Junky Yard Cemetery, Clarendon County, S.C.
Junky Yard Cemetery
Clarendon County, South
Only a few, lonely
stones give testament to the story of an old burying ground that legend
holds is the original Junky Yard Cemetery. Located on private property,
between Wilson's Mill and Foreston in Clarendon County, this lonesome place
has borne the ravages of time, and time has won. The grave of John T. Richbourg
lies quite a distance away from those of two Hughes infants, leaving one
to speculate that over a century ago, the cemetery encompassed no small
number of acres. A young hardwood forest, with moss draped trees estimated
to be 40 to 50 years old covers what once was surely an extensive burying
ground. Only three stones remain, with one of those lying forlornly broken
on its bed of thick forest leaves. (March
28, 2002 CRP)
In Memory of John
A Member of the Eutaw
SCV who died Jany
Aged 23 Years 11 Months,
And 14 Days
John T. Richbourg was the son
of Benjamin Franklin and Emily A. Richbourg
of Foreston, Clarendon County,
His parents and other members
of his family are buried in the Foreston Cemetery.
Dee Lowder Schmidt, chalking the letters
on the stone of John T. Richbourg, March 2002.
Photographs taken by Cynthia Ridgeway Parker
great great grandniece of John T. Richbourg.
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2002 by Cynthia Ridgeway Parker