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St. Mary's Chapel Cemetery
Near Hillsborough, North Carolina


(Transcribed and contributed by Barbara F. Bonham)

Six Miles East, Northeast of Hillsborough, North Carolina

The first St. Mary’s Chapel, established in 1759, was located in the northeast corner of the walled cemetery lot.  The second chapel, located approximately 400 feet northwest of the original chapel, was constructed in 1859.

The cemetery, approximately one acre in size, contains a large number of graves without identifying markers. The following list of graves is based on compilation made during 1937 and 1940 by the Historical Records Survey of North Carolina, re-checked in September 1960.
 

Name, Birth, Death
 
A.     , S.                        1795

Here lies the Body of Annyas *   Oct 20, 1791  Mar. 31. 1826

Cain, Elizabeth *      Dec. 16, 1851 Age 73 years

Carrington, William                     1851 Age 85

Carrington, Duncan    Aug. 25, 1807 Oct. 9, 1874

Dortch, John Y.     Apr. 29, 1800 Sep. 6, 1882

Dortch, Mary A.    Aug. 20, 1832 Apr. 7, 1921
  Daughter of John Y. Dortch

Douglas, Nancy (Cain)      Oct. 24 1848 Age 62 yrs.
   First wife of Adam Douglas

Douglas, Rosanna      Dec 6, 1854 Age 75 yrs.
   Sister of Adam Douglas

Evans, Fannie Elizabeth    June 22, 1884 May 10, 1933
   Wife of John Lawson Evans

Holden, Catharine      Apr. 19, 1825 Age 59 yrs.
   Wife of John Holden, Sr.

Holden, John, Sr.      Oct. 22, 1842 Age 78 yrs.

Holden, Louisa  *      July 28, 1837   In the 9th yr of
   Daughter of Thomas W. Holden      of her age

Kelly, John, Jr.     May 21, 1779 Nov. 24, 1851
 
Latta, John, Sr.     May 1, 1734 July 13, 1824

Latta, John, Jr.     May 21, 1779 June 20, 1818 Age 39 yrs.

Latta, Joseph     Dec. 29, 1784 May 13, 1824 Age 29 yrs.

Latta, Suzanna *      July 5, 1792

Lockhart, Caroline    Nov. 5, 1832 July 20, 1833
  Of David and Caroline Dortch Lockhart

Lockhart, Robert    Oct. 30, 1833 Jul. 25, 1834
   Of David and Caroline Dortch Lockhart

Lockhart, David    June 8, 1806 Jan. 14, 1847
  Of Samuel and Ellener Kelley Lockhart

Lockhart, Cora E.    Nov. 11, 1857 Nov. 21, 1859
  Of John P. and Caroline Lockhart

Lockhart, Samuel P.    May 29, 1843 Aug. 21, 1864  C.S.A.
   Of David and Emeline Dortch Lockhart
   Killed in Battle of Reams Station, Virginia

Nichols, Alves     Nov. 15, 1800 Feb. 16, 1845

Nichols, A. ***       June 14, 1850
   Amos, Son of Jonathan Nichols

Nichols, Jonathan A.    Dec. 13, 1835 Dec. 14, 1861   C.S.A.

Nichols, Jonathan A., Jr. *   Feb. 25, 1862 Mar. 20, 1862

Nichols, Mary (Dortch)    July 13, 1808 Nov. 29, 1892
   Wife of Alves Nichols

Nichols, Jonathan *    was buried Jan. 24, 1800
   Comp. Note:  Death occurred 1807

Nichols, Mary A.    Sep. 20, 1833 June 18, 1907

Nichols, P. R.       Mar 4, 1850

Nichols, R. *       Jan. 28, 1835

Nichols, Robert M. *    Nov. 8, 1839 Jan. 5, 1840

Nichols, Nannie J.    Nov. 12, 1843 Sep. 5, 1938

Vickers, Alice **       1730             1780

Walker, Rona     Oct. 1, 1880 Mar 22, 1881
   Daughter of George W. and Cynthia Frances Walker

Walker, George     Oct. 25, 1884 Mar. 8, 1885
   Son of George W. and Cynthia Frances Walker

Note:  *  Not confirmed Sep. 1966
          ** Earliest identified grave in cemetery

N. B. :  Excerpts from the Hillsborough Recorder:
             1836  Oct. 14 - The Commissioners let bids for building of a stone wall around graveyard
 at St. Mary’s.

Transcriber’s note: This data was copied from a typed 3 page document I copied at the North Carolina State Archives in 1980.  A telephone to the Rector of St. Mary’s in 1985 revealed the Nichols and Riggs families, my ancestors were instrumental in the formation of the church and a silver chalice is still in their possession that was given the church by George Riggs.

Barbara Farthing Bonham
bbonham@awod.com


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