Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Capt. David Williams

Ocracoke Island native, Captain David Williams (1858-1938), served in the United States Life Saving Service, and continued his service after the USLSS joined with the US Revenue Cutter Service to become the United States Coast Guard.

Capt. David Williams















Captain Williams was chief of the 1903 station that was built in Ocracoke Village. Capt. Williams, his wife Alice Wahab Williams, and their children lived in the house that is now the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

OPS Museum










Captain Williams is buried in his family cemetery adjacent to the British Cemetery.

Andrew Stern Attacking Vines in the Williams Cemetery














This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the murder of Willis Williams. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112114.htm.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Is that cemetery on the ghost tour? Oh my, a random act of kindness Mr. Stern. A herculean effort, clearing weeds from the Nation's neglected resting places of friends and neighbors and ancestors. PH what is the story behind a family cemetery- I suppose today not too many people apply for a permit to start a cemetery. Are thre other church related burial grounds on the OI?

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    1. The Williams Cemetery is not on the Ghost Tour. Andrew was working with other members of the Ocracoke Preservation Society (the present owners of the David & Alice Williams home) to maintain the family cemetery. There are more than 80 private cemeteries on Ocracoke (no permits are necessary to start a cemetery), one community cemetery, and no church cemeteries.

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  2. Anonymous4:02 PM

    You don't mean, in this day and age, you could just up and bury someone in your own backyard if you felt like it.

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    1. That is exactly what I mean. This was true several years ago, and I believe it is still true.

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