Dorchester County SCGenWeb
Dorchester County Genealogists We Have Lost
Thank you for your years of service!
Jan Criddle passed
2006. Jan was an avid "Lowcountry" South
and I know how pleased she is to know that her
continue to benefit researchers and family members for
many years to
come. She will be missed.
"Jan was a dynamic
with a great sense of humor. I met her through
connection to one of the Branchville
Grimes families. She told me that her Criddle
Samuel Criddle, a soldier in the Northern Army, came
south during the
Civil War and met a girl in the Reevesville-
Elizabeth "Eliza" Grimes. After the war he
returned to marry her
away on November 23, 2003 in Aiken, South
Carolina. Miriam was a
steadfast lowcountry genealogist, active on the
boards and lists from their beginnings. We
were distant cousins,
and had so much left to share about the Gavin
still think about the hundreds of missed
opportunities, thinking that I
had all the time in the world ....
I found this
Miriam on the RootsWeb HARPER list, and hope that
she wouldn't mind my
pasting it here.
South Carolina, where I live, has been vandalized, robbed, and desecrated for as long as I have lived which is 50 years. Our family has a deed, when my ancestors sold the surrounding property stating that we still and always will own the one-fourth acre of land for the cemetery and shall have ingress and egress to such cemetery from the State Highway 15.
"We still have been denied that also, but maybe that can be resolved without a court battle. Times got so bad that the family in the late 1950's or early 1960's had to put cement across the Harper graves to prevent people from trying to dig them up. This cemetery was established in 1832, and as long as my I draw breath we will fight to maintain the dignity and respect my family deserves in their final resting place. This cemetery is the final resting place of men who have fought in the American Revolution with Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox", and men who fought for the Confederacy in the War Between the States. These men and women are my family, and if it weren't for them I would not exist, nor my sons. I intend to be buried there, also, and with great pride!"
I'm so pleased to say that Miriam got her wish, and she is buried with her ancestors in the Buck Springs - Harper Cemetery. .