Lile Family Cemetery

Contributed by Jean Wells

Some transcriptions by Joetta Brown and Brenda Webster.

Lile Cemetery late 60s/early 70s
Photo made sometime late 60s, early 70s by Joetta Brown


The Lile cemetery is located on the old Dr. G.L. Simpson farm, about 8 miles west of Greenville on Highway 189. Turn left just before you get to the main farmhouse, and go up the hill past the barns and work shops. The cemetery is about 1 mile from the highway in a cow pasture. It will be to your left. Gates are locked. Paul Wice now owns the section of the farm where the old cemetery located.

Jean Wells visited the cemetery April 24, 1999. It was overgrown with weeds, briars and small trees.

Lile Cemetery 1999
The way the cemetery looked April 24, 1999. Pictured are Darroll Williams, Jerry Garret, and Wanda Wells - great-grandchildren of Thomas J. Lile. Also pictured is Jerry Garret's wife.

Others on this trip were granddaughters of Thomas J. Lile: Dora Williams of Ohio, Mabel Walker of Indiana, Elva Garrett and Mary Nell Sharber, both of Kentucky. Great-grandchildren were Darrell Williams, Ruth Ann Janes, Jerry Wayne Garrett and wife, Wanda Sue Wells, and Brenda and Barry Webster.

Entering Lile Cemetery
Mable Walker, Elva Garret and Dora Williams (grandaughters of Thomas J. Lile) and Ruth Ann Janes (great-granddaughter of Thomas J. Lile) going into the cemetery April 14, 1999.


James Hester Lile was a native of North Carolina. A soldier of the War of 1812, he was at the Battle of New Orleans, and also took part in the Mexican War. He emigrated from North Carolina to Tennessee where he lived several years.

In 1849 Col. James Hester Lile, with his family of six sons and three daughters came to Kentucky and settled in Muhlenberg County on the waters of Pond River and in the neighborhood of George O. Prowse, Jacob Embler, John Swan Atkinson, Richard Thompson and John Owens.

His brother Jackson Lile Jr., his family and Elizabeth Hester Lile came to Kentucky a few years later and settled across Pond River in the Apex neighborhood of Christian County.


There is 1 old stone with an unreadable inscription, 1 unreadable funeral home marker and several sandstone markers.

The following have been identified from family records and death certificates: