Located a short distance southeast of the intersection of US17A and S-18-22 in a wooded area.
The lands in this area were Royal Grants to Daniel Axtell, a London merchant, beginning in 1680's. He and Joseph Morton were instrumental in directing settlers from England to Carolina. Landgrave Axtell accumulated vast acreages, some along the Edisto River. After his death, the land came into the hands of his widow, Lady Rebecca Axtell. In his Will he mentioned two sons, and five daughters, one of whom was Ann. Not all these children came to Carolina, but the one of interest to this history is Ann Axtell (Alexander) widow of John. When she and Joseph Boone were married her mother, Rebecca, gave her 1,000 acres of land which they named Mount Boone. They loved this plantation so much that both directed in their Wills to be buried here. The mansion at Mount Boone, which has been destroyed many years, was believed to have been built of brick according to the foundations that remained for a period of time; however, a map made in 1766 by Nathaniel Bradwell showed no house. The cemetery was not far from the home. Mount Boone Cemetery, as stated above, is bounded on the west by lands of Eleanora Sellers Kershaw, who stated at the time of searchers' visit, her house was nearly 100 years old, it had first belonged to her grandfather January Wilkerson, and she had been born there 77 years ago. On the south it is bounded by West Ashley Lumber Company, Inc. The graves of the Boones and one other marker are atop a high hill - hence Mount Boone - but are very badly overgrown and the graves of the Boones in desperate need of repair. Joseph Boone was a very important man in the development of the young Colony. He went to England several times to plead the just cause of the Carolina Colonies. Because he was so important to our survival he is deserving, in this writer's opinion, of a repaired grave, clean surroundings, property enclosed, and a Historic Marker. Doris W. Shuler
Directions given by Mr. Robert J. Zehnder.
- Added: 29 Feb 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2251550
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