1889, Birt Monument, Charleston

1889, Birt Monument, Charleston

Near the back side of Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston is a large and ornate monument/burial site for Jacob and Ann Birt. There are many large monuments here for known US founding fathers, Civil War veterans, and politicians. Who was Jacob Brit?

Better…who paid for this, that’s an unknown.

1889, Birt Monument, Charleston
1889, Birt Monument, Charleston

Jacob Brit was a steamboat captain and pilot. He did run the Union blockade, but was caught early on.

In 1876, after the war, a steamboat carrying phosphate exploded on the Ashley River. Per the Charleston News And Courier a ‘well known pilot and three crew members were blow to atoms’. Jacob Brit was the pilot.

Brit’s remains were moved from the Masonic Cemetery to this spot, with the monument in 1889. Brit had an estate of $100.00 at the time of his death.

1889, Birt Monument, Charleston
1889, Birt Monument, Charleston

Did insurance, or the Masons create this?

Another of those Magnolia mysteries.

 

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