SWAIN CEMETERY

SWAIN CEMETERY

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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1840
/ Modified in
1867, 1868
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  • Sun, 01/24/2021 - 12:03pm by SteveR

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street:
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1840
/ Modified in
1867, 1868
Object Type: 
Object Subtype: 
Neighborhood: 

 

What could be called the Swain cemetery was behind what is known as the "Second President's House" (i.e. the president of UNC), built circa 1812 on town lot 19, which burned in 1886. In 1835, David Lowry Swain, Sr. was elected president of UNC and in circa 1838 moved into the house with his family (Swain was the 26th governor of North Carolina, serving from 1832-1835); he served as the fourth UNC president until his death in 1868. The house site roughly is between what is known as the "President's House" (built in 1906, located at 402 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill) and the "Love House" (built in 1887, located at 410 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill).
 
The Swains were initially buried at this location "in the garden under the cedar trees," but were later reinterred in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.
 
Known burials:
 
Swain, Annie (b. - d. Mar 1867)
 
Swain, David Lowery, Sr. (b. 04 Jan 1801 d. 29 Aug 1868)
 
Swain, David Lowery, Jr. (b. - d. 15 Oct 1840)
 
 

 

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