Historical society honors Satterfield family

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The Person County Historical Society officially placed a marker honoring the Satterfield cemetery located near Satterfield Street in Uptown Roxboro.

The cemetery is located near where Green Satterfield’s frame house was located on Foushee Street.

Society member Linda Long gave the history of the Satterfield family.

“We’re here today to right a wrong done to a prominent Person County family in the late 1970s,” Long said. “Their headstones were moved and later lost and part of their final resting place was paved over.”

Long said that the Satterfield family history predates the county itself.

In 1761, John Satterfield receive a land grant from the Earl of Granville for 150 acres. Sixteen years later, Satterfield and John and Robert Payne received a bond and established Payne’s Tavern.

Descendants of John Satterfield lived in the same area for their whole life, but lived in three different counties.

“John and Lucy had several children,” Long said. “One of which was James, born in 1776 in what was then Orange County – part of which became Caswell County in 1777, and part of that became Person County in 1792. So, James drank water from the same spring, but yet he lived in three counties and never moved.”

James Satterfield married Elizabeth Trotter and had several children, including Green D. Satterfield who would grow up to become a respected Roxboro merchant.

Green married Mary Jordan in 1835 and they had 10 children

Long said the Satterfields would experience the pain of losing a son in the Civil War, but also the pride of seeing their children marry other prominent Person County families, including the Winsteads, the Merrits and the Kitchins.

The new memorial marker at the location of the Satterfield features the names of seven Satterfield family members known to have been buried in the cemetery from a 1930s Works Progress Administration cemetery survey.

When speaking to the descendants of Green and Mary Satterfield, Ken Dalton, a descendant of William Satterfield, spoke to the Satterfield legacy.

“I can say, Green and Mary would be very very proud of you all, his descendants,” Dalton said. “You all have really accomplished many things in life and I know Green would be very very proud of you.”

Long said the new marker will help the county remember the Satterfield name.

“Today we are here to rededicate this as a final resting place,” she said. “It is all together fitting and proper that we should do this so that future generations can remember this family and their contributions to the county.”

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