When Paleologus died, he was naturally buried in the St John's Parish Church, since he had been a prominent person in that community. He left behind a legacy of mystery which until 1844 was buried at St John's.
It was said that he was buried 'backways'. The rumours persisted until nearly 200 years later in 1844 when a curious church official ordered the vault opened.
Paleologus lead coffin was found to have been in a different position to all the others. As the lid was opened, his skeleton was found lodged in quicklime. He had been buried according to Greek orthodox traditions, which amongst other things, demanded that the dead person's head should point to the west and their feet to the east.