Grissom CemeteryDirections from Christian County Cemetery book:
“From Hopkinsville at intersection of 107 N. and East 7th Street go on 107 N. 14.5 miles turn left at Red Bridge Road go 5.2 miles where road forks-go right. Cemetery .3 miles on right in brick wall in the woods.”
(The cemetery is off the Cary’s Bridge Road)
Photo March 21, 2003The stone wall around the graves did not have a gate, nor an opening. Note the stones beside the wall were probably used to climb inside the wall. John W.’s tombstone is broken and lying on top of the wall.
John W. Grissom jr.
Born November 19, 1797
Died November 9, 1861
Aged 64 years and 9 days
John W. Grissom Jr. was the son of John W.
Grissom Sr and Nancy Chapman
He married Sarah G. Wells April 6, 1824 the
daughter of Micajah Wells and Ann Collins
Sarah G. Grissom
12 Jan. 1802
Sept. 7, 1890
Sarah was the daughter of Micajah Wells and Ann Collins
she married John West Grissom Jr. April 6, 1824 in Muhlenberg County, Ky.
[words and punctuation are as they were written in the Muhlenberg County Heritage]
John W. Grissom provided in his will “6thly, now my further wish that so much of my perishable property be sold as my wife may be advised, will be sufficient to inclose a pieces of ground that I have named to my family, ten by twelve feet in the clear in the following manner (to wit) either a substantial cast iron railing wall put up or a stone wall of good stone laid in good lime morter not less than three feet, eight inches high nor less than eighteen inches thick, the walls with a heavy cap stone that cannot be easily thrown down. And this inclosure to have a good substantial iron gate with a good lock, all to be done in a plain substantial manner. Which my will is that it be used as a place of _______for myself and my wife Sarah.
John W. Grissom also left land “thirteen rod square that I have given to the Methodist Church South to build a Church on and to the neighborhood for a standard school house, also one one acre of land fronting on the Greenville Road on the west side of said road including the highest point of the mentioned, where I propose to be buried. Both these lots reserved not to be subject to sale or transfer and the last named to be used only for a family burying ground.”
There is a cemetery in the grove of trees across this field. It only has sand stone markers. Was this Grissom Chapel Church Cemetery or another forgotten family cemetery?
©Jean Wells, April 2003
Photos by Helen Young, Wanda Barnes & Jean Wells