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Guilford County
North Carolina

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Guilford County

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  • Greensboro Unknown location
  • Greensboro First Presbyterian Churchyard
  • Greensboro Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Greensboro Green Hill Cemetery
  • Greensboro Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  • Greensboro New Garden Friends Meeting Cemetery
  • Greensboro Old First Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • Greensboro Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Greensboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • Near Greensboro Deep River Friends Meeting Cemetery
  • High Point Oakwood Cemetery


    Unknown Location
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina


    First Presbyterian Churchyard
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Motley Morehead (1796-1866) — of Guilford County, N.C. Born in Pittsylvania County, Va., July 4, 1796. Whig. Lawyer; railroad promoter; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1821, 1826-27, 1838; Governor of North Carolina, 1841-45; Delegate from North Carolina to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62. Died in Alum Springs, Greenbrier County, W.Va., August 27, 1866 (age 70 years, 54 days). Interment at First Presbyterian Churchyard.
      Relatives: Son of John Morehead and Obedience (Motley) Morehead; married, September 6, 1821, to Ann Lindsay; father of Corrina Mary Morehead (who married William Waigstill Avery (1816-1864)); cousin *** of James Turner Morehead.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Morehead family of Frankfort, Kentucky; Pendleton family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).


    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Edwin Bedford Jeffress (1887-1961) — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Canton, Haywood County, N.C., May 29, 1887. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; mayor of Greensboro, N.C., 1925-29; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1931-33. Episcopalian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Kiwanis. Died in Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C., May 23, 1961 (age 73 years, 359 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of C. J. Jeffress and Emma (Osborn) Jeffress; married to Louise Adams (1884-1958).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Sanford Kirkpatrick (1842-1932) — of Iowa. Born near London, Madison County, Ohio, February 11, 1842. Democrat. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1913-15. Died February 13, 1932 (age 90 years, 2 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Roscoe Conklin Chandley (1873-1941) — also known as Roscoe C. Chandley — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Madison County, N.C., January 3, 1873. Republican. Postmaster at Greensboro, N.C., 1922-34. Died, from a coronary occlusion and arteriosclerosis, in Wesley Long Hospital, Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., November 27, 1941 (age 68 years, 328 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Roscoe Conkling
      Relatives: Son of Ruth (Tweed) Chandley (1844-1914) and Mitchell A. Chandley (1845-1926); married to Eliza Jane Rice (1877-1940).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Mrs. Katherine M. Martin (1871-1934) — also known as Katherine Mavity; Mrs. W. W. Martin — of Fayette, Howard County, Mo. Born in Paoli, Orange County, Ind., November 20, 1871. Democrat. School teacher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1920; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention at-large, 1922-23. Female. Southern Methodist. Member, Order of the Eastern Star; Women's Christian Temperance Union. Died in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., January 26, 1934 (age 62 years, 67 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Milton Samuel Mavity (1833-1896) and Eliza (Moore) Mavity (1834-1888); married, June 24, 1899, to William Woodrow Martin (1874-1959).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Green Hill Cemetery
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Alfred Moore Scales (1827-1892) — also known as Alfred M. Scales — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C.; Rockingham County, N.C. Born in Rockingham County, N.C., November 26, 1827. Democrat. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state legislature, 1850; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1857-59, 1875-84 (6th District 1857-59, 5th District 1875-84); general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of North Carolina, 1885-89. Died February 9, 1892 (age 64 years, 75 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Alfred Moore
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Lunsford Richardson Preyer (1919-2001) — also known as L. Richardson Preyer — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., January 11, 1919. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1956; U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1961-63; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1964; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1969-81. Presbyterian. Member, Common Cause. Died, of cancer, in Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., April 3, 2001 (age 82 years, 82 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Grandson of Lunsford Richardson (inventor of Vick's VapoRub and Vick's Cough Drops).
      The L. Richardson Preyer Federal Building (built 1933, renamed for Preyer 1988), in Greensboro, North Carolina, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Spencer Bell Adams (1860-1943) — also known as Spencer B. Adams — of Yanceyville, Caswell County, N.C.; Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Dobson, Surry County, N.C., October 15, 1860. Republican. Lawyer; probate judge in North Carolina, 1882-96; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1896-98; candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1898; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1900, 1908; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1900; U.S. District Judge for Indian Territory, 1902-04. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons. Died January 12, 1943 (age 82 years, 89 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John A. Adams and Sarah Adams; married, December 19, 1884, to Lizzie L. Swift.
      Cyrus Clifford Frazier, Sr. (1884-1967) — also known as C. Clifford Frazier — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Archdale, Randolph County, N.C., December 16, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Referee in Bankruptcy, 1917-32; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1932; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1932; candidate for chief justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1952. Quaker. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Elks; Odd Fellows. Died August 13, 1967 (age 82 years, 240 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Cyrus Pickett Frazier (1853-1933) and Lucetta (Churchill) Frazier (1860-1918); brother of Robert Haines Frazier (1899-1978); married, June 21, 1917, to Margaret Rebecca Armstrong.
      Political family: Hyde family of Princeton, Missouri (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Haines Frazier (1899-1978) — also known as Robert H. Frazier — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., January 8, 1899. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Greensboro, N.C., 1951-55. Quaker. Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Society for International Law; Sons of the American Revolution; Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; Knights of Pythias; Kiwanis. Died in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., August 21, 1978 (age 79 years, 225 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Cyrus Pickett Frazier (1853-1933) and Lucetta (Churchill) Frazier (1860-1918); brother of Cyrus Clifford Frazier, Sr. (1884-1967); married, July 16, 1958, to Florence Hyde (daughter of Laurance Mastick Hyde).
      Political family: Hyde family of Princeton, Missouri (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Frazier Hall, at North Carolina A. & T. State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, is named for him.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Norman Staples (1846-1920) — also known as John N. Staples — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Patrick County, Va., June 13, 1846. Democrat. Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1874-76; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1876, 1880; member of North Carolina state senate 24th District, 1881; Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1884. Episcopalian. Died in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., December 13, 1920 (age 74 years, 183 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Second cousin once removed of Samuel Granville Staples (1821-1895) and Waller Redd Staples.
      Political family: Staples family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Thomas Jefferson Shaw (1861-1937) — also known as Thomas J. Shaw — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Montgomery County, N.C., March 5, 1861. Superior court judge in North Carolina 12th District, 1921. Scottish ancestry. Died in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., November 3, 1937 (age 76 years, 243 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Philip Cornelius Shaw (1826-1900) and Rebecca Bethune (Kelly) Shaw (1829-1907); married to Mary Florence Woollen (1869-1935).
      Epitaph: "In North Carolina's service, as Judge of Superior Court, for over 30 years."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
    2332 New Garden Road
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      John Penn (1741-1788) — of Granville County, N.C. Born near Port Royal, Caroline County, Va., May 17, 1741. Delegate to Continental Congress from North Carolina, 1775; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; signer, Articles of Confederation, 1777; member of North Carolina house of commons from Granville County, 1777. Died in Granville County, N.C., September 14, 1788 (age 47 years, 120 days). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Granville County, N.C.; reinterment in 1894 at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
      Relatives: Nephew of Edmund Pendleton; cousin *** of Nathaniel Pendleton (1756-1821).
      Political families: Pendleton-Lee family; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Hooper (1742-1790) — of North Carolina. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., June 17, 1742. Delegate to Continental Congress from North Carolina, 1774-77; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; member of North Carolina state legislature, 1777-78. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., October 14, 1790 (age 48 years, 119 days). Original interment at Hillsborough Old Town Cemetery, Hillsborough, N.C.; reinterment in 1894 at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
      Relatives: Second great-grandfather of Warren Green Hooper (1904-1945).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Jesse Franklin (1760-1823) — of Surry County, N.C. Born in Orange County, Va., March 24, 1760. Democrat. Farmer; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1793; U.S. Representative from North Carolina at-large, 1795-97; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1799-1805, 1807-13; member of North Carolina state senate, 1805; Governor of North Carolina, 1820-21. Died August 31, 1823 (age 63 years, 160 days). Original interment somewhere in Surry County, N.C.; reinterment at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
      Relatives: Brother of Meshack Franklin (1772-1839).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Joseph Winston (1746-1815) — of North Carolina. Born in Louisa County, Va., June 17, 1746. Democrat. Major in Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of North Carolina state senate, 1790; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1793-95, 1803-07 (at-large 1793-95, 12th District 1803-05, at-large 1805-07). Died near Germanton, Stokes County, N.C., April 21, 1815 (age 68 years, 308 days). Original interment in private or family graveyard; reinterment at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Winston; father-in-law of Robert Overton Williams (1773-1821); father of Louis L. Winston and Fountain Winston.
      Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      The town of Winston, now part of the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    New Garden Friends Meeting Cemetery
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Jonathan Elwood Cox (b. 1856) — also known as J. Elwood Cox — of High Point, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Rich Square, Northampton County, N.C., November 1, 1856. Republican. Banker; manufacturer; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1908. Quaker. Interment at New Garden Friends Meeting Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Jonathan E. Cox and Elizabeth A. (Hare) Cox; married, October 23, 1878, to Bertha E. Snow.


    Old First Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Robert McLean (1823-1870) — of North Carolina. Born in Enfield, Halifax County, N.C., September 21, 1823. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1850-51; Representative from North Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64; major in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Died in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., April 15, 1870 (age 46 years, 206 days). Interment at Old First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.


    Presbyterian Cemetery
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Turner Morehead (1799-1875) — of North Carolina. Born in North Carolina, 1799. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1830; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 4th District, 1851-53. Died in 1875 (age about 76 years). Interment at Presbyterian Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Adams Gilmer (1805-1868) — also known as John A. Gilmer — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C. Born near Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., November 4, 1805. Member of North Carolina state senate, 1846-56; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1856; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1857-61; delegate to North Carolina secession convention, 1861; Representative from North Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65. Died in Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., May 14, 1868 (age 62 years, 192 days). Interment at Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: John Adams
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Deep River Friends Meeting Cemetery
    Near Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Rufus Gordon (1857-1931) — also known as James R. Gordon — of Jamestown, Guilford County, N.C. Born in Jamestown, Guilford County, N.C., February 23, 1857. Physician; member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Guilford County, 1905-09, 1913-14. Methodist. Member, Junior Order. Died in Guilford County, N.C., February 20, 1931 (age 73 years, 362 days). Interment at Deep River Friends Meeting Cemetery.


    Oakwood Cemetery
    High Point, Guilford County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Allen Austin (1886-1954) — also known as J. Allen Austin — of High Point, Guilford County, N.C. Born in New London, Stanly County, N.C., November 6, 1886. Democrat. Lawyer; real estate developer; bank director; member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Guilford County, 1921-22. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Elks; Freemasons. Died in High Point, Guilford County, N.C., January 19, 1954 (age 67 years, 74 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Jacob Daniel Austin and Mary Jane (Talley) Austin; married to Nancy Kerns.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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