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Descendants oppose removal of cemetery

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By The Staff

Editor:

On July 18 The News-Democrat had an article on the meeting of the Port William Historical Society. When reading the article I find that there has been a request for the removal of a cemetery that sits off of Gilgal Road in Carroll Co., Ky. After doing some searching into Geneva Smith Pettit’s family genealogy papers I found that the farm was owned by Robert Moore. Also that my husband, Floyd Smith, is a direct descendant of Robert Moore. In the cemetery there are two stones, one for Levi Florence who is my husband’s G.G.G.G. Uncle. The other is for Blan William. Florence died in 1888 and William died in 1874. These are the only tombstones we have found so far. The rest are stones standing on end. There are 16 or 17 graves that can be identified by the ground sinking. This is a large cemetery app. 60 feet by 100 feet so there probably are more graves. It is surrounded by a stone wall two-and-a-half feet tall and about two feet wide which is in good shape. This cemetery is not abandoned. It is not being moved for the good of the county just for the want of the owner. On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, my husband and his two brothers, J.D. and Owen, and myself worked to clean the cemetery which was by no means overgrown. Talking to other families we believe there are several more family members buried there. The family includes Moore, Webster, Gullion, Perry, Smith, William, Florence, Washburn and probably several I have not named. This farm has bee mostly owned for more than 130 years by some of the Moore family descendants. If you know of any burials in this cemetery please let me know. Ms. Pettit refers to the cemetery as the Moore Cemetery. We are very much against the removal of this cemetery. Let our ancestors rest in peace with their family members in a place of their choosing.

Patricia Smith

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