Boyd-Carter Cemetery

Boyd-Carter Cemetery

According to the 1902 deed for the Boyd-Carter Cemetery, the land was deeded to Allen Cole, William Goens, Tucker Ford, Albert Mason, Douglass Roper, Benjamin Carter, and Wesley Fry by the local quarry owner, Standard Lime and Stone Company.

The deed states, “to have and to hold the said lot herein conveyed with all rights, privileges, and appurtenances thereunto belonging, including a right to use a road, for ingress or egress to said burying ground, and used by…the said Trustees or their successors forever.”

As of July 26, 2019, the following people were appointed as trustees of the cemetery: Henry Allen, Lena Carey Williams, Thelma Winston-Grant, Kristine Winston Hosby, Carla Spears, Stacie Nicole Ford-Ngoue, Jennifer King, and Latavia D. Smith.

Several of the original trustees of the cemetery were the same trustees as Stewart Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, which was established in 1889. The church land was deeded by the bordering orchard owner, and former slave owner, William T. Stewart, and the cemetery was deeded by the owner of the Standard Lime and Stone Company quarries.

The cemetery is located a short distance away from the church property, on the crest of a hill, overlooking the former apple orchard, and close to the nearby quarry. The original trustees of the cemetery were hard-working men, some of whom were direct descendants of slaves. According to numerous census documents and death certificates, many men buried in the cemetery worked at the orchard or quarry.

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