In the Graveyard

St Thomas's Graveyard and Church

We started our graveyard project today at St Thomas’s Church.  We began in the corner with the older graves and sketch mapped, numbered (on the map), photographed and transcribed the text on the gravestones.  Many of the graves, however, have no readable stone and thus remain anonymous.

Samuel Lightbourn's grave

Most of the graves are from the wealthy and local officials but are quite revealing, from details of arrival on the islands to the hardships of life.  For example, Gustavus and Augusta Sarah Lightbourn lost many young children in the 1850s and 60s.

Stubbs Family Grave Plot

There is a lot of typing up to do as well as producing an understandable plan.  Also, we probably managed no more than one fifth of the old churchyard, so there is plenty more to be done.

Our final section of the day was a walled off section of the graveyard.  Of four large graves three were unlabeled but the fourth was of Wade Stubbs.  Apparently there were two people of the same name so it may, or may not, be the Wade Stubbs from what became Wade’s Green on North Caicos.  This grave was the hardest to transcribe as it was entirely written in Latin.  There would be a certain irony if it is the North Caicos Wade Stubbs as he was thought to be illiterate.


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6 Responses to In the Graveyard

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Interesting. I have a good Latin dictionary if you need a translation.

  2. I’m very excited indeed by your transcribing work of the gravestones and markers on Grand Turk. I have ancestry there. The Government House on Salt Cay was once the family home. I ask please, please, have you recorded the details of a memorial plaque on the wall inside the church, not far from the pulpit, to one Catherine Baker.
    I have visited once, 20 minutes only, years ago, and the video shows not the detail of the wording. I am now desperate for this. Her husband was a Charles Baker. She was my great great grandmother, and I believe came from the short lived
    colony of East Florida as a refugee, or at any rate her parents did, a Mr and Mrs Lindsay. They came out after the American revolution as Loyalist refugees.

    I would be extremely greatful, if you can add any info at all.

    with new year best wishes,

    Julius Stafford-Baker

    • thehutts says:

      Was the plaque to Catherine Baker in St Thomas’s Church (or St John’s on Salt Cay)?
      Unfortunately we can find no Catherine Baker (or indeed any Baker) on the information we transcribed. There were 5 or so plaques in St Thomas’s which were covered up to protect them from the weather and presumaby from the planned roof work. So sorry, I don’t think we can be much help. We are now back on Middle Caicos so can’t get back to the church. Also, the church is currently locked up due to its condition. Again, we will pass this on to our contacts at the museum.

  3. jowhitcombe says:

    It looks like you’ve had an amazing time. You mentioned the grave of Wade Stubbs. I have recently (as in yesterday!) found that this is a very distant branch of my husband’s family from Cheshire. I know that the original Wade Stubbs (1753-1822) left his property to his nephew, Wade Stubbs (1789-1853). This line can now be traced to living descendants in the US. Would it be possible to post the Latin grave transcription? I have a friend who could translate it & I would love to find more about this man.

    Thanks very much & I hope you enjoyed your trip,
    Jo Whitcombe.

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