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160    PEACE FAMILY CEMETERY (1885)

      Location - On the east side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., (formerly Airport Road) in Chapel Hill, NC, on the property of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA at 980 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., (formerly Airport Road). Approximately 60 feet SW of the SW corner of the main YMCA building, just south of the parking lot. Readily visible. Inside the fence, looking north; boulders visible in north end, plaque is on the one on right in the sun.

      Coordinates: 35d 56m 01.0s N; 79d 03m 18.0s W Click here for Google maps

      Survey - This cemetery was surveyed by Milton Forsyth on 26 March 2004 with the assistance of Mr. Jerry Whortan, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. We were notified of the existence of this cemetery by Ms. Tammy Hicks of the Orange County Central Land Records and GIS Office. Photographs by Milton Forsyth in March 2004.

      Graves, Marked - No obvious marked graves were seen from outside the fence. What appeared to be some fieldstone markers were noted, but no pattern was discernable.

      Graves, Unmarked - The number of graves in this cemetery is not known, but at least three burials are probable.

      Status - Mr. J. Leon Peace, the last family member to own property here, sold his residence lot and moved away in November 2003. He had resided for some years next door to property he sold to the YMCA where the YMCA building is now located. The cemetery was part of the YMCA land sale, but has now been identified on the county geographical survey. The family recently had the cemetery enclosed by a substantial six-foot high rectangular iron fence, approximately 40 feet E-W and 90 feet N-S, with a gate on the south end secured by a padlock. The area is generally covered with low green vegetation, some bulbs, and has several large trees. On one of the several big boulders in the north end of the cemetery is a large bronze plaque with the following inscription:

      'Cemetery of Mildred D. and William H. Peace and their heirs. Dedicated April 22, 1885. Near Chapel Hill - County of Orange, N.C. Isaiah 28:16 ... A Stone'

      [From the Holy Bible, King James Version: 'Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: He that believeth shall not make haste.']


  1. Peace, James Harmony   (b. 1884 - d. 26 Dec 1937)
      • Age 63 years. Buried 28 Dec 1937; unmarried. Son of William and Mildred Dunston Peace. [from county death records]
  2. Peace, Mildred Dunston   (b. - d. )
      • Listed on plaque. Spouse - William H. Peace.
  3. Peace, William H.   (b. - d. )
      • Listed on plaque. Spouse - Mildred Dunston Peace. William and Mildred came from Granville County.


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