Jackson County, North Carolina
Ulrich and Sarah Duckett Keener's graves are at Campground Cemetery. They have a large double tombstone and when I walked around to the back of it I found an inscription about our Grandfather Ulrich. This tombstone was evidently erected by the Methodist Church in honor of his work. The inscription is as follows:
Methodist Episcopal Circuit-Rider. First resident missionary of EchotaRev. Ulrich Keener
In regards to the cabin, the plaque on the cabin itself reads:
Keener Craft Shop
Rev. Horace Ulrich Keener
1st resident missionary to Cherokee Indians.
Appointed by Holston Conference, lived in this log cabin known as the
original parsonage built in 1847.
This log cabin was purchased in 1959 from
the Soco Community Club by Dr. Walter Miller then Chairman of
Board of Missions of W.N.C.C.
This log cabin stands today as a tribute and memorial to
Rev. Ulrich Keener.
The sign out on the road in front of the cabin from the North Carolina
State Division of Archives andHistory reads:
Methodist. Maintained by Holston Conference for Cherokee c.Echota Mission
(My thanks to Teri Webb, my 2nd Cousins through
Ulrich Worley Keener, son of John Soul(e) Keener,
son of Rev. Ulrich Keener, for the above information.)
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