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September 12, 2009

Linville United Methodist Church Cemetery

Beginning in the 1770s, Burke County, North Carolina became the home of the Wakefield family. Several Wakefield families resided in the area known as Linville Valley near what is now Lake James State Park. The Linville United Methodist Church Cemetery is the final resting place of many of our ancestors. Included in this cemetery are members from the Wakefield, Alexander, Conely, McGimpsey, and Parks families.

John Wakefield, born August 23, 1794 and died September 17, 1875, is the most notable and oldest confirmed Wakefield buried here. John was the son of Alexander Wakefield and Allie Johnson Moore. John never married after being jilted by the girl he followed to Indiana. Family lore states that John was in love with this girl and when her family moved to Indiana he followed them. In Indiana, he asked for her hand in marriage but was turned down. A dejected John walked back to Burke County in just 11 days. He went on to live out his life in the home of his half brother, Alphonzo J. McGimsey, having never married.