February 10, 2012
Once again, tracing family roots to two additional historic cemeteries in Norfolk, Virginia: West Point Cemetery (est. 1877), and Calvary (est. 1877). In West Point, I found the grave of Cpl. Carey Lynch, Company B, 2nd Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry (ca. 1843-1891). Carey was the first husband of my paternal second great-great-grandaunt, Miss Anna (Ang) Butt, sister of Mary Anna (Ang) Butt, who rests in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Portsmouth, Virginia. After Anna died, Carey married Miss Leah Mason, who was the first Secretary and co-founder of the Norfolk Memorial Association. The group, led and composed of African American Civil War veterans and their wives, laid the foundation of West Point’s monument to the U. S. Colored Troops of Norfolk in 1906. Leah Mason Lynch also rests in West Point Cemetery in an unmarked grave.
Photo: Nadia K. Orton, January 24, 2012. All rights reserved.
Over at Calvary, I was on the hunt for the grave of Willis Isaiah Thomas Orton (ca. 1848-1888), a paternal great-great-great-granduncle born in (old) Nansemond County (City of Suffolk, Virginia), and Navy veteran. Willis rests in “Old Calvary,” the oldest section of the cemetery, with the fewest number of marked graves.
In 2012, I offered to be the first volunteer for Calvary Cemetery (in the words of the Norfolk cemetery office manager), to find Willis, and also record Old Calvary, as it seemed the biggest challenge. Most of the photos taken of the initial mapping sessions (2012), I added to Findagrave. I’ve yet to find Willis, but haven’t given up on marking his grave at a future date.
Photo: Nadia K. Orton, March 21, 2012. All rights reserved.