Three Grimesland Cemeteries, by John B. Grimes

Laughinghouse Cemetery
Grimesland Plantation Cemetery
Avon Cemetery, Grimes


LAUGHINGHOUSE CEMETERY

Contributed to PCFR by
John Bryan Grimes, April 2000.

Located east of Grimesland. Anyone wishing to visit these cemeteries should contact me via e-mail (jgrimes227@aol.com) or 703=690-1942.

This cemetery was originally detailed by Clarice Mills & Bill Kittrell of Pitt Co., NC. On October 18th, John B. Grimes, Clarice and Howard Mills, Arlene and Art Wills, resurveyed this cemetery and again on March 13, 1999, finding additional headstones, several of which were excavated.

The current home was built on the foundation of the original Laughinghouse home which burned in 1910. Shortly thereafter, the Laughinghouses moved to Greenville, NC. Stories from family members indicate the existence of a Cemetery for Blacks. It is believed that this cemetery lies further East and possibly a bit North of the known Laughinghouse cemetery but has not been located.

The following three lists of the 23 graves (one of which is marked with an un-inscribed, blank stone) is presented in the first list by row and details the information on the Gravestones. The other two lists are abbreviated and are in either alphabetical order or birth order to ease research.

Row 1
1-1.
Wm Rhodes, son of Joseph Henry and Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE.
BORN Sept. 8, 1842.
DIED Aug 24, 1861.
They loved him best who knew him best.

1-2.
Jessie M., son of Joseph Henry & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Apr, 20,1845
DIED Oct, 7, 1859
He giveth His beloved sleep.

1-3.
In Memory of James Edward LAUGHINGHOUSE, son of Fenner B. & Anna Elizabeth SATTERTHWAITT
BORN January 15th, 1844
DIED April, 25th 1844
Blessed is the Kingdom of Heaven

1-4.
Richard H., Son of Joseph H. & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Dec. 18, 1848
DIED Jan. 11, 1849
Age 24 D's.

1-5.
James E., Son of Joseph H. & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Jan. 2, 1856
DIED Sep. 9, 1856
Aged 8 Mos 7 D'ys.

1-6. Infant son of Joseph H. & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Mar. 24, 1858
DIED July 5, 1858
Aged 3 Mos. 19 D's

1-7.
Mary Ann, Wife of Joseph Henry LAUGHINGHOUSE and daughter of Jessie M. & Elizabeth CHERRY
BORN July 8, 1819
DIED Apr, 1, 1863
His children arise up and call her blessed, Her husband also he praiseth her.

1-8.
Mary Cherry
Daughter of Joseph Henry & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Mar, 10, 1863,
DIED Mar, 30, 1863.
Suffer little children to come unto me.

Row 2
2-9.
Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph Henry & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN July 4, 1860.
DIED Aug, 5, 1860.
Safe in the arms of Jesus

2-10.
Joseph Henry LAUGHINGHOUSE, son of Edward & Alice LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Mar. 21, 1814,
DIED Nov. 14, 1862
His many virtues form the noblest monument to his memory.

2-11.
Erected by Edward LAUGHINGHOUSE, in memory of his father John LAUGHINGHOUSE (on stone it is spelled Langhinghouse) who was born February 4th, 1757 and died August 29th, 1831. Revolutionary soldier who carried to his grave scars received while fighting for the Independence of his country He also lived and died an honest man.

2-12.
Infant - son of William J. & Susan LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Jan 16, 1836
Ag'd 7 Dys.

2-13.
Infant son of Wm J. & Susan LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN, May 1837 Ag'd 1 Mo.

2-14.
Susan, Daughter of Major & Penelope WILLIS & Wife of Wm.J. LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN May 5, 1812
DIED.Jan. 2, 1840
Ag'd 27Y's. 7M's. 27D's

2-15.
James F., son of Wm. J. & Susan LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Dec. 31, 1839
DIED Aug. 1840 7 mos.
(the day date was intentionally left blank on the grave marker.)

2-16.
John E. Son of Joseph H. & Mary Ann LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN Nov. 24, 1839
DIED Feb. 12, 1841
Ag'd 1 Y'r 2 M's 18 D's

Row 3
3-17.
Alice Nelson, wife of Edward LAUGHINGHOUSE.
BORN Apr, 12, 1791
DIED 1868.
"The Memory of the just is blessed."
(Month and day of death intentionally left off of grave marker)

3-18.
Erected to the memory of Edward LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN March 3rd, 1786,
DIED January 31st 1852
He was an example of Industry; Strict Integrity; pure Honesty and
Life of christian piety.


(This is a low, brick vault and the top had been moved and broken.
Alice Nelson was his wife.)

3-19.
Sacred to the Memory of Wyatt David LAUGHINGHOUSE
BORN May 8, 1817
Departed this life, June 7, 1819.

3-20.
Blank Stone

3-21.
Sacred to the memory of Balsora NELSON
BORN Dec. 16, 1802
Departed this life Sept. 12, 1824.

3-22.
Erected to the memory of Elcy NELSON
BORN Sept. 27th 1761
DIED Jan. 3D 1839.

3-23.
Thomas J. BULLUCK
Son of Thomas J. & Ann BULLUCK
BORN Mar. 4, 1840
DIED July 2, 1852
Aged 12 Yrs. 3M's. 29D's

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GRIMESLAND PLANTATION CEMETERY

Contributed to PCFR by
John Bryan Grimes, April 2000.

In the Northeast corner of Pitt county, approaching Beaufort Co., NC.

Note: This property is private and visitors should contact John B. Grimes, (703) 690-1942, (jgrimes227@aol.com) well in advance of the date of your intended visit.

Note: Dates in square-brackets ( [ ] ) are interpolated and do not appear literally on the markers.

GRIMESLAND CEMETERY - 1st Row (Eastern most, nearest gate)PRIVATE 

18a.
JOHN BRYAN GRIMES
AND UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS
1st of two footstones.
JOHN BRYAN GRIMES
Jun 3, 1868
Jan 11, 1923
SON OF MAJ. GEN. BRYAN GRIMES, C.S.A.
AND CHARLOTTE EMILY BRYAN
PLANTER, TRUSTEE OF THE UNIVERSITY,
SECRETARY OF STATE OF N.C. 1901-1923

18b.
2nd of two footstones.
ELIZABETH FORREST LAUGHINGHOUSE
Oct 2, 1878
Apr 5, 1952
DAUGHTER OF CAPT J. J. LAUGHINGHOUSE, C.S.A., AND ELIZABETH O'HAGAN, WIFE OF JOHN BRYAN GRIMES. MOTHER OF THREE SONS."

17.
MARY OCTAVIA LAUGHINGHOUSE, WIFE OF JOHN B. GRIMES
Jan 25, 1873
Dec 2, 1899
Daily I pass into the shadow but holding God's hand.
(First wife of John Bryan Grimes and sister of EFL above.)

16.
ELMER ELLSWORTH SMITH
Feb 13, 1866
Dec 19, 1896
[Death date of Jan 25, 1873 in earlier NC Cemetery Inventory is confirmed incorrect.]

15.
MARY BRYAN GRIMES
Feb 15, 1871
May 28, 1957
(front)
Blessed are the pure for they shall see God
(left)
MARRIED FEB 20, 1895 ELMER E. SMITH WHO DIED DEC 19, 1896
(back)
DAUGHTER OF MG BRYAN GRIMES & CHARLOTTE EMILY BRYAN
(right)
MARRIED JUNE 26, 1906 TO J. GORDON HACKETT WHO DIED SEPT 5, 1952
(Note: JGH was from N. Wilkesboro, NC).

14.
WILLIAM DEMSIE GRIMES, SON OF BRYAN & CHARLOTTE E. GRIMES
Feb 12, 1876
Sep 3, 1932
BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY

13.
WILLIE SKINNER GRIMES, WIFE OF WILLIAM DEMSIE GRIMES.
Mar 8, 1875 Mar 8,1876 (NC Cem. Invent. is incorrect)
Dec 5, 1950 #41

GRIMESLAND CEMETERY - (Second or Middle Row)

12.
SUSAN PENELOPE GRIMES
DAUGHTER OF BRYAN AND CHARLOTTE E. GRIMES
BORN AT GRIMESLAND N.C. Sep 9, 1872
DIED AT RALEIGH N.C. Nov 24, 1920
FATHER IN THY GRACIOUSNESS KEEPING
LEAVE ME NOW THY SERVANT SLEEPING

11a.
BRYAN GRIMES, MAJOR GENERAL, CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
Nov 2, 1828
Aug 14, 1880
11b.
CHARLOTTE EMILY DAUGHTER OF JOHN H. AND MARY W. BRYAN
Jan 27, 1840
Dec 11, 1920

11 and 10 are on a single gravestone with the following:
I HEARD THE VOICE OF JESUS SAY COME UNTO ME AND REST

10a.
IN MEMORY OF AN INFANT SON DIED FEB 2, 1852, AGED 13 DAYS. 10b.
ALSO, NANCY,. DIED SEPT. 1, 1854. CHILDREN OF BRYAN & BETTIE
GRIMES
Inscribed: Whose all of life a rosy ray Blushed into dawn and passed away.
(Nancy's interpolated birth date: 24 Jun 1854.)
(Note: 10a and 10b are on the same stone and are on the obverse side of #7, Bettie.)

9.
Infant. 1 grave. No stone. (Could not identify in 1995)

8.
Grave with headstone reading B.G.

7.
BETTIE, WIFE OF BRYAN GRIMES, JUNR.
BORN JUNE 25, 1833
DIED NOV. 7, 1857
Inscribed: The ardent heart, the towering mind are fled, yet shall undying love still linger with the dead. No darker hour, hath fate for him who mourns, than when the all he loved as dust to dust returns and such his lot whom thou has loved and left. Spirit thus early to thy home recalled.
Inventory note: Bettie Davis was Bryan Grimes 1st wife.

GRIMESLAND CEMETERY -- 3rd Row (western most)

6.
ALSTON GRIMES
Feb 25, 1868
Oct 20, 1914
(With Masonic Emblem)

5.
GEORGE FREDERICK, SON OF GEN.BRYAN & CHARLOTTE E. GRIMES
BORN JUNE 27, 1877
DIED SEP. 28, 1880
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

4.
IN MEMORY OF JUNIUS AUGUSTUS GRIMES, SON OF BRYAN GRIMES.
BORN 14TH OCT, 1825
DIED 14TH OCT, 1833
(8 years of age)

3.
SUSAN GRIMES, WIFE OF JOHN GRAY BLOUNT MYERS
BORN JAN 26, 1821
DIED JUNE 18, 1862

2.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF NANCY GRIMES
CONSORT OF BRYAN GRIMES WHO
DIED MARCH 2ND, 1829.
AGED 31 YEARS WANTING ELEVEN DAYS.
Inventory Note: Nancy Grist, interpolated birth date Feb 19,1798.
She was the wife of Bryan Grimes, SR)

1.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF ZILPHA ANN GRIMES
DAUGHTER OF BRYAN & NANCY GRIMES who departed this life
Oct 15, 1822, aged 3 years, 5 months & 5 days
Inventory Note: Daughter of Bryan and Nancy, her age was three years, not five as reported in other lists, and her interpolated birth date is May 10, 1819. Her name is sometime reported as Zilphia Annove Grimes.

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AVON CEMETERY - GRIMES

Contributed to PCFR by John Bryan Grimes, April 2000.

In the Northeast corner of Pitt county, approaching Beaufort Co., NC.

Note: This property is private and visitors should contact John B. Grimes, (703) 690-1942, (jgrimes227@aol.com) well in advance of the date of your intended visit.

It is surrounded by an iron fence with a gate upon which is the date "1855" and "B. Grimes". This proves by deed to have been the property first of Demsie Grimes on Chicod Creek which was deeded to his son William Grimes. Eleven of the graves, except that of Elizabeth Grist show evidences that these particular stones were placed here at a fairly recent date.

In 1917 Avon Plantation was divided for sale. A map of the division is registered in Map Book 1, Page 124, in the office of the Register of Deeds of Pitt County. The grave yard is located on Lot 9 of said sub-division, which sub-division contains 23.3 acres, and the map indicates the grave yard as containing 2 acres. Reference is also had to the following instruments of record: Avon Plantation containing 2500 acres belonged to the late William Grimes of Raleigh at the time of his death, shortly prior to 1896. He willed it to his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth H. Grimes, which will is recorded in Book 3, page 52 and 53 of Record of Wills of Pitt County, which refers to the grave yard.

On January 21, 1896, by deed registered in Book B-6, Page 339, Elizabeth H. Grimes conveyed Avon Plantation to Walter H. Grimes. The deed contains the following language: "Excepting nevertheless two acres around the grave yard, which is hereafter conveyed to the said Walter H. Grimes". Later in said deed she conveys the 2 acres of land which 2 acres is the grave yard referred to in the 5th Item of said Will, and is the center of it: "To have and to hold, said 2 acres of land upon the trusts and for the purposes directed and set out in the 5th Item of the Will."

On July 2, 1900, by deed registered in Book A-7, Page 170, Walter H. Grimes for a consideration of $700.00, conveyed Avon Plantation to his wife, Alice M. Grimes, which conveyance contained the following paragraph: "But 2 acres around the grave yard is expressly reserved and excepted from the operation of the conveyance in accordance with the provisions of Item 5 of the will of the said William Grimes."

On December 27, 1902, by deed registered in Book B-7, Page 230, Walter H. Grimes and wife, for a consideration of $13,500.00 conveyed Avon Plantation to S.T. White and W.H. White. This deed reserved the 2 acres in question for a grave yard.

In May of 1995, John B. Grimes conducted a photo survey of this Graveyard to resolve some conflicts in recorded data. The attached data is consistent with all photos taken and is deemed accurate. The Gravestone information is quotes represents accurately what is on the Gravestone.

There are 18 graves in the grave yard with a tomb stone to each grave. Seventeen of the tomb stones are exactly alike except for the name and age of the person buried there. All of these tomb stones appear to have been erected at the same time, apparently about 50-60 years ago. The tomb stone that is different is on grave number 10 and appears to be considerably older than the other tomb stones. In the corner of that tomb stone, next to the ground appears: "Made by William O'Cain, Washington, N.C., Agent."

Note: Alston Grimes made a note: "Jenny Grimes, wife of Thomas Grimes", "Thomas Grimes, a faithful servant." Grave markers of slaves along the ridge outside the Grimes cemetary at Avon."

Note: This property is private and visitors should obtain permission to enter the Cemetery from either Robert Grimes, PO Box 414, Plymouth, NC 27962; or from John B. Grimes, 9738 Swift Creek Court, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, well in advance of your intent to visit.

Upon entering the graveyard from the entrance in the fence, the listing below is from the far left corner, left to right.

Note: Dates in angle-brackets (<>) are interpolated and do not appear literally on the markers.

1.
DEMSIE GRIMES, An Emigrant From Virginia

2.
PENELOPE (Coffield) GRIMES, Wife of DEMSIE GRIMES

3.
Child of DEMSIE AND PENELOPE GRIMES. Two of two.

4.
Child of DEMSIE AND PENELOPE GRIMES. One of two.

5.
JOHN, Child of Wm AND ANNE GRIMES

6.
PENELOPE, Infant of Wm AND ANNE GRIMES.
b. Apr 15, 1792
d. Oct 4, 1793 [Prayer book p.2, p.4; Dates not on tombstone.)

7.
In Memory of Wm. GRIMES
Born March 29th 1766
Died Oct 1797 [Prayer book confirms dates.]

8.
In Memory of Mrs ANNE GRIMES, Wife of Wm Grimes
Died March 4th 1828, Aged 66 Years.
b. ?
d. Mar 4, 1828 [Prayer book confirms p. 11]

9.
In Memory of ANNE GRIMES, Daughter of Wm AND ANNE GRIMES
Born Jan 19th 1798. Aged about 6 years.
b. Jan 19, 1798
d.
[Prayer book shows Anne M.E. Grimes born Jan 19, 1798; p. 112, 298.]

10.
In Memory of Mrs. ELIZABETH GRIST, consort of READING GRIST
WHO DIED NOV 11, 1843, Aged 75 years.
b.
d. Nov 11, 1843.
(in righthand corner of the stone is inscribed, William O'Cain, Washington, N.C. Agent)
Note: This is the most elaborate stone in the cemetery.

11.
In Memory of WILLIE Wm GRIMES, son of WM AND ANNE GRIMES.
Born Aug 21st 1796, Died Jan 10th 1812 age 15.

12.
In Memory of Wm GRIMES WILLIAMS.
Son of J.O'K. WILLIAMS. AND SARAH His Wife.

13.
In Memory of SARAH WILLIAMS, Daughter of Wm GRIMES And Wife of J. O'K. WILLIAMS.

14.
In memory of Sarah Bryan (Grimes)
Died August 1809. Aged About 60 Years.
b.
d. Aug 1, 1809
(Earlier this gravestone was not located since it is at the base of a tree at the far left side against the fence (as one faces the graveyard from the gate). It is nearly covered over by the trunk of the tree.)

15.
In memory of MARY BRYAN
Died in 1816, Aged 82 Years
b.

16.
BRYAN GRIMES
BORN JULY 13, 1793.
DIED MARCH 17, 1860.
An Honest Man, The Noblest Work of God
all dates confirmed with Prayer Book: p. 13, p. 3.

17.
In Memory of Mrs. LUCY OLIVIA GRIMES, Daughter of JOHN G. BLOUNT And Wife of BRYAN GRIMES.
"Our Mother.
She Taught Us How to Live
And How to Die
And with a Mother's
Blessing, left Us."
June 29th 1854, Aged 55 years.
b. ? (1799 extp)
d. Jun 29, 1854

18.
In memory of WILLIE GRIMES, Son of BRYAN & LUCY OLIVIA GRIMES. Born July 26th 1837. Died Jun 12th 1853.

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