Cemetery Preservation Committee

A few years ago, some of us at Friends became aware of the urgent need to preserve some of the family cemeteries in the Paint Lick vicinity. One cemetery especially generated a lot of interest from direct relatives living in distant places which pledged financial support. At the same time we became aware of a State of Kentucky grant to help in approved projects to protect and preserve these historical treasures.

Patterson cemetery in 1982

The Paint Lick Family Cemetery Preservation Committee of the Friend’s of Paint Lick, Inc., was formed and the Patterson Cemetery off of Frog Branch Road was chosen as the pilot project. Before we could apply for the grant, it was first necessary to get the Garrard County to form a county wide Committee that would then have to approve our project. To make a long story short, the grant was indeed awarded and we were able to finish the project. Thanks are registered here especially for those that sent in donations for the matching grant and the committee  members that donated their time and labor to make this a reality. We hope to post some update news and photos in the future.

For now a short excerpt from a story I wrote: “A Tale of Three Cemeteries” –

“There is something very special about these old family plots and the lives that came to their earthly end there. God has often blessed our lives with their memories and the heritage He has passed on to us through each one. It is not only a joy to thankfully honor their memory when we have opportunity, but it gives us a perspective reaching back generations and reminds us that we are all standing on the shoulders of some pretty remarkable people.  In these three cemeteries there are among others, a few Virginian families represented that contributed to our lives and the Paint Lick community- Blackburns, Boatwrights, Mitchells, and Pattersons.”
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Rev.John Paul Todd is a member of the Paint Lick Family Cemetery Preservation Committee of the Friend’s of Paint Lick. He may be contacted at e4unity@cs.com. This article first appeared in Paint Lick Reflections. Complete article here.

More on Patterson Cemetery from Lydon Irwin’s geneology page.

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One Response to “Cemetery Preservation Committee”

  1. John Paul Todd Says:

    From Rita Mackin Fox’s book on Garrard County, see if you can scroll down (one) to this piture of my dad and his older brother Steve ( a verteran of WWI) taken at the marker for the grave of the “unknown soldier” in Patterson cemetery. My mother told me today she was the one who took this picture in 1975.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=QYzXQWtwWzEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA18#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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