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McGhee Family Graveyard, Oxford NC

Location - Off W. Antioch Dr, Oxford NC.

Coordinates: 36d 17m 36.5s N; 78d 33m 41.8s W Click here for Google maps

Directions: From downtown Oxford, take Linden Ave south crossing Interstate 85. Turn left (east) onto W.Antioch Dr. Travel W.Antioch Dr about 0.9 mile. There is a dirt path closed with a locked gate on the north side going through the woods to the cemetery. The cemetery is about 450 feet up the dirt path off Antioch Dr.

David Brown McGhee bought his first farm in 1885 in another part of Granville County (deed book #38, pp. 82-84) but apparently he had lost control of it sometime before 1900. This former slave bought the land upon which the cemetery is located in the early 1900s and when he died in 1914, he willed this farm to his widow Rose Norman McGhee for her lifetime. When she died in 1943, their son Benjamin (one of 14 children) bought the farm from the other heirs and continued to farm there. All of the heirs agreed to survey and exempt from the sale of the farm proper, and any future sale, the land (approximately one acre) for the graveyard and the right of way to its entry. Their signed and legal agreement (Trust Deed) is to make available for any and all descendants of David Brown McGhee access, without charge, to a final resting place if they so desired. This agreement continues to this day, with the descendants of all who are buried there contributing to the upkeep of the graveyard. There are several unmarked graves with the known occupants of some being the unmarked graves of Rose Norman McGhee's brother Charles and a nephew, Lurie Norman, son of her brother, Sandy.

This information was provided in September 2012 by Dr. Barnetta McGhee White, granddaughter of David Brown McGhee. More in depth information about this family can be found in the book, In Search of Kith and Kin: The History of a Southern Black Family, written by Dr. White.

1. Amis, Rosetta Cannady Mason (b. 14 Dec 1912 - d. 24 Apr 1998)
2. Bethea, Bessie McGhee (b. Dec 1885 - d. 1958)
3. Bullock, Joy Johnson (b. 6 Jul 1892 - d. 4 Jan 1922)
4. Cannady, David Ellis (b. 24 Dec 1917 - d. 29 Aug 1980)
5. Cannady, Iverson A. (b. 1902 - d. 1947)
6. Cannady, Martha McGhee (b. 9 May 1873 - d. 7 Dec 1956)
"Mat" was the 2nd oldest child of David McGhee and Rose Norman McGhee
7. Cannady, Thornton E. (b. 1867 - d. 25 Jul 1925)
Husband of Martha McGhee Cannady
8. Cousins, Rosalie McGhee (b. 29 Jun 1893 - d. 23 Jan 1991)
9. Eaton, Nell Burwell (b. 16 Aug 1915 - d. 25 Apr 1991)
10. Goode, Mary Della Cannady (b. 1905 - d. 16 Mar 2008)
11. Hubbard, Bernice Pennington (b. 29 Jun 1912 - d. 3 Aug 1997)
12. Unmarked grave
13. Johnson, Charlie E. (b. 19 Jan 1913 - d. 29 Jan 1936)
14. Johnson, Harvey (Rev.) (b. 21 Apr.1862 - d. 18 Jul 1926)
Husband of Lucinda McGhee Johnson
15. Johnson, Lucinda McGhee (b. 30 Nov 1871 - d. 19 Feb 1933)
The oldest of the 14 children of David B. McGhee and Rose Norman McGhee
16. Johnson, Sam (b. 20 Apr 1900 - d. 22 Dec 1966)
17. Kinlow, London (b. 1999 - d. 20 Aug 1999)
18. Mangum, Alfred J. (b. 27 Feb 1881 - d. 11 Jul 1959)
Husband of Blanche McGhee Mangum
19. Mangum, Blanche McGhee (b. 28 Sep 1890 - d. 29 Aug 1965)
20. Mangum, Marie Cannady (b. 1904 - d. 1970)
21. Mangum, Wilbur (b. Dec. 1906 - d. Feb. 1944)
22. Mason, Steven (b. 19 Aug 1912 - d. 17 Jun 1963)
23. McGhee, Benjamin F., Jr. (b. 2 Jan 1935 - d. 16 Feb 1992)
24. McGhee, Benjamin F., Sr. (b. 17 Sep 1887 - d. 9 Nov 1960)
25. McGhee, Charles A. (b. 21 Nov 1878 - d. 2 Mar 1944)
26. McGhee, David Brown (b. 27 Mar 1848 - d. 1914)
The cemetery is located on the farm that David bought in the early 1900s. David"s parents were Robert McGehee and Caroline Littlejohn.
27. McGhee, David Griffin (b. 21 Aug 1928 - d. 5 May 1995)
28. McGhee, Hugh A. D., Jr. (Rev) (b. 25 Jun 1928 - d. 7 Feb 1996)
29. McGhee, Hugh A. D., Sr. (b. 1 Oct 1891 - d. 29 Jan 1954)
30. McGhee, Ida (b. 20 Sep 1882 - d. 16 May 1926)
31. McGhee, Rose Norman (b. 22 Nov 1852 - d. 2 Sep 1943)
Wife of David Brown McGhee
Morton, Carrie McGhee Burwell (b. 18 Apr 1884 - d. 21 Mar 1931)
32. Norman, Charles H. (b. 1858 - d. 1924)
33. Unmarked Grave. Brother of Rose Norman McGhee Died in PA, body sent to be buried in family graveyard.
33. Norman, Lucinda (b. 29 Jul 1827 - d. 1914)
Mother of Rose Norman McGhee
34. Norman, Lurie (b. 1882 - d. 10 Feb 1943)
Unmarked Grave. Nephew of Rose. Son of Rose' brother Sandy Norman.
35. Pennington, Armeta McGhee (b. 21 Jul 1880 - d. 1959)
Unmarked grave
36. Pennington, James W. (Rev) (b. 1884 - d. )
Unmarked grave. Husband of Meta McGhee Pennington.
37. Ransom, Bessie Cannady (b. 12 Aug 1901 - d. 15 Mar 1973)
Unmarked grave.
38. Ransom, Eugene T.. (b. 13 Jan 1884 - d. 28 Aug 1953)
39. Robinson, Burmah Mangum (b. 31 Dec 1910 - d. 26 Oct 1959)
Broken vault- married Harry Robinson
40. Short, Lelia Cannady (b. 2 Sep 1895 - d. 16 May 1973)


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