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Erika Ruppe (#48149208)
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RE: LC Ruppe
You are welcome. Enjoy!
Added by Sharon on Feb 08, 2015 7:05 PM
RE: Boyce Adams
You are welcome. Has been in the 60's so was nice to get out.
Added by Sharon on Feb 08, 2015 3:21 PM
Jim Forcum
RE: Eagle Mills
Dear Erika,

That is a tough one. “Eagle Mills” was a thriving city on the south bank of the Hunting Creek in 1860. It was indicative of early industrialization of northern Iredell Co, with a grist mill, oil mill and cotton factory. Briefly, it grew until the railroad bypassed it after the Civil War. Slowly it was abandoned until only the operating grist mill was there, and after it burned down in about 1968, it became a “ghost town.” On the south side of town stood a Methodist Church with a significant cemetery. Today, to the best of my knowledge, the only thing remaining of the town is the foundation of the mill and the cemetery. This cemetery has never been documented. I was there in 1995, while I could still drive.
The now gone city of Eagle Mills and the existent cemetery are on private property, but in the past the owners have been generous in giving access to this historic site.

To get to the site from Statesville, you go north on I-77 for 15.3 miles and then take Exit 65 (NC-901) toward Harmony/Union Grove. Go 1.6 miles then turn left onto Eagle Mills Rd and go north and you will pass Natures Way Dr. Continuing north on Eagle Mills Rd., now go about ¼ mile and the road takes a slight turn left. Just before that slight left turn there is a house on your right. (Note: if you go across the bridge over Hunting Creek, you have gone too far.) The owner lives in that house. The Eagle Mills Cemetery is about 1/5 mile north east of the house, on a dirt road.

To my knowledge, NO ONE has documented the Eagle Mills Cemetery. It could be ALL YOURS!

Erika, I do not expect you will go exploring an abandoned cemetery in northern Iredell Co, but if you do, the gravestone for the “Unnamed Infant Forcum” is broken off and turned over to protect it from the weather.

I think you would also find it interesting to read:

Jim Forcum
Added by Jim Forcum on Jan 24, 2015 3:23 AM
Jim Forcum
RE: Minnie Trivette & Gwyn Whitlock
Your an angel.

Added by Jim Forcum on Jan 19, 2015 2:44 PM
Jim Forcum
RE: Minnie Trivette & Gwyn Whitlock
Dear Erika,

I really messed up. “Minnie Lee Trivette Whitlock” is in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Union Grove, Iredell Co. NC. I transposed the cemeteries in my mind and feel terrible about it. Most of my family is in Zion.

According to a cousin of mine, she is “on the left side of the cemetery in front of a bunch of Craters.”

If possible I’m trying to get a picture of the graves of both, “Minnie Lee Trivette Whitlock” AND her husband, “Gwyn McKinley Whitlock” (# 106677793).

I profoundly apologize for running you around in circles. Any help would be appreciated.

Most sincerely,
Jim Forcum
Added by Jim Forcum on Jan 18, 2015 3:33 PM
Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
Thank you for adding the Cook family grave photos from Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Dec 31, 2014 7:19 PM
Thank you for the photos of the tombstones of Eli WIlson Harris and Maud Morgan Harris!
Added by T.A.S. on Dec 18, 2014 5:23 PM
Glenn Ellis
Noal Gray Templeton
thank you again!

Added by Glenn Ellis on Dec 18, 2014 1:28 PM
Glenn Ellis
Lucy Pauline "Plina" Campbell Bennett
Erika, thanks for the foot marker photo ` it's great!
Added by Glenn Ellis on Dec 18, 2014 1:19 PM
Diane Addington
The Templetons
Thank you for the nice photo. I also appreciate the memorial for J M Templeton's wife, Jane Caroline Fletcher.

I did not have a mem for her because I did not know where she was interred, so I thank you for that and the nice photos of her stone as well.

Happy Holidays to you!
Added by Diane Addington on Dec 17, 2014 10:17 PM
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