Fern Hill Cemetery

FERN HILLS CEMETERY
Daviess County Kentucky-Owensboro, Ky.

Judy & Jerry Bailey and Linda & Michael Julius walked and documented this cemetery, April 13, 2001. [Judy & Linda are sisters] Additional visits to clean up the cemetery have uncovered fallen markers.

This cemetery is about 2 miles out Hwy. 60 W. from Owensboro going toward Henderson. It is located in Bon Harbor Hills, behind Rudy Pond, on Hwy. 60.

Vines and weeds are destroying tombstones; many have fallen over and only found by stepping on them. There are many more graves noticeable that have no tombstones. There are possibly a total of 60 - 75 gravesites.

This cemetery is important to the history of Daviess County because of the people that worked and lived in this area. They were coal miners and farmers, and lived, worked and raised their families here before and through the depression. Some of the farms and coal mines they worked at belonged to the McNulty’s, Rudy’s, & Moore’s, to name a few. Our own Grandparents didn’t move from this area till the late 1950’s.

Additions have also been supplied by researchers who have found through acquiring Death Certificates and from Family Bibles, their ancestors who was also buried here. Many local and distant families have descendents in this cemetery and probably have no knowledge of it. Hopefully with this listing, it will help others searching their ancestors along with documenting this cemetery for Kentucky & the Kentucky Historical Society.

Any additions are greatly appreciated, there is not a complete documentation of Fern Hills Cemetery. This list is likely the most accurate list of burials in Fern Hill Cemetery to date.Continued clean-ups are planned, and are usually noted on various sites pertaining to Daviess County Kentucky.

Our direct line of Ancestors buried here is McCarty, Duke, Dugger, Robertson, Blair & Craig.

If you have additional persons buried here, or want to help with clean up of this cemetery, contact me at latewing@bellsouth.net. Judy


1.Blair, Covy L. - May 25, 1901-Aug.14, 1902 - D/O JR & Emma Blair
2.Blair, Mary - Jan. 22, 1891 - Sept.29, 1909 - W/O Goodie Blair [fell off foundation]
3.Dugger, Jesse - 1859-1925 - Father
4.Dugger, Jessey - Died June 27, 1900, Aged 68 years
5.Dugger, Nanna B. - Mar.26, 1899 - Mar.19, 1901 - D/O J. & D. Dugger
6.Dugger, Schilotia - 1834 - July 9, 1901 [This spelling is also found on marriage bond]
7.Dugger, Thomas - June 19, 1860 - Mar. 21, 1924
8.Henderson, Nancy J. - Oct. 19. 1854 - Feb. 23, 1887 -W/O Thomas Henderson
9.Hulsey, Joel T. - Mar. 24, 1836 - Sept. 14, 1882
10.Johnson, Martine - Jan. 8, 1910 - Mar. 16, 1911 - D/O H.E. & Lora Johnson
11.D. *. M. - Marker with marbles used to make initials, supposedly a Maglinger grave
12.A. I. M. - Same as above description
13.Maglinger, Charles L. - Dec. 25, 1911 - Nov. 14, 1914 - S/O C.H. & Beneta Maglinger
14.Magilinger, Frank - Unreadable - June 1, 1900 - S/O J. & L. Magilinger [marker broke in half]
15.Magilinger, Lula - Nov.13, 1878 - Jan. 1, 1900 - W/O Johnie Magilinger
16.McCarty, Henrietta - Jan. 28, 1885 - Feb. 1, 1941
17,McCarty, Elcia H. - Sept.10, 1916 - Sep.30, 1925 D/O J.H. & Etta McCarty [Henrietta & John Hardin McCarty, should be Elsie]
18.McDonall, John - Died Oct. 9, 1884, age 55 years
19.McDonall, Sara - Nov. 27, 1881 - Mar. 3, 1883 - D/O J. & S.A. McDonall
20.Robertson, Buar - Aug. 10, 1898 - Aug. 24, 1901 - S/O Lewis & Jane Robertson
21.Simmons, Belle - Feb. 23, 1900 - Feb. 24, 1900
22.Spence, Bobby - Inf. Feb. 10, 1945
23.Spence, Herman Phillip Jr. - Mar.2, 1935 - Apr.8, 1936
24.Staples, George - 1905 - 1935
25.Staples, Willis Clay - Born & Died Aug. 20, 1935 [Marker has fell on ground]
26.Wade, W.A. - Aug. 1, 1869 - July 31, 1928 -
27.Westerfied, Heavrin - Aug. 19, 1906 - Aug. 16, 1907 - S/O A.D. & Auria Westerfield
28.Whitney, Lovitt P. - Co. C. 42nd. Ind. Inf. [Civil War Marker]
29. BLANK STONE - no name or dates

There are 2 other documentations of this cemetery that was done in March & July 1976, and turned in to the Daviess County Library by Albert, Darrell, and Glen Davis and R. McManaway. Comparing our documentation to theirs, there have been tombstones “lost”. Names noted below from their listings.

30. John Hill Craig

31. Lucinda Jane McDonall age 81 yrs. Died Jan. 10, 1935
32. Unknown Charles - No information
33. America Unknown - No information
34. Charlie Kyle [Metal plate - 1962 Ca.]
35. A.E. Wood - No information
36. I.J. Wood - No information

Also known is that four of our [Judy & Linda] decedents are buried here

‘unmarked‘:

37. Archie Lee Duke - Dau. of Charles Arch & Lottie Ellen Blacklock Duke
38. Jane Dugger Robertson - March 1924 [Note: Thomas Dugger, listed above, died of a heart attack while searching for a grave at Fern Hills Cemetery for his sister Jane Robertson, who had died a few days earlier.]
39. Lula Bell McCarty - Sept. 2, 1914 - Nov. 15, 1915 - D/O J.H.& Etta McCarty
40. James Hardin McCarty - B&D Feb. 8, 1912 -S/O J.H.& Etta McCarty

ADDITIONS FOR FERN HILL CEMETERY, OWENSBORO, DAVIESS CO. KY.: From researchers documentation, newspaper death notices, death certificates, and descendents verbal documentation sent to me.

41. Samuel Huston Wright - born -Unknown - Died July 28, 1934
42. James Dugger - 1872 - June ??, 1948 [In Messenger & Inquirer June 25, 1948]
43. Malinda Emma Dugger Blair - 1864 - Dec. 12, 1921
44. Celia Elizabeth Frederick Hall - [dates unknown at this time]
45. Ivo Staples - [dates unknown at this time]
46. Blair Infant - [Jesse Blair’s child]
47. John W. Craig - Born - 5/13/1870 Unknown - Died - 5/3/1945 [In Messenger & Inquirer May 4, 1945]
48. James Craig - [dates unknown at this time]
49. Ruth Helen Blair - b. June 2, 1916 - d. July 14, 1916 [dau. of James R. Blair & Ruby McCarty Blair]

50. Annie Craig B & D. July 5, 1915 still birth child of James & Dora
51. Cebia Elizabeth Hall April 18, 1867-Nov. 01, 1920 [death certificate supplied by T. Smith,02/10/04]
52. Female Henry [stillborn] March 11, 1921 Father John W. Henry.[death certificate supplied by T. Smith 02/10/04]

53 & 54. Ward - Infant Twins, parents Mr. & Mrs. Barney Ward Jan. 23, 1926
55. Benjamin Franklin Smith-born Meade Co. KY March 21 1850 Died- May 30 1913 in Daviess County Ky. [Submitter, B.S. Gaddis]

Submitted by Judy (latewing@bellsouth.net)

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