Eugene S Pedneau

Eugene S Pedneau

Highgate, Franklin County, Vermont, USA
Death 5 Mar 1899 (aged 31)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section #K , Lot #10, 11, & 20 & 21 (Recorded as E. S. Pedmean died 8/23/1899 in cemetery database)
Memorial ID 137155158 · View Source
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Interred around 25 Aug 1899. He drowned in the Cape Fear River while travelling by steamer when he accidentally fell overboard. His body was not found for months.

See article from August 25, 1899 here:

Dead Body Found

It was floating in Brunswick River and was discovered where it had lodged against the Briday. Identified as Mr. E.S. Pedneau, drowned March 5th.

At 6 o'clock Sunday morning the body of an unknown white man was discovered by John Mallett, colored, at the bridge over Brunswick river, two miles from the city beyond Market street ferry. It was loged [lodged] against the timbers of the ridge and was in such a state of decomposition that it was not recognizable. From his straight black hair, however, it was known that the body was that of a white man. Mallett works for Mr. E.W. Sawyer whom he notified of his discovery.

The man's body was towed ashore and interred on the banks of Brunswick river until some information could be had as to his identify. He had on no coat and vest and only wore a sweater and pants over his underclothes and a pair of shoes. In his pockets were found $36 in money and a watch with the hands stopped at 9:05 o'clock.

Mr. Sawyer being aware that Mr. E. S. Pedneau, an employee of the Cape Fear Lumber Company, was drowned some time ago up the Cape Fear river and that his body had never been recovered, telephoned the facts as to the finding of the body to Mr. J. A. Arringdale, general manager of the company. Mr. Arringdale went up to the company's logging camp in Bladen county and told Mr. A. A. Pedneau of the circumstances and he came down to the city yesterday and went over to see the body. He could not identify the body as that of his brother, owing to its advanced state of decomposition, but he identified it by his watch and clothing, the pants corresponding to the cost and vest which he wore when he was last in Wilmington and which were left on board the steamer Hurt the night Mr. Pedneau was drowned.

The deceased was a man of 30 years of age and was not married. He was from Jarrett, VA., and came to Wilmington only a few days before he was drowned, having been employed by the Cape Fear Lumber Company to run the locomotive on the railway which is run in connection with their logging camp some thirty miles from the city. He left here on the night of March 5th on the steamer Hurt to go to the logging camp and on the way up the river about 20 miles above Wilmington he is supposed to have fallen overboard and been drowned. His coat and vest were found on the steamer after he disappeared. A number of papers by which he might have been identified were left in his coat pockets.

The deceased was a machinist by trade, and during the war with Spain served on board the United States cruiser Nashville on the coast of Cuba.

The drowned man was a Mason and was a member of Widow's Son Lodge, Boyton, VA. Mr. A. A. Pedneau, accompanied by Mr. James W Monrow, past master of Wilmington Lodge No., 319, A.F. & A.M., who is always first in good works, went over to Brunswick bridge last night with Mr. J.B. Cooper, of Mr. James F. Woovins undertaking establishment, and had the body exhumed and prepared for burial. They were kindly assisted by Mr. E. H. Gray, who clerks for Mr. Sawyer. The funeral will take place at 5 o'clock this afternoon at the lodge in Oakdale cemetery and will be conducted by the Rev. A.D. McClure, pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian church. The burial will be under the auspices of Wilmington Lodge and all Masons are invited to attend the funeral of their deceased brother Mason.

Mr. A.A. Pedneau, the brother of the deceased, who is now here, is employed by the Cape Fear Lumber Company as a locomotive engineer at the logging camp. Another brother, Mr. F.L. Pedneau, of Jarretts, VA., was telegraphed for and he is expected here this morning to attend the funeral.

The members of Wilmington Lodge are summoned to assemble at St. John's Hall at 4 o'clock to attend the funeral. Carriages will be at St. John's Lodge to convey persons who desire to go to the cemetery.


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  • Created by: Constance Murray Chappell Horne
  • Added: 12 Oct 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 137155158
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene S Pedneau (27 Dec 1867–5 Mar 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 137155158, citing Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Constance Murray Chappell Horne (contributor 46975729) .