A Sunday spent in Rodanthe…

14 Mar

You know, Hatteras Island is often referred to by the locals and natives alike, as paradise. And days like yesterday, truly prove their point. And if you don’t believe me, just ask the members of HIGPS. Annie Gray Clark, Angel Roller, Jody Roller, Jennifer Creech, Dorene Smeltz, and myself, spent a good part of it in Rodanthe, cleaning the brush and briers from the Meekins/Herbert Cemetery.

We still have a ways to go until the entire cemetery is free of unwanted vegetation. But we were able to remove all that was growing from around the four graves and one foot stone, that were listed as being there, in the book, Sacred To Their Memory. If you don’t have a copy, you really need to buy one. It was written by Lois Johnson Meekins and Amy Midgett Gamiel. HIGPS, constantly uses it as a reference guide.

I truly can’t explain how it feels to finally be able to see the grave markers of Ceil R. Meekins, Polly D. Herbert, James K. Meekins, and James W. Meekins. Several of us had been aware for quite some time that the cemetery, unknown to those just passing by, had been unkept for years. And any time we learn of a situation like that, it breaks our heart. But we can honestly now say that none of the cemetery’s residents will ever be forgotten again. At least by none of us who gave of ourselves to make sure that their final resting places are honored.

Within the next couple of weeks, we will hopefully be able to return to the cemetery and finish the job. If anyone cares to join us, please email me for more info at the following address:

Dawn F.Taylor:



3 responses to “A Sunday spent in Rodanthe…

  1. Jacque

    August 6, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Oh my gosh, I need to read further back into your blog!!!! I just posted a comment on you blog post about the cemetery you found and photographed at Little Kinnakeet about me finding or actually finially seeing the Herbert/Meekins Cemertery in Rodanthe. I had no clue it was there until it was uncovered and now I know it was your had work that uncovered it. I am forever thankful! It is sad to know that someones ancestors are forgotten and covered like that.

    Finding and photographing/exploring cemeteries has become something I do whenever I visit the Outer Banks lately, and I would love to help search, photograph, and clear out thickets and brush if you need help.

    Again I thank you for your had work, We were there in April and I know that had to be one heck of a job to uncover the cemetery!!!!

  2. Hatteras Genealogical and Preservation Society

    August 6, 2011 at 12:42 am


    Thank you so much for the kind words. Definitely let me know next time you’re on the island
    and if we have any cemetery cleanups plans, your help would be greatly appreciated. Besides the blog, you may reach me at the following email addy:

    Also…our group is on Facebook. Check us out !

  3. Jacque

    September 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    We have been follow from afar. Our hearts are aching for everyone there in and around the Outer Banks. Hopefully we will be able to visit Hatteras Island at end of October as planned and helping out as much as needed while we are there in the fall. But once there is normal life back on the island, I am sure that many of the cemerteries were damaged and covered with debris, I am still willing to help with that also. We try to visit in the fall and in the spring.
    you are in our hearts and prayers,


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