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Looking for information on Brawner-Smith Cemetery, families

By Genna Vinson Twomey

This is my family. I've been doing research on for many years. This is where I got this information. I'm hoping to get any information on this family in Columbia and trace any remaining descendants.

John Brawner and his wife were one of the nine original founders of the Columbia Baptist Church. There is a stained glass window with their names and the dedication date (1927) on it in the church. I believe they are also buried at the Brawner-Smith Cemetery. No stones have been found for them.

I have been to the Brawner Smith Cemetery off Pelly Lane. My cousins Larry & Elanor Brawner from Elizabethtown took me there about 2014. They saw the cemetery last Spring (2021) and the stones were in the ground. They said it looked like cattle had knocked over the graves. Can someone tell me if the stones are still there?

I'm also interested in any information on John Brawner (1763-1843) & his wife, Ann Speake Brawner's (1765-1852) family and their descendants including any remaining houses, barns, etc., possibly on Pelly Lane and LIberty Road Ky 206.

They moved to Adair County c.1809. John Brawner's home would have been built around 1810-1817. They had a large farm on Liberty Road KY 206 running between Sulphur and Bull Run Creeks, 200-300 acres.

After her husband died Ann Speake Brawner lived with Wyatt Smith & Elizabeth Brawner Smith on their farm, likely near the acre of land the Brawner-Smith Cemetery is on according to the1850 census on Pelly Lane. Ann was Elizabeth's mother.

Their sons died early; John Speak Brawner (1843) m. Margaret Haskins Atkinson, William (1842), my 3rd great-grandfather) m. Mary Melinda Carlile of Greensburg, Henry (lived in MD d.1842). The Brawner's had 3 daughters besides Elizabeth Brawner Smith m. Wyatt Smith (1804-1863). Mary (1802-1878) m. William Buford Carlile of Greensburg, Katherine (Kitty) (1800-1868) m. James Frazier and Sophia (1809-1875) m. William Washington Page.

Katherine (Kitty) Frazier and Sophia Brawner Page are buried in the Columbia Cemetery. Kitty's life was re-enacted in one of the cemetery events several years ago. I appreciate any information.

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Scenic Adair Co.: Brawner-Smith Cemetary

2014-06-01 - Adair Co., KY - Photo by Genna Vinson.
Pelley Lane in Adair County. Genna visited the cemetary while doing family research back in 2014.

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