I want to tell you a sad story about the grave of a Anderson County pioneer that will be forgotten with the passing of time... You can see the current day Pool family cemetery images by visiting http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/sc/anderson/cemeteries/a242/. David Payne of Anderson has volunteered to clean the place up.
In 1985, a Anderson Newspaper reported named Michael Kersmarki wrote the following story -
ANDERSON PLACE PROJECT UNCOVERS GRAVES FROM 1800's
As John Shamel awoke earlier this week to the roar of a bulldozer knocking down
trees near his back yard, he remembered that an old graveyard of half-buried
markers lie in the machine's path.
Enlisting the aid of bulldozer operator C.D, "Doc" Standard of Anderson, he
uncovered one of the well-preserved granite stones Monday morning and discovered
part of a family burial site dating back to the 19th Century.
The graveyard, with most of its six to 12 stones covered by topsoil, borders a
recently cleared 12-acre site that eventually will become the $7.2 million
Anderson Place retirement village along Simpson Street off S.C. 81.
Pieces from a gravestone uncovered by Shamel and Standard were placed on one of
the few tree stumps that survived Standard's machine: "In memory of Robert Pool,
born in the year of 1777, died Jan. 19,1840 in the 63rd year of his age." the
well-preserved marker said, "He is not dead, but sleepeth,"
Speaking from atop the bulldozer as giant earthmovers lumbered behind him,
Standard said he probably would have torn the markers up if Shamel, of 115 Craft
Road. hadn't gone outside to warn him the graveyard was there.
"There was no way to know unless somebody told you,'' said! Standard, who is co-
owner of Standard Construction on McGee Hoad.
J.D. Dyer, site superintendent with general contractor South General
Construction Co. of Anderson, said the headstones probably will be preserved
rather than moved since the graveyard is at the edge of the project's site.
"We're going to do everything to protect the site," said Dyer, 55, of Hartwell,
Ga. "We'll dress it all up and finish it up real nice." Shamel, 50, who said he
has lived at his Craft Road home for 22 years, said he and his father cleared
some debris from the graveyard about 15 years ago. While he figured then that
the buried markers were old, he hadn't actually seen any dates until Monday.
"That marker we uncovered starts a year after the Revolutionary War," said
Shamel, who is a banquet manager at Richardson's in Anderson. "It would have had
to be underground for 100 years to be in that good of shape."
Dyer said when a worker told him about the graveyard Monday, the first thing
that came to his mind was his grandfather, buried near Summerville, Ga., in the
1930s in a rural site now overgrown and untended.
"The thing that stuck in my mind was that it could happen to him some day," Dyer
Shamel said a representative for Anderson Place developer Leslie D. Parks
removed the uncovered marker Tuesday afternoon, apparently to protect it from
Cemetery is to the left side of John Shamel's home at 115 Craft St, Anderson, SC
We have been told by John Shamel, that Mr. Parks has moved to Las Vegas. The tombstone marker was never returned to Mr. Shamel, Mr. Parks can't be located and no one knows where the tombstone is...
Can you be of any help?
Paul M Kankula - nn8nn
GoldenCorner SC GenWeb Volunteer Project Coordinator
Anderson Project: http://www.rootsweb.com/~scandrsn/
Oconee Project: http://www.rootsweb.com/~scoconee/oconee.html
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