Thursday at the Cemetery #47 ~ Cleveland Cemetery ~ Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina ~ Part 2

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 graves in this cemetery belong to my ancestors so I will be spending the next few weeks honoring those who are buried here.

Jesse C. Yates Sr, my paternal 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, was born on March 4, 1817, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the seventh of nine children born to John Yates (1780-1875) and Elizabeth Cleveland (1783-1850). He married Sarah Caroline Eller (1831-1919) on January 18, 1848. They had 10 children, 8 sons and 2 daughters. He was a School Teacher in the town of Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina. They owned a house in town worth $500. Jesse died on June 6, 1898, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina, at the age of 81.

Sarah Caroline Eller, wife of my paternal 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, was born on June 14, 1831, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Eller Sr and Susanna Kern. She married Jesse C. Yates Sr (1817-1898) on January 18, 1848. They had 10 children, 8 sons and 2 daughters. They owned a house in town worth $500. Caroline died on May 27, 1919, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina, at the age of 87.

Elizabeth Cleveland, my paternal 2nd cousin, 5 times removed, was born on July 15, 1783, in Yadkin River, Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was the seventh of fourteen children born to Robert Cleveland (1744-1812) and Alice Mathis (1750-1792). She married John Yates (1783-1850) on May 13, 1803. They had 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters. She inherited the mansion and plantation from her father. Elizabeth died on November 4, 1850, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 67.

John Yates, husband of my paternal 2nd cousin, 5 times removed, was born in 1780, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. I have found no information on his parents nor siblings. He married Elizabeth Cleveland (1783-1850) on May 13, 1803. They had 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters. John was a farmer and his main crop was tobacco. After the death of his wife, John married Fanny Lamira Laws, in 1851, and they had 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. John died on February 6, 1875, in Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 95.

Finley Gordon Yates, my paternal 4th Cousin 3 times removed, was born on November 16, 1850, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the first of 10 children born to Jesse C. Yates Sr (1817-1898) and Sarah Caroline Eller (1831-1919). He never got married nor had any children. In the 1930 Census he is found living with one of his younger brothers, Thomas and his family on a vegetable farm in Stanton, Wilkes County. He died on April 8, 1936, in Purlear, North Carolina, at the age of 85.

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