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440    RIVES, WILLIAM ALSTON [Q05.1]

      Location - Gulf Township. At west end of SR 2183, Raymond Sharp Road, 0.5 mile west of SR 2187, Meronies Church Road, 300 feet past cable across road, beyond William Alston Rives House

      Coordinates: 35d 37m 20.0s N; 79d 18m 28.0s W Click here for Google maps

      In 1964, Lois Suggs Willett, Guilford Battle Chapter, DAR, Greensboro, NC, page 55, recorded 6 grave markers and 6 graves marked with field stones. In 1972, W. Harold Broughton, page 28, recorded 6 grave markers and several field stones. On 27 March 1989, Wade Hadley recorded 5 grave markers and several field stones. On 8 November 1999, Will M. Heiser noted 7 grave markers and numerous field stones. Julie King-McDaniel photographed all of the previously recorded markers on 15 Mar 2012.

      Photograph by Wade Hadley in 1989. View #3 of the cemetery. View #4 of the cemetery.

      Owner: Chatham House Properties LLC.
      Legal Description: Plat 9965. Deed 1410/774. Thomas H. and Jane N. Mann to Chatham House Properties LLC, 25 Jun 2008. Deed 458-758, 21 March 1983 from W. Brown and Eleanor W. Patterson.
      Topo Quadrant: Goldston.
      Family owned: Yes.
      Abandoned: Yes.
      Number of graves: 13.
      Cemetery size: 40' x 50'.
      White: Yes.
      Restricted access: Yes. Access across private property
      Well maintained: Yes.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: Wood rail fence.
      Enclosed conditions: Good.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 7.
      Last burial: 1883.
      First burial: 1862.
      Listed: Yes.
      Listed explanation: DAR, 1964, p. 55; W. Harold Broughton, 1972, p. 28. Gravesites of Chatham County, 2005.

      Other information: The site is in good condition, surrounded by a wood rail fence. Most of the grave markers are granite and postdate the death dates of the deceased by many years.

      Last canvassed by: Lois Suggs Willett, Guilford Battle Chapter, DAR, Greensboro, NC, 1964; W. Harold Broughton, 1972; Wade Hadley, 27 Mar 1989; Will M. Heiser, 8 Nov 1999; Julie King-McDaniel, 15 Mar 2012.


  1. B., S. N.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Listed by Broughton, 1972, p 28, Wren Memorial Lib. Marker not located in 2012.
  2. McBride, L. N.   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
      • Listed by Broughton, 1972, p.28, Wren Memorial Lib. Marker not located in 2012.
  3. Moore, Joseph J.   (b. Unknown - d. 3 May 1862)
      • 1st Husband of Mary Ramsey Rives. According to Wade Hadley 27 Mar 1989. Married Mary Ramsey Rives April 27, 1858, daughter of Minnie Moore Hooper[?]. Flat granite marker.
  4. Rives, Lydia (McBride) (Reid)   (b. 2 Mar 1811 - d. 10 Feb 1883)
      • 2nd wife of William Alston Rives, Sr. Broughton 1972, p. 28. Wade Hadley 27 Mar 1989. DAR 1964, p. 55. Granite marker.
  5. Rives, Lydia Reid   (b. 26 Apr 1844 - d. 8 Jan 1877)
      • Daughter of William Alston, Sr. and Lydia (McB.) (R.) Rives. Broughton 1972, p. 28. Wade Hadley 27 Mar 1989. DAR 1964, p. 55. Granite marker.
  6. Rives, Sallie N.   (b. 25 Sep 1842 - d. 11 Nov 1878)
      • Wife of ?. "In memory of". Broughton 1972, p. 28. DAR 1964, p. 55. "She was a christian lady an affectionate wife and a kind mother." Marble marker signed by GO Davis, San[Sanford]. Enhanced view.
  7. Rives, William Alston, Sr.   (b. 1 Nov 1803 - d. 18 Feb 1883)
      • Husband of Frances H. (Smith) and Lydia (McBride) (Reid) Rives. Separate monument: "Married Frances H. Smith Feb 27, 1828, one daughter M. Melissa Dalton. Married second Lydia McBryde Reid May 31, 1832, ten children." Broughton 1972, p. 28. Wade Hadley 27 Mar 1989. DAR 1964, p. 55. Granite marker.
  8. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
  9. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
  10. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)
  11. Unknown, Unknown   (b. Unknown - d. Unknown)


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