Day One: Our First Cemetery

Parsons Cemetery, right in Salisbury, began like many cemeteries in rural America — as a family burying ground, specifically on the Parsons 53-acre farm. Upon his death, Benjamin Parsons, who had no children, bequeathed his home and farm to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for a cemetery. St. Peter’s accepted this generous gift and moved the folks currently resting in the church’s small graveyard to the more spacious Parsons field.

parsons-cemetery

Today Parsons Cemetery is still an open and operating burial ground and it is the resting place for several of our “great” relatives.

Charles V. Hughes and his wife Mary, were Mattie White Hughes’ (our grandmother) mom and dad.

Also lying beside them are Verner Vane Hughes, Mattie’s brother, and his wife, also named Mary. We knew them as Uncle Verner and Aunt Mary. Uncle Verner’s son, Max, and his wife, Miriam, are located on the opposite side of the large Hughes headstone. We also knew them well.

The cemetery is large and well cared for by Cemetery Manager, Rusty Barnes — a friendly and knowledgeable gentleman who provided us with maps and helped us find the Hughes burial sites.

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