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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 more than 100 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.

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. 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
RE: Your 3x-great grandparents
They are John Robinson (1755-1832) and Sarah P (Paul) Robinson (1760-1840), in the Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Fairfield County. They immigrated from Northern Ireland before 1784. The next generation began the move south and west, with my 2x g-grandfather in Georgia and then Arkansas. Thank you again, Mr. Giebner.
Added by Patricia Craig on Feb 09, 2015 9:49 PM
Patricia Craig
Many thanks
I deeply appreciate your work and contributions to the ancestry searches of many of us. Like others, without your recording these gravesites I would not know where my 3rd g-grandparents ended their lives in South Carolina. Many others in my tree took that westward trail that you mentioned.
Added by Patricia Craig on Feb 09, 2015 8:02 PM
Jeff Rawl
Wirick/Wyrick Family graveyard
My wife inherited the property this graveyard sits on, but we are not familiar with the family. If anyone has any information on this, I would love to hear from you at
Added by Jeff Rawl on Jan 21, 2015 2:09 PM
Several of the of graves you posted are my immigrant ancestors and their/my kin. Thank you so much for your efforts. When I have more time to dig through my paperwork I have documentation to add to those graves.

Atlanta (but SC born & raised)
Added by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2014 10:50 AM
Steve Seim
Fairfield County Poor House Farm Cemetery
Do you have GPS coordinates for this cemetery?
Added by Steve Seim on Nov 13, 2014 9:14 AM
Chakira Hogan
Squirewell Family
Hello Mr. Giebner. I am genuinely interested in the work that you have done with the Squirewell family. My Great Great Grandmother was a Squirewell from Fairfield county and I would be interested in acquiring any information you may be willing to offer. I stumbled upon your page here and have actually been doing some research of my own based on the death certificates that I have been able to locate over the last few months or so. I am shocked to see that some of the information that I found originally has some truth to it, based on what you have contributed to this site. If at all possible please reach out to me. My Grandmother (the granddaughter of a late Squirewell) is still living and I would love to share this with her before years end. Thank you for any knowledge that you may be able to share.

Sincerest Regards,
Added by Chakira Hogan on Nov 05, 2014 7:23 AM
Samuel A./Eliz. Lewis McCants
I am speechless. (And my family will tell you that rarely happens.) Of all the FindaGraves I have managed and created, of all the relatives I have tagged to my family tree, somehow seeing the photo of my 3g grandparents' graves touched me beyond measure. Seeing this tangible evidence of them made them more real to me.

Many thanks for all you do.

Glenna Kinard
Added by GBK on Oct 06, 2014 2:38 PM
Fairfield Cemetery Committee
Mr Giebner,
Thank you so very much for your dedicated work on the Cemetery Committee. Your local access to these family cemeteries contributes to the genealogy files of the many out of state and often out of county researchers. Keep up the fantastic work.

Curry Walker
Frankfurt am Main
Added by GermanMagnolia on May 04, 2014 11:48 PM
Mike Kelly
Dennis Crosby Cemetery
Thank you so much for your message and for pointing me in the right direction to get the grave appropriately listed. I have moved that to the Crosby Family Cemetery that you mentioned. Please let me know if I have done this incorrectly. Based on the photo of this cemetery, I'm assuming it would be impossible to identify where Dennis is buried?

Thanks again for your efforts, it means a lot to people like me who may never have the chance to travel to these places.

Mike Kelly
Added by Mike Kelly on Apr 29, 2014 10:48 AM
Mary Adeline Walker
Thanks for the good photos and also for the info on Fairfield County. Happy hunting.
Added by DGW on Apr 28, 2014 1:43 PM
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