Casey  County Newsletter Archives



Vol. 1, June, 2007


I was in Casey County from May 17- June 2. While there I managed to take more than 16,000 tombstone photos. For a list of those cemeteries photographed to date please consult the last page. These photos need to be cropped, transcribed and uploaded to the website. As you can imagine, this will take a great deal of time. I will send updates on those that are finished.

 SONNY COLEMAN spent 1600 hours cutting and scanning more than 9100 obituaries from the “Casey County News” for the years 1972-2006. He is currently anticipating beginning work on 1911 to 1972. Sonny is also donating his photos of Middleburg Cemetery to our project.

 Sonny has scanned these obits and they are available on 3 CD’s from him for $50.00 which includes the shipping. If interested please contact him at

 Congrats to BRENDA SANDERS. She organized her church to clean up the Vandever Cemetery near Liberty Lake. An article appeared in “The Casey County News” on May 23. She will try to organize Scouts and other church groups to “adopt” a cemetery for cleaning. While there, Brenda and I tried to locate the Rice Cemetery in Dunnville. We finally found where it was supposed to be but it was so overgrown with vines and poison ivy that not a single stone was visible. This cemetery will be a fall project for clean-up. Another cemetery that has grown over is the Matherly. Only the sign and the tops of two stones are visible. 

Brenda and I took a tour of some of the lesser known cemeteries and she compiled driving directions to their locations. I still need to get these typed up.

 One more note on Brenda. She has donated four disks to the Casey County Library that contain genealogical information that she has compiled on scores of Casey County families.

 RHODA PATTON WATHEN very generously gave her permission to publish three cemeteries that she photographed on the Find A Grave website. (Cold Springs, Antioch Baptist and Shady Grove).

 RICHARD HOLLIS gave his permission to post his photos of South Fork Cemetery and has contributed a lot of info to the Ancestry Casey County, KY One World family tree.

 In addition, he was in Casey Co. the week following me and took more than 2000 photos for Findagrave in the following cemeteries:

Thomastown Cemetery_Russell;

Humble Cem (aka Miller or Robertson Cemetery)_Russell;

Poplar Grove Baptist Church_Russell;

Carson Cemetery_Casey

South Fork Separate Baptist Church_Casey

Thomas Ridge Bapt Church Cem_Casey County;

New Friendship Church_Russell County (Took complete, already uploaded names to Findagrave, now working on pictures);

Combest Cemetery_Casey (Took Complete);

Combest-Rodgers Cem_Casey (took complete);

Jennies Chapel_Casey, took a bunch but not all;

Luttrell Cem_Casey (took complete).

Oak Grove Baptist_Casey

Birdie Russell Cemetery_Casey (took complete);

Old Sardis Cemetery_Pulaski (took complete)

Caintown Cemetery_Pulaski, took complete

Mintonville Meth Church Cemetery_Casey or Pulaski, took a bunch but not all ran out of light

Grave Hill Cemetery_Casey took complete,

Morgan Cemetery_Pulaski took complete,

Fishing Creek Bapt Church Cemetery_Pulaski, took complete,

Hopeful Bapt Church Cemetery_Pulaski, took complete

Sweet Cemetery_Pulaski, took complete.

  MARY FRANCES WADE transcribed several cemeteries and contributed many, many obituaries. One of the cemeteries she transcribed was Wilkerson. This is actually in Russell County but is less than ¼ mile from the Casey County boundary. I photographed this and will be posting it as well to Find A Grave as many former Casey County residents are buried there.

 Thanks to JMYOhio who helped me with relationships and women’s maiden names in the Lanhamtown Cemetery. You might want to take a look because they posted photographs of the people as well.

 TIM MATTINGLY gave his permission to post his photos taken on the Bob Evan’s farm.

 If you live in or near Casey County and would like to volunteer to help clean a cemetery or photograph one, please contact me.

 If you have knowledge of additions or corrections that need to be made to the postings. Let me know i.e. women’s maiden names.

If you do not live in Casey County but would like to volunteer in another way, there are many jobs available. 

Cemeteries photographed by Rochelle Riordan:

 Allen (Canoe Creek)

Allen (Liberty)






Brush Creek

Caney Fork


Casey Memorial

Cedar Springs


James Durham

Milton Durham


First Baptist of Yosemite

Full Gospel


Grave Hill

Green River Christian

Green River Valley

Grove Ridge

Gum Lick

Jennie;s Chapel



Lawhorn Hill

Luttrell on Merritt Ridge

Luttrell on Turner Ridge



Mt. Pleasant

Mt Calvary




Noel’s Chapel

Oak Grove Baptist

Oak Grove Christian



Pelly Rubarts AKA Luttrell Creek


Pine Grove

Poplar Grove

Poplar Springs



Rich Hill




South Fork


Spring Hollow AKA McDonald

St. Bernard




Thomas Ridge


Trace Fork

Valley Oak


Watson Chapel

Wilkerson (Russell Co)

Willow Springs