In Search of the Bryan Cemetery

In Clayton C. Simmons’ 1943 articles “Historical Trip Through East Barren,” is an excerpt which follows on Solomon Quessenberry:
“Zacheus and Page Quessenberry were the first Quessenberrys to locate in Barren county, and it is assumed they were brothers as they were jointly interested in documents recorded in the Barren County Clerk’s office as early as 5 April 1817. Zacheus was a Baptist minister and is believed to have been the father of Solomon Quessenberry. The documents referred to reveal that they were from Fauquier county, Virginia.
“Solomon Quessenberry was born 7 June 1807 and died 3 October 1894. He lived north of the Edmonton highway near the top of Beaver Creek hill. One room is still standing (note: this is in 1943) on the farm of Mr. John Bunch and can be seen from the highway near the crest of the hill. The old family graveyard, in which many of the Quessenberry family are buried, is located nearby.
“Solomon married Martha Bryan, a daughter of James Bryan; after her death in the year 1854, he married Sallie Clack. Mrs. Marian (Bryan) Quessenberry is buried in the old Bryan burial ground near Mount Pisgah church on the old Bryan homestead.
“The following children were born to Solomon by the first union: Elizabeth, who married John Breeding (they lived in Tennessee and then went to Birmingham, AL, where they died. They are buried in Chattanooga, TN); Marian married a Kinnaird first, then a Sexton – they lived in Metcalfe county; Mary married JH Bird; Loucinda married Ralph Wood; Louisa and James never married.”

Back in the early 1990s, when the Leech and Beard Cemetery Book was being proofed and completed, I was handed a list of cemeteries that were never located. The list had a cemetery off of Mt. Pisgah Road, between the Munday estate and the Cumberlad Parkway, that several had been on the hunt for and never located. We narrowed down two cemeteries that were named in early personal records, as being this as yet unlocated cemetery. The Bryan cemetery, and the Carpenter cemetery. Neither have ever been found, and their families lived in this mentioned area. Both would be of an age that the stones are probably lost to the weathering of time.
On the 1879 Beers and Lanagan map of Barren County, KY, the Bryan estate is located across from the Munday estate, and stretches south, to the area in question. The Munday house in recent times was owned by Leroy Williams. The remains of the Munday cemetery are close by the residence. All of the later Bryan family members came to Glasgow and are buried in the Municipal Cemetery, but the discovery of the graveyard of their ancestors, lost all these years, would be a satisfying occurrence.
If anyone knows of any unlisted cemeteries in this area, it would be nice if they could take the time to document it for posterity.

About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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6 Responses to In Search of the Bryan Cemetery

  1. I hope someone finds more cemeteries in the area. I know that they are there. I am looking for a person who may have died in the Slick Rock area, but isn’t buried in any of the known cemeteries. In the 1880 census, she is listed as a 13-year-old daughter of Robert J Rutledge. Her name was “N. E. Rutledge.” That census taker was not very helpful! I can’t find her anywhere after that census.

    • Gclee says:

      She most likely is buried in the Deweese/Mt. Olivet Cemetery. There are several unmarked graves there, because of a partial destruction of the cemetery in the early 1900s. Most all of the Rutledge family is buried there. But there are also a couple of the Rutledges buried in the Polson Cemetery. The dates I have for them don’t match your census records, but there weren’t very good records kept of the Polson, as it was a family cemetery. I have some Rutledge records that I have been trying to find, with little success. If I come across anything I will pass it on to you. I was also tied in with the Mauks, and several other families buried in the Deweese Cemetery. I have tried to compile a list over the years of who is there without a marker.

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