The following was recently sent to me and other by John Peter Rascoe, 3rd of Edenton, North Carolina:
Family and Friends,
On Sunday March 2, 2008 at 1:00 PM, a new grave will be created for the remains of Peter Rascoe (1765 - 1843) of Bertie County NC. His original gravesite was located at Blanchard's Landing on the Cashie River. Due to encroaching Fields and continued overgrowth, his remains and orginial gravemarker were recently removed so that they could be placed at a safer location. He will be re-interred at the RascoeCemetery in Indian Woods (adjacent to Dawson and Gina Rascoe's house at 2627 Indian Woods Road, Windsor, NC. The new grave will be consecrated by the Reverend Joe Cooper in accord with the Book of Common Prayer. We hope that you can come for this very brief service and a picnic lunch following! Please help us spread the word amoung your branch of the family tree of Peter Rascoe as all are invited! Thank you!
Peter Rascoe was born on October 22, 1765. The exact location of his birth is not known. Records show that several Rascoe family moved from Northampton Vounty, Virginia to Bertie County, NC during the early eightteenth century "Rasco" and "Rascoe" family genealogist continue to try and prove the relationship between some of those Rascoe families. Peter Rascoe married Ann Clarry Smithwick pursuant to a Bertie County marriage bond issued on June 24, 1788. "Clarry" was the daughter of John and Winnefred Smithwick of the Cashie Neck area of Bertie County. Peter farmed land acquired from John Smithwick and from others. He was also owner of the 41-ton schooner "Nancy", a coastal trading vessel.
After a long life, Peter Rascoe died on November 23, 1843 and was buried in a family cemetery at Blanchard's Landing on the Chashie River... The location of the cemetery was visited a few times in the 1950s and 1960s. However it became lost to overgrowth and neglect. With the assistance of Carroll Tarkington, Peter Rascoe's gravesite was located on February 14, 2004 by descendants John Peter Rascoe, III, Lucy Mae Holliday Rascoe andKatherine Granbery Rascoe. The graveaite was relocated on December 1, 2007 by John Peter Rasco, III and Katherine Granbury Rascoe. The grave was in obvious danger of being permantly lost. THe exact location was plotted using a global positioning syster instrument, and the remnants of his gravemarker were removed. As many of his remains as possible were then located and removed for safekeeping and reburial.
Four Generations of Descendants
Peter Rascoe and his wife Ann Clarry Smithwick Rascoe had children: (1) William H. Rascoe, (2) Martha Rascoe Roulhac, and (3) Sawyer P. Rascoe Bond.
Peter Rascoe's son William H. Rascoe and his wife Penelope M'hoon Rascoe had children (1) Mary Ann Rascoe Pugh, (2) John Peter Rascoe, and (3) W. Martha Rascoe Gray.
Peter Rascoe's grandson John Peter Rascoe and his wife Martha (Patty) W. Bond Rascoe had children: (1) Peter Rascoe (never married), (2) William W. Rascoe (wife Mary Twine) Children: Mollie M'hoon Rascoe (died as a child) and Cora Scott Rascoe Gillam; (3) Margaret T.Rascoe (died as a child), (4) Lucy Rascoe Outlaw (husband Edward Ralph Outlaw; children Janie Outlaw Hunt, Lucy Outlaw (died as an infant), Lucy Rascoe Outlaw Worthington, Martha Elizabeth Outlaw MacQueen, Alixe Brimage Outlaw Gillam, Edward Ralph Outlaw, Jr. Mary M. Rascoe Lamb, John R. Outlaw, David Outlaw, and Alexander Bate Outlaw, (5) Molly M. Rascoe (died as a child). (6) Aaron Spivey Rascoe (wife Elizabeth Gillam Rascoe) Children: Fannie Jordan Rascoe (died as a child), John Thomas Rascoe (died as a child), Pattie Louise Rascoe (died as a child), Myrtle Rascoe (died as a child), Lizzie Rascoe (died as a child), John Peter Rascoe (died as a child), Mary Jordan Rascoe (died as a teenager)Louise Rascoe Fearing, Lewis Taylor Rascoe and John Peter Rascoe.
John Peter Rascoe, III confirmed that only a few carbonized boan fragments remained of Peter Rascoe. There was a brick vault that had caved in and no container or container parts were found. I believe that John Peter Rascoe had said that the old headstone was broken in several pieces and the old weather inscription was almost unreadable.
James R. Rasco
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