By Jeannette Holland Austin
To clean a tombstone made of soft natural stone you will need plenty of water, buckets, natural bristle brushes and toothbrushes and non-ionic soaps or detergents. Please do not use wire bristle brushes or metal, acid, clorox, borax or pressure washers as these will damage the stones. The exception is Granite, limestone, sandstone or marble stones where you can use some more abrasive cleaners and pressure washers as long as the stone itself is in stable condition. I have never used a water pressure on the cemeteries which I have cleaned, simply because I do not wish to take the chance of losing information. Also, the engravings are to be considered. To remove calcium deposits in the engravings, a heavy duty non-metallic scouring paid should do it, then scrub it thoroughly with a detergent. For bronze stones, remember that they are mounted flat and so will holding standing water and debris. These plaques already have a factory-applied lacquer coating to seal the appearance. Best to use the natural bristle brushes.
Macon County Wills and Estates
Macon County lies in the Southern Appalachians, in the western corner of North Carolina. It was part of the Cherokee Nation until 1819, when the Cherokees signed the Treaty of Washington, ceding their lands as far west as the Nantahala ridge. The Treaty with the Cherokee indians was ignored and they were disowned of their lands. As a result, in 1828 the county was part of Haywood County and the old Macon County included most of the present-day county and parts of Jackson, Swain and Transylvania Counties.
Wills and Probate Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills 1869 to 1912
- Wills 1912 to 1927
- Lamb, Nancy
- McDonnell, Thomas
- Norris, Isaac
- Patton, Mary
- Scott, Hilary
- Wils, John
Testators: Berry, Logan; Bingham, Edward; Boynton, Charles; Cabe, J. M.; Cleaveland, Ida; Coffey, Mary; Davison, Thomas; Dawole, Samuel; Downs, Alexander; Farrer, Alice; Franks, James; Hays, Sarah; Hood, James; Howard, John; Johnston, J.; Kilpatrick, Felix; Kinsland, John; Lakey, J. B.; Lang, Sarah; Luther, Charles; May, Mark; Moses, David; Owens, Richard; Pendergrass, Miles; Penland, Jack; Phillips, R. A;. Porter, R. L;. Prioleau, Samuel; Riley, William;Rush, George; Rush, Juliann; Russell, J. R.; Saunders, Curtis; Sellers, Mary; Shope, John; Staton, J. B.; Teague, Martin; Titsworth, Marshall; Trotter, Moses; Vanhook, Charles; Whitner, Joseph Newton
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