Raleigh Riggsbee Family Cemetery

Location
Chatham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorials 3 added

Search Raleigh Riggsbee Family Cemetery:

Location: Williams Off Lystra Road, near Joe's Road.

Additional information:
Owner: HBP Properties, LLC (in 2008). Property under contract to developer of Legend Oakes. Legend Oakes property manager Trenton Stewart guided Lynn Richardson (Chatham Planning Office) and Jim and Bev Wiggins from CCHA to the site.
Legal Description: Parcel number 18773, deed book 1343/486; plat 2007/226
Topo Quadrant: Farrington Code E
Family owned: Yes.
Number of graves: 79.
Cemetery size: 120' x 120'.
Black: Yes.
Restricted access: Yes, Private Property
Overgrown and easy to identify: Yes.
Enclosed: Yes.
Enclosed explanation: Low fieldstone wall.
Enclosed conditions: Intermittent but recognizable.
Markers: Yes.
Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
Number of readable markers: 4.
Last burial: 1919.
First burial: 1896.
Markers damaged: Yes.
Other damage explanation: Neglect; Sallie Riggsbee stone uprooted by tree.
Hazards: Neglect, Development.

History: Tradition holds that Hugh Edwards, who obtained a state land grant on Cub Creek in 1801 (BD M, pp 15-16), and for whom Edwards Mountain is named, is buried in this area, along with other members of the Edwards and Durham families. This cemetery may have been started by the Durham and Edwards families, or by slaves owned by those families. The only marked burials are for the Nathaniel Rigsbee family. Riggsbee bought the land in 1870 (BP/175) and 1872 (BO/130). Part of the estate of David R Riggsbee, bought from other heirs of Nathaniel Riggsbee (DB 377/707).

Canvassed:
18 May 2007 by Jim and Bev Wiggins
14 Mar 2008 by J Pyle, B Wiggins, Diane Riggsbee and Anna Williams. Recounted the graves using flags. 79 graves positively identified but there is room for more within the walled area, and more probably exist.

GPS Coordinates: 35d 50m 30.0s N; 79d 04m 00.0s W

GPS Coordinates: 35.84167, -79.06667

  • Added: 22 Sep 2016
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