The Durham Land and Security company bought land from farmer Gray Barbee in 1886 that would then be subdivided into plots for homes and businesses in East Durham. By 1887, the Durham City Directory lists Barbee's profession not as farmer, but as "Real Estate Dealer-Cotton Mill" . From the looks of a list of land holdings in the 1887 CD, Barbee still held on to 2 substantial pieces of land.
Barbee also sold Carr United Methodist Church the 3/4 acre land for their first church, for $300.This lot was located directly across the railroad from the mill on the southeast corner of Clay and Peabody Streets. The cornerstone of the church was laid on August 26, 1886.
Barbee was married twice and had 8 children. Someone in the family has done an excellent family tree that dates from the 1600's to present(choose the ancestors or descendants tabs to flip between the two)
Sadly, he died in 1888 and didn't get to spend the gobs of money he surely must've made off of all of that land. He is buried at a family cemetery on the 400 block of Salem Street, which is now an overgrown lot. The original owner of the land being buried in what is now an abandoned lot is just. too. much. to. take. I'm sure that was not in his vision for his land.