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TENNESSEE STATE SOCIETY SAR

The Tennessee Society
Sons of the American Revolution

 
 Cemetery Restoration Event
Kelton Cemetery
Black Fox Spring
Circa 1813
 

William & Elizabeth Kelton Article

William Kelton Grave Marking Press Release

Kelton Cemetery at Black Fox Spring
c.1813
Restoration Project 2013

Click Here For Video Slide Show of Restoration (00:03:04)

Compatriot David Miles Vaughn is a member of the Tennessee Sons of the American Revolution, Col Anthony Bledsoe Chapter in Gallatin, Tennessee. He first got started with his genealogy search of his family in 2008. His 2nd cousin Sandra Barnes Drake of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who is a member of the local Daughters of the American Revolution told him he was a direct descendant of an American Revolutionary War Patriot named William Kelton. That is all it took for David to get hooked on learning more about his ancestors. David got all of his documentation together and used Sandraís DAR application to become a new member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

After David became a member in 2009, Sandra told him that she had been to the cemetery where William Kelton was buried in a field off of Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Well David wanted to go see. She had only been there once in 1981 and she knew approximately where it should be. David and Sandra stopped at a manís house on Bradyville Pike and talked with him to see if they could park there and walk across his backyard, which was about eighty yards to the woods behind his house. Once they arrived at the edge of the woods Sandra could not believe how it had grown up, and that this was going to be a challenge just to find the graves among the briars and small trees and the extensive undergrowth. She had told David that most all of the stone markers had been broken and laying on the ground in disarray. Well she was right after, about twenty minutes of digging through the undergrowth they located a couple of stones. They were still legible. After more searching in the area they found William Kelton and his wife Elizabeth Ramsay Keltonís stone markers lying on the ground. They also found a few more markers that were on the ground and a few that were still standing.

 Over the next couple of years David starting talking with some local people on what could be done to restore this cemetery. David soon found out that this was a project that he was going to have to take on himself. In 2012, David started talking with the landowner about what he was planning on the restoration project, and the landowner said that he had purchased the property just a few years before and knew that the cemetery was there and was hoping someone would restore it. So David talked with some of his best friends during the summer of 2012 to see if they could volunteer in the winter of 2013 to help him with this project. They all said that they could help him in the different phases of the restoration.

 In January 2013, David and three of his friends went to the cemetery with chainsaws and a brush cutter to start the cleanout. It took them two days to clean out a 100 x 100 ft. area and what they discovered was amazing. They found a total of nineteen markers. They had to move some of the markers during the cleanout so they used red markings flags where the stones laid with numbers and names that were on the markers for putting them back where they were found. What was also amazing was that where they were laying, they were approximately close where they originally were because the bottom of the markers where they broke off were still visible in the ground. After the cleanout was completed all of the stone markers were put back with the marking flags. There was about four rows of stone markers. Wow, what had they discovered? They made a diagram with all of the names and location.

 Then David went to Lowes with some pictures of the cemetery showing the cleanup and the diagram with the cemetery names to see what materials could be donated for this project. Lowes donated lumber and concrete for the resetting of the stones. Then about a week later weather permitting, David and four of his friends went to the cemetery to start the marker resetting process. They dug new footers that were 10 in. deep by 1 x 2 foot square and poured in concrete and stood the markers and reset them in the concrete. One note to add that while they were digging the footers they discovered one more marker and in another location they found a small brass marker plate. David had to use a granite epoxy to glue some of the broken stones back together. He made a couple of concrete flat stones to put the brass plate on. One of the markers that the inscription was on the very bottom, was laid flat on the concrete so it could be read.

 Over the next few weeks David went to some other vendors for donations of more materials and they were all eager to help from top soil, sign metal, posts and cable for the fence and grass seed. David and his friends first spread two trailer loads of topsoil to fill in indentions, holes, stumps so the cemetery could be level. Then they laid a flat rock entrance to the cemetery then put in the posts and installed a cable through the posts to make a fence barrier around the cemetery. Then after the cemetery sign was fabricated and lettering put on, it was installed.

 The Kelton Cemetery Restoration project was completed. Now David used his diagram of names to start connecting the people buried there. It is amazing what he found. First, William Kelton, his 5th Great Grandfather who died May 18th, 1813, was the first burial. William purchased the land consisting of 619 acres in 1801 in which he is buried. Not only his wife Elizabeth, but a son James Kelton and his wife Elizabeth White and three of Williamís granddaughters and a great granddaughter and a great grandson, William Abraham Sloan, are also buried there and a few other family members and two burials that are not related. The last known burial was 1940. Note that most of the death dates were early 1800ís.

 Since 2008, when David started his family research he found many ancestors and information. For example, he just got his first SAR supplemental. Anthony Crockett was with the 7th Virginia Continental Regiment. Anthony Crockett fought in the war of 1812. Last year David discovered his connection to Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. David has over 1100 relatives now in his research and you can visit his Family Tree Website at www.Davidvaughn.tribalpages.com

 The Kelton Cemetery at Black Fox Spring ď200 Years Celebration and Grave MarkingĒ will be May 18th, 2013, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee see www.Anthonybledsoe.com for further information.


   

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