Pickens Cemetery

1709, PICKENS, Robert, b. 1697 in Ireland, d. 1787; Notes: s/o William and Margaret Pickens who came from Ireland with their children ca 1715, probably landing in Philadelphia, PA, and settling in Bucks County, PA.  William probably died there, and Margaret may have died in Frederick County, Maryland, or Augusta County, VA, depending on which of her children she lived with. The family continued moving on from there, following the great wagon road south, various ones stopping at different places along the way.  Robert and his wife, Miriam Davis stopped at Frederick Co, MD, for a while, then moved to Wahaws, SC, where they rejoined Robert's brother Andrew and his wife Anne (Nancy) Davis, who was a sister to Miriam. Another brother, John, appeared to have also joined them a bit later. Then Andrew died in 1764, and the leadership of the family seemed to pass to the future Gen Andrew and Robert, and they both seemed to have moved to Long Canes Section of Ninety Six District, maybe in 1762 or even earlier, as the son Andrew had probably moved or at least claimed land earlier and may have persuaded his uncle Robert to also do so at the same time. The death date and place of Miriam is unknown, but the Waxhaws is a good guess. Family sources and the family Bible say Capt Robert moved with some of his  family to this land in 1783, even though it did not open to white settlement until May, 1784. After filing on the property, he moved his almost totally blind (cataracts?) father and the rest of his family up to this place, and at least some of the family has lived on it ever since.  All of the family data and traditions both say the "patriarch" Robert died in 1787, as does the period tombstone, but his will was not probated until 1793, so some "documented" sources place his death in 1793, but traveling to Ninety Six or the adjacent town of Cambridge (and it is quite possible the final probate had to be done in Charleston!) was not like running down to the county seat is today.  It was a real hardship, and other things were more important than filing a will.  It is said that Robert's is the oldest birth date on a grave in all of Anderson County, but I do not know if this is true or not. I do know it is the earliest grave in Pickens Cemetery.  Many  people insist on giving this Robert the middle name of “Pike” (for his mother’s last name), but there is no proof of the mother’s maiden name or a middle name at all.  Middle names seem not to have come into use, much less widespread use until about two generations later, or about the time of the Revolutionary War’s ending.  Robert the "patriarch" was the father of Capt Robert Pickens, 1703.

1703, PICKENS, (Capt) Robert, b. 26 Nov 1747 in Frederick Co, Maryland, d. 19 Jul 1830, Served as Captain under Gen. Andrew Pickens in the Rev. War;  Notes: s/o Robert (1703) and Miriam Davis Pickens. She is not buried here. H/o Dorcas Hallum, 1704. Father of: Martha Pickens Smith, 1708, Elizabeth Pickens, 0205, Robert Pickens, 0306. See page 772 of Moss for further Rev War service details.  Capt Robert is the original owner of the land grant this cemetery is part of: 250 acres granted in Oct 1784, after this section of SC had been made available to settlers by the Legislature in May, 1784. Before it could be granted, it had to be claimed, surveyed, and the request signed by the governor (at that time, Benjamin Guerard). In 1787, an additional 750 adjoining acres was granted by Gov Thomas Pinckney. Some of that same land is still in direct line family hands today.  Capt Pickens was undoubtedly a large part of the force behind the original Richmond Presbyterian Church, which was organized here in 1784 or 1785 at the latest, according to my research.

0202, PICKENS, V(irginia) Angeline, b. 23 Dec 1843, d. 5 Sep 1896; Notes: d/o Robert and Nancy T. Pegg Pickens, 0306 and 0305. Sister of Mary Mandeline Pickens, 0201, Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204, Adison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, Sidney Asbury Pickens, 0207. Half-brother (same father, different mother),  of Sarah Smith Pickens, 1702, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Rev Robert Mason Pickens, 0110, Col William Smith Pickens, 0220, Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320.

0218, PICKENS, Truman W(elborn), b. 13 Apr 1884, d. 24 Oct 1963; Notes: s/o Robert Welborn and Mary Catherine Wigington Pickens, 0116 and 0115. Brother of Frances Marian Pickens Martin, 0114, Lura Agnes Pickens Garrison, 0117, Robert Martin Pickens, 0219, Prudence Irene Pickens, 0314. Truman m. in Nov 1930, Ossie Cleo Baynard, b. 1908, d. 27 Dec 1935 in Manville, FL, buried in Gillespie Evergreen Cemetery, Brevard, Transylvania County, NC.  Truman was a veteran of World War I: He was a Private in Company D of the 6th Engineers.  He and Ossie had the following children: Minta Catherine m. Paul Anderson, and Marion.

0209, PICKENS, Theodore Franklin, b. 24 Aug 1856, d. 13 Mar 1862; Notes: s/o Rev Robert Mason and Martha Ann Burdine Pickens, 0110 and 0111. Tradition has it that James and his two brothers, William and Theodore were suffering from the measles and, contrary to the directions from their mother to stay inside and "rest," were outside playing in the creek. Complications set in, and within 5 days, all three brothers were dead, a terrible tragedy for the family. Whether true or not, there must have been something very similar, considering the closeness of the death dates for all three brothers. It is a likely story.

0207, PICKENS, Sidney Asbury, b. 22 Jun 1842, d. 3 Aug 1861; Notes:  s/o Robert and Nancy T. Pegg Pickens, 0306 and 0305. Brother of Mary Mandeline Pickens, 0201, Virginia Angeline Pickens, 0202, Adison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204. Half-brother (same father, different mother, Martha Smith Pickens, 0307,) of Sarah Smith Pickens, 1702, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Rev Robert Mason Pickens, 0110, Col William Smith Pickens, 0220, Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320.  The story that has been passed down through the family is that Sidney enlisted in the Confederate Army, was shipped to Columbia for training, and fell ill from some disease (measles?).  He was sent home to recuperate, but instead he died from the illness.  Since he didn’t complete training, there is no record of him anywhere in Confederate and government records.

0321, PICKENS, Sarah (Ann) Sitton, b. 8 Feb 1838, d. 14 Nov 1893; Notes: w/o Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320, married Dec 1866. Mother of William Clarence Pickens, 0318.

1702, PICKENS, Sarah (Smith), b. 12 May 1818, d. 27 Nov. 1833; Notes: d/o Robert and Martha Smith Pickens, 0306 and 0307. Sister of Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Rev Robert Mason Pickens, 0110, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Charles Franklin Pickens, 0309, and Col William Smith Pickens, 0220. Half-sister (same father, different mother, Nancy T. Pegg Pickens, 0305) of Mary Mandeline Pickens, 0201, Virginia Angeline Pickens, 0202, Adison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204, Sidney Asbury Pickens, 0207, Lavina Jane Pickens Pepper, 0105.

0116, PICKENS, R(obert) W(elborn), b. 31 Aug 1847, d. 19 Feb 1948, Enlisted in Co. G, 2d Battallion State Reserve of  SC; Last Confederate States Veteran from Upper SC; Notes: The last living Confederate veteran from the upper part of the state of South Carolina.  S/o Col William Smith and Julia Ann Welborn Pickens, 0220 and 0311. He married Mary Catherine Wigington, 0115, on Mar 30 1871, and they had the following children: Virginia Josephine (b. 1873, m. George LaBoone 1896, d. 1956); Julia Margaret (b. 1875, m. Monroe Smith 1897, d. 1939); Robert Martin (b. 1877, m. Elizabeth Ellison 1900, d. 1935, 0219); Frances Marian (b. 1879, m. George Martin 1903, d. 1922, 0114); Elihu Wigington (b. 1881, m. Mary Alexander, d. 1961); Truman Welborn (b. 1884, m. Cleo Bayard, d. 1963, 0218); Prudence Irene (b. 1886, d. 1889, 0314); Andrew Lee (b. 1890, m. Belle Meadors 1922, d. 1969); and Lura Agnes (b. 1893, m. Henry Garrison 1925, d. 1981, 0117). Robert Welborn lived on this land from his birth until his death, and at least some of it has been in the family since 1784.

0110, PICKENS, Robert Mason, b. 27 May 1825, d. 14 Mar 1899, Co G 22nd SC Reg CSA; Notes: s/o Robert and Martha Smith Pickens, 0306 and 0307. Husband of Martha Ann Burdine Pickens, 0111, who was the d/o Rev. John and Charlotte Ambler Burdine, 0227 & 0226.  Father of Julia Adeline Pickens Pridmore, 0211; William Asbury, 0208; Theodore Franklin, 0209; James Robert, 0210.  Brother of Sara Smith Pickens, 1702, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Charles Franklin Pickens, 0309, and Col William Smith Pickens, 0220. Half-brother (same father, different mother, Nancy T. Pegg Pickens, 0305) of Mary Mandeline Pickens, 0201, Virginia Angeline Pickens, 0202, Adison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204, Sidney Asbury Pickens, 0207, Lavina Jane Pickens Pepper, 0105.  Robert Mason and Martha Ann had the following children: Julia Adeline (b. 1851, m. G. M. Pridemore, d. 1891), 0211; Zealy Ann (m. Capt John H. Bowen); James Robert, 0210; Theodore Franklin, 0209; William Asbury, 0208; Thomas Mason Monroe, (m. Emma Medlock); and Wesley Burdine, (m. Alda Finger). Robert Mason was a prominent Methodist minister and also the first Confederate veteran buried in Pickens Cemetery.

 

0219, PICKENS, R(obert) M(artin), b. 16 Mar 1877, d. 2 Mar 1935; Notes: s/o Robert Welborn and Mary Catherine Wigington Pickens, 0116 and 0115. h/o Elizabeth Ellison, married 25 Feb 1900. Brother of Frances Marian Pickens Martin, 0114, Lura Agnes Pickens Garrison, 0117, Truman Welborn Pickens, 0218, Prudence Irene Pickens, 0314. Robert Martin Pickens died in Tennessee, and his body was shipped back and buried here.

0306, PICKENS, Robert, b. 14 May 1795, d. 2 Nov 1871; Notes: s/o Capt Robert and Dorcas Hallum Pickens, 1703 and 1704. h/o (1st wife) Martha Smith, 0307, with whom he was father of Sara Smith Pickens, 1702, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Rev Robert Mason Pickens, 0110, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Charles Franklin Pickens, 0309, and Col William Smith Pickens, 0220, Israel Wesley Wesley Pickens, 0320. h/o (2nd wife) Nancy T. Pegg Pickens, 0305, with whom he was father of Sidney Asbury Pickens, 0207, Virginia Angeline Pickens, 0202, Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204, Mary Mandeline Pickens, 0201, Addison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, and Lavina Jane Pickens, 0105.  Some people insist that this Robert was a colonel, (research has yet to give even slight evidence of any military rank), and many also say he had “S” for a middle initial, but that is just not true according to the Family Bible notation.

0314, PICKENS, Prudence Irene, b. 24 Aug 1886, d. 10 May 1889; Notes: d/o Robert Welborn and Mary Catherine Wigington Pickens, 0116 and 0115. Sister of Frances Marian Pickens Martin, 0114, Lura Agnes Pickens Garrison, 0117, Truman Welborn Pickens, 0218, Robert Martin Pickens, 0219.

0221, PICKENS, Prudence Emeline (Oliver) (Smith), (2nd) w/o W(illiam) S(mith) Pickens, (0220), b. 7 Feb 1823, d. 14 Jan 1893; Notes: d/o Dr. James and Martha Leech Oliver, 1215 and 1216. Prudence was first married to Jonathan Harvey Smith, b. 26 Jan 1821 and d. 1 Oct 1856, son of Benjamin and Ruth Lindley Smith, 1406 and 1407. They had at least 4 children: James M., Sarah L., and two others. Jonathan Harvey Smith is buried at Slabtown Cemetery. Then on 18 Oct 1857, she married William Smith Pickens. She was the mother of: Margaret Caroline Pickens, 0312, and James Oliver Pickens, 0222. Prudence was the sister of David Alexander Oliver, 1214, Antionette Oliver Bowen, 1212, Mary Lou Oliver, 1213, and Aurelia Adelaide Oliver Rosamond, 1219.

0305, PICKENS, Nancy (T. Pegg), 2nd w/o Robert Pickens, b. 14 May 1810, d. 12 Oct 1873; Notes: d/o John and Sarah Pegg, 0806 and 0807. Sister of James Bailey Pegg, 0707, Martha F. Pegg Pickle, 0408. Married Robert Pickens 11 Apr 1837. Mother of: Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204, Virginia Angeline Pickens, 0202, Adison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, Sidney Asbury Pickens, 0207, Mary Mandeline Pickens, 0201.

0313, PICKENS, Minnie T., d/o A(ndrew) W(ashington) & J(osephine) A(rmathine) (Mullikin) Pickens, b. 11 May 1878, d. 29 Mar 1880; Notes: Andrew b. 21 Jan 1852, d. 8 Oct 1921 was the son of William Smith and Julia Ann Welborn Pickens, 0220 and 0311. Josephine Mullikin was b. 7 Mar 1859 and m. to Andrew 9 Sep 1877. Neither Andrew nor Josephine are buried here. Another case of a grandchild buried “with the grandparents.”

0201, PICKENS, M(ary) Mandeline, b. 11 Dec 1867(1847), d. 7 Apr 1921;

Notes: It is almost certain that the tombstone birthdate (1867) is in error, as all family records state 1847 as her birth year. If she had been born in 1867, her mother, Nancy T. Pegg Pickens, 0305, would have been 56 years old, a not impossible, but a very highly unlikely event; her father, Robert Pickens, 0306, would have been 72, again, not impossible, but very highly unlikely. Family records also show that she was the 7th of 9 children to this marriage. This is a tombstone that may have been a modern replacement for a fieldstone, increasing the likelihood of a mistake. There is no doubt that she was born in 1847, and this then is certainly a case of a "marble mistake." She was the sister of Dorcas Emeline Pickens, 0204, Virginia Angeline Pickens, 0202, Adison Gamewell Pickens, 0203, Sidney Asbury Pickens, 0207. Half-brother (same father, different mother), of Sarah Smith Pickens, 1702, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Rev Robert Mason Pickens, 0110, Col William Smith Pickens, 0220, Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320.

0307, PICKENS, Martha (Smith), b. 9 Aug 1798, d. 1 Dec 1835;

Notes: 1st w/o Robert Pickens, 0306. d/o William (b. 19 Oct 1770, d. 18 Nov 1829 in McMinn Co, TN), and Nancy Charles Smith (b. 17 May 1773, d. 21 Aug 1858 in TX). Robert and Martha married 17 Nov 1814 in Pendleton District, SC. She was the mother of Sara Smith Pickens, 1702, John Norton Pickens, 1706, Rev Robert Mason Pickens, 0110, Martha Ann Pickens Gambrell, 0206, Charles Franklin Pickens, 0309, Col William Smith Pickens, 0220, and Israel Wesley Pickens, 0320.

0111, PICKENS, Martha Ann Burdine, w/o Robert Mason Pickens, (0110), b. 20 Jan 1825, d. 13 Nov 1891; Notes: d/o Rev John and Charlotte Ambler Burdine, 0227 and 0226. Sister of Esther Dick Burdine Smith, 0224. Married 17 Jan 1850. Martha Ann and Robert Mason had the following children: Julia Adeline (b. 1851, m. G. M. Pridemore, d. 1891), 0211; Zealy Ann (m. Capt John H. Bowen); James Robert, 0210; Theodore Franklin, 0209; William Asbury, 0208; Thomas Mason Monroe, (m. Emma Medlock); and Wesley Burdine, (m. Alda Finger). 

0312, PICKENS, Margaret Caroline, b. 25 Nov 1861, d. 12 Dec 1861;

Notes: d/o Col William Smith and Prudence Emeline Oliver Smith Pickens, 0220 and 0221. Sister to James Oliver Pickens, 0222. Half-sister (different mother, same father), to Charles Wesley Pickens, 0310, and Robert Welborn Pickens, 0116.  New marker.

0115, PICKENS, Kate (Mary Catherine) Wigington, b. 10 Jun 1851, d. 17 Mar 1936; Notes: w/o Robert Welborn Pickens, 0116. d/o Elihu (b.28 Apr 1818, d. 3 Sep 1894) and Frances Martin Wigington, (b. 22 Jul 1818, d. 13 Dec 1913), m. 19 Oct 1848, and both buried in Mountain Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, 2.5 miles south. Robert and Mary Catherine were married 30 Mar 1871 and had the following children: Virginia Josephine (b. 1873, m. George LaBoone 1896, d. 1956); Julia Margaret (b. 1875, m. Monroe Smith 1897, d. 1939); Robert Martin (b. 1877, m. Elizabeth Ellison 1900, d. 1935, 0219); Frances Marian (b. 1879, m. George Martin 1903, d. 1922, 0114); Elihu Wigington (b. 1881, m. Mary Alexander, d. 1961); Truman Welborn (b. 1884, m. Cleo Bayard, d. 1963, 0218); Prudence Irene (b. 1886, d. 1889, 0314); Andrew Lee (b. 1890, m. Belle Meadors 1922, d. 1969); and Lura Agnes (b. 1893, m. Henry Garrison 1925, d. 1981, 0117).