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William and Elizabeth Diffee Allred's gravesite was found March 4, 2002. They are buried in the Allred - Trogdon Family Cemetery located near Cedar Falls, Randolph County, NC. This cemetery originally was located on William Trogdon's land and burials date back to the mid 1700's. It is estimated that 150 graves are located in this cemetery along with another 50 - 60 slave graves. Sadly, this cemetery was abandoned around 1925 - 1930 and is in horrible shape today. Very few tombstones are visible now and most of them are barely legible. William and Elizabeth's stones are excellent examples. The East Coast Allreds are trying to get permission from the current property owner so we can search the cemetery for additional tombstones, photograph and record any tombstones found, and clean and maintain the cemetery in hopes of preserving what is left for future generations. If you would like to help with this project, financial or physical help, please contact Linda Allred Cooper. Click here to see more photos taken at the Trogdon Cemetery.
Elizabeth Diffee Allred's will - Click here for transcription information about Elizabeth's estate sale
How many times have you looked at
an old land record and saw some confusing
The Colonies used the Metes and Bounds System for surveying. 80x66' = 5280' or a mile. After the Revolution the Federal Grid System was established during the Jefferson Administration of 6sq. miles by 6sq. miles for a Township. The Mason-Dixon Line that established the state lines of MD. & PA. was the first base line which ran out of PA and into Ohio in about 1785. Jim Allred email@example.com
On December 11, 1762, William Allred received a land grant which is described on page 242 of the book The Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763, Abstracts of Land Grants, Volume Two written by Margaret M. Hofmann:
(Entry 3595 pg 330) William Alred 11 December 1762 296 acres in Orange County on both sides of Bush Creek of Deep River. Witness: Jas Watson, Thos Welborn, examined by Tho Blount and W. Churton, surveyed 29 July 1862, SCC Major Lea, Wm Alred Sr., W. Churton, Sur Plat reads "...Survey'd for William Alred, Jr."
Taking these land descriptions and information handed down by William's descendants, we've been able to pin-point where William's land was located, at the mouth of Bush Creek as it leaves Deep River in today's Randolph County, NC.
On today's map, locate Asheboro (Randolph County) in the center of the state. Follow HWY 64 East to Ramseur. Take HWY 22 North to Franklinville. On the north side of Franklinville, turn left onto the Cedar Falls Road. Go about 1 1/2 mile and you'll cross a small bridge over Bush Creek. Look to your left and you're looking at William's original land. The "mouth" of Bush Creek as it leaves Deep River is about 1/2 mile south of the bridge and road you are standing on.