Pre-Restoration “50 Years of Growth” 2007 Restoration “Cleared and Honored”
“THEY WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR HEARTS!”
Vision and Goal: The vision and 3 goals established by seeking wisdom from elders in restoring the cemetery focused on getting the job done in a organized, simplistic, and short timeframe.
See Appendix Eastern
Wake Newspaper notice of the Restoration Project in January 2007. .
Special Thanks: “Many are called, but few answer the Call”. Thanks to those who answered the call to restore the cemetery and to those who will help Maintain it. Lubertha Wiggins Bullock, Andrew Lucas (Ever Ready Battery), Rudolph Williamson (Swings a Big Ax!), Roger and Mariam Wiggins, Phillip Wiggins, Jake and Shirley Wiggins, Carlton Driver, Stan and Carol Massey, Naomi Pace Scarboro, Harriet Pace Richardson, Tiffany and Kwame Rich, Crystal Lucas, Chester M. Pace, April Wiggins and Asia Brantley, Larvette Wiggins, Sheila Wiggins, Zell Lucas, Carolyn Wiggins Askew (Endless support) Joe Bullock, Vivian Bullock, Jim Wiggins, Garland Williamson, Denise Sherman (Eastern Wake Newspaper), Jennis Toney Carpenter (William Toney Funeral Home), John Mintz (N.C. State Archeologist), Debbie Blake (N.C. Office of Archives and History), William Bagley (Johnston County Genealogy Web Project). Lastly, a “Special Thanks” to my wife Cynthia and my daughters Christina, Faith and Sarah for being patient with me for spending so much time on something that they know is important to me.
WIGGINS CEMETERY INFOMATION
The cemetery historic site has been called the "
The Pace and Wiggins families owned large parcels of land dating back to the early 1900's and maintained a very close bond throughout the years. Deed Records show Mr. J.W.O Pace and Leila Pace sold the property on which the cemetery is located to Mr. Oliver Wiggins on January 2nd, 1917. The land was subsequently deeded by Mr. Oliver Wiggins and Flossie A. Wiggins to Ms. Lubertha Wiggins (Their Daughter) on December 10th, 1956. The land was then sold on June 26th, 1973, Less and Except (Excluding) .2 acres to preserve the cemetery plot. It was sold to the Driver family who has been very supportive of the cemetery restoration project to this date.
Their use to be an old dirt road that led directly to the site, but it has been rerouted. Access to the cemetery is possible by turning right of Hwy. 39 and proceeding up the dirt road (Their is a fence to your left with farm animals and Chickens) to the top of the hill. (A trailer home will face you). Turn right and follow the dirt road around 3 curves and look to you left. You should see an
As of December 8th, 2006 (Date restoration began), the cemetery was overgrown with bush, vines and trees which made it virtually impossible to walk or see. It was infested with insects (ticks, spiders, red bugs etc.) due to the untouched area for many years. In the beginning it appeared to be only 15 or so grave sites, but as we cleared away we discovered a history of 60 or more graves. The majority were sunken graves with no markers and a few had metal markers (rusted) with no names.
The graves that we can identify include:
1. J.W.O. Pauce: (Correct Name is Pace): Born: August 12th, 1868 - Decease: December 11th, 1960. (Buried in a large metal crypt right before a large Cherry tree. Owned the cemetery land prior to 1917) (Funeral services performed by Toney Funeral Home)
2. Perlie C.: Born: June 22nd, 1903 - Decease: January 14th, 1992 (Tombstone reads Daughter of James Thomas “Born 1872 or 1877” and Edna Pace “Born Est. 1885.)
3. Mary Pace: Born: tbd - Decease: May 30th, 1939 (Data from weathered metal marker. Estimated to be 76 years old at time of burial.)
4. Mr. Oliver Wiggins: B: Est. 1886 D. tbd (Wife’s name was Flossie. Father of Lubertha Wiggins Bullock)
5. Mr. Clinton
Wiggins: Born: December
7th, 1883 - Decease:
August 27th, 1963. Son of Albert Wiggins and Lavenia Pulley.
Lucy Brantley Wiggins. They had 11
Arnell, Lester, Effie Mae, Raul, Lessie Mae,
6. Ms. Lessie Mae "Wiggins"
7. Ms. Martha "Wiggins" Lucas: Born: March 3rd, 1913 - Decease: November 24th, 1954. Daughter of
8. Ms. Louise Lucas: Born: April 4th, 1946 - Decease: May 29th. (Daugther of Melvin and Martha “Wiggins” Lucas. Grand daughter of Clinton and Lucy Brantley Wiggins)
9. Marvin Lucas, Jr.: B. March 16th, 1954 D: January 1st, 1955 (Son of Marvin Lucas and Audrey Horton Lucas. Grandson of Melvin and Martha Wiggins Lucas.)
10. Plummie R: Born: May 10,
Decease: May 22nd,1914 (
Born: May 24th, 1910
12. Maggie Pettus: B. tbd, D. September 21st, 1955 (The tombstone reads Victoria #30, JRGNJU
Born: Could not Determine
May 22nd, 1930
Those confirmed to be buried at gravesite through relatives and community members, but unsure of grave location. (No Markers):
14. Mr. Joe Mitchell: B. tbd; D. tbd (Husband of Margaret Mitchell. Stated to be 102 yrs. old at burial. Estimated to be last one buried at site in 1980.)
15. Mr. Weldon
Pace: B: July 31st,
1884 D: April 13th,
1937 (Husband to
Willie Ann “Howard” Pace B. March
19th, 1888 , D. April 1st
1962.) He had 14
children. Narcissie, Lissie Bell,
16. Ms. Annie Pace: B. January 16th, 1926; D.1950 (Daughter of Weldon and Willie Ann “Howard” Pace)
Information provided by: Douglas Lucas, Jr. (Grandson of Martha Wiggins)
Contact number: 770-374-1603
Note: We will add more names to this list as we uncover names of those buried at the cemetery.
I. ANNOUNCEMENT: January 2006. As shown in the EasternWake Newspaper for burial data and location information.
Descendants of the Pace and Wiggins family of
Zebulon and O’Neal
Township are requesting any information from the community
that might help
in identifying individuals buried at the Old
North Raleigh/RDU and points west:
Take I-540 East to US 64/US 264 Bypass East (Exit 33). Follow approximately 8 minutes and merge onto US 264 East. Take Hwy. 39 exit and turn right; the stadium is on the right.
Take the I-440 Beltline to the
Take I-95 to US 64 West to Stadium Exit at Hwy. 39. Turn left and follow Hwy. 39; the stadium is 3 1/2 miles ahead on the right.
Take US 301 to Hwy. 39 (just north of
Take I-95 north to exit-81 (I-40 west). Follow I-40 to exit 301 (US 64 East/US 264 East). Then exit onto US 264 East. Take your second exit (Hwy. 39) and turn right; the stadium is on the right.
Take US 264 West to Stadium Exit at Hwy. 39. Turn left and follow Hwy. 39; the stadium is on the right.
Take US 264 West to NC-91/US 264-ALT exit, follow signs for US 264-ALT until merging with US-264 West. Follow exits to Five County Stadium.