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Here Rests the Body of Col. William Rhett

St. Philip's Church Cemetery has one more individual interred that I would like to jot down a few notes about. The following is from The Founders: Portraits of Persons Born Abroad Who Came to the Colonies in North America Before the Year 1701 by Charles Knowles Bolton.

"Colonel William Rhett was born, it is said, 4 September 1666 in London, although no trace of him can be found there in the accessible printed records. He seems to have been captain of a merchantman in early life, and made his home at Brentwood, County Essex. There he was married, 1 September 1692, to Sarah Cooke. The family arrived in South Carolina in November 1694...Colonel Rhett died 12 January 1722, when on the point of leaving Charleston to be Governor of the Bahamas.

...Rhet was colonel of the Provincial Militia, receiver general of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, surveyor and comptroller of customs for Carolina and the Bahama Islands. When in command of the colony ships, in 1706, he repelled a F…

From the Life of General Thomas Pinckney

Since my visit to Charleston, South Carolina and St. Philip's Church Cemetery, I have learned a little more about Major General Thomas Pinckney. What a fascinating life he led. Want to know more about him? Read on!

General Thomas Pinckney's grandfather (Thomas Pinckney) came to South Carolina and made it his home in 1692. His wife was Mary Cotesworth. Thomas built a house at the corner of East Bay and Tradd Street in Charleston. He had full view of the harbor. He died in this home of yellow fever.


General Thomas Pinckney's father, Charles Pinckney, was educated in England and became a successful lawyer upon returning to Carolina. He accumulated a large fortune and was Speaker of the House of Assembly from 1736-1740. Charles married Elizabeth Lucas in 1744. This marriage produced our subject in 1750.

Thomas Pinckney was educated for 19 years in England at Westminster, Oxford. He read Greek fluently to the end of his life. In 1774, Thomas was admitted to the Charleston bar.

Maplewood & Other Graves County, Kentucky Cemeteries

I heard about Maplewood Cemetery in Mayfeld, Graves County, Kentucky from Susan at Life in a Box. She wrote a nice entry about the cemetery and some of its more infamous stones. One in particluar is the "procession which never moves." It's the WOOLRIDGE family plot in which every member is represented by a statue. I would love to see it.

After following a link Susan provided in her entry to the City of Mayfield website, I was happy to find more information on Maplewood Cemetery. What was even more exciting was the other burial records and cemetery information they have. Onsite, they have records for Maplewood, Highland Park, and Oak Rest cemeteries. Furthermore, they link to a page listing all the cemeteries in Graves County as well as their locations. Very nice.

St. Philip's Church Cemetery

I just finished creating a page on the Southern Graves website for St. Philip's Church Cemetery. This beautiful cemetery was established in 1680, and it is located on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina's historic downtown. I've included a short video with the church bells ringing in the background, several transcriptions, and several photos of the church, cemetery, and gravestones.

I also made some contributions to FindAGrave from this cemetery.

Check 'em out!

Henderson Spring Road Cemetery

Henderson Spring Road Cemetery is now online. It is located in Elko, Houston County, Georgia. I found out about this cemetery from a local resident who knew it as Springhill Church Cemetery. The church is long gone as far as I can tell, and the cemetery is not entirely kept up. It is, I must add, in a beautiful spot. The open part is under a huge tree. The farther in you go, it becomes more overgrown. Parts are under a couple of trees with a lot of moss hanging down. Very pretty.

A sad part about this cemetery is the many, many unknown burials. Some of these graves are marked only by mounds of dirt. On the page I set up for this cemetery, you will find a video showing this.

In addition to the unknown burials video, I have a 360° pan video, transcriptions of the stones, and more photos. Please stop by and take a look.
~~> Henderson Spring Road Cemetery <~~ Southern Graves Home

Lowe Plantation Owners in Beech Springs Cemetery

When I visit a cemetery, I am often struck by a particular stone I find. It might be an interesting quote, a somewhat fancy stone, a name that is vaguely familiar, or nothing in particular at all. This happened at Beech Springs Methodist Church Cemetery in Bullard, Twiggs County, Georgia. Thomas Lowe and his wife Cornelia Ann Mims piqued my interest. The following is what I found out about them.

From History of Twiggs County, Georgia Sesquicentennial (1809-1959) by J. Lanette O'Neal Faulk and posted to the MIMS Mailing List by Jeanne Filice:
LOWE-MIMS
Thomas Lowe was born December 26, 1826, and died January 17, 1880 at his home in Bullard. He married Cornelia Ann Mims. She was born in Edgefield, South Carolina July 26, 1829, daughter of Martin and Charlsie Ferguson Mims.

Children of Thomas & Cornelia:
1. William T. (1853-1873)
2. Julia Augusta (married William Andrews)
3. John Thomas (1855-1883)
4. E. Martin (1858-1885)
5. John (1862-1869)
6. Thomas (1864-1950)
7. Cornelia Eliz…

Beech Springs Methodist Church Cemetery

I made some contributions to FindAGrave from the Beech Springs Methodist Church Cemetery in Bullard, Twiggs County, Georgia. Items include transciptions and photos. Surnames include BULLARD, COOK, GOODWIN, GRESHAM, JOHNSTON, LOWE, MCCORMICK, and RAMEY.

According to New Georgia Encyclopedia, Bullard was first the site of a steamboat landing on the Ocmulgee River. It later became Bullard Depot on the Southern Railway. According to Towns & Communities of Twiggs County, Georgia, this town was named after the Daniel Bullard family.

Following is a video of Beech Springs Methodist Church Cemetery:





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The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)