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Pikeville in Pike County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dils Cemetery

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
1. Dils Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Colonel John Dils purchased the property in 1871 on which this cemetery is located. He was the colonel of the 39th Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War. In addition to Colonel Dils, there are several Civil war veterans buried here with the original Union military markers. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud District and has changed little since 1871. It is the final resting place of several participants in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. Buried here are Randolph McCoy, the famed leader of the McCoy family, his wife Sarah, their daughter Roseanna, their son Sam and his wife, Martha. The cemetery is the first known racially integrated cemetery in Eastern Kentucky. 120 of the 500 graves, many of them unmarked, are African American.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
 
Location. 37° 28.678′ N, 82° 30.934′ W. Marker is in Pikeville, Kentucky, in Pike County. Marker can be reached from Chloe Road (Kentucky Route 1460) east of South Bypass Road (Kentucky Route
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By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
2. Dils Cemetery Marker
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1460), on the left when traveling east. There is marked parking from the cemetery across the road at the Pikeville Fire Department lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pikeville KY 41501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Dils Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Dils Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Hatfield-McCoy Feud / McCoy Graves Here (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Spirit of the American Doughboy” (about 600 feet away); County Named, 1821 (about 600 feet away); Pike Co. Courthouse and Jail (about 700 feet away); To the Memory of the Revolutionary Soldiers (about 700 feet away); Garfield at Piketon (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pikeville.
 
More about this marker. This is one of two identical markers.
 
Colonel John Dils, Jr. and Ann Dils image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
3. Colonel John Dils, Jr. and Ann Dils
It reads, “Colonel John Dils, Jr. Born Sep. 15, 1818, Died Aug. 11, 1895. — Ann Dils, Born Oct 22, 1820, ---- ---. --, ----. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” Ann’s death date was left blank. The monument faces the town below; you approach the blank back of the monument.
Pocohontas Dils image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
4. Pocohontas Dils
The stone reads, “Pocohontas, daughter of John & Ann Dils. Born Sept 23, 1850, died Oct 28, 1852. ‘Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.’ ”
Lavinia -. and Mary E. Dils image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
5. Lavinia -. and Mary E. Dils
These two faces show Lavinia’s particulars on the left and “Mary’s favorite quotations” on the right. The face opposite Lavinia’s has Mary’s particulars. The face opposite the quotations is blank. Lavinia’s particulars read, “Lavinia -., daughter of J. & A. Dils. Born Mch. 11, 1853. Died Apr. 23, 1871. ‘I want you all to meet, meet me up yonder with Jesus’ ”
Mary E. Dils face of monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
6. Mary E. Dils face of monument
It reads, “Mary E., daughter of J. & A. Dils. Born Dec 8, 1845. Died Mch. 1, 1878. If I die I walk with God. God bless you dears. Do not grieve but a little while. We will all be together again. Tell all my friends goodbye.”
Mary’s Favorite Quotations image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
7. Mary’s Favorite Quotations
Anna Williamson Dils and John A. Dils image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
8. Anna Williamson Dils and John A. Dils
The monument reads, “Mother, Anna Williamson Dils. Dec. 28 1865, July 26, 1928. Father, Jno. A. Dils. Nov 7, 1658, ---. --, 19--. Gone but not forgotten.” John Dils death date was not carved.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 6, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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