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G Giebner (#47161525)
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Bio Photo I am a local cemetery research volunteer working with a small team from the Fairfield County (SC) Genealogical Society. We specialize in locating and identifying the "lost, abandoned, forgotten, small, family" cemeteries. Fairfield County and portions of contiguous counties are our "hunting" areas. Members of our team have found about 150 tiny cemeteries in this very rural county and remain focused on finding more. It's been estimated that there may be as many as 200 of these forgotten burying places scattered out there in the boondocks just in this county alone. It's satisfying and (we feel) useful work. It can be a little dangerous because of reptiles and other natural conditions so we do not venture into the outback singly, and rarely in hot weather. Rattlesnakes and rock walls go together like PB&J. It isn't unusual to be a mile from the nearest habitation and help - it can be a big, lonely country out there. South Carolina may be a "small" state but don't try graving alone out there in the boondocks; be smart or your bones may never be found.

Fairfield County, South Carolina, in particular, was in the pathway westward for hundreds, if not thousands, of people from the latter 1700s to the latter 1800s approximately; a good "stopping off place" for those wanting a better, or perhaps somewhat easier, life in that era before electricity, cars, and paved roads. It was a good route southerly and westerly, bypassing the Appalachians with their wagons and the family cow. They came from all points north, tired of the cold, harsh, long winters. People came and settled because the winters were milder, there was good game hunting and fishing, plenty of good water, flowing streams, and the growing season was long. They stayed for a generation or two (or three) and tried farming. They buried their many dead babies, young children, young wives from childbirth, their old folks near where they homesteaded. Then they died out themselves or moved on and their burying places were then lost, abandoned, forgotten. To this very day much of Fairfield County is still a low population area. The primary crop is timber management for large corporations and wealthy individuals the very same areas where the settlers had their brief stays. Now only forestry-type people, game management, hunters, loggers, and a few old time residents, have knowledge of these little cemeteries, often just one or two graves. I have to say that it's always a thrill to find another small, undiscovered, cemetery - each time that happens, it continues to drive me to keep on looking for more. This research and identification of grave sites is our contribution to the future. It isn't uncommon to get e-mails from someone who discovered our posts on Find-a-grave and who are excited to find their long lost 4x-grandparents. Of course, we take pleasure in that but the real satisfaction is in finding, mapping, recording, and photographing the hundreds of burials for posterity.

Someone wrote that Find A Grave is not a genealogy web-site. I couldn't disagree more. It's a great resource. Should my efforts help someone, anyone, find some of their family members or ancestors, then my 'work' is well worth it.
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Patricia Craig
# 49996237 - James P Robinson
Thank you so much for your Find a Grave work; it is enormously helpful. I have many ancestors buried in South Carolina, including several at the Old Lebanon Cemetery. I hope you can correct the information on James Paul Robinson that was (carelessly) provided by Anonymous in #4660534.

James Paul Robinson was b 17 May 1784 in Fairfield County, and d there 10 Mar 1857. He was the first child of John Robinson (1755-1832) and Sarah Paul (1760-1840), immigrants to South Carolina from Ireland. They are my 3rd Great Grandparents. Both are also buried at Old Lebanon Cemetery.

James never married. He was a planter and slave holder of as many as 10 individuals. He died intestate and his estate was divided among 8 surviving siblings.

The Agness Younge named previously as his mother was his maternal grandmother, wife of Archibald Paul (my 4th GGparents). James also had a sister named Nancy Agness. In fairness to "Anonymous", there were several James Pauls and several James P Robinsons.

Thanks again - I hope this can be corrected for the record. -- Patricia Wilmoth Craig
Added by Patricia Craig on Jan 06, 2016 9:50 PM
Steve Crosby
Thank You Gibby
I appreciate the photo you posted of the Crosby Family Cemetary near Cool Branch.

Steve Crosby
Added by Steve Crosby on Nov 14, 2015 7:44 PM
Teddy Burt
Thanks for the gestor of giving me credit for the addition of Margaret Harden's mother. That was every nice. I appreciate it.
Teddy Lou
Added by Teddy Burt on Nov 05, 2015 3:06 PM
Teddy Burt
You found and made a memorial for my 3xgreat-grandmother. Did you happen to find a grave for her husband James Gladney there in Old Lebanon Presbyterian Cem.
Added by Teddy Burt on Nov 03, 2015 10:42 AM
Dale Roach Ransom
51900120 & 51900121
Are you sure these two infants should be in this cemetery, Beautiful stones and they are also listed in another cemetery with the same pictures of the tombstones.
Added by Dale Roach Ransom on Oct 16, 2015 7:11 PM
Memorial link to Parents
Find A Grave Memorial# 107055246, Thomas Hall. His parents were JOhn Hall #62030133 & Martha Gladden #6203254. Will you please add the link?

You and your genealogical society are doing a wonderful work with finding the graves and creating a FindaGrave memorial. Thank you.

Added by Ludie on Oct 13, 2015 8:01 AM
CL Hileman
Thanks so much for all you do in keeping the memory of our loved ones alive. It is the dedication of persons like you helping those that cannot find the graves of our forefathers. Many cemeteries go unmapped and forgotten, often covered over, plowed under or built on top of, by the uncaring; making it impossible to locate and forever lost.
There's a special place in heaven for the guardians of our heritage - You will be there. I thank you whole heartedly! CL Hileman
Added by CL Hileman on Jun 14, 2015 1:13 PM
diane elkins
RE: Minnie James #110749795
Thanks for all the memorials you have added. It helps me with my family research. Diane
Added by diane elkins on May 09, 2015 8:49 AM
diane elkins
RE: Minnie James #110749795
The only thing I can find is a copy from the James Family Bible of her husband's family and they spelled her name Minnie Lucile Robertson. I don't know if that is proof enough or not. I have no one to ask. So many family members of that family are long gone. I don't guess it has to be on her memorial. Thanks, Diane
Added by diane elkins on May 08, 2015 4:34 PM
Betsy Starnes
RE: Louise T Simpson Patrick #42721521
Would be fine to transfer.
I have found 2 memorial pages for AT Simpson, one where he is buried in France and one where a marker in his remembrance is located where his parents are buried in Elgin, SC
He actually died 18 Nov 1944.
Thank you for starting this line of questioning.
AND thanks for all the time you have put into documenting these grave sites. Fairfield County has the best workers anywhere!
Added by Betsy Starnes on Apr 15, 2015 5:24 PM
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