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Shady Rest Cemetery
Established 1856
By Captain Henry William McMillan

Submitted by: Sybile McMillan Pierce, 3445 Nazarene Ch. Rd., Sumter, S.C. 29154-9662

This cemetery is located in the Colston Community of Bamberg County, South Carolina, just across Indian Camp Branch from the home of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Valentine McMillan, Bamberg County, S.C.

Mary Adaline McMillan, the 28 year old daughter of Captain Henry William McMillan and Sophia ("So-Fi-Yah") Delilah Faust, was the first member of the McMillan family to be buried in Shady Rest Cemetery on June 27, 1856. Seven of their fifteen children are buried in Shady Rest.

It has been said by the old ones, that at the time Mary Adaline McMillan died, Indian Camp Branch was flooded. Captain McMillan claimed that due to the flooded condition, he could not get the body across the stream so that she could be buried in the James McMillan Cemetery.

Of Capt. & Mrs. McMillan's eight sons, six fought in the War between the States. Two of their sons who fought are buried in the Old Union Methodist Ch. Cemetery, near Cope, S.C. Capt William Franklin McMillan and Sgt. Carey Columbus McMillan.

Two tombstones are in memory of McMillans not buried there. Lt. Lawrence Pinckney "Pink" McMillan killed in the War Between the States., in the trenches around Petersburg, VA. Mrs. Frances Marion Pate Kirkland Weintraub

There are four graves which are not McMillan, three of these person closely related to the McMillans.

Mrs. Estelle C. Carroll, b. 27 May 1894, d. 23 Apr 1960, mother-in-law of Emily McMillan Carroll. Emily's Husband Harry Carroll is buried in the James McMillan Cemetery.

Mrs. Gertrude Rice Cutts, b. 24 Sep 1863, D. 13 May 1942, a sister of Hattie Florine Rice McMillan.

Miss Fannie Ophellia Rice, b, 12 Nov 1861, d. 1 Dec 1941, a sister of Hattie Florine Rice McMillan.

Ms. Laura M. McKercher, b. 12 Jan 1898, d. 3 Feb 1957,not related to the McMillans, a nurse who helped nurse some of the Jennings descendants.


Graves in Shady Rest

                                                                   Born                       Died

Nickname

Captain Henry William McMillan       7 Aug 1809        6 Jul 1871 Worshipful Master Hope Masonic Lodge, Lodge, S.C.

Sophia Delilah Faust McMillan          23 Oct 1809         8 Apr 1894 "So-Fi-Yah"

Dr. Francis Marion McMillan             1837 20               Jan 1868 "Barney" C.S.A.

Mary Adaline McMillan                    22 Jun 1838           27 Jun 1856

Sophia Letitia Teresa McMillan       29 Sep 1849           23 Jan 1904 "Tish"

Julius Augustus McMillan, Sr.          13 Oct 1852            2 Jul 1929

Hattie Florine Rice McMillan           21 Mar 1865          15 Jun 1947

Julius Augustus McMillan, Jr.          1895                       No death date

Roy M. McMillan                              7 Feb 1903             19 Nov 1973

Sgt. Henry Zachary McMillan          29 Mar 1847          15 Dec 1923 "Big Z" C.S.A.

F Virginia Westbury McMillan        16 Apr 1853            15 Oct 1911 "Ginnie"

Henry James Alfred McMillan        24 Jul 1886              2 Feb 1941 "Bubber"

Martha Alice Valentine McMillan   12 Mar 1883           3 Dec 1962 "Mattie"

Eleanor Virginia McMillan Pate      10 Dec 1874            19 Feb 1935 "Nell"

Andrew Mejack                                28 Dec 1908             4 Jan 1944 WWII

Alice V. Pate Osborne Mejack        3 Dec 1902               4 Jan 1996

Son McMillan                                  1 Apr 1876                1 Apr 1876

Paul Eugene McMillan                    9 Dec 1891               3 Aug 1892

Jasper Brabham Varn, Sr.              14 Nov 1881              4 Jul 1960

Letitia Floriemell McMillan Varn    4 May 1882            7 Feb 1966 "Florie"

Floyd Monroe Varn                         2 Jul 1921                 30 Jan 1933

Emily McMillan Eaves Bishop       19 May1830             4 Mar 1900

Walter S. Eaves                              1854                          1911

Capt. James Christian McMillan    26 Oct 1831            26 Jan 1907 "Chris" C.S.A.

Mary Susanna Folk McMillan       13 Jul 1832               22 Oct 1917

Urbanna McMillan Westbury        7 Aug 1881               7 Apr 1912

Carolina Amanda McMillan          11 Mar 1859             29 Dec 1866

"Sudie" McMillan                         6 Sep 1867                 3 Jan 1961 Susan Hazeltine

Janie Counts McMillan                 9 Jun 1870                 7 Sep 1905

James Edwin McMillan                22 Mar 1875              30 May 1935 "Eddie"

Robert Downs Wright                  1887                            1948

Gussie Jennings Wright               1886                            1981

Devra Marlane Jennings             5 Mar 1951                8 Mar 1951

Cornelia S. Jennings                    1855                            1910

Julian A. Jennings                        1857                            1927

I Pinckney Jennings                     30 Aug 1862               4 Oct 1955

James Alex Jennings                   3 Feb 1893                  9 Mar 1972

Alma Kirkland Jennings              13 Jul 1897                 1988

Henry Vallentine McMillan        14 Feb 1909                 7 Jan 1999       Born in Ehrhardt, SC and died in Orangeburg                                                                                                                       County SC . Buried 10 Jan 1999