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      This is the original burial location of William J. Duke (Uncle Billie), his first wife Sarah Duke and one of their infants which died in 1930.

      Coordinates: 36d 03m 53.0s N; 78d 53m 22.0s W Click here for Google maps

      There are about 50 graves in this cemetery, including the grave of James Stagg. There are graves of both white and black in this cemetery. The cemetery is being removed to allow for development of the original farm land into a housing development for over 400 homes.

      The gravestones for William J. Duke, Sarah Duke and their infant were removed in July 1990 and installed in the cemetery at Duke's Chapel United Methodist Church. It is not known what happened to other gravestones in the cemetery.

      In August 2003, the removal of all the graves was begun. Only one gravestone was found which had fallen into the depression and become buried. This is the gravestone for Mary Caroline McNeill. The remains of William J. Duke and his wife Sarah were removed and reburied at Duke's Chapel United Methodist Church on Old Oxford Highway. All other remains were reburied at Markham Memorial Gardens.

  1. Duke, Infant   (b. - d. 22 Oct 1830)
      • Infant of William J. and Sarah Duke
  2. Duke, Sarah   (b. 3 Jan 1812 - d. 29 May 1855)
      • Spouse - William J. Duke
  3. Duke, William J.   (b. 18 Jul 1803 - d. 3 Oct 1883)
      • Spouse - Sarah Duke. Aged 80 yrs 2 mo 15 days
  4. McNeill, Mary Caroline   (b. 10 Aug 1828 - d. 3 Jun 1903)
      • The only gravestone found in 2003. The stone is broken and only three parts were found buried in the depression.
  5. Stagg, James   (b. - d. )
      • His gravestone was located in the 1970s, but was not found in 2003.

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