Monday, May 30, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
If you've had difficulty finding your Quaker ancestor's gravesite, this video may help explain why. It's one in a series called QuakerSpeak, produced by Friends Journal. The series covers a number of topics, historical and contemporary, about the Society of Friends. You can find the magazine online at friendsjournal.org.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Next week, Geneablogie Publications will introduce The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit News, an Internet newspaper format where you can get even more of the news content that you find in this blog! Watch for it!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
But did you know that there are several foreign owned cemeteries and memorials in the United States itself?
Two cemeteries on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, United States, one on Ocracoke Island and one on Hatteras Island in the town of Buxton, are owned by the United Kingdom. Both contain the graves of British seamen whose bodies washed ashore after German U-Boat attacks that occurred on 10 April 1942 against the San Delfino and 11 May 1942 against (HMT Bedfordshire). Although thirty-eight souls were lost aboard the Bedfordshire, only five bodies were recovered. Four graves are at Ocracoke and two at Buxton; three of the bodies were never identified; one of them could be that of a Canadian seaman. The plot of land at Ocracoke "has been forever ceded to England" and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The plot was leased to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for as long as the land remained a cemetery. The graves on Hatteras Island are maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. Ironically, this portion of the Outer Banks is where the pirate Blackbeard was killed by British forces in 1718.
The Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, and about 25 square feet (2.3 m2) of land around it, the place where James Cook was killed in 1779, is owned by the United Kingdom. An historian on the occasion of the monument's 50th anniversary recorded in 1928 that the white stone "obelisk monument [was] erected to the memory of Captain Cook, about 1876, and on land deeded outright to the British Government by Princess Likelike, sister of King Kalakaua, about the same year, so that that square is absolute British Territory." Hawaii was a sovereign nation at the time. According to a 2011 article by John M. MacFarland, "The land under the monument was deeded to the United Kingdom in 1877 and is considered as sovereign non-embassy land owned by the British Embassy in Washington DC. ... the Hawaiian State Parks agency maintained that as sovereign British territory it was the responsibility of the UK to maintain the site."