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Jo Church Dickerson (#47851711)
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- Lifelong genealogist, Pee Dee area of South Carolina (especially Dillon and Marion Counties).

- Member of the Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society.

- Past editor of the "Pee Dee Queue", the chapter newsletter; past Chapter president; current manager of the Chapter website at:

WHEN I POST A PHOTOGRAPH to a cemetery or memorial page I generally add a caption with historical, biographical, and/or genealogical information on that cemetery, person or family.

Photo captions on Findagrave do not show up on the cemetery and memorial pages - the photo must be clicked on to see the caption. So please be sure to click on any photos I have posted if you are interested in that cemetery, person or family.

If I have posted a photograph to a memorial you manage, please feel free to add the caption to the biograpical section of the memorial, citing my caption as the source. Or just refer viewers to the caption. If you find errors in my caption please notify me.

This bio updated 5 June 2015.

I feel strongly that our old rural graveyards - black, white, and Indian - should be preserved as carefully and as accurately as we are able. They are our history, preserved in stone. In some cases they may be the only record of a person or family. In too many cases they have been lost to vandals, careless farming practices, falling trees, and the passage of time.

Old surveys of some of these graveyards provide names and dates of markers that all too often no longer exist, and are just as valuable in identifying those buried in a graveyard as death certificates and obituaries. They also provide older names the cemetery was known by.

We should strive to locate and study the old surveys and to record any differences in an earlier survey and the modern one. It is also important, whenever possible, to document the date an earlier survey was made, the name of the surveyor, the earlier name of the cemetery if any, and the name of the publication it appeared in. This gives descendants and historians additional information to factor into their research.

In addition, careful physical directions to the cemetery may be relied on when GPS fails. And as recently discovered, prior published directions may be in error. History of the land ownership if known may provide understanding of the family and/or families who have resided and perhaps been buried there.

I think it is incumbent on all of us to do the best job we can in preserving whatever knowledge remains of these old cemeteries. And my hat is off to all the Gravers who are doing just that.

This bio updated 19 July 2015.

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George Washington Rose has been removed as her husband so that you can add them back in the correct order.
Added by rdsxfan on Jul 25, 2015 8:13 AM
RE: Re: Owens Cemetery in Marion County
Hi Jo

Me and mom reading ur email.. we thought it will be better wait until wintertime to allow all weeds died and make more easier for us to looking.. Yeah of course we wouldn't going walking over land without landowners permission.

I will contact u again probably around Jan or Feb.. I can put off from Aug until Jan...


Added by Jason on Jul 13, 2015 11:20 AM
Owen Cemtery in Marion County
Hey Jo,

Just want to let u know I already set up my calendar on Aug 1,2015 so me and my mom going down to Gapway Church to looking around Owens Cemetery like u and Robin been talking about months ago. I just want to let u know I going be down there on Aug 1. so I can looking around Owens Cemetery and Williamson Cemetery if I find headstones.

Added by Jason on Jul 10, 2015 2:01 PM
robin pellicci moore
RE: Venice (Church) Shepherd
It was a no brainer when I saw the maiden name! I requested a grave photograph for Venice and I'll let you know if/when one is added.

I wrote to Jason and told him to read your message about the Owens and Lewis/Williamson cemeteries. I'd like to have them added to Find A Grave so I can move any of the ones I have listed at Gapway that should be in one of the others. I know David Owens needs to be moved to Owens (duh). If you want to create the cemeteries at Find A Grave since you know more about what to write in the description...please do. I'm not sure what the other one is actually known as. If you add it, perhaps you can add an AKA.

Added by robin pellicci moore on May 17, 2015 2:53 PM
Floyd Lanny Martin
RE: James David Gulledge Memorial
No just an old wore old Graver. LOL
Added by Floyd Lanny Martin on Apr 25, 2015 10:00 AM
Anson Chesterfield
RE: Rev. Julius Campbell
thanks Jo! I look forward for opportunities to collaborate and share information!
Added by Anson Chesterfield on Apr 20, 2015 12:25 PM
Anson Chesterfield
Julius Franklin Campbell now on Findagrave
hi Jo,
on the grave you created for Mary Wilks Ballard (#141144008), you were asking about the burial location for her daughter Annetta and her husband the Rev. Julius Franklin Campbell. At the time you posted this, there was no Findagrave entry for either Annetta or Julius.

I recently drove down to Oconee Memorial Park in Walhalla SC and then added an entry for Julius (#144020928), who is buried next to his first wife Ida Belle Gaddy Campbell. I do not have any burial information for Mary, however.

best regards,
Added by Anson Chesterfield on Apr 20, 2015 3:29 AM
Just Plain Nosy
Re: Enos Rowland Roberts

Thanks! :)
Added by Just Plain Nosy on Apr 05, 2015 9:26 AM
t. stephens
Mahaffeys at Forest Lawn
I have completed your edit requests for Steve and Michael Mahaffey and also added other information for them and their parents that I found. If you would like transfers, let me know.
Added by t. stephens on Apr 04, 2015 12:33 PM
RE: Matthew & Leatie Page
Hi Jo,

Thanks for all the hard work you have done. Yes, I am the one you met at my sister's house in White Pond. If you want to transfer those you created to me, that will be fine. Keith
Added by mks on Mar 30, 2015 10:01 AM
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