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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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