Lane Street Project: in memory of David M. Allen (1875-1915).

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.


David M. Allen died 28 February 1915 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born in 1875 to Simuel Allen and McKinsey Bridges; was married; worked as a common laborer; and was buried in Wilson by C.H. Darden & Sons. Informant was McKinsey Allen, Smithfield, N.C.

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