Cemetery of Bradford Hill
Little Creek, Yancey Co., North Carolina
PHOTO: Macro view entering into
the cemetery with
Austin Honeycutt's stone in the center. There are 30+ field stones with suspected graves of Bradfords,
Honeycutts, Hubbards, Wilsons. ---taken May 2012, bbpytel.
The Honeycutt Cemetery is most likely named after John Honeycutt (b.
1787 - d. 1839), s/o Moses Honeycutt and Lucinda Stout. He married Jane
Bradford (d/o John Bradford and Hannah) and both are believed to be interred here.
The cemetery was also referred to as the "Bradford Cemetery" per death records in the 1920's. The remote
cemetery is located at the top of Bradford Hill nestled in the
woods and hard to find (see
map). This cemetery has been inactive for a long
time. It was in very poor condition overtaken by
trees/saplings and in dire need of clean up. On May 12, 2012, Julian
Fender, Terry Ledford, his grandson, Sean Ledford, and June Honeycutt cleared off
and restored the cemetery for preservation. Also, Austin
Honeycutt's tombstone was moved farther up the hill serving as the
centerpiece of the cemetery. On September 5, 2013, a sign for the cemetery
was hung it on the
large white pine which sits in the middle of the graveyard.
There are about 30+ visible unmarked graves with field stones. I
have indicated suspect persons interred here to include my 3G
grandparents, John Bradford and Hannah (Choate?), and John Honeycutt and
his wife, Jane Bradford (d/o John Bradford and Hannah). To
commemorate their burials, I fabricated wooden crossed and placed next
to Austin Honeycutt's stone as there is no way to determine the actual
Directions: Proceed on 19W east towards Burnsville to
the stop sign at Bee Log Junction. Make a right turn and cross
Guys General Store/Gas Station
is on the left. Continue on Little Creek Road which bends sharply
to the left. Proceed for about a mile and make a left onto
Bradford Road [there is an Old Barn on the corner]. Proceed up the hill
for about 3/10 of a mile and then make a right turn onto
Jade Road (private road). Continue on the gravel road until you reach the gate.
If the gate is shut, park here and take the next logging road on the left.
It is a steep incline so if you do not have a 4 wheel drive, you must
walk. At the summit of the logging road is a clearing which brings you
to Joe Bradford cemetery on the right (enclosed with a chain link fence).
On the left is a
which cuts through the woods for about 500 feet and you will see the Austin Honeycutt tombstone.
It is hard to find.
MAP by J. Fender
NOTE: This project was in
partnership with Julian Fender and collaborations with local residents
Terry Ledford and June Honeycutt. Feel free to
email me your comments, photos
29th NC Infantry - CSA
1835 - d. August 15, 1862
Honeycutt and Jane Bradford; married Elizabeth Betsy Wilson in 1850 (d/o
Thomas Wilson and Martha Ann Hensley); children: Mary Jane,
Thomas John, Emily Cora]
NOTE: Austin was enlisted by M.
July 26, 1861 at the age of 27 serving as Pvt. for Unit #139, Co. G, 29th
NC Infantry Regiment headed up by Captain E. H. Hampton. Austin
was discharged on 15 August 1862, at which time he died from "Dropsy"
at his home while on furlough. The military
documents described him as 5'-9", fair complexion and occupation as
farmer. His widow, Elizabeth Wilson, re-married my 2G grandfather, William "Billy"
Bradford and they are suspected to be buried at
Sam Bradford Cem. CSA tombstone was placed by
Terry Ledford and Paul Kardulis.
ESTATE OF AUSTIN N. HONEYCUTT
2. HONEYCUTT, John
[suspected - commemorative cross]
b. 1787 - d. abt.
[s/o Moses J. Honeycutt
and Margaret Lucinda Stout; he married Jane Bradford about 1828 in Burke
Cross fabricated and installed by BBradford-Pytel on 9-5-2013. It is unknown how or
why John was "killed on Bald
Creek" which is a tributary near his property and close to this cemetery.
During the 1860 Census, this area of Little Creek was known as "Bald Creek Twp." Per the land records of Yancey Co.,
"5-428: 24 March 1858, James R. Love for himself and
James R. Love, J. B. Love, D. Love, W. Welch as execs. of Robert Love
decd, late of Haywood Co. NC, to John Duncan, $1, a deed to John
Bradford Jr. represented as destroyed, this deed to convey title to John
Duncan Sr. to 100 acres on Big Bald Mountain Creek adj. where John Honeycut was killed, adj. Big Drift; witness William Bradford, J.R.
Love Jr. /s/ J.R. Love, J.R. Love exec. R. Love decd, Dillard Love. (FHL
4-583: 27 Sept. 1862, John
Duncan Sr. of Yancey Co. NC to Alford Brackins of same, $19, 6 acres on
the waters of Bald Mountain creek adj. old Bradford line, the Polly
Cooper Branch, where Honeycutt [John Honeycutt] was "kild" on the [Big
Bald Mnt] creek; witnesses. L. S. Phillips, Samuel (X) Estep. " (FHL film
ESTATE OF JOHN HONEYCUTT
3. HONEYCUTT, Jane
BRADFORD [suspected - unmarked]
b. 1810 - bef.
[d/o John Bradford and
Hannah (Choate?); w/o John #2; children:
1. Naoma "Omy md. Rev. Wilburn Howell Briggs
2. Noah W. md. Leah R. Lewis
3. John Jr. md.
4. Austin Nathaniel #1 md. Elizabeth Betsy
NOTE: During the 1840 Yancey Co.
Census, Jane was head of household with her 3 sons and daughter and
living next door to Pitman Williams and family; during the
1850 Census, she and her son Austin moved in with her single
brother, William"Billy" Bradford. I could not find her in
any 1860 census; thus her death date is unknown.
4. BRADFORD, John, Jr. [suspected - commemorative cross]
b. 1777 - d. before 1855
[s/o John Bradford Sr. and unknown; married Hannah abt. 1798]
Cross fabricated and installed by BBradford-Pytel on 9-5-2013.
On July 25, 1835, John Bradford
acquired 100 acres in Coxex Cove on the Tumbling Fork of Indian Creek in
Yancey Co. This area was just south of present day
Horton's Creek (see
to the Yancey Co., NC Probate Records, 1834-1860, pages 330 and 331,
widower John Bradford's estate was transferred over to his youngest son,
William "Billy" Bradford (my great grandfather). Based on the probate
records of the estate, John and Hannah were deceased before 1855.
During the 1850 Yancey Co. Census, John was age 73, born in NC and wife
Hannah was 60 and Cecelia Phillips, age 14 was living with them.
ESTATE OF JOHN BRADFORD
100 ACRES / PLAT LOCATION
ORIGINAL LAND ENTRY #253
5. BRADFORD, Hannah
[suspected - unmarked]
b. 1780 - d. abt.
w/o John #4; children:
1. Mary b. abt. 1799 md. William Wilson
suspected buried Wilson/Byrd Cem.
2. Elizabeth md.
Edmond Edwards, Sr.
3. Jane #3 md. John Honeycutt
4. Samuel md.
(Samuel was killed in the Civil War- Jonesborough Feb.
5. Susannah "Anna" md.
William "Billy" Wilson
JC Wilson Cem
6. William E. "Billy"
S. Bradford Cem (1st companion, Mary Cooper;
2nd md. Elizabeth "Betsy Wilson buried
S Bradford Cem. after Austin Honeycutt died).
NOTE: Hannah's parents are unknown; surname
not confirmed but suspected she may be the daughter of Austin Choate and
Naomi Pyburn. Photo of Beth Bradford-Pytel 4-G grandaughter of
John Bradford and Hannah leaning on Austin Honeycutt's stone. The
cross to left is John Bradford and Hannah's and cross on the right is
John Honeycutt and Jane Bradford which I fabricated and installed on
September 5, 2013 to commemorate their burials in this cemetery.
Exact burial location is unknown.
HUBBARD, Mary Ann
b. January 1865 - d. after
[d/o Joseph Honeycutt and
Hannah "Franky" Edwards; w/o Thomas "Tommy" Hubbard;
1) Callie md. Gilmore
buried Cooper Cem. md.
5) Charles S.
Cooper-Ledford Cem. md
Dora Clyde Cooper
6) Dock md. Tinnie Watts
buried Watt Cem
NOTE: Photo of Thomas Hubbard,
Mary Honeycutt and family taken about 1904 courtesy of June Honeycutt. 1920 Yancey Co. Census,
Tommy Hubbard M age 60; spouse Mary Hubbard (F) age 45; children Lily
(F) age 16; Dallas (M) age 26; Bax (M) age 21; Charles (M) age 15;
Dock (M) age 12. Mary was noted in the 1940 Census living with
b. October 2, 1860 - d.
November 1, 1956
[s/o William Hubbard and
md. 1st Jane Ray (d/o
Bailus Ray and Lucinda) on Nov. 9, 1883 age 21
md. 2nd Mary Ann Honeycutt
NOTE: Photo circa 1956 (courtesy
of June Honeycutt/Maphra Hensley) daughters Lillie and Callie are
mourning the death of their widowed father, Thomas Hubbard buried at the
Honeycutt Cem. Terry Ledford's mother attended this funeral and
she confirmed his burial was located here. Thomas'
indicates he was a widow, died age 96, the son of
William Hubbard and Amy Edwards, lived in Burnsville, NC Rt 4 and buried
at "Bradford Cem". It appears this cemetery was also
referred as the Bradford Cem.
b. June 6, 1896 - d. March
[s/o Thomas Hubbard and
DEATH RECORD #619
notes he died
of the "flu" and buried in "Gaston" According to Terry Ledford,
his mother attests that Mary and her two small children who died from
the Spanish Flu are buried here in unmarked graves.
Deaths, Ramseytown, Book 1-12, 1913 -1925, pg. 127
states he was born June
b. August 8, 1898 - d.
[s/o Thomas Hubbard and
DEATH RECORD #8964
notes he died
of the "flu" and buried in "Gaston";
Yancey Co. Deaths, Ramseytown, Book
1-12, 1913 -1925, pg. 126
about 25+ more unmarked graves with fieldstones
Macro view of
cemetery as one walks through the forest to the entrance. At one
time there was a barbed wire fence which enclosed the cemetery.
Photo taken on September 5, 2013 after the installation of the sign and
commemorative crosses for John Honeycutt and wife and John Bradford and
Black and White photos taken in
March 2012 by Julian Fender who surveyed the overgrown cemetery with a
local resident Freemont. Based on the age of the trees and vegetation, the
cemetery had not been cleared off for at least 15-18 years. The left
shows all the field stones scattered in the woods; right is Austin
Honeycutt's stone with a near miss from a collapsed tree.