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The Burk Cemetery was established by my GGGrandparents, Anderson and Elmira Burk around 1886 on what was then "Burk's Ridge" at the top of a hill facing Greenbriar Rd, 5 mi. off Independence Rd out of Breeding, Adair Co., KY. There are about 30+ burials there, with only 2 headstones, only 1 of which is standing. Through researching old death certificates, several burials at the Burk Cemetery have been proven and the probablility of more have been found. The surnames, all of whom are connected to the Burk family, are Burk, Gibbons, Bennett and Firkins...with variations on the spelling. It is possible that there are some Williams', Duggers and Coomers buried there as well. I have added the names of those whose death certificates state that they are buried at the Burk Cemetery but, with reasons not here stated, I believe that the certificates I have listing "Low Gap" or "Firkins Cemetery" also allude to the Burk Cemetery. Originally, the cemetery was marked with "grave rocks" until someone pulled them up, throwing them in a pile. The land that the cemetery is on was included in a sale by the previous owners in 2011. They had taken very good care of it. The current owners live out of state and the cemetery is no longer mowed. It has long been my goal to correct the neglect of the past, out of respect for my ancestors and to honor my grandmother, Margaret Shackelford Piper, a granddaughter of Anderson and Elmira, who grew up at Burk's Ridge. With the setting of a stone to honor the Burk family and the addition of a sign denoting that the cemetery is there, those goals have at least been realized. Living in another state prevents me from further care of it. If any closer descendants would be interested in its maintenance, it would be a beautiful gesture of honoring these ancestors. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or input.