Bolch/Bolick Cemetery Update
Workday, Oct. 21, 2006
Dedication: Oct. 20, 2007

Alongside Spencer Road, a half-dozen Bolch descendants showed up on October 21, 2006 to clear brush and small trees, rake the leaves and mark the boundaries of this historic cemetery. During the morning, many grave stone fragments were located as well as a new stone, not known to have existed in this cemetery. When the work was completed, the 125' X 75' cemetery began to take on the appearance of of the sacred ground it was originally intended.

The following photos show what a small number of Bolch descendants can do to make a difference in restoring this historic Catawba County cemetery.

Paula Jean Dirkers, From Calico
Rock, AR, lends support with a rake.

Kansas native, Carolyn Whitaker and Bolick researcher, rakes leaves.

Judy and Nancy Bolick discover a footstone, long thought lost

After raking out brush, Judy proudly shows the footstone she discovered.

Newly discovered field stones as marked. Sadly, no names were found.

Danny Bolick clears trees that have grown up through burial sites.

Paula and Nancy clean and rinse a newly found footstone.

After clearing the site, ribbons identify the unidentifies graves.

The project to document existing stones begins with Saloma Bolch.

Saloma's stones atre gathered.
Not all the fragments were found.

The stone begins to take the original shape.

Judy and Nancy hold the fragments together for a photo.

Sally Bolch-original stone (r) and replacement stone (l).

William Pinkney Bolch

d. 27 Feb 1864, 1y, 7m, 8d

Wallis Alexander Bolch

d. 19 Feb 1857, age 31-5-13.

Elizabeth Catherine Bolch, wife of Solomon. Fragments not found.

The broken stone of Solomon Bolch, progenitor of this family.

Carolyn Whitaker beside the stone of her great-grand uncle, Wallis Bolch.

Bolch family descendants.
Carolyn Whitaker, Nancy Bolick, Danny & Nancy Bolick and Paula Jean Dirkers.

Ribbons mark the stones and markers.

Bolch family descendants pose with stone of Wallis A. Bolch. Carolyn Whitaker, Danny Bolick & Paula Jean Dirkers.

Danny Bolick (left), [Blue Ridge Brigade Commander, Sons of Confederate Veterans], and Derick Hartshorn [member, CF Connor Camp #849, SCV], pose beside the recently discovered stone identifying Emanuel Bolch. Beside Derick's knee is the stone of Israel Bolch, Emanuel's brother. Together with their brother, Joseph, they all died in the service of the Confederate States of America. Another brother, Absolom Ephraim Bolch, another brother also served the CSA and survived the war. He is buried at St. Stephens Lutheran Church cemetery, on Springs Road, in Hickory, NC.

With the completion of the cemetery restoration, including further surveying, clearing and the installation of an encompassing fence, plans are being made for the placement of VA military markers for these three soldiers, all sons of Solomon Bolch and his wife, Elizabeth Catherine Bolick.

These Confederate soldiers are:

BOLCH, EMANUEL, Private - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted on March 15, 1862. Present or accounted for until he died in hospital at Lovingston, Virginia, August 15-17, 1862, of "febris typhoides." [NCT-8:141/H-176]

BOLCH, JOSEPH, Sergeant Born in Catawba County* where he resided prior to enlisting in Rowan County at age 31, July 4,1862, for the war. Mustered in as Sergeant. Reported present or accounted for through February 28, 1863. Hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, March 8, 1863, with fever and/or rheumatism. Died in hospital at Richmond on March 19, 1863, of "scrofula." [NCT14:112]

BOLCH, ISRAEL, Private, Co F, 23rd Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County on June 6, 1861. Present or accounted for until discharged on August 3, 1862, by reason of disability. Discharge certificate gives his age as 22. [NCT-7:197]

BOLICK, ISRAEL, Private, Co E, 57th Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County and was by occupation a day laborer prior to enlisting in Lenoir County at age 24, May 1, 1864, for the war. Sent to hospital sick on June 20, 1864. Died On September 12, 1864, while on sick furlough. Place and cause of death not reported. [NCT-14:149]

For a Clarification of Laws pertaining to cemeteries
in North Carolina, please visit the
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
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--Derick S. Hartshorn

Member Assn. for Gravestone Studies

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