Oak Forest Cemetery

This is an active community cemetery located on Etowah School Road. The old Oak Forest School was once located across the street from the cemetery.
The oldest grave in the cemetery is that of Anna Crawford (1874-1876), daughter of Newton Crawford (1820-1895) and Rosley A. Gash Crawford (1841-1893). The graves of Newton Crawford and Rosley Gash Crawford are also located in this cemetery.
The next oldest grave in the cemetery is that of Miraim Matilda Haddon Orr (1837-1884) wife of Jason Orr (1826-1907), whose grave site is also within this cemetery.
There are two grave sites of men who served in the Confederate Army. Reuben Brock (1824-1910) enlisted in the 25th N.C. Infantry Regiment, Co. I, on 2-13-1865. Gideon Orr (1828-1905) enlisted in the 41st Battalion of the N.C. Militia on 9-26-1863. He was commissioned second lieutenant on the day of his enlistment.
One person who joined the Union has a grave site within this cemetery. John W. Weese (1846-1900) enlisted in the 2nd N.C. Mounted Infantry, Co. F, on 10-1-1863. The Henderson County N.C. Cemetery book states that the headstone reads: 3rd N.C. Mounted Infantry, Co. F. There is no Union record that he was ever in the 3rd N.C. Mounted Infantry. He was ineligible for mandatory Confederate service until late 1863 or early 1864.
The most numerous family surnames with graves within this cemetery are Allison, Crawford, Dalton, Greer, Johnson, Jones, McKinna, Morgan and Orr.