NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - We have new clues tonight into the mystery of an old tombstone found in the crawl space under a North Little Rock home. The tombstone belongs to William Gilliam, but it is his wife Mursena who may have given us the best clue as to where this mystery marker belongs. We told you on Tuesday how Mike Smith found an old tombstone under his home off Broken Arrow Drive. William Gilliam was born in 1811. He died on May 24th, 1861. For historical perspective, Union Colonel Elmer Ellsworth also died on that day in Virginia...the first officer casualty of the Civil War. Ten years after Gilliam's death his widow, Mursena, donated four acres of land to a Methodist church..part of the Blue Hill community near MacArthur Drive. Rick Scott is the director of the Palestine Cemetery Association. "He could be buried there and we just don't know," says Scott. "The stone may have been removed." The oldest stone in Palestine Cemetery is dated 1865. It makes sense that Gilliam, who died four years earlier, would have been the first to be buried on his own land. It also makes sense that his widow would donate that land so that his grave could be tended long into the future. "He was buried fairly close to the church and the tombstone just got moved or erased or whatever," speculates Scott. The first time Palestine Cemetery was surveyed was 1968. William Gilliam's tomb stone was not there. The home it was found under last week is eight miles from Palestine Cemetery and was built in 1964. Judging by its excellent condition, Gilliam's tomb stone may have been under that home for a very long time. Air date: May 14th, 2014
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