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Stephen D. Barnett Cemetery (Hatteras)

From Hwy. 12 in Hatteras go toward the ferry dock and turn in at the Holiday Inn.  The cemetery is under a large cedar tree and can be reached by walking to it from the bridge across the lowland behind the hotel.  Google Maps for the cemetery.  Photographs were taken in April 2014 by Candy Roth.  The cemetery is fenced and well maintained.

NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS / INSCRIPTION
Barnett, Rebecca W. November 15th 1836 October 21st 1859 Sacred to the memory of - Aged 22 Years, 11 Months & 6 Days  [Closeup]
Barnett, Capt. Stephen D. May 29th 1833 October 21st 1859 Sacred to the memory of - Aged 26 Years, 4 Months & 22 Days  [Closeup]

NOTE:  Stephen D. Barnett married Rebecca W. Gaskins, daughter of Zorabable Gaskins & Margaret "Peggy" Ballance, in Hyde County, NC on July 9, 1857.

The Flying Cloud, mentioned in the articles below, wrecked in 1854, the same year that Ephraim O'Neal was born.  The Black Squall wrecked on April 19, 1861 at Ocracoke.  You can read about the Black Squall here.

Source:  The Coastland Times - February 20, 1953; pg.8


Source:  The Coastland Times - August 23, 1990; pg. 6B

Source:  The Island Breeze - March 1997
   Stephen and Rebecca Barnett have rested side by side since that fall day in 1859 when they drowned after their schooner, the Mary Louisa, wrecked in the breakers off Ocracoke.
   He was 26 years old and she was 22.  They were buried in her family's graveyard--the old Zora Gaskins cemetery--at the western edge of Hatteras Village near where the Hatteras Inlet ferry terminal is today.
   Their baby was washed from Rebecca's arms into the sea and its body was never recovered.
   Storm tides covered their graves until about 10 years ago when Tim Midget of Hatteras was clearing some land in the area that he was thinking about developing.  Tim Midgett had no idea the cemetery was there and more recently when clearing in the area for the Hatteras Landing project, a second "lost" cemetery was found.

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