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Cary 1st United Church of Christ Cemetery
Wake County, North Carolina

W. Cornwall Rd. and Pond St.
Cary, NC.

Contributed by Shirley Olson, Feb 16, 2002 [shirley32olson@yahoo.com]. Total records = 80.

Directions: From Interstate 40, west of Raleigh, take Exit # 287, the N. Harrison Ave exit, (SR 1652) and go south about 2 miles to Chatham St. At the traffic light jog left on Chatham St. (SR 1616) and turn right (south) on Academy St., at the next traffic light. About 1/4 mile down the road it will dead end at Cary Elementary School. A sign at the traffic light points left to continue south on Kildaire Farm Rd., (SR 1300) about 1/4 mile to a traffic light at the intersection of W. Cornwall Rd. Turn right and drive a short distance. On the right is the cemetery.

The sign in front of the cemetery proclaims it is the property of Cary 1st United Church of Christ, 1109 Evans Rd., Cary, NC, 27513, Tel. # 467-1053. This is an African American Cemetery.

The cemetery is in a state of disarray, with graves scattered here and there, many unmarked graves and many graves with cast concrete slabs with no names inscribed. Many stones are broken and overturned and general signs of serious neglect are rampant. It is still in use with space for additional burials.

I recommend to anyone interested in this cemetery that they read "Both Sides of the Tracks II, Recollections of Cary, NC, 1860-2000", published in 2001, written by Ella Arrington Williams-Vinson. Many photographs of the cemetery tombstones are included as well as the history of those buried here. It is a very vauable aid to those researching these graves.

Sallie E. Jones is chairman of the Cary Colored Cemetery Committee at the Cary United Church of Christ, 1109 Evans Road, Cary, NC., 27513, and has the task of identifying each grave site. Many of the graves do not have tombstones. Questions may be addressed to her, care of the church. All the asterisks * denote information from the book where the information differs from the tombstones.

- Shirley Olson

Arrington, Alfred, b. 1 May 1829, d. 9 Feb 1911
Arrington, Arch Jr., b. 25 May 1898*, d. 23 Jul 1953, *1889
Arrington, Arch, b. 18 Apr 1859, d. 17 Jun 1933
Arrington, Beulah Evans, b. 3 Nov 1892, d. 31 Dec 1943
Arrington, Catherine S., b. 9 May 1925, d. 28 Jun 1996
Arrington, Clyde L., b. 9 Nov 1924, d. ????
Arrington, Eliza Helen Rogers, b. 4 Sep 1906, d. 16 May 1984
Arrington, Emerson P. (Dick), b. 28 Feb 1928, d. 17 Dec 1997
Arrington, Ettie, b. 16 Jun 1883, d. 30 Mar 1975
Arrington, Exum, b. 23 Aug 1881*, d. 29 Oct 1940, *1886
Arrington, Sallie Blake, b. ? Jun 1858?, d. 11 Aug 1952
Arrington, Sallie, no dates, *
Atwater, Blanchie May, b. Oct 1906, d. 2 Apr 1909
Bates, Alice, b. 1856, d. 1918
Bates, Edward, b. 1845, d. 1917
Beckwith, Fletcher, b. 17 May 1925, d. 29 Nov 1972, NC Pfc. 3220 QM Service Co. WW II
Beckwith," Mother Jennie", b. 6 Sep 1864, d. 31 Jan 1886
Bell, Gorda M., b. 2 Jan 1927, d. 22 Feb 2001
Bell, William, b. 9 Apr 1927, d. ????
Boyd, Henry, b. 31 May 1888, d. 23 Nov 1944
Boyd, Othalia, b. 30 Sep 1910, d. 8 Apr 1989
Boyd, Rev., stone is flat on ground, no dates
Cotton, Anna, no dates, w/o W. C. Cotton
Cotton, Arqusta R., b. 1883, d. 1931
Cotton, Charlie, b. 1908, d. 1979
Cotton, Clarence, b. 19 Sep 1890, d. 29 Oct 1958, NC Pfc., 20 Co. 161 Depot Brigade WW I
Cotton, J. A., b. 1892, d. 1925
Cotton, Mack, b. 1893, d. 1903
Cotton, Vermal, b. 1887, d. ????
Cotton, Willis C., b. 4 Mar 1867, d. 5 Jun 1942
Craig, Mariah, 12 Mar 1906, age about 65, w/o John Craig
Day, Family, "In memory of the George Washington Day Family, Mary Harris, Reuben, Jessie, Pattie, Alexander, Nora, Ida, Nancy Ann, George, Mary" " Presented by IRA" (This is a homemade slab with these names inscribed by hand. It is not clear if this is a mass grave or if they are buried in unmarked graves with only this for a marker)
Dixon, Earnest, b. 25 Dec 1886, d. 10 Aug 1930
Ferrell, Al Harry, b./d. 19 Jul 1952
Ferrell, John B., b. 27 Jun 1912, d. 15 Dec 1982
Ferrell, John Mahlon, b. 12 Mar 1949, d. 20 Jun 1966
Ferrell, Mary C., b. 5 Oct 1915, d. 10 Jun 1995
Hawkins, Elizabeth, no dates
Hawkins, Nannie, b. 25 Dec 1854, d. 17 Mar 1915
Hawkins, Thomas, b. 17 Apr 1856, d. 27 Aug 1925
Hawkins, W. N., b. 9 Sep 1883, d. 25 Mar 1911
Henderson, Darryl Blake, b. 26 Jul 1960, d. 13 Jan 1986
Hicks, Virginia, b. 1864, d. 1936
Hopson, Mae N., b. 1893, d. 1997
Hopson, Mollie, b. 28 Feb 1878, d. 17 Apr 1924
Hopson, Nathaniel, b. 12 Mar 1880, d. ? May 1908
Jenkins, Lena, b. 1915, d. 1984, no stone, some broken rocks with a fun. home marker
Jones, Cora E., b. 1864, d. 1952
Jones, Dennis, 13 Mar 1918, age 45 years
Jones, Emily Arrington, b. 20 Dec 1890, d. 25 Apr 1975
Jones, Emily Mae, b. 1919, d. 1999
Jones, Harrie, b. 21 Mar 1900, d. 2 Jul 1920, son of Alice Blokworth
Jones, James Henry Jr., b. 28 Apr 1917, d. 29 Mar 1990
Jones, James Henry, b. 1888, d. 1949
Jones, N. B., no dates (may be "newborn")
Lee, Herman, b. 30 Aug 1891, d. 14 May 1961, NC Pvt. Co. B 536 Engineers WWI
McCoy, Sandra Elizabeth, b. 17 Oct 1944, d. 18 Sep 1997
Moore, Alexander, b. 4 Jul 1909, d. 5 Sep 1926
Moore, Arthur M., b. 10 Sep 1888, d. 11 May 1920, s. o. Sam & Malinda Moore
Moore, Malinda, 16 Mar 1947, age 75
Nichols, John, b. 1848, d. 6 Jul 1921
Pollard, Blondell, b. 25 Feb 1925, d. 30 Sep 1960, w/o John Mays
Pollard, C. A., b. 1892, d. 1979
Pollard, Helen D., b. 1897, d. 1980
Reaves, Annie E., b. 1 Jun 1914, d. 9 Mar 1991
Reaves, Delma T., b. 1 Jan 1914, d. 18 Apr 1979
Reaves, Sallie, b. 1895, d. 1984
Royster, Lottie May, b. 11 Apr 1926, d. 2 Jun 1927
Royster, Luther, b. 1918, d. 1947
Ruffin, Mildred S. H., 19 Dec 1913
Satterfield, Mazie, b. 1903, d. 1987
Scott, Ervin, b. 27 Mar 1872, d. 20 Aug 1907
Simmons, William H., b. 25 Oct 1888, d. 29 Dec 1916
Stroud, "Mother Jane", 12 Feb 1913
Stroud, Berry G*., b. 5* Jul 1886, d. 10 Feb 1923 * O. * 3 Jul 1886
Stroud, Herbert B., b. 1887, d. 1958
Turner, Hattie, b./d. 1891, daughter of R. B. & L. J. Turner
Turner, R D, b./d. 1893, son of R.B. & L. J. Turner
Turner, Susie, b. 15 Apr 1897, d. 11 Feb 1925, w/o Frank R. Cherry
White, Marie, b. 8 Jan 1898, d. ????, (Cotton-Jones)

 

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