Lane Street Project: in memory of Victoria Allen (1893-1940).

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.


Victoria Allen died 19 March 1940 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 47 years old; was born in Wayne County, N.C., to Isom Sutton and Exie Rountree; worked as a laborer; was a widow; lived at 406 Bruton; and was buried in Wilson [most likely, Vick Cemetery.] Effie Wilkins, 617 West Hines Street, was informant.

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