Benbow - Green Family Cemetery, Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA

"Early settlers, as has been said, came up the river [Santee] from Charleston, built homes near the streams, lived in true Southern plantation fashion. Every family had a private burial plot, and today stones, bearing silent testimony, are the only indication that people once lived in the vicinity. (The Cemeteries of Old Sumter District, Volume II, Clarendon County, SC, compiled by volunteers of The Sumter County Genealogical Society, Sumter, SC, 1991, page 494)

"One such private cemetery has been found north of St. Paul in Clarendon County near Taw-Caw Creek. In this plot are 14 graves arranged in two parallel lines a few feet apart. In each line are two adult graves and five children's. In one line is the grave of Col. Evans Benbow, whose stone, made of marble (possibly from Italy) is inscribed with a detailed account of his achievements: 'Sacred to the memory of Col. Evans Benbow, born Feb. 1765, died Sept. 1835. He commanded a battalion during our last war with Great Britain. He represented Clarendon County in the House and then in the Senate for the [?] consecutive years, discharging the duties of the office to the entire satisfaction of everyone. The poor and needy cam to him for help and none ever came in vain. His bereaved widow has the assurative assurance that her loss is his eternal gain. Behold a perfect man, for the end of that man is peace.' "

(Historical Sketches of Sumter County: Its Birth and Growth, by Cassie Nicholes, page 36)

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