The Cherry Hill Cemetery
This work includes all gravemarkers in Cherry Hill as of 1990. The cemetery had been transcribed twice in earlier years--in the 1940s by Jesse L. Jackson, and in the 1960s by Jeannette Cox St. Amand. This newest listing includes notes that cross-reference the state of the cemetery in both those earlier decades. A comparison of the 3 lists made possible the inclusion of information from gravemarkers that no longer exist.
The gravestones are divided into fourteen sections. The sectioning is arbitrary, and based simply on my need to divide the task. The naming of the individual plots is also arbitrary, intended as a visual reference, and not meant to imply actual ownership. Sections A through E represent the area of the cemetery which had its origin in churchyard burial grounds. Most of the grave markers we Ūnd in these sections today were erected after the respective churches abandoned the lots as meeting places. However, with the exception of the small cluster of markers that were later moved from an older cemetery, the oldest stones in the cemetery are found in this area. Sections A through E constituted the old town's original lots #5 and 17.
Sections F through I were begun only after Mr. T. R. Cherry deeded his privately-owned tract of land to the Town Commissioners for the purpose of creating a public cemetery. Prior to this transaction in 1872, this portion of Cherry Hill Cemetery had not been within the corporate limits of Greenville.
The markers to the right of the driveway all date from 1872, when Mr. Cherry deeded his property to the city, and later, when the city annexed two more town lots. Section J holds a few grave markers that were moved from an older cemetery. Sections K - N are the "newer" areas. See Sections J - L. Sections N and M occupy old town lots #3 and #4, respectively.
Section O was established, according to the dictates of Mr. Cherry's 1872 deed, as a "Colored" area. The gravemarkers in this area have never been published. Unfortunately, the time for capturing their messages is nearly passed; many of the stones are broken, missing, or simply illegible. It is almost certain that many unmarked graves occupy Section O, as empty plots are intermixed with others still showing markers. Nonetheless, the natural aesthetic value of this part of Cherry Hill excels that of any other part. The ancient trees, the open plots, the slope, and the silence, lend a magic that is difŪcult to explain.
Elizabeth Ross, 1990 (© 1998, 1999)
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