Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Twitter Wordless Wednesday

A new endangered cemetery project has commenced through Resurrection Mission, Jacksonville, Onslow County, North Carolina.

The below three images show separate graves within the Willi [o, a] ford/Futre [a] l [ l, le] family cemetery. Over the generations; many family members altered spelling of their last names.

The Elders of the families, ages 75 -99 years young
do not know who are buried within these three graves.

The grave markers appear to be from on solid piece of marble which had been part of a table top or, even a fireplace mantel.

Notice the curved edges on two of the stones; curving on opposite sides and see how the third marker is horizontal with a rough cut top.

Thank you for stopping by and reviewing my blog pertaining to endangered cemeteries.


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday-Former Slave receives a new headstone

Cecilia Ann White Petteway's new grave marker
recently purchased by her grandson, Odell Petteway of Richlands, N.C.
[Her original headstone was damaged beyond repair by hunters]

Celia was the wife of George Washington Petteway.
Both were Former Slaves near Richlands, North Carolina

The Petteway Family cemetery
The largest all African American family cemetery within Onslow County, North Carolina.
Est. ca.1880.

This cemetery, along with many others, is slowly being encroached by "urban sprawl."
The Petteway Cemetery is, however, being protected
by direct descendants of Cecilia and George Washington and
by the land developer that controls the property that surrounds the cemetery.