sparks and holbrook cemetary

sparks and holbrook cemetary

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anne

Lafayette, TN

#1 Aug 27, 2006
Hi, My dad's family is from the Mayking area and I am researching some of my family history I just recently found out that my great grandfather was a civil war veteran and buried in the Sparks and Holbrook cemetary in the Bottom Fork Mayking area, I was up there but I had no idea where to look, I left that area as a child and sorry to say never got the chance to go back until now if anyone could give me any information on the location of this cemetary it would be very helpful in my search.
Ron Holbrook Black

Vashon, WA

#2 Apr 21, 2007
anne wrote:
Hi, My dad's family is from the Mayking area and I am researching some of my family history I just recently found out that my great grandfather was a civil war veteran and buried in the Sparks and Holbrook cemetary in the Bottom Fork Mayking area, I was up there but I had no idea where to look, I left that area as a child and sorry to say never got the chance to go back until now if anyone could give me any information on the location of this cemetary it would be very helpful in my search.
Greetings, my name is Ron Holbrook Black, you are most likely speaking of Ransom T. Holbrook, he was a confederate soldier during the civil war.. I have not been to his grave but it is located on the old Holbrook place there in Mayking near Bottom Fork, my Grandfather owned much of the land in the 1930s until my mother her brothers and sisters sold it to the Sparks family and others whom own it now.. My family sold it in the late 70s The reference to calling it the Sparks Holbrook cemetery is a fairly recent occurrance.. since the Sparks own the land now and they have people buried there by our Holbrooks they now call it Sparks Holbrook Cemetery but those of us who are Holbrooks refer to it's historical name of Ransom Holbrook Cemetery.. I can not tell you how to get there , I have not been myself but hope to get back there, we moved away to WA. back in 1964
I know that the headstone has been replaced with a new one by the sons of Confederate Veterans organization.. the old one was groken and almost non readable.. they contacted me some years ago and asked for permission to use me as his kin to request a new stone from the government.. as I was the only relative they could find at that time.. the old stone is still there but falling into pieces.. as was the headstone of his wife Elizabeth.... I am also told that there is now a road to the top of the hill where there was not one before..
the Sparks family now lives on it.. I believe the Sparks man that bought the property was the one who told me I could not go onto his property or visit the grave but he has since died and his son owns the property now and is much easier to talk to.
Feel free to write , Ron Holbrook Black
Anne

Lafayette, TN

#3 Apr 23, 2007
Hi Ron, yes Ransom T. Holbrook was my great grandfather, he had a son named William who is my grandfather, my dad's name was also Ransom T. Holbrook. I appericate the information on the cemetery, I am planning a trip back to eastern Kentucky sometime this summer and would very much like to visit there. Could you tell me whom I could contact to get permission to visit the property, and also could you tell me if this was the family cemetery because I also have my grandparents and a brother that had died in 1950 and are buried somewhere in that area. I have gotten the military records of Ransom T. and also he had 2 brothers that joined the confedercy the same day, their names are Randolph and Jesse Holbrook. My e-mail address is goul51@yahoo.com, I would greatly appericate any information.
Thank You again
and God Bless
Anne
mkow78

United States

#4 Apr 24, 2007
Hey Anne, this is a long shot but I work with a woman Lois Holbrook who's hubby's family lives up on Sergent in Mayking. I am wondering if she or her hubby might know. I will take the info to work tonight. His name I think is Bill and they live near Tiffin Ohio (I can't remember if that her city address but she works here in town). I'll get back to you asap.
Linda Goins Simon

AOL

#5 Nov 6, 2007
Hello, My name is Linda Goins Simon and I'm familar with the cemetary you're speaking of. My Grandfather and Step-Grandmother are buried in the Holbrook cemetary. My Grandfather is Charles Grover Higgins and he was buried in that cemetary in 1969. It's very tricky to locate since you pretty much have to pull into a private drive and walk quite a distance up a hill to the cemetary. I think the Rt is 119 and if traveling north on 119 towards Fleming-Neon, before you come to the fork in the road, it is on the right, and like I said prior you pretty much have to know where it is and what drive to pull into since it is not marked. Unfortunately, my father is very ill and that is where he wants to be, and I will attempt to get better directions so those of you who haven't found it yet, you can contact me at my email: Coldmoon1252@aol.com and I hope to be able to help you further. Many times in the more rural areas...it's hard to locate cemetaries.

Linda Goins Simon
Ron Holbrook Black wrote:
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Greetings, my name is Ron Holbrook Black, you are most likely speaking of Ransom T. Holbrook, he was a confederate soldier during the civil war.. I have not been to his grave but it is located on the old Holbrook place there in Mayking near Bottom Fork, my Grandfather owned much of the land in the 1930s until my mother her brothers and sisters sold it to the Sparks family and others whom own it now.. My family sold it in the late 70s The reference to calling it the Sparks Holbrook cemetery is a fairly recent occurrance.. since the Sparks own the land now and they have people buried there by our Holbrooks they now call it Sparks Holbrook Cemetery but those of us who are Holbrooks refer to it's historical name of Ransom Holbrook Cemetery.. I can not tell you how to get there , I have not been myself but hope to get back there, we moved away to WA. back in 1964
I know that the headstone has been replaced with a new one by the sons of Confederate Veterans organization.. the old one was groken and almost non readable.. they contacted me some years ago and asked for permission to use me as his kin to request a new stone from the government.. as I was the only relative they could find at that time.. the old stone is still there but falling into pieces.. as was the headstone of his wife Elizabeth.... I am also told that there is now a road to the top of the hill where there was not one before..
the Sparks family now lives on it.. I believe the Sparks man that bought the property was the one who told me I could not go onto his property or visit the grave but he has since died and his son owns the property now and is much easier to talk to.
Feel free to write , Ron Holbrook Black
Bill Sparks

Manchester, TN

#6 Jan 14, 2008
HI, I am a Sparks from Bottom Fork. The Cemetary is on the Sparks land as stated, up on a mountain. The Sparks and Holbrooks are related and that is why Sparks and Holbrooks and others are buried there. I also knew a R.T. Holbrook, he was related to me and a principle at Whitesburg H.S. To gain access or get directions to the cemetary, please contact my Uncle Larry Sparks, Bottom Fork Road, Mayking KY (I don't know his current mail box number but just address it to him like above and the mail man will know where to deliver it. I find the comment about not being allowed to visit the cemetary to be hard to believe. My Grandfather who owned the land for decades, was a Baptist Minister and a beloved and well known member of the community. Probably one of the nicest people I ever met. Either the person denied access talked to the wrong person or they wanted to do more than visit the graves.
anne

Lafayette, TN

#7 Jan 14, 2008
Bill Sparks wrote:
HI, I am a Sparks from Bottom Fork. The Cemetary is on the Sparks land as stated, up on a mountain. The Sparks and Holbrooks are related and that is why Sparks and Holbrooks and others are buried there. I also knew a R.T. Holbrook, he was related to me and a principle at Whitesburg H.S. To gain access or get directions to the cemetary, please contact my Uncle Larry Sparks, Bottom Fork Road, Mayking KY (I don't know his current mail box number but just address it to him like above and the mail man will know where to deliver it. I find the comment about not being allowed to visit the cemetary to be hard to believe. My Grandfather who owned the land for decades, was a Baptist Minister and a beloved and well known member of the community. Probably one of the nicest people I ever met. Either the person denied access talked to the wrong person or they wanted to do more than visit the graves.
Hello, I am the daughter of RT Holbrook, but the man you are talking about was my grandfathers bother, I believe, he has a son that is also named Ransom T Holbrook, he is a teacher around the Lexington area, I am planning a visit back to Letcher County the first of March this year and would very much like to visit, this is where my great grandfather is buried his name is also Ransom T Holbrook but I believe that my grandfather William is buried there also, I appereciate the post you left with the information I have been searching for, also I am from Scottsville Kentucky about 65 miles north of Nashville. Again thank you and God Bless
Bill Sparks

Manchester, TN

#8 Jan 14, 2008
I believe the R.T Holbrook that I knew of as Principle of Whitesburg High School in the 80's has passed away years ago. I did some research and found that the R.T you know as your great grandfather was the brother of my great great grandmother Francis Holbrook who married Riley Sparks and had several children including my grandfather William Sparks of Bottomfork.
anne

Lafayette, TN

#9 Jan 15, 2008
Bill Sparks wrote:
I believe the R.T Holbrook that I knew of as Principle of Whitesburg High School in the 80's has passed away years ago. I did some research and found that the R.T you know as your great grandfather was the brother of my great great grandmother Francis Holbrook who married Riley Sparks and had several children including my grandfather William Sparks of Bottomfork.
Hello again, I seen your message and I have information on your great grandmother Elizabeth Holbrook Sparks, the dates I have is that she was born Jan. 25, 1880 and died Jun. 7, 1949 and is buried in the Holbrook cemetery there in Letcher Co. on Jan. 3, 1895 she married Riley Sparks he was born Arp. 12, 1875 in Lee County, Va and died April 10, 1959, and is buried also in the Holbrook cemetery. I have the children listed as and they are Henry Sparks born 1896 and Susie Sparks born 1898, Lula Sparks born 1900, William Sparks born 1905, Elizabeth Sparks born 2-12-1907, Ismay Sparks, born 1912, and Sylvester Sparks born 1-28-1917 and my records show there were 3 other Sparks children but no listing of their names. Please feel free to contact me at goul51@yahoo.com if you have other information on this family. It is always great to find a cousin. God Bless
Eastern KY

West Liberty, KY

#10 Jan 28, 2008
Anne - see this link

http://teach.fcps.net/tips/2003_04/January/st...

probably a relative
Anne

Lafayette, TN

#11 Jun 2, 2008
Hello,
I just returned from a trip to Letcher County Ky.
the mountains are still as beautiful as when I left years ago. I did find the Sparks and Holbrook Cemetery that I have been wanting to visit for some time now. It is up a mountain at Bottom Fork and such a beautiful place, they do have a road cut up to it but it would take a truck getting up there, unfortunately I was driving a van to close to the ground to try to drive up. so I walked and a long one at that but the walk was really worth the time. I did find the grave sites of my great grandfather Ransom T Holbrook with his wife beside him Elizabeth Hughes Holbrook also the burial sites of my grandfather William Holbrook aka Uncle Bill as he was known to most people and that was something that was lost in my memory until I seen it written on his stone, he was buried between both of his wife's Mary Adams Holbrook my dad's mother and Malissa Adams his second wife, my uncle Melvin Holbrook was also buried there close to my grandfather. It was a very touching moment for me so I stayed for quite a while up there. It is such a beautiful place. If anyone out there is still looking for this cemetery it will be worth your while in taking the trip. I know I was not disappointed at all.
Shaun Holbrook

Cincinnati, OH

#12 Nov 3, 2008
anne wrote:
Hi, My dad's family is from the Mayking area and I am researching some of my family history I just recently found out that my great grandfather was a civil war veteran and buried in the Sparks and Holbrook cemetary in the Bottom Fork Mayking area, I was up there but I had no idea where to look, I left that area as a child and sorry to say never got the chance to go back until now if anyone could give me any information on the location of this cemetary it would be very helpful in my search.
My dad's family is from Magoffin County. From what he has told me there were two "clans" of Holbrook's, red's and blacks. We are red's. Any info??
Mickey Sparks

Newton, NC

#13 Nov 24, 2008
Hello to anyone that knows about Bottom Fork:) I am a Sparks and I was born in Mayking!! I went back not long ago to visit the cemetary that everyone is talking about!! My family lived in Bottom Fork....they are all now deceased!! My Father was Lindy Sparks....son of Benette and Maggie Sparks....brother of Ralph and Lavon Sparks....all now deceased!! Reading all this brought back some childhood memories....I visited there often as a child!! I am now researching the Sparks family tree!! Anyone with some good information....please Email me......mickeys_mail50@yahoo.c om Thanks:)
Carnell Sparks Cook

Tampa, FL

#14 Jan 2, 2009
I am responding to the comments about my father William Sparks, The person who owned the property on Bottom Fork. He would of NEVER told anyone that they could not come on the Knob! Thats what it was always called. If you would like any other information about my family please email me (wizda4@verizon.net) I will be happy to try to answer any questions you have.
Linda Goins Simon wrote:
Hello, My name is Linda Goins Simon and I'm familar with the cemetary you're speaking of. My Grandfather and Step-Grandmother are buried in the Holbrook cemetary. My Grandfather is Charles Grover Higgins and he was buried in that cemetary in 1969. It's very tricky to locate since you pretty much have to pull into a private drive and walk quite a distance up a hill to the cemetary. I think the Rt is 119 and if traveling north on 119 towards Fleming-Neon, before you come to the fork in the road, it is on the right, and like I said prior you pretty much have to know where it is and what drive to pull into since it is not marked. Unfortunately, my father is very ill and that is where he wants to be, and I will attempt to get better directions so those of you who haven't found it yet, you can contact me at my email: Coldmoon1252@aol.com and I hope to be able to help you further. Many times in the more rural areas...it's hard to locate cemetaries.
Linda Goins Simon
<quoted text>
Carnell Sparks Cook

Tampa, FL

#15 Jan 2, 2009
I am the daughter of william "Bill" Sparks and the comments made about him not letting anyone come on his land is not true, he would NEVER turn anyone off the Knob! That is what that property was always called. If you have any other questions please email me (wizda4@verizon.net)
Bill Sparks

Morristown, TN

#16 Jan 6, 2009
HI, I love this. A conversation that takes place over a period of years. Great. My Aunt Carnell reminded me of this post while we were attending my Aunt Maewood's funeral today. God bless you Aunt Mae.
Bill Sparks

Morristown, TN

#17 Jan 6, 2009
Anne, I am glad you found the cemetary. As you problably noticed, there were Sparks, Holbrooks, Adams and probably Webbs buried there. These families are related. At some confusing time the past, the Sparks used to be Adams and for some reason there was a name change. This sometimes makes it hard to do family research. My Grandmother was a Webb. The names you were looking for from Riley's family in your earlier post were Mary Sparks, and Bennett Sparks. I cannot remember who else Riley had. I believe he had about 12 kids. He was my Great Grandfather. If you contact Carnell she probably will tell you more about it.
Dwight Bentley

United States

#18 Jan 21, 2009
I am seeking information also concerning he cemetery on the Knob. My father Oliney Bentley
(nicknamed Dickie) is 81 years old and has told me
he wishes to be buried in I believe this cemetery.
He references the cemetery as the Guy Holbrook
Cemetery. Are we talking about the same location?
It sounds like it. In my many trips to Eastern, KY I have passed it and my parents speak of climbing that hill. Guy Holbrook, I believe, was my father's uncle. My father's dad, my grandfather, being
Hassel Bentley. I also am told I have multiple relatives buried at this site. If anyone can help me find information about burial plots it would be greatly appreciated. If I am in the incorrect area or the wrong family forum, I apologize for any inconvenience.
Respectfully, Dwight (dbentley52@bellsouth.net)
Thanks
Maryanne

Fort Myers, FL

#19 Jun 10, 2009
Ron Holbrook Black wrote:
<quoted text>
Greetings, my name is Ron Holbrook Black, you are most likely speaking of Ransom T. Holbrook, he was a confederate soldier during the civil war.. I have not been to his grave but it is located on the old Holbrook place there in Mayking near Bottom Fork, my Grandfather owned much of the land in the 1930s until my mother her brothers and sisters sold it to the Sparks family and others whom own it now.. My family sold it in the late 70s The reference to calling it the Sparks Holbrook cemetery is a fairly recent occurrance.. since the Sparks own the land now and they have people buried there by our Holbrooks they now call it Sparks Holbrook Cemetery but those of us who are Holbrooks refer to it's historical name of Ransom Holbrook Cemetery.. I can not tell you how to get there , I have not been myself but hope to get back there, we moved away to WA. back in 1964
I know that the headstone has been replaced with a new one by the sons of Confederate Veterans organization.. the old one was groken and almost non readable.. they contacted me some years ago and asked for permission to use me as his kin to request a new stone from the government.. as I was the only relative they could find at that time.. the old stone is still there but falling into pieces.. as was the headstone of his wife Elizabeth.... I am also told that there is now a road to the top of the hill where there was not one before..
the Sparks family now lives on it.. I believe the Sparks man that bought the property was the one who told me I could not go onto his property or visit the grave but he has since died and his son owns the property now and is much easier to talk to.
Feel free to write , Ron Holbrook Black
Hello Ron,
I am the daughter of B.A. Holbrook. I have a letter my father was writing to you fulfilling a request you made for his life story. Did you ever receive anything from him?
His parents were John Holbrook and MaryAnne Stewart.
Please contact me at: maryanne.5@live.com.
Best regards,

Maryanne
tiffany

Whitesburg, KY

#20 Dec 21, 2010
Eastern KY wrote:
Anne - see this link
http://teach.fcps.net/tips/2003_04/January/st...
probably a relative
Hi, this is my brother, our father was also Ransom T. Holbrook, he was a principal at Whitesburg High School in the 80s and passed away in 1998. His father (Ransom T. Holbrook) was married to Leona Powell.

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