Pre Civil War era cemetery with over 69 graves marked only by field stones.No burial records with names have been located at this time.
Cemetery history is still under investigation but was located on what became the the Kitchin family farm - Thurman D. Kitchin, Sr. and wife, Reba Clark Kitchin, purchased 157.7 acres from the N.C. Joint Stock Land Bank Durham in 1932. It is not known exactly who lived on this plantation prior to 1932 and who is buried in the cemetery.
The cemetery is believed to have contained the burials of family members as well as possibly family slaves of the owners of the land prior to the Civil War - the Dunn and Gill families. Thurman Kitchin Sr., his spouse and children are all buried elsewhere (Kitchin family plot in Scotland Neck Cemeter, Scotland Neck, Halifax County, North Carolina).
In late 2017 62-69 graves were removed from their original locations in parts of the cemetery in order to expand Burlington Mills Road. The graves were reentered in the remaining section of the cemetery that is to be preserved as a historical cemetery. The remaining section of the original cemetery will be in the The Preserve at Kitchin Farms housing development under construction in 2017-2018 along the Burlington Mills Road near the Ligon Mill Road intersection.
All the original marker field stones were removed by the housing development company by January 2018 (stones were documented by local historian in March 2017). What became of these original marker stones is currently unknown. A memorial is planned to be constructed at the remaining cemetery.
Information provided to "Cemetery Census" online website by Mrs. Deborah Scott Spencer who surveyed and photographed the cemetery in 2009 states:
"There are no graves with readable inscriptions. At least six graves are discernable[sic]. There are more graves on the back side of of the stone wall (approximately 4-6 more), and also approximately 30 more graves in the woods on the left side. These are all marked with field stones at the head or foot of each grave. You can make out the deep depressions for the graves. These may have been plantation workers or slaves"
Per the "Preliminary Historical Research Report: Thurman D. Kitchin, Jr. Property"
"Dunn-Gill Family Cemetery Mid-19th Century
A cemetery is sited southeast of the house and near Burlington Mills Road. Part of the cemetery is
enclosed by large granite blocks that measure approximately 18” x 3’. Many of the blocks have fallen
but the perimeter is still evident. Within the granite wall are the visible depressions of at least nine to
twelve graves evidenced by rock markers flanking depressions in the ground. None of the markers have
legible inscriptions. Outside of the wall to the south, southwest, and west are additional depressions
marked by rocks. There appear to be approximately twenty-five to fifty graves located here. Indicative
of an antebellum plantation graveyard, the plantation owner and family are buried inside the granite
wall and the plantation workers or slaves were buried outside the wall.
At this time, it is not known exactly who lived on this plantation and who is buried in the cemetery. It is
linked to the Dunn and Gill families. Preliminary research indicates that it may have been owned by
Peterson Dunn, son of Jeremiah Dunn of Pine Hill Plantation (east of Capital Blvd.). Census records and
deed records indicate that Peterson Dunn owned approximately 40 slaves in 1860 while living in
northeastern Wake County. In searching the Wake County cemetery records, no record of a burial for
Peterson Dunn was found associated with another cemetery other than this one. The Gill family, who
owned property and lived nearby, is also connected with Peterson Dunn, as Peterson’s daughter Ella,
married David Dowd Gill also known as D.D. Gill, who is a documented later owner of this property."
GPS Coordinates: 35.92017, -78.52878
- Added: 11 Jan 2018
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2658430
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