Williams Cemetery in Meade County
The Williams Cemetery is located on the Jack Simmons farm on the Dave Smith Road in Meade County Kentucky. The GPS location is 37deg54min29sec N; 86deg8min49sec W. This marks the location of John Finley Williams grave. The Cemetery is on private property and permission should be obtained before going to the cemetery. There are cattle on the farm and all gates should be closed after entering the farm, unless you like chasing cattle over the county side. The way to the cemetery is via an old-field road turning left into the right of way under utility lines. The entrance to the field road is across from the old Dave Smith house. The field road has a tendency to be very wet and the weather needs to have a dry spell before trying to drive to the cemetery. The usual method of getting to the cemetery is to walk about ¾ mile to the site.
There are five rows of graves in the cemetery that are marked with gravestones. All graves have an east-west orientation with the headstones to the west, some have footstones on the east end of the graves, and not all graves have footstones. There will be a large fieldstone buried at each end of the grave with only a short portion of the stone above ground. I can only assume that these stones were used to mark the grave until the tombstone arrived to be placed at the gravesite. There are smaller stones usually on each side of the graves, supposedly to mark the extent of the graves when new graves were opened.
The first row on the west side of the cemetery consists of three marked graves; all are members of the Smith family. These are great-grandparents and uncle of the present day owner, William D (Jack) Simmons.
He passed from our sight
Like a dream or a story
From a bosom of love
To a mansion of glory
There is only one marked grave in this row; there are other graves with fieldstone markers. The unmarked graves have not been probed for buried headstones.
The third row of graves contains members of the Kendall family and one Williams grave. The Kendalls and Williams are relatives.
There is an inscription at the bottom of the stone,
Wife, my life
Is past my love
Was yours for a while
Life did last after me
No sorrow love, But
Love our children on
For my sake
This are all Williams graves.
There is another stone for John F Williams, entitled "In memorial of John F Williams" with the same data present as on the other stone. This stone has never been set and is not at the proper location; evidentially the stone I uncovered could not be located when this stone was purchased and placed in the cemetery.
26, 1804, died January 28, 1881. This stone is broken into two pieces and the base for the stone is broken. A new base will have to be re-poured and the stone repaired and reset.
This row contains Williams, Kendall and one Kennedy grave. There is a large number of small graves marked only with fieldstone markers at the head and foot of the graves. These graves have not been probed for headstones. These seem to be small children.
There is a footstone for this grave. The stone is broken into three pieces. This stone was buried and has not been cleaned, but can be repaired.
2. Anthony, son of Abe and Mary Kennedy, born January 28, 1865,
died July 01, 1865. This stone is broken, but it can be cleaned and repaired. There is a footstone for this grave.
3. Henry C son of BF and J Kendall, born November 21, 1876, died
Mar 23, 1877. There is a footstone marker for this grave. Stone
needs to be cleaned. There is an inscription on the stone,
Sleep on sweet Babe
And love why rest
God called thee home
Where he thought best.
4. Augustus Kendall, Born August 01, 1886, died May 07, 1887.
Son of BF and J Kendall. There is a foot stone for this grave. Stone and footstone are in excellent condition. There is an inscription on the stone,
Sleep on sweet babe
A favored lamb to thee
Is eternity given.
There is a small lamb carved at the top section of the headstone.
5. Abe, son of BF and Jennie Kendall, born August 09, 1874 died
Nov 25, 1893. This stone is off the base and can be reseated.
The stone needs to be cleaned before the lower inscription can be
read. There is a footstone for this grave.
To the south side of this cemetery by the entrance gate there are a large number of slave graves marked only with fieldstone markers at the head and foot of the graves. This section of the cemetery is in the process of cleaning. I estimate there are between 20-30 graves in this section. I will be able to determine the exact number when all the leaves and vines are removed.