Martin County Historical Society
PRESERVING THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF MARTIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
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Primitive Baptist Obituaries
The Martin County Historical Society has accumulated one of the largest collections of Primitive Baptist publications from the 1890's through the 20th century containing obituaries from across the country. These publications include Advocate and Messenger, The Gospel Messenger, Zion's Advocate and Zion's Landmark.

Currently, the Historical Society is seeking funding to put these obituaries online and make them available from this web site.

These entries vary greatly in length and detail about each deceased person but when detail is provided it is often colorful and fascinating. 

"...Last Nov. Bro. Conner went out into the forest to superintend a force of hands, who were loging a lumber yard. He was struck by a falling limb, inflicting a fatal wound on his head, only lived about nine days afterward, dying on the 24th day of Nov., 1922. Bro. Conner was never concious of what killed him, but died as he lived, singing the sweet songs of Zion: 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.' "
                         
 ...An excerpt from the obituary of Deacon Josiah B. Conner
Click on obituary examples below for larger versions (pdf format)
Mrs. Fannie E. Compton
4/15/1858-2/8/1923
Comtom Obit
Sister Dora Abernathy
7/13/1847-9/25/1922
Abernathy Obit
Deacon Josiah B. Conner
6/3/1858-11/24/1922
Conner Obit
The project involves photographing each entry and creating a searchable database. If you would like more information about or are interested in supporting this project, please get in touch with Shirley Wilson
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Search the Obituary Database

Use the three last names in samples at bottom left to see how this database will work when completed.