“Lost In the Storm”

Previously I posted some pictures from my recent trip to the cemetery at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. While tiptoeing through the Flagg family plot after locating the alleged grave of Alice Flagg, I noticed an interesting inscription on one of the obelisks:

“IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ARTHUR B. FLAGG
BORN SEPT. 22D 1858
HIS WIFE
MARTHA A. FLAGG
BORN NOV. 20TH 1860
 AND THEIR CHILDREN
 ALBERT, WARD, ALICE
  EBIN & MATTIE
     WHO WERE LOST IN THE
               STORM ON OCTOBER 13TH 1893
         ON MAGNOLIA BEACH”

The same marker from another side.
The Flagg family was one of many who lost members during that particular hurricane, as apparently hundreds of people on the nearby coast perished in the waters on that date. The Flaggs, a prominent family in the area, had vacation homes on Magnolia Beach. In addition to those listed on this marker, Arthur’s father (also named Arthur Flagg) and mother (Georgeanna/Georgiana) Flagg) also died in the violent storm. An account of the horrific tragedy written by Dr. J.J.  Ward Flagg, who was present but survived, can be read here.
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