Ben Bateman and I would like to ask you to help us save what few cemeteries that are left in Currituck Co.
We had a bit of trouble last week when we tried to photo a cemetery that the landowners thought they owned but in fact had been excluded off of the deed and in actuality no one owned it. It was quite a mess with the police being called and even though we had 2 neighbors on our side stating that this cemetery was indeed excluded, we still had to go through the "rigger ma roll".
What we are hoping ya'll will do for us is either call or write NC Govenor Mike Easley asking him to give Ben and I "Blanket Authority or Permission" to enter any property for the purpose of documenting, unearthing, if necessary, and digitally photographing all tombstones that can be found. It would be nice to also contact each of the County Commissioners with the same request, let the Govenor and the Commissioners know that Cemeteries are held in deep respect by some of us and send out a public out cry that you want these cemeteries recorded as best as possible by Ben and I. Waiting to get permission from the County when the landowner denies Ben and I access could possibly cost us a cemetery. I am not sure they realize that these tombstones are our Ancestors History, and in the case of small children who died between Census and before 1913, and of course if there was no Bible record these children and some adults, for all intents and purposes "Never Existed!" You may run into the same "Political Double Talk" that Ben and I have heard so many times and that is "There is a committee working on changing the laws and regulations governing the cemeteries now" it is true about the committee but after what Ben and I have seen done to one cemetery in the last 7 months on the Bell Cemetery , the Cemeteries won't last long enough for the laws to change or be enacted.
If we don't move rapidly we could lose all chances of recording some of these cemeteries. So please send your letters.
Judy Merrell Brickhouse