Query: SMITH, Thomas J. & Sarah/Sallie (Melvin)

Looking for gravestone photo of Thomas J. Smith and his wife, Sarah/Sallie T. (Melvin) Smith. Thomas died July 9, 1930 and Sarah/Sallie died April 12, 1917. Both of their death certificates say they were buried at Shelter Neck. However, Find-A-Grave website says Sears Cemetary. No one can locate Sears Cemetery. Other people who are buried by them are Thomas’ brother, Gilbert J Smith (WWI vet) and his wife, Julia, and Thomas’ sister and husband, Beebie & Luther Wright Deal. Other people who are buried by them are Thomas’ son, Gilbert J Smith (WWI vet) and his wife, Julia, and Thomas’ daughter and husband, Beebie & Luther Wright Deal.Can someone help me find them?

Also, looking for an obituary for Thomas J. Smith. He was born about 1849 in Georgia and married to Sarah about 1889ish in Cumberland Co, NC. Can someone also help with this?

Joy DeSmit

Please note: the text that is stricken-out represents a later correction from Joy. — Taneya

One thought on “Query: SMITH, Thomas J. & Sarah/Sallie (Melvin)

  1. Karen King Ledet

    I too am looking to locate this Sears cemetery in Pender county, near Burgaw, NC. I have found my relative, Serena E. King Deal’s death certificate, (Find A Grave Memorial# 92124598) which clearly states Sears cemetery with the undertaker being in Burgaw. Her and her husband were buried there in 1924-1925. Interestingly, I have found the Sears family members, whom the cemetery must be named after, also listed as buried here. Pender County Public Library has historical photo archives with a 1901 photo of the Sears family in front of their house in Shelter Neck, Pender county, NC. http://cdm16360.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15239qs/id/2108/rec/1
    On the map, Shelter Neck is near Holland Shelter’s fish camp off of Hwy 53 just north of Burgaw. It could be located on Croomsbridge Road, Burgaw, NC.
    I have been trying to find an address for the Sears’ family land. The last interment shown according to Find-A-Grave was in the 1950s. The cemetery could be hidden in 60 years of overgrowth if the land has not been taken care of.


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