|Posted By:||Bobbie Ledbetter|
|Subject:||Re: Gum Springs Cemetery|
|Post Date:||October 10, 2008 at 08:51:07|
|Forum:||Richmond County, NC Genealogy Forum|
I have a map of Anson County drawn by C. R. Patton December 29, 1937. It shows Gum Springs Church as being in Anson County, not Richmond. There IS a MINERAL SPRINGS (I believe that was actually the name of the Inn) north of Ellerbe on the highway to Greensboro. It had a very large Inn on the property that was used for tourists way before my time. It has one of those terrible sulphur springs that people used for their health in the old days. I did go up there on picnics and to swim in the lake/pond when I was a child. I don't think anyone was there at that time.
Someone bought the property, and tried to restore it into an Inn, with a nice restaurant. I don't know if it is still open. Steve (my husband) and I went to one of his Rockingham High Reunions, and the dinner was held there. That had to have been about eight to ten years ago. Then a couple of years later, Steve and I went through Rockingham. We wanted to see our old hometown, and see some relatives. We took my adoptive mother's niece, KATHLEEN HICKS (who was quite ill at the time) to dinner at the above mentioned Inn, and it was quite nice. That is the last I know about that place. I know this has absolutely NOTHING to do with your question.
The GUM SPRINGS CHURCH in Anson County is off U.S. Highway 74, on a small road that goes down past the church, not far from Lilesville. This is where DAVID & ELIZA DABBS are supposed to be buried. However, someone told me that the church that is there now is not the original one, and there is an old GUM SPRINGS cemetery at another location. I have looked and looked for the graves of our family to no avail. At one of my genealogical visits to Wadesboro I mentioned to MR. GATHINGS that I was having no luck in finding the old cemetery. He took me down to a location where our family used to have their home. One has to walk back into the woods, but he knew just where to go. There is a small cemetery there, with a few graves, not DAVID & ELIZA though.
Well, enough of my rambling. I hope I have answered your question about GUM SPRINGS. If you do find that there is another GUM SPRINGS, please let me know about it. I have never heard of one in Richmond County. However, that does not mean there could not be one.
Hope you are doing well,