We recently spent a week at Tybee Island, near Savannah, Georgia. In the center of the island's Memorial Park is a small cemetery containing 36 graves, many unmarked. The property belonged to the Wortham family, who are buried here, with the last burial being in 1952. The cemetery was restored by the city in 2005, and it is maintained by the island's beautification committee, with a wrought iron fence surrounding the graves that were once partially covered with sand.
Local legend once said that the cemetery was established for people who died and washed ashore in shipwrecks in the 1800's. One grave in the cemetery lists the names, "C. M. Rotoreau, J. C. Rotoreau, C. Rotoreau, 1876, washed ashore." The local lore was that three brothers had drowned and washed ashore. There is no evidence to back this story up, however, there is a Caroline Rotoreau living in Savannah, the widow of J. Rotoreau in the 1888-1889 Savannah City Directory. Caroline Rotoreau died in St. Joseph's Infirmary in Savannah in 1890 and is buried on Tybee Island. Her husband was likely to be John Charles Rotoreau, born 1807 in Charleston and died 1882 in Savannah.
I would love to know why the Rotoreau family's marker says that they were washed ashore, when they clearly lived past 1876 and did not die of drowning. Possibly the local citizens heard the legend and put the marker in believing it to be true.
If you ever visit this lovely island, the cemetery is behind the local library on Butler Avenue.