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Posted by: Lucy Church Date: December 28, 1999 at 11:45:10
In Reply to: Re: SANG CAMP IN BUCHANAN CO. by Richard Brown of 529

Hi Richard, Thanks for writing. I have also visited Sang Camp. With the help of people on the net. I was there this past summer, too. I am researching the Joel Church Sr. line. There is a story written in a book called "Looking Back One Hundred Years" by Hanibal Compton. It has stories about people in Buchanan in the very early years. It tells of Joel Church living in a temporary cabin at the mouth of Sang Camp in the 1830s He was a trapper and a bee hunter. It tells of Milton Ward moving to the area and soon after that Joels wife dies and he gets permission to bury her behind Milton Wards home near what is now Pilgrims Knob. It says that he wrapped her in a bed tick and put her over the saddle and took her body down to Milton Wards and with the help of Miltons slaves buried her on a knoll behind Milton Wards home. Thus starting the Wards Cemetery, that is there now behind the new Whitewood School. When I read the story I wanted to find Sang Camp, of course there is nothing there now, but I wanted to see how far away it was from Pilgrims Knob. Quite a distance in those days , I guess when Joel was taking his wifes body down Dismal River. It is interesting that you said that was called Garden District between 1860-1880, because some census that I have from the Grundy Library state that some of Joels descendants were living in the Garden District in some of those years. I never knew where that was until now. So thanks a bunch Richard. I also have found a map with Sang Camp on it. If you know any stories from that area please let me know. Or if I can help you in any way, email me. I am researching the surnames, CHURCH, MULLINS, HORN, DERRYBERRY.HOBBS, COLEMAN, and BLANKENSHIPS in Buchanan Co. Thanks again for the info... Lucy Church


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