action, Layte Island
  • William L. Jenkins, 1911-1944, killed in action, Italy
  • Lloyd J. George, 1919-1943, killed in action, North Africa Area
  • Marion M. Letcher, 1924-1944, killed in action, France
  • Leslie B. McVey, 1913-9144, killed in action, France
  • Lloyd F. Duncan, 1914-1945, killed in action, Belgium
  • Robert T. George, 1916-1944, killed in action, Normandy
  • Ollie Guthrie, Jr., 1926-1945, killed in action, Iwo Jima
  • Cecil Kenneth Jolly, 1924-1944, killed in action, Italy
  • Andrew B. Metcalfe, 1920-1945, killed in action, Italy
  • Everett S. Cook, 1915-1945, killed in action, Belgium
  • Lloyd Waugh, 1918-1944, lost in action, Invasion of Normandy, France

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 2, 1945

Kentucky Navy Dead

Gutherie, Marine Pfc. Ollie, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Gutherie, Sr., Sharpsburg.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, May 4, 1945

Bussell, T/Sgt. Ollie C., son of Mrs. Annie B. Bussell, Moorefield.

More information on WWII soldiers from Nicholas County.

A Trip Through Belmont Cemetery – Todd County

During our fall visit to western Kentucky we stopped at the small cemetery known as Belmont, in Todd County.  As you travel from Logan County to Todd on US79, just a couple of miles over the county line turn left onto Hwy102.  The cemetery is perhaps a mile up that road, on the left.

Susan W. Bailey, 1850-1921.

Wilson Page, born March 26, 1822, died October 21, 1883.  Susan Page, born November 24, 1825, died October 30,1897.

John S. Cunningham, March 8, 1848 – July 6, 1921.  Elizabeth, his wife, January 26, 1844 – July 12, 1919.

Patterson Allen and Sallie Ann Wims

Sallie Ann Wims, born in Todd County, Kentucky, November 29, 1817.  Wife of P. A. Wims.  (no death date).

Patterson Allen Wims, born in Albemarle County, Virginia, April 23, 1808, died in Todd County, Kentucky, June 13, 1879.