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Oak Grove Cemetery
Method, Wake County, North Carolina

Ligon Road, Method, Raleigh NC

Lat: 35° 47' 18"N, Lon: 78° 41' 56"W

Contributed by Shirley Olson, Aug 22, 2005 [shirley32olson@yahoo.com]. Total records = 104.

Take Raleigh Beltline (440) Exit # 2, which is Western Blvd.(SR 1012) and go east on Western Blvd. abt. 1/2 mile to the traffic light at Method Rd. Turn left (north) on Method Rd.and go 1/2 mile to Ligon St. Turn left (west) on Ligon Rd. and go 1/4 mile to the tunnel under the Beltline. Continue through the one lane tunnel carefully and go about another 1/10 mile taking the left angle that brings you to the cemetery. Park and enter the cemetery.

This cemetery is listed as "Cemetery" in the Wake County land record, which incorrectly gives the address of the property as Beryl Rd. There is no single owner. People whose families purchased plots own these various plots.

The cemetery contains 1.25 acres. It is active and has room for more burials. It is located in Method, a Raleigh neighborhood, and dates from the post Civil War era when Method was settled by African Americans. This cemetery has historic significance, so it is dismaying to find it in such poor condition.

The surface is very uneven and rough, littered with rubbish and overgrown with vines and weeds. The general appearance is one of gross neglect. The graves are scattered every which way, many graves are unmarked, many headstones broken. Funeral home markers are in use instead of headstones on a large number of graves and many are rusted and unreadable. Among all this disorder there are some dignified headstones.

I walked the cemetery and recorded all that was readable from headstones and markers, on Aug 17, 2005.

- Shirley Olson

Anders, Annette Hogan, b. 18 Jul 1937,d. 5 Sep 2003, "Our Sister"
Arrington, Julia, b. ??, d. 7 May 1918, age 77
Atwater, Minnie, b. ??, d. 26 Mar 1952, headstone partially buried and leaning, tree growing through grave
Banks, Emmer, b. ??, d. 31 Dec 1918
Clinton, Doris, b. 1925, d. 2005, Chappell's FH
Cobb, John Curtis, b. 16 May 1922, d. 15 Jan 1980
Cobb, Margaret, b. 10 Aug 1925, d. 28 Feb 1983
Cobb, Margaret, b. 1944, d. 2005, Chappell FH
Cole, Beatrice P., b. 1909, d. ??
Cole, James F., b. 1908, d. 1969, s. w. Beatrice Cole
Copeland, Esther Fort, b. 10 Oct 1923, d. 29 Sep 1973
Cotton, Hubert, b. ??, d. 26 Mar 1927, NC Pvt 810 Pioneer Inf
Dunn, Mattie H., b. 4 May 1890, d. 22 Mar 1962
Edgerton, Frank S., b. 23 Jul 1910, d. 10 Mar 1997
Edwards, Addie Shaw, b. 1903, d. 1985
Edwards, Corinna H., b. 17 May 1899, d. 11 Apr 1985
Fort, Lucy, b. 1867, d. 1963
Gambrell, Elizabeth E., b. 1921, d. 1950
Gray, Alice, b. 30 Mar 1915, d. 8 Oct 1974, buried in the Williams plot
Griffin, Elizabeth P., b. 1 Jul 1909, d. 22 Nov 1981
Hackney, Margaret, b. 11 Aug 1854, d. 12 Jun 1928, "Dear Mother"
Hardin, Bertha W., b. 2 Dec 1909, d. 18 Oct 1997
Harris, Amos Latwell, Sr., b. 18 Mar 1905, d. 10 Nov 1962
Harris, Carol L., b. 1914, d. 1967
Harris, Ethel B., b. 1892, d. 1949
Harris, Joe Louis, b. 1935, d. 1994, Haywood FH
Harris, Mary Ida, b. 30 May 1905, d. 30 Sep 1978
Harris, Mildred Marlene, b. 14 Dec 1958, d. 13 Jul 1990
Harris, Theodore W., b. 1891, d. 1962
Harris, Willie Astor, b. 2 Mar 1910, d. 14 Jun 1911
Hill, Kemp, b. ??, d. 20 Apr 1924, age 57
Hill, Luke, b. 5 Aug 1849, d. 19 Apr 1914
Hinton, Pearl R., b. 19 Mar 1897, d. 8 Feb 1989
Lee, Donald Russell, b. 17 Nov 1960, d. 30 Apr 1986
Lee, Henrietta H., b. 9 Sep 1935, d. 6 Nov 2000
Lee, Nathaniel H., Jr., b. 24 May 1956, d. 11 Feb 1993
Lee, Roxie P., b. 4 Jan 1887, d. 1 Oct 1972
Lenton, James, b. ? Mar 1883, d. 6 Jun 1925
Ligon, Ellen, b. 25 Oct 1888, d. 4 Dec 1888, dau. o. J.(?) O. & M. S. Ligon
Ligon, Everhardt M., b. 7 Sep 1904, d. 14 Jun 1983, s. w. Mary A. Ligon
Ligon, Lafayette, b. 14 Feb 1826, d. 29 Mar 1891
Ligon, Lafayette, no dates (this is a different headstone)
Ligon, Mary A., b. 23 Aug 1901, d. 24 Oct 1983
Lipscomb, Earnest H., b. 1934, d. 1985, Seagroves FH
Marriott, James Edward, Sr. "Boss Man", b. 1919, d. 1989
Marriott, Marion, b. 1921, d. 2004, Lea FH
Marrow, Mamie B., b. 26 Aug 1939, d. 30 Aug 1989
McCray, Callie, b. 1 Jun 1892, d. 29 Aug 1961
McIver, Anna Wilcox, b. 1 Sep 1895, d. 8 Feb 1939
McRae, John H., b. ??, d. 18 Jan 1926, age 65
Medlin, James E., b. 1945, d. 2005, Chappell FH
Mims, Wilson, b. 1913, d. 1984, Lea FH
Morgan, Clyde, b. 1926, d. 1996, Haywood FH
Morgan, Ellmore, b. 3 May 1932,d. 17 Feb 1967
Morgan, Etta S., b. 1896, d. 1979
Morgan, Horace L., b. 14 Jul 1916, d. 23 Mar 1961, NC S/sgt 594 Port Co TC WW 2
Navon, Ligon, b. 1961, d. 2004, Haywood FH
O'Kelly, Baby, no dates
O'Kelly, Berry, b. 14 May 1898, d. 3 Aug 1993
O'Kelly, Chanie, b. 4 Jul 1863, d. 7 Jul 1902
O'Kelly, Claudia, b. 29 Apr 1911,d. 2 Aug 1992
Parrish, Jose, b. 1862, d. 18 Jul 1921, husb. o. Cornela Parrish
Patton, Michael D., b. 1967, d. 1985
Peacox, Thady G., b. 11 Apr 1889, d. 18 Apr 1983
Peebles, Mary H., b. 9 Aug 1894, d. 24 Jul 1969
Pope, Amanda B., b. 1893, d. 1970
Pope, Martha A., b. 31 Jan 1922, d. 23 May 1989
Pope, S. Jackson, b. 1893, d. 1955, s. w. Amanda Pope
Pope, Wilbert J., b. 1919, d. 1991, Pfc US Army WW 2
Ray, Laurence A., b. 9 Jul 1969, d. 28 Sep 1994
Rodgers, Authur, b. 1921, d. 3 Dec 1934, hand scribed, dates not positive
Rodgers, Souare, 1 Dec 1920
Rogers, Leonard, Sr., b. 2 Aug 1911, d. 28 Feb 1979
Rogers, Lillie Stroud, b. ??, d. 4 Jul 1968
Rogers, Ruth, b. 1914, d. 1994, Lightner FH
Rogers, Wiley, b. ??, d. 17 Feb 1940
Sills, John, b. 8 Nov 1920, d. 2 Apr 1955, s. o. Mr. & Mrs. David Sills
Sills, Minnie, b. 14 Dec 1914, d. 11 May 1960, dau. o. Mr. & Mrs. David Sills
Sills, Wilbertine H., b. 1920, d. 1961
Smith, Evelyn M., b. 29 Jul 1927, d. 4 May 1964
Smith, Gloria C., b. 1949, d. 2003, Lea FH
Smith, Willie M., b. 25 Nov 1904, d.24 Feb 1985
Snipes, John Fletcher, Sr., b. 2 Feb 1899, d. 2 Oct 1973
Thomas, Ada, b. ??, d. 19 Jun 1918, age 56
Thomas, Della (?), b. 20 Jan 1925, d. 25 Feb 1955, hand scribed
Thomas, Ida O., b. 8 Jun 1888, d. 19 Nov 1974
Thomas, Margaret Pope, b. 4 Nov 1927, d. 10 Jan 1984
White, Marion Elizabeth, b. 18 Nov 1890, d. 22 Jul 1924, "mother"
Wilcox, Baby, b. 9 Jul 1898, d. 16 Aug 1898, dau. o. T. H. & Irene Wilcox, Method, NC
Wilcox, Berry O., b. 24 Nov 1899, d. 11 Nov 1964
Wilcox, Edwin F., b. 27 Dec 1907, d. 29 Sep 1968
Wilcox, Fernando, b. 14 Nov 1893, d. 2 Mar 1905, s. o. T. H. & Irene Wilcox, b. Panola Co., Miss.
Wilcox, Irene A., b. 17 Nov 1892, d. 13 Jul 1904, dau. o. T. H. & Irene Wilcox b. Panola Co., Miss.
Wilder, James W. Sr., b. 1925, d. 2002, Haywood FH
Wilder, Octoria, b. 25 Jul 1896, d. 2 May 1925
Wilder, Ruth, b. 1926,d. 2003, Haywood FH
Williams, Andrew C., b. 1890, d. 1962
Williams, Andrew G., b. 3 Apr 1948, d. 25 Dec 1985
Williams, Androw Guffie, Jr., b. 25 Dec 1919, d. 28 Sep 1979, spelling from tombstone
Williams, Annie B., b. 1898, d. 1961
Williams, Margaret Mariah Hodges Howard, b. 20 Dec 1914, d. 27 May 1999
Wilson, Bessie McCrae, b. 11 Apr 1885, d. ??
Wilson, Jethro Robert, b. 15 Apr 1885, d. 29 Apr 1956, s. w. Bessie Wilson
Wynder, Thelma Thomas, b. 22 Jan 1909, d. 23 Jun 1992

Misc:
?uckett, Ro?ret, d. 9 Aug 1970, FH, near Earnest Lipscomb
2 FH markers, unreadable, near Thady Peacox
Atwater tombstone no dates or names
broken stone, no name, next to John McRae
broken stone, unreadable, near John McRae
footstone "S. A.", next to Authur Rodgers, no headstone
headstone partially buried, no name visible, near Thady Peacox
large sunken headstone in front of Bertha Hardin, next to Margaret Cobb
next to Atwater stone are 3 small markers, "Lonnie", "Father", "Ida"
stone and grave, no names, next to Ada Thomas
tipped stone near John Curtis Cobb
tombstone with beaded cross, no names or dates, on the corner of the cemetery
unmarked grave next to Carol Harris, FH marker unreadable
unmarked grave next to John Sills
unmarked stone and grave next to Julia Arrington

 

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