Monthly Archives: October 2013

Greenlawn graves robbed

Connie Morris sent me this article a few years back that I thought was interesting enough to share.

Daily Press
December 8, 1903

EXHUME DEAD BODIES FOR THE APPAREL ON THEM
The local police force are on the trail of an organized band of ghouls, who for many weeks, it is believed, have been engaged in desecrating the graves in Greenlawn Cemetery and robbing the newly-interred bodies of their jewelry, shrouds and clothing. From discoveries made, it is evident that this private practice has been carried on, but to what extent is not known. Two bodies that were exhumed for the purpose of removal to other lots, were discovered to be in a completely nude condition, notwithstanding the fact that both bodies had been interred in handsome and costly clothing. The bodies were those of Mrs. Edwin Thompson and her father, John Nicholas, and the discovery was made by Mr. Thompson himself. Both bodies had been embalmed before burial, and were in a good state of preservation when the coffins were opened for the purpose of identification, and the discovery was made.

1800’s Hampton

I’ve been compiling some marriage records for the city of Hampton, and found it interesting the way they referred to different areas of the city. The most common that I’ve seen is Mill Creek, Old Point, Fox Hill, Salt Ponds, and Fort Monroe. So I did a little digging to see where these areas actually were. I’ve marked them on the map for you.

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“Bloodfield”

While transcribing obituaries, I come across some interesting things and some things that make me want to learn more. In the 1890’s I kept seeing a reference to the “Bloodfield” area of Newport News. I had never heard that term before and all the articles that referenced it were referring to African Americans. I know from research that the downtown area of Newport News was predominately white until recent years so it caught my curiosity and I googled it. Found the below article from the Daily Press. Makes an interesting read.

http://articles.dailypress.com/1996-06-25/news/9606250134_1_blacks-white-people-top-city-positions