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Tompkinsville in Monroe County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Old Mulkey Church

 
 
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By Chad Comer, January 5, 2011
1. Old Mulkey Church Marker
Inscription.  First church in this area located 200 yards from here. Formed, 1773, by Philip Mulkey, other settlers from Carolinas. Church grew till this larger house built in 1804. Building in form of the Cross, 12 corners for Apostles, 3 doors for Trinity. Daniel Boone's sister, Hannah, and Revolutionary War soldiers buried in graveyard.
 
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Dept. of Highways. (Marker Number 721.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 36° 40.673′ N, 85° 
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By Chad Comer, January 5, 2011
2. Old Mulkey Church
42.239′ W. Marker is in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Mulkey Road (State Highway 1446) and Corinth Church Road, on the right when traveling south on Old Mulkey Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Old Mulkey Park Road, Tompkinsville KY 42167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hannah Boone Pennington (here, next to this marker); Rev. W. E. Thomas (approx. 0.2 miles away); William & Jane Hart Howard (approx. 0.2 miles away); James & Mary Howard Chism (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Chism (approx. 1.3 miles away); Monroe County Korean & Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Monroe County World War II Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Monroe County World War I Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tompkinsville.
 
Regarding Old Mulkey Church. The second oldest log freestanding meeting house in Kentucky was built in 1804 during a period of religious revival.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mulkey Meeting House
Old Mulkey Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer, January 5, 2011
3. Old Mulkey Church Cemetery
. This article appeared in The Kentucky Explorer in February, 1993 under the title, "Old Mulkey Church Was One Of State’s Earliest Pioneer Churches." (Submitted on January 6, 2011.) 

2. Kentucky State Parks - Old Mulkey Church. The Old Mulkey Church was originally called the Mill Creek Baptist Church, established by a small band of pioneer Baptists from North and South Carolina led by Philip Mulkey. John Mulkey was the first preacher of record. (Submitted on January 6, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. History has a way of repeating itself.
While researching my father’s family history, of which very little is known, to his amazement I discovered he is the 4th great grandson of Rev. Phillip Mulkey.

Although my father grew up in the moonshine drenched hills of North Ga., with very little, if any, Christian influence of note. He himself became an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal faith. Although not Baptist, Rev. Jimmy Ray
Hannah Boone Pennington Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer
4. Hannah Boone Pennington Headstone
As mentioned in marker text.
is, ‘as his fathers before him’, refusing to follow the traditional route. His ordained faith is by all accounts very much within the same strict and unyielding requirements required by his Great Grandfather the Rev. Phillip Mulkey of the separatist movement.

Over two hundred years of growth, progress and loss could not change who he is. With voiceless validity History has once again overcome and, in my family, completed yet another circle.

With all that I am,
Jeannie Ray Ingram, daughter of;
Rev.Jimmy Ray, son of;
Clair Mulkey, daughter of;
Jessie J. Mulkey, son of;
Lafayette J. Mulkey, Son of;
Benjamin W. Mulkey, son of;
James C. (J.C) Mulkey, son of;
Rev. Phillip Mulkey
    — Submitted August 21, 2011, by Jeannie Ingram of Ball Ground, Georgia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 959 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 5, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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