Burials at and Near Jamestown Cemetery
Taken by Mabel James Dickey for the Jamestown Historical Historical Marker. Gave permission to use 28 December 2020.
We are just so excited! Terry James, of the Jamestown Foundation, has been putting together all the pieces of his work, photos, stories, documentation, and more! He is putting these items little by little on familysearch.org. The work has been paying off by the suggestions the database gives you when you begin to wonder, "Where should I go now?"
After putting these photos up under the Memories at familysearch.org, we noticed we had not yet found Tinia James who was the daughter of Henry and Eliza James. From the headstone we knew that we could look for her on the 1900 Census because she was born around 1895. That was the only census she would be on because she died in 1906.
As a matter of fact, the headstone is the only public record we may find because death certificates were not available in this area, Mars Bluff, SC, until 1915. We put into the search field Henry James, Eliza James, and Tinia James. Knowing her birth date made finding her so much easier:
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-68VW-DCH?cc=1325221&wc=9BWW-K66%3A1030550901%2C1032164101%2C1032212401 : 5 August 2014), South Carolina > Florence > ED 39 Jeffrey Township > image 5 of 54; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
There she was! Looking closer at the census, Eliza was the mother of five children by 1900 and four of them were living. That means we have to keep an eye out for others born before this census. The next census, 1880, would show both Henry James and Eliza at home with their parents.
We will share those findings on the 1880 US Census next week. We would also like to begin sharing with you the places were the James family are buried - simply because these places include other people that you may find you may be related. The cemeteries are the Jamestown Cemetery, Dr. Johnson Cemetery, Gibson Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, and Wright Cemetery. Two of them, Jamestown and Dr. Johnson Cemeteries, are owned by The Jamestown Foundation.
The burials we discussed above are from the Dr. Johnson Cemetery. You can follow the link to Burials at and Near Jamestown Cemetery. We are developing a list of everyone we can identify buried in each of the five cemeteries from 1915, but some have burials before that with headstones. They are the ones without death certificates.
Be sure to catch our post every week where you can check out our list of burials and see what we have to share as we build on familysearch.org. Please submit any feedback or questions to: Terry James - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org