BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C.
March 6, 1979
by Leslie F. House
This cemetery is approximately sixty-five feet square.
It has not been cared for in a very long time and is
completely overgrown with briars and undergrowth. There
are three very old oak trees inside of the fence. There
are indications that other very large trees have been
removed except for the stumps. The three oak trees are
almost completely dead.
The cemetery was completely enclosed by an unusual fence
like the one pictured above but at this time there have
been several sections removed and almost all of the
ornamental post tops have been broken off and removed.
When new this fence was beautiful and expensive. It is
now rust coated and dilapidated but still beautiful.
All of the graves are completely lined with 8"X4"X2 1/4"
brick mortared in place. Almost all of the graves are
bricked to from one foot to two and one-half feet above
the ground. The slab covers are made from granite (solid)
and cement except for number eleven, Walter Haurahan's
grave which is made of white marble. The slabs are from
five inches to twelve inches thick, about 2 1/2 feet wide
and 6 feet long. The fence, the construction of the graves,
the costly slabs and the epitaphs on the slabs all indicate
an affluent family.
As shown on the map Kennedy Creek is to the southeast of the
cemetery. Tranters Creek which is very navigable is within
150 yards of the cemetery.
1. Mrs Apsley Kennedy wife of Col. John Kennedy who
departed this life the 15th day of November 1800. Aged 72
years. In memory of
2. Col. John Kennedy who departed this life the 1st day
of September 1801 Aged 66 years. In memory of
3. Apsley Spier Kennedy daughter of John and Elizabeth
Kennedy who departed this life September 15, 1817. Aged 1
year 7 months 2 days. Note: This is the only grave having
4. Ann Eliza Kennedy daughter of John and Elizabeth
Kennedy who departed this life June 11, 1888. Aged 27 years
6 months and 27 days. In memory of
5. Elizabeth H.S. wife of William Brinkley who died October
20, 1841 Aged 55 years 3 months 5 days. SACRED To The Memory Of.
6. Empty grave with slab removed and slate cover broken.
7. Empty grave. 10" thick cement slab moved. I could not
turn it over and I could see no inscription.
8. Same as number 7.
9. Empty grave. No slab or marker of any kind.
10. Same as number 9.
11. Walter Haurahan 1 Native of Ireland who departed this
life April 7, 1825. Aged 72 years 1 month 6 day. Memory of.
Note: White marble slab.
12. Very thick full cement slab moved to the side of the
grave. I could see no markings except a large heart about one
inch deep 1/4 of the way from one end of the slab.
13. Outline of a small grave in concrete forms with an oval
shaped vault for a baby's grave made of concrete beside of it.
At Rest inscribed crudely on the cement. No other information.
**There is an old home site on county road 1403 approximately 50
yards from the cemetery to the east.
Pencil drawing of the Cemetery interior-1979?
Kennedy Family Bible Transcription
Kennedy Family History
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