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.
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.
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.