In 1898, Rev. Owen L.W. Smith purchased from the Town of Wilson, in the person of Mayor John F. Bruton, lot 7, F Street, Section North of Oakdale Cemetery (col’d). Oakdale was the mysterious cemetery of Cemetery Street, south of the business district.
This document raises so many questions:
- Oakdale was a city-owned property. When was it developed? Where are records?
- Where is “the official plat of said cemetery”?
- O.L.W. Smith’s family, including members who died shortly after this plot was purchased, are now buried in the Masonic cemetery. Where they, and the countless other burials at Oakdale, exhumed?
- Why and when did the cemetery close?
Deed Book 46, page 348, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson.