March 26, 2014
Sheriff’s Office seeks information on
century-old discarded gravestones
By IRENE NOLAN
Dare County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding
information on pieces of very old gravestones that were found discarded
in the dumpster at the Frisco Bathhouse. The report came in Friday,
Sgt. Doug Oberbeck said that office needs information
on who may have discarded the stones, whom the stones belonged to, and
where the graves might have been located.
Oberbeck said today
that he has been deluged by calls from folks with tidbits and
information and has many leads in the case, but nothing definitive.
century-old gravestones were broken into 10 pieces, but when Oberbeck
began piecing them together, it was clear that there were two stones.
The surname, Basnett is clear on one of them. It’s a common surname in
the Frisco area.
Another tip led him to a catalog of Dare County
cemeteries published about five years ago. And that led him to find out
that the stones were probably in a small cemetery on the soundside of
Highway 12 about a tenth of a mile from Morris Lane. The exact location
Two graves were documented there with photos and other information in 1994. There were two gravestones, and three footstones.
to the book, those stones belonged to Robert B. Basnett (1831-1896) and
a woman, Ulethe C. Fulcher (1872-1901). She may have been a Basnett,
some have told Oberbeck.
His next job is to locate the small cemetery or the remains of it.
knows it was intact in 1994, but he said that the stones could have
been removed anytime in the last 20 years – perhaps stored in a shed or
other space. And there’s no telling whether any signs remain of stones
that may be been there at the time.
“They are not very dirty, he said, though they were probably buried a foot and a half in the ground.
He also believes they were intentionally broken.
with information about the stones or would like to view the stones is
asked to contact Sgt. Doug Oberbeck at 252-475-9355.