Dot Harcum

Member for
11 years · 6 months · 26 days
Find A Grave ID
46871931

Bio

Although I've been a member of Find A Grave for more than 5 years, its been just recently that I've contributed to the site or done any research from cemeteries listed on the site of mine and my husband's families.

I was born in Northampton Co., NC at the farm of my maternal grandparents, Millard Eugene "Genie" Bridgers and Virgie Janeva Draper Bridgers on what is now the dirt portion of Bridgers Rd. My parents moved to Portsmouth, VA in the early 1940's and I lived there until my marriage. Currently I live in Yorktown, VA.

Shortly after I began researching my ancestors in 1998, I tried (in vain) to locate the graves of my paternal great grandparents, Enos Johnson & Frances Lavenia Baugham Johnson. I knew the burial location for the other 3 sets of great grandparents (and a few further back grandparents) and really wanted to find the Johnson's burial location.

After searching many of the family cemeteries in Northampton Co., NC, I realized there was a wealth of knowledge from grave markers that probably would not be available to researchers in years to come due to elements, abandonment of sites and family members' knowledge. So, I began visiting the sites armed with tools, notebooks and pencils, tape recorders, bug spray, blaze orange vest, water, paper towels, trash bags, etc, copying the info from the grave markers. Sure wish I'd taken pictures of all of them!!!

After a 12 year period of "graving", I decided it was time to share my info with others and donated a 4 volume set of my cemetery books to the library and to the museum in Jackson, Northampton Co., NC. The set contains over 300 family, church and town cemeteries indexed alphabetically by names of roads in Northampton Co., NC, with a few cemeteries from adjoining Hertford Co., NC, as some of "my families" were buried there.

Just recently (2012), I began submitting info on the Find A Grave site and hope to continue submitting more info in the future.

*** Jan 2014

Have revisited some of the cemeteries from which I recorded info, as indicated above. I have added photos of some of the headstones as well as pictures of individuals for some of the memorials I created as well as pics of stones and individuals to many memorials others created.

Actively involved with this site and hoping to continue sharing many of the over 300 cemeteries from which I recorded info from grave markers.

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