Burial Site Of
David Julian and Theodocia Mayes Talley

                                David Julian Tomb
David Julian Tomb Julian Family Cemetery
Contributed by Jerry Dagenhart

About ten years ago I was in the Iredell Co Library in Statesville and struck up a conversation with a woman who was doing some research. As it turned out her mother-in-law had been a great Granddaughter of Theodsia Mayes Talley Julian.

She told me her mother-in-law always talked about having had tea parties on the huge Tomb Rock at the Julian Cemetery. This set me on a quest to find this long forgotten cemetery. A few years ago I had the great fortune to meet Mary Julian and we started talking on the phone and corresponding. With the help of Penny Church and Opal Watts Harrington, we learned the cemetery and the Old Julian Place was located on a farm off Caldwell Pond road and the land had at one time joined the land of Antioch Church. With this nudge Mary Julian found the cemetery and the gracious land owners have given us access and we plan to work with the land owners to fence in the little cemetery and repair the graves as best we can.

David Julian's Tomb made from huge granite stones is one of the most unique graves I have ever seen in Alexander county. David Julian died 29 August 1845   in Caldwell County North Carolina. Both David and Dosha's burial place became part of Alexander County in 1847.

                       Dosha Julian Headstone
Theodocia Mayes Talley Julian Headstone

Dosha Julian
Nov 3 1875
84ys 4 ms 27ds

Theodocia Mayes Talley Julian
Second wife of David Julian

David Julian Family

David Julian was first married to Elizabeth Merril in Rowan County NC by whom he had several children. After Elziabeth's death he moved to Iredell county and lived not many miles from the Plantataion of Benjamin Mayes where he soon met and married Benjamin's daughter, Thedosia Mayes Talley, a young widow who had four small children. Docia as she was called was the widow of George Talley and after his death in TN she returned to her father's home in NC.

After their marriage David and Docia Julian moved to the part of Burke that now is situated along the Caldwell and Alexander County Line. David , Docia and some of her Talley children are found on the earliest Minutes of Dover Baptist Church but later the family transferred to Antioch which was much nearer their home.

David was a good provider and made bequests to all of his children in his will dated August 1845.
The Plantation at that time was in Caldwell county but is now in Alexander County. David Julian and Benjamin Mayes provided for the education of Docia's son George Riley Talley who became an ordained Methodist Minister having gone to Seminary in South Carloina at the urging of his brother-in-law by his third wife Martha Taylor. George Riley Talley became a Chaplain for the Alabama Regiment the Taylors served in during the Civil War and there are several extant letters that detail his service.

The known children of Thedocia Mayes Talley by her first husband George Talley Sr are:
  • Suzannah Talley
  • George Riley Talley married three times settling with his third wife Martha Taylor in Alabama
  • Huldah Moriah Talley married first Thomas Reid and second Ellias Pennell

    The known children of Teodocia/Theodosia Mayes and second husband David Julian(spelled in earliest records Jewland and pronounced the same way) are:
  • Nancy Caroline Julian b: 22 Nov 1822 in North Carolina d: 13 Oct 1900 in Alexander Co., NC married William Fox
  • Henry Morgan Julian b: 04 Sep 1826 in Alexander Co., NC d: 30 Dec 1896 in Alexander Co., NC married Rebbecca Austin
  • Louisa Matilda Julian married Unknown Smith
  • Martha A Julian died unmarried
  • Elizabeth A Julian Married John E Smith
  • William Julian
  • John Julian
  • Benjamin Julian
  • Andrew Julian
    **Mary Ann Julian Hinson is believed to be a daughter of David Julina but it is not clear which wife was her Mother

    Research assistance: Mary Julian, Opal W Harrington, Penny Church, Gail Payne Gnagy,and personal knowledge and research of Jerry L Dagenhart

    David Julian Will
    David Julian Will

    Contributed & © Jerry Dagenhart

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