Thursday, February 14, 2019

H.F. Given Family Tomb - Smithland Cemetery

One of the most beautiful monuments in Smithland Cemetery is the H.F. Given Family Tomb. The land for the monument was purchased  on 19 July 1860, a few months after the death of Adaline C. Haynes Given, wife of H.F. Given.[1]

The tomb is almost 160 years old and has witnessed a great deal of history, including the occupation of Smithland by the Federal Army during the Civil War. The tomb needs some very costly repairs to insure it survives for future generations to enjoy. The Smithland Cemetery Committee welcomes donations to help defray the cost of these repairs. Donations may be sent to Smithland Cemetery Fund, Smithland City Hall, 310 Wilson Avenue, PO Box 287, Smithland, Kentucky 42081. Any queries may be directed to Smithland City Hall at 270-978-2446.

 H.F. Given Family Tomb 2013

Front of H.F. Given Family Tomb 2013

Top of Tomb
In Memory of Adaline C. Given

Front, Panel 1
Dickson Given  born July 3, 1784   died Jan. 7, 1830      Epitaph:   He spent his life serving his friends and the public.

Mrs. Nancy Ramsey  born Oct. 23, 1791  Married to Dickson Given  Feb. 26, 1807    Married to Jonathan Ramsey  1832[2]   Died Feb. 3, 1854 [3]           Epitaph:  Unreadable

Esther A.  Daughter of Dickson & Nancy Given & Wife of W.P. Fowler  Born July 22, 1809  Died July 1, 1847

Front, Panel 2
Adaline C.  Daughter of C & S. Haynes   Wife of H.F. Given  Born Apr. 30, 1814  Died in the City of New Orleans Jan. 9, 1860

H.F. Given  born in Livingston Co, Ky July 7, 1811   Died Oct. 13, 1873

Front, Panel 3
Joseph R. Given  Born 1779  Died Oct. 3, 1832 in the 53 year of his life

Elizabeth wife of J.R. Given  died Feb. 27, 1833 in the 39 year of her age

Mary  sister of Dickson & Joseph R. Given and wife of Dr. J.A. Whyte  died Oct. 4, 1832 in the 55 year of her age

Back, Panel 1
Sarah  Wife of C. Haynes died June 11, 1849  Aged 72 years

C. Haynes died Dec. 14, 1844  Aged  [damaged] years[4]

W.B. Haynes born Jan. 18, 1804  died at Hickman, Ky July 15, 1830
By strange hands thy dying eyes were closed
By strangers hands thy decent limbs composed
By strangers thy humble grave adored
By strangers honored and by strangers mourned.
                                                 By his sister  A.C. Givens

Back, Panel 2
Annie  wife of H.F. Given  Born in Henderson Co, Ky Aug. 9, 1840  Died Apr. 17, 1900

Geo. Milford  Son of E.P. & Elizabeth Haynes  Died March 31, 1851

[No epitaphs]

Back, Panel 3

 Back of H.F. Given Family Tomb 2013

[1] Livingston County, Kentucky Deed Book 4:522, Town Trustees to H.F. Given. Recorded 25 July 1860.
[2] Joyce McCandless Woodyard, Livingston County, KY Marriages, Vol. 1 (Oct 1799-July 1839),  (Smithland, KY: no. pub. 1992), 115. Jonathan Ramsey married Mrs. Nancy Given, widow, 23 Oct 1831 Livingston County.
[3] Jonathan Ramsey, age 74 and born Tennessee, and Nancey Ramsey, age 58 and born Kentucky, were enumerated on the 1850 Cole County, Missouri census., Roll M432_393, p. 243A,
[4] The recording of Mrs. Berna Presnell McChesney in "The Old Cemetery at Smithland, Kentucky," The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Vol. 41, 1943, p. 239 lists his age at death as 70. The 1840 Livingston County, Kentucky census shows Christopher Haynes between the ages of 60 and 70.

Published 14 Feb 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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