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Amos Cemetery

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Realty Map:
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UTM Northing:

Roanoke County
114.00-2-21.1
Garden City
D-11
591500
4112700

Temporal Period:
Cultural Affiliation:
Landform:
Elevation:
Aspect:

4th quarter 19th c.,20th c.
Euro-American
Ridge top
1400 feet
Flat


Site Dimensions: 130 by 240 by 75 by 140 by 100 feet

Survey Description: Site consists of a large community cemetery with at least 251 graves. Identified graves include: 47 with inscribed granite or marble markers; 128 with uninscribed fieldstone markers; at least 51 unmarked graves; 10 with uninscribed fieldstone markers; six with illegible metal markers; two with legible metal markers; two with metal markers & uninscribed fieldstone markers; two with inscribed cement markers; two illegible cement markers, and one uninscribed granite marker. A partially deteriorated wire mesh fence encloses site. Plantings include periwinkle, yucca, cedar, and roses. Orientation of graves ranges from 90 through 110 degrees. Some of the grave markers are set with inscriptions facing west where the entrance gate is located. Site was field inspected, photographed, and headstone inscriptions were transcribed and compared to previous site documentation. Site size was estimated by pacing the horizontal extent of the surrounding fence lines.

Survey Date: 2/98
Field Notes: _x_Yes ___No
Photographs: _x_Yes ___No

Reference(s): Roanoke Valley Historical Society
1986 Roanoke County Graveyards Through 1920. Privately printed, RVHS, Roanoke.

Additional Comments: Assigned temporal period was based on death dates inscribed on observed headstones. These dates range from 1889 through 1962. However, the presence of numerous unmarked graves and graves marked with uninscribed fieldstone markers may reflect an earlier or later use of the site. Some informants indicated affiliation is entirely Euro-American, but other indicated Euro- and African-American. Site is not marked on the USGS Garden City map sheet, but it is marked on local realty maps. This cemetery was surveyed by the RVHS and documented in their report as the “Amos I Cemetery” (1986: 2-3). The report provided biographical information transcribed from 14 grave markers which predated 1921.

Marker Inscriptions:


Amos
John W.
1880-1947
Julie A.
1885-1937

Betty Jane
Daughter of
Hatcher & Bessie
McGuire
Born Oct. 25, 1930
Died Aug. 7, 1930
Gone, but not forgotten

Eva Christine
Daughter of
Hatcher & Bessie
McGuire
Born July 1, 1927
Died July 1, 1927
At rest.


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Amos Cemetery (continued)


Virginia Lucille
Daughter of
Hatcher & Bessie
McGuire
Nov. 22, 1925
Jan. 28, 1926
Our darling one
hath gone before,
To greet us on
the blissful shore.



SAUL
footstone:
Father
James H. Saul
Aug. 21, 1852
Oct. 21, 1935
???? ????
1880 - 1943
(metal marker)





W.M. Fisher
Died
Nov. 17, 1921
Aged 69 yrs.
Dearest father, thou
hast left us, And thy
loss we deeply feel;
‘Tis the Lord that
has bereft us of one
We loved so well.



William Murray
1856 - 1944
(uninscribed fieldstone
& metal marker)



Ellen Mitchell
1896 - 1898
Donna Mitchell
1892 - 1894
(two graves enclosed by wood
post & wire mesh fence, 7 by 7
feet & 1 foot high)

Rufus Edward
Son of
John & Julia
Amos
Feb. 2, 1920
July 06, 1925
Sleep on, Rufus,
and take thy rest,
God calls away
when He thinks best.





James Lee Ferris
18?6 19??
(defaced metal marker)









James T. Simmons
1867 - 1940


Jan. 9, 1879
Elmer Dent
Jan. 29, 1937






Emily M. Goad
May 18, 1902
Oct. 14, 1950
Her end was peace



Lloyd
Amos
Joseph
D.
(two inscribed cement bricks
enclosed by deteriorated fence
8 by 13 feet)

Lucy Russ
Jan. 22, 1845
Dec. 11, 1927
A precious one
from us has gone,
A voice we loved
is still."








M.S.M. Fisher
Died Nov. 19, 1925
Aged 75 yrs.
Dearest mother, thou
hast left us, And thy
loss we deeply feel;
‘Tis the Lord that
has bereft us of one
We loved so well.



Maggie S. Calvert
1885 - 1945


???? Graham Murray
???? - 1962
(uninscribed fieldstone &
defaced metal marker)





Yates
Samuel D. Lelia J.
Jan. 15, 1870 Sept. 5, 1875
July 16, 1926 June 28, 1957



Roy Norris
Son of
G.H. & Lillie
Dangerfield
Feb. 21, 1921
Apr. 26, 1922
Every joy to us is dead,
Since Norris is not here.





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Amos Cemetery (continued)


Doss
Samuel Henry-----Sarah Hartman
1851------------------1848
Aug. 2, 1926--- Feb. 10, 1929
Lousie D.------ Annie D.
Amos--------- Ferguson
May 1870----- 1878
June 1904------ Feb. 8, 1940
Maude D.
Harsley
Feb. 29, 1894
1911
(large, inscribed marker near
uninscribed fieldstone markers)






Infant of
C.M. & Josie
Boon


Vo+AN-F
B. AP. 29 1858
(fieldstone, remainder
illegible)




William
Henry Ferris
was born
(fieldstone, remainder
illegible)


Lerner B.
Dau. Of
J.H. & P.C. Doss
Born
Mar. 10, 1893
Died
Dec. 26, 1895
Beautiful, lovely, she was but given one Asleep in Jesus
fair bud to earth to blossom in heaven.





Lynn
son of
John & Julia
Amos
Apr. 29, 1911
May 04, 1911
Sleep on Lynn
and take thy rest,
God calls away
when He thinks best..

Winney M. Ferris
June 08, 1957
Dec. 22, 1945
-------------------
Michael A. Ferris
Apr. 29, 1854
Oct. 30, 1895
-------------------
George L. Ferris
Sept. 23, 1879
Aug. 15, 1955
(above inscriptions
on one large
marker)






Infant of
C.M. & Josie
Boon


M.A.G.
Born 18??
Died Apr. 1
189?




J.W.M.
D June 30 1889
A ????
(fieldstone)



Edward Lee
Son of
J.H. & P.C. Doss
Born
Dec. 13, 1894
Died
Feb. 3, 1895







Jackson A.
Amos
Born
Apr. 25, 1861
Died
Aug. 3, 1903
Beloved one farewell


Clarence B.
son of
C.M. & Josie
Boone
Jan. 15, 1914
Apr. 7, 1926
Gone to be an angel


F.B
(inscribed fieldstone)

P.??
(inscribed fieldstone)






John ??R?
(mostly illegible
fieldstone)


?.F.
B ??
???
(illegible fieldstone)




??????
B Aug 8 18??
D Jun ? ????
(partially illegible fieldstone)



Henry H.
Son of
J.H. & P.C. Doss
Dec. 1895 - Jan 7, 1896
Sleep on sweet babe and take
thy rest / God calls away
when He thinks best.







Carl Price
Son of
C.M. & Josie
Boon
July 27, 1910
Died
July 04, 1912


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Amos Cemetery (continued)


Rosa Lia Argabright
Born
Aug. 30, 1906
Died
July 27, 1907
Sleep on sweet babe and take thy rest
God calls away when He thinks best.

Richard A. Richardson
Born
Oct. 11, 1879
Died
Feb. 4 1916
Gone but not forgotten



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