CASEY COUNTY, KENTUCKY CEMETERY NEWSLETTER
VOL. 4 SEPTEMBER 2007
The following appeared in the
on-line version of the August newsletter but was accidentally
omitted from the e-mailed copy:
and I worked as a joint effort on the 1961-1972 Casey County obits.
I copied them, Sonny scanned them and then I cropped and am in the
process of posting them to Find a Grave. There are 1570 in total to
go with the 9,000+ Sonny had already done.”
In response to last month’s
newsletter “Did you know?” ROBERTA TAYLOR JONES writes: “I
was told the Peavy/Peavey Cemetery was once known at the Atwood
Cemeteries that have been
completed on Find-a-Grave (FAG) this past month are:
Pine Grove Church Cemetery
Brush Creek Cemetery
Thanks to SHANNA RHEA for
proof reading Rich Hill Cemetery.
Thanks to MARY FRANCES WADE
who has done a fabulous job with proof reading and documenting
BRENDA SANDERS & LINDA PETERS
have been doing an incredible job braving the heat and photographing
Middleburg Cemetery as well as taking shaving cream enhanced photos
at Rich Hill and Mt. Calvary Cemeteries. The sisters have also begun
photographing the Whited Cemetery. Brenda was responsible for
obtaining permission from the family of STEPHEN ANDREW MYERS
to post the photos he took of Hustonville Cemetery (Lincoln County)
for an Eagle Scout project a couple of years ago to FAG. Andrew is
currently on a mission in the Philippines for The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
With the terrible recent heat
wave in Casey County, photography came to a near standstill. But
MAX TURPIN is currently in the area soon snapping photos as well
as MIKE DENIS between the two of them we will hopefully get
the majority of the northern “panhandle” of Casey done.
A master database of all
Casey Co. burials is being built.
The 2007 editions of ‘The
Casey County News’ are being saved and the obits from these
papers will be scanned and added to Find a Grave.
A detailed map for Casey
County is being edited to reflect the cemetery locations.
Obituaries in “The Casey
County News” prior to 1960 are scarce. There is an ongoing
effort to look for them prior to 1960.
To build a “giant” family
tree of Casey County families.
Eventually, for those persons
in Find-A-Grave who we cannot find obits for, we will add death
Once again THANKS TO ALL THAT
I will be out of town from 9/4 to
9/29 and unable to answer any of your e-mails during this period but
please do continue to send your corrections, additions and comments.
I will be home for four days and then off again to Indiana for a
family reunion from 10/3 to 10/7. On 10/8 it is back to Casey Co.
for more photography. In the next (October) newsletter updates will
be made on our accomplishments after I return.
I thought it might be interesting
to include one or two small sketches on our contributors each month
and so we begin with RICHARD HOLLIS:
I live in Cypress, Texas. I have
worked for the same company Consolidated Electrical Distributors for
25 years as a salesman and a manager. My primary customer is
Starbucks, as you are buying that cup of coffee, look up at the
light fixtures, my company sold them to Starbucks…. smile.
My interest in genealogy began
about 1990, when my sister who began the family history first struck
out getting an interview with my one remaining uncle on the Hollis
side. I gave the interview a shot and he talked to me and was very
The slight amount of information
I got from him on our Hollis family history is what influenced me
about the process of my research. Not knowing much, I took the
“steam shovel” approach…..any state or county I approached, I just
started inputting dates and places from whatever record there was
available (birth, marriage, death, census) and that is how I put
families together, which meant I have a lot of “extra” information
in my data, many people not even connected closely or at all to me.
I love to share and findagrave is a perfect place to share as well
as preserve the record of the stones as we all know they deteriorate
over time if not intentionally damaged by vandals…
My maternal Patterson side (my
Casey County roots), was much easier as an aunt of my mother’s had
already written out a history going back several generations. I took
what she had and fleshed it out using my computer and the Family
Treemaker program, made contact with a family historian on the
Combest surname in Kentucky, attended a family reunion there some 8
years ago and they elected me President of the Combest Family
I have found numerous “new”
cousins and friends these past years and have enjoyed the research
immensely. My wife asked me once, “When will you be finished?” and
was surprised by my answer, which was “I can quit, but I will never
be finished, anybody I have found has parents, or they have kids or
they have siblings”…..smile…
And now a little about myself…
I live in Phoenix, AZ and am
semi-retired (still work two days a week) in Nuclear Medicine and
Diagnostic Ultrasound. I began climbing my family tree in 1972 and
have been "addicted" ever since. Several years ago I started digging
into Casey County in hopes of getting all of the Luttrells
straightened out. I collected all of the obituaries, death
certificates and burial records I could. When I discovered
Find-a-Grave, it seemed like a perfect forum to post my family
photos, tombstone photos and obituaries. Last year I again visited
Casey Co. and decided to photograph every stone in Antioch Christian
Church Cemetery and that was the start of my involvement. My family
names in Casey County are McDonald, Baldock and Owens.
If you would like to volunteer to
proofread a cemetery please contact me.