Anderson County, SC

Book-of-the-Dead

Tombstone Inscriptions

Compiled by: Paul M. Kankula NN8NN (non-copyrighted)

16 Oct 2013

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"Remember Youth as You pass by,

As You are now, so Once was I.

 As I am now, you must be,

Prepare for Death and follow me."

 

 

Rev. Roston "Ross" Miels Smith Sr.

 b. 23-Mar-1902 - d. 18-Oct-1974

 

BOTD Tombstone Inscriptions Donated to the GenWeb Tombstone Project

by Roston Miels Smith Jr. on 10-Mar-2005

 

By:  Anderson Independent Newspaper Staff Writer, 12-Sep-1965

 

For four and a half years (1965) Ross M. Smith (Roston Meils Smith Sr.) has probed about the cemeteries of Anderson County carefully recording the names from more than 30,000 tombstones. Only the worst weather has driven him inside - to the musty archives of the Anderson Courthouse  where he has meticulously copied deeds to the land on which 248 churches stand. The retired (he is 63) teacher  who lives at 508 Milton Road  Anderson  has spent countless hours meticulously working the field-trip information into a unique book. Whether his book is published will depend entirely on whether sufficient demand for it can be determined.  It will have value for genealogists  historians and research libraries embracing those fields. His manuscript represents a fantastic labor of love. It is prefaced by a map of Anderson County on which the 148 cemeteries - Smith says he missed only a few family burial grounds - are numbered. The names  more than 30,000 of them of Anderson County's dead are compiled on page after page - in alphabetical order.  Each entry list birth date death date often notations from markers and monuments. The entries reach as far back as a 1630 birth date and include deaths into the first half of this decade. The research effort grows out of Smith's work to trace the origins of his own family.  And grew.  And grew. Armed sometimes with a heavy hickory cane, the tall  studious Smith attacked cemeteries plots head high with brambles.  "I found those easier to manage in the winter " he said. Generally  the church cemeteries were best kept.  Steadily  his card index files grew. Meanwhile  Smith has become rather an authority on Anderson County families.  His work,  in fact, has revealed bits of information unknown before to state historians - sons or daughters of prominent early figures not mentioned in works of broader scope. Retired after teaching at Williamston's Palmetto High School - and three years as principal at West Pelzer Elementary School - Smith said of his long work:  "Well  some people fish and some play golf..." Smith has prowled cemeteries. Veterans  Servicemen killed in action.  Great grandparents of a population spread across the state now.  Early settlers  Latecomers seeking the South's opportunity. "There are more Revolutionary War graves at the old Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church cemetery than any others I have recorded " Smith said.  The church now is the Pickens Chapel.  Other older burial sites were in cemeteries of the Old Stone Church at Pendleton and Anderson's First Baptist Church. "Killed by Runaway Horses."  "Killed In An Explosion Of An Engine."  "Called From Labors To Refreshment." The result of Smith's own labors is a massive volume, carefully compiled, alphabetized, cross-indexed, map-keyed. Whether it can be published will depend on some indication of the market for the product of those labors nearing five years now.

 

 

 

BOTD Tombstone Inscription Project

  • BOTD cemetery reference numbers will proceed each surname and will indicate the person's place of burial. 

  • BOTD cemetery reference numbers are different than those used by the GenWeb Tombstone Inscription Project.

  • Several cemetery locations are in abutting counties.

  • Obituary notices that were found in old newspapers, use a "???" reference number, if, the place-of-burial was not given. 

  • A "EEE" reference number is used, if, a cemetery reference number could not be clearly read.

  • Normally, only the names of adults have been recorded - no children. 

  • The 049a GENEROSTEE BAPTIST, 061a HOLMES FAMILY, 091a Old MOUNT TABOR BAPTIST & 119b POOR FAMILY cemeteries were Indexed but never recorded.

  • The husband & wife are listed together, if, the wife's maiden name was not shown. 

  • The husband & wife are listed together, if, the wife's maiden name was shown with no dates given. 

  • The husband & wife are listed separately, if, the wife's maiden name was shown with dates.   

  • E-Mail typo corrections to Paul M Kankula at gcgenweb@bellsouth.net.

  • PDF copy of actual 2nd Edition BOTD is on-line. 

  • EXPECT TYPO ERRORS...

 

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Surname Range

Volunteer Typist  

 Posted

 

             

 

A

 

 Abbett   - - -   Ayers   

Vivian Parkman

06-23-05

 

 

B

 

 Baagoil   - - -   Bysum   

MaryClyde Mungo

07-08-05

 

 

C

 

 Cabe   - - -   Cuthbert

Jennie Boggs

06-23-05

 

 

D

 

 Dacus   - - -   Dyer

Vivian Parkman

03-26-05

 

 

E

 

 Eads   - - -   Ewing

"

03-31-05

 

 

F

 

Fagg   - - -   Furgason

"

04-02-05

 

 

G

 

Gabe   - - -   Guyton

"

04-12-05

 

 

H

 

Haas   - - -   Hyde

"

04-30-05

 

 

I

 

 Iberhardt   - - -   Izlar

Jennie Boggs

03-20-05

 

 

J

 

 Jackson   - - -   Jutice

"

03-23-05

 

 

K

 

Karr   - - -   Kyles

"

04-02-05

 

 

L

 

LaBoon   - - -   Lytton

"

04-17-05

 

 

M

 

Macizewski   - - -   Meyers

"

05-18-05

 

 

N

 

Nabors   - - -   Nugent

"

05-23-05

 

 

O

 

O'Bar   - - -   Ozmint

"

05-23-05

 

 

P

 

 Pace   - - -   Pruitt

MaryClyde Mungo

03-25-05

 

 

Q

 

 Quails   - - -   Quinn

"

03-22-05

 

 

R

 

Rackley   - - -   Rymer

"

04-08-05

 

 

S

 

Sadler   - - -   Symmons

"

05-18-05

 

 

T

 

Tabor   - - -   Tyus

"

04-19-05

 

 

U

 

Ulmer   - - -   Usery

"

04-16-05

 

 

V

 

Vanden   - - -   Voyles

"

04-16-05

 

 

W

 

 Waddell   - - -   Wynn

"

06-11-05

 

 

Y

 

Yancy   - - -   Young

"

04-16-05

 

 

Z

 

 Zachary   - - -   Zisnack

"

04-01-05

 

             

 

 

 

Included Supplements

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

1st Edition -  Jun-1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missed Inscriptions - 1 Page

Margaret Breazeale to Amelia Varnadore

Paul Kankula

 

 

 

 

  Corrections of Errors - 4 Pages - No Page #'s

  William Acker to Susie Yearbrough

"

 

 

 

 

  Additional Inscriptions - 2 Pages - No Page #'s

  Robert Adams to Mary Reves

"

 

             

 

 

 

2nd Edition - Aug-1967

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Cemeteries - Pages 435-442

F.A. Abercrombee to Mary Woods

002a-Anderson, 016c-Broadmouth Baptist & 115a-Payne

Paul Kankula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Edition - Need to locate copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Inscriptions? - Pages 446-447? 

J.Walton to Cleo Welborn     

Paul Kankula  

 

             

 

 

 

4th Edition - Nov-1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Cemeteries - Page 442    

  Elijah Brown to Frank White 

  076a-Martin's  Grove Holiness, 030-Dean, 128-   

  Reid & 016d-Brown

Paul Kankula

 

 

 

 

  Names Missed - Page 442

  Chlor Spruell to Maude Todd

"

 

 

 

 

  1973 - Microfilmed by ?

 

 

 

        1975 - Microfilmed by Microgen / Howell Microfilms      
             
     

PDF Copy of 2nd Edition BOTD

     
  1     Pages 001 to 050      
  2     Pages 051 to 100      
  3     Pages 101 to 150      
  4     Pages 151 to 200      
  5     Pages 201 to 250      
  6     Pages 251 to 300      
  7     Pages 301 to 350      
  8     Pages 351 to 400      
  9     Pages 401 to 448      
             

                                                 

 

Cemetery Names, Reference #'s & Tombstone Inscriptions

 

BOTD tombstone inscriptions may differ from GenWeb - compare both recordings.

  Link BOTD Project   Link GenWeb Project  
             
   EEE  Unreadable BOTD inscription    

 

 
   ???  Unknown burial place        
   001  Anderson 1st Baptist    A077  Anderson 1st Baptist (1834)  
   002  Anderson 1st Presbyterian    A001  Anderson 1st Presbyterian (1837)  
   002a  Anderson Family    A124  Anderson Family  
   003  Andersonville Baptist    A004  Andersonville Baptist  
   004  Armstrong Family    A006  Armstrong Family  
   005  Asbury Methodist    A008  Asbury Methodist (1825)  
   006  Barker's Creek Baptist    A009  Barker's Creek Baptist (1821)  
   007  Barkley Family    A010  Barkley Family  
   008  Beaverdam Baptist    A011  Beaverdam Baptist (1852)  
   009  Belton Baptist    A012  Belton Memorial Park  
   010  Bennett Family    A013  Bennett Family, Elisha (1827)  
   011  Bethany Baptist    A014  Bethany Baptist (1884)  
   012  Bethesda Methodist    A020  Bethesda Methodist  
   013  Bethlehem Lutheran    A023  Bethehem Lutheran, Old  
   014  Beulah Methodist    A024  Beulah Methodist (1888)  
   015  Big Creek Baptist    A025  Big Creek Baptist (1789)  
   017  Breazeale Family    A027  Breazeale Family (reinterred)  
   016a  Buchanan Family    A029  Buchanan Family  
   016b  Burriss Family    A068  Burriss Family  

 

 016c   

 Broadmouth Baptist

 

 A028

 Broadmouth Baptist (1837)

 

 

 016d

 Brown Family

 

 A112

 Brown Family

 

   016  Byrum Family    A031  Byrum-LeBoon Family  
   018  Calvary Baptist    A032  Calvary Baptist (1942)  
   018a  Campbell Family    A033  Campbell Family  
   019  Carswell Baptist    A034  Carswell Baptist (1876)  
   020  Cedar Grove Methodist    A038  Cedar Grove Methodist  
   021  Cedar Grove Baptist    A036  Cedar Grove Baptist (N) (1885)  
   022  Childress Family    A039  Childers Family  
   023  Clardy Family    A040  Clardy Family  
   024  Concord Baptist    A042  Concord Baptist (1907)  
 

 105

 Concord Presbyterian, Old    A043  Concord Presbyterian (1907)  
   025  Cooper Family    A165  McNeely Family  
   026  Corinth #1 Baptist    A046  Corinth Baptist #1  
   027  Corinth #2 Baptist    A330  Corinth Baptist #2 (1870)  
   028  Cox #1 Family    A048  Cox Family, Reuben  
   029  Cox-Grubbs #2 Family    A049  Cox-Grubbs Family  
   030  Dean Family        
   031  Dorchester Baptist    A054  Dorchester Baptist (1832)  
   031a  Dean Family    A052  Dean Family  
   032  Double Springs Baptist    A055  Double Springs Baptist (1831)  
   033  Douthit Family    A056  Douthit Family  
   033a  Duncan Family    A057  Duncan, Robert & Elizabeth  
   034  East View Honea Path    A060  East View Memorial Park (1903)  
   035  Ebenezer Methodist    A063  Ebenezer Methodist (1790)  
   036  Emerson Family    A066  Emerson Family  
   037  Erskine Family    A067  Erskine Family  
   038  Eskew or Burriss Family    A030  Burriss Family (1840) (reinterred)  
   039  Eureka Baptist    A069  Eureka Baptist (1888)  
   040  Fairview Methodist    A073  Fairview Methodist (1820)  
   041  Fant Family    A074  Fant Family  
   042  Fant's Grove Baptist    A075  Fant's Grove Baptist  
   043  First Creek Baptist    A078  First Creek Baptist (1824)  
   044  Flat Rock Baptist    A079  Flat Rock Baptist (1866)  
   045  Forest Lawn    A080  Forest Lawn Memorial  
   046  Friendship #1 Baptist    A082  Friendship Baptist (1890)  
   047  Friendship #2 Baptist    A081  Friendship Baptist  
   047a  Gambrell Family    A084  Gambrell Family, Ezekiel  
   047b  Gambrell Family    A085  Ganbrell Family, James  
   048  Garden of Memories    A086  Garden of Memories  
   049  Generostee Presbyterian    A371  Generostee Presbyterian, New  
   106  Generostee Presbyterian, Old    A089  Generostee Presbyterian (1790), Old  
   049a  Generostee Baptist (no inscriptions rec.)    A090  Generostee Baptist (N) (1884)  
   050  Good Hope Baptist    A092  Good Hope Baptist (1789)  
   107  Good Hope Presbyterian, Old    A094  Good Hope Presbyterian (1789-1989)  
   051  Gray Family    057  Hammond Family    A108  Hammond Family  
   058  Hannah Hall Family    A103  Hall Family, Hannah  
   107a  Hard Shell Baptist, Old    A109  Hard Shell Baptist, Old  
   058a  Harris Family    C298  Harris Family / Harrisburgh Plantation  
   059  Hebron Methodist    A113  Hebron Methodist (1875)  
   060  Hodges Family    A115  McThursday Methodist  
   061  Holbert Family    A102  Halbert Family  
   061a  Holmes Family (no inscriptions recorded)    A119  Holmes Family  
   062  Honea Path Presbyterian    A120  Honea Path Presbyterian (1860)