The Darlington Flag Newsletter

MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY, FLORENCE, SC: LIST OF BURIALS, 1885-1947, transcribed by Robert M. DeFee...In 1997, the Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS published Volume III of its Darlington District, S.C. Cemetery Survey. The vast majority of that volume contained a survey of Mount Hope Cemetery. This survey detailed the information found on every marked grave in the cemetery. While this was a massive undertaking, the genealogical chapter was aware that not every grave was marked within the cemetery. In the spring of 1999, Mount Hope Cemetery gave the Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS permission to publish the information contained in their burial record book. This record book completes the picture of the first sixty years of burials at Mount Hope. The years prior to 1915 are of particular interest to genealogists. The state of South Carolina did not record deaths until 1915, so information concerning the deaths of individuals prior to that date is sometimes difficult to obtain. The Mount Hope Burial Book helps to fill that gap. In addition to listing the name of the deceased individual, the record book lists the date of death, the date of burial, the lot number, the cause of death, the attending physician, and the name of the lot owner (most often a close relative). In late 1899, the age of the deceased was also listed. The record book also details the removal of individuals from other cemeteries to Mount Hope. Included in these removals are individuals who were first buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery and the Fraternal Cemetery. Also, individuals from several family cemeteries were removed to Mount Hope Cemetery. The publication of this book also removes any doubt concerning those who are buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery. The single exception to this would be the identity of those Confederate soldiers who died at the Wayside Hospital during the War Between the States and were originally buried at the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in unmarked graves. These graves were removed to Mount Hope Cemetery and remain to this day unidentified. 2000, 192 pages, soft cover, spiral bound, indexed, Library of Congress Number 99-069268. PRICE: $20.00 plus $4.00 shipping for first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.


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