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255    TICK CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH - OLD [J50.2]

      Location - Hickory Mountain Township. 1,000 feet southwest of of Rives Chapel Baptist Church and 1,400 feet south of SR 2120, Ike Brooks Road

      Coordinates: 35d 40m 35.1s N; 79d 22m 11.6s W Click here for Google maps

      The cemetery is in a grove of trees on a hill surrounded by pasture. It is accessible by a path and a bridge across an unnamed branch of Tick Creek behind Rives Chapel Church. The access to the cemetery was created by Will Lambert for an Eagle Scout project in 2007.

      Cemetery views: View #2 -- View #3 -- View #4 -- View #5 -- View #6 -- View #7 -- View #8.

      Thirty-seven (37) markers were recorded by W. Harold Broughton in 1972. See pages 47-48 of his cemetery records in Wren Memorial Library, Siler City, North Carolina. Fifty-two (52) markers were recorded by Elva Butler, May 1992, including thirty-one (31) previously recorded by Broughton, and four (4) blacks. Butler also reported there are about thirty-seven (37) unmarked white graves and about thirty-six (36) unmarked black graves, but the source of the information allowing the identification of the unmarked graves is not known. On 2 November 1997, Audrey Heiser reread about 12 grave markers with corrections, and recorded 5 additional markers. On 1 May 2011, and 23 Feb 2012, Jim and Bev Wiggins photographed the markers, making several corrections and adding five markers not previously recorded. There are about one-hundred thirty (130) graves in this cemetery; about 62 have legible or partially-legible markers.

      On 10 February 1999 Charlie Thomas showed Will Heiser the location of a spring above the branch and the approximate location where the original Tick Creek Chapel stood, south of the cemetery. A photo of Charlie Thomas is posted on the cemetery post, a gate post for an earlier fence around the site. Ron Lambert has identified a possible site of a 36' by 36' building that may also have been used as a meeting house just north of the cemetery.

      Owner: Bertis E. and Louise Moore.
      Legal Description: Parcel 62876. Deed 949/142, 2002. Deed 489-603, 8 Jan 1986, from Harold K. and Faye S. Hart, Plat A-539.
      Topo Quadrant: Siler City NE.
      Church cemetery: Yes. Denomination: Baptist.
      Abandoned: Yes.
      Number of graves: 130.
      Cemetery size: 1+ acre.
      Black: Yes.
      White: Yes.
      Restricted access: No. Will Lambert's 2007 Eagle Scout project provides easy access from the back of Rives Chapel Church. Access is by foot only and requires going down steps to cross a branch of Tick Creek on a bridge, then an uphill walk to the cemetery across a pasture that can be muddy.
      Overgrown and easy to identify: Yes.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: Wire fence.
      Enclosed conditions: Fence appears to be maintained sufficiently to keep livestock out.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 62.
      Last burial: 1926.
      First burial: 1786.
      Listed: Yes.
      Listed explanation: W. Harold Broughton, 1972, Cemetery Records, Wren Memorial Library, Siler City NC. Gravesites of Chatham County, 2005.

      Historical interest: This site has perhaps the greatest concentration of original, marked 1700s grave markers in the county. While some sites may have more early graves, most of those are marked by fieldstone markers with no inscriptions and cannot be dated to the 1700s. Markers at this site illustrate the use of native stone -- sandstone and soapstone -- and carving by local craftsmen, as well as later markers of marble carved by professional stonecutters.

      Last canvassed by: Harold Broughton, 1972; Eva Butler, 1992; Audrey Heiser, 2 Nov 1997; Jim and Bev Wiggins, 23 Feb 2012.


  1. Brooks, Archibald Donald   (b. 8 Mar 1849 - d. 1 Sep 1882)
      • Marble tablet set in concrete.. Butler had death 1881,AOH read 1882. Material Marble. Condition Poor.
  2. Brooks, Charles Chalmers, Dr.   (b. 3 Aug 1831 - d. 15 Jun 1859)
      • Son of Samuel & Sarah Brooks. "To the memory" "Life's duty done as ?sinks the day?, Light from its load the spirit flies; While heaven and earth combine to say, Now bless'd the righteous when he lies.. Butler read death Jan;AOH & Broughton read June; Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "d. 6/15/1859" AOH read June/11-2-97. Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  3. Brooks, Luther? Preston   (b. 25 Oct 1855 - d. 23 May 1891)
      • Part of name and birthdate are illegible in 2012. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "Walter Preston". AOH read corrected dates/11-2-97. Material Marble. Condition Poor.
  4. Brooks, Martha Rives   (b. 22 Feb 1843 - d. 27 Sep 1852)
      • I'm gone home.. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.LibAOH read 27 Sep /11-2-97. Material Marble. Condition Poor.
  5. Brooks, Sarah   (b. 29 Feb 1808 - d. 20 Mar 1857)
      • Wife of Samuel Brooks. Marble tablet (top only) set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "Wife of Samuel Brooks" AOH read "29 Feb 1808"/11-2-97. Material Marble. Condition Poor.
  6. Brooks, Thomas J., Capt.   (b. 8 Apr 1838 - d. 4 Jun 1865)
      • Son of Samuel and Sarah Brooks. Capt. Co. D, 3rd NC Cav. Marble tablet set in concrete. Not a standard military marker.. says "Thomas J., son of Samuel & Sarah Brooks, b. 1838, d. 1885". Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  7. Brooks, William Terrell   (b. 9 Oct 1767 - d. 24 Aug 1824)
      • Husband of Susanna (Warren) Brooks. Original marker had name only.. Sandstone marker attached to granite slab. Roger Foushee reported in 1992 that a road was built over the family cemetery on the Brooks homestead [H78.1] and only one stone, for Terrell Brooks, was recovered and moved to Old Tick Creek Cemetery from that. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair.
  8. Bynum, ???? Alen   (b. - d. 27 Feb 181?)
  9. C., E.   (b. - d. )
      • Material Sandstone. Condition Fair.
  10. Campbell, Elizabeth   (b. Dec 1815 - d. 4 Oct 1873)
      • Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Fair. Another view.
  11. Campbell, Mathew C.   (b. 4 May 1802 - d. 1 Mar 1869)
      • Material Marble. Condition Good.
  12. Clegg, Flora Ann (Brooks)   (b. 22 Feb 1839 - d. 20 Jun 1873)
      • 2nd Wife of Luther Clegg. Daughter of Samuel and Sarah Brooks. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "b. 22 Feb 1830, d. illegible". Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view.
  13. D., L. R.   (b. - d. 30 Jan 1918)
      • Footstone only, with "L.R.D.". Marker not located in 2012..
  14. Dark, Aaron B.   (b. 17 Aug 1830 - d. 17 Oct 1882)
      • W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib Marker not located in 2012..
  15. Dark, Emily A.   (b. 7 Aug 1828 - d. 27 Aug 1887)
      • Our mother. Our mother here lies under ground, The dearest friend we ever found; But through the Lord's abounding love, We'll meet again in realms above.. Marble tablet, on ground.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says Emil A., b. 1828,d. 1885. Material Marble. Condition Good. Another view. -- Closeup.
  16. Dark, M. N.   (b. 24 Mar 1861 - d. 31 May 1926)
      • Father All is well.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  17. Dark, Mary Ann   (b. 26 Jul 1818 - d. 4 Jan 1873)
      • A Great sufferer for many years.. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says b. 1818, d. 1878. Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  18. Dark, Thomas J.   (b. 2 Jun 1819 - d. 12 Dec 1897)
      • Age 78 Ys, 6 Ms, 10 Ds. They lived happily together as husband and wife and in death lie side by side.. Marble tablet, on ground.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says Thomas J., b. 1819, d. 1897. Material Marble. Condition Good. Footstone. -- Closeup.
  19. Dunlap, Bryan Edwin   (b. 13 Jun 1856 - d. 12 May 1857)
      • Son of N. B. and M. M. Dunlap. Marble tablet set in concrete. Footstone: B.E.D.. Material Marble. Condition Fair. Footstone. -- Another view.
  20. E., S.   (b. - d. )
      • Near Emerson graves.. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair. Another view.
  21. Emerson, Aaron   (b. 4 Jul 1795 - d. 18 Nov 1858)
      • Husband of Rosanna D. Emerson. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Fair. Closeup. -- Another view.
  22. Emerson, James   (b. - d. 1786)
      • Husband of Mary Emerson. "A Regulator at the Battle of Alamance. Condemned to death by Gov. Tryon--Pardoned by Gov. Martin. Lived to take part in the War of American Independence.". "Patriot". Old stone is sandstone. New is granite. "A Regulator at the Battle of Alamance, condemned to death by Gov. Tryon, pardoned by Gov. Martin, lived to take part in the issue of American Independence.". Death reported by Dr. Brooks Gilmore. h/2-21-99. Material Granite. Condition Excellent.
  23. Emerson, James H.   (b. 24 Aug 1789 - d. 15 Oct 1849)
      • Dates not legible in 2012. These dates from Butler, 1992. Marble set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "b. 8/24/1792". Material Marble. Condition Poor. Closeup.
  24. Emerson, Mary A.   (b. 1799 - d. 1835)
      • Consort of John Emerson. Dates not legible in 2012. Someone has scratched over parts of name.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "b. 1792, d. 1833, Wife of John Emerson". Material Sandstone. Condition Poor. Another view.
  25. Emerson, Rosanna D.   (b. 30 Sep 1805 - d. 26 Jul 1856)
      • Wife of Aaron Emerson. "She was a woman of good understanding and of beautiful countenance." A devoted wife, affectionate mother, and kind friend.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "Rosanda D. w/of Aaron Emerson". Closeup-1. -- Closeup-2. -- Another view.
  26. Emerson, S.   (b. - d. )
      • Near Emerson graves, but only "S. E." on stone.. Material Sandstone. Condition Fair.Another view.
  27. Glover, Infant   (b. - d. )
      • Infant of Carn Glover. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib Marker not located in 2012..
  28. H., I.   (b. - d. 19 Jul 1789)
      • Interesting shape.. Material Sandstone. Condition Poor. Another view.
  29. Hackney, Robert   (b. 7 Mar 1800 - d. 2 Feb 1859)
      • Aged 58 years, 10 months, 25 days.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. AOH/11-2-97. Material Marble. Condition Good. Another view.
  30. Headen, Andrew J.   (b. 22 Jul 1831 - d. 11 Sep 1911)
      • Large marble block.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Excellent.
  31. Headen, Carrie   (b. 1853 - d. ?? Jul 1861)
      • ?Daughter of C. and Wm. Headen. Stone covered in moss in 2012. Cleaning might better reveal inscription. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Poor.
  32. Headen, George William   (b. 1864 - d. 1864)
      • Son of W. J. and M. Headen. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib Marker not located in 2012..
  33. Headen, John L.   (b. 1841 - d. 9 Jul 1858)
      • Son of William and Fannie Headen. "Aged 17 Years, 6 months, and 27 days." "He was a noble youth, full of love and kindness, and gave promise of a life of great usefulness.". Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view.
  34. Headen, Susannah   (b. 17 Aug 1798 - d. 20 Apr 1880)
      • Wife of William Headen. "She was one of the purest.". Marble tablet set in concrete. Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  35. Headen, William   (b. 1795 - d. 1 Jan 1869)
      • Aged 74 years.. Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view.
  36. Headen, William   (b. 9 Oct 1798 - d. 8 Apr 1869)
      • Husband of Susannah Headen. Broken. "A purer man never ????". W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "b. 1788, d. 1869". Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  37. Headen, William Joseph   (b. 1837 - d. 13 Jul 1865)
      • Husband of M. Headen. "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." "Aged 28 years, 3 months, and 15 days.". Marble tablet set in concrete. Stone covered in moss in 2012. Cleaning might better reveal death date, read earlier as 1865.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "William Joseph, age 28". Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view.
  38. Hunter, Sarah   (b. Nov 1771 - d. 8 Feb 1794)
      • Married 25 March 1791. Black. Material Soapstone. Condition Poor. Another view.
  39. Johnson, Lizzie Cleveland   (b. Nov 1883 - d. Jan 1884)
      • Daughter of Sheriff J. J. and F. M. Johnson. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  40. Johnson, Tarlton A., Sr.   (b. 1813 - d. 1879)
      • Father of Sheriff J. J. Johnson. Son of Levi.. Husband of (1) Susan Ellis Andrews (4) Eliza Ann Burke. Old stone still in place. Has "T. J.". Married 4 times. Duane Hall says correct name is Tarlton not Carlton.WMH/4-13-01 New stone provided by James Johnson. Material granite. Condition Excellent.
  41. Moody, Charles   (b. - d. )
      • Co. E, 26 NC Inf. CSA. Confederate Soldier. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "CSA". Material Marble. Condition Excellent.
  42. Murchison, Martha A.   (b. 1831 - d. 1863)
      • Wife of D. C. Murchison. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib Marker not located in 2012..
  43. Myrick, Allord [Alford?]   (b. 18 Apr 1796 - d. Jun 1799)
  44. Tomosso??, Mary   (b. ? Sep ??? - d. 9 Oct 190?)
      • in the 25th year of ??? Age.. Broken.. Black. Material Fieldstone. Condition Poor. Another view.
  45. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Material Sandstone.
  46. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Material Sandstone.
  47. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. ? Nov 1791)
      • Material Sandstone.
  48. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Material Sandstone.
  49. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Material Slate.
  50. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Material Soapstone.
  51. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Material Soapstone.
  52. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. 8 Mar 1788)
      • Broken. Top missing.. Material Fieldstone. Condition Poor.
  53. Unknown, B. C.   (b. - d. )
      • Marker not located in 2012..
  54. Unknown, Philip Sr.   (b. - d. )
      • Material Sandstone. "IHS. Here lies the body of Philip Sr."
  55. Utley, M. C.   (b. 30 Dec 1784 - d. 26 Jan 1806)
  56. W., J. C.   (b. - d. )
  57. W., M. C.   (b. 30 Jul 1784 - d. 26 Jan 1806)
  58. W., M. H.   (b. 23 Nov 1781 - d. May)
      • Black. Material Soapstone. Condition Poor.
  59. Watson, John C.   (b. 1857 - d. 1880)
      • W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Marker not located in 2012..
  60. Webster,   (b. 6 Jul 1816 - d. 8 Dec 1869)
      • Marker not located in 2012..
  61. Webster, ?   (b. 6 Sep 1814? - d. 9 Feb 1865)
      • Aged 50 Years, 5 Months, 3 Days. Interesting carving. Much of the info matches D.P. Webster's stone. Could this be another marker for D.P.?. Material Soapstone. Condition Poor.
  62. Webster, D. P.   (b. Sep 1814 - d. 8 Feb 1865)
      • 50 Yrs. 5 Mos. 3 Dys.. Very dirty and hard to read in 2012.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says b. 1811. Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view. -- Closeup.
  63. Webster, Elizabeth   (b. 7 Jul 1824 - d. 23 Feb 1904)
      • W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "b. 1829". Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  64. Webster, F. W.   (b. 23 Sep 1818 - d. 18 Feb 1904)
      • Stone appears recently broken (probably by falling tree limbs) in 2012.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "W.S. Webster, b. 1818, d. 1898". Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  65. Webster, J. J.   (b. 30 May 1829 - d. 16-Aug-03)
      • Husband of S. A. Webster. Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  66. Webster, Martha A.   (b. 25 Arp 1873? - d. 24 May 1879)
      • Daughter of J. J. and S. A. Webster. Marble tablet set in concrete. Dates not completely legible in 2012.. Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view.
  67. Webster, Mary   (b. 1 Jan 1821 - d. 18 May 1896)
      • Marble tablet set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Fair.
  68. Webster, S. A.   (b. Jun 1849 - d. 26 Apr 1879)
      • Wife of J. J. Webster. Broken. Earlier reading of birth date is 14 Jan 1843.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib. Material Marble. Condition Poor. Another view.
  69. Webster, Thomas   (b. 1847 - d. 1852)
      • Marker not located in 2012..
  70. Webster, Tobitha   (b. 15 Jul 1758 - d. 15 Sep 1860)
      • In memory of. Material Soapstone. Condition Good.
  71. Webster, W. M. Spearman, Capt   (b. 21 Sep 1813 - d. 12 Dec 1898)
      • Capt. Co. E, 26 NC Inf, CSA. Military stone. Dates on a separate stone behind military marker.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says "Capt. W.M. Spearmon Webster". Material Marble. Condition Good.
  72. Yarbrough, Thomas S.   (b. 6 Jun 1827 - d. 27 Nov 1860)
      • Elder. Baptised by Elder J.J. James, 20 Oct 1846. Made Deacon, 17 Nov 1849. Ordained at the Beulah Association at Ephesus, Person County, Aug 1852. Marble set in concrete.. W. Harold Broughton, 1972, pp. 47-48, Wren Mem.Lib says b. 1827, d. 1860. Material Marble. Condition Fair.


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