Sampson-Wilson Cemetery of Bald Mnt.

Sampson Mountain Rd., Egypt Twp., Yancey Co., North Carolina

by Beth Bradford-Pytel

updated on 07/26/14

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PHOTO -bbpytel:  Macro view of the entrance and the sign crafted by Julian Fender and myself and installed on July 5, 2014.

 

The Sampson-Wilson Cemetery is named after both Sampson Mountain, 4,770 ft peak near which the cemetery is located and also the ancestors of Samuel Thomas Wilson (#1a), s/o Thomas Wilson and Mary Hensley.  The Sampson-Wilson and Fender Cemeteries are situated next to each and both are well maintained.  The oldest marked grave is my 4G grandfather, John "Broke-Leg" Edwards (see plots 29a/b (b. Jan 1806 - d. Oct 1884) buried next to his 2nd wife, Margaret "Arty" Higgins.  A group of aged boxwoods surrounds CR Bradford and wife's graves which serve as the focal point of the cemetery.   There are over 25 unmarked graves with field stones.

 

 

Left and Right photos courtesy of Dwight Edwards Winter 2010

DIRECTIONS:  Heading on Rt. 19W from Unicoi Co, Tennessee towards Burnsville, NC, make a right onto Little Creek Road which crosses over the Cane River -see map at the bottom of this page.  After passing a general store/gas station on the left, make the first left onto Bald Mountain Road.  Proceed for about 2 miles on the winding 2-lane road which climbs in elevation towards Bald Mountain.  Make a right on Sampson Mountain Road. 

 

I give special thanks to Dwight Edwards and Joe Fender for their collaboration and partnership on this website for ancestry preservation.  All three of us are descendants of John Broke-Leg Edwards


SURNAMES:  ADKINS [#3-4; 10], BRADFORD [#2a; 5-9; 31-32], BURLESON [#11], CRAIN [#19], EDWARDS  [#14; 16; 28-30; 34-37; 44-45], HANEY [#13; 23], HENSLEY [#17-18; 33; 35], HICKS,  MCCURRY [#42] PHILLIPS [#24-27], WILSON [#1-2; 12-15; 18; 20-22; 38-44]

 

PHOTO:  Samuel T. Wilson and 2nd Wife, Elender "Nelly" Bradford

1a.  WILSON, Samuel Thomas

b. February 4, 1832 - d. July 22, 1912

"A Soldier - Friend to his Country and a Believer in Christ"

Pvt. Co. C, 16th NC Infantry - CSA - Civil War

[s/o Thomas Wilson and Mary Hensley; 1st wife - Mary Jane Fender (d/o Daniel Calvin Fender and Sarah Gross) children:  William A., Austin, Elbert, Charles, David, John D. Martha, Mary

2nd wife Nelly Bradford; children:

1)  John Wesley (b. 1865 - d. 1895) md. Saraphine "Fine" Parker

2)  William Riley (b. 1868 - 1945) md. Lucinda Robertson - buried Wilson Cem, Burnsville

3)  Mary (b. 1872)

4)  Bacchus (b. 1873 - d. 1895)

5)  Silas (b.

6)  Martha Lucinda (b. 1879) md. John David Watts on April 19, 1895.

7)  Franklin Bradford (b.1882)

NOTE:  Samuel T. Wilson served in the Civil War as Pvt. for 16th NC Regiment CSA.  On May 21, 1862, he fought in the Battle of Seven Pines, VA, also known of Fair Oaks) and sustained injury to his left hand/wrist which resulted in amputation.  He discharged shortly thereafter on Aug. 2, 1862 by reason of disability.   He left his first wife, Mary Jane Fender, in Missouri with children and remarried Nelly Bradford.   All Photos courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

1b.  WILSON, Elender ["Nelly" BRADFORD]  suspected - unmarked

b. 1843 - d. December 22, 1922

["w/o" Samuel T. Wilson; d/o Samuel Bradford and Elizabeth Pate

children: John Wesley, William Wiley, Bacchus, Silas, Mary, Martha-Lucinda, Franklin B.]

NOTE:  Nellie B. Wilson was a mid wife.

 

2.  WILSON, Mary

b.  February 5, 1870 - d. January 26, 1928

"Wife of J. E. Adkins"

[d/o Samuel T. Wilson and Elender Bradford]

 

2b WILSON, John Wesley, Sr.   [unmarked]

b. January 6, 1865 - d. November 22, 1895

[s/o Samuel T. Wilson and Elender Bradford #1a/b; married Saraphine Parker #8a on July 25, 1884]

 

3.  ADKINS, Sam Willis

b. - d. 1982

NOTE: Funeral home marker

 

4.  ADKINS, Callie

b. July 31, 1908 - d. July 6, 2001

[w/o Samuel Willis Adkins]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

5.  HICKS, Joann BRADFORD

December 29, 1941 - January 29, 2007

[d/o Hubert Bradford and Nola Pate buried Milburn Bradford Cem]

NOTE:  Photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

6.  BRADFORD, Steve

b.  October 12, 1950 - d.  January 7, 1953

"Have Faith in God"

[s/o Hubert Bradford and Nola Pate buried Milburn Bradford Cem]

NOTE:  Photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

7.  BRADFORD, Roger

b. October 5, 1944 - d. May 6, 1963

"An Inspiration to All Who Knew Him"

[s/o Hubert Bradford and Nola Pate buried Milburn Bradford Cem]

NOTE:  Photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

8a.  BRADFORD, Fine WILSON  [Sarafine PARKER]

b.  June 10, 1865 - d. May 22, 1942

[w/o C.R. Bradford; d/o James Parker and Patty Phillips]

NOTE:  1st husband - John Wesley Wilson Sr. (s/o Samuel Wilson and Nelly Bradford #1/2); married July 25, 1884; children: Martha, Mary-Jane, Samuel, Thomas, Garrett, Rose-Ann

2nd Husband - C.R Bradford (s/o Samuel Bradford and Elizabeth Pate) married May 10, 1914; no children together

NOTE:  Photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

 

8b.   BRADFORD, C.R.  [Cornelius "Neely" R. Bradford]

"McElroys 16th NC Regt. CSA"

[b.  September 1854 - d. November 3, 1934

s/o Samuel Bradford and Elizabeth Pate; married 3 times;

1st wife - Sarah Adeline Woodby married Jan. 18, 1877; children: William E., Lovaska, Mary E., Sintha, Willard, Joseph B., Carter C., Hannah A., Birdie F., Milburn

2nd wife - Rosanne Bennett (b. 1876 - d. Feb. 1, 1914 / d/o Amos Bennett and G. Ledford ) married July 20, 1911;

   death record     states that she died from "fright and a heart attack."  Some family claim that CR Bradford was involved in setting the house on fire that contributed to Rosanne's death so he could marry Fine Parker.

3rd wife - Sarafine Parker - married May 10, 1914

NOTE:  CR was a child serving as a Pvt. in the Civil War, for the 16th NC Regt., CSA.  He also served as Justice of the Peace for Burnsville area and a witness to many marriages; farmer.  Tombstone and left Photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards; right photo of CR Bradford in the Peek Lodge "International Order of Odd Fellows" outfit courtesy of Jonathan Bennett.

 

      1940 Civil War Tombstone Application   

9.  BRADFORD, C. C. [Carter]

b. April 7, 1893 - d. May 18, 1948

[s/o C.R. Bradford and Sarah A. Woodby; married Anna Bennett (d/o Uriah Rice Bennett and Naomi Peterson) June 10, 1910; she is buried at Fairview Cem. Yancey.;  children: Arcemus, Frank, Thaddeus, Kate, Anna-Gene]

 

      WW1 REGISTRATION   

 

NOTE:  War registration states he was born April 9, 1890, blue eyes, dark hair, medium build, married with 3 children and employed as a Mail Contractor.  Tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards; photo of Carter and his sister shared by Lisa Bradford.

 

10.   ADKINS,  Hannan

b. May 23, 1899 - d. August 10, 1899

"Our Loved One"

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

11.  BURLESON, Theresa Ann

b.  June 11, 1957 - d. August 3, 1982

"An Inspiration to All Who Knew Her"

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

12.   WILSON, Noah

b. January 24, 1891 - d. June 24, 1965

[s/o Jesse Wilson and Amy Dullie Webb]

 

13.   WILSON, Maggie [HANEY]

b.  1891 - d. 1981

[w/o Noah; d/o John Haney and Emeline McIntosh]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

14a.  WILSON, Ethel  [EDWARDS]

b.  September 3, 1904 - d. December 28, 1958

[w/o Gilbert; d/o Daniel Edwards and Celia]

 

14b.   WILSON, Gilbert

b.  July 28, 1896 - d. November 28, 1961

[s/o Jessie Wilson and Amy Dullie Webb]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

 

15.   EDWARDS, Daniel

 

16a.  Unmarked

16b.  Unmarked

17.  HENSLEY, Anita Kaye

b. July 1, 1962 - d. August 13, 2009

[d/o William Rexter Hensley and alive]

 

18a.   HENSLEY, William Rexter

b.  March 9, 1918 - d. November 16, 1999

"PFC US Army  - WWII"

[s/o Mack Hensley and Emma Wilson]

 

18b.  HENLSEY, alive

 

19.  CRAIN, McDaniel  [Hiram McDaniel]

b.  1877 - 1939  [April 4, 1877 - d. July 4, 1939]

[s/o Andrew Jackson Crane and Mary "Polly" Wilson]

NOTE:  He married twice - 1st Vera Stockton of Flag Pond, Unicoi Co.; 2nd Hannah Higgins;  he was a farmer; unable to read or write; photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

20.   WILSON, Chloe

b. July 27, 1916 - d. ?

21.  WILSON, Hewelle

b.  September 23, 1914 - d. August 21, 1916

[s/o Isaac Wilson and Cora McCurry]

22.  WILSON, Ray

b.  May 26, 1930 - d. January 11, 1943

[s/o Isaac Wilson and Cora McCurry]

23.  HANEY, Andrew

b. August 25, 1888  - d. February 11, 1914

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

24.  PHILLIPS, Walter Arthur

b. March 5, 1909 -  d. April 12, 1968

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

25.  PHILLIPS, Rex Hobert

b.  February 15, 1899 - d. March 15, 1957

[married Neta Fender August 4, 1928 - buried Zack Fender Cem]

NOTE:  photo of Rex courtesy of Julian Fender

 

27.  PHILLIPS, Infant Male

b/d  1946

[s/o Rex H. Phillips and Netta Fender]

28.  EDWARDS, William George

b. Oct. 1849 - d. 1949

s/o John Broke-leg Edwards and Margaret Higgins

 

29a.  EDWARDS, Arty [Margaret HIGGINS]

b. abt. 1827 - d. April 4, 1896

[2nd w/o John Broke-Leg Edwards - married April 4, 1846 in Wash. Co., TN;  children: 

1)  Linville (b. 1846) killed in Civil War 1865, buried in Kentucky

2)  Leannah (b. 1847) md. Edward "Ned" Amos Wilson

3)  William George. (b. 1849) #28

4)  Skelton (b. 1853) md. Mira Jane Honeycutt

5)  Jasper N. (b. 1856) md. Nancy Ledford

6)  Barbary Ann (b. 1858) md.

7)  Sarah Malissa (b. 1859) md. J. H. Shephard

8)  Margaret Manerva (b. 1863) md. David Honeycutt suspect burial JC Wilson Cem

9)  Rachel (b.  1864)

10) Isabel Ibby (b. 1865) md. Marcus C. Cooper buried Cooper-Ledford Cem.

NOTE:  it appears someone has recently etched info on the stone?  This stone is the pair to 29b.

 

 

29b.  EDWARDS, John "Broke-leg"

b.  January 3, 1806 - d. October 3, 1884

[s/o John Jackson Edwards Jr. and Susan Cantrell;

1st wife: Leannah Briggs (1810-1844), d/o Edward "Big-Ed" Wilson and Dolly Briggs buried JC Wilson Cem. children:

1)  George Washington (b. 1831)

2)  Catherine Jane (b. 1832) md. Robert Burton Hensley; buried Hensley Cem #3 Spivey, Tenn

3) John Wesley (b. 1833) md. Emily Jane Hensley; buried Watts Cem.

4) Howell (b. 1835) md. Louisa Jane Hensley; buried Hensley Cem #3 Spivey, Tenn

5) William Silas (b. 1840) md. Sarah - killed in 1863 in the Civil War, Dalton, GA

 

2nd wife - Margaret Higgins #29a

NOTE: Served in the Militia Home Guard in 1846; also as Pvt. with Co. A 10th Illinois Cavalry - Civil war

 

31.  BRADFORD, Wennie

b.  b. June 12, 1935 - d. June 18, 1935

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

32.  BRADFORD, Chloe

b.  May 5, 1933 - d. November 25, 1933

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

33.  HENSLEY, Adline

b.  August 23, 1954 - d. March 16, 1956

[d/o Vestil Hensley and Roxie]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

34.  EDWARDS, Latt

b.  1890 - d. December 24, 1950

[s/o Skelton T. Edwards (buried Edwards Cem. Coxes Creek) and Mary Jane Honeycutt]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

35.  HENSLEY, Loregia  [EDWARDS]

b.  1909 - d. 1933

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

36.  EDWARDS, Paul

b.  1920 - d. 1920

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

37.  EDWARDS, Maude S.

b.  1895 - d. 1920

38.  WILSON, Florence [McCurry]

b.  February 28, 1915 - d. September 14, 1999

"Rest in Peace"

[w/o David G. Wilson; d/o John Wilson and Martha McCourry]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

39.  WILSON, David Garrett

b.  December 8, 1905 - d. January 7, 1961

Pvt. US Army, WW II

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

40.  WILSON, Loyd

b.  February 12, 1947 - d. September 18, 1963
"Gone But Not Forgotten - Asleep in Jesus"

[s/o David Wilson and Florence McCurry #38/39]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Julian Fender

 

41.  WILSON, Isaac R.

b.  August 15, 1889 - d. January 2, 1973

[s/o Turner Wilson and Martha Higgins]

 

42.  WILSON, Cora [MCCURRY]

b.  1894 - d. 1971

[w/o Isaac R. Wilson; d/o Baulis McCurry and Freshie Ledford;

children:  Wynell #43, Pearl, Hewelle #21, Ray]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

43.  WILSON, Wynell

b.  September 12, 1932 - d. October 29, 1950

[d/o Isaac R. Wilson and Cora McCurry]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

44.  EDWARDS, Pearl  [WILSON]

b.  July 21, 1918  - d.  July 21, 1998

[w/o George L. Edwards; d/o Isaac R. Wilson and Cora McCurry #41/42]

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards

 

45.  EDWARDS, George L.

b.  October 25, 1911 - d. April 12, 1980

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards


 

plus over 50+ unmarked graves w/rocks-

Hensley / Wilson / Edwards / Crane / McCourry / Bradford / Phillips families

NOTE:  tombstone photo courtesy of Dwight Edwards


trio-photos of the corner of Bald Mnt. and Sampson Mnt. Roads with a backdrop of Bald Mnt. --courtesy of local resident Dwight Edwards.


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