Tombstone found on houseboat


April 23, 2008

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A century-old tombstone found on a Charleston houseboat came from a cemetery in West Virginia and may have been missing for more than 60 years.

The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports a private investigator read the paper's story on Monday and used U.S. Census data to find the family of the boy, memorialized with the inscription: "Infant son of R.W. & E.J. Hypes."

Descendants of the family told the paper they think the boy was first buried in a family plot in Littlesburg, West Virginia, after he died in 1894, then moved to a nearby cemetery with their parents in 1953.

The family says the tombstone has probably been missing more than 60 years.

The boy would have been the great-uncle of 54-year-old Blaine Hype, who says the find has caused quite a stir.

The family plans to drive to South Carolina to retrieve the tombstone.

Police say they have no idea how the tombstone ended up in cabinet on the houseboat.

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  • by ginger Location: evans, ga on Apr 23, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    That is an odd story. Why would someone steal a tombstone and leave it on a houseboat? What's even stranger though is that the family never replaced it. When my Great-Grandmother's tombstone (which had an angel carved into it) was stolen they tried to replicate it from the place who had done it Mobile, AL, 50 years earlier. It was close but they did it within 6 months and everyone chipped in. I guess maybe the family coulnd't afford it and the little guy was just forgotten. You would have thought he would have gotten a new one though when he was moved. How did the owners of the houseboat explain it?
  • by Terry Location: home on Apr 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    Now that is one of the oddest things I ever read. Was there anything remarkable about the tombstone itself?
  • by Debra Location: Swainsboro on Apr 23, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    Whats going on with the sound while you were telling about the sesame street contest the music was louder than stacy and tim and it took a while for you to be able to here them. Is someone playing with the pods?
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