Drake Cemetery, Riegelwood
Columbus County, NC

Transcribed by David B High April 1999 from the private publication "They're Buried in Our Past Columbus County NC 1808 - 1984 (Vol 3)" dated September 1988. This cemetery is #134 in the survey. Permission granted by the authors Anita Barfield and Kay Duncan. Dates are shown in a uniform format. Additional information provided by Tom Reece.
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Carrie Drake
Wife of Evans Drake
Died 3/1/1914
Age about 80 yrs

Bettie Smith
Died 2/28/1928
Age 62 years
Honored, Beloved, and Wept
Here Mother Lies

W H Hayes
2/1/1861 - 2/15/1924

Frank Graham
9/20/1849 - 2/24/1918


1 - This cemetery is almost totally destroyed; there are at least 12 - 18 unmarked graves.

2 - Evander and Caroline (Carrie) were slaves of John Drake of Robeson County, NC. They were willed to his daughter, Clarky Sophia Purcell, in 1863. (Robeson County Register Volume 1, No 2, Page 6, May 1986)

3 - Also buried here, but without a marker, is Evans Drake 3/15/1839 - 3/18/1920, son of Robert & Jennie Drake, Ransom Township, Columbus County; informant J W Phillips Freeman NC.