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Maple Grove Cemetery
Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky

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Maple Grove Cemetery

GPS: 37.885122, -84.570881

500 N Main St
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Published: May 8, 2016
Total records: 3,281

Maple Grove Cemetery is currently administered by the City of Nicholasville.


According to Jessamine County historian, Bennett H. Young, Thomas Jefferson Brown was the first to urge "the necessity of a public cemetery in Nicholasvillle," and it was Brown who also "helped to lay off Maple Grove Cemetery." It is interesting to note that in 1849, this same Thomas Jefferson Brown became the first person to be buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.

The original part of Maple Grove Cemetery was not on Main Street, but rather on Richmond Avenue, then known as Union Mill Road. The cemetery began on May 16, 1849, when William and Nancy Duncan sold to the City of Nicholasville one and one-half acre of land for $157.50 (Deed Book U). The money for these six acres was raised by subscription. As time elapsed, more acreage was bought and the cemetery grew to its current twenty-two acres.

On January 2, 1865, a corporation was formed at the office of John S. Bronaugh, and Moreau Brown was named Chairman. In February 1993, the City of Nicholasville accepted responsibilty for operating the cemetery.

Several tombstones have been removed from private family cemeteries throughout the area and placed in Maple Grove over the years, which accounts for the many tombstones bearing death dates prior to May 16, 1849. The older stones on the main drive came from the Amann Muir Farm Cemetery and were moved to Maple Grove by a relative.

There are hundreds of burials here without markers that are forever unknown. Many of them were victims of the Cholera epidemic. There are also many Civil War soldiers buried here.

Cemerery Records

The majority of records below (3,263) were submitted by Nick Kremer based on tombstone inscriptions. The remaining records come from family historians.

This is not a complete listing of burials!

Contributor's Index:

  • [JC] Jamey Cobb [jlc3@iglou.com]
  • [NK] Nick Kremer [genealogyseeker@twc.com]
  • [NP] Nancy Perry [nanperry@mnsinc.com]

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