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Re: [SC] Pinckney and Betty Adger/Lawson

I had been searching for the graves of family members in Rock Hill and Johnston, SC and in most cases I had the records that included the location, however, when I visited the cemetery I discovered that there was no head stone. When I inquired at the church I was told that there were many unmarked graves there and they had no idea who was where. They asked the church members to locate and identify their family members and the church was willing to put markers on the graves.

Because the deaths were so long ago, I believe the few family members still attending the church have no idea of the location of anyone and probably don't even know to whom they are related.

I, too, have no record of some family members, but am sure that they are buried at Cross Roads because my family stayed together in those days. They still bury there today. Most of my family had no idea who came before them until I started my research.

In Johnston, my great grandfather and mother are buried in the same grave, but her name is not on the headstone. I only know this because when I visited the cemetery Mothers's Day week-end, the cemetery groundskeeper told me that there were two buried in the same grave. Otherwise, I would have never known.

My great grandfather died before records were issued, his headstone is the only recorded date of his death. But, I had one for my grandmother and I knew she was there.

So, your family member may very well be at the church, but today the church members may not be aware of the unmarked graves. The information was from an elderly member at Cross Roads, the pastor was new and didn't know anything. If you can visit the church and speak with the elders you may find out more info. Most death records identify the undertaker, maybe if you contact the ones listed on the records you do have you may be able to find your family members location and dates.

Just wanted to share my experience because most of my progress involved visiting the church when I was able to speak with the members.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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