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Mike Watson: Royse Cemetery is a beautiful one

It's one of over 400 documented cemeteries in Adair County, KY

By Mike Watson
Adair County, KY, historian

Entering the Royse Cemetery quest late, but felt I should stand up for those lying down.

The Royse Cemetery is a beautiful one, or was when I was last there in 1990 or so.

I feel it is important to note that Adair County has more than 400 documented burial grounds, or cemeteries as they must be called in modern America. When Mrs. Margie Coffey and I undertook to compile the cemeteries of the county in 1983, we believed, along with Randy Flowers and others, that we would produce enough recorded data to fill two volumes. Half a decade later, we had seven volumes of material; and one additional volume has been since produced.

Since the seventh volume was printed, more than 60 burial places have been revealed and there are likely many, many more to be recorded, all tend to be small and in out-of-the-way spots.

It is very important to note that since the seventh volume was produced, we have learned that at least 14 cemeteries that were recorded in the 1980s no longer exist. Some was plowed over, bull dozed away, and at least two, have been built over.

Kentucky law is ambiguous, at best, on the protection of cemeteries, though there are several laws on the books, and modifications have been and continue to be made.

My thought is that no matter how good a person purports to be, desecration of a burial site is a straight road to an uncomfortable place, forever.


I do want to add the following on Solomon Royse from the upcoming Adair County Veterans series: Royse, Solomon, private, Maryland line, pensioner; born 11 September 1763 Orange County, NY, resided Washington County, MD at time of enlistment, lived there after service, thence to Hampshire County, VA, in 1792 to Bourbon County, KY, to Green, now Adair County in 1796 or 1798; married Sarah Stotts 3 November 1796 in Green County, KY; died 14 April 1858; left widow, Sarah, who made pension application on 29 October 1858 in Adair, age 87. Solomon was listed on the 1840 Adair County pensioners list, age 76.

- Mike Watson Comments re article 54312 Query Searching for the Royse Family Cemetery near KY 206

This story was posted on 2012-09-10 08:51:16
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