Falls Dam Project
This is a listing of those graves that were relocated elsewhere
in Wake County, NC. when Falls Lake was created. A list of those
cemeteries that remain in place follows. I collected this information
from records of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which were graciously
supplied by Curtis T. Pope, Realty Specialist, NC Mgmt. Team.
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I have secured from Curtis Pope, Realty Specialist, Dept. of the
Army Corps of Engineers, 2 lists of graves and a great deal of information
regarding the process of determining and carrying out the removal
of some cemeteries and the protection of others. A tremendous amount
of work, paperwork, negotiations with local governments, physical
work and careful planning are all evidenced in the 2 inch collection
of records Mr. Pope forwarded to me. Much credit goes to the Corps
of Engineers for courteous and prompt attention to my request for
information, special thanks to Curtis Pope who was meticulous in
supplying the records I requested. All the information below is
excerpted from the records obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers,
through Mr. Pope.
In 1982 a Notice of Condemnation was filed by the US Attorney in
the Durham Division of the US Middle District Court of North Carolina.
The Court approved the order.
Thirteen cemeteries were designated to be relocated, containing
approximately 675 graves. The list of relocated cemeteries and number
of graves in each cemetery:
Unknown (Jenks) 2
Sikes (Harrison) 36
Peleg Rogers 32
Union Chapel Baptist Church 338
Two reinterment sites were selected.
Site # 1 in Wake County contains approx. 1.59 acres located off
NCSR # 2000, 2200 feet north of the Neuse River and is bounded on
the east by the original Falls Community Cemetery. Access is across
existing roads through the original cemetery area.
Site # 2 in Durham County contains approx. 4.61 acres located off
NCSR 1804 (Shaw Rd.) Access is across approx. 900 feet of stone
surfaced road constructed during the Falls Lake Cemetery Relocation.
Jenks Cemetery; (previously unknown) A late location of next of
kin resulted in reinterment in the family plot in the old section
of Falls Community Cemetery.
Jackson Cemetery; The exact location of this cemetery,if it ever
existed, was never known. At one time a monument with the name Fannie
Jackson leaned against a small tree in the area. Since the original
report of a grave in the area and the mapping of the only probable
grave site, the monument has been stolen. Extensive probing over
1 acre failed to locate the grave.
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