Watts-Wilson Cemetery

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Watts-Wilson Cemetery

Location
Branham Road
Blythewood, Richland County, South Carolina, USA Add to Map
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The cemetery was located in Fairfield County at the time all persons were buried here. Subsequently Fairfield ceded several square miles of its southern area, circa 1912/1913, to Richland County, and the cemetery as well as the town of Blythewood, is now in that county.

This cemetery is 50’ x 100’ (fenced area) and has about 30+ graves in four rows; only 10 found marked and identified. All graves but one (known) are before the Civil War and there are no quarried tombstones, only fieldstones, most with fairly rough hand-chiseled lettering. Readable death dates range from 1837 to 1868. Some of the headstones are a very hard slate which preserves the lettering; slate said to be collected from the nearby Twenty Five Mile Creek. This stone may chip, flake, and break from weathering. As evidence, there are a few slate pieces scattered around which may have been part of larger gravestones.

Who was H Wilson? Who was Miss R Watts or Sally Watts? No individual or family history has been found so far. Descendants, some of whom still live close by, do not know these names or their relationships. They were Caucasian who were possibly affected by the economic hardships of the times and could not afford machined, tooled, headstones. Yet all were probably afforded Christian burials, buried in neat rows, and marked with field stones, with about 30, or more, depressions apparent. An understanding is that these folks were Presbyterian at the time (or possibly ARP).

All depressions have settled uniformly indicating the use of wooden coffins.

(Submitted 24 Mar 2017)

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  • Added: 24 Mar 2017
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