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 wpe3.jpg (95679 bytes) Billy Trogdon Cemetery wpe8.jpg (105211 bytes)
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(AKA:  Trogdon Burying Ground and/or Allred-Trogdon Cemetery)


Research Comments / Thoughts from Trogdon Researcher Jean Covington LaCoss
highlighted in yellow below

Two Newly Discovered Tombstones!
"This cemetery was established upon land owned by William Trogdon and willed to his children upon his death in 1805.  This William possibly was born in Maryland, but his death is documented in  Randolph County, NC in 1805.  He was buried in this cemetery, then The Billy Trogdon Cemetery.   It is possible from my research that he is the son of William Trogdon, born 20 August 1695, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, son of Thomas and Mary (Jones) Trogdon.  Research is still ongoing as to whether one or two Wm. Trogdons came to Orange Co., NC in the 1750's.  No documentation has been found to prove that a William Trogdon was killed on Sandy Creek during the Revolutionary War in 1783."  Glenda Trogdon Allen

wpe16.jpg (69034 bytes)The ECAFA has been told this cemetery was abandoned around 1930, but we have not found any tombstones dated after 1851 (so far).  Located on private property near Cedar Falls, Randolph County, NC.  The cemetery is held in trust and managed by the ECAFA and permission requested before visiting.  For more information, Contact Gina

wpe19.jpg (165800 bytes) As the graves of other families are identified, we'll attempt to post copies of original documents (will, estate papers, etc.) to show why or how we identified each.  If you have any questions about this process or would like to help, please Contact Gina.  Unless otherwise noted, all document originals are on file in the Research Room, NC Archives, Raleigh, NC.  

Scenes from the Work Day in the Allred-Trogdon Cemetery
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Review and New Photos

wpeB.jpg (67316 bytes) In the center is Alton Garner, former owner of the property the cemetery is located on.  To his left is Hollis Allred and on the right is James Eugene Allred, two ECAFA members.  Mr. Garner inherited the land from the Burrows "because I took care of them".  The Burrows were Trogdon descendants, so the land had remained in the Trogdon family continuously over the generations.  However, in early Spring 2002, wpe1E.jpg (103207 bytes) Mr. Garner was in ill health and of advanced years and was "in talks" with a developer who wanted to purchase the property when the ECAFA stepped in.  Mr. Garner agreed to deed the cemetery itself (no additional property) to the ECAFA in exchange for a tax credit.  Within a couple of weeks, the rest of the property was sold  to the developer who immediately sold a lot of the  timber to a lumber company.  We watched as several acres of  the woods surrounding the cemetery were destroyed, trees cut down and removed, and were thankful the cemetery was in our hands and protected.  For further information about the ECAFA or this cemetery, please Contact Ginawpe8.jpg (74565 bytes) 

wpe6.jpg (167627 bytes) The graves were laid out in careful, neat rows with narrow "walkways" between each row, as you can see from this photo.  We've placed wooden stakes and/or surveyor flags at each grave, making them easier to find as we work in the cemetery.   These stakes/flags will be removed this winter (2003) as we place more permanent and respectful, numbered, markers on each grave which will correspond to a diagram of the cemetery that we are creating. wpe16.jpg (158805 bytes) We are estimating there are 200 - 230 graves here.  Unfortunately, most are not marked.  The majority of the graves that are marked only have rocks or the writing is no longer legible.  Such a shame.  But, we're trying to piece together as many clues as possible to try to figure out who is buried here.  There is a thick carpet of periwinkle covering the entire cemetery, protecting the graves as much as Mother Nature can. wpe2C.jpg (185743 bytes) As we work in the cemetery, we are careful not to disturb or kill this periwinkle because it helps keep the forest undergrowth and weeds from growing.  Future plans for the cemetery include erecting an information display (to be erected October 24, 2003)  and continued efforts at identifying each grave.  For information on how you can help, Contact Gina.  

wpe2E.jpg (173133 bytes) wpe8.jpg (179397 bytes) wpe3.jpg (186597 bytes) This is the new information display case the ECAFA built October 24, 2003.  It was erected on the edge of the cemetery property away from any graves and easily seen by all who come down the road.  It will contain a variety of information about the cemetery including a diagram showing numbered graves so visitors can quickly find their ancestor(s). 

wpe3.jpg (149575 bytes) Nov 22, 2003:  ECAFA members Harlan Sexton and Wayne Ward talking to Douglas Vuncannon (center) about our work in the cemetery.  Mr. Vuncannon owns the property and cow pasture bordering the cemetery land.  

wpe1F.jpg (163865 bytes) Look closely at this photo and you can see the rectangular hole under the trees that Franklin is cutting.  This hole is all that remains of one of the graves.  Mr. Garner (the former property owner) told us that about 30 years ago, someone - he couldn't remember who - asked for permission to move their ancestor to another cemetery.  Unfortunately, he gave permission and the grave and tombstone were moved.  Sadly, Mr. Garner has passed away so we may never know who was buried here or where he/she was moved to.  If you know where this ancestor was moved to - or can identify who was buried in this grave, please contact us.  We are not interested in moving the grave back to it's original burial site - we would just like to know who was buried here for our records.  All that remains of this grave is a rectangular hole about 5 foot deep.  

wpe21.jpg (179907 bytes) wpe23.jpg (129139 bytes) 1809 The Memory Of E x SWAFF When we first saw the cemetery in 1998, a large tree had fallen and was lying on top of several tombstones including this one.  Apparently, when the tree fell, it broke the tombstone into several pieces and scattered them as you can see from the photo on the left.  We've pieced it back together now.  If you can help identify this grave, please let us know.  Could this be a member of the Swafford family?

wpe20.jpg (117905 bytes) wpe19.jpg (104326 bytes) S A 9 of July 1833.  Could this possibly be the grave of Sarah Spencer Allred, wife of John Allred?  Per family and court records, Sarah died before John did in 1848.  More research is needed, but this may be a possible identification.

wpe72.jpg (87628 bytes) wpe3.jpg (119809 bytes) wpe38.jpg (137152 bytes) Levisea Allred, June 15 AD 1824 - October 30 AD 1843  As you can see, in 1998 the stone was still standing, although leaning badly.  In the fall, 2003, the stone is broken at the base and lying on the ground. 

wpe6E.jpg (45672 bytes) wpe6.jpg (99934 bytes)  Anderson Allred, died January 31, 1851, aged 42 y, 1 m, 9 d.

wpeE.jpg (58305 bytes) wpe8.jpg (117440 bytes) Kiss Reann Allred  born August 30, 1849  died May 31, 1851  age 1 yr, 9 m, 1 d

wpe82.jpg (118151 bytes) Lavisea Allred's stone in the foreground, Anderson Allred's stone in the back ground.

wpe34.jpg (178490 bytes) wpe36.jpg (163059 bytes) Levisea Allred and Daniel Free's tombstones were standing in 1998, but both had fallen over by Spring 2003.  During the Cemetery Work Day November 2003, the ECAFA members re-set the tombstones so they are standing once again.

wpe6A.jpg (40014 bytes) wpe5.jpg (116022 bytes) W x S A June 25 x 1828 Very interesting tombstone.  Note how the "S" is above the "x".  What does that mean?  Are this person's initials "W S A" or does the "S" mean "spouse" or "son" or "second" as in junior?  If you can help identify this marker, please contact us.

wpe68.jpg (39897 bytes) wpe1D.jpg (124014 bytes)  wpe25.jpg (80666 bytes) N A July 15 1834 - Nathaniel Allred Nathaniel was listed among others at the estate sale for Samuel Trogdon and in these receipts found in the estate paper file for Sarah Trogdon.  But, we have not been able to place him on the Allred family tree yet.  

wpe90.jpg (55070 bytes) wpe1F.jpg (114900 bytes) A T Nov 11 AD 1801 Abigail Julian Trogdon, wife of Samuel Trogdon

wpe14.jpg (72546 bytes) wpe21.jpg (129176 bytes)  wpe16.jpg (85347 bytes) wpe19.jpg (77578 bytes) wpe1B.jpg (91722 bytes) wpe1D.jpg (90968 bytes) wpe1F.jpg (87956 bytes) wpe21.jpg (94574 bytes) wpe23.jpg (94687 bytes) S T May 1831  Sarah Trogdon or Samuel Trogdon?  As you can see from the document detailing the personal items of Sarah Trogdon, sold at her estate sale, the date of the estate sale is just a few months after the date on the tombstone.  But, the date on the tombstone is also just a few months after the estate sale for Samuel Trogdon.  So, who is buried here?  If you can help answer this question, please Contact Gina

Jean LaCoss: (1) Someone contacted me about something they said they had seen your website.  She said it was a picture of the headstone of ST who died May 11, 1831 and the question was raised if this was Sally (Sarah-wife of Samuel) or Samuel's headstone.  It definitely wouldn't be the grave of Sally (Sarah), wife of Samuel, as we know she was alive when she petitioned for dower in August, 1831. That petition was granted during the Nov. session of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1831, but it is possible that she was dead by then, as the sale of her minimal property was in early December, but she was alive in August.

(2) Hopefully I cleared up a little the Samuel situation. His estate sale was in August.  Her estate sale was in December.  He died in May, she died between August when she filed for Petition of Dower and December 9th, with the sale and I believe they had to post publicly 30 days notice of the sale, so she would have died in November probably, but she didn't die in May. Since Abigail his first wife, the mother of all his children is there, I feel quite comfortable that this is Samuel's headstone and not Sally (Sarah).   If any Trogdon researchers have any information that can shed further clarification or facts to this, please contact me, we are always in search of the facts and the Trogdon truths.

(3) I believe somewhere in that cemetery lies Ure Trogdon, his wife Deborah Trogdon and Ephriam Trogdon.

wpe10.jpg (53325 bytes) wpeF.jpg (109564 bytes) I H : T R B 21 JL 1822 D 7 JU 1843  Isiah Trogdon was the son of Samuel and Susannah Free Trogdon.  Next to him is the grave of his mother, Susannah.  Just beyond her grave, lying on the ground and covered with leaves, we found the grave of Samuel. 

 wpe12.jpg (49227 bytes) wpeD.jpg (101341 bytes) Susanah Trogdon  B 23 A 1788  D 4 A 1843 Susannah was the wife of Samuel Trogdon.  Trogdon family records say she was born in Lancaster, PA but I don't know if this has been documented.  She was the daughter of Daniel and Priscilla Ward Free.  Daniel's will is posted below on this page.

wpe2A.jpg (163566 bytes) Samuel Trogdon (foreground) and KissReann Allred's tombstones.  Note KissReann's tombstone is leaning against a tree trunk.  When we first found this tombstone in December 1998, we had to dig around to find all the pieces and put it back together like a jig saw puzzle.  A tree had grown up within the cracks of the  tombstone and shattered it.  On March 4, 2002, when we photographed it again, most of the pieces were missing, probably buried once more under the forest debris.

wpe66.jpg (69098 bytes) wpeB.jpg (130307 bytes) Samuel Trogdon, Jr.  died September 11, 1852  aged 69 years, 8 mo., 27 days   

 wpe80.jpg (61937 bytes)  wpe22.jpg (113589 bytes) wpe1B.jpg (99881 bytes) R x H x Feb 3 1834 Rachel Hammer, born 1790 (per family records), daughter of Abraham and Rachel Meeting Hammer

wpe8C.jpg (49221 bytes) wpe1E.jpg (148169 bytes) D H 1790 this is the oldest tombstone we have found so far.  Some researchers think it belongs to a member of the Hammer family, but we have not been able to identify it yet.  If you have information about this stone/grave, please Contact Gina

wpe7C.jpg (51709 bytes) wpe3.jpg (110352 bytes) wpe6.jpg (74856 bytes) W x T April 11, 1805  William Trogdon was the original owner of the land the cemetery is located on.  Trogdon descendents call him "The Patriot" because he gave patriot service for the cause during the Revolutionary War.  The original copy of William's will is located in the loose estate files for Randolph County, Research Room, NC Archives, Raleigh, NC.

wpe3.jpg (98262 bytes) wpe2C.jpg (121391 bytes) Another view of William Trogdon's grave.  You can see the tombstone at the base of the tree.  Just behind the tree, you see the tombstone of M x T April 11 18 0 (see photo & info below).

wpe8A.jpg (48367 bytes) wpe23.jpg (110350 bytes) wpe30.jpg (158381 bytes) M x T April 11 18 0 We couldn't make out the 3rd number in the year.  The stone has a crack running through that area and it was very hard to see any writing at all. 

wpe9B.jpg (107847 bytes)  On the right at the base of the tree is the grave of William Trogdon the Patriot.  In the foreground is the grave of S A (unidentified) and W xS A (unidentified).

wpe86.jpg (74479 bytes) wpe24.jpg (104030 bytes) wpe26.jpg (92799 bytes) wpe10.jpg (92715 bytes) wpe12.jpg (111309 bytes) J + F 4 July 1828  Joel Ferree / Free was the son of Daniel and Priscilla Ward Ferree / Free.  Per information in the Free family file in the Randolph Room (Asheboro, NC), Joel was born around 1792. He married Mary Trogdon, daughter of Samuel Trogdon and his wife Susannah. 

wpe3.jpg (186684 bytes) wpe3.jpg (116020 bytes) wpe8.jpg (106437 bytes) wpeB.jpg (100882 bytes) wpeE.jpg (97106 bytes) The Will and a Petition from the Estate Papers of Daniel Free naming his children / heirs.  Could Daniel be buried in this cemetery too?  Is it possible that other members of this family are also buried in this cemetery?

  wpe30.jpg (110784 bytes) wpe3A.jpg (162126 bytes)In Memory Of Daniel Free, Born June 8, 1826, Died Nov We couldn't make out the day and year in the death date.   Per Free family records, Daniel died at age 21 and was buried next to his father Joel (see his photo below). 

wpe8E.jpg (70427 bytes) wpe2E.jpg (111851 bytes) Joel T. Free, born 17 8, died A 17 1856  The birth date was very hard to read.  I could not make out the month or day and the 3rd number in the year.  Joel's tombstone was buried about 6 inches under some leaves and dirt.  When we pulled it up out of the ground, a swarm of flying ants hiding under it became very upset with us.  

wpe27.jpg (125807 bytes) wpe1A.jpg (159470 bytes) W A  May 3 1825.  Note William's will was probated during the May session of court 1825.  William is known to AFO members as the "Original" William because he is one of the first 6 Allred men to receive land grants in North Carolina in the 1750's.  Click here to read more about him.

wpe29.jpg (125713 bytes)  wpe1C.jpg (90551 bytes) E x A Oc 28 1827.  Elizabeth Diffee Allred

wpe25.jpg (149120 bytes)  wpe18.jpg (128138 bytes) E A Feb 7 1800

wpe97.jpg (116005 bytes)  E TRO and M T together  The tombstone on the on the right (E TRO) was actually under a fallen tree.  wpe1A.jpg (96886 bytes)  We had to cut the tree into sections to remove it. Jean Covington LaCoss:  E TRO's tombstone has been identified!  Elizabeth Gilliam Trogdon.

 wpe13.jpg (101122 bytes) wpe32.jpg (109667 bytes) M T x B x Feb 1 1806 D A 19 1840

wpe7E.jpg (58396 bytes) wpe11.jpg (95902 bytes) E TRO B April 1778 D JU 1849 Elizabeth Gilliam Trogdon

  C J Oct ? 1814 The writing on this tombstone was discovered by Jean Covington LaCoss on December 13, 2008.  You can see the tombstone in relation to others in the 2nd photo.  If you can identify this tombstone, please contact us.  Is this a member of the Julian family??

L + A Sept 23 1834 The tombstone was discovered by Jean Covington LaCoss in February 2009




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