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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Rebecca Clark Baldridge Boggs

My readers never cease to amaze me. Yesterday, I received an mail from a new Baldridge cousin who lives in California. This cousin had found posts on Mississippi Memories about John Baldridge and Rebecca Clark Baldridge, my fifth great-grandparents, who were married in Colerain, Londonderry, Ireland and immigrated to Pennsylvania shortly thereafter. I am descended through John T. Baldridge, one of their grandsons, a veteran of the War of 1812 who lived and died in Carroll County, Mississippi. A photo of John Baldridge's grave stone in Enon Methodist Church Cemetery in Carroll County can be seen here.

In his email, my new cousin told me where Rebecca Clark Baldridge is buried. I already knew that John Baldridge was buried in Little Britain Township near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, near where he had died. And I also knew that after John's death, Rebecca, who still had minor children, moved with an older son and his family to Orange County, North Carolina. Although much of my research told me that Rebecca had re-married in North Carolina and had later died there, I had been unsuccessful in finding her married name or her burial location. Thanks to this email from another Baldridge descendant, I now have both Rebecca's name after she remarried and the name of the cemetery where she is buried.

My contact wrote in his email to me that Rebecca is buried in the cemetery at Knob Creek United Methodist Church in North Carolina. With that information in hand, I soon located photos on of the grave stone (see below) that marks the final resting place of Rebecca Clark Baldridge Boggs. According to her marker, Rebecca was born in 1723 and died in 1823, having lived almost a century. By most accounts, Rebecca was perhaps the mother of 21 children.

Photo by Sharon

Grave stone of Rebecca Clark Baldridge Boggs
Knob Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery
Cleveland County, North Carolina

Photo by Sharon

A more recent grave stone placed at the foot of Rebecca's original marker shows her date of birth and date of death.


  1. Would you like me to find his grave and photograph it for you? Is he John Baldridge, 1715-1766? When the weather isn't so bone chilling, I'd be glad to do this for you. Also, I do volunteer at the Lancaster County Historical Society, so if you need any information that they may have, let me know and I'll see what I can find.

  2. Yes, he is John Baldridge 1715-1766. There is an entry for his gravesite at There's not a picture of his headstone though. Only one of the cemetery plaque. The entry is at:

    This is a great blog. I'm actually trying to locate the headstone of Aaron Boggs, Rebecca's second husband. I have yet to determine with certainty who his father was(rumored to be William Boggs who supposedly died FEB 1745 in Lancaster) and I'm hoping to connect his line to a Scotland line. I have found a clue that his first son with Rebecca may have actually been born in Lancaster, PA and not in North Carolina as many researchers list. I also discovered that Aaron may have settled in Upperstrasburg for a while via images of a book called "American Revolutionary Soldiers of Franklin County, Pennsylvania", on page 21. It is imaged on He supposedly served in the Revolutionary War as a sergeant from 1780 to 1782. Perhaps this is why there is a lapse of children during that time. What confuses me is that it is reported that his date of birth is abt 1718 in Scotland. That would make him 62 when he enlisted. And what was he doing during the first part of his life before he married Rebecca? I'm starting to look at the Baldridge children to see if I can find clues since some of them were small when their father died and would have known Aaron more as a father. Surely they would have known what had become of him. The search goes on...

  3. I love your blog. I also descend from Rebecca Clark and John Baldridge, through their daughter Margaret, widow of Moses Henry, that next married Jonathan Gullick in North Carolina. Jonathan and Margaret's son, James Clark Gullick married his first cousin, Jane Angeline Baldridge. Jane was the daughter of Margaret's younger brother, Alexander Baldridge and Sarah McMurray. Keep up the good work!!


  4. Hello!! I am excited to see this (as well as the rest of your blog). I, too, am descended from John Baldridge and Rebecca Clark (through their son, John Jr.).