Location: About one mile south of Byrds, SC on US 78, then two and a half miles on S-18-89 to S-18-378, travel this road to an old house and turn behind it on a dirt road a distance to the Byrd Graveyard.
Copyists: Carrie Belle Byrd, Claire Smith Thrower
History: Daniel Byrd gave 4 acres of his land for a burial ground before 1860, as the oldest remaining tombstone is that of William R. Durse, who was born in 1829 and died in 1860, being 34 years of age. This proves that this cemetery is one hundred and nineteen (119) years old, and most probably many years older, as there are quite a few graves with no markers, and it dates back to slavery times. The Plat surveyed by J. L. Gavin, C.E., Surveyor, on April 10th 1901 recorded in Deed Book 4, page 143, on June 2nd 1902, states that the "lot containing four acres and known as the Byrd Grave Yard, having been layed out by request of Mr. A. W. J. Byrd, W. C. Pearcy and J. Rush Byrd & others. . ." This proves that the Grave Yard was there before this plat was drawn, and was bounded on all sides by Lands of Peter Weathers [as shown on the plat]. Daniel Byrd conveyed a tract of land surrounding the Byrd Graveyard to Peter Weathers; then Mrs. Mattie E. Rumph became the owner of said tract on 24th April 1916; later same tract was sold to P. D. Weathers, now deceased. Several of our ancestors are buried in this cemetery. Note: Mr. Roy Weathers said this cemetery was originally known as: "Byrd Old Yard Cemetery."
Update for Byrd Graveyard surveyed by Joseph Knight in May 1999.
Mary Wamer Brownlee
J. A. Durr
INFANT of W. C. Pearcy
CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC:
© 1979 Lillian H. Harley, Pattie W. Heaton, Lillian D. Kizer
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