Veterans sought at Red River Cemetery

By Chris Cooper -

Red River Cemetery

Organizers of the 20th Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous at the Red River Meeting House have added a special event this year to commemorate all veterans buried in the Red River Cemetery. From Russellville, the Red River Cemetery is located by traveling approximately 10 miles out 431 South, turning left onto Hwy. 663 and going three miles, taking a final turn left at the Red River Meeting House.

There are approximately 400 buried in this cemetery, many born as early as 1728. There are relatives of George Rogers Clark, two generals and a colonel from the War of 1812, several Revolutionary War soldiers and Confederate soldiers, and one veteran of the Battle of Waterloo.

Dreama Ruley, one of the organizers of the Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous held each fall on the property, believed it was important to recognize those veterans who are buried in the Red River Cemetery. A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Red River Cemetery during the 20th annual camp meeting weekend.

“If you know of any relative who is buried in Red River Cemetery who served in any war, please get in touch with Ruley at or call Richard or Darlynn Moore at 270-539-6528. “We need to know the veteran’s name and which war they served in to include them in the special memorial service,” said Darlynn Moore.

The grounds of the Red River Meeting House is the site of the beginning of the Great Revival of 1800, and of the First Camp Meeting in the World on the third Sunday in June, 1800. Built as a Presbyterian Church, a replica of the log church has been constructed on the site and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Land for the cemetery was donated by the Townsend family.

Other events held on the Red River Meeting grounds include the annual Meeting of the Association (2nd Sunday in September), with dinner on the grounds, preaching, singing, and business meeting. The annual Primitive Camp Meeting and Rendezvous is held the 2nd weekend in October. Many come throughout the year from different states and countries to visit the house and cemetery.

Some of the more interesting graves at the Red River Cemetery include:

Evan McPherson 1787-1849

Born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1787, migrated to this country in 1809, and died 1849. This is one of the most fascinating and interesting tombstones here. Please look at all four sides. One side of the tombstone is inscribed with the 23rd Psalm in Gaelic. Also another side has this inscription: Stop, mortal as you are passing by, as you are now so once was I, As I am now so must you be, Remember that you too must die.

General Robert Ewing 1790-July, 11, 1832

Died in the 73rd year of his age, born in Virginia, removed to west Tennessee in 1781. His distinguished career included service as a general during the Revolutionary War, member of the North Carolina legislature (1787-89), member of the State House from Logan County in 1799, an officer of the War of 1812, State Senator (and speaker) in 1817, and one of Kentucky’s 10 electors in the presidential elections of 1809, 1813, and 1817. In the late 1700′s Ewing was instrumental in the building of the Red River Church. General Ewing’s brother, Rev. Finis Ewing, came to Logan County in 1794 and settled near the Old Red River Meeting House and was active in the Revival of 1800, and was one of the founding fathers of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

George Washington Ewing Nov. 29, 1808-May 20, 1888

Born in Logan County, he was a member of the Confederate Congress in Richmond.

Richard Henry Hayes June 16, 1823-Aug. 23, 1892

Born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. (He was a wagoner in the Civil War-removed the dead from battlefields.) Hayes families came to Logan County between 1875-1880.

William Henry Warren Nov. 19, 1835-Dec. 3, 1912

Civil War Confederate Soldier. Born in Burkesville, Ky.; moved to Tennessee, age 11; enlisted at Livingston, Tenn. 11 November 1861; died 3 December 1912. His wife, Perilla Christian, died at Orlinda, Tenn., from 1918 flu epidemic, buried at Orlinda in a family cemetery. Because of inclement weather, she couldn’t be brought to the Red River Cemetery.

Marion A. Brown Jan. 26, 1878-June 27, 1973

Kentucky Pvt. USA, Spanish American War.

General Archibald M. Campbell March 6, 1784-Sept, 8, 1829

Gen. Campbell married Elizabeth McCurdy. He served as a private in the War of 1812. In 1825 he was a Colonel in the State Militia. On his grave he is called a General. His other two brothers, John G. and William F., are buried nearby.

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By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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