Homes of the Dearly Departed
The Olde Burial Ground
The Old Burying Ground has many other graves of
people with interesting histories.
- Capt. Josiah Pender who seized Ft.
Macon before NC seceded from the Union in1861.
- Vienna Dill. The child died of yellow fever and was
buried in a glass top case.
- Pierre Henry an African American who taught emancipated
slaves at the Washburn Academy.
- Capt. John Sabiston who died near Charleston and was
brought home by his crew.
- Sgt. George Johnson. A member of the U.S. Colored Infantry
who fought in the Civil War.
- Sarah Gibbs and Jacob Shepard. He was lost at
sea and she remarried. He returned, they agreed that she stay with her 2nd husband but be buried with her 1st.
- The "Crissie Wright" Common Grave. The sailors who
froze to death in the shipwreck are buried here.
- Girl in the Rum Barrel. She died at sea returning
from England, but her father had promised her mother he would bring her back home. He did, inside a rum barrel.
Her grave can be seen above, decorated with seashells and small toys.
|Graves with cypress markers
Another grave, according to legend, contains
an English sailor who was buried upright so that he could eternally salute his king.
Poetry was used quite often in describing the
deceased. One grave marker bears this inscription:
The form that fills this silent grave,
tossed on ocean's rolling wave,
but in a port securely fast
he's dropped his anchor here at last.
Until 1905, Beaufort was accessible only
by boat, so many families in the 18th and 19th centuries made long boat trips to come to church. These families sometimes
made grave markers like this table top grave for their loved ones. After church, the family would use the grave to eat
the lunch they had brought from home.
The middle marker was intentionally made to look broken,
in order to symbolize a life cut short by accidental death. Beaufort's Old Burial Ground tells many stories about the
Dead, but with history that's full of life.
North Carolina Crystal Coast History; Historical Carteret County; Beaufort Historic Association.
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