The Rast Cemetery is near Creston, along SC Highway 6, in a circle of trees and vines in a cultivated field. It is approximately 30 yards in from SC Highway 6, and approximately 708 yards in from a fence that separates the cultivated field from St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
Survey and copying of tombstone inscriptions were done 29 September 1996 by my wife's Chisolm/Owens cousin, Bill Chisolm, and his wife, Beverly Johnson Chisolm.
Grave #1 -- left grave on first row
Note: There is more, but it is below ground level and obscured by roots. We had to dig to uncover the part above and could not get to the rest. -Bill & Beverly Chisolm.
This grave has a footstone which reads "M.R. 1854".
Submitter's note: This would be Martha Dantzler, second wife of Jacob Rast. (My wife's great great grandparents.) Martha Dantzler born 19 July 1806 Orangeburg District, died 27 August 1854 Creston. Daughter of Frederick Dantzler & Mary Ann Catherine Moorer. Both of them are buried in Dantzler-Hart cemetery, Wells Crossroads, Orangeburg County.
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Grave #2, middle grave in first row
Sacred to the memory of
Submitter's note: Jacob Rast, born 8 March 1797, Orangeburg District, died of measles. Son of Mathias Rast & Barbara ???.
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Grave #3, right grave in first row
Submitter's note: This is Ann Margaret Rast.
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Grave #4, right grave in second row
Submitter's note: This is Frances Vice Cummings, first wife of James Taylor Rast. Frances, daughter of Benjamin Cummings and Hannah Rast.
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Grave #5, left grave in second row
Submitter's note: Her parents were James Taylor Rast and his second wife, Ann Shuler. James Taylor Rast was the son of Jacob Rast and his first wife, Colina Livingston. Ann Shuler was a daughter of Lewis Hayne Shuler and Elizabeth Dantzler.
Submitter's note: At the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery, Hwy 6, Swansea -- the John M. Rast b. 1856 d. 1927 buried there (John Mathias Rast) was a grandson of the above Jacob Rast and Martha Dantzler. John's wife, Mary M., her maiden name was Sightler.