FORT ASHBY CEMETERY SURVEY
COURTESY OF THE FORT ASHBY LIONS CLUB

Brief History

By request of the Fort Ashby Lions Club in July 1953, Circuit Court Judge

Earnest A. See appointed the Lions Club of Fort Ashby as Custodian of the Fort Ashby Cemetery. The Lions Club was to elect a Board of Trustees of seven members.

Mr. J. William Marker was elected President of the Trustees and has served in that capacity for the last forty eight years. He has provided direction, supervision, and given outstanding service and dedication along with the cooperation of the Lions Club, Board of Trustees and a great number of citizens with interest in the Cemetery.

The Board of Trustees, along with the Fort Ashby Lions Club, and all the citizens who have benefitted from his efforts, wish to extend to Mr. Marker our sincere thanks and appreciation for his dedicated service over the past forty eight years, and congratulate the many accomplishments and improvements made in the Cemetery through his efforts.

July 1953 the Fort Ashby Lions Club decided to see what could be done to improve the Fort Ashby Cemetery. The Cemetery Hill was used by Indian Tribes as a battle ground during the French and Indian War.

The Hill has since been used as a burial ground named Frankfort Grave Yard, later renamed The Fort Ashby Cemetery. Perpetual care was not provided. Each family took care of their own plots and grave sites. Those buried in the late 1700's to 1953 either do not have living relatives or the families have moved away long ago or perhaps are not able to care for the family plots. Consequently, the majority of the plots were overgrown, unkept, and unmarked.

Work first started in August 1953, with a thorough cleaning, clearing of brush, removing and pulling of silver maples, digging of cliff lilies, repairing and resetting stones, mowing plots and removing grass and weeds.

The original plot of land was enlarged and expanded from the beginning with purchases made in 1903 from R. R. Allen; April 1904 from G. R. Duckworth; 1956 from James Allen and Clarence Kenney. The Final purchase was used for the grading of a new road into and around the cemetery, replacing the entrance which ran thru a stream, barn yard with gates to open and close each time entrance or exit was necessary. All of the roads have been hard surfaced, this job completed since our letters were sent out in 1988.

In the early years of improvements, it was necessary to borrow money for the building of fences, a small building for equipment and tool storage, drain tile, paved drain ditches, lawn mowers, etc.

During the first ten years, many improvements were made; landscaping, corner stones lowered to ground level, paved ditches, and roads. All of these were paid by the contributions received both from the annual suppers held and later the letters that were sent out. Over 2,500 hours of labor were donated by members of the Lions Club and the community.

In 1968 an additional seven acres of land was purchased and is being developed into what is know as the new section. With about one third of the land divided into eight sections, with the sale of lots in these sections, perpetual care has been established, and a trust fund set up from which the interest earned will take care of the cleaning, mowing, and general maintenance.

In May 2001 the Board of Trustees took on the task of documenting the Fort Ashby Cemetery. This effort consist of dividing the cemetery into Areas as marked on the front cover page picture. The Areas would be divided into Sections and the Sections would be divided into Rows and Lot numbers.

With the plan in place, the final task was to document the Cemetery, Lot by Lot. As a result, the Cemetery Records were computerized and compiled into two formats:

The Fort Ashby Cemetery Lot Listing-- divided by Areas, Sections, Rows & Lots to accommodate the needs of the Cemetery Custodians.

The Fort Ashby Cemetery Book is– alphabetized by the Interment's last name to accommodate Genealogy and History interest.

Respectfully,

Fort Ashby Cemetery Trustees

Fort Ashby Lions Club Incorporated, Custodian

J. William Marker, President
Bernard Douthitt, Treas.
Wallace Sherman, Sec.

Trustees:
Kam Jeffries
J. W. McCort
Leroy Wagoner
Edward Whyte

Military Abbreviation

Air Force---------------------------A.F.

Light Artillery-----------------------Lt. Arty.

Anti-Aircraft----------------------A.A.

  Major------------------------------------Major

Armored-------------------------Armd.

Militia---------------------------------------Mil.

Army----------------------------------A.

 Missing in Action----------------------M.I.A.

Army Air Force----------------A.A.F.

Navy-------------------------------------------N.

Artillery---------------------------Arty.

Private--------------------------------------Pvt.

Battalion----------------------------Bn.

Private 1st Class------------------------P.F.C.

Captian---------------------------Capt.

 Quartermaster---------------------------Q.M.

Cavalry----------------------------Cav.

 Replacement------------------------------Rep.

Civil War-------------------------C.W.

Reserve-------------------------------------Res.

Coast Guard----------------------C.G.

Revolutionary War----------------Rev. War

Confederate State of Amer--C.S.A

Reverend-----------------------------------Rev.

Colonel-----------------------------Col.

Seaman 1st Class---------------------------S.1.

Corporal---------------------------Cpl.

Sergeant-------------------------------------Sgt.

Division----------------------------Div.

Sergeant 1st Class-----------------------S.F.C.

Engineer---------------------------Eng.

Service-----------------------------------S.V.C.

Field---------------------------------Fld.

Spanish Amer. War------------------S.A.W.

Government---------------------Govt.

Squadron------------------------------------Sq.

Group-------------------------------Gr

Tech. Sergeant--------------------------T/Sgt.

Headquarters----------------------Hq.

Veteran of U.S. Wars--------------------Vet.

VInfantry-----------------------------Inf.

World War 1--------------------------W.W.I.

Killed in Action----------------K.I.A.

World War 2-------------------------W.W.II.

Lieutenant--------------------------Lt.

 

 Abbreviations

 About------------------------------Abt.

Married--------------------------------------M.

Approximately--------------Approx.

Month---------------------------------------mo.

 Born-----------------------------------b.

Reverend-----------------------------------Rev.

Daughter of-----------------------D/O.

Son of---------------------------------------S/O.

Day------------------------------------da.

Sister of-----------------------------------Sis/O.

 Died-------------------------------------d.

  Years-----------------------------------------yrs.

 
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