11 January 2012

Ancestor Profiles - Quinton Stephenson

Quinton Stephenson was born and raised in Johnston County, NC. He was my 2nd great grand uncle. The son of David Stephenson and Ann Clifton Stephenson, Quinton was the oldest of the couple's 9 children.

Quinton enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army on 25 February 1863 at the age of 36. He enlisted in Company C, 53rd Infantry Regiment. He survived the war.

Quinton was married to Maryann Elizabeth Creech. They married on 3 Dec 1851. My research indicates that they had 6 children:

  • Nancy
  • Amanda
  • John
  • Ann
  • Mary
  • David

04 January 2012

The David Stephenson Cemetery

The David Stephenson Cemetery is named for my 2nd great grand uncle. His brother, John Stephenson, was my 2nd great grandfather.

During a recent trip to Johnston County, NC, I visited the David Stephenson Cemetery. What I found was quite a shock. The cemetery is still there (technically), but the land on which it sits has apparently been sold to a developer.

The land where some of my ancestors are buried is being turned into a housing development called Brook Run. Thankfully, the graves haven't been disturbed as of yet. They are sitting in what looks to be a common area in the center of the development while houses are being built all around.

I had to trek through a rough, briar-infested field to get to the graves. It's obvious that no one is bothering to try to preserve the graves in any way, and I can only wonder how long it's going to be before the developer decides to just dig them up and dispose of them.

Here are some of the photos I took:

It is my hope that these graves will be preserved and cared for. I've already tried to contact one of the state's archaeologists, but so far I haven't received any type of response. I'm also planning to contact the Johnston County Historical Society.

As I mentioned in my last post, the destruction of family cemeteries seems to be an alarming trend in this state. I find it disturbing that there seems to be such a disregard for the remains of the dead. Sorry if I'm harping here, but this is an issue that bothers me.

As I organize my notes, photos, and documents, I'll continue to post about cemeteries in North Carolina.