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George Washington Ballew
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1801
Death: Sep. 4, 1887

Below is the account of what happened to this cemetery and Mr. Ballew is located in "CEMETERY A".

In 1942 the Army purchased 15,000 acres of land in Madison County. To build the Bluegrass Army Depot on this land, 150 plus family properties were purchased. As part of the purchase agreement, the graves of family members had to be exhumed and relocated to properties purchased for that purpose. Two cemeteries were established, one for "whites" (Cemetery A) on KY 421 and one for "colored" graves (Cemetery B) on Speedwell Road. There were a total of 901 bodies in Cemetery A. Most of those are unknown.
Trustees were appointed for each cemetery and the Army gave a sum of money for upkeep of the cemeteries. In 1973 the Army notified the community that it would no longer maintain the cemetery, and since this time it has been abandoned and the graves have become overgrown. Local
youths have vandalized many graves. An elderly woman who lives next to the cemetery, Mrs. Nora Leach, has planted trees and restored some of the graves in the front sections. A large number of graves are in the back
section of the cemetery which is overgrown and in very poor condition. Mrs. Leach has been mowing the cemetery without compensation for a number of years. She also raises a garden in the part of the cemetery where there
were no burials; however, part of the garden may have encroached on the unmarked graves in Section D.
Before the graves were moved a preliminary survey was done of each cemetery. When the graves were moved the contractor also made a list. In this list he gave the tract number that the grave was moved from and the section and lot of the new burial place. I have combined these lists below to try to get a complete list of burials at Cemetery A. Most of the other graves appear to be there, but are overgrown and the tombstones have been knocked down.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas W Ballew (1779 - 1846)
  Francis Hubbard Ballew (1781 - 1854)
 
 Spouses:
  Lydia Ann Boggs Ballew (1810 - 1843)
  Francis Cochan Ballew (1808 - 1889)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Ballew (1830 - 1831)*
  Owen Walker Ballew (1834 - 1920)*
  Nancy Grimes (1837 - 1856)*
  Talitha Quirg Ballow Deatherage (1838 - 1917)*
  James W Ballew (1843 - 1852)*
  Robert Letcher Ballew (1845 - 1924)*
  William Ballew (1846 - 1915)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Washington Ballew (1801 - 1887)
  Elizabeth Ballew Boggs (1803 - 1848)*
  William Ballew (1805 - 1880)*
  Nancy Ballew Broaddus (1815 - 1867)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Blue Grass Memorial Cemetery
Richmond
Madison County
Kentucky, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 37.67997, -84.25791
 
Created by: jay Crawford
Record added: Apr 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26083935
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