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.


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Good for them. Thanks for sharing!

Bill ;-)

Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

Jack Robinson said...

Hello Bill,

Thank you for your comments. I will pass them along to Mr. Petteway.

A great deal of work has been accomplished through Resurrection Mission. By the title of your book, I can tell you appreciate the need to protect a family's heritage.

Best wishes in your adventures,


Anonymous said...

I love these types of stories. My family just purchased a tombstone for a free-colored born in 1838 in NC. He was buried in Kansas. Hopefully this will be contagious.
Kathleen Brandt

Jack Robinson said...

Hello Kathleen,

I am certain as I was, you received great pleasure in promoting and protecting a person's heritage.

Thank you for sharing your adventure.



Taneya said...

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing this. Taneya

Jack Robinson said...


Thank you for the kind words & stopping by.