McEachern Cemetery, Mill Prong House

Aerial photograph and map of Mill Prong House, 3062 Edinburg Rd., Hoke County, North Carolina; the McEachern cemetery and McPhaul's Mill site.

Historic cemetery dates to 1772

The McEachern cemetery, one mile southeast of the Mill Prong House, contains not only the graves of builder, John Gilchrist and family, Archibald McEachern and his descendants but also the graves of many members of the large Highland Scots community who established here in the upper Cape Fear region the largest settlement of their people in the United States.

The cemetery contains 66 graves and was established with the interment of Gilbert McMillan in 1772.

Several of the gravestones were executed by George Lauder, a prominent 19th century Fayetteville stonemason.

The adjacent African-American cemetery contains among others the gravestone of Washington McEachern, the coachman for the McEachern family.

The State Preservation Officer in the National Register Nomination to the National Register termed the historical significance of the cemetery as strong as the house itself.

It is located on Old Maxton Road, approximately 3/4 mile from the Mill Prong House, and is available for touring and genealogical research every day.


McEachern Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions

Gilbert McMillan

D. May 7, 1772 age 60 years (came from Isle of Cantyre Scotland with Gilchrist Family in 1770)

Flora

consort of Angus CurrieB. in the Island of Cantyre Scotland May 20, 1774 came to Am 1775 D. Sept. 19, 1834 (sister of Randal Currie)

Mrs. Mary Purcell

wife of John Purcell, Sr. Who D. Nov. 20, 1843 age 72 years The deceased sustained a spotless reputation & possessed a sound energetic & discriminating mind. She was for 50 years a communicant member of the Presbyterian Church. (dau of John Gilchrist & Effie McMillan she married 1st Col. Archibald McKay – they had one son Hector McKay who D. in Tenn. 1845)

Christian McMillan

D. 15 day June AD 1811 aged 84 (LUMBER RIVER SCOTS & their descendents (1942) describes Christian McMillan as a woman of great character who during the Rev. War period acted as physician for the folk in a 40 mi area, she rode a grey pony & carried remedies in her saddle bags)

Angus Currie

B in the Island of Collonsay Scotland Sept. 17, 1770 came to Am 1791 D. June 10, 1845 He was long a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Daniel McCallum

B. April 19, 1823 D. Feb. 16, 1885

Calvin

son of Angus & Christian McBryde, D. Dec. 8, 1825 at 17 mos

Archd. Currie, Sr.

D. May 25, 1849 age 71

Infant son

of Archd & Margt. A McEachernB. Oct. 22 and D. Nov. 12, 1849

Christian

wife of Angus McBryde, D. Sept. 22, 1820, age 28 years, Also of her Infant

Margaret

wife of Archie Currie, B. Jan. 12, 1784, D. Aug. 24, 1882

Caroline McCallum

B. Sept. 20, 1822 D. Aug. 4, 1878

Infant

son of Angus & Sarah McBryde D. Aug. 26, 1833

J.A. Currie

, D. Nov. 1, 1873, age 62 y 3 m 4 days

Sellers

Infant son of Archd. & Effie McEachern D. Dec. 28, 1839 age 1 m 6 days

Angus McBryde

B. March 11, 1799 D. March 1, 1875

Archibald

son of DF & Mary McEachern D. June 2, 1886 Age 2 weeks

Julia Ann

dau of Col. A. McEachern, Sr. B. Sept. 27, 1824 D. June 25, 1865

Duncan E. McBryde

B. Oct. 15, 1842 D. Feb 13, 1911

Margaret Ann

wife of Archd. McEachern B. March 10, 1828 D. April 20, 1890

Margaret Jane

dau of Col A. McEachern B. Oct. 21, 1828 D. May 31, 1878

Felicia H.

dau of A & S McBryde B. March 31, 1840 D. Feb. 13, 1878

Archibald T. McEachern

B. Dec. 5, 1818 D. April 26, 1864

Katherine White Watson

B. June 8, 1843 D. June 17, 1885

Barbara Smith

D. June 7, 1790 Age 76 years

Effie Sellers McEachern

B. Dec. 21, 1794 D. June 17, 1865

Louise Euphemia Watson

B. Oct. 26, 1868 D. Oct. 14, 1876

Peter Smith

D. Dec. 15, 1808 Age 54 years

Archibald McEachern, Sr.

March 1788 D. May 23, 1873

Kate Julia Watson

B. Aug. 7, 1866 D. Oct. 7, 1876

Archd. McLean Esq

D. Dec. 7, 1843 In the 43 year of his age
(John Purcell & Mary Gilchrist Purcell are buried underneath marble sarcophagi erected by their son Alexander Torrey Purcell)

Katherine McArn Watson

B. Feb. 1, 1838 D. May 19, 1866

Neill McLean

D. Sept. 4, 1817 Age 19 y 6 m 26 days

John Purcell, Senr

Who died Aug. 7, 1850 Age 77 years

Alexander McLean

B. Aug. 4, 1819 D. Feb. 8, 1892

Margaret McLean

A native of Scotland D. Aug. 1, 1850 95 years She was the wife of John McLean

Wm. D. Stewart

D. Aug 2, 1853 age 2 y 5 m 4 days

Adison McArn

A Conf. Soldier B. 1844 D. 1862

John McLean

A native of Scotland D. Dec. 29, AD 1832 Age 83 years

Catharine A.

wife of Daniel McPhaul B. Jan. 20, 1814 D. Aug. 20, 1882

D.L. McArn

B. 1840 D. 1860

Catharine McLean

D. Sept. 15, 1858 aged 80 years

Daniel McPhaul

B. Jan. 20, 1801 D. July 20, 1865

J.G. McArn

B. 1842 D. 1860

Caroline E. Stewart

B. March 15, 1834 D. June 14, 1915

John McPhaul

D. Aug. 20, 1820 age 50 years

Daniel A. McArn

B. March 20, 1801 D. Sept. 10, 1858

Laura Ann Stewart

D. Aug. 22, 1853 age 9 m
Murdock Curie (Currie)A native of Colonsay Scotland D in 1775 age 60 years

Jane Brown

dau of Danl. A. & Nelly McArn B. June 1, 1836 D. June 25, 1853

Duncan McBryde

D. Dec 11, 1838 age 76

Flora widow of Angus Currie

A native of Isle of Colonsay Scotland D. March 28, 1856 age 86 years

Nelly

wife of Daniel A. McArn B. Feb 3, 1813 D. Dec. 18, 1851
 

Penelope McLean

B. March 31, 1829 D. March 29, 1915 (?)(stone is chipped)

Infant

son of DA & Nelly McArn