For a community that has been settled since the 1700s, there are many family names that still survive to this day. One founding father of the community, Sugar Dulin, was honored June 4 with a new headstone at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church cemetery located next to the church.
Dulin’s original grave marker has long been missing. Based on historical documents, the family and church officials guessed where he might have been buried. Local residents Charlie Burdick and Harry Hood placed the new tombstone for the family. Both have been involved with restoring the three church cemeteries located at the church, along Matthews-Mint Hill Road near Queen’s Grant Charter School, and a location on Brief Road.
The memorial ceremony coincided with a family reunion for the Dulins. Sugar Dulin moved to the Mint Hill area in the late 1700s after serving in the Revolutionary War. Sue McDonald, administrator at the Mint Hill Historical Society, said his home was probably located near the McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of Lawyers Road and Lebanon Road. At one time, that section of Mecklenburg County was known as “Dulin’s Crossroads.” (PHOTOS BY CHARLIE BURDICK)
Sugar Dulin got his name, according to historical records, from his father who was a big fan of sugar. His brother was named Rice for the same reason. At one time, Dulin owned a lot of land in the area. However, for reason’s unknown, did not have enough money at the time of this death to afford a casket. The state was billed $8 for a casket on December 14, 1848. His death clothes were billed for $4.69.
Because many descendants were also named “Sugar,” records are sketchy as to who the original Sugar was. Records indicate he was married for 51 years, had five sons and five daughters and 94 grandchildren. A book published in 1961 called “Hornet’s Nest,” has a journal entry from Sugar:
“I was Born in Onslow County, No. Carolina, the 23rd Day of April, 1763 as my parents sd any How Before I Mind & they Settled within Two miles of where Trentown in Jones County stands, & they sd Before I Mind they moved Ten Miles Higher up within one mile of old Daniel Shines & there I was Raised & lived until I went to the army & never farther from Home than to Nubern until I went to the army & then I made it my Home until I was married, and then I lived in sd County until 1791. I Removed to Mecklenburg County on the place I now live on. Now this the 1st Day of April, 1835 against the 21st of this Instant I have lived in Mclinburg County, No. Carolina, Forty Two years, &. Done with my own Hand & the leading men of this County may Due the Ballance as to my Carretter.”