Less than an hour after we got from the WCGS meeting last night, I received an email from president Joan Howell. I’d mentioned to her that I was trying to locate an unmarked grave at Rest Haven, she’d offered to check her records, and there it was: Nina F. Hardy, Section 3, Lot 20, Q in the street, Space 4.
This is how the morning went:
- My father and I drove over to Rest Haven, but quickly realized that there was no way to determine where A’nt Nina’s grave was just by looking.
- We got back in the car and crossed town to Maplewood Cemetery, where the City of Wilson Cemetery Commission is headquartered. The manager provided a chart and a print-out and a good suggestion. “Walk about halfway up Q,” she said. “Then call me and tell me what headstones you see.” [Sidenote: Q was once a track running through Sections 3 and 4 of the cemetery, like P and R to either side of it. Years ago, Q and the other odd-lettered rows were closed off and converted to burial space. The designation “Q in the street” means that A’nt Nina’s grave lies under what was once a pathway.]
- Back to Rest Haven. A few minutes and a call later, we had the general location of A’nt Nina’s grave between those of Rev. Calvin Harris Boykin and Annie Thompson. I snapped a shot or two, though there is nothing much to see. [Cemetery employees can pinpoint graves, but none were available at the time.]
- No time like the present, so we headed to our cousin L.H.’s house. His family owns a vault business that does a sideline in gravestones. I ordered a simple flat granite marker to be inscribed with A’nt Nina’s name, birth and death dates; my dad wrote a check (I’d left mine in Georgia, and L.H. doesn’t truck with credit cards); and it was done. I kissed L.H.’s new grandson, and he promised to send me a photo when the marker is installed. [L.H. remembers A’nt Nina. I don’t know why that surprised me. When they arrived in Wilson from Wayne County, Nina and L.H.’s grandfather, Jesse “Jack” Henderson, both lived with Jesse and Sarah Henderson Jacobs on Elba Street.]
My father standing at the approximate location of Nina Hardy’s grave this morning. Rest Haven cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina.
7 thoughts on “Row Q.”
Lisa, Have enjoyed reading your blog. I have been researching my 1/2 brother’s LANE surname & ran across the story on Christopher C Lane & Daniel Artis. My brother (his line is Christopher’s brother George Washington Lane) had mentioned the story also. A distant cousin had e-mailed him the story after they discovered their connection on a DNA website. Years ago before his last Aunt passed away, she told us there was a Lane house still standing. She claimed it was build by John Lane & the family grave yard was also on the land. This is the John Lane father of Christopher C Lane who died as POW in civil war. Of course, the house has been torn down, but the grave yard is still there. The house was listed in the book by James Creech that was written about Greene County History. My brother also has pictures we took on a couple visits before they took it down. If you are interested, I can try to post or give you info to view my pictures on ancestry.com. Good luck in your search!
Thanks so much!!! I’d love to see the photos. And I’m glad these posts are making great connections. I can be reached at lyhend at aol dot com.
I will e-mail what I have & get the others from my brother. Enjoy!
And Aunt NIna shall be remembered. Please share a picture when the stone is installed. Thanks for sharing this post.
Thanks, Andrea! I definitely will!
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