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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 prefer to concentrate on locating, documenting, and photographing the "lost, abandoned, forgotten, small, family" cemeteries; often just one or two graves.

Incredibly, I have been criticized for that statement; persons read that, then indignantly e-mail that their cemetery is not lost or abandoned. I guess some people have great difficulty understanding the English language. It’s just that we like to focus on rediscovering the myriad 'forgottens' in this county (1000+ 18th & 19th century graves and still counting; some as early as the 1780s), and not as much on the knowns. It should be obvious that we do the knowns, too. A FEW PEOPLE OUT THERE CAN BE SO RUDE AND UNAPPRECIATIVE!

Fairfield County and nearby portions of contiguous counties are our "hunting" areas. Members of our team have found more than 150 tiny burial sites in this very rural, and pine forest covered, 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 know it's meaningful 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 one to two miles (walking) 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. Our buzzards aren't choosy!

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 horses, wagons and maybe even 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, surveyors, 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 forgotten burying site - 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. Maybe; maybe not. It's a great resource. Should our efforts help someone, anyone, find some of their family members or ancestors, then our 'work' is well worth it.
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James P Robinson # 49996237
Please delete bio. I was wrong on his parents. His will proves who his parents were (by naming all his siblings). They were John & Sarah and not Alexander & Nancy. John & Alexander were brothers that came from Ireland. Each family of Robinson for generations have named their children the same names, making for a real confusion. I sent links to his parents. I would have sent this through suggest an edit but it will not work through my computer, the click on I am not a robot refuses to work for me. I have told Find A Grave many times but to no avail.
Added by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2017 6:18 PM
Ann Parkinson
Infant Gladden
Thank you for writing. My entry was first and as I understand Find A Grave rules, you should have sent me an edit to move the infant to the correct cemetery rather than making new memorials. I will gladly move to the correct cemetery and then you can delete your duplicates.
Added by Ann Parkinson on Aug 14, 2017 4:38 PM
Frances Redman
Thank you for the links. I read your Bio.. My mother Jean Clawson Agee took me to the Chisholm Cemetery many years ago. It was on Big Sky Drive, Or Turner Road Before 911 signs, off on the south side of Hy 9 east of Chester. It was on the east side of Hoopers Creek and not far off the Hy 9. There is a Black cemetery on the west bank of Hoopers Creek. which has confused several people looking for the Chisholm Family Cemetery. When I went there with my mother, we drove through a field at the end of Big Sky Drive where the pavement ended, over to a stand of trees and that was where the cemetery was located. About ten years ago, I tried to find it and the field is now grown up with Pines and Cedars and after several attempts I gave up. Scott Coleman who is with the Chester History Center told me that he has a marker to place at Mr Moore's grave. He was a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. Scott never got around to showing me where the cemetery is, and now I am not able to walk that distance. I am descended from the Chisholms and Letha Beckham Bratton. I would like to have pictures of the monuments placed on the memorials. The Black Cemetery is not recorded and there are about 30 marked graves there. This cemetery is behind a gate just past Hoopers Creek right on the tree line straight behind gate down a farm road. If you are interested The Chester Gen. Society may have a better Map. Thanks Again. G Agee.
Added by agagee on Aug 02, 2017 7:52 AM
Thank you so much for the pictures of my Gladden relatives, I appreciate it more than you will ever realize.
Added by AnnMarie on Jul 20, 2016 10:50 AM
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I just wanted to apologize for I previously sent you an erroneous message. I typed in Alston Burying Grounds at Oaks Plantation (the information that was written in books) and was lead to the Alston Family Cemetery in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown. Once I mapped the locations, I can clearly see this was not rezoned for these two cemeteries are located on different sides of the state. It is obvious the information within books have the incorrect cemetery name for it should be the Oaks Cemetery, section Alston Family Cemetery at the Oaks Planation. Again, I am terribly sorry for bothering you and for the incorrect information…I feel absolutely horrible!
Added by Princessanws on Apr 30, 2016 12:32 PM
Alston Burying Grounds
I see you care for this cemetery's records on this website, in which the cemetery is listed as being located within Fairfield County, South Carolina. During my research of the four old plantations and this cemetery, I discovered the cemetery was recently rezoned and now located in Murells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Added by Princessanws on Apr 30, 2016 12:16 PM
Kathy Heaton Wells
Photos of Melvina Well Bennett
Thank you so much for those photos. Very clear and nicely done.
Don't know if you live near that area. I'm looking for someone that I can pay to look up her obituary. Are you interested, if you are local?
Thanks, Kathy Wells.
Added by Kathy Heaton Wells on Mar 11, 2016 9:24 AM
Debbie McWatters
Added by Debbie McWatters on Mar 09, 2016 9:23 PM
Lathan Family Cemetery
Thank you so much for taking the pictures of John Lathan's grave... it saved me a six-hour car drive!
Added by lindsaytrips on Mar 01, 2016 8:57 PM
Barbara Monts
John Milling
Thank you so very much for finding this grave for us. I believe this is part of my ancestry. My great great grandfather was John Milling, born 1788 in South Carolina. He seems to have traveled through Alabama and then settled in Neshoba County, MS.
John Milling's is the oldest grave in the cemetery where he is buried, Morrow cemetery. All my ancestors are buried there, down to my mother.
We did not have a connection exactly to SC other than census records.
My daughter lives in Rock Hill, SC. I will be visiting her soon and we would love to go to see this grave. This could be my great x 3 grandfather, or an uncle of his. Are there directions to this grave?


Barbara P Monts
Added by Barbara Monts on Feb 22, 2016 7:22 AM
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