Graveyard Stories

August 30, 2013  •  1 Comment

IMG_0009 Avid genealogists share a love of cemeteries partly for the often surprising information revealed and partly to make a physical connection with ancestors. Plus I find cemeteries often to be very peaceful places. This image is of the "Old Burying Ground" in Beaufort, NC dating from 1711 when it was established by the local Anglican Church. A self guided tour can be made around the cemetery and the handout details some very interesting stories such as the man who married, wrote his will, and died all on the same day.IMG_0008 The image to the right shows the tombstone of Sarah Gibbs. Sarah had been married to a seaman whose ship wrecked and he was eventually presumed dead at sea. Sarah remarried a Mr. Gibbs only to have her first husband return a few years later. The two men got together and decided that Sarah should remain with her second husband but upon her death would be buried with her first so that she might be with him for eternity. Then there was the story of the girl buried in a keg of rum. Brought to the NC colony as an infant, the 11 yr old wanted to see England where she was born. Her mother agreed to the trip only if her father promised her safe return. Tragically she died on the return voyage.IMG_0010 To prevent her being tossed into the sea and to partially fulfill his promise, the father purchased a keg of rum from the captain and placed her in it. Today her tombstone is frequently visited and often people leave shells, small toys, beads, etc. Olympus OMD with m.zuiko 12-50mm.


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Ann Littlefield Coleman(non-registered)
When you see the graves set in and out of the fence line it gives the feeling of a friendly get together among those who have passed on. Kind of like them saying, "I just stopped by to chat for awhile." Beautiful tombstones!
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