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Wilkes County
North Carolina

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Wilkes County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Boomer Little Rock Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Traphill Traphill Cemetery
  • Wilkesboro Episcopal Church Cemetery
  • Wilkesboro Mountain Park Cemetery
  • Wilkesboro Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Wilkesboro St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard


    Private or family graveyard
    Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Wellborn (1767-1854) — of North Carolina. Born in 1767. Member of North Carolina state senate, 1795-1811, 1818-21, 1823-24, 1828-29, 1832, 1834; colonel in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Died near Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C., 1854 (age about 87 years). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Brother-in-law of Montfort Stokes (1762-1842).


    Little Rock Baptist Church Cemetery
    Boomer, Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Edgar Broyhill (1892-1988) — also known as J. E. Broyhill — of Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C. Born in Boomer, Wilkes County, N.C., May 5, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; furniture manufacturer; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1944, 1948, 1952 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1956 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization), 1960, 1964, 1972; member of Republican National Committee from North Carolina, 1948-64; candidate for Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1956. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias. Died in Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., July 1, 1988 (age 96 years, 57 days). Interment at Little Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Isaac Broyhill (1850-1935) and Margaret (Parsons) Broyhill (1857-1938); married, June 21, 1921, to Satie Leona Hunt (1899-1997).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Traphill Cemetery
    Traphill, Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Tyre York (1836-1916) — of Surry County, N.C. Born in North Carolina, 1836. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1870; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 7th District, 1883-85; candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1884. Died in 1916 (age about 80 years). Interment at Traphill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Episcopal Church Cemetery
    Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Holden Cowles (1875-1957) — of Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C. Born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., July 16, 1875. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; private secretary to U.S. Rep. E. Spencer Blackburn, 1901-03; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916; member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Wilkes County, 1905-08, 1921-30; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1909-11. Died in Mocksville, Davie County, N.C., October 2, 1957 (age 82 years, 78 days). Interment at Episcopal Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Calvin Josiah Cowles (1821-1907) and Ida Augusta (Holden) Cowles; married, September 6, 1916, to Louise S. Lunn; nephew of William Henry Harrison Cowles; grandson of William Woods Holden; second great-grandson of Josiah Cowles; second great-grandnephew of Thomas Wynns; second cousin once removed of Charles Upson and Gad Ely Upson; second cousin thrice removed of Daniel Upson; second cousin five times removed of William Pitkin; third cousin thrice removed of Daniel Chapin; fourth cousin once removed of Christopher Columbus Upson, Andrew Seth Upson and Evelyn M. Upson.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Mountain Park Cemetery
    South Bridge Street
    Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Linville Bumgarner, Jr. (1867-1941) — also known as Linville Bumgarner — of Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C. Born in Millers Creek, Wilkes County, N.C., July 7, 1867. Republican. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Wilkes County, 1913-14; member of North Carolina state senate 28th District, 1915-16, 1921-22. Baptist. Died, following an attack of apoplexy, in Wilkes Hospital, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C., November 1, 1941 (age 74 years, 117 days). Interment at Mountain Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Rev. James L. Bumgarner and Phoebe Hincher Bumgarner; married 1889 to Bessie R. McNeil.


    Presbyterian Cemetery
    Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      William Henry Harrison Cowles (1840-1901) — also known as William H. H. Cowles — of Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C. Born in Hamptonville, Yadkin County, N.C., April 22, 1840. Democrat. U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1885-93. Died in Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C., December 30, 1901 (age 61 years, 252 days). Interment at Presbyterian Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: William Henry Harrison
      Relatives: Uncle of Charles Holden Cowles (1875-1957).
      Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard
    Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, North Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Richard Nathaniel Hackett (1866-1923) — also known as Richard N. Hackett — of Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C. Born in Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C., December 4, 1866. Democrat. U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1907-09; defeated, 1896, 1908. Died in Statesville, Iredell County, N.C., November 22, 1923 (age 56 years, 353 days). Interment at St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


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