Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rutherford Cemetery

Dau. of
S. & A.F. Rutherford
June 7, 1864
Died Dec. 8, 1870

Stephen Rutherford
Oct. 20, 1826
Dec. 17, 1882

Although this little graveyard is known as the Rutherford Cemetery, it probably should be called the Newcom Cemetery as the earliest known burial was for W. Newcom, born Mar. 3, 1791 and died Jan. 21, 1853[1], as recorded by the WPA in 1939/1940.[2] This land was owned by the Newcom family at the time of William Newcom's death.

This cemetery is located about one mile off Hwy 365 in Crittenden County, Kentucky, approximately one mile from the Union County line. It is on land formerly owned by Alcoa. The tombstones were photographed in 1991. This land is currently on private property.

[1] This date must be incorrect as William Newcom's will is dated Oct. 22, 1854 and is recorded in Crittenden County Will Book 1, p. 55.
[2] Work Project Administration (WPA) provided employment for men during the Great Depression. One such project in Kentucky was recording tombstones for all those of an age to have served in the military. The WPA record for William Newcom states he was on the roll of Capt. Jonathan Owsley's Company, Kentucky's Detached Militia, War of 1812.

Published 9 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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