Bones Going To NC Relatives May Have Been Pirate

North Carolina archeologists are preparing to surrender their hold on the remains of a Colonial-era resident who may have been a surviving member of Blackbeard's pirate crew.

The Washington Daily News reported Thursday that a Superior Court judge ruled the bones found in 1986 should be returned for reburial to people thought to be the man's descendants.

Raleigh researcher and Outer Banks historian Kevin Duffus thinks the bones are the remains of Edward Salter, a former member of Blackbeard's pirate crew who died 275 years ago.

Salter escaped being hanged after Blackbeard's death and became a barrel-maker and respectable member of the colonial port town of Bath.

Duffus has sought genetic testing on the bones to confirm his theory.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 14, 2010 at 09:53 PM
    That is very cool. :-D A name I recognize too, as I've studied a lot of that history while working Ren Faire and when I lived in the northern CA Bay area. My boyfriend is a descendant of a well-known privateer too (not to be confused with pirate), so I find this kind of discovery really intriguing. As far as "items"... the bones really should go to the family. Let them do the proper thing. The testing is a good idea but after that, back in the ground. I think if there are any true items (not remains), that should be the family's choice about what they want to keep or donate to a museum. Bud... at least spell the man's name correctly. It might not even be pronounced like you're thinking it is.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    "Diggin' up bones, diggin' up bones..." - Randy Travis
  • by To the Museum on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    I think the items should go to a NC museum. What great history.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    You're right Dean, this is interesting stuff. However, I dunno how much stock I'd put in the testament of a guy named Doofus! I can see it now... "This guy was a pirate!" "Yeah, whatever Doofus..." How can anybody take him seriously?!
  • by Dean Location: Leggett on Jun 10, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    I dont know how somebody cant read this and think,"how cool is that."

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