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Near Burgaw in Pender County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hinton James
 
Hinton James Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
1. Hinton James Marker
 
Inscription. First student to enter the University of North Carolina, 1795. Civil engineer, state legislator. Grave 300 yards east.
 
Erected 1939 by Department of Conservation and Development. (Marker Number D-13.)
 
Location. 34° 37.067′ N, 77° 55.1′ W. Marker is near Burgaw, North Carolina, in Pender County. Marker is on U.S. 117 south of Murray Town Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is at the driveway to the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Marker is in this post office area: Burgaw NC 28425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welsh Tract (approx. 4.5 miles away); Our Heroes (approx. 4.7 miles away); S. S. Satchwell (approx. 4.7 miles away); Timothy Bloodworth (approx. 4.8 miles away); Stag Park (approx. 5.7 miles away); George Burrington (approx. 5.7 miles away); William S. Ashe (approx. 9.8 miles away); Samuel Ashe (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burgaw.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry: History of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly on December 11, 1789 and beginning instruction in 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (then named simply the University of North Carolina) is the oldest public university in the nation. A political leader in revolutionary America, William Davie led efforts to build legislative and financial support for the university.
 
Hinton James Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
2. Hinton James Marker
 


“The university opened in a single building, which came to be called Old East. Still in use as a residence hall, it is the oldest building originally constructed for a public university in the United States. Its cornerstone was laid on October 12, 1793, near an abandoned Anglican chapel which led to the naming of the town as Chapel Hill. The spot was chosen due to its geographic centrality in the state. The first student, Hinton James, arrived on foot from Wilmington on February 12, 1795. While a student, James founded the Dialectic Society. A dormitory on the UNC campus is named in his honor. It is currently the farthest dorm from campus and houses primarily freshmen.

“UNC was the first public university to hold classes and to admit graduate students. The College of William & Mary was founded in 1693, though it did not become a public university until 1906, and the University of Georgia was chartered in 1785 but did not start classes until 1801. The University of North Carolina was the only public university to graduate students in the eighteenth century.” (Submitted on May 2, 2010.) 
 
Hinton James Headstone Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
3. Hinton James Headstone
Sacred to the Memory of Hinton James. Born Sept. 20th, 1776, Died Aug. 22nd, 1847.
 
 
Hinton James Gravestone Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
4. Hinton James Gravestone
This stone is on the ground behind the headstone. It repeats the engraving on the headstone.
 
 
Hinton James, His Wife and Infant Children Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
5. Hinton James, His Wife and Infant Children
 
 
Ann Maria, Daughter of Hinton & Ann Maria James Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
6. Ann Maria, Daughter of Hinton & Ann Maria James
Born Dec. 18th, 1822, aged 3 months.
 
 
Sarah James, Wife of Hinton James Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
7. Sarah James, Wife of Hinton James
Sacred to the memory of Sarah James, Wife of Hinton James and daughter of James & Catharine Moorehead, who was born in Bladen County, North Carolina 17th May A.D. 1781, and deceased 1st November A.D. 1817.
 
 
Mary Ann James, Wife of Hinton James Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
8. Mary Ann James, Wife of Hinton James
Under this marble are deposited the remains of Mary Ann James, wife of Hinton James, and daughter of Richard & Ann Watson. Born at Wilmington in North Carolina AD 1791, departed this life 13th March 1820. Also the remains of her infant daughter Sarah Moorhead James.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 750 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 1, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   8. submitted on May 2, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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