Research Comments /
Thoughts from Trogdon Researcher Jean
The ECAFA has been told this cemetery was abandoned around 1930, but we have not found any tombstones dated after 1851 (so far). Located on private property near Cedar Falls, Randolph County, NC. The cemetery is held in trust and managed by the ECAFA and permission requested before visiting. For more information, Contact Gina
As the graves of other families are identified, we'll attempt to post copies of original documents (will, estate papers, etc.) to show why or how we identified each. If you have any questions about this process or would like to help, please Contact Gina. Unless otherwise noted, all document originals are on file in the Research Room, NC Archives, Raleigh, NC.
In the center is Alton Garner, former owner of the property the cemetery is located on. To his left is Hollis Allred and on the right is James Eugene Allred, two ECAFA members. Mr. Garner inherited the land from the Burrows "because I took care of them". The Burrows were Trogdon descendants, so the land had remained in the Trogdon family continuously over the generations. However, in early Spring 2002, Mr. Garner was in ill health and of advanced years and was "in talks" with a developer who wanted to purchase the property when the ECAFA stepped in. Mr. Garner agreed to deed the cemetery itself (no additional property) to the ECAFA in exchange for a tax credit. Within a couple of weeks, the rest of the property was sold to the developer who immediately sold a lot of the timber to a lumber company. We watched as several acres of the woods surrounding the cemetery were destroyed, trees cut down and removed, and were thankful the cemetery was in our hands and protected. For further information about the ECAFA or this cemetery, please Contact Gina.
The graves were laid out in careful, neat rows with narrow "walkways" between each row, as you can see from this photo. We've placed wooden stakes and/or surveyor flags at each grave, making them easier to find as we work in the cemetery. These stakes/flags will be removed this winter (2003) as we place more permanent and respectful, numbered, markers on each grave which will correspond to a diagram of the cemetery that we are creating. We are estimating there are 200 - 230 graves here. Unfortunately, most are not marked. The majority of the graves that are marked only have rocks or the writing is no longer legible. Such a shame. But, we're trying to piece together as many clues as possible to try to figure out who is buried here. There is a thick carpet of periwinkle covering the entire cemetery, protecting the graves as much as Mother Nature can. As we work in the cemetery, we are careful not to disturb or kill this periwinkle because it helps keep the forest undergrowth and weeds from growing. Future plans for the cemetery include erecting an information display (to be erected October 24, 2003) and continued efforts at identifying each grave. For information on how you can help, Contact Gina.
This is the new information display case the ECAFA built October 24, 2003. It was erected on the edge of the cemetery property away from any graves and easily seen by all who come down the road. It will contain a variety of information about the cemetery including a diagram showing numbered graves so visitors can quickly find their ancestor(s).
Nov 22, 2003: ECAFA members Harlan Sexton and Wayne Ward talking to Douglas Vuncannon (center) about our work in the cemetery. Mr. Vuncannon owns the property and cow pasture bordering the cemetery land.
Look closely at this photo and you can see the rectangular hole under the trees that Franklin is cutting. This hole is all that remains of one of the graves. Mr. Garner (the former property owner) told us that about 30 years ago, someone - he couldn't remember who - asked for permission to move their ancestor to another cemetery. Unfortunately, he gave permission and the grave and tombstone were moved. Sadly, Mr. Garner has passed away so we may never know who was buried here or where he/she was moved to. If you know where this ancestor was moved to - or can identify who was buried in this grave, please contact us. We are not interested in moving the grave back to it's original burial site - we would just like to know who was buried here for our records. All that remains of this grave is a rectangular hole about 5 foot deep.
1809 The Memory Of E x SWAFF When we first saw the cemetery in 1998, a large tree had fallen and was lying on top of several tombstones including this one. Apparently, when the tree fell, it broke the tombstone into several pieces and scattered them as you can see from the photo on the left. We've pieced it back together now. If you can help identify this grave, please let us know. Could this be a member of the Swafford family?
S A 9 of July 1833. Could this possibly be the grave of Sarah Spencer Allred, wife of John Allred? Per family and court records, Sarah died before John did in 1848. More research is needed, but this may be a possible identification.
Levisea Allred, June 15 AD 1824 - October 30 AD 1843 As you can see, in 1998 the stone was still standing, although leaning badly. In the fall, 2003, the stone is broken at the base and lying on the ground.
Levisea Allred and Daniel Free's tombstones were standing in 1998, but both had fallen over by Spring 2003. During the Cemetery Work Day November 2003, the ECAFA members re-set the tombstones so they are standing once again.
W x S A June 25 x 1828 Very interesting tombstone. Note how the "S" is above the "x". What does that mean? Are this person's initials "W S A" or does the "S" mean "spouse" or "son" or "second" as in junior? If you can help identify this marker, please contact us.
N A July 15 1834 - Nathaniel Allred Nathaniel was listed among others at the estate sale for Samuel Trogdon and in these receipts found in the estate paper file for Sarah Trogdon. But, we have not been able to place him on the Allred family tree yet.
S T May 1831 Sarah Trogdon or Samuel Trogdon? As you can see from the document detailing the personal items of Sarah Trogdon, sold at her estate sale, the date of the estate sale is just a few months after the date on the tombstone. But, the date on the tombstone is also just a few months after the estate sale for Samuel Trogdon. So, who is buried here? If you can help answer this question, please Contact Gina
Jean LaCoss: (1) Someone contacted me about something they said they had seen your website. She said it was a picture of the headstone of ST who died May 11, 1831 and the question was raised if this was Sally (Sarah-wife of Samuel) or Samuel's headstone. It definitely wouldn't be the grave of Sally (Sarah), wife of Samuel, as we know she was alive when she petitioned for dower in August, 1831. That petition was granted during the Nov. session of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1831, but it is possible that she was dead by then, as the sale of her minimal property was in early December, but she was alive in August.
(2) Hopefully I cleared up a little the Samuel situation. His estate sale was in August. Her estate sale was in December. He died in May, she died between August when she filed for Petition of Dower and December 9th, with the sale and I believe they had to post publicly 30 days notice of the sale, so she would have died in November probably, but she didn't die in May. Since Abigail his first wife, the mother of all his children is there, I feel quite comfortable that this is Samuel's headstone and not Sally (Sarah). If any Trogdon researchers have any information that can shed further clarification or facts to this, please contact me, we are always in search of the facts and the Trogdon truths.
(3) I believe somewhere in that cemetery lies Ure Trogdon, his wife Deborah Trogdon and Ephriam Trogdon. firstname.lastname@example.org
I H : T R B 21 JL 1822 D 7 JU 1843 Isiah Trogdon was the son of Samuel and Susannah Free Trogdon. Next to him is the grave of his mother, Susannah. Just beyond her grave, lying on the ground and covered with leaves, we found the grave of Samuel.
Susanah Trogdon B 23 A 1788 D 4 A 1843 Susannah was the wife of Samuel Trogdon. Trogdon family records say she was born in Lancaster, PA but I don't know if this has been documented. She was the daughter of Daniel and Priscilla Ward Free. Daniel's will is posted below on this page.
Samuel Trogdon (foreground) and KissReann Allred's tombstones. Note KissReann's tombstone is leaning against a tree trunk. When we first found this tombstone in December 1998, we had to dig around to find all the pieces and put it back together like a jig saw puzzle. A tree had grown up within the cracks of the tombstone and shattered it. On March 4, 2002, when we photographed it again, most of the pieces were missing, probably buried once more under the forest debris.
D H 1790 this is the oldest tombstone we have found so far. Some researchers think it belongs to a member of the Hammer family, but we have not been able to identify it yet. If you have information about this stone/grave, please Contact Gina
W x T April 11, 1805 William Trogdon was the original owner of the land the cemetery is located on. Trogdon descendents call him "The Patriot" because he gave patriot service for the cause during the Revolutionary War. The original copy of William's will is located in the loose estate files for Randolph County, Research Room, NC Archives, Raleigh, NC.
J + F 4 July 1828 Joel Ferree / Free was the son of Daniel and Priscilla Ward Ferree / Free. Per information in the Free family file in the Randolph Room (Asheboro, NC), Joel was born around 1792. He married Mary Trogdon, daughter of Samuel Trogdon and his wife Susannah.
The Will and a Petition from the Estate Papers of Daniel Free naming his children / heirs. Could Daniel be buried in this cemetery too? Is it possible that other members of this family are also buried in this cemetery?
In Memory Of Daniel Free, Born June 8, 1826, Died Nov We couldn't make out the day and year in the death date. Per Free family records, Daniel died at age 21 and was buried next to his father Joel (see his photo below).
Joel T. Free, born 17 8, died A 17 1856 The birth date was very hard to read. I could not make out the month or day and the 3rd number in the year. Joel's tombstone was buried about 6 inches under some leaves and dirt. When we pulled it up out of the ground, a swarm of flying ants hiding under it became very upset with us.
W A May 3 1825. Note William's will was probated during the May session of court 1825. William is known to AFO members as the "Original" William because he is one of the first 6 Allred men to receive land grants in North Carolina in the 1750's. Click here to read more about him.
E TRO and M T together The tombstone on the on the right (E TRO) was actually under a fallen tree. We had to cut the tree into sections to remove it. Jean Covington LaCoss: E TRO's tombstone has been identified! Elizabeth Gilliam Trogdon.
C J Oct ? 1814 The writing on this tombstone was discovered by Jean Covington LaCoss on December 13, 2008. You can see the tombstone in relation to others in the 2nd photo. If you can identify this tombstone, please contact us. Is this a member of the Julian family??
L + A Sept 23 1834 The tombstone was discovered by Jean Covington LaCoss in February 2009.