Thursday at the Cemetery #48~ Cleveland Cemetery ~ Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina ~ Part 3

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.


All 4 of the following graves do not have a Headstone

David Yates, my paternal 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, was born in 1805, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the fourth of nine children born to John Yates Jr (1780-1875) and Elizabeth Cleveland (1783-1850). He married Elizabeth Church (1816-1853) on January 5, 1847. They had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughters. David was a farmer whose main crop was tobacco. David died in March 1860, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 55. He committed suicide by hanging himself in the barn.

Elizabeth Church, wife of my paternal 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, was born on March 15, 1816, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Church and Sarah Billings. She married David Yates (1805-1860) on January 5, 1847. They had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughters. Elizabeth died on June 14, 1853, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 37. She died 2 weeks after giving birth to their fourth child from complications caused by the birth.

Presley Cleveland Yates, my paternal 4th cousin 3 times removed, was born on October 18, 1850, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the son of David Yates (1805-1860) and Elizabeth Cleveland (1816-1853). He married Sara McGlamery (1860-1930) in 1879 in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina. They had 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Presley was a farmer. He died on December 22, 1923, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina at the age of 73. It is not known when or where his wife died nor where she is buried.

Margaret Virginia Yates my paternal 3rd cousin 4 times removed, was born in 1852 to John Yates Jr (1780-1875) and his second wife, Fanny Lamira Laws (1823-1912). She was the oldest of their 3 daughters. She died from pneumonia in 1864 at the age of 11 years old.

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