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191    BRAY, HENRY [G87.1]

      Location - Bear Creek Township. 2,100 feet west of SR 1100, Airport Road, 1.4 miles south of SR 1129, Lamberts Chapel Road, and Brush Creek Baptist Church, on farm at 6258 Airport Road

      Coordinates: 35d 38m 20.0s N; 79d 31m 47.0s W Click here for Google maps

      In 1963, Lois Sugg Willett, Guilford Battle Chapter, DAR, Greensboro, North Carolina, page
      34, recorded 36 grave markers and 28 graves marked by field stones. Richard V. Welch surveyed the site in 1985. On 19 May 1989, Georgie B. Tilley, reported the cemetery on NCCS Form. On 17 November 1996, Audrey and Will Heiser found 26 of the 36 legible markers reported by DAR. Ten markers were not legible or not found. Heiser counted 30 illegible markers and 18 field stones with additional depressions indicating a total of 89 grave sites. More grave sites and markers might be found if the cemetery, covered with myrtle, leaves, and brush, were cleaned up. In December 2011, Jane and Alan Mann photographed all of the legible stones in the cemetery that they could locate.

      View #2 of the cemetery. View #3 of the cemetery. View #4 of the cemetery.

      Owner: Larry and Christina McPherson Trustees PO Box 1246 Liberty 27298.
      Legal Description: parcel 61767, deed 1297/901 (2006), plat 86/91 (1986); deed 577/672, 31 Jul 1991; deed and plat do not reference cemetery.
      Topo Quadrant: Coleridge.
      Family owned: Yes.
      Maintained: Yes, but not used.
      Number of graves: approx. 90.
      Cemetery size: 120' x 60'.
      White: Yes.
      Restricted access: Yes. Private property
      Well maintained and preserved: Yes, trees growing among stones.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: wire and wood fence with gate and plaque: Matt Bray 2005 Eagle Scout project.
      Enclosed conditions: Good -- keeps cows out.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 43.
      Last burial: 1910.
      First burial: 1812.
      Unusual stones: Yes, mostly local sandstone, many not professionally carved.
      Markers damaged: Yes, age and weather.
      Hazards: Time and neglect.
      Listed: Yes.
      Listed explanation: Surveyed by Lois Sugg Willett, Guilford Battle Chapter, DAR, Greensboro NC, 1963, page 34; surveyed by Richard V. Welch 1985, also in Gravesites of Chatham County

      Significant events: Henry Bray, 1742-1812, received a land grant for 150 acres from the State of North Carolina, Deed C-248, 23 Oct 1782. Henry H. Bray, 1843-1862, Co. E, 26th Regt., Civil War soldier. A large slave cemetery is nearby: G87.3.

      Other Information: Surveyed by Lois Sugg Willett, Guilford Battle Chapter, DAR 1963, p. 34; by Richard V. Welch in 1985, and by Audrey and Will Heiser, 17 Nov 1996. Visited but not inventoried 8 Feb 2008 by T. Emerson, JC Bray, J&B Wiggins. Burial data corrections submitted by Ellen Lambert 18 Mar 1995 and Richard V. Welch 21 Apr 2008, based on his 1985 survey. Photographed in Dec 2011 by Jane and Alan Mann.

      Last canvassed by: Jim and Bev Wiggins on 8 Feb 2008. Alan and Jane Mann photographed all of the legible stones that they could locate on 18 Dec 2011.


  1. B., H.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
  2. B., P.   (b. Unknown - d. Mar 1850)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  3. B., P.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  4. Bray, Charles G.   (b. 3 Sep 1831 - d. 11 Oct 1848)
      • Son of Solomon & Sarah Brooks Bray. DAR 1964, p. 34.
  5. Bray, Edward   (b. 1837 - d. 1837)
  6. Bray, Eli   (b. 28 Feb 1778 - d. 19 Oct 1855)
      • In the 77th year of his age.". Fine lettering getting difficult to read.. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Soapstone?. Condition Poor. Closeup.
  7. Bray, Henry   (b. 1742 - d. 10 Jan 1812)
      • First person buried in this cemetery.. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Poor. Location row Not sure photographed stone is the correct one as it is not legible in 2012. Closeup.
  8. Bray, Henry   (b. 7 Apr 1768 - d. 7 Dec 1854)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair. Closeup.
  9. Bray, Henry H.   (b. 2 May 1843 - d. 23 Apr 1862)
      • Confederate Soldier. North Carolina, Co. E, 26th Regt. NC Inf. CSA. Died in Kinston, N.C.. Military marker. Original marker is sandstone.. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Granite. Condition Good. Original marker. - Burial plot.
  10. Bray, Henry H.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Material Sandstone. Condition Good.
  11. Bray, Huldah (Hutson)   (b. Unknown - d. 21 Dec 1843)
      • 1st Wife of Henry M. Bray. Henry Bray, 1800-1884, is buried at Brush Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (G78.1). DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair.
  12. Bray, Joab   (b. 27 Apr 1810 - d. 24 Apr 1815)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Good.
  13. Bray, Le___er Parker   (b. 21 May 1858 - d. 2 May 1860)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Soapstone?. Condition Fair.
  14. Bray, Mary   (b. 7 Dec 1783 - d. 8 May 1850)
      • "In the 67th year of her age.". DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Slate?. Condition Good.
  15. Bray, Methias   (b. Unknown - d. 24 Oct 1825)
      • Name on stone spelled 'BRA'. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair.
  16. Bray, Polly   (b. Unknown - d. 16 Feb 1837)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Good.
  17. Bray, Sarah   (b. 1767 - d. 5 Jun 1837)
      • Wife of Michael Welch?. "Age 70.". Not reported by DAR 1964. Georgie Brower Tilley provided name of spouse 12/20/96. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair. Location row 4. Closeup.
  18. Bray, Sarah   (b. Unknown - d. 21 Oct 1848)
      • Material Slate. Condition Fair.
  19. Bray, Solomon   (b. 21 Aug 1802 - d. 19 Oct 1848)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Slate?. Condition Good. Closeup.
  20. Bray, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. 1818)
  21. Brewer, Margery   (b. 21 Dec 1822 - d. 27 Nov 1826)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Poor.
  22. Brewer, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  23. Brewer, Wiley   (b. 23 Jul 1816 - d. 25 Nov 1820)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair. Closeup.
  24. Gilliland, Josiah   (b. Unknown - d. 25 Aug 1851)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  25. Gilliland, Lettis   (b. 23 Oct 1823 - d. 23 Nov 1848)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Poor. Closeup.
  26. Gilliland, Mary Emeline   (b. 20 Jan 1828 - d. 7 May 1848)
      • Nicely carved on rough stone.. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone?. Condition Good. Closeup.
  27. Hicks, Cary   (b. 7 Sep 1825 - d. 1865)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  28. Hill, George   (b. Unknown - d. 6 Dec 1842)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Good.
  29. Hill, John   (b. Unknown - d. 19 Nov 1826)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Good. Closeup.
  30. Hill, Molly   (b. Unknown - d. 2 Jan 1834)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Good.
  31. Hix, S.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  32. Leonard, Cara   (b. Unknown - d. 29 Oct 1857)
      • Not reported by DAR 1964. Material Slate. Condition Fair. Row 5. Closeup.
  33. McCasland, Margy   (b. Unknown - d. 29 Oct 1840)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair.
  34. Scott, Sara   (b. 1794 or 1795 - d. 27 Jun 1827)
  35. Scott, Stephen   (b. 14 Dec 1794 - d. 20 Jan 1851)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  36. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Material fieldstone. Condition Poor.
  37. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Material Soapstone?. Condition Poor.
  38. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Material fieldstone. Condition Poor.
  39. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. 19 Nov 1896)
  40. Welch, Ann Miriah   (b. 29 Sep 1831 - d. 21 Apr 1910)
      • Last person buried in this cemetery.. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  41. Welch, Margaret   (b. 12 Apr 1802 - d. 13 Jan 1862)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Slate?. Condition Poor.
  42. Welch, Michael   (b. Unknown - d. 29 ??? 1837)
      • Husband of Sarah (Bray) Welch. DAR 1964, p. 34.
  43. Welch, Rebec   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  44. Welch, Ritty   (b. Unknown - d. 15 Mar 1834)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Poor. Closeup.
  45. Welch, Solomon   (b. 10 May 1802 - d. 19 Jun 1875)
      • Death date could be 1825.. DAR 1964, p. 34. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair. Closeup.
  46. Welch, W. M.   (b. 8 Nov 1802 - d. 3 Feb 1854)
      • DAR 1964, p. 34.
  47. Welch, William   (b. 8 Nov 1804 - d. 3 Feb 1854)
      • DAR 1964, p35. Material Slate. Condition Fair. Row 7. Closeup.


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