Battle Park Cemetery – Announcing Great News – Looking for People With Memories

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Battle Park Cemetery, Nash County, NC
1308 Falls Road
Rocky Mount, NC

The story of the Battle family is a long and interesting tale. I spent time the other day exploring the Battle Park Cemetery once owned by The Rocky Mount Mills. At their deaths, many employees of the Mills, and their families, are buried in this place. Standing beneath the large shade trees, I looked across this silent space and thought of the stories of those buried that have been waiting to be told. Now this is going to be possible.

You are aware that after a long slumber, the Rocky Mount Mills is awakening again. The memories that have been floating in the dust mots throughout the Mill buildings and Village homes are about to be captured.  These stories are going to be preserved.
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Who are the families buried in Battle Park Cemetery? You might want to read Linda Moore’s informative article listing the names of those buried there. She says, “Time has taken its toll on the cemetery. Through the years many of the headstones or grave markers have deteriorated; some are difficult to read.” Thankfully, Ms. Moore prepared a survey of this cemetery in September 1997 when she located a cemetery survey in a Nash County tombstone transcription book in the research room of Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount, NC.

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 If you are a family member with a memory, you will be glad to know that the Mills have made arrangements with the Community Histories Workshop at UNC to begin Oral Histories with the Mills Families. PLEASE!!! scroll down and leave your contact information at the bottom of this post or go directly to the oral history site to sign up so you can contribute to these oral histories. Visit: http://communityhistories.org/rmm/oralhistory/ OR contact Elijah Gaddis at elijah@unc.edu

Keep checking the Community Histories website. I will keep you posted too. There is a Mills Reunion scheduled in October and there will be other dates of importance in this process of gathering stories. This is a big deal, folks. We thank all the people at the Rocky Mount Mills for this exciting new relationship with the Community Histories Workshop at UNC.

SURNAMES buried in Battle Park Cemetery:  ADKINS; ALLEN; ANDREWS; BAINES; BASS; BATCHELOR; BIGGS; BISHOP; BOSWELL; BRADSHAW; BROWN; CAIN; CARTER; CANNON; CASEY; CHERRY; COLEY; CONWAY; COOPER; COUNCIL; CREECH; CRUSENBERRY; DAVIS; ELLISON; EZZELL; FRANKS; GILBERT; HARRIS; HARVEY; HOWELL; HUDSON; HUX; JOHNSON; JOYNER; KING; KNIGHT; KOONCE; LEWIS; LINDSEY; MAJORS; MANN; MATHIS; MATTHEWS; MOORE; MORRIS; MUNN; NASSER; NEAL; NELMS; NELSON; NEWMAN; NEWTON; ODOM; OLIVER; OSTERBURY; OUTLAW; PAGE; PEARCE; PEELE; PHELPS; PIERCE; PINER; POWELL; PREGEN; PRICE; RAMSEY; RILEY; RIVERBARK; ROBARDS; ROGERS; SANDEFORD; SANDLIN; SHERIDAN; SKINNER; SMITH; STEVEY; STEWART; STONE; STRICKLAND; TAYLOR; WARD; WILLIAMS; WOMBLE; WOODCOCK

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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6 Responses to Battle Park Cemetery – Announcing Great News – Looking for People With Memories

  1. John says:

    The Riley infant was the daughter of my great grandparents. We have several members of that family buried there

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  2. Huber Earle Balkcum says:

    I have a great-grandfather and a great-grandmother buried there. I know where they are buried, but there are no markers. How do I go about getting their names added to the books?

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    • If you call the Pineview Cemetery Office and speak to Linda Moore, she is the lady who put together the Battle Park Cemetery information. I feel sure she can help you. Thank you for reading the blog and leaving this message. There is a group being formed to work on the cemetery, which you might be interested in. Let me know. Hope you can get help with your great-grandparents.

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  3. Phil Batchelor says:

    The first picture of the lamb lying on top of the stone is my uncle. He died soon after he was born. He is resting beside my other two uncles. They died right after they were born as well.

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  4. Phil Batchelor says:

    I have several relatives buried there. Curtis Hux and Maranza Ezzell are two of them. Curt fought in the CW war and lived on Falls road directly across the street from the Koi Pond. I used to have band practice in that Koi Pond house when I was around 14.

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