Grave Line Tour

A guided, historic lantern tour of
Scottsville's Old City Cemetery
Every October - contact the Allen Co Historical Society for dates
Presented by the
Allen County Ky Historical Society and the
Scottsville/Allen County Chamber of Commerce

Prior to 1835 this sacred ground has been dedicated to hold the wise and innocent, the elite and the lowly, the accomplishments and failures as well as the secrets of our pioneer fathers and mothers. Only a few visits each year to maintain the grass by the City of Scottsville is the activities of remembrance to the sacred souls that rest from their labors and with the great resurrection day. We gather as guests this evening to take a small glimpse of those lives which walked through times prior to our sophisticated and technical world of today. Some are from far away lands while some were born within sight of their final resting place. Some are well known with grand obelisks dedicated to their memory and some are forgotten with no remanant remaining of their worldly path ending here. In reverence you are invited to share a few minutes in the lives and time of the selected heroes of our hometown.

The Old Scottsville City Cemetery was closed in 1914 by order of the City Board. People who owned plots, and their family members were allowed to be buried there, but the City Board declared that no additional plots would be sold. The City had purchased 19 acres for $1050.00 on the Glasgow Pike. In 1995, Mrs. Letha Opal Hill was the last person to be buried in the old cemetery. Mrs. Hill, who lived into her 97th year often reminded her neices that "they can't close the place until I get there". Mrs. Hill joined many individuals who were influential in the formation and development of Scottsville and Allen County. David Walker, our first County Clerk has one of the earliest birth dates still legible, May 17th, 1781. He died on January 21st, 1838. Jane W. Mulligan died in 1834. Some of the earlier residents, George W. Harris, another County Clerk served in the 1880's, James J. Barlow, John J. Gatewood, Gilbert Mulligan, E. Scott Brown, teacher, postmaster, merchant and lawyer, John Emery Dalton, member of the 52nd Mounted Infantry, State Representative and Sheriff, W.C. Wilson, Circuit Court Clerk. Many more are buried there and many in unmarked graves.

As you tour the cemetery via lantern, you will encounter the following decedants portrayed by local residents in period costume, along with gravediggers, mourners, and other characters on this walk through the ghostly historic past of Allen County, KY:

James J. Barlow 1819-1893

James J. Barlow, the last of Robert T. Barlow's 14 children, was a saddle-maker and had a shop in the downtown area. In 1843 her married Permelia Follis and moved into their new home which is still standing on Barlow Hill on Historic 31E South. It is told that soldiers occupying the hill during the Civil War helped lay the floor in two of the rooms. Since 1843 there has always been a Barlow family living in the home. Three generations of the Barlow family still reside in Allen County
 

E. Scott Brown 1846-1898
Winston J. Brown 1874-1942

E. Scott Brown was born in Allen County and married Lucy Neale Mulligan. They were the parents of 2 daughters, Winston J. (Winnie) and Fannie. E.Scott Brown was a school teacher, postmaster and a merchant in Scottsville until 1875. He was licensed to practice Law in 1878, and was elected as Circuit Court Clerk. Winnie Brown operated the telephone company from their home which was located where the City County Building now stands. She had been a Deputy Clerk in her father's office and decided to run for County Court Clerk in 1923, but was defeated by Warren Weaver.
 

John Emery Dalton 1844-1921

John Emery Dalton was a Pvt. in Company B., 52nd Regimetn Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Infantry. He married Ann Elizabeth Mayhew. They were the parents of 9 children. Mr. Dalton was elected Sheriff of Allen County, later in 1904 elected as State Representative. He was a successful Businessman and donated the land on North 6th Street for the Scottsville Graded and High School
 

Sallie Porter Edmonds 1854-1935

Sallie Edmonds was born in Allen County, the daughter of James Alexander Edmonds, of Albemarle County, Virginia who came here when he was 10 years old, and Tiliatha Martin Brackin Edmonds from Sumner County, Tennessee. She attended the Presbyterian Church that stood where US Bank is now located, and for many years was President of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. In 1918 she established the first library in Allen County with her own periodicals and about 100 books donated by the townspeople. For 13 years Miss Sallie served as the Registrar of Vital Statistics. In 1928 she wrote a historical sketch of Scottsville. It was sealed in a jar and placed in the cornerstone of the new Masonic Hall to remain for 100 years. The building burned in 1984 and after a search through the debris, the jar was found. This priceless information was reproduced in newspapers and the Pictorial History of Allen County so that all may have access to it. Sunday, August 11, 1935, "Beloved Lady Passes to Great Beyond".
 

John Calvin Garrison 1836-1886

John Calvin Garrison was born on the 30th day of August, 1836 in Mason County, KY. He was the son of Rev. Samuel Young Garrison and Ann Eliza Pogue Garrison. They moved to Bowling Green, KY and John C. united with the Presbyterian Church when he was twelve. He graduated form marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and returned to Bowling Green, KY. He and two brother were among the first to answer the call when the Civil War began. John C. served two years in the 10th Kentucky Infantery (USA) and was then sent to Allen County as a recruiting officer for the 52nd Kentucky mounted Infantry and was promoted to Major in the 52nd Kentuck. He married a distant cousin, Kenturah Garrison, at the homs of the bride in the Garrison Home on the corner of East Main and Second Street. After the War, he spent much time teaching and became a principal in the school system. "As a Sabbath School Supt. he did much work in both Warren and Allen counties, even when in feeble health, organizing county conventions, working to keep them alive, sending out religious literature, trying to enlist everybody in the all important work of Bible study". He died on September 22nd, 1886, leaving a wife, five children, his mother, a sister and three brothers.
 

John J. Gatewood 1830-1907

John J. Gatewood was born in Allen County. He married Frances K. Burton and 6 of their children lived to adulthood. He was appointed deputy Sheriff and later elected as County Attorney. in 1862 was elected to the KY House of Representative, in 1871 elected as a KY State Senator, and was instrumental in passing the law abolishing the whipping post in KY. He was a Royal Arch Mason, and a Democrat. He and his familiy attended the Methodist Church South.
 

John Crittenden Green 1888-1934

Johnny Green was born in Gallatin, Tennessee, May 7, 1888, the son of Bill and Jennie Green. They moved to Scottsville, KY, around 1900. Bill Green ws an employee of the L&N Railroad, and is thought to have served as a night watchman at the L&N depot on East Main Street. His mother, Jennie Green, will be remembered here as "Granny" Green. Mrs. Green was quite an artist and their home was filled with her paintings. By 1908 Johnny was building his own plane. By 1910 he was flying. He signed a contract with a Chattanooga Medicine Company and built his famous "Cardui Flyers", so called because those words were painted in big bold letters on the underside of the wings. In May, 1913, one of the features for the closing day of the Confederate reunion was the first successful flight over Lookout Mountain. A the outbreak of World War I he enlisted in the Navy as a flight instructor, but after yet another crash was assigned to Key West, FL., as a Signal Corps inspector. After the War, Johnny opened an airport in Florida, but the years of crashes and excitement had taken a toll on his body and he returned to Scottsville and died at the age of 46. He was survived by his mother, a son Johnny Green, Jr., a daughter Virginia and two sisters
 

Richard Harris 1843-1896

Richard Harris enrolled in Company F. of the 9th Ky Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged in 1863 by reason of gunshot wounds in both feet received at Stone River, Murfreesboro, Tn. This injury left him barely able to walk for the remainder of his life. he married mary E. Bandy in 1865 and they had 5 children.
 

Jennie Mulligan ____ - 1908

Jennie Mulligan was born in the townlands of Ballievary Parish, SeaPatrick County Down, Ireland. She came to America and to Scottsville with her mother Margretta Mulligan in 1856. Soon after arriving here, she taught school and many a mother had their first lessong from Miss Jennie and later those same mothers of the county and surrounding counties brought their daughters to be dressed by Miss Jennie. Indeed, she was in her day a fashion plate for all the county and her retirment from business was regretted by many of her friends. She was a devount member of the Presybterian Church and never missed a service. If there was no service at her church, she attended th eother churches. She died from complications of pneumonia at her home in West Scottsville on May 15th, 1908. She would not tell her age, but according to censu records she was born in 1840.
 

Etta Newman 1862-1951

Henri Etta Stovall Bryant Newman was a much loved and respected lady of Scottsville. She loved young people and taught Sunday School for over 50 years at the Scottsville Baptist Church. She had several hobbies, one which was a quilt she embroidered with the name of all the boys who served overseas in World War I. She also made a button banner that measured 32 by 72 inches with over 1700 buttons. They each had a story. Buttons from every state, from pen pals in other countries, from her Sunday School class, etc.
 

Andrew Jackson Richey 1813-1896

Andrew Jackson Richey was born near Walnut Creek whcih at that time was in Barren County, KY. His parents were James and Jenni (Levi) Richey. In December 1833 he married Cary Ann Fergueson. At their 60th wedding anniversary, they had 3 living children. Mr. Richey spend his life on the farm, but during that time he held several positions of trust and importance. In 1854 he was elected as Coroner of his county and filled the position for four years. in 1867 he was elected Constable of the Scottsville district and served as such for 4 years. After that he was Deputy Sheriff under James T. Stark and then held the office of Sheriff himself for two years. Mr. Richey was a Jackson Democrat, a master Mason for 24 years, and a Deacon in the Baptist Church for 42 years.
 

Dr. Algernon Sydney Walker 1811-1884

Dr. Algernon Sydney Walker was born January 1811, in Jessamine County, KY, and graduated in Medicing and Surgery from the old Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. He was the son of William Walker and Sarah Holcomb Walker of Virginia. In 1832 her married Melvina M. McReynolds, daughter of Robert and Sarah McDaniels McReynolds who were residents of this county. They were the parents of thirteen children, four girls and seven boys survived. He was a man of great influence and was zealous and active in Temperance, Masonary and Methodism. The family was a whole was one of the most intellectual in the county and state. Dr. Walker was industrious in his profession, and worked as long as he could to relieve suffing humanity. He died at the bedside of a patient, quietly falling asleep.
 

Sylvester H. Welch 1831-1915

Sylvester H. Welch was born in western Allen County. He was married to Mary W. Burton, Josephine Garing and Mary Virginia Garing with a total of nine children from these marriages. He was a saddler and later in the mercantile business selling clothes and groceries. In 1876 he added a factory that manufactured spokes and handles and employed 40 to 50 people. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Church in which he was a Steward.

 

Matthew R. Williams 1839-1914

In October 1861, Matt Williams joined the Confederate Army and was assigned to Company F of the 6th Regiment of the Orphan Brigade. He fought at Shiloh in Company F and was transferred to Company I of the Mounted Infantry in April, 1862. He was in the battles at Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Stone River, Jackson, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, etc., The Orphan Brigade served across the South. At the end of the War, he was paroled in May, 1865, in Georgia. "Conception of duty with Matt Williams might not have been the conception of others, but from the hour he cast lot with the Confederates and went to the front as a private under Captain Richard Finn, until the hour when Lee surrendered, he stood on the firing line in every battle in which this daring command wa engaged." Matt William and Lucy Frances French were married in December 1869. They were the parents of four children, three girls and one boy.
 

William S. Wilson 1864-1912

William S. Wilson was born in Allen County and married Sally Frances. They were the parents of one child. He was in a farming accident and lost the use of both legs, but was elected as Circuit Court Clerk and served his term from a wheelchair. Later, he and Sally operated a hotel on Main Street and employed six people. Just two years later hed died.
 

Pvt. Robert S. Young 1841-1862

Robert S. Young from Palestine (Crawford County) Illinois enlisted on August 9, 1862 and was musterd in on September 3rd, 1862 in Company D of the 98th Illinois Infantry Regiment. He arrived here in early November with Genearl Ebenezer Dumont's 40th Brigade. The weather was cold and rainy and many of the men were sick when they marched here from Lost River in Bowling Green, KY. In late November, Dumont received ordert to move out toward Gallatin, TN. Pvt. Young was left in the Hospital here and died on December 12, 1862. We do not know who or when, but someone erected this monument to mark his burial place. Three other soldier in Company B. and K of the 98th also died while they were here, but Pvt. Young is the only marker we found.
 

Narrative: Glen Conner
Biographies: Rosemary Harper
Videographer: Larry Gerald
Sources:
Allen County Historical Society Archives; City of Scottsville minutes; deeds; newspaper articles; census; War Pension records.

Webpage design: Sharon Tabor 2006