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Contributed by Shirley-Cribb Matlock, Buddy Harrelson, and Jo Church Dickerson, 22 May 2002.


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.
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.

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 

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

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