Contributed by Shirley-Cribb Matlock, Buddy Harrelson, and Jo Church Dickerson, 22 May 2002.
John CAMPBELL CEMETERY
Location: Marion County, South Carolina, north of Mullins.
Directions: Going north out of Mullins on Highway 41 North (Main Street), begin measuring at Dogwood Street, at the last traffic light. Go 2.1 miles and turn left into dirt driveway. Go 2/10 mile, past small white frame house, to back of field. Get out and walk north, along back of field. Cemetery is in the edge of the brush, about the middle of the field to your left, about 50 feet from the dirt drive. Cemetery has been recently cleared, but usually is hidden by dense brush, invisible and impenetrable. (The dirt road continues to a 2nd field behind the first. Do not go to the 2nd field - the cemetery is actually between the two fields.)
Recorded on February 16, 2002 by Shirley Cribb-Matlock, Buddy Harrelson, Jo Church Dickerson. 1st ROW Ida Dora * wife of T.W. Sellers Dec. 17, 1866 Feb. 9, 1899 Meet me in heaven. John Owens * son of T.W. & I.D. Sellers June 29, 1892 Aug. 22, 1893 He carries the lamb in his Bosam (sic) * These two stones are not included in "101 Cemeteries of Marion County" though "Isadora Sellers and her two children" are named there in a list of people said to have been buried here. It's hard to see how Ida Dora's (or Isadora's) stone was missed, because it's in the front row, and it's the largest stone here. These two stones appear to be about the same age as the others. They are the old, thin style, and do not appear to be new stones. 2nd ROW Theo Campbell Nov. 29, 1838 July 8, 1892 [W]e'll join in that heavenly land Foot Marker No more to take the parting hand. [TC] Emma Mabry Daughter of T.W. & I.D. Sellers Foot Marker April 26, 1890 [EMS] May 21, 1899 Another sweet flower Blossoms in the pews of heaven. John H. son of T. & E. Campbell Dec. 29, 1881 Foot Marker Mar. 1, 1883 ** [JHC] Blessed are the early dead. ** "101 Cemeteries" has this date as June 1, but it is clearly Mar. 1 on the stone. Capers Son of Theo & Emma Campbell May 31, 1875 Dec.4, 1882 Foot Marker Another sweet flower [CC] blossoms in the ??? Infant daughter of T. & E. Campbell May 21, 1872 June 21, 1872 3rd ROW Masonic Emblem In memory of James Dudney Died Sept. 11, 1878 Foot Marker age 60 yrs [JD] There are three other markers in this row. One has [CFC] and appears to be the footstone of Rev. Ch's Fletcher Campbell (see below). Two others are very small, and look like footstones but with no inscriptions. However there are no headstones in any nearby row that match up to these stones. So either their headstones are missing, or these are tiny headstones. 4th ROW Rev. Ch's Fletcher Campbell March 11, 1836 May 1, 1860 Masonic Emblem Remember Friends as you pass by As you are now so once was I, As I am now so you must be, Foot Marker Prepare for death and follow me. [CFC] *** *** This footstone [CFC] would seem to be the footstone for Rev. Ch's Fletcher Campbell. However the footstone sits immediately beside the headstone of James Dudney, and is not directly in a line with the headstone of Rev. C.F. Campbell. It has the appearance of perhaps having fallen, and perhaps been re-situated in the wrong place? 5th ROW 2 Wooden Markers 6th ROW 1 Wooden Marker Mary Huggins July 16, 1813 July 24, 1873 Her spirit smiles from that Bright Shore and Softly Whispers Weep no more Notes: Referred to in "101 Cemeteries of Marion County" as the John Campbell Family Cemetery, this cemetery is apparently located on lands that belonged to the John Campbell family, bounding on Maidendown Swamp. Sellers wrote about the Campbell family in his "History of Marion County." The Diary of the Rev. Simeon Campbell also contains a good bit of information about the people buried here, as this is the family of Rev. Simeon Campbell. In comparing our survey with the one made for the book "101 Cemeteries of Marion County" a few differences were noted, and are mentioned above. "101 Cemeteries" also provides a list of names of those said by Rev. Simeon Campbell to be buried here. The list as given in "101 Cemeteries" includes "Grandfather John Campbell" and says he was the first to be buried here, followed by his daughter, mother, and his wife, Ann. Others named in that list include: David Barnes Uncle James Campbell & his first son Demcy Campbell & a grandson Aunt Mary Huggins & 2 small children Mrs. Nancy Norton and her children Solomen and Prisila Ann Samuel Owns (sic) Uncle Billie Huggins' wife Betsy, his second wife Nancy who was a Homes Mrs. Polly Townsends Unkle Gadi Campbell & his wife Mary & 3 daughters & 2 children & Gadi's 4 sons Isadora Sellers & 2 children Unkle Willis Huggins, some small children Jesse C. Huggins, his son, & Martha & Mary, his daughters Unkle Theophilus Campbell's 3 children Philip Lupo and wife Anna & two sons Wesley & Thomas John G. Woods and his wife Mary James Dudney & daughter Mary Ann & son John B. (& other Dudneys) George Dudney - 1 child Addie Dudney - 2 children Zuree Dudney - 1 child A. Campbell - 1 child Unkle John Norton - 2 children, Jonathan & Manda Wesley Norton's wife Susan & her daughter Ira Cary Johnson's daughter Arrena Mrs. Nancy Norton (sic) Mother Elizabeth Campbell buried July 31, 1878 From this list it is obvious that the cemetery is MUCH larger than the few little markers would indicate. There may be other stones lost in the incredibly thick brush that surrounds the cemetery in three directions (or perhaps it originally spread into the field). Nor is it known what condition the cemetery was in when it was copied for "101 Cemeteries." It seems likely that it was overgrown at that time, since two stones were apparently missed in their survey. And it does seem a little odd and unlikely that of all these many graves, ALL the stone markers would have been in this one little clump, rather than spread out over a larger area. So there may be other markers in the surrounding brush, but unless it is someday cleared, it remains impossible to search for them. There is a huge dead tree trunk in the middle of the remains of the cemetery. James Dudney is buried beside it, and Theo Campbell is buried right in front of it. There are snippets of what looks like English Ivy visible, here and there among the weeds and dead tree trunks. It appears to be trying to find a tree to climb. ....Jo Church Dickerson