Survey was done in the 1980's by Jo Church Dickerson. Second Survey done by Chris Daniels around 2005. Private Property. Contact Land Owners due to electric wire and cattle. The cemetery is laid out in three rows with known burials only on the first and third rows.
The following was composed by Jo Church Dickerson in June 1997:
BARRETT "WRIT" BARFIELD / GEORGE COOK CEMETERY - Dillon County, SC
Tombstones copied 1993
LOCATION: In Kemper Community, on State Road #278, recently renamed Grain Bin Road.
Directions: Going south out of Lake View on Hwy #41 turn left at the grain elevators. Follow this road 1.3 miles. Cross SR #427, now Cooktown Road, where SR #278 becomes a dirt road. Cross Eastern Prong of Herrod's Branch. At the first field on the right past the branch, park and walk to back right corner of field, about 200 yards from road. (Hope & pray that the field isn't freshly plowed!) Cemetery is just in the edge of the woods, under one large tree that the loggers left standing.
Barrett "Writ" Barfield, Jr. was the son of Barrett Barfield, Sr & his wife Susannah (_?_). Barrett Sr. and most of his purported twenty-two children sold out and went to Georgia about 1836/8. Subject of a sizable section in the "History of Marion County, South Carolina" by W. W. Sellers, the Barfield family in Dillon County is today represented only by the descendants of Writ Barfield and three of his sisters who married into the Goodyear and Rogers families. Sellers speculated that Barrett Sr. was a son or nephew of the Tory Captain Jesse Barfield. Research has not confirmed this, but it has provided clues that indicate the likelihood of it.
Writ's lands and the cemetery appear to have been part of a land grant to Joshua Barfield in the 1780's. Records show that Joshua Barfield was probably closely related to the Tory Captain Jesse Barfield, as Joshua paid taxes on the estate of a Jesse Barfield in 1786. There no clear line of conveyance of these lands to Writ in the Marion or Dillon County records. In the early to mid-1800's Writ's lands bounded on Furney Barfield, William Ford, James R. Hayes, John Elvington and Solomon Miller.
"The Tally Place", home of Robert Tally Barfield who was a son of Writ, was located several hundred yards southeast of the cemetery. It was most likely the homeplace of Writ, but no trace of it remains.
Individuals buried here include Writ and his second wife Martha "Patsie" (_?_). Evander Barfield was one of Writ's sons. Caroline Barfield Cook was daughter of Writ, who married George Cook, son of Ebenezer Cook and Telatha Miller. Mary Ann Cook and Thadeus Elmore Cook were unwed children of George and Caroline. Writ's children Tally and Susan are said to be buried here. Both unwed, they resided on the homeplace until their deaths. It is likely that Writ's first wife, Mary Porter is also buried here. (The death certificate of their son Harley states that his mother was Mary Porter.)
SOURCES: Marion and Dillon Co deeds and plats; State of SC land grants and plats; U.S. census records; Marion Co tax lists; Revolutionary War records; Family Bibles; death certificate of Harley Barfield; interviews with great grandchildren of Writ Barfield.
GPS Coordinates: 34.31488, -79.18738
- Added: 6 Aug 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2460622
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