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From: "mary kemp" <>
Subject: Re: [NCCURRIT] Immediate HELP needed!!
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 21:20:21 -0400
I guess you are pretty lucky to catch this event early on. I have located a
family burial place after the fact, plowed over, grassed over, and a home
built on the site.
What can a person do? At least I got pictures of the tombstones just laying
against a shed at the time being. At least the home owners are members of
the same family and ancestors. It was explained to me that the site had
been storm/hurricane damaged over time and the graves were no longer. Why
in the world they
would want to bulkhead the land, grass it over and build a beautiful hone on
it and take a risk of losing it all beats me. I have learned to accept what
I can't change since it would do no good to do otherwise. Good luck with
you mission. At least you have foresight of the event. Mary
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 8:53 PM
Subject: RE: [NCCURRIT] Immediate HELP needed!!
> The land owner, since Ben and I caught him with his pants down, so to
> speak, would now remove the tombstones to another cemetery, but the issue
> is.....Willis was born in 1767 9 years before the Declaration of
> Independence was signed, and was buried on this site in 1848 so WHY should
> he have to leave just to make a greedy land owner happy and richer????? He
> wanted to be buried where he was and has layed in his final resting place
> this long WHY MOVE HIM?? He has been here 157 years so nothing remains of
> his body, but the sacredness of his last wishes should mean something!!!!!
> This cemetery has not been abandoned nor forgotten, that was put in the
> legal notice to make it appear no one cared but point of fact even the
> Martin Point homeowners Association takes it upon themselves to keep this
> cemetery mowed and groomed and they themselves do not want the cemetery
> or the tombstones removed, but they don't have any say so about it.
> The landowner was just trying to pull a fast one and got caught at it
> and wasn't man enough to be honest with Ben and I of his intentions
> because he was worried about what we would do to hinder him, Now I guess
> he knows.
> Judy Merrell Brickhouse
> ---- Original Message -------
> From : jmhamlin[mailto:]
> Sent : 5/6/2006 6:19:44 AM
> To :
> Cc :
> Subject : RE: [NCCURRIT] Immediate HELP needed!!
> It may be how the deed is set up. I work in foreclosure law in Virginia so
> don't know the NC law where I live in Currituck, but ours had an easement
> set in place for the cemetery allowing for family to visit. I have never
> a visitor here at the graves and recently spoke to two others who didn't
> know about them but were related distantly. I see stones in yards around
> here so probably not at all uncommon and surely in places not visible from
> the road as well.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mary kemp [ mailto:]
> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 10:20 PM
> Subject: Re: [NCCURRIT] Immediate HELP needed!!
> What I don't understand about NC Cemeteries is:
> Aren't those burial plots of land paid for by some family member. Are the
> graves not buried on what is considered real estate? I know that years
> years ago grave sites
> were allowed on family property. When the property is sold aren't here
> provisions that it would be illegal to destroy the grave sites? I can't
> my finger on it but it seems that I read that rather than destroy the
> the new owners have the option of moving the grave sites to other
> If my memory serves me correctly that was in the NC. I am not sure if I
> kept a copy of that NC law or not. Worth looking into for sure.
> My ancestors are from Dare County NC. Such a waste of history to destroy
> all those old gravesites. These graves are
> family gone but not forgotten . In my opinion if even just one relative
> cares about a family member grave being destroyed
> it would be enough to require that it go untouched. Good luck at the
> meeating. Mary Hayman Kemp
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Betsy Taylor" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 9:49 PM
> Subject: RE: [NCCURRIT] Immediate HELP needed!!
>> I have sent Ben a letter from my grandmother (95 years old) that is
>> Harrison Gallops great niece - Lucinda would be (I think) Ben's GGG
>> Grandmother - or close to it!
>> I am going to do EVERYTHING possible to have both her and myself at the
>> meeting and send Ben letters from all members of our family that cannot
>> in attendance.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Kay M Sheppard [ mailto:]
>> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 8:51 PM
>> Subject: [NCCURRIT] Immediate HELP needed!!
>> Hi Currituck Researchers--
>> It was brought to the attention of Ben Bateman that a small legal notice
>> placed on the back pages in a recent Coastland Times (Manteo, NC)
>> that reads:
>> NOTICE OF DISINTERMENT AND REMOVAL OF GRAVES
>> Notice is hereby given, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 65-13, that Jeffery A.
>> Baxter intends to disinter and remove, on or before May 13, 2006, one or
>> more graves located on the property described as Lot 14A in Block 3,
>> 2 of the Martin's Point Subdivision and as shown on plat cabinet E, slide
>> in the Dare County Registry. The headstones for the graves read as
>> 1) "In Memory Of Mary Gallop, Wife of Willis Gallop, who died October 12,
>> 1848, Aged 73 Years," and 2) "In Memory Of Willis Gallop, who died
>> 20, 1848, Aged 81 Years and 21 Days." All interested persons should
>> Wyatt M. Booth, Attorney at (252) 261-5055 or send inquires to P.O. Box
>> Kitty Hawk, NC 27948.
>> This cemetery was previously located in Currituck County before Dare
>> took in that section of land. Ben (a descendant of Willis & Mary) took
>> initiative and called everyone that he knew might be interested in the
>> plight of these graves. On Monday, May 3, the family descendants met
>> Roy Smith, President of the Martin's Point Association, and John Finelli
>> is in charge of the Martin's Point Marina. It appears that the
>> is in agreement with the family that Willis and Mary Gallop should NOT be
>> disinterred. Ben and Judy Brickhouse have spent untold hours in the
>> Currituck & Dare County courthouses looking up wills, deeds and mapping
>> plats. It appears that although the cemetery is not mentioned in the
>> property transfers, the maps are always mentioned. They copied most of
>> they thought to be important. Later, the mapping department for Dare
>> suggested that they have one map certified.... it appears that the Land
>> Surveyor lied, had a ma!
>> p notarized that was not accurate... but, once recorded, even if it is in
>> error, it is valid. They downsized the cemetery from 9,338 s.f. to 468
>> Prior to this map being recorded, the lot at Martin's Point was not
>> buildable... with the downsizing of the property Mr. Baxter has a
>> lot that he can sell if he subdivides.
>> The Dare County Board of Commissioners is holding an open meeting to the
>> public to discuss this on May 15 in Manteo and attendance of the family
>> friends is requested...the more in attendance, the better the chance of
>> saving this cemetery. I hope that anyone who can attend, will attend.
>> Otherwise, Ben has requested that you send him e-mails at to
>> voice your displeasure at this atrocity. He will make sure that YOUR
>> will be heard in this meeting through your e-mails. Time is of the
>> so if you're interested in saving this cemetery let Ben know.
>> Kay Lynn