Contributed by Jo Church Dickerson, June 1997.
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BARRETT "WRIT" BARFIELD / GEORGE COOK CEMETERY - Dillon County, SC
Tombstones copied 1993
LOCATION: In Kemper Community, on State Road #278, recently renamed Grain Bin Road.
Directions: Going south out of Lake View on Hwy #41 turn left at the grain elevators. Follow this road 1.3 miles. Cross SR #427, now Cooktown Road, where SR #278 becomes a dirt road. Cross Eastern Prong of Herrod's Branch. At the first field on the right past the branch, park and walk to back right corner of field, about 200 yards from road. (Hope & pray that the field isn't freshly plowed!) Cemetery is just in the edge of the woods, under one large tree that the loggers left standing.
This listing includes ALL tombstones and funeral home markers that were found.1ST ROW: Patsie Barritt Barfield Wife of Barritt Barfield Born 1800 Born 1808 Died 18 Nov 1876 Died 28 April 1873 His toils are past his work is done Her spirit smiles from that bright He fought the fight the victory won. shore And softly whispers weep no more. 2ND ROW: No stones found 3RD ROW: Evander Barfield Born 15 Dec 1848 Died 2 Dec 1879 "No pains no griefs no arrows fear Can reach our loved one sleeping here." Funeral Home Marker Glass cover and paper with writing are both gone. Reverse imprint on metal backing: Aug 27 1918 Feb 12 1926 Funeral Home Marker Glass cover is intact, but paper it completely gone. Reverse imprint on metal marker is illegible through glass. I thought of breaking glass, but couldn't make myself do it. Cook (one stone) Father Mother George Cook Caroline Cook 1852-1929 1855-1924 Tiny Funeral Home Marker Located between George/Caroline and Mary Ann Glass cover gone, paper gone Reverse imprint on metal: 1952-1957 Mary Ann Cook Thaddaus Elemore Cook 23 Sep 1874 17 April 1881 31 Dec 1937 23 May 1944
This cemetery covers a larger area than the stones would indicate. There are large spaces in the rows between the tombstones. It is apparent that there are many more graves here.
Barrett "Writ" Barfield, Jr. was the son of Barrett Barfield, Sr & his wife Susannah (_?_). Barrett Sr. and most of his purported twenty-two children sold out and went to Georgia about 1836/8. Subject of a sizable section in the "History of Marion County, South Carolina" by W. W. Sellers, the Barfield family in Dillon County is today represented only by the descendants of Writ Barfield and three of his sisters who married into the Goodyear and Rogers families. Sellers speculated that Barrett Sr. was a son or nephew of the Tory Captain Jesse Barfield. Research has not confirmed this, but it has provided clues that indicate the likelihood of it.
Writ's lands and the cemetery appear to have been part of a land grant to Joshua Barfield in the 1780's. Records show that Joshua Barfield was probably closely related to the Tory Captain Jesse Barfield, as Joshua paid taxes on the estate of a Jesse Barfield in 1786. There no clear line of conveyance of these lands to Writ in the Marion or Dillon County records. In the early to mid-1800's Writ's lands bounded on Furney Barfield, William Ford, James R. Hayes, John Elvington and Solomon Miller.
"The Tally Place", home of Robert Tally Barfield who was a son of Writ, was located several hundred yards southeast of the cemetery. It was most likely the homeplace of Writ, but no trace of it remains.
Individuals buried here include Writ and his second wife Martha "Patsie" (_?_). Evander Barfield was one of Writ's sons. Caroline Barfield Cook was daughter of Writ, who married George Cook, son of Ebenezer Cook and Telatha Miller. Mary Ann Cook and Thadeus Elmore Cook were unwed children of George and Caroline. Writ's children Tally and Susan are said to be buried here. Both unwed, they resided on the homeplace until their deaths. It is likely that Writ's first wife, Mary Porter is also buried here. (The death certificate of their son Harley states that his mother was Mary Porter.)
SOURCES: Marion and Dillon Co deeds and plats; State of SC land grants and plats; U.S. census records; Marion Co tax lists; Revolutionary War records; Family Bibles; death certificate of Harley Barfield; interviews with great grandchildren of Writ Barfield.
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