Babb / Kellett Cemetery
recorded by  
Raymond Leslie Prince 
121 Indian Ridge Dr 
Laurens, SC 29360 
(864) 575-2675 
r.l.prince@worldnet.att.net

  The following is a listing of headstones found in the Babb / Kellett Cemetery. This Cemetery is on Knickerbocker Road, between Fairview Road and Greenpond Road, in Laurens County, South Carolina. It is located on what was once the Old Indian Boundary Line, according to the book Babb Families of America by Jean A. Sargent, of Laurel Maryland. The book states, " Family tradition of Mrs. J. G. Buford of Greer, was that a British officer, was killed in a skirmish here, and many Indians were killed at the same time and were buried further down the creek. In all probability, Joseph Kellett, a Revolutionary War soldier, his wife Jennet (Jane) and several of their sons, also Revolutionary soldiers, are buried here in graves marked by native stones, with no decipherable inscriptions. This was near "Kellett's Station" a blockhouse or defense post during the War. (The Presence of the Past - Epitaphs of 18th and 19th Century Pioneers in Greenville County, South Carolina by Greenville Co. Hist. Society)." 
    This information was recorded 3/27/98 after brush was removed and headstones were cleaned. There were many native stones laid into rows. Many graves are scattered or covered by years of leaves and limbs from nearby trees. There are at least 60 graves marked by native stones and only 3 were found to have any markings etched into them. 
    Anyone going to this cemetery should first check with the owner of the house up the hill. He is very careful not to let just anyone go in there, due to vandalism in the past. 
Row 1: 
2 Native stones 
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Charles M. Kellett 
Died Nov 11. 1871 
AE 58 yrs 
& 4 m's & 25 D's 
Was a good husband & father ... (broken and worn) 
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Ann Kellett 
Wife of CM Kellett 
Born July 6th 1820 
Died July 3rd 1875 
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IN MEMORY OF 
James Kellett 
BORN JAN 31, 1846 
DIED OCT 24 1865 
Son of Ann & CM Kellett 
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IN MEMORY OF 
L.C. KELLETT 
BORN SEP 16 1844 
DIED DEC 14 1864 
DAUGHTER OF 
ANN & CM KELLETT 
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1 Native stone 
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Space 
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2 Native stones 
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Row 2: 
2 Native stones 
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Space 
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JWO (Etched into native stone.) 
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1 Native stone (Shape of an arrowhead approx. 20" long.) 
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1 Native stone 
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Space 
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1 Native stone 
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WM (Etched into native stone. The W is a guess, but the M was very clear.) 
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2 Native stones 
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IN Memory of 
MARGARET GUNNELS 
Wife of B. Gunnels 
Died March 9, 1869 
AE 54 years 
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Space 
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2 Native stones 
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Row 2B: 
2 Native stones (Small graves.) 
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Row 3: 
11 Native stones 
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Row 4: 
1 Native stone 
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Space 
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1 Native stone 
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IN MEMORY OF 
SAMPSON BABB 
Died Dec 1, 1851 
Aged 85 Years & 4 Months 
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IN 
Memory of 
ANNE BABB 
Died Jan 19th 1838 
Aged about 66 years 
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1 Native stone (Small grave.) 
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Space 
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3 Native stones 
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Space 
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1 Native stone 
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Row 5: 
IN MEMORY OF 
ROBERT C. BABB 
BORN JAN. 16, 1824 
DIED AUG. 13, 1865 
SON OF 
Pamela & James Babb 
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IN MEMORY OF 
JAMES BABB Senr. 
who died March 29th 1867 
Aged 73 years 1 month and 6 days 
He was a member of the M.E. Church 
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IN MEMORY OF PAMELA BABB 
WAS BORND SEP THE 22 1800 
DIED APR 5 1865? 
(Broken above died date. Difficult to read.) 
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IN MEMORY OF 
ALSTON BABB 
BORN OCT 12 1818 
DIED FEB 26 1849 
SON OF 
Pamela & James Babb 
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IN MEMORY OF 
HARPER BABB 
BORN NOV 5 1831 
DIED AUG 11 1854 
SON OF 
Pamela & James Babb 
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1 Native stone (Small grave.) 
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Space 
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2 Native stones 
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Space 
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2 Native stones 
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Row 6: 
SAMPSON BABB 
born Jan 17 1805 
died July 4 1881 
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In memory of 
NANCY M BABB 
Child of S. and N. Babb 
Born Dec 2 1852 
Died July 5 1853 
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In memory of 
NANCY BABB 
Wife of Samson Babb 
Born Dec 28 1809 
Died Jan 15 1874 
Aged 64 Years 17 days 
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Space 
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9 Native stones 
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Row 7: 
IN 
Memory of 
ELIZABETH BABB 
wife of Abner Babb 
Born May 29 1809 
DIED August 8th 1874 
Aged 65 years, 2 months & 9 days 
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IN 
Memory of 
ABNER BABB 
Born Nov 23rd 1806 
Died May 27th 1869 
Aged 62 Years, 6 months and 6 Days 
An upright man. 
A good Citizen, an affectionate 
Husband & Father. His survi- 
ving Family mourn their loss. 
He had been a member of 
the Baptist Church for 39 Yrs. 
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7 Native stones 
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Row 8: 
4 Native stones 
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Row 9: 
4 Native stones 
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Row 10: 
1 Native stone 
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LX (Etched into native stone. Written on back, sideways.) 
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Row 11: 
2 Native stones 
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Space 
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2 Native stones 
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Row 12: 
2 Native stones 
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Space 
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3 Native stones 
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Space 
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4 Native stones 
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Row 13: 
4 Native stones 
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