Even though these and all of the other cemetery stones are gone, we are fortunate to have a few photos, obtained from area libraries. Below is the grave of Mary Webster, enclosed by a wooden fence. It’s not known (at this time) who is buried in the adjoining fenced-in plot.
While there appeared to have been several fences made of wood, only one fence –– made of iron –– has survived. That’s the one that surrounds the grave of Margaret Perkins, buried in 1879. Even though her stone is gone, the fence makes a good reference point for other gravesites in the cemetery. Below is a photo of the Perkins’ fence as it looked in 2019.
Below, left to right –– in the first row –– are the gravestones of Mary Webster, Margaret Perkins, and Anna Richards (child). In the second row are Jas T. Williams and Sarah Collins. Middle column (below Collins) is M.A. and L.G. Lunsford’s son, then Frances Ann Pugh. Each stone has a unique shape and design. All that remain of these and other stones (we assume) are their bases.
The grave for Margaret Perkins was, and still is, enclosed by an iron fence –– the only remaining fence in the cemetery. By using her stone/fence as a reference, we are attempting to identify the locations of a few of the other graves.
The photo on the right is dated 1967 and shows several stones in relation to the fenced-in Perkins’ stone –– with its ornate white cross.
Is that Mary Webster’s stone in the wooden fence to the right? Is that larger stone even farther to the right Sarah Collins’ stone? Could the small stone just to the right and behind the Perkins’ fence be the Lunsford child’s stone?
Below are additional photos of the Perkins’ stone with the the first looking east and the other from farther back and looking west.
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