Jo Church Dickerson

Member for
7 years · 2 months · 3 days
Find A Grave ID
47851711

Bio

- Lifelong genealogist, Pee Dee area of South Carolina (especially Dillon and Marion Counties).

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

- Past editor of the "Pee Dee Queue" newsletter; past Chapter president; past manager of the Chapter website.

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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 10 March 2018

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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 last updated 10 March 2018 July 2015.
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