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Cantey Cemetery

History of the cemetery:
The Cantey Family Cemetery is located about four miles east of the town limits of St. Stephen, off Highway 45 East, in dense forest. The old cemetery is located south of the Rediversion Canal, formerly Mattassee Lake. The Cantey Family Cemetery is also known as the Mattassee Plantation Cemetery. Mattassee Plantation was the home of Charles Cantey (father of Charles Cantey in the inventory) who manufactured the brick and cut the timber, which was used in constructing the Old Parish Church (St. Stephen Episcopal Church) located in St. Stephen. The Cantey Cemetery is unmarked with nothing to indicate where the old Cantey family residence once stood. Due to time and weather, the inscriptions on tomb-stones are not easily read. Inventoried by Betty W. Delk on November 8, 2008.

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Name Dates Inscription Remarks
Cantey, Charles d/20 Oct 1799Sacred To the Memory of CHARLES CANTEY of St. Stephen's Parish Who Died on the 20th Oct. 1789 Ages 28 Years and 11 Months also of MRS. MARGARET CANTEY Who Was Born on the 29th July 1765 and Died on the 2nd March 1847 Ages 81 Years and 8 Months She Was Beloved in Life and Lamented in Death h/o of Margaret Cantey
Cantey, Margaret 29 Jul 1765 - 2 Mar 1847 w/o Charles Cantey Foot Marker (also on one marker together) gives initials/years of deaths and reads: C.C. 1789 M.C. 1847
Dubose, Charles Cantey 12 Mar 1805 - 19 Jun 1851 SACRED to the memory of CHARLES CANTEY DUBOSE of St. Stephen's Parish He was born 12th March 1805 and died 19th June 1851,aged 46 years 3 months and 7 days
Dubose, Press Smith d/9 Sep 1836, 2 yr 4 mo 18 da Sacred To the Memory of PRESS SMITH DUBOSE who died 9th September 1836, aged 2 years, 4 months and 3 days. AND OF JOHN DUBOSE, who died 11th September 1836, aged 4 years, 7 months and 26 days. One Headstone shared by: Press Smith Dubose & John Dubose
Dubose, John d/11 Sep 1836, 4 yr 7 mo 26 da
Dubose, Margaret 7 Jan 1830 - 13 Sep 1834Parental Affection Erects This Stone to the Memory of a Beloved Child MARGARET E. DUBOSE Daughter of Charles C. and Margaret Dubose Who Was Born on the 7th January 1830 and Died 13th. Sept. 1834 Aged 4 Years, 8 Months and 6 Days (All of the inscription was centered on stone) Margaret E. Dubose (child) daughter of Charles C. & Margaret Dubose. Foot marker is chipped, and barely readable. Research of Cantey Cemetery indicates the inscription on the broken Head Stone on ground, should read as follows:
Smith, Elizabeth d/17 Nov 1829, 3 yr 8 mo Sacred To the Memory of ELIZABETH S. SMITH Daughter of Press and Margaret Smith. Who Obt. the 1st. of Nov. 1829, Aged three years and 9 months. d/o Press & Margaret Smith
Smith, Margaret Cantey d/1 Sep 1826, 2 yr 2 mo Sacred to the Memory of MARGARET C. SMITH, Daughter of Press and Margaret Smith, Who obt. the 1st. of Sept. 1826. Aged two years and 2 months. d/o Press & Margaret Smith
Smith, Margaret 16 Jan 1787 - 7 Aug 1854 HERE REST the mortal remains of MRS. MARGARET SMITH, Relict of the late Press McPherson Smith, and Daughter of the late Charles Cantey, who was born on the 16th January 1787, and died on the 7th August 1854, Aged 67 years 6 months and 22 days. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
Smith, Press M d/25 Dec 1874, 62 yr 4 mo SACRED To the Memory of PRESS M. SMITH Who departed this life On the 25th Dec. 1837 Aged Sixty Two Years,And 4 Months.

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