Hanson Aggregate Midwest LLC, owners of the rock quarry on Morgantown Road, are one step closer to having five graves removed from their resting place, and relocating them to Maple Grove Cemetery in Russellville.
Mary Woodley, Environmental Manager for Hanson Aggregate, addressed the Logan County Fiscal Court Tuesday, April 12 asking for permission to move the family of five whose graves date back to the 1700’s. Woodley said Hanson was trying to “do the right thing” by those buried in the small cemetery, before something happens to destroy it.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin, who seconded magistrate Dickie Carter’s motion to allow the disinternment, asked why Hanson wanted to move the graves.
“We have permitted that area to be mined. Right now there is a 100 foot buffer around the cemetery,” said Woodley who spoke of concern for the cemetery’s integrity.
“We just want to do the right thing by them,” added Woodley.
The cemetery is located off Stevenson Mill Road and the 68-80 Bypass.
Each grave would be moved and reburied with their respective tombstones to the Maple Grove Cemetery with the help of Joey Young of Young Funeral Home, said Woodley. County Coroner Mary Givens said she would have to be involved if that occurred.
“It looks as if Hanson has gone through all the proper procedures of moving a grave,” said county attorney Joe Ross.
One of the steps before disinternment is seeking to locate a family members of those buried. Hanson took out an advertisement in the News-Democrat & Leader, as well as tried to locate family through the Logan County Archives. No one has come forth, said Woodley.
The graves belong to Attilia Adams Sanders 1791-1824; Nancy Sanders Dank 1794-1822; Benjamin F. Sanders 1820-1820; George W. Sanders 1816-1817 and John H. Sanders 1822-1823.
The vote Tuesday by the fiscal court was five in favor of moving the graves and two against.
Magistrates Jack Crossley and Barry Joe Wright voted no.
Crossley said the family had been buried there for hundreds of years and shouldn’t be moved.
“I cannot vote for it,” said Crossley.
If anyone is related to the Sanders family buried in this small cemetery, they are urged to contact the Logan County Judge Executive at 270-726-3116 or Hanson Aggregate Midwest LLC at 270-726-6231.
To contact Chris Cooper, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-726-8394.