Edwards Cemetery

Barren Co., KY


Halfway between Park and Savoyard, on Herman Poynter farm.

From “The Edwards Family of Barren County, Ky.” By Cyrus Edwards, Horse Cave, Ky., 1924. Chapter Three:
“Alexander, the third son of the old sea Captain, when a mere boy took part in an expedition against the Indians, on the French Broad River, and in the winter of 1781 was sent to General Greene’s camp in North Carolina with a letter to his brother David stating that his (David’s) wife was so sick that her life was despaired of, and asking that he get a furlough to visit her if possible. The two brothers went to the Colonel of the regiment and asked for the furlough, but the officer said it was impossible to spare a good soldier at that time, as the battle was expected and every man would be needed, but said that if he could get a substitute he might have leave for a few days. Alexander offered to take his place and was accepted. On reaching home, the wife was found to be in a serious condition, but his presence was helpful and after a few days she seemed to be out of danger and David rejoined the command. The battle had been fought and the Colonel on releasing Alexander gave him a certificate stating that he had been regularly enrolled in his command, in an emergency; that he had served sixteen days and had taken part in a battle with the British forces at the Cowpens and had conducted himself creditably. I saw in my young days a certified copy of this certificate in the hands of his daughter Susan. In 1792 he went under Captain William Edgar in his attack on five of the Indians who had murdered the immigrants at the Oven Spring, and was present when they were all killed at the Elk Spring, between the present villages of Park and Three Springs. All I know of him up to the time he settled at the old George Bradley place has been stated in the foregoing pages. He built a large and comfortable house and good outbuildings, was a good farmer and stock raiser and a good manager, and soon reached a condition of ease and plenty. He raised a large family and provided well for them. His later life was a quiet and uneventful as his early life had been stirring. He was a man of excellent qualities; well educated and of refined manners; honest; intelligent; charitable to the poor, patriotic and peaceable; attended well to his own business and let other people’s alone, unless his interference was necessary in order that the right prevail. Of such a life and character there is little more to write. He was buried at his old home (where Whit Thompson formerly resided), in the field, about two or three hundred yards northward of his old mansion. The graveyard had been plowed over for many years and little remains to point out its location, except the gravestone of his first wife, with the initials of her name and date of death.”
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