Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The cost to bury a soldier…

A few weeks ago, I posted a little about the life of Jacob Evans, a Tar Heel who served in the US Navy during the war. I found Evans’s grave while on a ramble in Avery County. I dug out another piece of information: how much it cost to bury Evans after his death in 1926. It cost a grand total of $85.00. Here is the breakdown:

Coffin - $25.00 (J. C. Harmon)
Services rendered - $5.00 (W. M. Estes)
Burial service - $2.00 (F. G. Cook)
Burial service - $2.00 (Leonard Storie)
Burial service - $2.00 (Joe Parlies)
Livery - $5.00 (Earnest McGuire)
Clothing Expenses - $44.00 (Hobert Church)

Pretty remarkable, considering how many soldiers, during the war, simply got wrapped in a blanket and buried in a grave with someone else.

3 comments:

Charly said...

I have been reading your blog for several weeks and found it very informative for my research on a piece I did on UNC and the Civil War:

http://www.chapelhillmemories.com/cat/14/147

I would love you to write a piece on Chapel Hill and/or UNC sometime for Chapel Hill Memories.

Keep up the good work. I will continue to read your blog.

Charly Mann

Sheila Caldwell said...

H! Jacob Evans was my 3X great grandfather - the Robert mentioned being, of course, my great, great grandfather. On another post I read was that he may have been an orderly. Another explanation of why he was in and out of hospitals, etc., during the War. This was so interesting to find!

Sheila Caldwell said...

H! Jacob Evans was my 3X great grandfather - the Robert mentioned being, of course, my great, great grandfather. On another post I read was that he may have been an orderly. Another explanation of why he was in and out of hospitals, etc., during the War. This was so interesting to find!