Index to Craven County WPA Cemetery Records

In the 1930′s and 1940′s, the workers of the Works Progress Administration (now called the Works Projects Administration) set out to record burial information for cemeteries across the state. These records are provided online by the NC State Archives and State Library of NC; visit their website to view the PDF file.  You can learn more about the compilation work to put these records together on the NC Miscellany blog

In order to make the records easier for you to navigate, we have provided an all-name index to the Craven County burials included in the WPA records.  The index includes more than 4,500 names.

Do keep in mind that there were often errors in these transcriptions so you’ll want to be sure you follow-up accordingly.


New Berne Academy

We again direct attention to the opening, on Monday next, the 19th inst.  Prof. FETTER is a good instructor, has grown old in educational service in our State, and deserves the support and patronage of our people.  The fortunes of war, and the wreck and ruin which followed, left him like many another, stranded upon the shores of adversity, but he labors as cheerfully in the cause to which he has devoted his life at the head of an academy as when occupying the proud position of professor at the University at Chapel Hill in the parliament days of that grand and noble institution. 

 Source: Daily Commercial News, 18 September 1881, page 1. 


HENRY, Addie – (d. 1881)

DIED – In Newbern, NC., on Saturday night, August 6th, 1881, of Continued Fever, Miss Addie HENRY, in the 21st year of her age.  The funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church, Monday afternoon, August 8th, when a large concourse of sympathising friends assembled and followed her remains to Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

Thus has the stern Reaper Death, again plucked a beautiful flower, shining amid the bearded grain.  Grey headed manhood and tender girlhood are together hasting from our city to the great white-robed multitude above; and breaking hearts and tear-dimmed eyes are watching their receeding flight.   Suddenly has Addie HENRY been summoned to join that army over the river.  Gentle, amiable, unobtrusive, adorned with the ornaments of a Christian spirit, above all price – and possessed of fine and highly cultured musical abilities, she was indeed the light of her home.  Always cheerful- full of sympathy and kindness, she was day by day developing into a beautiful womanhood, with promise of much usefulness, under the admiring eyes of loving parents and hopeful friends. 

But this opening flower has been suddenly transplanted to the heavenly garden by the Great Husbandman.  This sad providence is very cloudy to our eyes but we shall soon cease to look through a glass darkly, and shall know clearly the wisdom and love of earthly sorrows.  Even now light shines; for death found Addie with her lamp trimmed and burning through sovereign free grace.  Almost in the act of repeating to her Pastor the 23rd Pslam, and 14th chapter of the Gospel of John, she passed on to give herself to the Good Shepherd of her trust and love. Blessed are they, who remember their Creator in the days of their youth, for when the Lord calls them, they are taken from the evil to the perfect rest and bliss of the eternal and heavenly inheritance of His chosen ones, with whom He has made a covenant.  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” – L.C.V.

 Source: Daily Commercial News, 13 August 1881, page 1. 

1904 New Bern Military Academy Annual Catalogue

Found this in the Internet Archive – uploaded by the University of North Carolina.  It’s a catalog from 1904 from the New Bern Military Academy & the Carolina Business College. The catalog has several nice pictures from around the campus and nearby areas.


Click on the image to go to the Internet Archive and peruse it!

Crashly, Peter (Will dated 1717)

Transcribed and submitted by Mike Schoettle


Princess Anne County, Virginia Deed Book 3, p. 177

In the name of God Amen ye last will and testament of Peter Crashly being weak in body but in perfect (unreadable) mind and memory I give my soule to all mighty God that gave it in hopes of a joyful resurrection through (unreadable) the merits of my only redeemer and my body to the Earth in hopes of a joyfull resurrection March ye 13th day (unreadable) 1706/7:  I give and bequeath unto Sarah Eaton my grandchild ye daughter of Michaell Eaton seven head of (unreadable) cattle with theire increes male & female being in North Carrolina on ye south side of neuce river at (unreadable) Hutsons now in his possession I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann ye wife of Michael Eaton (unreadable) all my land belonging to my plantation at muddy creek to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten (unreadable) by Michael Eaton

William Dyer                                       Princess                                               Peter (the mark of) Crashly & seale

John (ye mark of) Eaton                                Ann


At a court held ye 3d July 1717

Then ye above last will of Peter Crashly

Decd: was presented in court by Michael Eaton

Who made oath thereof & being proved by ye oaths of the

Evidences thereto is admitted to record

JONES, Lovis (d. 1817)

DIED, on the 14th inst. Mr. Lovis JONES of this town, long a member of the Methodist Society.  He bore the trials of the long illness of which he died, with a resignation and patience truly characteristic of the distinguished excellence of his mind, and of the principles of christian piety, and of respectful submission to the will of a beneficent and merciful Providence.  He was an amiable man in society; a good life has been his preparation for death; let us hope he is now enjoying peace and happiness, for he who is good will obtain grace from the lord, he who is merciful will find mercy; while gracious warmth and liberality of soul deserve to be cherished, the recollection of his worth will never be effaced from the hearts of his friends.  He  has bequeathed a considerable sum of money to religious and charitable uses.

Source:  Carolina Federal Republican, 20 September 1817