Elbert Peterson Cemetery Coxes Creek, Yancey Co., North Carolina

Elbert Peterson Cemetery of Coxes Creek

Ramseytown, Yancey Co., North Carolina

Documented by Beth Bradford-Pytel

updated on 12/26/15



PHOTOS:  abvoe macro views of Elbert Peterson Cemetery courtesy of Julian Fender, March 2012

The cemetery is named after Elbert Peterson, the son of Civil War Veteran, Alney Peterson and Zaney Edwards.


Directions: Proceed on 19W east towards Burnsville and make a left onto Coxes Creek Road just past Byrd's Chapel.  Proceed for 3/10 of a mile to Doe Run Private Drive and turn right.  Either park where the heavy equipment is and walk up to the cemetery or drive with a 4W vehicle only.  The trail to the cemetery is on the right and walk up the hill for about 210 strides to the crest to the cemetery.


This project was in partnership with Julian Fender, descendant of Elbert Peterson and Barbara Ann Edwards who surveyed the cemetery in March 2012.  I also give thanks to Tony Peterson, another descendant of this Peterson line, who provided the vintage photos and info of people buried here.   Email your comments, photos and info.

PHOTOS:  The turn onto Coxes Creek Road from 19W (courtesy J. Fender);  right macro view of cemetery circa 2000 (courtesy T. Peterson)


1.  PETERSON, Allen Lester

b. October 25, 1888 - d. December 21, 1968

Private First Class - 1 BN 42nd Infantry - Engineers - WWI

[s/o Elbert Peterson and Barbara Edwards #7/8]

NOTE:    DEATH CERT    he died age 80 due to "metastatic cancer to liver; carcinoma of left lung."   He also developed macular degeneration of the eye which forced him to stop reading.  He was married to Lakie Mullins.  He enlisted in the Army at age 29 and served in France during WWI as PFC of the 1st B&D, 42nd Infantry of the 20th Engineers.  He was described in his military record as having blue eyes, brown hair, dark complexion and 5 feet 11.5".  His occupation was lumberman.  Photo of Lester holder a squirrel courtesy of Tony Peterson; his daughter Emma Peterson is buried Edwards Cem #3.   Tombstone photo courtesy Julian Fender.



b.  June 19, 1907 - d. November 12, 1979

[d/o George Mullins and Harriett "Hattie" Tomlinson; w/o Lester  married Dec. 12, 1925

NOTE:  groundstone and photo of Lester, wife Lakie, and their children courtesy of Tony Peterson.


3.  TIPTON, June

b/d 1935

"At Rest"

[d/o Clingman Euphrates "Frate" Tipton and Texa Ann Peterson]

NOTE:  Mother Texa Ann Peterson is the d/o Elbert Peterson and Barbara Ann Edwards.  Tombstone photo courtesy Julian Fender.


4.  PETERSON, [James] Floyd

b.  [August 3, 1904*] 1905 - d. [February 21, 1945]

"Sweetly Resting"

[s/o Elbert Peterson and Barbara Ann Edwards #7/8;

wife Etta Mae Edwards]

NOTE:  Per   NC DEATH CERT #58-1945   notes being born 1904; married; died age 40 yrs, 6 mos. 18 days; cause of death "toxemia due to advanced arthritis for 8 months"; died in Ramseytown, NC  Tombstone photo courtesy Julian Fender.

PHOTO of James Floyd as a child courtesy of Tony Peterson.


    WWII Draft Registration  


5.  PETERSON, Cornelis "Neely"

b.  July 31, 1891 - d. November 25, 1909

[s/o Elbert Peterson and Barbara Ann Edwards #7/8]

NOTE:  Left is the original headstone for Neely Peterson which was falling apart in Sept 2000 and replaced with the new ground stone on right. Old stone no longer exists.  Left photo courtesy of Tony Peterson; right J. Fender.


6.  PETERSON, General Lee

b. May 31, 1898 - d. November 11, 1915

[s/o Elbert Peterson and Barbara Ann Edwards #7/8]

NOTE:   Per the     NC Death Certificate      he died age 17  from chronic diarrhea; he "contracted Rheum/Dropsy" at an early age and bed ridden for several years with bed sores.    Tombstone photo courtesy Julian Fender.


7.  PETERSON, Elbert David

b.  October 17, 1861 - d. March 21, 1906

[s/o Alney Peterson (buried Mt. Olivet Cem) and Zaney Edwards (buried Edwards Cem.); wife Barbara Ann Edwards - married Oct. 14, 1883.

NOTE:  Elbert's father, Alney, served as Pvt, for Co. G  29th NC Regiment Infantry CSA and captured by Union forces December 1864.  He died 5 months later from complications of an amputated leg at the thigh.  Left is the original headstone which was falling apart in Sept 2000 and replaced with the new headstone on the right.   Old stone no longer exists.  Left photo courtesy of Tony Peterson; right Julian Fender.


   LETTERS - Pvt. Alney to Zaney with additional Notes  


   ORIGINAL LETTER - Pvt. Alney Peterson to wife Zaney - May 6, 1862   



b.  June 17, 1864 - d. Jan 27, 1946

"Rest in Peace -  Asleep in Jesus"

[d/o Howell Edwards and Louisa Jane Hensley (buried Hensley Cem #3); w/o Elbert Peterson, married Oct. 14, 1883 in Unicoi Co., TN; children:

1) Margaret R.

2) Allen Lester (#1)

3) Cornelis (#5)

4) William Burgess (#9) md. Mary Sorrells

5) Lula Jane

6) General Lee (#6)

7)  Texa Ann

8)  James F. (#4)

NOTE:  Per the    NC Death Certificate    born in "Erwin, Tennessee"; widow at time of death age 81 yrs, 7 months, 11 days; cause of death "lobar pneumonia for 2 days"; informant of death was Burgess Peterson; parents noted in cert. and buried at Peterson Cem.  The 1900 census notes that Barbara Ann had 6 children, all of whom were alive at that time; Lula J. and General Lee were twins born May 1898.  Photo of Barbara Ann courtesy of Tony Peterson.   Tombstone photo courtesy Julian Fender.


9.  PETERSON, William Burgess

b.  March 21, 1895 - d. November 9, 1949

[s/o Elbert Peterson and Barbara Ann Edwards #7/8; married Mary Sorrells on September 21, 1916, d/o LaFayette Sorrells and Hattie.]

NOTE:  Per the     NC Death Certificate     #29845 died age 54 from "coronary thrombosis".  Photo of William B. Peterson and Mary Sorrells courtesy of Tony Peterson.  Tombstone photo courtesy Julian Fender.


      WW1 DRAFT CARD   


10.  unmarked with fieldstone


PHOTOS:  Two views of the trail off Doe Run Private Drive that lead to the cemetery at the top of the hill;  taken March 1, 2012 by Julian Fender.

Yancey Co. Map - location of cemetery -click to enlarge

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PHOTO:  macro view taken in 2000 - courtesy Tony Peterson

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Updated 12/26/2015