February 14, 2016
Rachel Glazener McCall was born in 1811 and died in 1881. Her father was Isaac Glazener, Sr. and her grandfather was George Isaac Glasner, born in Germany.
In 1824, when she was 13 years old, she married Robert McCall, a farmer.
While Robert and Rachel undoubtedly had many children, the first conclusive census listing for their family is from 1860, wherein they had three (3) children, Rachel, James, and Jasper, and one domestic worker, Sarah Surcy. They lived in Transylvania County, North Carolina.
By the 1870 census, the amount of real property owned by Robert was valued at $1,100.00 and only Jasper lived with the family.
In 1880, the national census lists both Robert and Rachel as being infirmed, Robert with cancer and blind. The following year both would be dead. After nearly 60 years of marriage; they were buried side-by-side.
In the shadow of Cedar Rock Mountain, Long Branch Trail begins off F.S. 475 and ventures 2.5 miles to Butter Gap Trail. It traverses a small mountain and two beautiful creeks, Long Branch and Searcy Creek. Cemetery Loop offers easy hiking terrain, but what most intrigued me on this cold Sunday was the history. As I stood in the McCall Cemetery, I wanted to learn about the family that once inhabited this land; calling it their home.
Where I now hiked for pleasure, Robert and Rachel worked, sweated, lived and finally were laid to rest.
Total mileage is 5 miles.