New headstone a mystery at Va. cemetery

March 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 2 (UPI) -- The appearance of a new headstone honoring a man who died in 1779 has officials at an Isle of Wight, Va., cemetery confused, a church historian says.

Church historian Pam Glanville said no one knows where a white marble headstone honoring a Revolutionary War soldier came from and equally mysterious is if the late soldier was ever buried at St. Luke's Cemetery, The (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press said Monday.

The headstone was first noticed at the cemetery in early February in the wake of a cemetery official's annual walk-through of the site.

St. Luke's Assistant Director Cami Brooks said after checking cemetery records, she found no sign of a Jesse Barlow, the name on the gravestone, ever being buried at St. Luke's.

"It was a shock," Brooks said. "We have no records of his being buried anywhere on the grounds."

The Daily Press said the headstone was the same type of those used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and marker was found surrounded by freshly packed earth.

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