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Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Visit to North Carolina - Charlotte and Five Counties

Charlotte, North Carolina is a city situated in the southern part of the state almost to the South Carolina border.  To the east of Charlotte are a whole host of counties to do research in.  When I visited this area in May of 2009 my targets were the counties of Union, Anson, Stanly, Montgomery and Rowan. I visited these counties to do research on a genealogical client's family and while there I visited several cemeteries that I will share photos and locations.

The first is the Stoney Fork Cemetery located in Montgomery County, North Carolina.  Stoney Fork is a little north of Mt. Gilead and west of Wadeville. 

Take the Pee Dee Road from Wadeville till you get to the Deberry Rd and turn right and then left at the Stoney Fork Church Road, go a little past Monarch Drive and you will find the sign and entrance to the Stoney Fork Baptist Church.  If you Google this cemetery be careful.  It was a popular name in North Carolina.  Use "Stoney Fork Baptist Church, Montgomery Co., North Carolina."

There are transcriptions for this cemetery and more at: The Tombstone Transcription Project for North Carolina, Montgomery County:  http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/montgomery.html  This link takes you to the USGenWebArchives link. 

Find A Grave has about 19 photos and does show the cemetery entrance sign:  Click this link - Stoney Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Here is my photo version of the entrance to the church and cemetery.

The people buried in this cemetery are no relationship to me; however, I do know that there are lots of Thompson descendants that would appreciate this information.
A publication is available:  "Montgomery County List of Cemeteries," Recorded by Mary Thompson King and Friends of the County, published for the Montgomery County Historical Society, 1999.  This book is 298 pages.  It is done alphabetically by the individuals surname.  The columns in the book are: Last Name, First Name, Birth, Death, Comments, Cemetery.  It is about 1.5 inches thick.  The historical society does not have a website so you will have to do some sleuthing to obtain a copy. 

For more information about researching in North Carolina try the FamilyHistory101.com website:
http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/nc-county-montgomery.html

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