The Shuford Family Cemetery:
A Preservation Challenge

 

The remarkable Shuford family, arriving in America in 1733, aboard the ship Richard and Elizabeth, had a major impact in the land they settled. Merchants, judges, war heroes and respectable citizens, the mark they made in Western North Carolina exists today.

The land they settled in Catawba County was once known as Rowan, Burke and Lincoln Counties. When the Shuford settlement was first made, the threat of Indian attack was a reality.
Their stone homes were built with cellar tunnels to escape the attacks.

The family cemetery was finally dedicated in the 1930's. The stone-enclosed cemetery and was dedicated with a bronze plaque. Time and vegetation sought to overwhelm this sacred plot.

In 2001, the cemetery looked like this:

Photo courtesy of David W. Shuford, author of Shuford Family in America

 

In 2005, just four short years later, the cemetery looked like this:

This is the original plaque placed in the 1930's.

The front of the cemetery, with the plaque. Stones atop the memorial have been placed there to keep them from loss .

Earl McAlister, SAR member and descendant of John
Shuford seeks help in preserving the cemetery.

Earl contemplates what a thorough restoration
project might do for this neglected heritage site.

Trees and brush have completely taken over the cemetery.

The cemetery wall looks more like a fort than a retaining wall.

 


We are currently seeking a sponsor willing to assume responsibility to clean and restore this valuable historic site. In the past, Boy Scout Troops have answered the call, stepping forward to help all citizens preserved their heritage. One such example is the historic Wilson-Robinson Cemetery in Startown. That project was headed by John Jay Cline, Scoutmaster of Troop 903 of Newton, North Carolina.


In order to provide a background of the people who lived during the time before the American Revolution, the following represents the best available information on the Shuford family and their children and grand-children:

 

First Generation

1. Johannes [John] SHUFORD was born about 1723 in Germany. He died on 18 Jun 1790 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina and was buried in Old Shuford family cemetery on John Shuford farm, Catawba County, North Carolina. He and Mary Clare CONRAD were married about 1743 in Pennsylvania. Mary Clare CONRAD (daughter of Daniel CONRAD and [unk wife of Daniel] CONRAD) was born estimated 1724. They had the following children:

2 i. Sarah SHUFORD was born after 1743 in Pennsylvania and died on 8 Apr 1786 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

+3 ii. Johannes SHUFORD, born in 1744, Berks County, Pennsylvania; married Eve Catherine WARLICK, in Mar 1769, Lincoln County, North Carolina. He died on 10 Feb 1825, Henderson (Transylvania) County, North Carolina.

+4 iii. Gertrude [Gartrout] SHUFORD, born about 1746, Pennsylvania; married Rudolph CONRAD, between 1770 and 1772 and died on 8 Oct 1779, Burke (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

+5 iv. Anna Maria [Mary] SHUFORD, born on 30 Mar 1748, Whitehall Twp, now Lehigh County, PA; married Peter [Ichard\Eigerdt] IKERD Jr., about 1770, North Carolina and died before 1788, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

+6 v. Cathreena [Catherine] SHUFORD, born in 1752, Berks County, Pennsylvania; married John [Johannes Bast] BOST, about 1772, North Carolina; married John CLINE (II), about 1785; died about 1798, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

+7 vi. George SHUFORD, born about 5 Aug 1754, North Carolina; married Mary BURRELL, estimated 1776. Hedied about 20 Jun 1780 at the Battle of Ramsour's Mill.

+8 vi. John (John Jr.) SHUFORD, born about 1755, North Carolina; married Maria Catherine Hill estimated 1776;. He died about 20 Jun 1780 at the Battle of Ramsour's Mill, Lincoln County, NC.

9 vii. Philip SHUFORD was born in 1757 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He died on 28 Apr 1768 in Rowan (Catawba) County, North Carolina and was buried in Old Shuford family.

+10 viii. Daniel SHUFORD, born in 1759, Rowan (Catawba) County, North Carolina; married Mary Elizabeth RAMSOUR, in 1780, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 3 Jun 1834, (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

+11 ix. David SHUFORD Sr., born on 18 May 1761; married Elizabeth [Ramsaur] RAMSOUR, about 1790, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 28 Aug 1828, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

12 x. George SHUFORD was born in 1764 in North Carolina.

13 xi. Jacob SHUFORD was born before 1765 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina. He died in 1828 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

+14 xii. Mary Magdalene "Molly" SHUFORD, born on 6 Dec 1767, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Henry RAMSOUR, about 1787; died on 18 Dec 1842, Catawba County, North Carolina.

 

Second Generation

3. John Martin (John Jr.) SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born in 1744 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He died about 20 Jun 1780 in Lincoln (Burke) County, North Carolina at the Battle of Ramsour's Mill. Killed during the Battle of Ramsour's Mill, in the service of England, during the Revolutionary War.

John Martin (John Jr.) SHUFORD and Eve Catherine WARLICK were married in Mar 1769 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Eve Catherine WARLICK (daughter of Johann (John) Daniel WARLICK and Maria Barbara Cora SCHINDLER) was born on 20 Feb 1749/50 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She died on 24 Jan 1822 in Lincoln County, North Carolina and was buried in the Old White Church Cemetery. John Martin (John Jr.) SHUFORD and Eve Catherine WARLICK had the following children:

14 i. John SHUFORD was born between 10 Jan 1772 and Dec 1772. He was born about 1772 in Tryon County, North Carolina.

+15 ii. Elizabeth SHUFORD, born on 5 Dec 1774, Rowan (Catawba) County, North Carolina; married Capt. John (Gentleman John) RAMSOUR, about 1789; died on 1 Jan 1849, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

16 iii. Daniel SHUFORD was born about 1778 in Tryon County, North Carolina.

+17 iv. Phillip SHUFORD, born about Dec 1780; married Anna ABERNATHY, on 9 Feb 1807, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died about 1859.

+18 v. Catherine "Kate" Elizabeth SHUFORD, born on 20 Dec 1767; married Major George WILFONG, about 1788, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died about 14 Oct 1800.

+19 vi. Jacob SHUFORD, born on 12 Feb 1770, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Margaret HOYLE, before 1788, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 1 Apr 1844, Catawba County, North Carolina.

20 vii. Elizabeth "Betsey" SHUFORD was born between 4 and 5 Dec 1774 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She died in Near Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina and was buried in Daniel's Evangelical Reformed & Lu.

21 viii. Daniel SHUFORD was born on 10 Aug 1778 in Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+22 ix. John Martin SHUFORD Jr., born between 24 Jul 1776 and 1 Aug 1776, Tryon (Lincoln) County, North Carolina; married Elizabeth RHYNE, about 1797; died on 17 Jun 1837, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+23 x. Philip SHUFORD, born on 15 Feb 1781, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina; married Catherine Anna [Abernethy] (Ollie) ABERNATHY, on 9 Feb 1807, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 3 Apr 1859, Catawba County, North Carolina and was buried in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

4. Gertrude [Gartrout] SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born about 1746 in Pennsylvania. She died on 8 Oct 1779 in Burke (Catawba) County, North Carolina. She was buried in Old Shuford family cemetery on John Shuford farm, Catawba County, North Carolina. Gertrude [Gartrout] SHUFORD and Rudolph CONRAD were married between 1770 and 1772. Several children by first wife and last wife, names unknown.

5. Anna Maria [Mary] SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born on 30 Mar 1748 in Whitehall Twp, now Lehigh County, PA. She died before 1788 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

Anna Maria [Mary] SHUFORD and Peter [Ichard\Eigerdt] IKERD Jr. were married about 1770 in North Carolina. Peter [Ichard\Eigerdt] IKERD Jr. (son of Peter [Peder Eigerdt] IKERD Sr. and Susanna (unk. wife of Peter] IKERD) was born about 1750 in Pennsylvania. He was born about 1750 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was born about 1750 in Bucks County, PA. He died about 1825 in Lawrence County, Indiana. He died about 1825 in Lawrence County, IN and was buried in Bedford.

Anna Maria [Mary] SHUFORD and Peter [Ichard\Eigerdt] IKERD Jr. had the following children:

+24 i. Barbara IKERD, born about 1773, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married William OXFORD, on 19 Nov 1790, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+25 ii. Charity IKERD, born about 1777, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Moses BUMGARNER, on 8 May 1798, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+26 iii. John Joseph [Icard] IKERD, born about 1771, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Margaret SMITH, about 1792, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 19 Nov 1855, Lawrence County, Indiana.

27 iv. Barbara IKERD was born about 1773 in Tryon County, North Carolina.

+28 v. Mary M. [Icard] IKERD, born about 1775, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Elias BOST, about 1793, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 31 Dec 1841, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+29 vi. George Abel IKERD Sr., born about 1779; married Mary "Polly" [Boovey] POOVEY, between 1801 and 1805, North Carolina; died on 12 Aug 1849.

+30 vii. Catherine IKERD, born about 1781, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married William BOST Jr., about 1800, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina; died in 1845, Catawba County, North Carolina.

+31 viii. Charity [Ichard] IKERD, born about 1781, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Moses BUMGARNER, on 8 May 1798, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+32 ix. Jacob [Eckert\Ecker\Acor] IKERD, born about 1785, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Catherine "Katy" CRESAMORE, on 5 May 1807, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died before 1850, Washington County, TN.

33 x. John Joseph [Icard] IKERD was born about 1771 in Tryon County, North Carolina. He died on 19 Nov 1855 in Bedford, Lawrence County, IN.

6. Cathreena [Catherine] SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born in 1752 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She died about 1798 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.Cathreena [Catherine] SHUFORD and John [Johannes Bast] BOST were married about 1772 in North Carolina. John [Johannes Bast] BOST (son of Johannes Wilhelm [Bast] BOST and Susanna Catherine (unk. surname) Bast] BOST) was born on 23 Aug 1743 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He died in 1794 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Cathreena [Catherine] SHUFORD and John [Johannes Bast] BOST had the following children:

34 i. David BOST was born after 1772.

35 ii. Elizabeth BOST was born after 1772.

36 iii. Catharina BOST was born after 1772.

37 iv. Jacob BOST was born after 1772.

38 v. John BOST Jr. was born after 1772.

+39 vi. Conrad BOST, born about 1775; married Catherine Elizabeth BOST, between 1795 and 1805; died about 1815, Lincoln or Burke County, North Carolina.

40 vii. George BOST was born in 1779. He died in 1853.

+41 viii. Catharina BOST, born about 1788, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina; married Christian Frederick [Dietz] DEITZ, on 12 Aug 1809, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died Walker County, Georgia.

Cathreena [Catherine] SHUFORD and John CLINE (II) were married about 1785. John CLINE (II) (son of Christopher "Stopher\Stoffer" [Klein] CLINE and Margaret RAMSOUR) was born about 1763 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He died in 1830 in Lincoln or Burke Co., North Carolina.

Ciscero Cline states in his 1915 family history that John and Catherine had a large family of fourteen children, six of which died in infancy or early childhood. John owned a farm of approximately 700 acres on the Lincoln and Hickory Road. John's second wife, Rachel, first husband was Henry Hallman Jr. who died in 1812. Rachel and Henry had three children according to Col. G.M. Yoder's History. Cathreena [Catherine] SHUFORD and John CLINE (II) had the following children:

+42 i. Joseph CLINE, married Nancy FERGUSON.

+43 ii. Anne (Annie) CLINE.

+44 iii. John CLINE Jr., born estimated 1786; married Betsy PEACOCK.

+45 iv. Mary (Polly) CLINE, born on 19 Oct 1796, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina; married Joseph B. WHITENER, on 27 Apr 1824, Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina; died on 11 Dec 1874, Catawba County, North Carolina.

+46 v. Catherine CLINE, born on 13 Jan 1813, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Matthew HUDSON, on 8 Mar 1832; died on 24 Mar 1898, Catawba County, North Carolina and was buried in Sardis Lutheran Church Cemetery south of Hickory, N.

+47 vi. Amon CLINE, born in Aug 1818, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Nancy Jane HARRIS, on 17 Apr 1841, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 24 Sep 1862.

+48 vii. Abel CLINE, born before 1820; married before 1839.

+49 viii. Elkanah CLINE, born Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Joanna GREENE, on 14 May 1836, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died in 1880, Hamilton Co., GA.

7. George SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born about 5 Aug 1754 in North Carolina. He died on 10 Feb 1825 in Henderson (Transylvania) County, North Carolina. He was buried in Orr Cemetery, Little River, Transylvania County, North Carolina.

George SHUFORD and Mary BURRELL were married estimated 1776. Mary BURRELL was born estimated 1756.

9. Daniel SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born in 1759 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He was born in 1759 in North Carolina. He died on 3 Jun 1834 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina.

Daniel SHUFORD and Mary Elizabeth RAMSOUR were married in 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Mary Elizabeth RAMSOUR (daughter of Daniel (David) [Ramsour] RAMSOUR and Mary Margaretha or Maria Magdalena WARLICK) was born in 1760 in Anson County, North Carolina. She died in 1820 in Lincoln County, North Carolina.

10. David SHUFORD Sr. (Johannes [John]-1) was born on 18 May 1761. He died on 28 Aug 1828 in Lincoln (Catawba) County, North Carolina. He was buried in Old Shuford family cemetery on John Shuford farm, Catawba County, North Carolina. David's will, dated 3 Aug 1828 and probated in Oct 1828, lists these children, and spouses of daughters. [WB 1-108].

David SHUFORD Sr. and Elizabeth [Ramsaur] RAMSOUR were married about 1790 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Elizabeth [Ramsaur] RAMSOUR (daughter of Jacob RAMSOUR and Anne (Zimmerman) CARPENTER) was born on 1 Jul 1773 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She died on 25 Feb 1853. David SHUFORD Sr. and Elizabeth [Ramsaur] RAMSOUR had the following children:

+50 i. Clarissa SHUFORD.

51 ii. David SHUFORD Jr. was born after 1790.

+52 iii. Sarah S. (Sallie) SHUFORD, born on 11 Mar 1790, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married John RHYNE, on 2 Feb 1810, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 17 Jul 1867, Gaston County, North Carolina.

+53 iv. Anna SHUFORD, born after 1790.

54 v. Elizabeth SHUFORD was born in 1793. She died on 27 Dec 1848 in Catawba County, North Carolina and was buried in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery. She died on 27 Dec 1848 in Catawba County, North Carolina and was buried in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

+55 vi. John S. SHUFORD, born in 1797, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Mary ABERNATHY, about 15 Nov 1822, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died between 1851 and 1852.

+56 vii. George Phillip SHUFORD, born on 24 Oct 1806; married Mary "Polly" BAKER, between 3 Dec 1831 and 30 Dec 1831, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Anna Elizabeth (Eliza) BAKER, about 23 Oct 1838; died on 17 May 1867.

+57 viii. Maxwell SHUFORD, born on 27 Apr 1816, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married Elmarinda A. HILDEBRAND, in 1871, Catawba County, North Carolina; died on 23 Mar 1888, Catawba County, North Carolina and was buried in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

+58 ix. Sarah "Sallie" SHUFORD, born on 11 Mar 1790, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married John RHYNE, between 2 and 8 Feb 1810, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 17 Jul 1867, Gaston County, North Carolina and was buried in The John Rhyne Family Cemetery.

59 x. Mary SHUFORD was born after 1790.

60 xi. Mary A. E. SHUFORD was born after 1790.

61 xii. Maxwell SHUFORD was born on 27 Apr 1816 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He died on 23 Mar 1888 in Catawba County, North Carolina and was buried in Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

13. Mary Magdalene "Molly" SHUFORD (Johannes [John]-1) was born on 6 Dec 1767 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She died on 18 Dec 1842 in Catawba County, North Carolina.

Mary Magdalene "Molly" SHUFORD and Henry RAMSOUR were married about 1787. Henry RAMSOUR (son of Daniel (David) [Ramsour] RAMSOUR and Mary Margaretha or Maria Magdalena WARLICK) was born on 7 Jan 1770. He died on 30 May 1828 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Mary Magdalene "Molly" SHUFORD and Henry RAMSOUR had the following children:

+62 i. David J. RAMSOUR, born on 6 Oct 1788; married Anna Mary LORETZ, on 15 Sep 1814, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 15 Jun 1864.

+63 ii. Barbara RAMSOUR, born on 14 Sep 1792, Lincoln County, North Carolina; married John COULTER, on 13 Feb 1813, Lincoln County, North Carolina; died on 10 Jan 1848, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

+64 iii. Mary M. RAMSOUR, born on 5 Apr 1796; married John CARPENTER, on 9 Oct 1815; died on 15 Mar 1873.

+65 iv. Solomon RAMSOUR, born on 18 Oct 1798; died on 8 Sep 1845.

+66 v. Elizabeth RAMSOUR, born about 1799; married Andrew H. LORETZ II, on 1 May 1822, Lincoln County, North Carolina.

 


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