Pirate progeny come forward in North Carolina

Published on February 9th, 2010 | by Admin

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The descendants of Edward Salter, one of the pirate Blackbeard’s crew, have been coming forward in North Carolina after seeing advertisements from the state’s archaeologist.
At least one of them said he hopes this will be the end of a two-year quest to have his ancestor’s remains returned to Beaufort County for burial in the graveyard at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath.
“All we want to do is have his bones buried and have a headstone placed on his grave,” said Brian Blount, one of those who have identified themselves as heirs of Edward Salter, whose remains are believed to be the subject of the advertisements.
“I don’t really understand why that has been so hard,” Blount said.
The final of four advertisements seeking information by State Archeologist Stephen R. Claggett about the identity or heirs of skeletal remains unearthed near Bath Creek in 1986 appeared in Thursday’s edition of the Daily News.
On Friday, Claggett declined to give a specific number of heirs who have come forward as result of the advertisement, but he said the number was “less than 10.”

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The descendants of Edward Salter, one of the pirate Blackbeard’s crew, have been coming forward in North Carolina after seeing advertisements from the state’s archaeologist.

At least one of them said he hopes this will be the end of a two-year quest to have his ancestor’s remains returned to Beaufort County for burial in the graveyard at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath.

“All we want to do is have his bones buried and have a headstone placed on his grave,” said Brian Blount, one of those who have identified themselves as heirs of Edward Salter, whose remains are believed to be the subject of the advertisements.

“I don’t really understand why that has been so hard,” Blount said.

The final of four advertisements seeking information by State Archeologist Stephen R. Claggett about the identity or heirs of skeletal remains unearthed near Bath Creek in 1986 appeared in Thursday’s edition of the Daily News.

On Friday, Claggett declined to give a specific number of heirs who have come forward as result of the advertisement, but he said the number was “less than 10.”

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