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      Location - Access path to cemetery is between lots 490 and 491 on Bur Oak Court, Chapel Ridge development, off Old 87.

      Coordinates: 35d 47m 30.0s N; 79d 13m 55.0s W Click here for Google maps

      In April 2005, Fred Ward, Charles Eliason, and Jane Pyle visited a site preserved by the development that had been set off by a barbed wire, said to be the family cemetery of the Lutterlohs. A gravestone for Col. Charles Lutterloh was moved from this location to the Pittsboro United Methodist Church about 1960.

      Jane Pyle and Beverly Wiggins visited the site in 2009. The developer had fenced a 10'x10' area of the family plot, which is adjacent to the golf course.

      Pictures provided by Beverly Wiggins in April 2009.
      Another view of the cemetery.

      Owner: Chapel Ridge Community Assn. owns access lot. Blue Green Golf Clubs Inc owns lot with cemetery.
      Legal Description: Cemetery appears to be on parcel 86076, near golf green--hole #13. Plats 2007/377 and 2007/535 show area and access lot but do not show cemetery. The cemetery is shown on plat 20-52.
      Topo Quadrant: Bynum Code D.
      Privately Owned: Yes.
      Status: Maintained, but not used.
      Number of Graves: 2-3.
      Cemetery Size: 10'x10'.
      White: Yes.
      Unrestricted Access: Yes.
      Condition: Well maintained and preserved.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: Recent aluminum black fence.
      Enclosed conditions: New.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: No.
      Number of readable markers: 0.
      Markers Damaged: Yes.

      Significant events: Said to be the family cemetery of the Charles Lutterloh family. The remains of Col. Charles Lutterloh were moved from this location about 1960 to the Pittsboro Methodist Church, where a new marker was erected. The death date on that marker is 27 Aug 1858. The family jokes that he was promoted to General at the time of this move, but the reference to Gen. Lutterloh in the St. Bartholmew's Parish register upon the death of his wife Eliza in 1875 suggests that perhaps this was a title of respect granted by the community.

      According to the St. Bartholomew's Parish Register, page 210, Charles' wife, Eliza, is buried here. That record reads: "20 Feb 1875. Mrs. Eliza Lutterloh, relect [widow] of Gen. Lutterloh born about 1792. Died of pneumonia 18 Feb 1875 aged about 82 years. Buried on her place in Chatham County." Eliza was a parishoner of St. Bartholmew's Episcopal Church in Pittsboro. The oldest stained-glass window in St. Bartholomew's sanctuary commemorates the life of Eliza. An interesting account of Eliza's life, based on a memoir she wrote in her later years, was written by Jane Pyle and published as volume 19, numbers 2 and 3 of the Chatham County Historical Association Journal. Copies are available from the Chatham County Historical Association, PO Box 93, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or publications@chathamhistory.org. More info at: http://www.chathamhistory.org/publications.html.
      The family cemetery is shown on old maps, larger than the present size. Descendant Wilbur Lutterloh, whose family owned and farmed this land, says that slave graves surrounded this family cemetery. These graves could not be identified in 2009.

      Miscellaneous information: The site was visited in April 2005 by Charles Eliason and Jane Pyle. At that time the site was enclosed by a barbed wire fence. In 2009 Pyle and Wiggins noted what appears to be the remains of a house site nearby. According to Wilbur Lutterloh, descendant, the remains are of the Charles Lutterloh house, which was still standing and used as rental property when he was a boy.

  1. Lutterloh, Eliza Comerford   (b. Abt 1792 - d. 18 Feb 1875)
      • No marker. Dates from St. Bartholomew Parish Register, page 210.

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