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Didemia Cogdell Parker
The 1910 census for Cleveland County, NC, lists 75 year old Didemia as one of 15 "inmates" at the Cleveland County Almshouse. This establishment was known through the years variously as the "Poor House" , the "County Home" and the "Old Folks Home". I was greatly disturbed by the entry. In 1900 she was still in her own home, with daughter Mary and Mary's two daughters. Perhaps she became senile and her children couldn't cope. However she got there, I assume she died while in the home. There are few death certificates in Cleveland County for 1913, a few more for 1914, and in 1915 it looks as though a conscious effort was made to record deaths, per the new laws. Grandma Didemia is not listed on the death index. When did she die? Is she buried in the home's graveyard behind the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, beside Grandpa Hamilton in the family graveyard, or even near family members at Rehobeth Methodist Church?


Margaret "Maggie" Cogdell
Maggie was born in 1847 and was still living with her parents, Thomas & Rebecca Horn Cogdell, when her father died in 1882. She died in 1918 and is buried, all alone under her maiden name, in the Salem Methodist Church Cemetery in Rutherford County, NC. Maggie's death certificate indicates she had a husband named Frank Weaver. When were they married? What happened to Frank? Where is he buried?


Rebecca Horn
On 13 February 1825, in Rutherford County, NC, Rebecca Horn married Thomas Proctor (Cogdell) in a ceremony witnessed by James Horn and Thomas Martin. Rebecca was born about 1807 in South Carolina. Who were her parents? Was James Horn perhaps a brother, or maybe her father? Legend in our family is one of my female ancestors was Cherokee Indian. Evidence points to Rebecca. Was she a Native American?


Sophia Parker
Sophia Parker is buried at Zion Baptist Church, on Zion Church Road, between Highways 18 & 226, near Shelby, in Cleveland County, NC. Her grave is very near that of Marcus Parker and his family. The inscription on the tall, slate marker states she was born in 1823 and died in February 1844 at the age of 21 years. She is buried only a couple of spaces from James Horn of about the same age. Was Sophia the daughter of William & Nancy Parker? Are they buried in the unmarked graves surrounding her?


Mary Proctor
On 20 November 1825, in Rutherford County, NC, Mary married William Mode, Jr. Who were her parents & siblings?

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