Old Maple Methodist Chapel Cemetery

Hart County, Kentucky


Located off hwy 88 at the end of Macedonia Church Road is the site where the Old Maple Methodist Chapel stood (now gone). The Cemetery is now (2009) in the yard of Linda Childress. The land was donated by John Wesley Childress to build the Old Maple Methodist Chapel. George Madison Wilson (father of Joseph Stanford Wilson 1870-1955), was one of the many local residents who donated their logs and labor to build the Maple Methodist Church which was also used as a school until the school at Roseburg was built. Joseph Stanford Wilson was the last living member of the Maple Methodist Chapel. The cemetery is located directly behind where the Maple Methodist Chapel once stood. There are five tombstones (Ann Gonterman Bratcher, Elijah Childress, John W. Childress, Martha Childress West, Jacob West) in the cemetery today:

The information and photos were provided by Linda Childress, Leda & Garland Childress, Anderson Childress, Carolyn Olneyand Edith Bastin.

History of the Old Maple Methodist Chapel


Birth Date

Death Date


Bratcher, Ann S. (Gonterman)

Jul 25 1856

Dec 07, 1876

*md. James Wesley Bratcher on 06 Feb 1876 in Hart Co, KY
*m/o John Berry Bratcher b. 30 Nov 1876.
*has tombstone
*(1) Note below

Childress, Elijah

Dec 1837 or 1836

Feb 06, 1915

*1 st wife: Mary Elizabeth Stinson
*2 nd wife: Mary Shay
*s/o John W. Childress & Mary ‘Polly’ (Hare)
*Elijah’s death certificate lists birth as 1837 and tombstone lists birth as Dec 1836.

Childress, John Wesley


Aug 08, 1876

*md. Sarah Jordan on December 25, 1817
*md. Mary ‘Polly’ Hare on January 28, 1831.
*(2) Note below

Childress, Mary (Shay or Shea)

Jun 5, 1860

Feb 08, 1911

*md Elijah Childress abt 1888 as md 12 yrs on 1900 Hart Co KY Census
*(3) Note below

Childress, Mary ‘Polly’ (Hare)



md. John Wesley Childress on 28 Jan 1831 Hardin Co, KY

Childress, Mary Elizabeth (Stinson)

Aft. 1880 census taken

*1 st w/o Elijah Childress
*Has stone

Hare, Bartholomew

Abt. 1796

Aft. 1870

*age 74 on 1870 census.
*Has field stone
*(4) Note below

Logsdon, Hattie May (Childress)

May 05, 1891

Nov 02, 1918

d/o Elijah Childress & Mary Shea

Jacob and Martha West stones

West, Jacob

Mar 08, 1818

Nov 27, 1894

*md. Martha Ann Childress on March 06, 1839
*s/o Jonathan West & Nancy Rogers
*Has tombstone

West, Martha Ann (Childress)

Sep 21, 1819

Jan 06, 1902

*md. Jacob West on March 06, 1839
*d/o John Wesley Childress & Sarah Jordan
*Has tombstone
*(5) Note below

*(1) KY Death Index:
Name: Ann S Brathcer
[Ann S Gonterman]
Death Date: 7 Dec 1876
Death Location: Hart
Residence Location: Hart
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: White
Birth Date:abt 1856
Birth Location: Hart
Father's Name: John K Gonterman
Mother's Name: Ann Gonterman
*(2) KY Death Records:
Name: John W Childress
Death Date:8 Aug 1876
Death Location: Hart
Residence Location: Hart
Age: 76
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Birth Date: abt 1800
Father's Name:Phillip Childress
Mother's Name: Mary Childress
*(3) *Note by Garland Kenneth Childress:
Mary (Shay or Shea) Childress, the second wife of Elijah Childress, is buried about three-hundred yards
west of the Maple Cemetery, across the little valley & on a low ridge beside the old house where Thurman
Thompson lived until about sixty-one years ago.  The grave when I last saw it about 10 years ago was within
a clump of small trees and marked with a field-stone.  This information came to me through my mother,
Alice Jones, (1905- 1978).  She as a child grew to adulthood on this little farm & had a vivid memory of Elijah
Childress when he lived & was present at his burial. 
*(4) Note by Garland Kenneth Childress::
Bartholomew Hare is living in household of Mary ‘Polly’ & John W. Childress
Bartholomew Hare, the older brother of Mary, the second wife of John W. Childress, is buried to the foot
and to the left of the grave of John W. Childress and Mary. His grave once had a field-stone wall around it,
but is now marked with a plain field-stone.  This grave was pointed out to my father and me by my grandfather
"Sim" Childress around 1944
*(5) Note by Garland Childress:
Martha Ann (Childress) West’s year of birth on her stone is wrong. It should be 1819, not 1820.

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