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Historic Landmark Preservation Commission: Billy Trogdon Cemetery

Billy Trogdon Cemetery

Headstones, 1840s-1850s

Clockwise from top left: Susanah Trogdon, 1788-1843; Daniel Free, 1820-1850; Samuel Trogdon, d. 1853; M.T., 1806-1840.

Headstones, 1800s-1840s

Clockwise from top left: A.T., d.1801; J.F., 1828-1840; Elizabeth Gilliam Trogdon, 1778-1849; L.A., d. 1834.

Headstones, 1840s-1850s

Clockwise from top left: "IH TR," 1822-1843; Levisa Burrow, d. 1851 aged 2 years 8 months; R.H., d. 1834; Anderson Allred, d. 1851.

Headstone of William Trogdon, 1774-1864

Revolutionary War veterans' headstones

Clockwise from top: William Trogdon, d. 1805; William Allred, d. 1825; Samuel Trodgon (son of William), d. 1831.

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The Billy Trogdon Cemetery is located on the original land of William Trogdon Jr., born circa 1720 in Maryland.  The Trogdon family moved to then Orange County, NC about 1753 and appears on the Orange County 1755 Tax List.  In 1779 when Randolph County was formed, William Jr.’s land was situated in what then became a part of Randolph County.  William Jr., died in 1805 and is buried on his land in the family cemetery, the Billy Trogdon Cemetery; his grave marked with a still legible hand-inscribed primitive rock.  He is buried among children, grandchildren and many related family members.

William Trogdon's son Samuel, like his father, was a Revolutionary War veteran. He also was among the group of commissioners authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1796 to develop the town of Asheboro.

The cemetery became, over time, an expansive family cemetery with many families that had intermarried with the Trogdons being buried at the cemetery.  Some of the surnames represented in the cemetery are Trogdon, Allred, Ferree, Hammer, York, Julian, Diffie and certainly many more that we have yet and may never locate their graves. The Trogdon Family Historical Society has had the cemetery plotted and based upon this blue print, it is possible this cemetery could hold well over 200 graves. The Billy Trogdon Cemetery appears to be the largest family cemetery located in Randolph County.