Caldwell Co., Ky. Cemetery Board

In August 2004 a Cemetery Board was formed by county ordinance with a goal of obtaining grant
funds from the state to preserve and maintain cemeteries in Caldwell County that are not in perpetual care.

Board Members are:
Gregory Watson, Richard P'Pool, Frank Morse, Rick Morgan, Linda Bennett

These Board members and many other volunteers, including the Caldwell County High School Chapter of the FFA, have already started cleaning many of the old negelected cemeteries in Caldwell County.
Badly in need of some TLC, they are overgrown with weeds and briars.
It was almost impossible to even find some of the cemeteries before being cleaned by these volunteers.

They deserve a Thank You from all of us who have ancestors buried in Caldwell Co., Ky, for all of their hard work.

Cemeteries Cleaned

Cemetery cleanings and updates provided by Frank Morse

Nov. 6, 2004
  • Asher-Morse Cemetery (black) (cleaned by volunteers) on Brown Hill Rd.

    Dec. 4, 2004
  • Sigler Holeman Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers)- on State Hwy. 1119 @ 2 mi marker
  • Leech Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers)- St. Hwy. 1119 on Larry & Toni Watson Farm

    Dec. 8, 2004
  • Marquess Cemetery Clean-Up Photos

    Dec. 18, 2004
  • Gray Cemetery (black section)(cleaned by volunteers) behind Dr. Gianninni's on Hwy. 139 south
  • Marquess Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers) hwy 1272 to Marquess Cemetery Rd.
  • Robertson Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers) hwy 1272 1/4 mi from intersection of 139 south
  • Lowery Cemetery -(cleaned by Douglas Creasey) Creswell 12 mi N of Princeton on Hwy 139 N
       St. Hwy 1272 N of junction of 139 South

    Jan. 8, 2005
  • Harper Cemetery -(cleaned by volunteers) 1 1/2 m E. of Creswell Church on Creswell Rd.
  • Davis Cemetery -(cleaned by volunteers) off Co. Rd. 1592 northern most tip of county.

    Jan. 15, 2005
  • Blue Cemetery - (cleaned by Frank Morse) on Skinframe Cr. Rd.

    Jan. 22, 2005
  • VanHooser Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers)-Jan. 22, 2005
                 672 Alexander Rd. on Beshear Lake

    Feb. 5, 2005
  • Finished cleaning VanHooser Cemetery
  • Ashby Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers) hwy 91S on Holmes Cook Rd.
  • McConnell Cemetery (cleaned by volunteers) hwy 672

    Feb. 19, 2005
  • Green Morse Cemetery-(cleaned by Frank Morse, Wade Morse and Matt Morse)
    It's location- 139North to Farmersville- turn right on Ray Road- cemetery is on right side of
    Ray Road on the peak of the Green Morse Hill.

    Feb. 26, 2005
  • Fralick Cemetery located on Hwy 506 in northern Caldwell County
  • Unnamed cemetery located on Douglas Durard farm on Flynn Ferry Road
    between the communities of Flat Rock and Walnut Grove.
    (11 volunteers cleaned these cemeteries)

    March 19, 2005
  • Old Fredonia Cemetery
  • The Cemetery Board worked on the Old Fredonia Cemetery on Saturday, Mar. 19.
    Directions to the cemetery:
    Turn in front of Feagan's Furniture Store in Fredonia onto Hwy 902, drive about a mile
    and a half and the cemetery is in behind Marion Ivy Phelps house on the left.
    Or you can turn onto Hugh Yates Road off of Hwy 91 north of Fredonia, but you have a
    couple hundred yards of walking thru the woods to get to it.
    The cemetery is 2 acres in size. There were a lot of volunteers and several older folks
    helped that have parents and grandparents buried there.
    Over half of the cemetery was done and they plan to finish it on April 2.

    Weather conditions caused the cemetery cleaning to be postponed till next
    Saturday, April 9, 2005

  • April 28, 2005
    The volunteers finished cleaning the Old Fredonia Cemetery on April 23, 2005

    The cemetery board will start cleaning again when the weather is cooler and things quit biting and crawling

    Well the weather has cooled quite a bit and the Cemetery Board is ready to go again.

  • December 17, 2005
  • Members of the Caldwell County Cemetery Board invite any interested volunteers to join them Saturday Dec. 17, at 8 the Crider Cemetery for cleaning and repairs.
    Board member Greg Watson said the cemetery, which is one of the county's older African-American cemeteries, has well over 100 graves marked with sandstone and several sunken spots that are unmarked.
    The cemetery is in terrible condition and it appears to have been many years since it had any care, "he added.
    Volunteers are needed to help preserve this important piece of county history.
    Crider Cemetery is located in the area of 800 Old Mexico Road in Fredonia. Watson said the cemetery is located on the right side of the road.

    This weeks cemetery up date by Richard P'Pool
  • December 17, 2005
  • The Cemetery Board started cleaning the Crider (black) cemetery last Saturday.
    We had about 9 or 10 show up.
    We had really good weather, but will have to return to finish it. There is a truck load of trash that Rick Morgan and I hope to get up this week with the help of a county dump truck and backhoe. Van Knight has been very supportive of our efforts.
    We hope to do a better job this year on these cemeteries.
    We are going to burn or haul off the brush instead of leaving it and also plan to plumb the markers that are leaning or down.
    Some of the ones that we did last year need to be gone back over.
    We are open to ideas about what to use for markers for the unmarked graves.
    PVC does not work. After a few years in the sun it becomes so brittle that it breaks and falls apart.
    You cannot see rebar and I believe it will become a hazzard.
    We cannot afford granite as the small markers are $5 a piece and we need 75 or so on this one cemetery.
    Open to suggestions!
         Thanks, Richard P'Pool

  • A company has donated material that can be used to mark these graves....


  • Jan. 7, 2006
  • The Cemetery Board members and several volunteers worked this past Saturday on the Crider Cemetery on the Old Mexico Road near Fredonia. This is the same site that was worked on at the last work day.
    Dead limbs, brush, and small sapplings were burned in several brush piles. It is cleaning up really nice.
        Frank Morse

    News Story on Crider Cemetery featuring Richard P'Pool

  • Feb. 9, 2006 A report on the cemetery cleaning by:
    Richard P'Pool, Caldwell Co., Ky. Cemetery Board member and volunteer.

    The Crider black cemetery was completly overgrown. Van Knight the County Judge sent a county dump truck and a backhoe out and the truck would not hold all of the trash. We have another pickup truck load stacked up that they are supposed to get this week. Someone nearby had been using the cemetery as a personal landfill. We also marked 130 graves that we could identify. We burned seven huge brushpiles. Last year although we cleaned a lot of cemeteries we left brushpiles and did not return to spray them. We did not straighten up all the markers and did not mark any unmarked graves. This year we are trying to do a better job. We also only average about six volunteers. Last year we usually had 20-25. We will move to another cemetery next time, but plan to try to do quality work on it also. Hopefully it will be the Childress Cemetery on the Ken Cortner farm out past Midway Church.
       Thanks, Richard P'Pool

  • March 18, 2006
    On March 18, Saturday, work was done on the Childress Cemetery.
    We had a good work force of 12-15 men.
    This was the first cemetery cleaning experience for several of them.
    Plans are to finish the Childress cemetery this coming Saturday. (March 25, 2006)
    Frank Morse

  • March 25, 2006
    Work was done again on the Childress Cemetery and it will take one more Saturday to finish it.
    Frank Morse

  • April 1, 2006
    The Childress Cemetery was completed by about eight volunteers.
    See News Photos......
    News Photos

  • April 8, 2006
    The Blackburn-Morse Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday April 8, 2006.
    It is located near the intersection of Shady Grove Road and Rufus Road north of Princeton, Ky.
    From Princeton follow Ky. 293 North to the intersection of Ky. 1119 (Briarfield Rd.)
    Turn left on Ky. 1119 and follow it to the intersection of Shady Grove Road on the right
    Turn onto Shady Grove Road and follow it about two miles to the intersection of Rufus Road.
    The entrance to the cemetery is gated.Volunteers will meet at the gate.

    Note: A report from Frank Morse....April 8, 2006

    Here is the information today on the cemetery cleaning. We felt it was too wet to travel back to the Blackburn-Morse cemetery, we really had a lot of rain last night. We did however clean the Morse cemetery, the one Ken
    has listed as 2 miles from Liberty Church. It is located within 1/2 mile of the Blackburn-Morse cemetery on Lakewood Road-Ridge Road in the Shrewsbury Properties.
    We had 6 people help today:
    J. D. Wilson, Richard P'Pool, Greg Watson, Jared Nelson, Dr. Duane Miksch and Frank Morse.
    See News Photos of Morse Cemetery cleanup.