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John Draper Clayton Cemetery

Location: Olive Hill Community
Directions: private property
Survey: Ed Clayton on March 3, 2004
Condition: abandoned

This is a large cemetery, now abandoned. The last known burial was that of Elizabeth Clayton Long in 1928 (known through oral family history). Only three stones have inscriptions. Another stone appears to have enclosed a photograph originally but the photograph is no longer present. A large number of fieldstones mark graves in this cemetery. Although an exact count was not done as part of the survey, there may be as many as 50 graves that are marked by field stones.

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John Draper Clayton stone

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John Draper Clayton stone with field stone behind.

Graves

Information outside of parentheses has been transcribed from tomb stones. Information inside parentheses is added commentary.

Three stones with legible inscriptions were found along with two other stones that were illegible.

  1. JOHN D / CLAYTON / B MARCH 4 / 1808 / D APRIL 1893 / (John Draper Clayton. The "stone" that marks this grave appears to be a homemade concrete marker. The inscription appears to have been made in the marker at the time the marker was created. This marker is positioned directly in front of a field stone as if the grave was originally marked only by a field stone with the homemade marker being added later. See photographs above.)

  2. A. Y. Clayton / Born / Sept 14, 1829 / Died / July 1, 1901 / His toils are past this work is done / He fought the fight, the victory won / (Eldest of 16 children of John Draper Clayton and Elizabeth Clayton.)

  3. James T Long / Co E / 35 NC Inf / CSA

  4. (One grave is marked by a small homemade monument that at one time held a photograph behind glass. The photograph is gone and no identification remains.)

  5. (One grave is marked by a rock that has illegible inscriptions.)

With the thought that the following information may be of use to Clayton reseachers, the following information is provided. Please be aware that this information is not supported by any physical evidence in this cemetery. The table at the bottom of this page is also useful in understanding the location of the graves of the children of John Draper Clayton.
No stones were found but the following graves are presumed to be in this cemetery based on the claims of some researchers.

  1. (Elizabeth M. "Polly" Clayton. m:04 Nov 1828  Unmarked, but she is presumed to be buried in this cemetery. First wife of John Draper Clayton.)

  2. (Elizabeth "Puss" Long, b:18 Jan 1846  d:13 Nov 1918. Wife of James T. Long. m:08 Mar 1866   Although there is no stone for Elizabeth Clayton Long, she is known to be buried here based on the oral history in my family. Several of my aunts recall the funeral procession passing their home on the way to this cemetery for her burial. Her death certificate is filed in the Person County, NC, Register of Deeds Office as #5-288.)

  3. (Marcella Carver, the first wife of Allen Yancey Clayton, is presumed to be buried here with her husband. They were married 31 Jan 1854.  A. Y. Clayton's second wife was Martha Tillman. They were married 10 Feb 1861.)

  4. (Unmarked, but presumed to be buried in this cemetery: John Anderson Clayton. b:21 Jan 1838  d:30 Dec 1858)

  5. (Unmarked, but presumed to be buried in this cemetery: Marion Thomas Clayton. This name was also used for a younger child of John Draper Clayton. b:18 May 1839  d: Jun 1840)

  6. (Unmarked, but presumed to be buried in this cemetery: Alexander Jackson Clayton. b:05 Aug 1844 also a child of John Draper Clayton.)

  7. (In addition, there are several dozen graves marked only by field stones. Most of these are arranged in orderly groups or rows. Many appear to have a stone marking both the head and the foot of the grave.)

 

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James T Long stone

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Stone that originally held a photograph.

 

James T Long photograph by Earl Clayton. Other photographs by Ed Clayton.


Locations of the Graves of John Draper Clayton's Children

Since John Draper and Elizabeth Clayton were my great-great-grandparents, I have added additional information from my files. John Draper Clayton and Elizabeth Clayton were the parents of sixteen children. The list below provides a cross-reference to the locations of their graves. This exercise is helpful in identifying their children who cannot be buried at the John Draper Clayton Cemetery because they are known to be buried somewhere else.

1 Allen Yancey Clayton
1 - Marcella Carver
2 - Martha Tillman
Stone for his grave in the John Draper Clayton Cemetery. No known stones for either wife. Marcella Carver may be buried in the John Draper Clayton Cemetery.
2 James Henry "Jim" Clayton
1 - Martha Ann Clayton
2 - Della Bradsher
He and his first wife are buried at Stories Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in marked graves.
3 Calvin C. "Cad" Clayton
1 - Nicey Painter
2 - Katherine Oakley
He and the second wife are buried in marked graves in the Cad Clayton Cemetery on City Lake Road. Location of the grave for the first wife is not know and could be the John Draper Clayton Cemetery.
4 Green Jefferson Clayton
Elizabeth M. Long
He is buried in the Long Cemetery at Ceffo. She is buried at Stories Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
5 Sarah Jane Clayton
William B. Long
He is buried in a marked grave in the Long Cemetery at Ceffo. She predeceased him, but her burial location is not marked.
6 John Anderson Clayton Unmarked grave presumed to be in the John Draper Clayton Cemetery.
7 Marion Thomas Clayton Unmarked grave presumed to be in the John Draper Clayton Cemetery.
8 Solomon Daniel Clayton
Susan Frances Morton
Stone includes both in the Sol D. Clayton Cemetery.
9 Marion Thomas Clayton
Narcissus Jane Clayton
Stone includes both in the M. T. Clayton Cemetery.
10 Martha Frances "Sis" Clayton
John Ruffin Hamlin
Both buried in marked graves in the Westbrook Cemetery on the Leasburg Road.
11 Alexander Jackson Clayton Unmarked grave presumed to be in the John Draper Clayton Cemetery.
12 Elizabeth "Puss" Clayton
James T. Long
Both buried in the John Draper Clayton Cemetery. His grave is marked; her grave is unmarked.
13 Alex Clayton
1 - Louisa J. Carver
2 - Sallie Mitchell
Stones for all three in the Duncan Cemetery on McGee’s Mill Road near Chub Lake.
14 Simeon "Sim" Clayton
Mary Williams
Both buried in marked graves at Stories Creek Church Cemetery.
15 Mary Amy "Polly" Clayton
John Foster "Jack" Brann
Both buried in marked graves near Moses Oakley Cemetery on Concord-Ceffo Road.
16 William Parham "Buck" Clayton
Mary Chatham
Both are buried in marked graves in the Cad Clayton Cemetery on City Lake Road.

 


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