Thursday at the Cemetery #46 ~ Cleveland Cemetery ~ Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina ~ Part 1

I just discovered this small cemetery that is the final resting place of some of my Cleveland ancestors. It only has 27 graves on it, the first one was in 1732 and the last one was in 1981. That means it was in use for 249 years! It appears to be located on private land. The grounds are overrun with tall grass but the wrought iron fence that surrounds it is in good condition.

19 of the graves in this cemetery are my ancestors. So for the next few weeks I will be honoring these ancestors.

Captain Robert Cleveland, my paternal 1st cousin, 6 times removed, was born on January 8, 1744, in Blue Run, Orange County, Virginia. He was the eighth of thirteen children born to John Cleveland (1695-1778) and Martha Elizabeth Coffey (1705-1772). He married Alice “Aley” Mathis (1750-1791) in 1769. They had 14 children, 9 sons and 5 daughters. They moved to Lewis Folk, Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1780. He served as a Captain in battles in the vicinity of King’s Mountain. He also aided in the rescue of his older brother, Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, who had been captured by the Tories, and participated in several other skirmishes in pursuit of the British in the vicinity of the Carolinas’. He owned several hundred acres of land on which he grew tobacco. Robert died on April 26, 1812, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 68.

Alice “Aley” Mathis, the wife my paternal 1st cousin, 6 times removed, was born on December 11, 1750, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was the only surviving child born to Captain Robert Mathis (1727-1767) and Elizabeth Matthews (1733-1770). She married Robert Cleveland (1744-1812) in 1769. They moved to Lewis Folk, Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1780. They had 14 children, 9 sons and 5 daughters. The two youngest children born in 1791 were a pair of twins, a boy and a girl. They died at birth on December 17, and Aley died the next day, on December 18, 1791, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 41.

Both of the twins were buried in this cemetery but there is no headstone for them. The graves were marked with these two stones.

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