Atkinson Cemetery

Atkinson Cemetery

Contributed by Jean Wells. Additional information from Margaret Prowse Mason.

Transcription

John Swann Atkinson Sr. & Lurana Bass Atkinson

John Swann Atkinson Sr. was born about 1799 in North Carolina and died 8 December 1866, age 67. He is in the 1860 census, age 61, and is not in the 1870 census.

He was the son of Elisha Atkison and his mother was believed to have been a Swann.

John Swann Atkinson and Lurana Bass married 27 February 1834 in Christian Co., Kentucky.

Lurana Bass died 17 July 1862, age 45. She was the daughter of Jordan Bass and Nancy Webb.

They are buried at the Atkinson Cemetery, but do not have markers. Also concrete has been poured over their graves.

John Swann Atkinson Jr. & Rosaline Sarah Jerrdon Reddick Atkinson

Tombstone of J.S. & R.J. Atkinson

Death Certificate of J.S. Atkinson

Death Certificate of R.J. Atkinson

John Swann Atkinson was the son of John Swann Atkinson Sr. and Lurana Bass.

He married (1) Mary Jane Prowse, 20 March 1862, Muhlenberg County. Mary was born 1836, and died 25 September 1866. She was the daughter of George O. Prowse and Polly Wells, and is buried at Prowse Cemetery.

He then married (2) Rosaline Sarah Jerrdon Reddick, 22 January 1869. “Rozzie” was the daughter of Newton Blackburn Reddick (1809, Tennessee - 1877, Kentucky) and Mary Jane Wadley Parrish (1815, Tennessee - 1900, Kentucky).

Mary Ann Atkinson

Tombstone of Mary Ann Atkinson

Mary Ann Atkinson was a daughter of John Swann Atkinson Sr. and Lurana Bass.

She died 16 July 1855, age 16 years, 8 months and 2 days.

Emely J. Atkinson

Tombstone of Emely J. Atkinson

Emely J. Atkinson was a daughter of John Swann Atkinson Sr. and Lurana Bass.

She died 13 July 1855, age 15 years, 5 months and 5 days.

Sandstone Markers on Walkway

Atkinson
No dates

Atkinson
1860

Atkinson
1875
Believed to be a child of John Swann Atkinson Jr. & Rosalind Reddick.

Atkinson
1874
Believed to be a child of John Swann Atkinson Jr. & Rosalind Reddick.

Stivers
Believed to be a child of Jacob Neal Stivers & Emma Atkinson.

Stivers
Believed to be a child of Jacob Neal Stivers & Emma Atkinson.

In the 1900 census for Muhlenberg County, Emma Stivers was 29 years old. She had been married 15 years & had 6 children, 4 living.

Unmarked Graves

The following information comes from Margaret Prowse Mason.

America Atkinson
27 August 1844 - 18 November 1844
Daughter of John Swann Atkinson Sr. and Lurana Bass

Richard Atkinson
18 May 1863 - 20 September 1876
Son of John Swann Atkinson Jr. and Mary Jane Prowse
Uncertain if he is buried here or at Prowse Cemetery.

Jennie Bell (known as “Bob”) Harris
3 June 1864 - 3 December 1900
Daughter of John Swann Atkinson Jr. and Mary Jane Prowse
She married 10 April 1884 William Hardin Harris (1857 - 1897, son of Jesse B. Harris & Elizabeth A. Oates)

Mary Ann Atkinson
20 January 1872 - 1884
Daughter of John Swann Atkinson Jr. and Rosalind Sarah Jerrdon Reddick

Louis (or Lewis) Atkinson
Born & died 27 August 1894
Son of John Swann Atkinson Jr. and Rosalind Sarah Jerrdon Reddick

Allie Stivers
1896 - 1898
Son of Jacob Neal Stivers and Emma Atkinson

Raymond Eddie Atkinson purportedly had a child buried at Atkinson Cemetery. Notes are not clear whether the child was by his first wife, Gertrude Fox, or his second wife, Laura Pettygrove.

Raymond Eddie Atkinson and Emma Stivers moved to California with their families.

Directions

From Greenville, Kentucky take Highway 62W to Highway 189. Turn left and go about 8 miles to Eli Lane, close to the Muhlenberg-Christian County line.

Turn right on Eli Lane and go about .03 miles. Turn left on an old dirt road just after you pass two mobile homes on the left and before you get to a locked gate. You will have to park here and walk back into the woods. After you start walking, you will turn right at the next dirt road. After a few yards, you will turn right again. The cemetery is about ¼ mile from Eli Lane.

History & Condition

Elisha Atkinson settled this land about 1805. The land remained in the Atkinson family until sometime in the 1930s. There are several field stone markers scattered through the woods. It is believed that these stones are probably Elisha Atkinson's and John Swann Atkinson Sr.'s families.

Sometime in the 1940s, Raymond Eddie Atkinson, son of John Swann Atkinson Jr. and Rosaline Atkinson, had the cement poured for the walkway to enclose the stone for J.S., R.J. and six sandstone markers.

There are two other stones still standing.

The cemetery is not listed in the Muhlenberg County Kentucky Cemeteries books compiled by Marian G. Hammers.

This transcription made by Jean Wells and Ann Lile Musial 6 March 2007. Ann is a great-granddaughter of John S. and Rosalind Reddick Atkinson. Information on the cemetery from Ann's parents Ned and Ruth Lile.

Updated August 18, 2014