Shepherdsville in Bullitt County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Shepherdsville Pioneer Graveyard
Established Circa 1799
In 1854 a flood of the Salt River caused a cholera epidemic in Shepherdsville, and 19 persons died, many of those victims are buried here, along with many pioneer city and county leaders. Sporadic attempts were made to keep up the cemetery after its closing but it eventually declined and faded from memory. Time and neglect allowed trees and brush to overtake the grounds. Houses and businesses were built all around the cemetery and many people living in the area wished the old "eyesore" would just vanish or go away. Stones were damaged and even stolen. But the buildings themselves eventually declined, partly due to the many floods of the Salt River, and were removed from the area, giving way to a city park in the late 1990s and a "rediscovery" of the cemetery.
Amazingly the cemetery had become so overgrown that some people of the area no longer realized
Many prominent persons of our city and county are buried here, such as Senators, Doctors, County Attorneys and Civil War soldiers. More cemetery information and details and stories of the people buried here can be found in the archives of the Bullitt County History Museum located in the county courthouse building a few blocks from here.
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal. Albert Pike, Scottish Rite Mason, 1809-1891
Row 4 Troutman, B.F. 1819-1875 Troutman, Sarah M. 1831-1901
Row 5 Caldwell, Waverly 1888-1891 Bass, William T. 1848-1896 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 6 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 7 (3) Fieldstones - no marking
Row 8 (6) Fieldstones - no marking
Row 9 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 10 Joyce, Thomas J. (Sheriff) 1811-1879 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 11 (3) Fieldstones - no marking
Row 12 Samuels, Robert F. (Circuit Clerk) 1806-1861 Samuels, Charles R. (Co. Clerk) 1834-1866 Samuels, Joseph H. 1847-1867 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 13 Crist, Henry Clay, M.D. 1824-1872 Crist, B.L., M.D. (died in gun fight) 1849-1872 Field, Elizabeth No Dates Field, Abram No Dates Simmons, Richard P. 1775-1845 Simmons, Mary No Dates (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 14 (1) Fieldstone - no marking Simmons, Howell T. 1869-1872 Joyce, Sarah 1792-1857
Row 15 Hogland, Martha Jane 1841-1856 Hogland, Mary B. 1820-1844 Grapevine, Margaret 1831-1864 Bramel, T.B. 1834-1866 Joyce, Zilpha 1802-1873 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 16 Simmons, Elizabeth (name in window at First Baptist) 1815-1892 Simmons, N.B. (Paroquet Springs Resort) 1799-1875 Patterson, N.D. 1854-1856 Applegate, Margaret 1831-1851 (1) Fieldstone - no marking Hogland, Sarah 1808-1854 Applegate, T.H. 1831-1854 (2) Fieldstones - no marking
Row 17 Rickerson, John 1797-1875 Rickerson, G.W. 1851-1875 McKay, Charles W. (Doctor & Union soldier) 1841-1881 McKay, Dr. Samuel A. (Doctor for 50 years) 1809-1883 McKay, infant of S.A. 1840-1840 McKay, John H. 1843-1846 McKay, _ C. 1870-1872 McKay, Samuel H. 1866-1872 Hogland, Lorenzo (County Judge) 1818-1880 Hogland, Annie E. _ - 1889 (3) Fieldstones - no marking
Row 18 2' X 7' fenced lot - no marking (3) Fieldstones - no marking Wilson, Ma_ 1850-1853 Wilson, Henrietta E. 1828-1852 Harris, Nancy 1827-1858 Harris, John Edward 1858-1858 Harris, Sarah E. 1854-1855 (1) Fieldstone - no marking
Row 19 (1) Fieldstone - no marking Gore, Susan Mary 1825-1852 (6) Fieldstones - no marking
Row 20 (1) Fieldstone, ES 1842 (1) Fieldstone, SL 1842
Row 22 Field, Richard H. County Attorney, Senator) 1823-1881 Field, Kate S. 1833-1881
Row 23 McCormick, Edward H. 1838-1871 McCormick, Annie 1841-1889 McCormick, Harriet Ann 1848-1851 EG _-1808 FWG _-1808 LG _-1807 Briscoe, Julia Field 1850-1873 Swearingen, Julia F. 1804-1838 Swearingen, W.W. 1803-1869 Swearingen, Sarah E. 1831-1839 Swearingen, William H. 1826-1828 Field, Julia F. 1835-1856
Row 25 Cook, Henry 1847-1859 Cook, Mary Ball 1801-1856 Cook, William 1833-1857 Caldwell, Mary D.W. 1803-1850
Row 26 Kalfus, Matilda 1792-1876 Kalfus, Henry F. (Representative) 1798-1852 Kalfus, Ann S. (marker was completely covered by a tree trunk) 1827-1849 Jackson, George W. (Union soldier) 18_-1883 Travis, Frederick 1803-1854 _, Rebecca no dates _, Margaret no dates
Row 28 Troutman, Jacob 1789-1854
Row 29 Holsclaw, William B. 1801-1854
Row 30 Spanzer, Malvina 1833-1849
Row 31 Wil_, Joseph 1803-1824
Row 32 NM _-1848 JM _-1848 Bowman, Willie 1867-1868
Others said to be buried in this graveyard Bass, Clyde E. 1875-1892 Birkhead, Matilda _-1878 Formhals, Harry Leslie _-1904 Jackson, Isaac T. no dates Jackson, Matilda no dates McKay, _ _-1849 Simmons, Elizabeth 1800-1839 Simmons, James 1812-1850 Travis, Harriet 1818-1871 Williams, Mary 1812-1823
Might be buried in this graveyard Field, Henry 1744-1823 Friddle, John T. ? Taylor, Ma_ ?-1907
Top: Cemetery before 2005-2006 restoration.
Middle: Marker overtaken by tree.
Erected by City of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. (Marker Number 21.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1799.
Location. 37° 59.233′ N, 85° 43.288′ W. Marker is in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, in Bullitt County. Marker can be reached from Plum Street. Cemetery is on an unnamed road on north side of Shepherdsville Park. Marker is at cemetery entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 West 1st Street, Shepherdsville KY 40165, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adam Shepherd (approx. Ό mile away); County Named, 1796 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bullitt County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); L & N Bridge - Civil War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort DeWolf (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morgan - On To Ohio (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 1917 Train Wreck (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alma Wallace Lesch (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdsville.
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