I found my third great-grandfather, Sampson Stanfill (the spelling of the family seems to have changed mid-1800s) beside my third great-grandmother, Rhoda Ellison, in what was clearly the oldest part of the cemetery. Sampson moved to Knox, Kentucky (now Whitley) from Anson, North Carolina with his family before 1810. He met Rhoda, whose family had moved from Virginia, and they married in 1822 and became the parents of ten children; my great-great grandfather, Milton, was their eldest child. Sampson worked as a surveyor and a farmer in the area while raising his family. His son James donated the land the cemetery is on (as well as the Stanfield United Baptist Church); his son Lewis's wife, Ellen Faulkner, was the first person buried in the cemetery in 1868.
Sampson is buried between his two wives; Rhoda Ellison and his second wife, Celia Carroll.
|Sampson Lafayette Stanfill 1800 - 1887|
|Rhoda (Rhody) Rachel Ellison Stanfill 1806 - 1867|
|Celia Carroll Stanfill 1806 - 1879|
|Ellen Faulkner Stanfill 1841 - 1868|
|Lewis J. Stanfill 1832 - 1897|
|Lewis J. Stanfill|
|James Stanfill 1828 - 1903|
I'm already planning a return trip in the spring; the four days we had just wasn't enough to go to every cemetery and repository I need to visit. Can't wait to go back!