Brunswick County, North Carolina: Reminders

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, July 1, 2017. All rights reserved.

I came across this pic from 2017 while reviewing family files. This is the headstone of Mr. James S. Green, of Brunswick County, North Carolina. The inscription is one of my favorites. The end, “by his wife,” is a perfect reminder of the importance of African American cemetery preservation: families, memory, and the reconstruction and maintenance of an authentic narrative of history. Mr. Green, a Mason, who worked briefly in Tidewater, Virginia, was married to Miss Esidore Spaulding in 1918, New Hanover County, North Carolina.1 Esidore passed away in 1969, and is buried with her parents and grandparents in Mitchell Field Cemetery, Columbus County, North Carolina.2

  1. “New Hanover County, Marriage Licenses (1822-1962),” James Green-Isadora Spaulding, 30 January 1918; image, “North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011,” Ancestry ( accessed 28 July 2020).
  2. “North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975” database with images, Ancestry ( : accessed 28 July 2020), certificate image, Esidore Spaulding Green, 28 October 1969, no. 34115, citing, “North Carolina State Archives; Raleigh, North Carolina; North Carolina Death Certificates.”

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