Contributed by Jean Wells
Photos from Kevin Dukes, Barbara Curtis, and Jean and John Wells. Information from Wanda Barnes, Kevin Dukes, Barbara Curtis, Margaret Larue, Marriage Licenses and Death Certificates.
And thanks to Coni and Carol at the Muhlenberg County Local History and Genealogy Annex for their help looking up all those death certificates.
Jean Wells visited this cemetery March 3, 2001 with Helen Oglesby, and Wanda and Sherrill Barnes; again April 2001 with Barbara Curtis and Wanda Barnes; and January 27, 2006 with John Wells.
Marian Hammers has this cemetery listed as Dukes Cemetery in her Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Cemeteries Vol. IV, page 98. All of the death certificates we have found state burial was in King Cemetery. We did not find any Kings buried here, but believe the land once belonged to a King family.
The Dukes/King Cemetery is located in southwestern Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. From Greenville, take Highway 62 West to Highway 189. Turn left on Highway 189 and go about six miles to Highway 853. Turn left on Highway 853 and go about one mile to the old Yost Lee home place. The old house has burned. Park there, walk back down the road to a driveway that goes out to a white house. Across from this driveway there is a path that goes up into the woods. Follow this path a short way and you will be in the cemetery.
Path to Dukes/King Cemetery
One view of the Dukes-King Cemetery
And another view of Dukes-King Cemetery. Photos taken 2001.
Transcription with Notes
- Francis M. DUKES
April 4, 1856 - July 22, 1889
“His toils are past, his work is done, he fought the fight, the victory won” Son of John H. Dukes & Amanda Jane Moore. He married April 19, 1876 to Susan Tabitha Owen. There is a sandstone marker beside the grave of Francis M. Dukes. Francis' stone was on the ground when I was there January 27, 2006.
- Charity I. DUKES
August 26, 1870 - November 16, 1887
Daughter of John H. Dukes & Amanda Jane Moore
- James C. DUKES
March 17, 1867 - May 3, 1887
Son of John H. Dukes & Amanda Jane Moore
- J.H. DUKES
Co. I 48th Infantry
No dates on stone. John H. Dukes (1836-1870's) was the son of Josiah Dukes Sr. and Nancy Moore. J.H. fought in the Civil War for the Union Army. He married Amanda Jane Moore January 17, 1855
- George W. DUKES
Son of J.H. & A.J. DUKES
March 30, 1863 - April 13, 1870
“Gone to be an Angel”
Son of John H. Dukes & Amanda Jane Moore
- William H. DUKES
Son of J.H. & A.J. Dukes
July 26, 1858 - July 26, 1860
“Who's all of life's rosy way, rushing into ____ and passed away”
Son of John H. Dukes & Amanda Jane Moore
- Susan M. DUKES
Daughter of J.W. & C.A. DUKES
July 27, 1862 - November 26, 1863
Daughter of Josiah W. Dukes & Charity Ann Moore
- Charity A. DUKES
Wife of J.W. DUKES
July 22, 1825 - March 29, 1881
“She was a kind and affectionate wife, a fond mother, and a friend to all”
Daughter of Duncan Moore & Elizabeth McElvain; Married Josiah W. Dukes November 3, 1851
- John A. DUKES
Son of J.W. & A.J. DUKES
August 16, 1865 - October 2, 1875
Son of Josiah W. Dukes & Amanda Jane Moore
- J.W. DUKES
March 31, 1832 - February 25, 1908
“The faithful are certain of their reward”
Son of Josiah Dukes Sr. and Nancy S. Moore; Married: (1) November 3, 1851 Charity Ann Moore; (2) April 17, 1884 to Amanda Jane Moore Dukes
April 24, 1836 - no date of death
Daughter of Duncan Moore & Elizabeth McElvain. 1910 Muhlenberg County Census lists her as a 74 year old widow with 7 children, 1 of whom is alive. Married: (1) January 17, 1855 John H. Dukes; (2) April 17, 1884 Josiah W. Dukes
- Fannie E. DUKES
Daughter of E.W. & E.L. DUKES
“Died August 11, 1894 Aged 30 years, 2 months and 16 days”
Daughter of Elijah Dukes & Edna L. Moore
- Edna L. DUKES
Wife of E.W. DUKES
October 11, 1841 - September 24, 1891
Daughter of Duncan Moore & Elizabeth McElvain. Married Elijah W. Dukes August 20, 1863
- Julia F. KNIGHT
May 17, 1868 - February 28, 1928
Daughter of John “Jackie” Durall & Adelaide Kile; Married James Hiriam Knight January 6, 1886. Kentucky Death Certificate #3199 states she was buried at Greenville, Kentucky.
- James H. KNIGHT
March 31, 1863 - February 22, 1931
James Hiriam Knight was the son of Henry Farley Knight & Mary Elizabeth Keith. He married: (1) Josephine “Jodie” Dukes October 11, 1882; (2) Julia F. Durall January 6, 1886. Kentucky Death Certificate #5158 states he was buried in the King Cemetery.
- George H. KNIGHT
1884 - 1964
Henninger Funeral Home Marker, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
George Harrison Knight was born March 2, 1884 and died November 29, 1964. Son of James Hiriam Knight and Josephine “Jodie” Dukes. Married: (1) Paralee Dukes July 22, 1903; (2) Tina Lou Spurlin. Kentucky Death Certificate #64-27127 states he was buried in King Cemetery.
- J.N.J. LILE
Son of J.J. & A.J. LILE
February 20, 1878 - January 28, 1886
Joseph N.J. Lile was the son of John J. Lile & Amanda Jane Dukes
- Eltie Ann LILE
1889 - 1971
Bandy Funeral Home Marker, Nortonville, Kentucky
Eltie Ann was born October 8, 1889; died April 13, 1971. Daughter of Benjamin Wyatt Lile & Sarah Ellen Owen. Eltie was the last person buried in this cemetery and is marked by the second funeral home marker as you go into the cemetery, next to the fence. Kentucky Death Certificate #08469 states she was buried in King Cemetery.
- Marcellus LILE
1885 - 1962
Tucker Funeral Home Marker, Central City, Kentucky
Amanda Marcellus Lile was born February 14, 1885 and was named for his mother Amanda Jane Lile. Son of John J. Lile & Amanda Jane Dukes. Died March 1962 in Evansville, Indiana. He married: (1) June 7, 1908 Lillie Mae Dukes; (2) Rebecca Elizabeth Lee. The funeral home marker is almost unreadable. It is the first funeral home marker, next to the fence, as you go into the cemetery.
- Richard H. OWEN
July 24, 1895 - October 18, 1896
I haven't found any information on this infant. I believe he may have been a grandchild of James Owens and Nancy Jane Dukes. - Jean
Burials from Other Sources
Margaret Larue, a granddaughter of Marcellus Lile, said when she visited this cemetery in 1968 there were at least 10 unreadable funeral home markers and several sandstone markers. We have identified some of these people through family legend and death certificates.
- Elijah W. DUKES
It is believed that Elijah W. Dukes is also buried in this cemetery next to his wife Edna, but no records have been found to prove this. Son of Josiah Dukes Sr. & Nancy S. Moore. Married Edna Malvina Moore August 20, 1863. Served Eleventh Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment 1861 - 1862; received a disability discharge.
- Josephine “Jodie” KNIGHT
Born about 1867; Died before 1886. Daughter of Josiah W. Dukes & Charity Ann Moore. Josephine was age 13 in the 1880 Muhlenberg County Census. Married September 11, 1882 James Hiram Knight
- Paralee D. KNIGHT
July 1, 1887 - March 16, 1913
Daughter of Francis Dukes & Susan Owens. Married July 22, 1903 George Harrison Knight. Kentucky Death Certificate #8490 states burial in King Cemetery.
- Amanda Jane LILE
1856 - before 1894
Daughter of Josiah W. Dukes & Charity Ann Moore. Married August 21, 1872 John J. Lile
- Benjamin Wyatt LILE
November 24, 1858 - March 31, 1929
Son of Jasper Lile & Miranda Owens. Married November 16, 1880 Sarah Ellen Owens Muhlenberg County. Kentucky Death Certificate #09233 states he was buried in King Cemetery.
- Sarah Ellen LILE
March 14, 1860 - December 16, 1935
Daughter of James G. Owen & Nancy Jane Dukes. Married November 16, 1880 Benjamin Wyatt Lile. Kentucky Death Certificate #29994 states burial in King Cemetery.
- ______Ellen LILE
died October 16, 1953 (?) aged_____
Bilbro Funeral Home Marker, Nortonville, Kentucky
We did not find this marker.
Source: Muhlenberg County Kentucky Cemeteries Book by Marian G. Hammers
- Newton Jackson OGLESBY
May 11, 1854 - January 30, 1926
Son of Benjamin Franklin Oglesby & Cynthia Ann Dukes. Married: (1) Nancy Louraine Owens May 28, 1874; (2) Frances Barbara Morgan Putty September 3, 1907. Kentucky Death Certificate #05053 states burial in King Cemetery. According to a great granddaughter Wanda Nell Barnes, Newton was buried under a large cedar tree with a sandstone marker.
- Patsy A. OGLESBY
Died August 4, 1917 age 68
Daughter of James Owens & Nancy Jane Dukes. Married 23 December 1885 William Anderson Oglesby. Marriage License states it was her 1st marriage and his 3rd. Kentucky Death Certificate #26106 states she was buried in King Cemetery.
- William L. OGLESBY
Died January 1859 age 76 years
From Hopkins Co., Kentucky Vital Statistics: William L. Oglesby died January 1859 at the age of 76 years. His parents were Constant and Nancy Ann Coursey Oglesby. He was born in Virginia. William's wife is not mentioned in the vital statistic but it states that he was married. All we know about his wife is her name was Mary. Another source says he was born 1782 in South Carolina.
In a letter to Mary Lovell from Dr. Ishmael Oakley in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, dated July 13, 1987, “…about twenty years ago, a Mr. J.B. Oglesby living in Muhlenberg County north of Apex told me Mr. William L. Oglesby was buried in the Dukes Cemetery.”
William L. was living with the Ephraim Dukes family in the 1850 census. (Nancy Dukes, Ephraim's wife, was daughter of William's brother Jacob and Permelia Harkins Crabtree Oglesby.)