Posted By:Paul Kankula
Subject:Carswell & Elizabeth Hester - Jocassee SC
Post Date:June 16, 2006 at 13:41:39
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Forum:Oconee County, SC Genealogy Forum
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Do you happen to know of these folks?

Hester Cemetery. There is a page in the Jocassee Book by Claudia Hembree (p. 129) about this cemetery. She has it located on her map on the inside cover of the book. “The Hester Family Cemetery was located above the Hemlock House and apparently was never relocated. There are no records of removal as in the case of other cemeteries. Local visitors to the area just before Jocassee was flooded indicated that there were no visible signs of anyone moving the graves. It is thought that Carwell Hester and his wife Elizabeth Whitmire Hester are buried there. At least two of their children were also interred there, Carwell, Jr. and Abraham. Both served in the Civil War and Carwell, Jr. contracted smallpox at a Civil War camp, came home, and died of the disease. Within a two year period there were five deaths that took place among the Hester men, and most were buried on the mountainside property. Elizabeth W. Hester’s obituary stated that she, too, was interred in the Hester Cemetery. Joe Burgess’ baby sister was buried there, too. (Interview; Hannah). “Mrs. Nancy King, Nee Whitmire, relict of the late Rev. Jonathan King, died at the residence of her brother on Sunday of the flux at the age of 79 years. Her remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground of Mr. Henry Whitmire.” (Pickens Sentinel, 16 Jul 1891.) The obituary of Mrs. King strongly points to Hester Cemetery being the burial place of her parents, Henry and Nancy Reese Whitmire, who died in the late 1850’s. If this information is indeed correct, the oldest known cemetery in Jocassee was never touched. Several theories have been presented as to why these graves were not relocated. First, there were no inscriptions on the rocks that marked the burials. Then the rumor was circulated about not disturbing the graves of people who had died of smallpox. That, coupled with some family wishes that the cemetery not be altered, presents several questions concerning this matter. Whatever the real issues, an oversight was made of these fifteen to twenty graves that marked the final resting place of some of Jocassee’s earliest permanent residents.”