Duvall creating volume to document those buried in Peaks Mill Cemetery

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

A desire to honor her grandmother's memory compelled Brenda Duvall to undertake a true labor of love.

"She meant so much to me when I was growing up," Duvall said of Beulah Bledsoe Lee. "I just wanted to do something to remember her."

Duvall's "labor" has been the creation of a volume documenting all those who are buried in the Peak Mill Cemetery, located adjacent to the Peaks Mill Christian Church. So far the volume, which hopefully will be ready for publication by fall, has reached nearly 700 pages!

"There are more than 600 people buried in the cemetery," said Duvall, "and about 400 headstones or markers. I know, too, there are many more buried there whose graves aren't marked."

Duvall is continuing to accept material for inclusion in the book, but the June 30 deadline is fast approaching.

"I'd like to get pictures of any or all the veterans, in uniform, who are buried here. And of course I'll still accept any other pictures or information anyone has about others who are here, too."

If you have such information, contact Duvall by calling 223-3779, e-mailing her at bduvall@fewpb.net or by writing to 103 Reservoir Road.

"Probably most people have someone who was particularly important to them during their youth," said Duvall, who works in the state Treasurer's Office. "While I never personally lived in the Peaks Mill area, I have lots of very fond memories of visiting at my grandmother's."

She remembers things like the rain barrel ... root cellar ... out house ... and a table filled with food.

"I just thought it would be a nice tribute to her."

The book has been three years and countless hours in the making. The starting point for gathering information was Franklin County Church and Family Gravesites, an inventory of headstones compiled by the Kentucky Genealogical Society in the late 1970s.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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