Location: About .07 mi. Northwest of Grover on S-18-19, Old Wire Road, then a short distance south of the residence of A. L. Mizell.
History: The oldest tombstone we found in Old Shuler Cemetery or Burying Ground, as so many resting places were called in the 1800's, was that of a footstone only with the following thereon: W J M 1815. This, of course, proves that a person was buried there then. We would like to find out who this was and shall endeavor to do so.As one will notice by the inscriptions of the following page, this cemetery is one hundred sixty-four (164) years old, or probably older, for the first known burial was 1815. Of those tombstones found, there were four with no dates; one burial, as mentioned above, 1815; two in 1830's; four in 1840's; two in 1850's; one in 1860's; one in 1870's; one in 1890's; and three in early 1900's - the last being 1928. Mary Ann Murray, wife of the Hon. John S. Murray of this Parish who departed this life on the 20th of August 1836, Aged 35 years is the second oldest remaining tombstone. The oldest mentioned above may have been a W. J. Murray. We do not know. Nevertheless we believe that this cemetery was founded by The Hon. John S. Murray who died eight years after his wife and was buried here along with three of his children designated. You will note that a daughter of Hon. John S. Murray, named Martha Matilda was the wife of Dr. W. M. Shuler, both of whom are buried here. The Hon. John S. Murray served in the Senate of South Carolina from St. George Parish, Dorchester from 1840-1842, and 1842-1844 the year in which he passed away. (Re. THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 1776-1962, page 130) As most people know, the present town of Grover was named MURRAY early and shows on the survey by Saml. A. Ruddock, 1820, improved for Mills Atlas 1825, in Colleton District, South Carolina, which a part thereof became Dorchester County in 1897. We certainly hope that this old historical cemetery will be restored. Thomas J. & Florelle M. WeeksNote: Mr. & Mrs. Bennie Berry state that this cemetery was known as Murray Cemetery early.
Shown by Mr. Herbert W. Infinger.
Copyists: Pattie W. Heaton, Clement B. Gruber, T. J. Weeks, Florelle M. Weeks, Herbert W. Infinger, Lillian H. Harley.
Date: February 4, 1979
Sallie F. Carr - Wife of
Martha J. Murray - Dau of
Caroline E. Shuler (nd)
CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC:
© 1979 Lillian H. Harley, Pattie W. Heaton, Lillian D. Kizer
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