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010    WATSON CEMETERY

      Location - Off Radar Rd (SR 2026), Ararat, Surry Co., NC.

      Coordinates: 36d 25m 31.0s N; 80d 34m 55.6s W Click here for Google maps

      Directions: From intersection of Old US Hwy 601 and Siloam Rd (SR 1003), go south on Siloam Rd for 2 miles. After rounding sharp curve to right, turn left on Mtn Church Rd (SR 2028) and go to top of hill. Then turn left on Radar Rd (SR 2026) and go 1.4 miles. There is a private dirt road named Cemetery Rd to the left. Go down this road .3 mile and there will be a log cabin on the right. Go past the cabin .1 mile to cemetery gate on the right. The gate is not locked.

      Surveyed by Diane Niston on May 1, 2006. Photographs by Virginia Wall Parisi ni March 2010.

      View of goats guarding the cemetery.

      Also known as:  Atkins - Watson Cemetery.
      Township or district:  Eldora.
      Public or Private:  Private property.
      GPS Accuracy (ft.):  17.
      Elevation above sea level (ft.):  1093.
      Surry County Parcel Number:  5937-00-47-1092.

      The primary burial data was provided by Virginia Wall Parisi and was taken from a survey conducted by Wallace Kallam, last published in 1982. Additional burial information has been added by Bob Carter after researching some death records indicating others were buried here.

      The Notes section has been added as of March 2010 for names of parents or spouses if they could be obtained from death, marriage, or obituary records. Actual names and dates have also been added if the grave had only initials or just the year was given. An extra thanks goes to Virginia Wall Paris for the photos of the cemetery and also to Linda Marion whose ancestors are buried here and who verified many of the burial relationships. As with any research, if you notice factual errors please send an email for a correction.


  1. Atkins, Anna Lay   (b. 10 Jun 1934 - d. 22 Jul 1934)
      • daughter of William Oliver Atkins and Zita Watson
  2. Atkins, Betsey   (b. 11 Jun 1946 - d. 11 Jun 1946)
      • daughter of Cecil Everett Atkins and Lydia Mae Johnson
  3. Atkins, Burden Elsevan   (b. 16 May 1880 - d. 9 Jun 1968)
      • Husband of Jennie Alice Simpson, m. 23 Dec 1900 and son of William Hasten Atkins and Martha Matilda Watson - "Brother"
  4. Atkins, Ila Fay   (b. 1 Dec 1922 - d. 14 Jul 1923)
      • daughter of William Oliver Atkins and Zita Watson - "Beloved"
  5. Atkins, Infant   (b. 11 Jun 1943 - d. 11 Jun 1943)
      • son of Cecil Everett Atkins and Lydia Mae Johnson (in big block letters)
  6. Atkins, Infant   (b. 1944 - d. 1944)
      • son of Cecil Everett Atkins and Lydia Mae Johnson
  7. Atkins, Infant   (b. 20 Mar 1950 - d. 20 Mar 1950)
      • daughter of Cecil Everett Atkins and Lydia Mae Johnson
  8. Atkins, Jennie Alice Simpson   (b. 25 Dec 1884 - d. 19 Nov 1946)
      • Wife of Burden Elsevan Atkins - daughter of William Jesse Simpson and Nancy A. Venable
  9. Atkins, Martha Matilda Watson   (b. 8 Apr 1856 - d. 11 Oct 1937)
      • Wife of William Hasten Atkins and daughter of William Riley Watson and Lydia Frances Hardy
  10. Atkins, Rural   (b. 17 Dec 1818 - d. 4 Jan 1925)
      • Husband of 1) Sarah Wall Hauser, m. 18 Aug 1853, 2) Mary Jane Wall Blevins, m. 12 Dec 1874, and 3) Susan Algood Doss - Death record has age 106 and parents unknown - member of Burrus Battery, Virginia State Troops, CSA
  11. Atkins, William Coley   (b. 3 Dec 1901 - d. 24 May 1903)
      • son of Burden Elzavan Atkins and Jennie Alice Simpson
  12. Atkins, William Hasten   (b. 8 Nov 1856 - d. 26 Dec 1941)
      • Husband of Martha Matilda Watson, m. 27 Dec 1877 - son of Rural Atkins and Susan Wall Hauser
  13. Atkins, William Oliver   (b. 31 Aug 1887 - d. 16 Oct 1975)
      • Husband of Zita Watson - son of William Hasten Atkins and Martha Matilda Watson - "Father"
  14. Atkins, Zita Watson   (b. 17 Mar 1889 - d. 12 Sep 1941)
      • Wife of William Hasten Atkins - daughter of Benjamin Franklin Watson and Mary Frances Bryant - "Mother"
  15. Hawks, Jackie Junior   (b. 1 Nov 1942 - d. 16 Jul 1974)
      • Husband of Carolyn Kay Atkins - son of Oliver Jackson Hawks and Gracie Ella Johnson - "Father"
  16. Mills, George Washington   (b. 28 Dec 1867 - d. 27 Sep 1962)
      • Husband of Lydia Frances Watson, m. 27 Dec 1885 - son of James Polk Mills and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson
  17. Mills, Infant male   (b. 18 May 1923 - d. 18 May 1923)
      • son of Lonnie T. Mills and Anna May Atkins
  18. Mills, Infant male   (b. 26 Sep 1908 - d. 26 Sep 1908)
      • son of George Washington Mills and Lydia Frances Watson
  19. Mills, James Polk   (b. 19 May 1845 - d. 26 Feb 1926)
      • Husband of 1) Sarah Elizabeth Johnson, m. 22 Dec 1866 and 2) Sallie Malinda Joyce Stanley, m. 5 Oct 1919 - son of Constantine Mills and Phoebe Nichols - "He was a brave Confederate Soldier, 1861-1865, Co. E, 51st NC Regiment. He was with Gen. Lee at Appomattox, VA, April 9 1865". Was the tallest stone in the cemetery but was destroyed and had to be replaced with a modern stone.
  20. Mills, Jasper N.   (b. 21 Jun 1892 - d. 15 Nov 1892)
      • Believed to be son of George Washington Mills and Lydia Frances Watson
  21. Mills, Lydia Frances Watson   (b. 29 Sep 1867 - d. 24 Mar 1936)
      • Wife of George Washington Mills - daughter of William Riley Watson and Lydia Frances Hardy - (Mother)
  22. Mills, Mary Virginia "Jennie" Watson   (b. 30 Dec 1869 - d. 2 Jan 1896)
      • 1st Wife of William Henry Mills (stone broken) - daughter of William Riley Watson and Lydia Frances Hardy
  23. Mills, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson   (b. 9 Nov 1848 - d. 26 Aug 1914)
      • Wife of James Polk Mills and daughter of Enoch Johnson and Nancy Bray - "Wife of a Confederate Soldier" (broken) - has been replaced with a stone similar to J. P. Mills new stone
  24. O'Neal, Jennie Watson   (b. 21 Dec 1913 - d. 11 Nov 1944)
      • Wife of Anderson O'Neal, m. 13 Apr 1936 in Hillsville, VA
  25. Sawyers, Della Frances "Dolly" Atkins   (b. 1 Apr 1884 - d. 28 Apr 1920)
      • 1st Wife of James Austin Sawyers - daughter of William Hasten Atkins and Martha Matilda Watson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  26. Sawyers, Infant female   (b. 27 Apr 1920 - d. 27 Apr 1920)
      • daughter of James Austin Sawyers and Della Frances Atkins - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  27. Sawyers, Infant male   (b. 17 Dec 1913 - d. 17 Dec 1913)
      • son of of Joseph Anderson Sawyers and Martha Frances Watson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  28. Sawyers, Infant male   (b. 5 Jan 1919 - d. 6 Jan 1919)
      • son of James Austin Sawyers and Della Frances Atkins - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  29. Sawyers, James M.   (b. Oct 1847 - d. 9 Sep 1918)
      • Husband of Mary Margaret Creed - son of Martin Sawyers and Betsy Simpson - stone broken
  30. Sawyers, Jesse   (b. 12 Jul 1902 - d. 17 May 1915)
      • son of Joseph Anderson Sawyers and Martha Frances Watson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  31. Sawyers, John Ambrose   (b. 6 Jun 1908 - d. 2 Feb 1926)
      • son of Joseph Anderson Sawyers and Martha Frances Watson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  32. Sawyers, Joseph Anderson   (b. 10 Nov 1879 - d. 21 Dec 1946)
      • Husband of Martha Frances Watson, m. 19 Mar 1897 - son of Newell N. Sawyers and Mary Elizabeth Simpson - near woods in lower section
  33. Sawyers, Joseph Henry   (b. 28 Nov 1918 - d. 23 Mar 1919)
      • son of of Joseph Anderson Sawyers and Martha Frances Watson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  34. Sawyers, Lettie Levie   (b. 8 Nov 1914 - d. 30 Oct 1915)
      • daughter of Legrant H. Sawyers and Sadie F. Venable and shows Lenia Catharine on death record - stone broken
  35. Sawyers, Martha Frances Watson   (b. 23 Jan 1877 - d. 28 Sep 1949)
      • Wife of Joseph Anderson Sawyers - daughter of Francis Marion Watson and Jeston Sawyers
  36. Sawyers, Rena   (b. 15 Feb 1907 - d. 15 Feb 1922)
      • daughter of Joseph Anderson Sawyers and Martha Frances Watson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  37. Spainhower, John Wesley   (b. 14 May 1918 - d. 25 Jan 1947)
      • 1st Husband of Ava Elizabeth Mills (daughter of Lonnie Mills and Anna Atkins) - son of Wiley W. Spainhour and Victoria Ayers - NC AOM 3C, US Navy (Retired). Ava m. 2) James Edward Martin, 14 Feb 1948
  38. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  39. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  40. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  41. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  42. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers.
  43. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  44. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  45. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Both head and foot stone of mill rock
  46. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  47. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Stone broken
  48. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  49. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  50. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Both head and foot stone of black mill rock
  51. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Both head and foot stone of black mill rock
  52. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Very old metal marker of Needham Funeral Home in Pilot Mtn with faded 1930 date of burial
  53. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock, both foot and head markers
  54. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Mill rock
  55. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Mill rock
  56. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock
  57. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill stone
  58. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Concrete base, top portion of stone missing
  59. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Grave and burial marker of Moody's Funeral Home - no dates or name
  60. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Both head and foot stone of mill rock
  61. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Tall thin mill rock
  62. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Burial metal marker
  63. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock
  64. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock
  65. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Dark mill rock
  66. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Tall thin mill rock
  67. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Tall thin mill rock
  68. Wall, Luvina Watson   (b. 15 Nov 1868 - d. 28 Mar 1938)
      • Wife of Robert Martin Wall and daughter of William Riley Watson Lydia Frances Hardy - stone broken
  69. Wall, Permillia "Melie" Watson   (b. 19 Apr 1863 - d. 20 Mar 1931)
      • Wife of Solomon L. Wall - daughter of William Riley Watson and and Lydia Frances Hardy - "Mother"
  70. Wall, Robert Martin   (b. 7 Oct 1858 - d. 26 Mar 1941)
      • Husband of Levine Watson, m. 1 Jan 1896 - son of William Wall and Levicie Whitaker
  71. Wall, Solomon L.   (b. 17 Jul 1860 - d. 31 Dec 1953)
      • Husband of Permillia Watson, m. 23 Dec 1883 - son of Isaac Hiatt Wall and Matilda - "Father"
  72. Wall, Thomas Dewey   (b. 14 May 1902 - d. 29 Mar 1970)
      • Husband of Ella Eads, m. 26 Jan 1923 - son of Solomon L. Wall and Permillia Watson
  73. Watson Danley Fowler, Mecie Alice Atkins   (b. 6 May 1905 - d. 19 Apr 1984)
      • Wife of 1) Ernest Jiles Watson, 2) Roy Ellis Danley, and 3) Robert Lee Fowler - daughter of Burden Elsevan Atkins and Jennie Alice Simpson
  74. Watson, Annie Alice   (b. 5 Jun 1907 - d. 29 Jul 2004)
      • Wife of Coley Willis Watson - daughter of John Henry Johnson and Amanda Marie Watson - grave not identified but death record from Guilford County shows buried here
  75. Watson, Arlis Loxley   (b. 19 Jan 1945 - d. 21 Aug 1972)
      • Husband of Carol Meredith - son of Coley Willis Watson and Annie Alice Johnson - "Father"
  76. Watson, Aubrey   (b. 11 Jul 1929 - d. 11 Jul 1929)
      • son of Ambrose Pierson Watson and Posey Katherine Mills - stone broken
  77. Watson, Benjamin Franklin   (b. 2 Jun 1862 - d. 13 Jun 1938)
      • Husband of Mary Frances Bryant, m. 1 Jan 1880 - son of William Riley Watson and Lydia Frances Hardy
  78. Watson, Carol Meredith   (b. 17 Feb 1943 - d. 23 Nov 1999)
      • Wife of 1) Arlis Loxley Watson and 2) Arthur Lee Hawks - daughter of Warren Meredith and Maude Evelyn Matthews - "Mother"
  79. Watson, Coley Willis   (b. 3 Aug 1906 - d. 15 Mar 1982)
      • Husband of Annie Alice Johnson - son of Columbus Franklin Watson and Elizabeth Sawyers - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  80. Watson, Columbus Franklin   (b. 16 Jun 1882 - d. 4 Aug 1925)
      • Husband of Mary Elizabeth Sawyers, m. 17 Apr 1905 - son of Francis Marion Watson and Jeston Sawyers. Near woods with open holy Bible atop stone of Husband and Wife with footstone marked C. F. W.
  81. Watson, Devoda   (b. 20 Aug 1882 - d. 18 May 1937)
      • daughter of Benjamin Franklin Watson and Mary Frances Bryant (never married, age 58y, 8m, 29d)
  82. Watson, Emma "Minnie" Lee   (b. 19 Aug 1897 - d. 23 Jan 1919)
      • Death record shows daughter of Emma Watson, but believe her parents were Isaac N. Watson and Emma Elizabeth Mills - boxwood
  83. Watson, Emma Elizabeth Mills   (b. 20 Mar 1870 - d. 2 Dec 1906)
      • Wife of Isaac N. Watson and daughter of James Polk Mills and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson
  84. Watson, Ernest Jiles   (b. 11 Nov 1904 - d. 19 Apr 1948)
      • 1st Husband of Mecie Alice Atkins - son of Abraham Emanuel Watson and Neniviah Minnie Watson
  85. Watson, Francis Marion   (b. 21 Jul 1848 - d. 17 Mar 1916)
      • Husband of Jeston Sawyers, m. 28 Dec 1871 - son of William Riley Watson and Lydia Frances Hardy
  86. Watson, Infant female   (b. 24 Jun 1927 - d. 24 Jun 1927)
      • daughter of Sion Floyd Watson and Ollie Leona Simpson - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  87. Watson, Infant male   (b. 11 Jun 1929 - d. 13 Jun 1929)
      • son of Ernest Jiles Watson and Mecie Alice Atkins - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  88. Watson, Infant male   (b. 22 Jan 1919 - d. 22 Jan 1919)
      • son of Emma L. "Minnie" Watson and unknown - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  89. Watson, Infant male   (b. 12 Sep 1916 - d. 12 Sep 1916)
      • son of Solomon L. Watson and Edna V. Mills - grave not identified but death record shows buried here, probably in unmarked grave
  90. Watson, Isaac N.   (b. 20 Sep 1858 - d. 8 Mar 1900)
      • Husband of Emma Elizabeth Mills, m. 27 Dec 1885 - son of William Riley Watson and Lydia Frances Hardy
  91. Watson, Javan Alvis   (b. 26 Nov 1920 - d. 24 Jan 1945)
      • son of Solomon L. Watson and Edna V. Mills
  92. Watson, Jeston Sawyers   (b. 27 Dec 1849 - d. 4 Aug 1931)
      • Wife of Francis Marion Watson - daughter of Martin Sawyers and Betsy Simpson
  93. Watson, Lydia Frances Hardy   (b. 28 Jun 1826 - d. 29 Jan 1888)
      • Wife of William Riley Watson - daughter of Bannister Hardy and Alcey Yates
  94. Watson, Mary Elizabeth Sawyers   (b. 29 Aug 1887 - d. 14 Feb 1924)
      • Wife of Columbus Franklin Watson and daughter of Newell N. Sawyers and Mary Elizabeth Simpson - footstone marked M. E. W.
  95. Watson, Mary Frances Bryant   (b. 21 Jun 1857 - d. 15 May 1939)
      • Wife of Benjamin Franklin Watson - daughter of John W. Bryant and Susan E. Reid
  96. Watson, William Riley "Buck"   (b. 24 Mar 1814 - d. 28 Aug 1899)
      • Husband of Lydia Frances Hardy - believed to be son of Levi and Nancy Watson of VA


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