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  • Charlotte Elmwood Cemetery
  • Charlotte Evergreen Cemetery
  • Charlotte Pinewood Cemetery
  • Charlotte Settler's Cemetery
  • Charlotte Sharon Memorial Park


    Unknown Location
    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina


    Elmwood Cemetery
    700 West Sixth Street
    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    Founded 1853
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      John Johnston Parker (1885-1958) — also known as John J. Parker — of Monroe, Union County, N.C.; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Monroe, Union County, N.C., November 20, 1885. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1920; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1924; member of Republican National Committee from North Carolina, 1924; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 1925-58; died in office 1958. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; Freemasons; Kiwanis. Died in Washington, D.C., March 17, 1958 (age 72 years, 117 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Ann (Johnston) Parker (1854-1909) and John Daniel Parker (1857-1915); married, November 23, 1910, to Maria Burgwin Maffitt (1885-1960).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Johnston (1817-1896) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born March 5, 1817. Delegate to North Carolina secession convention, 1861; mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1875-78, 1884-87. Died May 20, 1896 (age 79 years, 76 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Cameron A. Morrison (1869-1953) — also known as Cameron Morrison — of Rockingham, Richmond County, N.C.; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born near Rockingham, Richmond County, N.C., October 5, 1869. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Rockingham, N.C., 1893; member of North Carolina state senate, 1900; Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1916; Governor of North Carolina, 1921-25; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1924 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952; member of Democratic National Committee from North Carolina, 1928; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1930-32; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 10th District, 1943-45. Presbyterian. Died in Quebec City, Quebec, August 20, 1953 (age 83 years, 319 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Daniel M. Morrison and Martha (Cameron) Morrison; married, December 6, 1905, to Lottie May Tomlinson (died 1919); married, April 2, 1924, to Sarah Virginia (Ecker) Watts.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Clement Dowd (1832-1898) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Richland Creek, Moore County, N.C., August 27, 1832. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1869-71; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1881-85. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., April 15, 1898 (age 65 years, 231 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Lydia J. Bruce (1832-1912).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. (1894-1982) — also known as Ben E. Douglas — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Scotts Crossroad, Iredell County, N.C., September 3, 1894. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; fur merchant; mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1935-41; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1940, 1956. Died in 1982 (age about 87 years). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Douglas Municipal Airport (now Charlotte Douglas International Airport), in Charlotte, North Carolina, is named for him.
      William Haywood Bobbitt (1900-1992) — also known as William H. Bobbitt — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C.; Raleigh, Wake County, N.C. Born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., October 18, 1900. Lawyer; superior court judge in North Carolina 14th District, 1939-54; justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1954-69; chief justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1969-74. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Civitan. Died September 27, 1992 (age 91 years, 345 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James Henry Bobbitt and Eliza May (Burkhead) Bobbitt; married, February 28, 1924, to Sarah Buford Dunlap (1904-1965).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Heriot Clarkson (1863-1942) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Kingville, Richland County, S.C., August 21, 1863. Democrat. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1899; justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1923-42; appointed 1923; died in office 1942. Episcopalian. Member, Society of the Cincinnati; Sons of the Revolution; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Gamma Eta Gamma; Anti-Saloon League. Died January 27, 1942 (age 78 years, 159 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Maj. William Clarkson and Margaret S. (Simons) Clarkson; married, December 10, 1889, to Mary Lloyd Osborne.
      William Marcus Shipp (1819-1890) — also known as William M. Shipp — of Lincoln County, N.C.; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Lincoln County, N.C., November 9, 1819. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to North Carolina secession convention, 1861; North Carolina state attorney general, 1870-73; defeated, 1872; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1881-90. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., June 29, 1890 (age 70 years, 232 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Bartlett Shipp and Susan (Forney) Shipp; married to Catherine Lafayette Cameron (1825-1866; daughter of John Adams Cameron); married, November 6, 1872, to Margaret Tredwell Iredell (1833-1903; daughter of James Iredell Jr.; granddaughter of James Iredell (1751-1799) and Samuel Tredwell).
      Political family: Iredell-Johnston-Cameron family of North Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Motley Morehead (1866-1923) — also known as John M. Morehead — of Spray (now part of Eden), Rockingham County, N.C.; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., July 20, 1866. Republican. U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1909-11; North Carolina Republican state chair, 1910-16; member of Republican National Committee from North Carolina, 1916-22; candidate for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1918; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1920. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., December 13, 1923 (age 57 years, 146 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Mary Josephine Garrett (1870-1957).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      David Ezekiel Henderson (1879-1968) — also known as David E. Henderson — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C.; Scalybark, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Deppe, Onslow County, N.C., September 3, 1879. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, 1945-48; U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, 1948-49; resigned 1949. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Junior Order; Redmen; Woodmen of the World; Kiwanis. Died July 25, 1968 (age 88 years, 326 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Joseph Franklin Henderson and Mary (Shepard) Henderson; married, August 29, 1912, to Mattie Jenkins (1885-1978).
      See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Sydenham Benoni Alexander (1840-1921) — also known as Sydenham B. Alexander — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born near Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., December 8, 1840. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of North Carolina state senate, 1879, 1883-87, 1901; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1891-95. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., June 14, 1921 (age 80 years, 188 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of Julia McGehee Alexander; cousin *** of Adlai Ewing Stevenson and John Sharp Williams (1854-1932).
      Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Alexander-Stevenson-Williams family of Charlotte, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Calvin Josiah Cowles (1821-1907) — also known as C. J. Cowles — of Elkville, Wilkes County, N.C.; Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C.; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Hamptonville, Yadkin County, N.C., January 6, 1821. Republican. Merchant; delegate to North Carolina state constitutional convention, 1868; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1868; candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1868. Died in Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C., April 1, 1907 (age 86 years, 85 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Josiah Cowles (1791-1873) and Deborah (Sanford) Cowles (1795-1827); married, September 19, 1844, to Martha Temperance Duvall (1824-1866); married, July 23, 1868, to Ida Augusta Holden (daughter of William Woods Holden); father of Charles Holden Cowles; great-grandson of Josiah Cowles (1716-1793); second cousin of Charles Upson and Gad Ely Upson; second cousin twice removed of Daniel Upson; second cousin four times removed of William Pitkin; third cousin twice removed of Daniel Chapin and Ela Collins; third cousin thrice removed of Moses Seymour and Simeon Baldwin; fourth cousin of Christopher Columbus Upson, Andrew Seth Upson and Evelyn M. Upson; fourth cousin once removed of Graham Hurd Chapin (1799-1843), William Collins and William Sheffield Cowles.
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; King-Hazard family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Oscar Stuart Heizer (1869-1956) — also known as Oscar S. Heizer — Born in Kossuth County, Iowa, February 2, 1869. Interpreter; U.S. Vice Consul in Constantinople, as of 1914; U.S. Consul in Trebizond, as of 1916-17; Baghdad, as of 1919; Constantinople, as of 1921; Jerusalem, as of 1924-27; Algiers, as of 1929-32. Died in Pinellas County, Fla., August 1, 1956 (age 87 years, 181 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of David Blair Heizer (1843-1925) and Sarah Louisa (Peet) Heizer (1843-1910); married 1896 to Ida Wright (1870-1935); married to Sadie Crowder Allison (1882-1957).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Walker Osborne (1811-1869) — Born December 25, 1811. Member of North Carolina state senate, 1850; delegate to North Carolina secession convention, 1861. Died August 11, 1869 (age 57 years, 229 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      George Foust Bason (1840-1907) — also known as George F. Bason — of Gaston County, N.C. Born in Melville, Alamance County, N.C., May 20, 1840. Member of North Carolina state senate 38th District, 1885-86. Died in Gastonia, Gaston County, N.C., May 1, 1907 (age 66 years, 346 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Fanny E. Badham (1851-1895).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Gladys Avery Tillett (1892-1984) — also known as Gladys Calhoun Avery; Mrs. Charles W. Tillett, Jr. — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Morganton, Burke County, N.C., March 19, 1892. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1940, 1956 (alternate); Assistant Chair, 1944; speaker, 1944; Vice-Chair, 1948. Female. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., September 21, 1984 (age 92 years, 186 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Alphonso Calhoun Avery and Sara Love (Thomas) Avery; married, July 21, 1917, to Charles Walter Tillett Jr. (1888-1952).
      Epitaph: "She tried with all her vitality to make her world more just and more compassionate. She loved her family and her friendships, and loved the adventure of her endeavors."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Andrew Baxter Springs (1819-1886) — of Fort Mill, York District (now York County), S.C. Born in Fort Mill, York District (now York County), S.C., October 21, 1819. Delegate to South Carolina secession convention from York, 1860-62. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 27, 1886 (age 66 years, 98 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Mary Laura (Springs) Springs (1778-1834) and John Springs (1782-1853); married to Julia Blandina Baxter (1827-1902).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Jesse Vernon Hasty (1858-1913) — also known as Jesse V. Hasty — of Monroe, Union County, N.C. Born in Union County, N.C., 1858. Republican. Postmaster at Monroe, N.C., 1875-76, 1881-83. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., January 30, 1913 (age about 54 years). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John James Hasty (1830-1894) and Jane Ellen (Harrell) Hasty (1836-1906); brother of Nancy Hasty Sweiger and John S. Hasty; married to Della Hart (1854-1937).
      Political family: Hasty-Harrell family of Monroe, North Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Jefferson Davis Helms (1865-1934) — also known as Jefferson D. Helms — of Monroe, Union County, N.C. Born in Union County, N.C., 1865. Democrat. Postmaster at Monroe, N.C., 1894-98. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., May 19, 1934 (age about 68 years). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Jefferson Davis
      Relatives: Married, April 20, 1897, to Alice Shafer (1872-1948).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Nancy Hasty Sweiger (1860-1942) — also known as Nancy V. Hasty — of Monroe, Union County, N.C. Born April 30, 1860. Republican. Postmaster at Monroe, N.C., 1883-84. Female. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., June 4, 1942 (age 82 years, 35 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of John James Hasty and Jane Ellen (Harrell) Hasty (1836-1906); sister of Jesse Vernon Hasty (1858-1913) and John S. Hasty; married to H. O. Sweiger.
      Political family: Hasty-Harrell family of Monroe, North Carolina.
      Charles Walter Tillett Jr. (1888-1952) — also known as Charles W. Tillett, Jr. — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Mangum, Richmond County, N.C., February 6, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1928 (alternate), 1944. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Major proponent of the United Nations. While suffering from depression, he jumped from the eighth floor of an office building, and fell to his death, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., December 23, 1952 (age 64 years, 321 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Walter Tillett and Carrie (Patterson) Tillett; married, July 21, 1917, to Gladys Avery Tillett (1892-1984).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Julia McGehee Alexander (d. 1957) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1940. Female. Member, Daughters of the American Revolution. Died February 23, 1957. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Sydenham Benoni Alexander (1840-1921).
      Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Stevenson family of Bloomington, Illinois; Alexander-Stevenson-Williams family of Charlotte, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).


    Evergreen Cemetery
    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Hamilton Chamberlain Jones (1884-1957) — also known as Hamilton C. Jones — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., September 26, 1884. Democrat. State court judge in North Carolina, 1913; member of North Carolina state senate, 1925; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 10th District, 1947-53. Died August 10, 1957 (age 72 years, 318 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Pinewood Cemetery
    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John T. Williams — Physician; U.S. Consul in Sierra Leone, 1898-1906. African ancestry. Interment at Pinewood Cemetery.


    Settler's Cemetery
    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Nathaniel Alexander (1756-1808) — of Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born near Concord, Mecklenburg County, N.C., March 5, 1756. Physician; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1797; member of North Carolina state senate, 1801-02; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1803-05 (10th District 1803-05, at-large 1805); Governor of North Carolina, 1805-07. Slaveowner. Died in Salisbury, Rowan County, N.C., March 7, 1808 (age 52 years, 2 days). Interment at Settler's Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Moses Alexander and Sarah Taylor (Alexander) Alexander; married to Margaret Polk (1757-1800); cousin *** of Evan Shelby Alexander (c.1767-1809).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Allison Owens (1833-1864) — also known as William A. Owens — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born September 19, 1833. Mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1861-62; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Shot and wounded at the Civil War battle of Snicker's Gap, and died the next day, July 19, 1864 (age 30 years, 304 days). Interment at Settler's Cemetery.
      William Davidson (1778-1857) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., September 12, 1778. Member of North Carolina state senate, 1813, 1815-19, 1825, 1827-30; postmaster at Charlotte, N.C., 1814-15; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 11th District, 1818-21. Slaveowner. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., September 16, 1857 (age 79 years, 4 days). Interment at Settler's Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Greene Washington Caldwell (1806-1864) — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Belmont, Gaston County, N.C., April 13, 1806. Democrat. Physician; lawyer; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1836-41; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 11th District, 1841-43; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of North Carolina state senate, 1849. Slaveowner. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., July 10, 1864 (age 58 years, 88 days). Interment at Settler's Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Sharon Memorial Park
    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Orson Nevin Ritzman (1889-1974) — also known as Orson N. Ritzman — of West Reading, Berks County, Pa. Born in Strausstown, Berks County, Pa., March 14, 1889. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924. Died in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., January 12, 1974 (age 84 years, 304 days). Interment at Sharon Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Married to Carrie C. Gottschall (1886-1927) and Mabel Whiteman Wolfkiel (1894-1945).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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