(This is the fourth of six articles about the cemeteries maintained by the Cranston Cemetery Association during their spring fundraiser.)
The Hogge Cemetery is probably best known for its location immediately to the left of Tilden Hogge Elementary School in Cranston. To reach the Hogge Cemetery from the junction of I-64 and KY 32 (Flemingsburg Road), go one mile north on KY 32 and turn right onto KY 377 (Cranston Road). Travel 5.55 miles on KY 377 to the cemetery on the left, next to Tilden Hogge Elementary School. The Cranston Cemetery Association overseers for the Hogge Cemetery are Cephas Littleton, Jr. and Eugene (Roy) Hamm.
The Hogge family descended from James Hogg who emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland. After James Hogg relocated from Virginia to the Cranston area of Rowan County, an "e" was added to the spelling of the Hogge name. However, James had served for the Confederacy in the Civil War and his name is spelled “Hogg” on that tombstone.
James was in his seventies when he had his "third" group of children, which included Grover and Edgar. The lower part of the cemetery was started in the early 1800's; in 1980 the upper portion was deeded to the Cranston Cemetery Association in Grover's name (several Hogge relatives signed the deed).
There are approximately 134 marked and 14 unmarked graves in the Hogge cemetery. The oldest marked graves are those of Henry W. and Darcas Dillion who both died on May 10, 1851; was this due to an accident? It seems no one knows.
Henry Tilden Hogge was one of four children of George Washington and Rebecca Burton Hogge. He had a large farm in the Cranston area and his wife, Lula, was a teacher. In 1964 Tilden Hogge donated the land for an elementary school in response to a request from the school board, which desired to locate a school in that area.
The school was dedicated on May 22, 1964, and opened for grades 1-8 that year. It was named in honor of Tilden Hogge, an ardent Democrat and active member of the Primitive Baptist Church. It is interesting to note that Lula Hogge was a member of the Methodist Church.
Lula A. (Click) Hogge died Sept. 11, 1956, in Lexington, KY, and Henry Tilden Hogge died Sept. 25, 1965, in Paris, OH. They are both buried in the Cranston Cemetery.
Ruby Hogge Mabry later donated land behind the school for an outdoor classroom (see the Mabry cemetery article for more information).
The school and cemetery co-habit peacefully. Gail Lincoln remembers when the cemetery provided a unique "outdoor education" experience for her daughter's kindergarten class in 1983. As Gail was arriving to volunteer in Miss Bev Williams' kindergarten class, she noticed two men digging a grave by hand and told Miss Bev about it. The men gave their consent for the students to view the grave and one-by-one each child was lowered down to the arms of a man standing in the finished grave. A limit of "two trips" had to be made as the children found exploring the grave fascinating. It was a non-traumatic way for the children to learn a little about death and not one parent complained!
The Cranston Cemetery Association is in need of additional maintenance funds to ensure respectful care of the Hogge, Sardis, Cranston, Caudill, Mabry and Steagall cemeteries. If possible, please send a contribution of any amount made out to the "'Cranston Cemetery Association" and mail it to Jim Mabry, Treasurer, 280 Pond Lick, Morehead, KY 40351. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will be glad to include you on the Association's mailing list. The Cranston Cemetery Association's new Facebook page will keep you updated on the association's history, meetings, cemeteries, etc.; please like and share it with your friends.