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July 8, 2012

County Farm Cemetery is revisited

Somerset —  

Pulaski native Jackie McGowan was trying to complete his family tree when he stumbled upon a nearly-forgotten piece of the county’s history: The County Farm Cemetery.
 
Located off North Ky. 1247 in a field belonging to the family of Steven Hieronymus, a dentist in Somerset, the cemetery once belonged to a poor house Pulaski County ran from the late 1800’s until the 1930’s. The people living at the poor house could not afford funerals or burial costs, so they were buried on a small plot of land nearby. According to McGowan, two of his uncles and one aunt, who died when they were children, are buried somewhere in the cemetery.
“My grandmother had 16 children,” McGowan said. “Eight died young and eight survived.”
After McGowan’s aunt, the last of the 16 siblings, had died in 2002, he set out to try to piece together a family tree. He said when he unearthed obituaries putting the location of the people buried at the County Farm Cemetery, a place he didn’t recognize, he was confused and began searching for his relatives’ graves, eventually finding the cemetery’s location.
The County Farm Cemetery is located in a small grove of trees on a hill near the edge of Hieronymus’s field. There is no sign denoting its location to the public. There is also no direct access route to the cemetery. The quickest way to get there is by passing through the yard of a residence on Ky. 1247, going through a barbed-wire fence, and crossing a cattle field to get to the grove. 
“There should be some kind of gravel road or something where people don’t have to go through a barbed-wire fence to get there,” McGowan said. “I’ve got a couple of cousins who are 60 and 70 years old that want to look at the cemetery, but they can’t even get to the cemetery.”

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