Dawson Cemetery (1995) is pictured here:

This is an example of what can happen while searching for one’s family.

While researching the Dawson family, my father came upon this cemetery.  The Elijah Dawson family had lived on a farm, and had built and operated a grist mill on Hanging Fork Creek, a few hundred yards from the cemetery.  The mill was built before 1823.  Elijah’s son, John Logan, had inherited the farm and mill when Elijah died in 1856.

When the cemetery was discovered, it was located in a subdivision, Hunters Trace on Grist Mill Road about ¼ mile south of U.S. 150 West.  Before the subdivision was established, the cemetery had been in a farm field, and had not been maintained.  My father decided to restore the cemetery in April 1998.  As of July 1998, 17 gravestones had been discovered.  The oldest identified grave is that of Elijah Dawson, who died in 1856.

This is a photo of the cemetery after restoration:

Maggie

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