Thanks to the generosity of another researcher with family ties to Washington County, NC, I now have pictures of one of the most important cemeteries in my family research. The cemetery is the Rufus McNair Cemetery of Plymouth, North Carolina. I first learned of this cemetery in 2006 and was thrilled then to know of it. Rufus Tannahill McNair is my 3rd great-grandfather and I’ve posted about him several times.
I received the pictures this evening after getting home and I cried. I cried because I’ve been looking at the names of those buried here on a piece of paper for 4 years (the local gen society county cemetery transcription book). From that record, I knew that almost everyone in the cemetery is related to me. But, it was a moving experience to now see their headstones.
While I was happy to see the headstone for my ancestor, Rufus & Mariah, the one that made me cry the most was that of John Lee Boone. He is a cousin of mine who passed away in January and I do regret that I was not able to meet him before he passed. I did have an at-length phone conversation with him once about the McNair family history. He was the last of the five McNair family members who started the annual McNair Family Reunion that is held during Memorial Day Weekend.
This year is the 40th year of the reunion, dedicated to John Lee’s memory, and I am planning to attend. I’ve been to Plymouth one time, I was 9 months old, and a visit to my grandmother’s hometown is long overdue. Especially after getting these photos; I need to physically visit these grounds. And, I’m eager to meet my extended McNair Family.
You can view all the cemetery photos in the NCGenWeb Cemetery Gallery.