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150    O'KELLY CHAPEL CHRISTIAN CHURCH [F04.1]

      Location - Williams Township. 500 feet south of Durham County line, on west side of NC 751 at junction with SR 1731, O'Kelly Chapel Road

      Coordinates: 35d 51m 54.0s N; 78d 56m 43.0s W Click here for Google maps

      James O'Kelly, a pioneer of Methodism, founder of the Christian Church, came to Chatham County in 1794 and gathered a congregation, which eventually took the name of O'Kelly Chapel. In 1797, he began a congregation in Orange County known as Damascus Christian Church. He also began Martha's Chapel (F62.1) in Chatham County in 1803. James O'Kelly served these three congregations as a circuit-riding preacher for a number of years.

      Mary Wilson Lawrence was reinterred from Thomas R. Lawrence Cemetery (M24.1). See Corps of Engineers Final Report for Relocation of Cemeteries, Group II, 7 Nov 1973. Franklin Castlebury, Dicy C. Parrish, Denecy C. Castlebury, Alfred M. Parrish, and four unknown graves were reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1). See Corps of Engineers Final Report for Relocation of Cemeteries, Group I, 20 April 1971. O'Kelly Chapel is called, by the Corps of Engineers, Reinterment Site No. 1, Group I Report.

      In 1989, Robert Hughes recorded 86 grave markers and 17 unmarked graves. On 23 February 1995, Will and Audrey Heiser checked the graves reinterred and found one additional burial in 1991. Jim and Bev Wiggins photographed all of the markers in the cemetery in Nov 2010.

      View of the church. View of the memorial marker. Closeup of the memorial marker. View of the NC State Historical marker.

      Owner: Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ owns part of the cemetery and JoAnn Davis owns part.
      Legal Description: Parcel 19644, Jo Ann Davis property. Parcel 62824, Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ. Deed Book N, Page 213, 14 Feb 1803, "in behalf of the Christian Church . . . an acre of land . . . under purpose of erecting a Meeting House . . .". Deed 1466/763; 465/382. Plats 3-7, 1946; 20-89, 1974; 37-14, 1983.
      Topo Quadrant: Green Level.
      Church owned: Yes. Denomination: Church of Christ.
      Used: Yes.
      Number of graves: 103.
      Cemetery size: 110' x 140'.
      White: Yes.
      Unrestricted access: No. Private property.
      Well maintained: Yes.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: Wire fence.
      Enclosed conditions: Fair.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 92.
      Last burial: 1991.
      First burial: 1846.
      Markers damaged: Yes.
      Damage from vandalism: Yes.
      Other damage explanation: Stones knocked over. Some slabs broken..

      Significant events: Founded in 1794 by James O'Kelly, a pioneer of Methodism in NC, and founder of the Christian Church which in 1933 became the Congregational-Christian Church, and in 1957, became the United Church of Christ.

      Other information: Burials before 1876 are reinterments from other sites.

      Last canvassed by: Robert Hughes (1989); Will M. and Audrey O. Heiser. Date: 23 Feb 1995. Jim and Bev Wiggins, Nov 2010.


  1. Barbee, Ella Bauco   (b. 8 Nov 1862 - d. 26 Feb 194?)
      • Wife of L. A. Barbee. Stone not found in Nov 2010..
  2. Barbee, Everette (O'Kelly)   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Wife of Simeon Barbee. "Wife". Location row 7. column 11.
  3. Barbee, Fletcher   (b. 20 Oct 1811 - d. 8 Jan 1881)
      • Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.". Masonic symbol. Stone signed W.E. Wilson, Durham.. Closeup of marker. Location row 7. column 9.
  4. Barbee, L. A.   (b. 2 May 1856 - d. 22 Jun 1920)
      • Husband of Ella Bauco Barbee. Burial plot. Location row 2. column 6.
  5. Barbee, Simeon   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of Everette (O'Kelly) Barbee. "Husband". Location row 7. column 10.
  6. Bordeaux, D. A.   (b. 3 Jun 1863 - d. 2 May 1918)
      • Husband of Melissa M. Bordeaux. "Faithful unto Death.". Closeup of marker. Location row 4. column 4.
  7. Bordeaux, James W.   (b. 14 Nov 1892 - d. 13 Sep 1914)
  8. Bordeaux, Malissa M.   (b. 20 Oct 1861 - d. 6 Jan 1893)
      • Wife of D. A. Bordeaux. "A loving mother; A devoted wife.". Closeup of marker. Location row 4. column 5.
  9. Brown, Euretta E.   (b. 24 Feb 1859 - d. 15 Aug 1909)
      • Wife of W. H. Brown. Location row 3. column 7.
  10. Brown, W. H.   (b. 16 Nov 1854 - d. 25 Apr 1921)
  11. Carlton, A. M.   (b. 4 Apr 1821 - d. 19 Aug 1887)
      • Husband of Delia J. Carlton. "Aged 66 Ys 4 Ms 15 Ds". Closeup of marker. Location row 8. column 11. Finial from top of marker.
  12. Carlton, Delia J.   (b. 10 Nov 1819 - d. 21 Jan 1890)
  13. Carlton, Franklin Monroe   (b. 1856 - d. 1939)
      • Location row 8. column 12.
  14. Castlebury, Denecy Caroline   (b. 18 Feb 1846 - d. Unknown)
      • Daughter of Franklin and Dicy (Harwood) Castlebury. "Died in bloom of life." "He whose love exceedeth ours has taken home our child.". Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Dicy Castlebury later married Alfred M. Parrish.. Location row 1. column 6.
  15. Castlebury, Franklin   (b. Unknown - d. 16 Sep 1846)
      • Husband of Dicy (Harwood) Castlebury. "Died in prime of life" "May we meet in heaven.". Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Dicy later married Alfred M. Parrish. Closeup of marker. Location row 1. column 4.
  16. Cole, Joseph B.   (b. 21 Dec 1831 - d. 21 Jul 1890)
      • Husband of Mary J. (Herndon) Cole. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven". Mary J. (Herndon) Cole buried at James O'Kelly Cemetery (F03.1). Original marker. Location row 4. column 3.
  17. Cole, Joseph W.   (b. 15 Aug 1898 - d. 20 Feb 1899)
  18. Council, Etna J. (O'Kelly)   (b. 15 May 1851 - d. Sep 1882)
      • Wife of A. B. Council. "Gone but not forgotten.". Boxwood on grave. Closeup of marker. Location row 7. column 12.
  19. Craig, Alexander   (b. 1846 - d. 1907)
      • Husband of Martha Craig. "Father". Location row 7. column 3.
  20. Craig, Charlie   (b. 1881 - d. 1926)
      • Location row 6. column 1.
  21. Craig, Irven   (b. 14 Dec 1915 - d. 18 Jul 1916)
  22. Craig, Martha   (b. 1850 - d. 1902)
      • Wife of Alexander Craig. "Mother". Location row 7. column 4.
  23. D, A. S.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • headstone broken off and missing, footstone marker only has ASD. Location row 4. column 7.
  24. Darnell, Cora King   (b. 9 Mar 1873 - d. 12 May 1951)
  25. Darnell, J. B.   (b. 19 Mar 1871 - d. 20 Oct 1948)
      • Husband of Cora King Darnell. "At rest.". Closeup of marker. Location row 3. column 8.
  26. Edwards, D. W. S.   (b. 22 Feb 1843 - d. 26 Sep 1898)
  27. Fattishell (?), Patricia   (b. Unknown - d. 1940)
      • stone not found in Nov 2010.
  28. Fowler, M. E.   (b. Jan 1817 - d. Mar 1889)
  29. Fuquay, R. G.   (b. 1 Jun 1888 - d. 22 Sep 1915)
      • No pains, no griefs, no anxious fear, can reach our loved one sleeping here". Elaborate design on stone. Closeup of marker. Row 6. column 2.
  30. Hall, Annie Pearl   (b. Feb 1890 - d. Jun 1890)
      • Daughter of John D. and Leno O'Kelly Hall. Shares stone with brother, Robert Lucius Hall.. Row 7. column 13.
  31. Hall, David Edgar   (b. 4 Mar 1890 - d. 24 Dec 1910)
  32. Hall, Laura E. (Sears)   (b. 10 Dec 1870 - d. 6 Jul 1905)
  33. Hall, Nettie (Sears)   (b. 8 May 1867 - d. 28 Dec 1906)
  34. Hall, Robert Lucius   (b. Jan 1893 - d. Mar 1894)
      • Son of John D. and Lena O'Kelly Hall. Shares stone with sister, Annie Pearl Hall.. Row 7. column 13.
  35. Harward, George W.   (b. 31 Mar 1846 - d. 6 May 1889)
      • A precious one from us is gone; A voice we loved is still. A place is vacant in our home, that never can be filled.". Closeup of marker. Row 7. column 7.
  36. Harward, Lewis M.   (b. 11 Apr 1827 - d. 18 Aug 1895)
      • Husband of Mary J. Harward. "Loved in life, In death remembered.". Closeup of marker. Row 6. column 9.
  37. Harward, Margaret H.   (b. 10 Dec 1847 - d. 30 Jun 1926)
      • Row 7. column 6.
  38. Harward, Mary A.   (b. 25 Jan 1853 - d. 17 Nov 1921)
      • Daughter of William and Elizabeth Barbee Harward. stone not found in Nov 2010.
  39. Harward, Mary J.   (b. 18 Sep 1834 - d. 25 Jan 1903)
      • Wife of Lewis M. Harward. "She was the sunshine of our home". Closeup of marker. Row 6. column 8.
  40. Harward, Needham B.   (b. 17 May 1853 - d. 29 Mar 1909)
      • Husband of Sallie H. Harward. Closeup of marker. Shares stone with Sallie Harward. Father and Mother. "No pain, no grief, no anxious fear, can reach our loved ones sleeping here.". Row 5. column 1.
  41. Harward, Sallie H.   (b. 12 May 1873 - d. 28 Mar 1910)
      • Wife of Needham B. Harward. Closeup of marker. Shares stone with Needham Harward. Father and Mother. "No pain, no grief, no anxious fear, can reach our loved ones sleeping here.". Row 5. column 1.
  42. Herndon, Jennie L.   (b. 1862 - d. 1900)
      • Wife of John R. Herndon. Shares stone with John R. Herndon. Row 5. column 3.
  43. Herndon, John R.   (b. 1856 - d. 1936)
      • Husband of Jennie L. Herndon. Shared stone with Jennie Herndon. Row 5. column 3.
  44. Herndon, Sarah A.   (b. 12 Aug 1865 - d. 8 Jun 1945)
  45. Holleman, Charles Sidney   (b. 3 Oct 1827 - d. 16 Jan 1909)
      • Husband of Martha D. Holleman and Edith Holleman. "The influence of a good life endures longer than granite". Row 5. column 11.
  46. Holleman, Edith S.   (b. 2 Jun 1830 - d. 26 Oct 1903)
  47. Holleman, Martha D.   (b. 24 Feb 1824 - d. 8 Oct 1876)
  48. Hughes, J. F.   (b. 5 Jun 1825 - d. 5 Jan 1884)
  49. Lawrence, Mary Wilson   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Reinterred from Lawrence Cemetery (M24.1) . See Corps Group II Report.. Row 2. column 10.
  50. Mcmahon, Ida O'Kelly   (b. 24 Mar 1880 - d. 14 Nov 1955)
      • Row 8. column 13.
  51. Mitchell, Mary Jane   (b. Apr 1849 - d. Jan 1929)
      • Wife of David Mitchell. Shares stone with Betty Mitchell Taylor. Burial plot. Row 2. column 9.
  52. Mitchell, Mitty   (b. 5 May 1884 - d. 23 Feb 1947)
      • Row 2. column 8.
  53. O'Kelly, Addie   (b. 2 May 1882 - d. 25 Aug 1883)
  54. O'Kelly, Bertha Fetna   (b. 21 Mar 1878 - d. 27 Oct 1883)
  55. O'Kelly, Blanche   (b. 23 Jul 1898 - d. 2 Aug 1898)
  56. O'Kelly, Bula   (b. 5 May 1890 - d. 10 Aug 1890)
  57. O'Kelly, Carle   (b. 20 Apr 1892 - d. 25 Jul 1892)
  58. O'Kelly, Elizabeth   (b. 8 Apr 1830 - d. 8 Apr 1880)
  59. O'Kelly, Freddie   (b. 21 Jan 1883 - d. 10 Jun 1884)
  60. O'Kelly, George F.   (b. 7 Sep 1879 - d. 17 Aug 1939)
      • Shares stone with George S. O'Kelly. Son of George S. O'Kelly.. Row 6. column 13.
  61. O'Kelly, George S.   (b. 29 Mar 1854 - d. 4 Jun 1883)
      • Shares stone with George F. O'Kelly. Father of George F. O'Kelly.. Row 6. column 13.
  62. O'Kelly, J. F.   (b. 10 May 1825 - d. 21 Jan 1894)
  63. O'Kelly, James   (b. 2 Dec 1895 - d. 17 May 1896)
  64. O'Kelly, James   (b. 24 Feb 1900 - d. 25 Feb 1900)
  65. O'Kelly, James M., M.D.   (b. 23 Dec 1852 - d. 17 Feb 1910)
  66. O'Kelly, Jessie   (b. 15 Jul 1897 - d. 26 Apr 1898)
  67. O'Kelly, John   (b. 8 Mar 1881 - d. 4 Aug 1881)
  68. O'Kelly, L. D.   (b. 23 Oct 1857 - d. 4 Jul 1909)
      • J.O.U.A.M emblem.. "We will meet again.". Burial plot. Row 4. column 8.
  69. O'Kelly, Margaret A.   (b. 1 Apr 1856 - d. 8 Dec 1884)
  70. O'Kelly, Meroe   (b. 16 Jul 1861 - d. 26 Feb 1900)
  71. O'Kelly, William   (b. 15 Dec 1888 - d. 10 Mar 1889)
  72. Parrish, Alfred M.   (b. 15 Sep 1827 - d. 21 Jun 1913)
      • Husband of Dicy (Harwood) Parrish. Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Row 1. column 7.
  73. Parrish, Barbara Ellen   (b. 29 Aug 1926 - d. 27 May 1991)
  74. Parrish, Dicy (Harwood) Castlebury   (b. 8 Oct 1812 - d. 12 Sep 1853)
      • Wife of Franklin Castlebury and Alfred M. Parrish. "Thy memory shall ever be a guiding star-". Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Row 1. column 5.
  75. Parrish, Florence Dell Irene   (b. 9 May 1870 - d. 28 Jul 1902)
  76. Parrish, Hurley Irwin   (b. 12 Dec 1895 - d. 21 Nov 1965)
  77. Parrish, Lillie May Pickett   (b. 3 Dec 1897 - d. 27 Jun 1983)
  78. Parrish, Mamie L.   (b. 3 Mar 1905 - d. 17 Sep 1905)
      • Daughter of T. A. and Sudie L. Parrish. "Asleep in Jesus.". Closeup of marker. Row 3. column 1.
  79. Parrish, Martha J. (McGhee)   (b. 2 May 1856 - d. 11 Apr 1931)
      • Wife of W. H. Parrish. "Mother". Row 5. column 2.
  80. Parrish, Raymond D.   (b. 7 Dec 1898 - d. 31 Jul 1899)
      • Son of T. A. and Sudie L. Parrish. "At rest.". Row 3. column 3.
  81. Parrish, Sudie Irene   (b. 21 Oct 1890 - d. 7 Jun 1907)
  82. Parrish, Thelma B.   (b. 7 Nov 1900 - d. 3 Jun 1902)
      • Daughter of T. A. and Sudie L. Parrish. "Gone but not forgotten.". Row 3. column 2.
  83. Parrish, W. H.   (b. 3 Sep 1853 - d. 4 Oct 1930)
      • Husband of Martha J. McGhee Parrish. "Father". Row 5. column 2.
  84. Sears, Mertie Lillian   (b. 13 Dec 1894 - d. 17 Mar 1904)
      • Row 4. column 10.
  85. Slade, Betty Jean   (b. 16 Nov 1951 - d. 1 Feb 1952)
      • Daughter of Ruth M. and Robert M. Slade. Shares stone with Shirley Faye Slade (sister). Closeup of marker. Row 4. column 1.
  86. Slade, Junius B.   (b. 21 Sep 1926 - d. 8 Jun 1943)
      • "None knew thee but to love thee.". Picture of young Junius B. Slade. Row 4. column 2.
  87. Slade, Shirley Faye   (b. 10 Aug 1955 - d. 11 Aug 1955)
      • Daughter of Ruth M. and Robert M. Slade. Shares stone with Betty Jean Slade (sister). Closeup of marker. Row 4. column 1.
  88. Taylor, Betty (Mitchell)   (b. 2 Apr 1892 - d. 5 Mar 1936)
      • Wife of C. E. Taylor. "Beloved one farewell.". Shares stone with Mary Jane Mitchell. Burial plot. Row 2. column 9.
  89. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 5. column 4.
  90. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Row 2. column 11.
  91. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 2. column 5.
  92. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 5. column 5.
  93. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Row 2. column 13.
  94. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 5. column 6.
  95. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 7. column 8.
  96. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 2. column 3.
  97. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Row 2. column 12.
  98. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 3. column 9.
  99. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Reinterred from Parrish-Castlebury Cemetery (F05.1) See Corps Group I and Group II Reports.. Row 1. column 8.
  100. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Row 7. column 1.


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