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Poteat Family "burial ground"?

Poteat Family "burial ground"?

Posted: 3 Aug 2012 8:28PM GMT
Classification: Cemetery
Edited: 3 Aug 2012 8:42PM GMT
I am trying to locate a family burial ground for the family and relations of Benjamin Poteat, (likely) former slave to the prominent Poteat family of the area.

Per: North Carolina Deaths Index, 1906-1930

No more specific than this, it would appear that he was buried somewhere on the property where they lived. (see below)

Name: Ben Poteat
Cemetery: Family Burying Ground
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 21 Sep 1917
Film Number: 1892189
Digital Folder Number: 4181600
Image Number: 2545
Reference Number: fn 271 It. 6, cn 246

He was a resident of Yanceyville (on Milton Road) for several years. Perhaps his whole life. Likely a former slave to the prominent area Poteat family, freed after the Civil War.

Benjamin Poteat b. May 1826 in Caswell County, NC, d. 19 Sep 1917 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC

His wife was:
Alice [Williamson] Poteat b. abt May 1843 in NC, (death unknown, but after 1917)

The informant for his death certificate was Will Williamson, born in about 1890, from his wife's side of the family (Alice [Williamson] Poteat). Will Williamson was listed in 1900 as "nephew", and living with Benjamin and Alice Poteat at the time. With that surname, he would be the nephew of Alice and not Ben. Anyway, he is the one who stated Benjamin Poteat's burial location as "family burying ground", which to me almost sounds like a small cemetery at the back of the property where generations are buried out of convenience and proximity.

With nothing other than "Cemetery: Family Burying Ground" for a burial location for Benjamin Poteat, I was wondering if anyone might know of a Poteat or Williamson (his in-laws) family cemetery in or near Yanceyville that might fit the description of an old, possibly African heritage only cemetery (as they once were). Ben and Alice Poteat lived on Milton Road.

Thank you for any responses,

Re: Poteat Family "burial ground"?

Posted: 6 Aug 2012 12:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Richard, I'm a descendant of James Poteat and his son William Louis Poteat. The only small plot at Forest Home (the Poteat home) that I've seen has only a few graves and Ben isn't one of them; the house was basically uninhabited from 1870 to 1928; I talked to one of my great-aunts this morning though and she's going to talk to the folks who are still the onsite caretakers down there. Hopefully we can find something out -
take care,

Re: Poteat Family "burial ground"?

Posted: 6 Aug 2012 7:32PM GMT
Classification: Cemetery
Surnames: POTEAT

That's wonderful! Any potential hints would be closer than what I have on it. Even exclusions are progress. Wherever it towns out being, I am sure it is likely undocumented.

There is a "Scott family" cemetery near Cunningham, NC, (that may or may not have part of my family in it, that is directly related to the granddaughter of Ben Poteat) that's very small and it's been there for many years. I doubt it's on any official registry or anything. There are some unmarked burial locations and some just have a pile of rocks.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and to ask around your family about it.


Re: Poteat Family "burial ground"?

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 11:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: POTEAT
Any word from your Great Aunt?

Re: Poteat Family "burial ground"?

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 12:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi there, not yet... let me check with her..
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