On January 4 of this year I published a blog about the return of my great grandfather's wooden grave marker, after it's having gone missing for thirty-five years. You can read that article here:
http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2011/01/hard-to-believe.html. Tilmon W. O'Neal and his wife Elizabeth Gaskins O'Neal are buried near O'Neal Drive in the Trent Woods area of Ocracoke village.
About two weeks ago Joyce Spencer (Tilmon & Elizabeth are also her great grandparents), her sister-in-law, Bobbie Jean Midgette, her son, Jesse Spencer, friend Clifton Garrish, and I gathered at the graveyard to place a new stone marker at the grave site. Joyce remembered exactly where our great grandparents are buried and was instrumental in seeing that the marker was procured and the grave properly identified.
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The New Marker:
Jesse & Clifton Placing the Marker:
Betty Jean, Philip, & Joyce:
Lachlan & Philip at Lachlan's Great Great Great Grandparents' Grave:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm.