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046    SNIPES [D03.1]

      Location - Baldwin Township. 1,000 feet west of SR 1541, White Cross Road, 0.4 mile south of Orange County line

      Coordinates: 35d 52m 00.0s N; 79d 12m 18.0s W Click here for Google maps

      Haw River Mountain Church was first located on the Snipes Family Farm in 1806. The name was changed to Antioch Baptist Church in 1830, when it was moved to its present location in Orange County. The foundation stones of the original building are still in evidence.

      Dr. Bartlett Durham, for whom the City of Durham was named, was the son of William L. and Mary (Snipes) Durham, who lived near the Chatham County line on the Antioch Church Road. When Bartlett Durham died, he was buried at the home place of his mother in Chatham County. There is evidence of a large hole where he was disinterred 27 June 1933 and reinterred at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, North Carolina, 1 January 1934.

      A large granite monument, 18 inches by 30 inches by 8 feet tall, was erected in Maplewood Cemetery with the following inscription:

      Founder, the City of Durham
      Country Physician and public-spirited citizen
      who donated land for a railroad station and thereby
      became founder of a City.
      Remains removed from Snipes Graveyard near
      Orange-Chatham line and reinterred January 1, 1934,
      on this square set apart for that purpose by
      the City which bears his name.
      "The merit belongs to the beginner should his
      successor do even better."

      Durham County, by Jean Bradley Anderson, pages 103-105, gives his correct name as Dr. Bartlett Leonidas Durham, his parents, correct birth date, and correct death date.

      On 25 May 1994, Will and Audrey Heiser, Cathy Jones, and Nancy Peacock recorded marker data from only one stone slab. There were 7+ shaped slabs, 10+ field stones and 4 sunken graves.

      Owner: Catherine L. Jones.
      Legal Description: Deed Book 461, Page 57, 16 June 1983, Plat 35-97.
      Topo Quadrant: Bynum.
      Number of graves: 22.
      Cemetery size: 70' x 70'.
      White: Yes.
      Restricted access: Yes. From private lane to Periwinkle Farm
      Overgrown and easy to identify: Yes.
      Enclosed: No.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 1.
      Last burial: 1859.
      First burial: 1829.
      Unusual situation: 7+ shaped slabs, 10+ field stones, 4 sunken graves, 1 large hole where Bartlett Leonidas Durham was exhumed.
      Markers damaged: Yes.
      Hazards: Time and neglect.
      Listed: Yes.
      Listed explanation: Durham Herald 21 Apr 1985 re Dr. Bartlett Leonidas Durham, originally buried here. Disinterred 27 June 1933, Memorial Svc held at Antioch Bapt Ch in Orange Cnty. Reinterred at Mapelwood Cemetery, Durham NC, 1 Jan 1934, w/ large monument.
      Significant events: City of Durham named for Bartlett Durham; In 1806, Haw River Mountain Church established here -- in 1830 it was relocated to Orange County as Antioch Baptist Church..
      Last canvassed by: Will and Audrey Heiser, w/ Cathy Jones and Nancy Peacock. Date: 25 May 1994.

  1. Durham, Bartlett Leonidas, Dr.   (b. 3 Nov 1824 - d. 2 Feb 1859)
      • Son of Wiliam L. and Mary (Snipes) Durham. Exhumed 27 June 1933, reinterred 1 Jan 1934 at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC. See writeup in report on Snipes Cemetery (D03.1).
  2. Robertson, Martha Ann (?)   (b. 22 Oct 1826 - d. 21 May 1829)
      • 9"x1"x2". Corner broken; "___THA A_N".

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