Cemetery

CemeterySummerWe have two historic cemeteries on the property. The old cemetery surrounded the first church and contains about 210 visible graves. Of this number of graves, only 89 inscribed stones were recorded, when the cemetery was surveyed in 1975. Up to seven veterans of the Revolutionary War are buried in the old cemetery. The congregation discontinued use of the first cemetery after January 1, 1869, in favor of a new site on higher ground. The first grave in the new cemetery was that of Vernon Craig, the infant son of David Craig. In 1954, James M. Johnston moved all of his family graves and tombstones from the private Johnston Family Cemetery to the new cemetery at New Hope Presbyterian Church. The original family cemetery was on land granted by Royal Charter in 1756 to Charles Wilson Johnstone and his wife, Martha Blackwood Johnstone. Charles’ father was George Johnstone, a Scotsman, who came to America (initially Pennsylvania) in 1732 and was married to Mary Wilson, an Irish woman. Both George and Mary are buried in the new cemetery and are the oldest identified graves.

You can find information at: http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/orng/cem052.htm (old) and http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/orng/cem051.htm (new). Genealogical researchers and families of those buried in our cemeteries can purchase an official history book or obtain cemetery information by calling our office at 919-942-4710 or emailing newhopepres@mindspring.com.
For onsite consultation, please call our office at 919-942-4710 to arrange an appointment.

Planning for a Service of Witness to the Resurrection Christians place their hope in eternal life. In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a worship service held to mark a death is called A Service of Witness to the Resurrection. Traditions at the time of death have changed a lot in recent years. We encourage all church members to discuss their desires with their loved ones, and to write down plans in advance. Things to consider when planning a service include: Scripture readings, hymns, pallbearers, and how to receive visitors. The pastor will meet with you to discuss your plans.

Please click on links or contact the church office to get cemetery policies and a funeral / memorial service planning worksheet. This worksheet includes suggested Scripture readings, suggested hymns, and pertinent information.