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352    PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH - OLD [L62.1]

      Location - Haw River Township. On north side of SR 1943, Gum Springs Church Road, 0.2 mile east of SR 1977, Clark Poe Road

      Coordinates: 35d 40m 03.3s N; 79d 05m 38.0s W Click here for Google maps

      A 1972 list attributed to W. Harold Broughton recorded 36 grave markers and numerous illegible stones and field stones. On 26 April 1994, the markers were reviewed by Will and Audrey Heiser. In 1936, The Chatham County Home Register, page 21, reported that Nathan Clark was buried in this cemetery. Jane and Alan Mann photographed all of the markers they could locate on 23 October 2011. Several of the markers previously reported were not located. Also, the marker of Peggy Gunter lists the names of her three sons and five daughters. These names were previously included in the burial list for this site. They have now been removed.

      View before cleanup in 2011. View before cleanup in 2011. View from road.

      Owner: Patricia York King.
      Legal Description: Parcel 62865. Deed Book 1359/627 from Harold M. and Alice W. Howard to Patricia York King, 5 Sep 2007; references Plat 2007-320. Deed Book 729/225, from Dennis P. Murtland and Jean B. Lunting-Johnson to Harold M. and Alice W. Howard, 31 Mar 1997. References Deed Book 579/144, 5 Jul 1991; Plat 87-35, 23 Dec 1986, Survey of Church and Cemetery for Ruth S. Luning. All deeds reference "Providence church lot where cemetery and Church foundation are located."
      Topo Quadrant: Merry Oaks.
      Church owned: Yes. Denomination: Methodist.
      Abandoned: Yes.
      Number of graves: 32.
      Unrestricted access: Yes.
      Overgrown and easy to identify: Yes.
      Enclosed: No.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 28.
      Last burial: 1973.
      First burial: 1883.
      Listed: Yes.
      Listed explanation: A 1972 list attributed to W. Harold Broughton was found in a ring binder in Wren Library, Siler City NC. Also listed in Gravesites of Chatham County, 2005.

      Miscellaneous information: Other deeds refer to "Providence Church Lot." HG-589, 23 Jan 1936; IV-331, 1 Aug 1942; JE-57, 1 Feb 1953; LF-367, 1 Feb 1953; LW-187, 20 Dec 1954; 427-695, 17 May 1979. According to a 26 July 1973 article in the Chatham Record, the old church was torn down in July 1973 because of vandalism. The cemetery was overgrown when the markers were photographed in October 2011. The site was cleaned up in May of 2012.

      Last canvassed by: Jane and Alan Mann, 23 Oct 2011; Will and Audrey Heiser, 26 Apr 1994; W. Harold Broughton (assumed), 1972.


  1. Bland, Esperan E.   (b. 28 Sep 1837 - d. 10 Mar 1905)
      • Wife of W. G. Bland. "A tender mother and a faithful friend.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  2. Bland, Henry T.   (b. 8 Apr 1872 - d. 9 Jan 1902)
      • Son of W. G. and Esperan E. Bland. "A light is from our household gone, a voice we loved is stilled; a place is vacant in our home, that never can be filled.". Stone has been broken above inscription and repaired.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  3. Clark, J. B.   (b. bef 1845 - d. Unknown)
      • CSA Co D 61 NC INF. Military marker. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  4. Clark, Nathan   (b. Unknown - d. Apr 1936)
      • No marker. Ref: Chatham Co. Home Register, p. 21.
  5. Cole, Leroy   (b. 21 Oct 1819 - d. 17 Sep 1898)
      • Husband of Mariah Cole. "In after time we'll meet them.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  6. Cole, Mariah   (b. 8 Nov 1828 - d. 21 Aug 1911)
      • Wife of Leroy Cole. "In after time we'll meet them.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  7. Copeland, L. S.   (b. 10 Jun 1896 - d. 22 Jun 1896)
      • Son of C. S. Copeland. "At rest.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Poor.
  8. Gunter, Adolphus   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Infant son of Thomas B. and Emma (Copeland) Gunter. Small. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  9. Gunter, Emma (Copeland)   (b. Abt 1843 - d. 1887)
      • Wife of Thomas B. Gunter. Married 27 Jul 1859. According to census data supplied by Linda S. Dennis, birth date should be about 1843, although the marker says 1847. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  10. Gunter, Etta   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Wife of A. T. Gunter. Small. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  11. Gunter, Joseph   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Marker not located in 2011.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94.
  12. Gunter, Mattie   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Marker not located in 2011.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94.
  13. Gunter, Minnie A.   (b. Abt 1867 - d. Unknown)
      • Daughter of Thomas and Emma (Emeline) Gunter. Marker not located in 2011.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94.
  14. Gunter, Thomas B.   (b. Abt 1838 - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of Emma (Copeland) Gunter. Son of Joseph and Frances Gunter. Sgt. Co. D 35 NC Inf. Military marker. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  15. Gunter, Thomas, II   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Marker not located in 2011.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94.
  16. Harward, Alice (Womble)   (b. 12 Jan 1879 - d. 23 Feb 1941)
      • Wife of C. M. Harward. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  17. Johnson, Benjamin D.   (b. 7 Jun 1832 - d. 25 Jun 1898)
      • Husband of Bettie (Cole) Johnson. "Faithful unto Death.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  18. Johnson, Bettie (Cole)   (b. 5 Nov 1848 - d. 17 Feb 1934)
      • Wife of Benjamin D. Johnson. "Faithful unto Death.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  19. Johnson, Harrison B.   (b. bef 1845 - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of Peggy Johnson. CSA Co D 35 NC Inf. Military marker. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  20. Johnson, Peggy   (b. 1810 - d. 1889)
      • Wife of Harrison B. Johnsoon. Flat. Stone lists sons Ben Johnson, Back Johnson, Abner Johnson; daughters Eliza Poe, Delia Poe, Susan Poe, Anar Thomas, Tempie Williams. Original list by William Broughton incorrectly listed all of these as burials in this cemetery.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Granite. Condition Good.
  21. Marks, Thaddeus S.   (b. 15 May 1839 - d. 1888)
      • 3rd Lt Co D NC Troops 35th CSA. Two stones: One broken and reset with birth date. Another flat with military info.. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  22. Stedman, Henry C.   (b. 20 Oct 1844 - d. 27 Jun 1907)
      • Husband of Julia (Cole) Stedman. "Although he sleeps his memory doth live, and cheering comfort his mourners give.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  23. Stedman, Julia (Cole)   (b. 1 Nov 1851 - d. 12 Jan 1946)
      • Wife of Henry C. Stedman. "There is no friend like mother.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  24. Stedman, Lee D.   (b. 5 Oct 1870 - d. 28 Nov 1900)
      • "My beloved husband. Gone but not forgotten.". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  25. Stedman, Nora (Harmon)   (b. 15 Feb 1886 - d. 10 Apr 1963)
      • Wife of William Willis Stedman. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Granite. Condition Good.
  26. Stedman, William Willis   (b. 22 May 1884 - d. 15 Jun 1973)
      • Husband of Nora (Harmon) Stedman. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field Check byWMH/AOH 4/26/94. Material Granite. Condition Good.
  27. Womble, Henrietta   (b. 1838 - d. 19 Apr 1883)
      • Wife of J. B. Womble. "Aged 45 Y's". Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94. Material Marble. Condition Good.
  28. Womble, J. B.   (b. 3 May 1833 - d. 22 Mar 1902)
      • Husband of Henrietta Womble. Wren Library, Ring Binder Field CheckWMH/AOH 4-26-94.


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