Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grave Marking and Dedication Ceremony

A Grave Marking and Dedication Ceremony for three - and perhaps four - of the earliest settlers of the Fredonia area of Caldwell County, Kentucky is planned for Saturday, 2 October 2010. These settlers were Revolutionary War patriots Robert Leeper (1759-1823), James Hawthorn (ca 1750 - 1808), John Elder (1754-1799) and William Hamilton (1750 - 1800).

This special ceremony will begin in Old Fredonia Cemetery, where Robert Leeper is buried, and continue about 150 yards to the Livingston Presbyterian Church (Centreville) Cemetery, where John Elder, James Hawthorn and William Hamilton are buried. John Elder's tombstone is the oldest known grave marker in the area. Because of the remote location, transportation to the cemeteries will be provided from the home of Don Boone, 21804 Marion Road, Fredonia. Attendees should bring lawn chairs. A reception by the Gen. John Caldwell Chapter, KYSDAR and the Fredonia Valley Heritage Society is planned at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Fredonia after the dedication ceremonies.

If you have information on the four patriots or are a descendant, please contact one of the following persons: Dr. Scott Giltner at, Ken & Peggy Gilkey at, Jane VanHooser at, Pam Faughn at or Don Boone at More information on the ceremony will be announced later.

Photo by Jared Nelson of Caldwell County.

Copyright on text and photographs
by Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG
Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog

1 comment:

Genevieve said...

To all involved in this, thank you for your work. Well done!