My ancestors settled in Trigg County around 1811 in the Bethesda area of the county. A small 1-acre cemetery was laid out sometime around 1840 to provide a final resting place for loved ones.
Two years ago to the date (Halloween weekend, 2010) I, along with cousins and brothers and a hired specialist from Connecticut who teaches workshops on how to properly restore gravesites, took on the back-breaking and very expensive task ($4,000 to be exact) to restore this family cemetery. When we finished, it looked beautiful! All the tombstones were repaired and reset.
I was in the cemetery this past Labor Day and all the stones were intact. To my dismay, I returned on Tuesday, October 23rd with Hollowell cousins from Arksansas only to find atleast seven graves desecrated. Markers were broken, pushed over. One crypt was also desecrated.
At first, I assumed cattle had done this, however, on close scrutiny I noticed the briars had been cleanly cut back with a knife or sharp object and, of course, the gate had been unlatched and left opened. There were tracks from an ATV leading to the cemetery.
To the person(s) who committed this act (and if you are a parent of a teen who has been running an ATV up and down P’Pool Road), please be aware of this: It is a Class D Felony to desecrate a grave! Please refer to statute KRS525.115. If you even as much as mutilate a flower in a grave, you can be charged and face fines and a jail sentence!
To the person(s) who committed this crime, you are put on notice that there will be increased surveillance by the law as well as by myself and concerned citizens. Beyond this, there is not much more to say other than I am deeply hurt and disappointed by this act of vandalism.
Anita Larkins McDonald, Cadiz