Tombstone Tuesday – Lute & Sabina Smith

by Sherry Stocking Kline
January 26, 2010

This tombstone is located in a Smith Family Cemetery in or near the Temple Hill area in Barren County, Kentucky.  (there are several Smith Family cemeteries in Barren County.) It is a small family cemetery, but I would guess there might be as many as 20 or 30 burials there.

The cemetery was located behind a farmhouse, and the whole area was overgrown with tall grass.  One clue to note is that someone (probably on Memorial Day given the plastic flowers are only slightly faded) had placed flowers on their grave. So most likely they have living children or grandchildren in the area.

Lute & Sabina Smith - Barren County, KY - Smith Cemetery

Lute & Sabina Smith - Barren County, KY - Smith Cemetery

Lute H.
1857 – 1936

1860 – 1940

While I suspect Lute and Sabina Smith may be family, I haven’t verified it yet, and I hope that can be part of this year’s adventures.  I think Sabina is a very pretty name, one that I’d never heard before, and if it truly is unusual, that should make sorting her out of the other Smith’s easier. The name Lute doesn’t seem that common, either.

My next steps when I start working on this couple will be to check on the census for them, get a copy of their obituaries, will(s), and perhaps even give the local funeral homes a call as that has worked well in the past.  Those are my first steps.

If it looks like there is a family connection, I will also contact the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, as they have several family histories there, along with miscellaneous family information, and see if perhaps they have a family history for the family there that I can use as a springboard to use to locate the documents that would verify relationships.

We were at this cemetery  5  July 2005, looking for our own family burials, but we did not find any names in the cemetery that we knew to be our kin.  We had my mother with us and were trying to locate her grandfather’s homestead.

We did not find my mother’s grandfather’s homestead, but were able to locate her great-great grandfather’s homestead about three miles on past this farmstead.  Unfortunately, my ancestor’s Smith cemetery had already been returned to farm ground.

Related Posts:

The tombstone of  J. Thomas and Nancy A. (Smith) Harrison is just down the road a few miles in the Caney Fork Baptist Church cemetery. They may (or may not) be related to each other.

Warner LaRue Jones Tombstone. Warner was born in Kentucky to Willis and Martha Ellen Smith Jones.

George W. Smith & wife Lucy’s Tombstone

The Day the Serendipity Genealogy Angels Smiled

6 Responses to “Tombstone Tuesday – Lute & Sabina Smith”

  • It will be interesting what you find out on Lute and Sabina Smith and to see if they really are family. Keep us posted

    • I will blog about this Sanjay, as soon as I know1 And going back through the photos we took, and re-finding that photo made me want to know sooner rather than later, so I will be putting this on a front burner soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  • […] I photographed this child’s stone in a small Smith Family Cemetery in the Temple Hill area in Barren County, KY. (the same cemetery as this Tombstone Tuesday post). […]

  • Carol:

    I uploaded the pic and story from the Smith Family farm and cemetary into my ancestry tree. The Smith’s are related to my husband’s family.
    Also gave you credit for pic and story. Let me know if i need to remove. Thanks Carol

    • I thank you for letting me know, for giving me credit AND for contacting me. You don’t have to remove it at all. I have more photographs, some on the web, and I think some not from our trip back to Kentucky. I think it is possible that your husband and I are related, though I haven’t found that link yet. We found that cemetery, thinking it would have ‘our’ family names in it, and it did not, so went on down the road and found my gr-gr-grandfather’s farm, and then another mile or three found the Temple Hill Baptist church and cemetery, and there were a lot of family names. If you do not mind, I would like to explore the possibility of a family tie, as it will help me further my family history! Thank you, Carol!

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