KLAIBER CEMETERY is a Kentucky Registered non-profit cemetery under KRS 367.932 (12).

James Klaiber, Teresa Klaiber, Craig Fannin Trustees

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

While Boyd County, Kentucky was still in its infancy the James Howe family had quietly settled in a small house above Solomon's Fork, Sammons Branch (now Long Branch), of the East Fork of Garner. To the east of James Howe's 145 acres(1) and across Long Branch you could see the William Hood farm.

It was on the point, high on the hill of the William Hood farm, that James Howe laid to rest his small ward, the minor/infant daughter of deceased Allen Stewart, in October of 1871. Howe had been appointed tiny Isabelle Stewart's guardian in May of 1866.(2) It is possible that others may have been buried there prior to Isabelle's death, but hers is the earliest marked tombstone today (1996).

Some of the other families that settled in the area included Ross, Marcum, Prichard, Sexton, and Gallion. The Sexton's had moved to what was Carter County, later Boyd, from Letcher County, Kentucky, as had Hiram Gallion's wife Elizabeth Sutton Gallion. Gallion had been appointed to view a road (help survey) from the forks of Garner Creek to the Carter/Boyd County line, in December 1865.(3) Standing high on the hill of Hood's property, at the point just north of these early burials, one could see the makings of a road following the creek bed, just below.

As the road became a little more accessible, German immigrant John Andrew Klaiber, added to the network of families that worked and shared up and down the creek, purchasing the farm that could be viewed to the right of the cemetery.

In August 1874 William Hood died and was laid to rest on the hill of his farm, near Isabelle Stewart. Just two months earlier, their neighbor Sarah Howe had passed away and was given the Hoods blessing to be buried on The Hood property. Sarah was related to William's wife, Matilda. The Hood property changed hands several times before Henry Powell Sexton purchased it from George W. and Angelina Ross in 1885.(4)

H.P. and his wife Julina McCormack Sexton already had 11 children, the youngest named for her mother. His parents, Marcus and Catherine, lived over the hill in Lawrence County on Belle's Trace. Just three years after the Sexton's purchased the farm on Garner, Mark (as he was usually called) died.(5) The family had a team carry his body up the hill to the point that was quickly developing into a burial ground. Through the years the Sexton's held huge family reunions, and as they gathered in front of their large two story home, each could look across the road and up the hill at the pioneers who formed this area of the county. The Sexton's tenderly cared for the cemetery, eventually placing a small fence with a small entrance gate around the point. The family kept the area cleared and the Sexton ladies always made sure fresh flowers graced family graves.

The first known recorded entry of a grave yard was written 2 March 1893 when Henry Powell and wife Julina sold George Mayhew a 20 x 50 foot section "beginning at a post of the fence..." and "on a point nearly opposite the mansion house." The deed also states that William Mayhew was already buried there.(6)

The second recorded entry of a grave yard was filed in the Boyd County Recorder's Office on August 2, 1899.(7) H.P. Sexton sold John Andrew Klaiber one eighth of an acre for his family and heirs along with the "right of ingress and egress." This surveyed area was above the original fenced burial sites.

In 1905 Henry Powell Sexton's youngest daughter Julina, recently widowed, married John Andrew Klaiber's son James Matthew.(8) When H.P. died in 1913(9), widow Julina McCormack Sexton began the division of the property among her large family. These partition deeds carefully set apart 80 square yards for a grave yard. Daughter Julina and her husband, James Matthew Klaiber, continued the tradition of nurturing the cemetery. They instilled both the love of the land and the loving care of the cemetery in their son John Henry.

Among other early families migrating from Letcher County into Carter and Boyd County were Lucas'. The Lucas family were related to several branches of the Sexton family. When Lucinda Lucas, a daughter of James Henderson and Hulda Sexton died in 1931 she was buried in the cemetery. Two years later, in 1933 Lucinda's husband Henry Kane Lucas also died. The family requested a deed from Henry Powell's son, James M. Sexton, who's inherited portion included the cemetery. James M. and wife Etta had moved to Jasonville, Indiana and granted the deed for a plot, for $25.00. According to records the deed was not recorded until 1955 when improvements were being made at the grave yard.(10)

John Henry Klaiber had cared for the land that belonged to his parents, aunt's and uncles, as he grew up. By 1935(11) he had purchased land from his parents and in the Spring of 1937(12) began to buy relative's partitioned properties, recreating the original deed descriptions. This purchase of 43+ acres included the cemetery, though still described as 80 square yards, it had clearly grown. After J.H.'s marriage to Elsie Ellis Rucker they also purchased a large portion of land that had once been the James Howe farm.

From the vantage point of their newly acquired home, John and Elsie could also look up the hill and view the cemetery, where they soon laid to rest a tiny infant daughter. John Henry's life centered on family, farm, and community. And with community in mind, time after time, he gave another small piece of his land to bury those in need - the boundaries long since having spilled out of any legal description, onto his farmland. Those that wished could donate a little to mend the fence and those that could not afford the cost of burials were welcome. From time to time different individuals would help John Henry out, by mowing family area's of the cemetery. The neighborhood always came together, lovingly and with honor, carefully digging each new grave.

Through the early 1900's various death certificates, and deeds refer to the burial ground as the William Hood Cemetery, Garner Cemetery, Sexton Cemetery, and Klaiber Cemetery with variant spellings. Even today, the Kentucky Geological Survey, Rush Quadrangel map incorrectly spells the cemetery as "Clybur."

The last team to carry a casket to the cemetery was on a cold, snowy Christmas Day, 1949, when a horse drawn sled took J.H.'s father, James Matthew Klaiber up the hill. (13)

His widow, Julina, was determined that a good road was needed for hearse, friends, and family members. In 1955 she wrote letter after letter, asking for donations to build a new road and to refence the cemetery. Family descendants were

scattered but letters and donations came in from Gallion and

Enyart families, the Workman's, Sexton's, Klaiber's, Fannin's, and others. The improvements were completed in 1956.(14)(15)(16)

John Henry continued care of the cemetery, road and fence. Small donations came in from various branch's of families through the years. For some time before her death, Amanda Maddox collected for the Lucas family. After her death Harold Sexton continued to manage Lucas and Sexton donations. John, his wife Elsie, and sister Martha, collected from Klaiber family and friends. In the early 1990's, because of ill health it became necessary for John and Harold to share the expense of hiring someone to mow when funds were low. John Henry Klaiber died June 18, 1995, Father's Day, on the farm that he loved, with his family, and wonderful neighbors that dearly cared for him. He is buried beside his wife, and near daughter, parents, grandparents and great grandparents, neighbors, and pioneers.

The farm has now passed to son James David Klaiber. As a tribute to father, family, and community, a Cemetery Fund has been established in a local Boyd County bank with a goal of perpetual funding in the future. The Klaiber's will continue to care for the cemetery. Jim and family have lived away for over 20 years but it is so easy to be drawn back when roots run so deeply and Boyd County has always been "home." It is easier still to honor and care for the last earthly resting place of those with such a rich history of the county we love. And it is a wonderful feeling knowing that this is where one belongs.

Records show, financially, outside donations were never enough to handle fence repairs, gravel, mower repairs, gasoline, gates, and other necessities. Folks chuckled at the mailbox, J.H. mounted by the gate to accept small donations. He joked that maybe someone that lived there would win the Publishers Clearing House. A book KLAIBER CEMETERY was produced in 1996 to generate funds for the savings account located at Kentucky Farmers Bank, Catlettsburg, KY. The book generated almost $2000.00. But funds are still needed to care for fence, road and the future of our cemetery. If you would like to donate to the cemetery you can do so by sending a check payable to "Klaiber Cemetery Fund," 22937 Long Branch Road, Rush, KY 41168.

The area of what is known as Klaiber Cemetery is full. Those area's that do not yet hold loved ones, are reserved.

KLAIBER CEMETERY, BOYD COUNTY, KY

 
LAST GIVEN BIRTH DEATH STONE
BLACKBURN KERMIT 30 DEC 1914 20 JUNE 2003 42
BLACKBURN WILMA M 16 NOV 1928
42
BLAIR FAMILY PLOT


BOCOOK SANFORD
9 DEC 1910 84
CLARK JOHN T 9 OCT 1848 15 JUL 1915 10
CLARK JOSEPH M 24 JUL 1860 4 AUG 1915 11
CLARK MITCHELL 7 MAY 1819 14 SEP 1892 8
CLARK SARAH R 1 MAR 1823 3 OCT 1902 9
COMBS LEWIS 1900 1923 80
COMBS MARTHA 1851 1930 79
CONLEY DORIS ENYART 1954 1993 28
CONLEY GLADYS SEXTON

100
COX FRED RAYMOND 18 AP 1900 1 JUL 1964 53
CRUM JOHN ALLEN

5
CRUM MAGGIE

5
CRUM WISE

6
DOWDY SARAH CRABTREE 1903 1971 87
DOWDY THOMAS 2 MAR 1895 29 AP 1969 87
DURHAM FREDERICK H 7 JUN 1891 4 FEB 1973 86
DURHAM SARAH C 4 DEC 1893 7 JULY 1983 86
ENYART CURTIS


ENYART DOUGLAS


ENYART LEONARD L 1888 1975 44
ENYART MARY E 1921 1989 43
ENYART MARY G 1894 1973 44
ENYART TOM 1914 26 JUL 2000 43
ESTEP


66
FANNIN MARY E
31 JAN 1899 54
FELTY DEBRA 1953 1998 99
FERREL HELEN

76
FERREL RAYMOND 1921 1995 76
FUGATE DAVID WAYNE 29 AP 1965 27 OCT 1966 30
GALLION CLARENCE

11
GALLION EMA

11
GALLION GOLDIE 28 MAR 1896 30 APR 1896 37
GALLION H. D. 14 FEB 1827 2 NOV 1890 13
GALLION INFANT

11
GALLION WILLIAM H 1855 1920 12
GUSSLER WILLARD SCOTT 1912 1982 88
HARRIS JOHN H 2 MAR 1860 11 MAR 1909 22
HATFIELD


86
HATFIELD EMMETT

86
HOOD MATILDA 3 DEC 1805 20 MAR 1887 57
HOOD WILLIAM P
14 AUG 1974 56
HOWE SARAH
6 JUN 1874 7
HUND BETH FANNIN

101
HUND EDWARD

102
JARVIS EMRALD 18 SEP 1907 6 MAR 1968 77
JARVIS LAURA 5 SEP 1910 31 DEC 1942 77
JONES ARTHUR L 1941 1944 27
JONES CHARLES 1928 1943 27
JORDAN DELLA C 28 JUN 1930 30 AUG 1930 96
JORDAN G. W.
20 APR 1930 93
JORDAN H. B. 10 DEC 1906 30 JUL 1931 96
JORDAN IRA VERNON 4 FEB 1901 27 APR 1933 90
JORDAN MARY E 1870 1940 97
JORDAN MARY JANE 26 MAY 1874 24 APR 1936 92
JORDAN THOMAS P 1871 1951 97
KELLEY E ALICE 1868 1896 34
KELLY ELIZA O
18 NOV 1895 60
KLAIBER ELSIE R 7 JAN 1912 24 NOV 1987 32
KLAIBER INFANT
1945 31
KLAIBER JAMES DAVID

32
KLAIBER JAMES DAVID


KLAIBER JAMES MATTHEW 21 JUL 1858 22 DEC 1949 67
KLAIBER JOHN ANDREW 20 OCT 1831 4 Dec 1920 51
KLAIBER JOHN H 15 JUL 1911 18 JUNE 32
KLAIBER JULINA HORTON 30 JUNE 1877 20 APR 1978 67
KLAIBER MARGURETTA
14 SEP 1896 68
KLAIBER MARY ANN MCBRAYER 24 MAY 1834 1 APR 1919 51
KLAIBER MARY MONTGOMERY 22 JAN 1879 9 AUG 1912 33
KLAIBER N. A. 24 SEP 1861 28 SEP 1904 52
KLAIBER TERESA LYNN MARTIN

32
LAWRENCE JOHNNY

27
LAWRENCE RUBY ENYART

27
LAWSON


63
LAWSON


63
LAWSON


63
LUCAS BESSIE J 1926 1966 72
LUCAS CARL D 1918 1918 74
LUCAS CHARLEY 24 MAY 1905 22 AUG 1925 94
LUCAS ELIZABETH 22 MAY 1912 27 NOV 1989 69
LUCAS FRANK K 1884 1966 71
LUCAS GARNER

78
LUCAS H. K. 1846 1933 70
LUCAS LUCINDA 1850 1931 70
LUCAS MARTHA E 1919 1923 73
LUCAS NANCY A 1888 1967 71
LUCAS RALPH C 14 MAR 1914 16 JUL 1977 69
LUCAS SHERMAN

34
LUCAS TAYLOR

34
LUCAS VIRGINIA MYRTLE 24 SEP 1924 29 JUL 1926 78
MADDOX AMANDA M 1908
76
MADDOX ARLIE 18 MAY 1921 18 AUG 1978 89
MADDOX THOMAS J 1895 1960 76
MAYHEW DIMMA 2 JUN 1867 9 APR 1895 24
MAYHEW FLORA S


MAYHEW MARY E 21 SEP 1834 8 SEP 1904 26
MAYHEW WILLIAM C 2 NOV 1932 3 MAY 1890 25
MCCORMICK JACKIE RAY 11 MAR 1939 11 MAR 1939 1
MOORE J. L. 21 JAN 1925 20 NOV 1999 64
MOORE REBECCA J 15 MAR 1937
64
REEVES CHARLES EDWARD

95
REEVES LULA M 1894 1955 95
SEXTON CATHERINE
7 JUN 1893 17
SEXTON ERNEST O 20 MAR 1920 10 JAN 1986 39
SEXTON EVERET 8 JAN 1905 17 JUN 1905 85
SEXTON FRANK 6 MAR 1904 22 JAN 1935 29
SEXTON HAROLD

98
SEXTON HENRY POWELL 1892 1974 38
SEXTON HOPIE M 9 MAR 1910 30 JUN 1930 82
SEXTON HOWARD 1 MAY 1922 20 JUN 2002 62
SEXTON JASPER N 15 JAN 1869 10 NOV 1967 83
SEXTON KENNETH "HOP" 1926 1989 81
SEXTON KENNETH E 25 NOV 1926 19 OCT 1989 75
SEXTON MARIAM L 1 APR 1878 17 MAR 1930 83
SEXTON MARK 2 JAN 1812 22 OCT 1877 16
SEXTON NELLIE G 1898 1962 38
SEXTON r NORMAN 30 NOV 1899 8 NOV 1921 84
SEXTON WILLA


SEXTON WIRT ELAM 18 JUL 1918 4 NOV 1997 83
SHEPHERD DORIS 25 AUG 1953 25 AUG 2000 63
SHEPHERD JOHN

63
SHEPHERD WILLIAM R 10 JAN 1941 11 OCT 1970 48
SMITH CLYDE JR 11 JUL 1927 23 MAR 1930 65
SMITH CYNTHIA 1901 1994 64
SMITH JAMES RICHARD 21 DEC 1924 25 JUN 1988 64
SMITH LEWIS DEWEY 5 MAR 1899 9 OCT 1977 64
SPARKS



SPARKS DAVE 1898 1966 46
SPARKS FRANKLIN D 20 MAR 1942 23 FEB 1969 45
SPARKS NORA 20 JUL 1902
46
STANLEY CLARENCE 24 MAR 1922 8 JUN 1966 61
STANLEY DWIGHT M 29 AUG 1884 14 SEP 1904 41
STANLEY GEORGE J 28 JUL 1895 19 DEC 1973 61
STANLEY J. B. 31 MAR 1858 25 OCT 1939 40
STANLEY JOE 1890 1940 62
STANLEY MARGARET E 7 SEP 1895 30 JAN 1961 61
STANLEY MYRTLE 1892 1981 62
STANLEY SUSAN 18 MAR 1856 30 OCT 1908 40
STEWART ISABELLA A
23 OCT 1871 55
STEWART PAULINE 11 nOV 1922 23 SEP 2002 77
UNKNOWN


35
UNKNOWN


59
UNKNOWN


58
UNKNOWN


36
UNKNOWN


18
UNKNOWN


21
UNKNOWN


19
UNKNOWN


15
UNKNOWN


14
UNKNOWN


23
UNKNOWN


20
VANNATTER BERT 7 MAR 1917
49
VANNATTER DOROTHY 22 JUN 1924 9 MAR 1984 49
VANNATTER GARY EDWARD 18 FEB 1941 23 JUN 1968 47
VANNATTER WILLIAM LEONARD 23 JUN 1942 24 DEC 1970 50
WOOTEN BEATRICE 3 JUN 1897 1 APR 1950 3
WOOTEN EVERETT 1890 1973 2
WOOTEN J. C. 19 JUN 1918 27 SEP 1920 4
WORKMAN INES 21 APR 1900 12 OCT 1933 91
WORKMAN INFANT

91
WRIGHT GENE C

76
WRIGHT JOAN

76

INDIVDUAL TOMBSTONE PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION    

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LOCATION OF KLAIBER CEMETERY:

From Ashland, KY: US 60 to Intersect KY 180. KY 180  (under I64) turns into US 3 to CR 854 (Middleton's Store). Turn r on CR 854 (Garner) to 2nd L Long Branch Rd. Approx 2 m to cem rd on L.



We would appreciate all visitors stopping by our house on the right hand side before visiting the cemetery - just a friendly howdy will do!





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