Wilson County, North Carolina: The gravestone of Mrs. Della Hines Barnes

Gravestone of Della Hines Barnes (1858-1935), Rountree-Vick Cemetery, Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina. Photo: 2020, Nadia K. Orton. All rights reserved.

Detail from the gravestone of Mrs. Della Hines Barnes, wife of David “Dave” Barnes, Rountree-Vick Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina. Born in 1858, in neighboring Edgecombe County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Joshua and Pattie Hines.1 Her gravestone features the figure of an angel, pointing up, bearing a palm frond. Angels (seraphim) are symbols of divine intervention, or guardianship, while figures pointing upwards symbolize that the soul has risen to heaven. Palm fronds on gravestones are symbolic of resurrection.♥

  1. “North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975” database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 February 2020), certificate image, Della Barnes, 10 January 1935, no. 408, citing, “North Carolina State Archives; Raleigh, North Carolina; North Carolina Death Certificates.”

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