Contributed by Lynn C Roberts
Brunswick County, North Carolina
Located in Lakewood Estates, off of Ocean
Isle Beach Rd SW
Directions: Make a left onto Lakewood Drive, a
right onto Kestrel Drive, a right onto Green Heron Drive, a hard left
Finch Drive, a right onto Peregrine Drive. Phoebe Court is a cul-de-sac
the right. The lot is located about in the middle.
In Memory of Mattie Edwards
Born March 25, 1871
Died April 6, 1906
Age 35 Yrs & 11 Dys
July 18 1845
April 24 1926
Nov 12 184?
March 15 1927
|Article from Star News
2 December 2007
County looks to protect, document small burial plots
By Shannon Bowen
The cemetery where Lynn Roberts' ancestors were buried was about to become part of the Lakewood Estates subdivision off Ocean Isle Beach Road when she found it almost a decade ago.
Roberts said she was at a church meeting when she heard someone talking about the Edwards Cemetery – the same cemetery her grandmother Maggie Edwards Benton remembered visiting when she was growing up.
Roberts said she got in a four-wheel-drive truck to find it and discovered that a developer was about to build a doublewide subdivision there.
After a meeting, the developer agreed to preserve the cemetery at a corner in a cul-de-sac in the development, where the tombstones still stand today.
It is a felony to remove, destroy or deface gravesites or any part of them.
If a developer wishes to build on a cemetery, he or she must notify the next of kin and pay the cost of moving the graves, if the next of kin permits it. If the family members want the gravesites to remain, the developer must provide public access to the cemetery, said Assistant County Attorney Jana Berg.
'We didn't want it to be disturbed,' Roberts said.
Roberts said she didn't know how to register the graveyard with the county to protect it from being developed and forgotten.
She's not alone.
Brunswick County's geographic information systems department has begun an effort to digitally map all of the county's cemeteries.
Shannan Bowen: 755-6307