Looked into a bit of Lake Norman history in my latest article for the Obs. Centre Church is surrounded by development in Mount Mourne, including Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, shopping centers and doctor’s offices. It’s an enclave of history, a church whose members fought in the Revolution, built Davidson College and founded a variety of other area churches.
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Wilton E. Carter sent a comment :
I saw your report on the Centre Church yesterday. That church is of some interest to me as I have a 6th great grandfather,John McConnell II 1721 Ulster, Ireland-30 Dec 1801,Iredell County, buried in the church cemetery. He was a member of that church when it was formed in 1765. His father John McConnell I was born 1682 in Scotland but later moved to Ireland. He and family came to America about 1741 via Philadelphia and he died in Lancaster County, PA I 1754. Son John II had left Pennsylvania in mid 1740’s and headed down to the area of present Davidson’s Creek, Davidson NC but in Rowan County at the time. After the War for Independence the area became part of Iredell County.
McConnell was buried in 1801 in a cemetery about 3-4 miles west of Mt Mourne called Baker Cemetery. In 1961 and 160-years after his death the Baker Cemetery was moved to the left hand corner of Centre’s cemetery as Lake Norman was being formed.
There are about 15-graves in that corner.