North Carolina USA
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This Cemetery is on private property and the owner wants no direction given. This Cemetery is closed for Burials all Grave marker that are readable have been Photographed.
This cemetery contains many markers since it served the congregation of Kastner's as the only burial ground until 1916, with only a few burials after that year. The oldest markers are soapstone slabs, shaped and inscribed by hand. The earliest deceased were children and relatives of the Kastners. Other families - Cloningers, Fridays, Garrisons, Linebergers, Hoyles, Pasours, Plonks, Rhynes, Rutledges, Thornburgs - are buried alongside their friends and fellow church members. Even after a church was built very close to the South Fork River in 1798, the congregation continued to travel to their burying grounds on the hill overlooking the river and the church. Of course, not all the members of the church chose to bury in the cemetery. Some preferred their own family cemeteries which were closer to home and where other loved ones already rested. By 1916 a sizable cemetery covered the slope. Only because of a natural disaster - the flood which destroyed the church - did the congregation cease burying at the old cemetery.
Kastner's Church Cemetery embraces 149 years of history. The congregation experienced wars, economic depressions, epidemics of various diseases, and changes in the world surrounding them. Yet they remained faithful, and many allowed themselves to rest in the ground near Adam Kastner, whose desire for religious services resulted in the formation of Kastner's Lutheran Church and Cemetery.