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Lane - Foust Cemetery
Located on private property on Old Liberty Road in Randolph County, NC.
Permission from land owner necessary before visiting. Abandoned and almost
completely hidden by trees and woods, the ECAFA
has gained permission to clean and restore this cemetery. For more
As the graves 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.
Finding the Cemetery:
Just finding the cemetery is a chore. It's actually located within the
city limits of Ramseur, but in a heavily wooded location about 1/2 mile off the
nearest paved road. The only access is an old logging road that is in bad
shape, so we had to walk in. About half way down the road, we had to cross
Reedy Creek on an old wooden and concrete bridge that had been underwater
because of some beavers who have been very busy building dams in the area.
As you can see from the photos below, the cemetery was is very bad
shape. Some very large trees had fallen and were lying on top of
tombstones and graves. Most of the tombstones were completely
hidden. If we had not known where this cemetery was located, we would not
have found it.
Franklin Allred stayed busy cutting down trees and underbrush while the rest
of us moved the debris off the graves. By the end of the work day, the
cemetery was cleared off and tombstones were easily seen.
But, A Lot More Needs To Be Done:
The ECAFA will be returning to the cemetery many times over the next year,
continuing to clean off the graves and starting to restore everything as much as
possible. We will also be working to record, photograph and identify all
of the graves and tombstones. If you would like to help with this project,
please Contact Gina. If you
live nearby, plan to join us on workdays. Financial contributions are also
welcome! Gas to run the chain saw, materials needed to repair tombstones,
etc., all cost money. Remember, your donations can be tax deductible.
The Tombstone Photos:
Below are photos of some of the tombstones. More photos will be posted
here after our next trip to the cemetery. If you can help identify the
graves, please Contact
Elizabeth Avery, Feb 19, 1851 - Nov 23, 1911, aged 60 yr, 9mo, 4da
Anna Elizabeth, daughter of I. H. and Margaret Foust, July 16, 1855 - August 6,
Jane Lane, Nov 28, 1824 - July 11, 1894 and Fields Lane, May 1, 1815 - July 27,
1875, Married August 25, 1843
wife of Garret Lane, October 1, 1809 - Sept 5, 1846
Lane, June 24, 1801 - Jan 8, 1855, aged 63 yrs, 6 mos, 15 ds
Tidance and Rebeca Lane's graves are within this raised tomb which has a stone
slab top. A huge pine tree had fallen across the tomb which we
removed. On our next trip, we plan to clean off the top of the tomb and
try to restore it. The land the cemetery is on was once owned by Tidance
Lane and everyone buried there seems to be a Lane family member.
Rebeca Lane, Died 1846, Age About 85 yrs
Tidance Lane, Died 1845, Age About 85 Yrs
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