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Shelia Hart (#47369657)
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Bio Photo I love the old cemeteries and they are disappearing. Some in my area are grown up with trees, they actually are in woods. Stones are broken or completely gone. My ancestors are in these cemeteries and they are disappearing also. I plan on recording info and taking photos, as I can, before those that are left becomes history. Seeing this tells me there are thousands of graves that are forever gone already. I would be happy to turn over management of a memorial that isn't in my direct ancestry lineage. Please don't be offended if it is and I do not want to give it up.
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Ruth Johnson
RE: Davis and Ligon Cemetery, Hopkins County
Good questions. I'm glad somebody is interested in this stuff -- my kids sure aren't!

I've set up a blog on wordpress: and am slowly starting to write about some of the stuff I've found out. The Shootout at the O.K. Ligon corral is one of the incidents I'll be writing about after some more research. If you google George Ligon Kentucky Confederate or something similar, you'll get a couple of hits from The Confederate Veteran, which describes the incident -- from the CV point of view. My take is a bit different, of course. Watch this space!

I don't know where the farm was exactly. I figure that it included the old cemetery, wherever it is. :) The last burial there was in 1918, which is around the time that the Ligons began migrating north.

Looking at Googlemaps, my best guess is that the Ligon land was northwest of Earlington & west of Madisonville, maybe bordered southwards by the Beulah road & east of the Coiltown road. George's brother Archibald also settled in the area, and maybe their farms adjoined each other.

Added by Ruth Johnson on Aug 26, 2017 10:07 AM
Ruth Johnson
RE: Davis and Ligon Cemetery, Hopkins County
Glad you enjoyed the story! There was plenty of Ligon excitement in 1865. In the spring, George's farm was the scene of a shootout between Southern guerrillas and Federal troops; 4 guerrillas were killed & buried on the farm. Some years later, their remains were moved to the Odd Fellows Cemetery by veterans of Morgan's outfit. In August of 1865, George was arrested for having voted! CSA veterans and sympathizers were barred from voting in that election by Gov. Bramlette's decree, and Federal troops stationed at the polling places arrested men they knew to be "disloyal" in order to discourage others from voting. One of the ballot items was the 13th Amendment ...
Who knew genealogy was going to be so exciting???
Thanks for your help, cousin!
Added by Ruth Johnson on Aug 26, 2017 5:22 AM
Ruth Johnson
RE: Davis and Ligon Cemetery, Hopkins County
Hello Cousin Sheila!
How does the old saying go -- There are no strangers here, only friends we haven't met yet --? Or cousins in this case!

Grandpa was William Ford O'Bryan 1904-1961

His dad: James Martin O'Bryan 1879-1937
m. Ermine Moore Ford

His dad: William Emmett O'Bryan 1855-1917
m. Julia Christian Schmetzer, daughter of German immigrants Martin & Christian Schmetzer

His dad: James C. O'Bryan 1826-1906, brother of Pearl Pernicia
m.Martha ?Morton but I can't find any info about her. Nobody in Morton's Gap names Martha!

Thanks for turning our little cemetery over to me. I'll start filling in some of the biographical info as time allows.

Happy Trails to you!

Added by Ruth Johnson on Aug 25, 2017 8:42 AM
Ruth Johnson
Davis and Ligon Cemetery, Hopkins County
Hello Sheila --

Thanks for the work that you are doing for! I'm interested in any current information or pix about this old family cemetery near the Silent Run Church south of Nebo. My grandmother visited the place around 1970 & I have her handwritten notes about each of the 9 graves she found. Grandma complained that the cemetery was hard to reach because of nearby strip mining, so I'm wondering if it still exists or is in presentable condition.

Also, I'm happy to adopt the memorials for this cemetery; Grandma left plenty of information about the Davis & Ligon family members & I'd like to update the information on the memorials.


Ruth Johnson
Mary Ruth O'Bryan Johnson
Lilly Pearl Ligon O'Bryan
JT Ligon - Georgia Lee Eudaley
George Wallace Ligon-Catharine Elizabeth Davis
Added by Ruth Johnson on Aug 23, 2017 10:57 AM
Any idea where his brother Ural Townsend might be buried or what happened to him?

Added by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2017 5:37 PM
Cliff Blanchard
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Shelia, I deleted the memorial I established for Anna Lois Hart McChesney. I had a feeling she was still alive. Thanks!
Added by Cliff Blanchard on Jul 05, 2017 5:00 PM
Cliff Blanchard
Anna Lois Hart McChesney FAG#181030688
Shelia, Please look at the memorial I established in Silent Run Cemetery, and tell me if it's correct. I researched her name, and I found another Anna L. Hart who died on 31 May 2008 in West Virginia (?).
Added by Cliff Blanchard on Jul 05, 2017 12:34 PM
Cliff Blanchard
Hopkins County, Kentucky
Shelia, I visited Hopkins County the last week of June in an effort of finding my long lost relatives. I walked Beulah, Old Beulah, Grapevine, Odd Fellows and Silent Run. I found many of my family in Beulah and Old Beulah.

I enjoyed your memorials, and especially the history found in your memorial notes. I added photos when needed. I hope you like what I posted.

Keep searching, and continued success.
Added by Cliff Blanchard on Jul 04, 2017 8:33 PM
Wilma Madison
RE: Arcadia Cemetery Dawson Springs Ky
Thank you so much for your prompt reply and all the work you do. I was sure hoping to find some proof for John Barnes. So far no answer to my inquiry. My gggrandmother, Nancy Baynes married John Barnes and according to Acardia Records was buried there in 1890. Kentucky Genealogical Society has her listed in their Vol 4 so I assume they had some proof. Seems odd that John McKee Barnes would be buried there when he lived in Hopkinsville and died in Stewart TN. In his bio there is no mention of Arcadia or even Dawson Springs. I was hoping someone found John Barnes and just used that for their burial site.
I visited the Cemetery 2 years ago and it is in terrible shape, and right in the center of town!
Very few readable stones left. I think the city mows and that is about all. Graves inside fences were not maintained at all. It is a shame.
Again thanks.
Added by Wilma Madison on Jun 07, 2017 12:30 PM
Wilma Madison
Arcadia Cemetery Dawson Springs Ky
Your Cemetery Photo is being used on John McKee Barnes Memorial #169250174 created by Tom Childers. I have a Vol 4 Hopkins Co Cemeteries published by Hopkins Co Genealogy and Arcadia Cemetery does not have a John Barnes buried there.
Do you know how Mr Childers came upon this information? My GGGrandmother Nancy Baynes Barnes is buried there and my GGGrrandfather was named John Barnes. Nothing in the Memorial fits my John Barnes. Can you just add a name to the Cemetery without any documents to back it up?
John McKee Barnes lived in Hopkinsville and was a Minister there but died in Stewart Co TN. Nancy and John are the only Barnes buried there.
Thanks for any help you can give me on this.
Wilma Madison
Added by Wilma Madison on Jun 06, 2017 8:10 PM
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