Hoke County, NC
Listings and remarks by John Cook, Lincoln, MA.
April 24, 2002
The Graham-Nicholson graveyard is in McCain, directly across the highway from the water tower at the state
prison. I believe the land on the west side of the highway is State land but not prison land...but it's
posted for authorized admittance only.
The graveyard is about a one minute drive on dirt roads from the highway, but you'd be unlikely to find it
without a guide or very explicit directions. The property is in piney woods, and obviously has been cared
for by someone - the underbrush is cleared out; metal posts mark all the graves, some with gravestones
strapped to them.
Today (April 24th, 2002) under beautiful Carolina blue skies Howard and I decided to venture over
into Hoke County in search of the Graham-Nicholson Cemetery. Armed with our handy digital camera, we drove down
Hwy #211 from Southern Pines to McCain towards the Hoke County water tower. Because there are indeed posted
signs at the road described by John Cook, we decided to seek permission to enter the property. In God's perfect
timing we met Maintenance Mechanic David B. Crouch leaving his shop for lunch, and he kindly led us down a dirt
road and through grassy lanes deep into the woods. In the distance we hear loud and frequent gun shots, which David
tells us is military target practice. We are very near the Fort Bragg Military Reservation.
The cemetery is quietly nestled among wild grapevines showing off their vibrant green leaves, and Pine trees that
must be seventy feet tall. A huge native Oak standing guard nearby, perhaps owes its beginning to someone buried in
this peaceful place.
John was right. We would never have located this old cemetery on our own. Although vandals have broken several
markers, photos taken today show each has been carefully repaired.
CAROLINE Wife of John Wall and Daughter of Col. Alex. & Isabella
Nicholson Died Sept. 10, 1842 Aged 18 years. (marker by Lauder in Fayetteville)
FLORA Wife of William McCallum and Daughter of Col. Alex. & Isabella
Nicholson Died June 2, 1843 Aged 23 years The 'crack' in this marker is actually a shadow of the metal band
used to secure it to a stake behind it.
JOHN JAMES Son of Col. Alex. & Isabella Nicholson
Died Jan. 13, 1842 in the 21st year of his age
HAYWOOD Son of Col. Alex. & Isabella Nicholson
Died Aug. 30, 1839 in the 19th year of his age.
COL. ALEX. NICHOLSON Died April 3, 1836 Aged 65 years
He was High Sheriff of Richmond County for the period of 18 years.
JANE Daughter of Col. Alex. & Isabella Nicholson
Died Jul. 4, 1815 in the 14th year of her age.
MARG'T GRAHAM Daughter of Col. Alex. & Isabella Nicholson
Died Jan. 17, 1828 in the 24th year of her age.
JAMES F. b. July 28, 1850; d Oct 23, 1855 Son of
Robert & Mariah (Thomas) Graham (who subsequently moved to Robeson Co and are buried at Ashpole Church)
BENJAMIN C. b. Jul 17, 1852; d Sep 20, 1855
Robert & Mariah Graham
ALEX H. b. Nov 2, 1848; d. Mar 30 1854
Robert & Mariah Graham
MARGARET Wife of Alexander Graham Sr. Born March 12, 1763
Died July 23, 1844
Margaret "Peggy" McFarland, sister of Congressman Duncan McFarland who lived at Laurel
Hill and is prominently mentioned in Joyce Gibson's book "Scotland County Emerging".
J. G. Died Apr. 2, 1835
MARGARET GRAHAM Died Aug (illegible). This marker has
a very coarse grainy surface.
Read Richmond County Estate Record of Alexander Nicholson
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