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Changes over timeThe cemetery has changed the layout of roads, position of graves and entrance road since it opened almmost 100 years ago.Archeological traces remain of the 1914-1939 layout of Mount Olive PDF map of early plan

The Power of Nature

Mary Calhoun was buried in 1915. At the time, this would have been a small tree. After 100 years, the tree has grown around her stone.
In another 100 years, the tree may completely surround the stone

The power of nature

Centenarians

Isabelle Davis, aged 107 yrs

Isabella Davis

Annie Harding d 8 Nov 1883 aged 81y some say 104y

Maria Hunt aged 110y

Sarah Sewell aged 100y

Susan Armstrong, aged 110

Elizabeth Price, aged 100 yrs

Siney Wright, aged 103y

Earliest stone - TRUSTY, Caroline d 6 Jun 1861 - She is buried near other family members

Caroline Trusty

Grand Army of the Republic - The largest veterans organization formed after the Civil War. Wilmington had a chapter. It is unusual to see it noted on a tombstone -

Wm. Furrow G.A.R. 55th Infantry GAR William Furrow

Daniel and Maria Hamilton - Only first names and death dates appear on these side-by-side stones. They were identified by comparison with death records.Daniel and Maria Hamilton

Farthest from their homes - During the 1918 influenza epidemic, ten 'Hindoo' sailors from a ship docked at the port of Wilmington died at the Wilmington Hospital..The names are phonetic, and the age is only estimated for two seamen. No other information is given.Merchant Sailors from India or Southeast Asia - Buried at Mount Olive

Unmarked Graves - It can be difficult to identify unmarked graves. The NW fence line has graves right to the fence. This area is heavily wooded. Unmarked graves - NW fence line. A natural spring - Midway along the NW fence line, a natural spring rises from the ground. This area is heavily wooded. Stream - NW Fence Line. Large Gates and Berm - The eastern corner of the cemetery has large gates. There is also a retention pond (off-site) and berm. Large Gates - E Corner. Berm and Retention Pond