Boydsville is a crossroads hamlet on the Tennessee and Kentucky state line, 16 miles south of Mayfield. The northern half lying in the Lynnville precinct, the southern half in Tennessee, it was established in 1822 on the land of Abner Boyd, after whom it was named. Before Boydsville became a town, it was the hunting ground for a tribe of the Chickasaw Indians. In 1818, Andrew Jackson purchased from the Chickasaws the eight-county area. After the white settlers settled there the Indians moved on, but would return to hold meetings on the ground where a Methodist Church was later built.
The Cemetery named the "Cook Cemetery" is north of Boydsville on State line Road. It is a small Cemetery with a very elaborate wrought Iron fence which is painted white; near the edge of the road, but a deep ditch divides the road from the cemetery. It is assumed, without research, that this is the area where John Cook and his wife Margaret Ditterline settled on the state line road of Boydsville Community about 1820, before there were many other white settlers. There are only about twelve graves inside the fence; well kept farm land surrounds the Cemetery. A copper plate hanging on the gate entrance is engraved: "Herein lies the final remains of John and Margaret Ditterline Cook, and their son William Ditterline Cook and his two sons John Ewing and William Whitfield, and daughter Jane Clementine." It is said that Slaves for the family are buried outside the fence on the west side in unmarked gravesites.
GPS Coordinates: 36.5019, -88.5325
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #73517
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