Leave Gainesboro North on Highway 53 or 56, 1 mile to Austin Peay Bridge over the Cumberland river crossing bridge on to Highway 56 and to the north end of the bridge approach, here turn right on to road D 23 about 10 miles to Ben Hix's farm turn right off D 23 about 1/4 mile through a beech grove passing Ben Hix's stock barn to the graveyard in Big Bottom. This burial lot lies on the north side of the Cumberland river near the center of said bend and has always been called "Big Bottom Graveyard".
There is no record of who gave this ground for a burial ground tho. 'tis thought some of the William (Uncle Billy) Kirkpatrick's were first bury there as they were owners of this farm at this time. It was sold with the farm until Perry Crowder was in possession of said farm, when he sold to Ben Hix (present owner) he exempted the graveyard, because he had recently buried 2 sons there, upon investigating found it had never been deeded to anyone, so Perry Crowder made a deed for 1 1/2 acres to be used as a public burying ground.
There is also portion of said burial ground lot of 60x by 160 ft. entirely filled with soldiers, who were killed and died in the Civil War, no markers of any kind to these soldiers except on undressed rock about 16 inches long is near the center of said lot and has letters W.K roughly carved on it.
You can read more about this graveyard in the original WPA Records, by Maude McGlasson 30 Sep 1937.
- Added: 7 Sep 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2622236
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