Banner photograph of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bath, North Carolina - Taken by Judith Richards Shubert October 2008

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Broken Stones in Old Part of New Sharon Cemetery

New Sharon United Methodist Church

Site of First New Sharon Methodist Church
1856 - 1908
(Sharon Meeting House 1768 - 1856
Stood Two Miles Northeast of This Site)

In the oldest part of New Sharon Church Cemetery there are five stones that are currently broken and in danger of being further damaged and pose a threat to those walking about. 
The stones are hard to read, worn with age and damaged by wind and weather. No one remembers who the families were; the names are unfamiliar. They were researched on the Orange County Census Records and Find-a-Grave websites and a few clues have been found so that a written record can be placed in the Church Cemetery record, but the people so lovingly placed there so many, many years ago by a family who mourned and missed them for weeks and months and years, were not remembered by this generation at New Sharon. With love, a Christian love, the New Sharon Cemetery Committee is having new memorial grave markers put in place for these ancestors, bridging the land of the living and the land of the dead ~ with love.
There are three Whitaker Infants

Even though the Grave Markers are difficult to read and one no longer has the date on it, after researching the Whitaker family on Find-a-Grave and looking at New Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery interments, I found the dates given on their mother's page submitted by 4losthistory (88):

Infant Dau. of W. C. & Minnie
Born & Died
May 12, 1917
"Asleep in Jesus"

Infant Dau. of W. C. & Minnie

 Infant Son of W. C. & Minnie
Born & Died
Feb. 16, 1922
"Asleep in Jesus"

And then there is Luchy ~

 Luchy H. James
wife of
W. W. James
Dec. 21, 1855
Oct. 26, 1905


Tinie S.
wife of
Geo. T. Walker
Born Nov. 18, 1879
Died Dec. 13, 1900

  • New Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Digital Format, Original photographs taken and belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, Copyright 2015.

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