of 1888, the Confederate Monument was dedicated, presided over by Dr.
John A. Lewis. The Ladies Monument Association had gathered from the
county and from the old city cemetery eighteen bodies, two of whom had
been ordered shot by the military commander of Kentucky, General Stephen
Burbridge. This dedicatory service was preceded by a parade as had
never been seen here before, attracting a crowd of thousands from
throughout the state.
Confederate Monument –Sect. N
Another landmark event was the erection of the
beautiful stone chapel and residence in 1927. With that
construction, we associate the names of Rhodes Thomas,
Horace Grover and Eugene Rucker who were
members of the board at that time. The contractor was
Tilman Kemper, father of Georgetonian, Mary Frye.
On March 7, 1850 the Georgetown Cemetery
was incorporated by the following citizens: Messrs.
Manilus V. Thompson, William B. Keene, J.F. Robinson,
J.R. Ward, D.G. Hatch, J.T. Pratt, F.E. Farnam,
B.F. Payne, P. L. Mitchell, J. Thomson, Alvin Duvall,
T.C. Kelley, James M. Frost, James H. Daviess, D.
Howard Smith, John Wallace Keene, D. M. Runyon, R.
M. Ewing and J. T. Craig. Among these names, we
find many community leaders of that day who saw the
need for this cemetery and took it upon themselves to
undertake such a project.
A committee was appointed from this group to
solicit funds and select a site. It was not until December
5, 1859 that nine of the original incorporators met to
accept the report of this committee and to confirm the
purchase of the proposed site. The committee had
raised $4,300 and were authorized to purchase thirty
acres from R. H. Haggard, giving their note for the balance
of the money. They paid $200/acre for the land.
The original incorporators then appointed the following
seven men to serve as trustees: Messrs. Harvey C.
Graves, John F. Warren, John G. Morrison, Beri C.
Glass , Marellus Polk, F. C. McCalla and James F. Robinson.
Of these men, John F. Warren was elected president,
Beri C. Glass was directed to collect subscriptions,
J.Fl Robson was appointed to see that the charter
was properly amended and Marcellus Polk was to correspond
with other cemeteries for informatin on regulations,
price of lits, etc.
The first lot was sold to Harvey C. Graves.
The first superintendent of this cemetery was Thomas
Breen, followed by James Anderson, Charles Olderog,
Pat Henry, Alex Hassloch, Robert Acke, Frank Trimble,
Hargis Congleton and Donald Lynn. The current superintendent
is Mr. Gene Cook.
Gov. Joseph Deshe and Wife-Sect. L
Askew & Carrick Monuments-Sect. D
Also buried in the cemetery are James E.
Cantrill, Lt. Gov. and the father of the Hon. James
C. Cantrill, Judge James F. Askew, Scott County’s
representative to the 1891 Constitutional Convention.
Federal Judges H. Church Ford and John
Wm. Showalter are in the cemetery. The World
Chess Champion, Jackson Showalter is buried here
as well as two famous artists: the landscape artist,
Will Hunleigh and one of the world’s most famous
equine artists, Edward Troye.
Artist, Edward Troye-Sect. Little C
A bit of royalty can be found in the cemetery,
Countess Elizabeth Magoffin Garnett and her
husband, Capt. William Peter Garnett, Earl of
Egglescliffe of Green Park castle, Meath County,
Ireland. She was descended from Issac Shelby, the
first governor of Kentucky and a great niece of
Henry Clay and of George Rogers Clark.
There are a number of distinquished educators
buried here. To mention a few are Thornton
Fitzhugh Johnson, J.J. Rucker, Dr. A. L. Rhoton,
Danforth Thomas, Dr. R.M. Dudley, J. E. Farnam
and J. W. Lancaster.
On May 17, 1968, Wilbur Riddle discovered
the body of a young woman wrapped and tied in a canvas
bag 13 miles north of Georgetown. The body was
taken to Lexington for an autopsy. Her identity was
not discovered despite a thorough investigation. She
was dubbed the “Tent Girl” by a reporter with the Kentucky
Post & Times Star. The young woman remained
unidentified for a further 29 years. She was buried in a
county-owned section of the Georgetown Cemetery
with a gravestone that simply said “Tent Girl”. On
March 1998, her body was exhumed and through
DNA, it was determined that her name was Barbara
Hackmann Taylor. Her headstone was later engraved
with her true name. Barbara’s manner of death was
Babyland is a section of the Georgetown
cemetery, where babies and young children are buried.
Babyland is located on the south side of the cemetery
and the oldest grave is dated 1949.
A very special event in the history of the
cemetery was the opening of the Hamilton St. entrance
on November 1, 1949. The wrought iron gate and
limestone columns were a gift of Mrs. James F. Askew,
a longtime supporter of the cemetery.
The Georgetown Cemetery is the final resting
place for many persons who gained fame while on this
earth. Three governors’ graves are located here: Gov.
James F. Robinson, Gov. Joseph Desha and Confederate
Gov. George Johnson who was killed at Shiloh in
the War of Northern Aggression (the Civil War.) Also,
the Hon. James C. Cantrill, the Democratic nominee
for Governor, died shortly before the general election.
He had served in Congress as had the Hon. W.C.
Owens and the Hon. A.P. Grover.
Confederate Gov. George Johnson-Sect. F
Congressman James C. Cantrill-Sect. H
Among the physicians in the Georgetown
Cemetery are Dr. William L. Sutton who organized
the Kentucky State Medical Society and was its first
president. He was also the author of Kentucky’s
Vital Statistics Law. Dr. John A. Lewis was the
Adjutant of the Kentucky Ninth Calvary and later
became president of the Morgan’s Men’s Association.
Also, there are Drs. E.C. Barlow, Paul
Rankins, F.F. Bryan, J.C. Thomasson, W. H.
Coffman, David Knox, John E. Pack, B. C. Keene,
John A. Hamilton and more recently H. G. Wells, L.
F. Heath, A. F. Smith, W. S. Allphin and C. Lewis.
Dr. John A. Lewis-Sect. Lower B
The bodies of veterans of nine wars lie buried
in this sacred place and each Memorial Day the
VF.W. and the American Legion pay tribute to them
with an appropriate service at the grave sites.