Lane Street Project: in memory of Mary Dunston Allen (1878-1942).

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.


Mary Allen died 8 December 1942 at her home at 606 Spring Street, Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 10 May 1878 in Wilson County to Alston [Osborne] Dunston of Louisburg, N.C., and Merria E. Mandia [Mariah Monday], of Richmond, Virginia; was married to Ernest Allen; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery [likely Vick Cemetery.] Delleze [Delzelle] Whitted, 516 Lodge Street, was informant.

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