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Uncovering misplaced historical past: Simpson County historian makes use of new know-how to find 100+ unmarked graves


Mar 28, 2023
Lengthy-lost Accomplice burial floor amongst discoveries

FRANKLIN, Ky. –  One Simpson County historian is utilizing new know-how to uncover the literal stays of the county’s historical past.

“It’s very intense since you’re discovering stuff that’s been misplaced all through the technology. And it’s form of heartbreaking, additionally.”

For the previous yr, Billy Wilkerson used the Simpson County Historic Society’s new Floor Penetrating Radar unit, GPR, to search out unmarked graves.

The GPR works by displaying waves to point disturbance within the floor.

When Wilkerson passes over a physique, the detailed information exhibits how deeply an individual is buried, and it may even differentiate between whether or not there’s a casket or only a physique buried underground.

“We’ve really obtained six documented cemeteries which might be lacking from our information,” Wilkerson defined. “We principally know who was there, however we do not know the place the precise location is. Most of those graves are being lacking for 20-plus years. After which we now have been been in a position to analysis and recuperate a variety of documented graves which were destroyed by farmers.”

Wilkerson approximates he’s already discovered round 100 individuals misplaced to Simpson County’s historical past, together with a long-lost Accomplice burial floor.

“We really discovered 9 unmarked graves proper subsequent to the household cemetery. We consider it goes together with the historical past of Accomplice troopers retreating from Bowling Inexperienced to Nashville, they usually had been caught up into an ambush there by the Union. We all know that after the Confederates retreated from that location, the wounded had been dispatched and positioned within the yard. And I consider we now have discovered that.”

Regardless of the rising quantity of requests, Wilkerson has determined to maintain his service freed from cost.

“We’re wanting ahead to those initiatives,” stated Wilkerson. “It’s going to carry our historical past again.”

You possibly can assist the Simpson County Historic Society preserve preserving SoKY’s historical past by making a donation.

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