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Mystery Tombstone in Charleston, SC

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Mystery Tombstone in Charleston, SC

Posted: 20 Apr 2008 3:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hypes
The following short article appeared in the Charleston, SC newspaper on April 20, 2008:

Boat owner seeks tombstone info
By Diane Knich (Contact)
The Post and Courier

What do you do when you find a century-old tombstone aboard your houseboat?

Robert Payne had to answer that question last weekend when a cleaning person called him to Charleston City Marina after finding an 1894 baby's marble tombstone in a cabinet on his rental boat.

The marker, which is about 14 inches tall and weighs about 75 pounds, bears the inscription:

Infant son of R.W. & E.J. Hypes

Born Nov. 2, 1894 Died Nov. 29 1894.

Payne immediately brought the stone to the Charleston Police Department. Officers now are trying to find out where it came from so they can return it, Sgt. Erik Page said. And they would appreciate a call from anyone who might be able to help them identify where it belongs, he said.

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