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276    ROCK SPRING BAPTIST CHURCH - OLD [K05.1]

      Location - Center Township. 0.4 mile west of US 15-501, 1.7 miles south of SR 1520, Russells Chapel Road

      Coordinates: 35d 44m 31.0s N; 79d 10m 34.0s W Click here for Google maps

      On 5 January 1813, Elijah Fooshee deeded approximately 1 acre of land to Robert Ward, Blake Brantley, Thomas Massey, and George Dismukes, "Trustees of the Baptist Church commonly called the Old Fork Meeting House" [Deed Book T-80]. On 6 December 1822, in a deed for 221 acres from Elijah Fooshee and Anny Fooshee, his wife, to Robert Ward, reference is made to "reserving one acre for Rock Spring Meetinghouse. [Deed Book Y-189.] On 9 April 1894, Calvin Crutchfield deeded a parcel of land 60 feet by 126 feet (0.17 acre) to Mark Smith, J. M. Dismukes, Robert Riddle, Ransom Dismukes, and Richard Riddle, "Trustees of Rock Spring Church". "for the purpose of a burying ground for the white race only" [Deed Book CR-430]. On 7 June 1894, Rom S. Eubanks and wife Annie C. Eubanks deeded to Mark Smith, J. M. Dismukes, Ransom Dismukes, Robert Riddle, and Richard Riddle, "Trustees of Rock Spring Baptist Church," approximately 1.81 acres of land "whereon said Rock Spring Church now stands," . "so long as a Baptist congregation shall worship in said church," [Deed Book CR-140]. The church and cemetery is currently under the protection of New Salem Baptist Church.

      No church records exist prior to 1818, although Pascal says the church was constituted the last Saturday in October, 1764, with members coming from Deep River Church, which was dissolved. The first building was of logs. The second structure, dedicated in 1830, was some miles from the original site. Basil Manly (later president of the University of Alabama) was minister here in 1818. [Reference: Chatham County, 1771-1971, page 240.]

      On 2 March 1995, Will M. and Audrey O. Heiser recorded 52 grave markers and noted 34 graves with field stones and/or illegible funeral home markers. Two burials here were noted in the records of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church by Martha Hope Smith.

      Owner: Trustees of Old Rock Spring Baptist Church.
      Legal Description: Deed Books T-80.5, 5 January 1813; CR-430, 9 April 1894; CR-140, 7 June 1894.
      Topo Quadrant: Pittsboro.
      Church owned: Yes. Denomination: Baptist.
      Used: Yes.
      Number of graves: 86.
      Cemetery size: 140' x 125'.
      White: Yes.
      Unrestricted access: Yes.
      Well maintained: Yes.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: Wire fence.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 52.
      Last burial: 1993.
      First burial: 1901.
      Significant events: Basil Manly (later president of the University of Alabama) was minister here..
      Last canvassed by: Will M. and Audrey O. Heiser. Date: 2 Mar 1995.


  1. Cooper, Delaney R.   (b. 15 Jun 1860 - d. 7 Nov 1903)
      • 1st Wife of W. A. Cooper. Tall marker. Footstone: DRC. Location row 9.
  2. Cooper, Fannie Hearne   (b. 28 Mar 1867 - d. 17 Dec 1920)
      • 2nd Wife of W. A. Cooper. Daughter of A.G. and Eugenia Hearne. "Her life was given in service for others". Tall marker. Footstone: FHC. Location row 9.
  3. Cooper, Hattie J.   (b. 1883 - d. 5 May 1903)
      • Daughter of W. A. and L. R. Cooper. "Gone but not forgotten". Footstone: HJC. Location row 9.
  4. Cooper, Infant   (b. Unknown - d. 10 Feb 1930)
      • Infant daughter of L. C. and L. M. Cooper. Footstone: I. Location row 9.
  5. Cooper, Infant   (b. Unknown - d. 1 Oct 1918)
      • Infant son of L. C. and L. M. Cooper. Location row 9.
  6. Cooper, W. A.   (b. 24 Jun 1856 - d. 6 Feb 1929)
      • Husband of Fannie Hearne Cooper and Delaney R. Cooper. "Gone but not forgotten". Tall marker. Footstone: WAC. Location row 9.
  7. Council, Lottie Louise   (b. 4 Jun 1915 - d. 4 Mar 1960)
      • "At Rest". Footstone: LLC. Location row 10.
  8. Crane, James A.   (b. 29 Jul 1821 - d. 12 Jan 1903)
      • "At Rest". Slab. Footstone. Location row 10.
  9. Dismuke, Annie H.   (b. 1 Dec 1876 - d. 14 Sep 1913)
      • "Asleep in Jesus". Footstone: AHD. 4 graves surrounded by stone curbing. Location row 3.
  10. Dismuke, Lucy Ann Poe   (b. 10 Mar 1838 - d. 20 Jan 1916)
      • Wife of William W. Dismuke. "Her memory is blessed". Footstone: LAD. 4 graves surrounded by stone curbing. Location row 3.
  11. Dismuke, Newton J.   (b. 9 Nov 1867 - d. 19 Feb 1930)
      • "Dying is but going home". Footstone: NJD. 4 graves surrounded by stone curbing. Location row 3.
  12. Dismuke, William W.   (b. 12 Jul 1839 - d. 25 Jul 1912)
      • Husband of Lucy Ann Poe Dismuke. Footstone: WWD. 4 graves surrounded by stone curbing. Location row 3.
  13. Dismukes, J. M.   (b. 30 Nov 1845 - d. 22 Dec 1912)
      • "Gone but not forgotten". Footstone. Location row 5.
  14. Dodson, Lillie Mae   (b. 25 May 1923 - d. 18 Oct 1993)
      • Footstone: Mother. Location row 1.
  15. Eubanks, A. Ruth   (b. 8 Oct 1915 - d. 11 Jun 1977)
      • Wife of Leonard W. Eubanks. Double headstone. Footstone: Mother. Row 1.
  16. Eubanks, Annie Jones   (b. 27 May 1890 - d. 29 Dec 1927)
      • Flat. Row 11.
  17. Eubanks, Bessie King   (b. 22 Oct 1891 - d. 13 May 1972)
      • Wife of Walker Eubanks. Flat. Footstone: Mother. Row 12.
  18. Eubanks, Charles   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of Ludie Ann Herndon Eubanks. Father of Walker Eubanks and Mary Lorena (E.) Whitaker. Company K 4 GA Cav. Footstone: Field stone. Row 8.
  19. Eubanks, Eloise S.   (b. 1 Jan 1910 - d. 14 Oct 1990)
      • Footstone: ESE. Row 1.
  20. Eubanks, Fanny   (b. 1879 - d. 21 Jun 1879)
      • Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eubanks. St. Barthelomew's Ch. Rec. 1832-1903, Martha H. Smith.
  21. Eubanks, John R.   (b. 3 Sep 1916 - d. 21 Jan 1935)
      • Flat. Row 11.
  22. Eubanks, Leona   (b. 18 Mar 1909 - d. 19 May 1927)
      • Daughter of H. W. and B. E. Eubanks. "Faithful to her trust even unto death". With photograph and lamb on top of stone. Footstone: LE. Row 10.
  23. Eubanks, Leonard W.   (b. 8 Feb 1912 - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of A. Ruth Eubanks. Row 1.
  24. Eubanks, Leroy   (b. 25 Jul 1918 - d. 23 Oct 1927)
      • Flat. Row 11.
  25. Eubanks, Lilla   (b. 1875 - d. 1 Aug 1876)
      • Daughter of Robert G. and Missouri Tuck Benton Eubanks. St. Barthelomew's Ch. Rec. 1832-1903, Martha H. Smith.
  26. Eubanks, Ludie Ann Herndon   (b. Mar 1848 - d. Jul 1906)
      • Wife of Charles Y. Eubanks. Daughter of Melinda Louise Herndon. Flat. Footstone: Field stone. Row 9.
  27. Eubanks, Mary Stanley   (b. 18 Sep 1895 - d. 24 Oct 1955)
      • Flat. Row 11.
  28. Eubanks, Minnie B.   (b. 19 Jul 1884 - d. 1 Feb 1973)
      • Wife of Rom P. Eubanks. Double headstone w/white field stones. Row 6.
  29. Eubanks, Pearlye Elwood   (b. 27 Jan 1920 - d. 12 Jun 1979)
      • Husband of Rachel E. Eubanks. Military Marker Tec 5 US Army WW II P. Elwood Eubanks 1920-1979. "At Rest". Double headstone. Bronze footstone. Row 12.
  30. Eubanks, Rachel E.   (b. 1 Feb 1922 - d. Unknown)
      • Wife of Pearlye Elwood Eubanks. "At Rest". Footstone: Mother. Row 12.
  31. Eubanks, Rom P.   (b. 5 Oct 1881 - d. 17 Feb 1973)
      • Husband of Minnie B. Eubanks. Double headstone w/white field stones. Row 6.
  32. Eubanks, W. C. "Luther"   (b. 9 Jun 1880 - d. 10 Jun 1940)
      • Flat. Row 11.
  33. Eubanks, Walker   (b. 27 Jun 1884 - d. 23 Jan 1964)
      • Husband of Bessie King Eubanks. Son of Charles Eubanks. Flat. Footstone: Father. Row 12.
  34. Herndon, Melinda Louise   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • marker is missing. reported by John R. Herndon, her great-grandson. location near the foot of Ed and Lottie Council's graves.
  35. Hilliard, George William   (b. 15 Jan 1882 - d. 26 Apr 1912)
      • Husband of Sarah E. (Cooper) (Hilliard) White. Son of Jim and Maggie Hilliard. "At Rest in Jesus". Pedestal. Footstone: G.W.H. 2 graves surrounded by grey cinder blocks. Row 10.
  36. Hilliard, Lynn M.   (b. 22 Sep 1911 - d. 9 Mar 1984)
      • Husband of Virginia S. Hilliard. "Together Forever" "Book of Life". Double headstone. Footstone: LMH. Row 12.
  37. Hilliard, Virginia S.   (b. 2 Aug 1911 - d. Unknown)
      • Wife of Lynn M. Hilliard. "Together Forever" "Book of Life". Double headstone. Row 12.
  38. Johnson, Jane Anne   (b. 24 Apr 1934 - d. 14 Aug 1942)
      • "Sister". Flat. Row 6.
  39. King, Dora Hackney   (b. 1 May 1855 - d. 18 Feb 1933)
      • Wife of Faddy K. King. Flat. Row 11.
  40. King, Faddy K.   (b. 20 Apr 1861 - d. 27 Dec 1936)
      • Husband of Dora Hackney King. Flat. Footstone: Father. Row 11.
  41. Morris, Harvey   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Son of Minnie Morris. Flat. Combined stone w/Mother. Row 3.
  42. Morris, Minnie   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Flat. Footstone: Mother. Combined stone w/son. Row 3.
  43. Phillips, Lou Annah Dismuke   (b. 29 Feb 1872 - d. 15 Apr 1918)
      • Wife of Norman Phillips. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord". Footstone: LADP. Row 5.
  44. Phillips, Norman   (b. 23 Nov 1865 - d. 24 Feb 1924)
      • Husband of Lou Annah Dismuke Phillips. "His life was given in service for The Lord". Footstone: NP. Row 5.
  45. Poe, Lena R. (Hearn)   (b. 23 Sep 1868 - d. 22 Apr 1902)
      • Wife of A. K. Poe. Daughter of A. G. and E. J. Hearn. "She hath done what she could". Footstone: LRP. Row 6.
  46. Riddle, Henry C.   (b. 12 Sep 1889 - d. 18 Feb 1901)
      • "Gone to be an angel". Surrounded w/marble stones. Footstone: HCR. Row 11.
  47. Whitaker, Bernist Elwood   (b. 28 Dec 1908 - d. 11 Jul 1989)
      • Husband of Dorothy (Campbell) Whitaker. "Not my will, but Thine be done". Double headstone w/scalloped granite curbing. Row 8.
  48. Whitaker, Dorothy (Campbell)   (b. 26 Dec 1914 - d. Unknown)
      • Wife of Bernist Elwood Whitaker. "Not my will, but Thine be done". Double headstone w/scalloped granite curbing. Row 8.
  49. Whitaker, Jessie H.   (b. 12 Apr 1900 - d. 7 Jul 1907)
      • Son of Sam H. and Mary Lorena (Eubanks) Whitaker. "At Rest". Flat. Row 8.
  50. Whitaker, Margaret   (b. 7 Apr 1838 - d. 3 Aug 1916)
      • "At Rest". Flat. Row 8.
  51. Whitaker, Mary Lorena (Eubanks)   (b. 17 Mar 1873 - d. 28 Dec 1948)
      • Wife of Sam H. Whitaker. Daughter of Charles Eubanks; Mother of Bernist Elwood Whitaker, Alma (Whitaker) Campbell, James D. Whitaker. "At Rest". Footstone: MLW. Row 8.
  52. Whitaker, Sam H.   (b. 4 Jun 1871 - d. 31 Aug 1906)
      • Husband of Mary Lorena (Eubanks) Whitaker. Father of Bernist Elwood Whitaker, Alma (Whitaker) Campbell, James D. Whitaker. "At Rest". Footstone: SHW. Row 8.
  53. White, Sarah E. Cooper Hilliard   (b. 29 Feb 1885 - d. 26 Apr 1938)
      • Wife of George W. Hilliard and J. T. White. "At Rest". Pedestal. Footstone: SEW. 2 graves surrounded by grey cinder blocks. Row 10.
  54. Womble, Arthur J.   (b. 20 Jul 1941 - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of Laverne E. Womble. "In God's Care". Flat, double headstone. Row 12.
  55. Womble, Laverne E.   (b. 9 May 1946 - d. 17 Mar 1993)
      • Wife of Arthur J. Womble. "In God's Care". Flat, double headstone. Row 12.


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