There are many wives and children buried in the St. Augustine National Cemetery, but only one lady veteran. Her name is Emily Kennedy and her story is just beginning to be told.
Thanks to Greg Moore, a retired Florida National Guard officer currently serving as the Command Historian, we have learned that Emily was one of the earliest nurses in the Army Nurse Corps. Born in 1879 in New York City, Emily was the daughter of Irish immigrants. She received her nursing diploma from the Hospital of the Good Shephard in Syracuse in 1902. By 1905 she was a member of the Army Nurse Corps where she served in both New Mexico and California. She left the Army to return to her native New York to care for her mother, but during World War I she joined the Navy Nurse Corps and served at Naval hospitals in Newport, Rhode Island, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Again, she returned to New York and private practice once the war was over.
By 1945, she appears in St. Augustine city directories living in a rooming house. She died here in 1950 and was buried in the National Cemetery.
There’s still a lot to learn about Emily including what may be additional service with the Navy. We don’t know what brought her to St. Augustine or what caused her death, but there’s several people determined to discover the story of this fascinating lady.
Imagine a columbarium that creates life. You’ll find one in the waters off Key Biscayne, Florida. The Neptune Memorial Reef is building a beautiful underwater memorial that is also an artificial reef. Concrete forms such as columns and shells are cast using the ashes of the deceased and then placed on the reef with a brass plaque providing the inscription. The structures have been designed to promote coral growth. The reef is easily accessible to divers and is a frequent destination. As you can see in the video below, the results are beautiful. So now, after you pass you can create “life after life”.
The park-style cemetery is alive and well. It’s just underwater.
href=”http://web.archive.org/web/20050501145606/moultriecreek.typepad.com/computing/2003/10/an_introduction.html”>first article to a new blog called Simple Computing. I had been reading other blogs for some time and found them both engaging and informative. The blogs written by our military men and women were most addictive since they described the events in Afghanistan and Iraq from a very personal point of view – without the blinders of agenda or politics.
I don’t even know the name of the person who was my blogging inspiration. To me she was Major Pain, an Army nurse serving at Camp Anaconda. She would send emails home to her brother who posted them to a blog titled “Magic in the Baghdad Cafe”. From the hilarious story about the live turkey received as a gift from Iraqi locals to the emotional Saving Specialist Gray, I was connected to this woman.
Obviously, I had no war experiences to write about, but I did have the presence of mind to start with something I did know a bit about – computers. I had been writing technical articles and howto stuff for some time so I was able to build some blogging experience with something I knew. Later, Simple Computing would morph into Family Matters where the discussion was more focused on the technology of online research and family history.
Today my newsreader delivers the latest from more than 300 blogs covering not only the military, but also news, genealogy, technology, local interests and shopping. I’m actively writing three different blogs and contributing to several more. I’ve made friends from all over the world who inspire and challenge me. It’s still a fascinating and enjoyable pastime and something I hope to continue doing for a long, long time.
To all my blogging friends, thanks for your friendship and your support. You’re why I’m still here.
Nov 20, 1860
Nov 3, 1898
Gone but not
St. Ambrose Churchyard
E. & A. M. Moreau
Nov. 28, 1877
AE 5 yrs & 10 dys
Photo from the author’s collection at Flickr.
Rev. S. A. Jordan,
Died Oct. 29, 1895
Aged 26 Years
We’ll meet on that beautiful shore
Erected by the pupils of New-Augustine Colored School
Marble slab is lying on the ground.
Edgar Stuart Estes
Captain Medical Corps
Nov. 30, 1879 Dec. 6, 1935
Julia Wall Estes
Dec. 31, 1953
St. Augustine National Cemetery
Huguenot Cemetery was closed by the city of St. Augustine in 1884. Fortunately, in 1892 Mr. B. Frank Leeds inventoried the cemetery and his findings were published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The inventory was published across four volumes of the Register from 1893 to 1896. We now have a transcribed inventory as a single document which offers researchers a historical view of the cemetery.
The inventory can be viewed here (use the fullscreen button in the toolbar for a larger view) or downloaded by following the link below.
Download Huguenot Cemetery Inventory 1892
- New England Historic Genealogical Society. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vols. 47-50. Boston, Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893-1896.
Ledger stone covering the box tomb of Col. Charles W. Bulow.
Photo from the author’s collection at Flickr.
are deposited the remains of
Coln. CHARLES W. BULOW
of Charleston So. Ca.
who died on the 1st of May
aged 44 years.
A prominent native of Charleston, South Carolina, Bulow came to Florida during the transfer of government from Spain to the United States. He purchased more than 4,000 acres about 30 miles south of St. Augustine where he raised sugar cane, cotton, indigo and rice. He also owned a house on the bayfront in St. Augustine.
Col. Bulow did not get to enjoy watching his holdings grow and prosper because he died in 1823 (May 1st on his grave, but May 7th in his published obituary). His son, John, who was 17 and studying in Paris at the time of his father’s death, would take over the Florida enterprise and turn it into the largest sugar mill in east Florida. In 1836, the plantation was destroyed by Seminole Indians.
Today it is protected as Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park – part of Florida’s state park system.