Lane Street Project: in memory of Rufus Adams (1913-1914).

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.

This series honors the men, women, and children who never had grave markers, or whose stones have been lost or stolen or destroyed. 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.


Rufus Adams died 16 February 1914 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 1 January 1913 to London Barnes and Bernice[?] Adams; lived on Spring Street; and was buried in Wilson by C.H. Darden & Sons. Frank Proctor was informant.

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