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Lancaster County
South Carolina

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Lancaster County

Index to Locations

  • Hanging Rock Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Pleasant Valley Cemetery
  • Heath Springs Salem Cemetery
  • Kershaw Kershaw Town Cemetery
  • Lancaster Old First Presbyterian Church Graveyard
  • Lancaster Westside Cemetery
  • New Richmond Hammond Cemetery
  • The Waxhaws Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church


    Hanging Rock Methodist Church Cemetery
    Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      William Columbus Cauthen (1824-1865) — of Lancaster District (now Lancaster County), S.C. Born December 20, 1824. Physician; delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Lancaster, 1860-62. Died May 4, 1865 (age 40 years, 135 days). Interment at Hanging Rock Methodist Church Cemetery.


    Pleasant Valley Cemetery
    Lancaster County, South Carolina
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Frank Glenn Potts (1885-1969) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Lancaster County, S.C., May 10, 1885. U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Breslau, 1911-12; U.S. Army intelligence officer. Member, Freemasons. Died March 10, 1969 (age 83 years, 304 days). Interment at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Oscar Wrenn Potts (1855-1935) and Eva Moore (Harris) Potts (1859-1928); married, July 23, 1911, to Annabel Wallace Johnson (died 1958).
      Epitaph: "At Sunrise Hope - At Sundown Peace."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Salem Cemetery
    Heath Springs, Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Willie Bruce Williams (1906-1978) — also known as W. Bruce Williams — of Heath Springs, Lancaster County, S.C. Born in Heath Springs, Lancaster County, S.C., October 9, 1906. Democrat. Merchant; farmer; livestock dealer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Lancaster County, 1941-42; member of South Carolina state senate from Lancaster County, 1947-62; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1956. Died April 25, 1978 (age 71 years, 198 days). Interment at Salem Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Chambers E. Williams and Belva (Bruce) Williams; married 1929 to Eugenia Cauthen.
      Earle Coke Bridges (1892-1961) — also known as E. Coke Bridges — of Heath Springs, Lancaster County, S.C. Born in Lancaster County, S.C., December 2, 1892. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Lancaster County, 1920; member of South Carolina state senate from Lancaster County, 1935-38; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1944; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1946. Died, at the Marion Sims Hospital, Lancaster County, S.C., October 12, 1961 (age 68 years, 314 days). Interment at Salem Cemetery.


    Kershaw Town Cemetery
    Kershaw, Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      C. Frank Clyburn (1893-1942) — of Kershaw, Lancaster County, S.C. Born July 14, 1893. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936, 1940. Died September 20, 1942 (age 49 years, 68 days). Interment at Kershaw Town Cemetery.


    Old First Presbyterian Church Graveyard
    Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Founded 1835
    Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1977
    Politicians buried here:
      James Hervey Witherspoon (1810-1865) — of Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C. Born in Rock Spring, Pickens County, S.C., March 23, 1810. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1860; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Representative from South Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65. Died in Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C., October 3, 1865 (age 55 years, 194 days). Interment at Old First Presbyterian Church Graveyard.
      Robert Lafayette Crawford (1825-1863) — of Lancaster, Lancaster District (now Lancaster County), S.C. Born in Lancaster County, S.C., 1825. Delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Lancaster, 1860-62; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Killed at Suffolk, Va., April 20, 1863 (age about 37 years). Interment at Old First Presbyterian Church Graveyard.


    Westside Cemetery
    Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas Jefferson Strait (1846-1924) — also known as Thomas J. Strait — of Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C. Born in Chester District (now Chester County), S.C., December 25, 1846. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; physician; member of South Carolina state senate from Lancaster County, 1891-92, 1911-14; resigned 1914; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1893-99. Died in Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C., April 18, 1924 (age 77 years, 115 days). Interment at Westside Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Thomas Jefferson
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Hammond Cemetery
    New Richmond, Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Politicians formerly buried here:
      Samuel Hammond (1757-1842) — Born in Richmond County, Va., February 21, 1757. Democrat. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1796-98; member of Georgia state senate, 1799-1800; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1803-05; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1810; secretary of state of South Carolina, 1831-35. Died September 11, 1842 (age 85 years, 202 days). Original interment at Hammond Cemetery; reinterment at Hammond Family Cemetery, North Augusta, S.C.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church
    The Waxhaws, Lancaster County, South Carolina
    Founded 1750
    Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1975
    Politicians buried here:
      William Richardson Davie (1756-1820) — also known as "Father of the University of North Carolina" — of Halifax, Halifax County, N.C. Born in Egremont, England, June 22, 1756. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; Governor of North Carolina, 1798-99. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Land's Ford, Chester County, S.C., November 5, 1820 (age 64 years, 136 days). Interment at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.
      Relatives: Ancestor of Preston Davie (who married May Preston Davie (1895-1975)).
      Political families: Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia; Davie family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Davie County, N.C. is named for him.


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