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      Location - In Cheeks Township in a wooded area east of Chestnut Ridge Church Rd (SR #1125) and east of the Chestnut Ridge United Methodist Church cemetery. On private property.

      Coordinates: 36d 02m 11.3s N; 79d 10m 43.4s W Click here for Google maps

      Survey - Visited by Tom Magnuson, Milton Forsyth, Margaret Jones of the Orange County GIS Department and NC Forest Service Ranger Jake Pressley on 6 Dec 2010. The area around the cemetery was being logged at the time of this survey.

      Graves - Some 28 graves in three rows marked by fieldstones and/or depressions. No identifiable markings were seen on the stones.

      Comments - The property was formerly owned by Stephen Archer and was sold to Adolphus D. Burnette on 2 May 1896 [OC DB 54:299]. This appears to be the cemetery that was formerly described in the survey as being the "Burnette (Barnet?) Family Cemetery" and located: "1/2 mile from Chestnut Ridge Methodist Church, near Efland NC. Across road from church 1/2 mile from road and has chain across it." No burials were listed then, and it is not certain who might be buried here. Tom Magnuson had also found a place a short distance west of this area on another lot were it appeared there might have been six graves, or at least grave-like mounds partially covered by stones. However this was not confirmed to be a burial location, and research showed that that land had not been owned by the Burnette family.

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