Photo added by Don Whiteley


406 Kempson Bridge Rd
Denny, Saluda County, South Carolina, USA Add to Map
Memorials 11 added (73% photographed)

Search Merchant-Bouknight:

Located 800-1000 yards behind and to the left of 406 Kempson Bridge Rd (Highway 395) 1.5 miles from the intersection of Kempson Bridge Rd and the Denny Highway (Highway 194) on land own by Jake Nichols, across from Nichols Garage in the Hollywood Community of Saluda County. The Cemetery is enclosed by a chain-link fence 30' by 40'

Three transcriptions of this cemetery has been documented, 1978, 1988 and 2012.

In June 1978, the cemetery was transcribed by Don & Mary Ethel Fulmer Whiteley. (Mary is a direct decendant of James & Rachel Merchant). At that time, 11 grave markers (Headstones) were located and copied. The cemetery was covered in briars. An old fence that once surrounded the cemetery had been torn down. Most of the grave stones had been pushed down, broken or cracked, apparently by cows that occupied the pasture.

In 1979, the family of Ethel Tallu Taylor Bowers (Daughter of Ada Merchant Taylor), cleaned up the cemetery and erected a chain-link fence around the cemetery. At that time, no additional headstones were found.

In 1988, the cemetery was transcribed by Phillip Brooks (husband of Geralyn Fulmer Brooks - a direct descendant of James & Rachel Merchant). At that time, only 10 of the 11 grave markers documented in 1978 remained. The transcription was done for the Saluda County Genealogical Society and was published in "Our Saluda County Ancestors" Vol 1, page 5

In June of 2012, Don & Mary Whiteley returned to the cemetery to photo document the headstones which remained. The cemetery was heavily overgrown with briars and long thorney vines which were at one time rose bushes. Only 7 of the original 11 headstones documented in 1978 remained. The south side of the chain-link fence erected in 1979 was damaged - possibly due to a fallen limb or tree. The condition of the cemetery is very poor.


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  • Added: 3 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2451827