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Relocated Cemeteries

Paintsville Lake Project...
Cemetery Relocation

Paintsville Lake, located in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, is a source of recreation, sport and enjoyment to thousands of area residents and visitors each summer. But I have to wonder if anyone ever takes time to think about the devastation and destruction that took place in the construction phase of the Paintsville Lake Project.

Homes and acre upon acre of land was purchased in order to create the Paintsville Lake. After living most of their life in a particular area, residents had to relocate away from the only home ever known to them, selling their houses and land which in many instances, had been in the family for several generations.

Cemeteries were also affected by the construction of the Paintsville Lake. Nearly 100, give or take a few, cemeteries were relocated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers from Huntington West Virginia. The Johnson County Memorial Cemetery was created for the purpose of placing the relocated cemeteries, making the reinterment sites more accessible than the original sites, however, I feel very cheated by not being able to visit the exact burial location of my ancestors because the land is now underwater. I can only hope that no graves went unnoticed and are now lost to us forever.

Almost twenty years after Part III of the cemetery relocation project took place, I have in my possession several of the original maps and survey charts used by the Engineering Corps. Below are links to several of those cemeteries. Information on the reinterment site is included. I hope these cemetery listings will be of some help.

Lemaster Cemetery #53
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation January 1979
Blanton Cemetery #51
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation January 1979
Cecil Hitchcock Cemetery No. 16
Part VI of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Pendleton Cemetery No. 61 Cantrell-Lemaster Cemetery No. 54
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation January 1979
Blevins Cemetery No. 7
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Blevins Cemetery No. 8
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Dye Cemetery No. 6
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Meade Cemetery No. 11
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Lemaster Cemetery No. 5
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Lemaster Cemetery No. 12
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984
Hitchcock Cemetery No. 9
Part III of the Cemetery Relocation November 1984

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