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Brickyard Cemetery
Inventoried & photographed March 17, 2008 by: Janet Copen Orndorff

The way it looked in the 1990s when Odell Spain visited.

Feb. 16, 2013 --- Bobby Ireland & Sam Swindell flanking the tombstone of their great-grandgrandfather, Samuel Green Swindell, a Civil War veteran. March 9, 2013 --- Bobby & Sam have done a fantastic job of cleaning up this overgrown cemetery.  Thanks guys!!

Location: Middle Bay area of Hobucken, Pamlico Co., NC.
Directions:
At the intersection of Hwy. 304 and 33, follow Hwy 304 across the Gene Potter Bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway on to Goose Creek Island.  At 1.6 miles the road changes from paved to gravel.  Continue for about another 1.6 miles to a road to the right with a locked gate (Mr. Johnson's driveway).  Park and walk about 0.3 mile along the dirt driveway.  On the left will be a narrow path marked with a small "cemetery" sign.  The cemetery is about 40 yards from the driveway. 
Description: Cemetery is very overgrown and not maintained.
Compiled from the following:
   
1. Info from The Goose Creek Islander 1874-1974, pg. 89, "Brickyard"
    2. The Spains of Eastern NC by William Odell Spain
   
3. Odell Spain & Sam Swindell restored the graveyard in the 1990's.  Sam Swindell (1912-1999), son of Andrew J. Swindell & Julia M. Sawyer, cleaned the cemetery, finding 34 graves.  1918 was the last time this cemetery was used. (per William Odell Spain).  Sam Swindell loaded one cinder block at a time into the basket of his bicycle each time he rode to the cemetery to mark graves
    4.  Additional research by Janet Copen Orndorff

Starting Place: In the middle of the cemetery is a sign "BrYa Cemetery".  Walk to the left, right and back towards the driveway from this sign to find the graves marked with engraved stones, homemade metal crosses, pieces of anchor, TV antennae, cinder blocks, & what looks to be some original wooden markers.  Others are unmarked.  The largest headstone is for Samuel & Suckey Swindell to the left of the BrYa Cemetery sign.  Information has been recorded as written on the tombstones.  Any additional info known by family members and/or research of public records has been noted in the "Notes" column.  Click on underlined names to see a photograph of the headstone.

NOTE: If anyone has close-up photos of any of these remaining headstones please send them to me for inclusion on this page.

CEMETERY LAYOUT
(Pieced together from visit in March 2008, and with the help of pictures & knowledge of Odell Spain)

NAME BIRTH DEATH EPITAPH NOTES
Spain, Rhesia

was born July the ______

an died Jan 27, 1881 or 1887

  Rhesia G. Lupton Spain, b- July 8, 1817
Wife of  Daniel Spain
Daughter of Josiah Lupton & Mary Goodwin
On the same row with Daniel Spain, Lewis Goodwin & Martha W. Hopkins  [Longshot - Closeup]
Spain, Daniel A.

was born 1806 November the 18

an died the ______   b- Nov 18, 1806; d- Feb 22, 1882
Husband of Rhesia Lupton Spain
Son of Frederick A. Spain & Sarah Carawan
See another photo taken in March 2013
Goodwin, Lewis

 

  Co. B, 3 N.C. Arty., C.S.A. b- 8 Jan 1840; d- 1908
Husband of  Julia Spain Goodwin
Son of Thomas Goodwin & Jennette Simmons
See another photo taken in March 2013
Hopkins, Martha W. July 14, 1843 June 26, 1913   Martha Washington Spain Hopkins
Wife of Abram E. Hopkins
Daughter of Daniel Spain & Rhesia Lupton
See another photo taken in March 2013
Swindell, Suckey Born 1841     Susan Elizabeth Mason Swindell
Wife of Samuel Green Swindell
Daughter of  Steven J. Mason & Mary Polly Lupton
[double with Samuel G. Swindell]
[Photo submitted by Vernon Swindell, Jr.]
Swindell, Samuel G. Bornd 1830   Cival War 1861 Samuel Green Swindell
Husband of Susan Elizabeth Mason Swindell
Son of John Allison Swindell & Effie Spain
[double with Sukey Swindell]
[Photo submitted by Vernon Swindell, Jr.]
[see another photo taken in March 2013]
Sadler, Luther       b. Apr 1900; d. bef 1910
Son of Calvin G. & Cyretta A. Sadler; marked with metal cross
Sadler, Lizzie       b. Apr 6, 1909; d. Nov 15, 1913
Daughter of Calvin G. & Cyretta A. Sadler; marked with metal cross
Sadler, Alfred       b. Feb 14, 1916 d. Jan 15, 1917
Son of Calvin G. & Cyretta A. Sadler; marked with metal cross
Sadler, Emma       b. Feb 14, 1918; d. May 14, 1921
Daughter of Calvin G. & Cyretta A. Sadler; marked with metal cross
Goodwin, Julia Spain       b. Feb. 26, 1846  d. June 1883
Daughter of Daniel Spain & Rhesia Lupton
Wife of Lewis Goodwin
Note:
Goose Creek Islander has birth as June 2, 1846
The Spains of Eastern NC has birth as Feb. 26, 1846
Spain, Mary       b. ????  d. 1836
Daughter of Daniel & Rhesia Lupton Spain
Spain, Benjamin       b. ????  d. 1840
S
on of Daniel & Rhesia Lupton Spain
Spain, Jane       b. ????  d. 1841
D
aughter of Daniel & Rhesia Lupton Spain
Spain, David       b. Nov. 11, 1849  d. Oct. 4, 1868
Son of Daniel & Rhesia Lupton Spain
Hopkins, ???       child of Abram & Martha Spain Hopkins
Note: Mortality Schedule May 1880 lists James Hopkins age 5 yrs died July 1879
Hopkins, ???       child of Abram & Martha Spain Hopkins
Note: Mortality Schedule May 1880 lists Mary E. Hopkins age 1 mo died Aug  1879
Sadler, Sally Spain       b. Dec. 17, 1837  d. Oct. 14, 1865
Wife of David Green Sadler
Daughter of Daniel & Rhesia Lupton Spain
Sadler, David Green       b. Nov. 22, 1832  d. Nov. 22, 1913
Husband of Sally Spain Sadler
Son of John D. & Polly English Sadler
Note:  This grave was marked with a military tombstone; now unmarked, per family members.
Spain, David A.       b. 1822  d. 1844
s/o Frederick & Sarah Carawan Spain
Hopkins, George Riley       b. 1839, d. abt 1899
Husband of Senie Letha Mason
Son of Daniel Hopkins & Mahala Porter
Believed to be buried here
Hopkins, Senie Letha Mason       b. abt 1837, d. abt 1892
Wife of George Riley Hopkins
Daughter of Steven J. Mason & Mary Polly Lupton
Believed to be buried here
unknown        

Grave marked with part of an anchor

Back of the cemetery

Row of crosses

Cemetery Sign (possibly "Br" stands for Brick and "Ya" stands for yard)

Sam Swindell's grave

Crosses back in the brush

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