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Speedwell Methodist Church
Founded in 1885 and built on a five acre tract of land donated by Mrs. J.H. Lafitte, who was the mother of P.D. Black and Mrs. B.W. Peeples. The deed was signed in 1884 by Mrs. Lafitte. The name of Speedwell was chosen because that was the name of the Post Office there during stagecoach days, before the railroad and Millett Station were built. The present church building was begun about 1922. It was dedicated by Bishop William Turner Watkins, May 23, 1941; Mr. Graham was pastor. The reason for delayed dedication was the loss of church funds by bank failures during the depression. The present church was built during the pastorate of Mr. W.R. Jones.
Survey Taken April 27, 1998 By: Junius Keith Peeples

                   Peeples
Ben Laughlin         Ethel Bailey
May 14, 1896        Feb. 2, 1893
Oct 28, 1965          Feb 27, 1965

At foot:
Ben Laughlin Peeples
South Carolina
Pvt. Co H 56 Pioneer Inf.
World War  I
May 14, 1896
Oct 28, 1965

                     Glover
Dewey Western        Mary Josie
Apr. 15, 1899             Feb. 22, 1903
April 7, 1946              Feb. 11, 1981

                       Linson
Lewis Omar             Flossie Miller
Apr 2, 1886              July 22, 1900
Jan. 26, 1976

                       Peeples
Elizabeth B.               Benjamin W.
Jan 18, 1869              May 18, 1860
Dec 3, 1949               July 5, 1930

Two unmarked markers, known to be:
Eliza Gertrude Peeples
infant, about 1900, aged 1 day
Paul Delacy Peeples
infant, about 1901, aged 1 day
children of Elizabeth and Benjamin

William Dunbar Peeples Jr.
Pfc., US Army
Korea
Sept 7, 1931
Jan. 31, 1983

William D. Peeples
Jan. 21, 1894
Jan. 27, 1946

Infant Daughter of
Janie Boatwright &
D. C. Smith  Jr.
Sept. 30, 1930

Janie Boatwright
Wife of
Duncan C. Smith Jr.
Oct. 15, 1898
Sept. 30, 1930

Infant Son of
Janie Boatwright &
D.C. Smith Jr.
Sept 29, 1930

Lawrence C. Smith
Pvt. US Army
Aug. 7, 1914
Died in Service
Nov. 6, 1944

Elwood O'Neil Smith
1927 - 1952

James Ewing
Aug 1, 1817
Feb 14, 1900

Lawrence Pinkney Smith
Feb 15, 1866
May 28, 1924

Kate Ewing
Wife of
Lawrence Pinkney Smith
Jan 20, 1874
May 14, 1933

                   Smith
Lawrence J.          Jessie E.
Dec 16, 1890         Nov. 8, 1912
Sept. 8, 1963         Feb 5, 1986

Melvin L. Platts
Sept. 2, 1921
Aug 30, 1932

Owen Platts
Apr 14, 1876
Apr 17, 1931

One unmarked small
stone near
Owen Platts

Col.                                    Savannah Barker
Joseph B. Bates                Wife of
Born                                   Col. J. B. Bates
Jan 10, 1842                       Born 1847
Died                                    Died 1922
Oct 17, 1901
Metal WPS Marker
1861 CSA 1865

Katherine Dunbar Kirkland
Aug 12, 1877
Dec 3, 1947

In Memory of                              In Memory of
James Hammond Black              Irma Simonton Black
ESQ                                              (Carving of Child and Dog)
Lex Pro Bono Populi                   Author
Jan 30, 1902                                June 6, 1906
March 12, 1990                           June 19, 1972
Ashes in Ferncliffe,                     Ashes in Ferncliffe,
Hartsdale, New York                  Hartsdale, New York

                   Snelling
John J.                 Cornelia B.
July 27, 1890       March 30, 1896
Oct 5, 1970          March 18, 1957

William Johnson Snelling
June 28, 1923
Nov. 24, 1992

James Sheddrick Smith
Aug 28, 1869        Jan 11, 1953
Wesley Ann Cox Smith
Feb 14, 1869         Sept 1, 1960

Yolanda Kirkland Hoefs
Apr 23, 1961
Jan 3, 1996
Loving Wife and Mother
Devoted Sister

Dedicated to the Memory of
Col. B. B. Kirkland
Son of Robert Kirkland
Born at Bufords Bridge
Aug. 22, 1833
Died near Cohens Bluff
Oct 20, 1885
Buried at Smyrna Church
Served through the Confederate War
Erected by his son
George D. Kirkland, 1961

Iola Kirkland
Daughter of
Col. B. B. Kirkland
1868  - 1872

Council Dunbar
Son of
George & Ella Dunbar
Kirkland
June 21, 1905
Sept 24, 1995

George F. Kirkland
Oct 11, 1934
July 13, 1979

                    Kirkland
George D.                            Ela Dunbar
Son of                                   Daughter of
Col. B.B. & Margaret D     Council & Laura
Kirkland                               Dunbar
Nov 20, 1874                        Oct 6, 1876
Mar 12, 1961                       June 10, 1958
                    Married Sept. 18, 1902

Georgiana Lee
Daughter of
George & Ela Dunbar
Kirkland
Dec 23, 1903

John B.
Son of Col. B.B. & Margaret D.
Kirkland
Feb 4, 1878             July 2, 1964

Mittie Meyer
Wife of J.B. Kirkland
Jan 4, 1883
Feb 23, 1940

Johnson Hagood Kirkland
son of
Col. B.B. Kirkland
Born Dec 30, 1876
Died May 15, 1905

R. Lee Kirkland
son of Col. B.B. Kirkland
Born June 19, 1872
Died Aug 20, 1899

Margaret Ann Dunbar
Wife of
Co. B. B. Kirkland
Jan 2, 1844
Nov 12, 1917

"Lieze"
Sarah Elizabeth Black
Mar 4, 1894
Nov 6, 1981
Married
George Victor Kearse

Paul Delacy Black                    Pauline Barker Kirkland
Mar 28, 1865                            June 17, 1867
Oct 21, 1949                              Feb 20, 1938
                Married Oct 12, 1887
                           Children
Edward Junius                         Mary Alice
Joe Bates                                James Hammond
Cornelia Pauline                     Annie Kate
Sarah Elise Beth Ne-Leize

Mary Alice Black
Jan 18, 1898
Jan 17, 1933

Annie Kate
Daughter of
P.D. & L.B. Black
Oct 9, 1907
Apr. 24, 1910

Joseph Bates
son of
Paul D. & Lena Black
Mar. 7, 1892
Feb 10, 1898

Cecilia P. Black
Oct 18, 1913
Nov. 30, 1993

Bell Martin Black
Feb 26, 1920
May 28, 1924

Edward Junius Black
Sept 2, 1889        Nov 4, 1940
His Wife
Carrie Dunbar
Apr. 4, 1891
Feb 21, 1976

John H. Lafitte                    Mary Alice Dunbar
Feb 23, 1832                        July 15, 1842
Married                               Married
Sarah E. Bruton                  E.J. Black
June 1, 1857                        Oct. 20, 1863
Children                               Children
Charlton Brown                   Paul Delacey
Corrinne                              Geo. Robinson
Florence                              Elizabeth Hanson
------------                              William Dunbar
Sarah E. Lafitte                  ---------------
Nee Bruton                         E. J. Black
Died Sept. 15, 1874            Died July 12, 1871
------------                              --------------

       J. H. Lafitte & Mary A. Dunbar nee Black
                 Married Jan. 20, 1876
                           only child
                       Alice Dunbar
------------                            ---------------
John H. Lafitte                 Mary Alice Dunbar
Died Aug 20, 1914            nee Black, nee Lafitte
                                          Died Aug 16, 1905

Alice D. Lafitte
Wife of W. Y. Miller
Dec 14, 1876
Oct 9, 1904

Wm. Yancey Miller
Sept. 2, 1860
June 10, 1925

Lou C. Wife of
D.W. Boone
Dec 4, 1858
Jan 26, 1903

William P. Dunbar
Jan. 20, 1812
Apr. 18, 1890

To Our Mother
Eliza Gertrude Dunbar
Nov. 5, 1823
1905

James U. Dunbar
Apr 23, 1867
Feb 12, 1889

Cooper Vacie Billings
1914 - 1957

One unmarked metal marker
near Billings

                      Sease
Span Hammond Sease             His Wife
Feb 20, 1892                             Lessie Mae Taylor
Oct 28, 1945                             Oct 13, 1900

One unmarked small marker
near Sease

William Dunbar Sease
South Carolina
Pvt. Co. F 323 Infantry
World War I
Oct 8, 1888
Dec 8, 1961

One unmarked metal marker
near Hall

Theo F. Hall
Departed this life
Oct 29, 1913

One unmarked metal marker near
Hall
Feb 12, 1925
Dec 6, 1927

Manney M. Clark
1914 - 1995

Clinton Clark
1913 - 1995

Starr P. Clark
July 2, 1921
Feb 20, 1985

Nena Dunbar Clark
1891 - 1984

Arthur
Son of
George & Jennie Dunbar
Sept 21, 1883
Jan 5, 1902

George Dunbar
Apr 29, 1853
Dec 31, 1901

One unmarked head & foot
marker near George Dunbar

Jennie Dunbar
Jan 29, 1894
June 7, 1970

George Harold
son of
George & Jennie Dunbar
Feb 2, 1886
Dec 21, 1901

Adrian C.
Son of
George & Jennie Dunbar
died June 30, 1889
Aged 11 months

Our Baby
CB & TF Dunbar
Born Mar 1, 1907
Died Mar 2, 1907

Ephrianm
son of
CB & TF Dunbar
Feb 10, 1902
Feb 13, 1902

Sacred
to the memory of
our little Sam
Son of
CB & TF Dunbar
Mar 22, 1883
Feb 24, 1887

                     Dunbar
Charles Brown         Tellie Ellis
Sept 29, 1861            Dec 10, 1865
Sept 23, 1935            Aug 21, 1954

Herbert J. Dunbar
Feb 15, 1904
Mar 4, 1969

Thomas Miles Ussery
June 7, 1910
April 22, 1951

Thomas Miles Ussery Jr.
Mar 17, 1937
Apr 22, 1951

Antonia Dunbar Ussery
Aug 16, 1916
Apr. 22, 1951

Charles William Dunbar
Jan 21, 1887
Aug 28, 1953
Father

Marie Terry Dunbar
Oct 24, 1888
Sept. 15, 1977
Mother

Cecil Loring Dunbar
July 22, 1913
Jan 9, 1973

Charles William Dunbar
Mar. 14, 1918
Feb 3, 1966

Boyd Sanders
Nov 12, 1907
June 16, 1971

Ella Y. Smith
Sept 28, 1911

Roderick M. Smith
May 14, 1916
Jan 23, 1995

Fred White
Aug 30, 1927
June 16, 1997

Alice Sweat Steed
Dec 18, 1956
10 months, 27 days

One unmarked grave with wooden
cross near Steed