Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Family Bibles often contain valuable genealogical and historical information. Unfortunately, many Ocracoke Island documents, including Bibles, were destroyed when hurricane flood waters inundated homes. Blanche remembers neighbors, including my grandparents, digging holes in their yards after the 1944 storm and burying water soaked papers and books.

Some important documents have survived, however. Below is an image from the Bible of Ocracoke's Job & Eliza Bradley Howard Wahab family. Job and Eliza, as well as several of their 15 children, are buried in the George Howard cemetery on British Cemetery Road.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the "Lost" Colony. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:19 AM

    You said your grandparents buried their "treasures." Were you able to retrieve any of them?

  2. More than 65 years ago my grandparents buried books and papers that had been submerged in flood waters. Nothing could be salvaged.

  3. Anonymous10:21 AM

    You are referring to personal records and not the official records of which copies are available from the state department of vital statistics or through the efforts of the LDS which have extensive genealogy records of lots and lots of people to say the least. also that seems unfortunate that some agency say the red cross or the United way did not spear head a n effort to assist people in the effort to replace the lost information for people that needed it. All this noise about states requiring people to have a picture id to vote well does not the average person want a picture ID as a member of society don't you want a passport??, when people entered the country thru Ellis Island was the government issuing picture ids at that time?? to go to sams club I need a picture ID to shop there Also, through modern day efforts have many on OI attempted to update their lost Bibles to provide future generations with the information that would have been there

  4. Philip,
    I'm curious, why did islanders bury them? Compost?


  5. Islanders buried the paper items destroyed by flood waters simply to dispose of them. There was no trash collection on Ocracoke at that time.

  6. Anonymous11:21 AM

    out of site out of mind. Is this where --not in my back yard came from? I can see the questions as the phrased buried the items to dispose of them was not used--, granted to hide them or buried for safe keeping was not mentioned either.