I’ve spoken of the database I am developing of likely burials in Vick, Odd Fellows, and Rountree Cemeteries. My spreadsheet draws upon death certificates, obituaries, and other sources — most distressingly imprecise. The term “Rountree Cemetery” on these documents may refer to Vick, Odd Fellows, or Rountree. Some documents broadly refer only to burial in Wilson. However, in the absence of official burial records for any of the cemeteries, we make do.
To honor the men, women, and children who never had grave markers, or whose stones have been lost or stolen or destroyed, I begin this series. Graves believed to be in Vick Cemetery, which the City of Wilson stripped of remaining markers in 1996, will be identified with a Vick Cemetery logo.
William Adams died 7 August 1942 at his home at 313 Hackney Street, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 29 November 1875 in Kinston, N.C., to parents whose names were not known; was married to Ardelia Williams; worked as a laborer; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery by Hamilton Funeral Home.