Cemeteries, no. 16: Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Mary Grove church‘s cemetery lies behind the sanctuary on Wiggins Mill Road near Lucama. Among its earliest marked graves are those of members born in the 1870s, ’80s and ’90s.

  • Renda Green

In the 1900 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farm laborer James Green, 47; wife Lurenda, 33; daughter Rhoda, 13; and stepchildren Cornelia, 10, Larry, 9, Eddie, 4, William, 3, and Addie Dew, 1.

  • Lawyer Whitley

  • Charlie Cannady

In the 1940 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: South Carolina-born farmer Charlie Cannady, 60; wife Mary, 50; daughter Marie Braswell, 23; son-in-law Kennel Braswell, 24; and their children Minnie M., 2, and Charlie T., 1. Mary and Marie were also born in South Carolina.

Charlie Canaday died 21 February 1946 in Cross Roads township. Per his death certificate, he was born 29 February 1894 in South Carolina to Honor Canaday; was married to Mary Canaday; and worked as a farmer. Informant was Kennon Braswell.

  • Rev. Willie Barnes


Photographs taken by Lisa Y. Henderson, September 2017.



  1. This was a joy to see: I am the eldest daughter of seven girls of Robert L. Carter, I shared with his grandson who is named after him and he named his son as well my father always said I was named after his mother

      1. Hi Lisa I am researching my Meeks family. By chance did you come across a Bertha Meeks during your photograph taking? Thank You

      1. Hi ,yes Lisa my great grandmother is buried there. I never got a chance to meet her! Unfortunately, my dad did not know his dads birth family. Although, he was going to school with cousins and didn’t even know it. He may have been around or seen his grandmother and didn’t know who she was. Her name is Bertha Meeks ,she married Otis Forsythe. She was buried there in September 1992. I hope to visit her soon. I was just hoping that there was a picture of her grave site. Thank you

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