Sumter, South Carolina
Elizabeth Lee Girardeau
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The cemetery on Georgiana Drive, which is on the left
off of Pinewood Road, was once on the property of Richard Bradford. Richard
and his wife, Elizabeth Singleton, died c1826 and c1829. I have been told
that a deed to the one half acre lot known as the Bradford Burial Ground
is recorded in Book RR, Sumter, page 532 and 533, recorded 30th of June,
1868. I have also been told that Richard and Elizabeth Bradford were buried
in the Singleton Cemetery in Sumter County - I do not know where this is.
Perhaps it is the cemetery called LEWIS-SINGLETON, p. 308, The Cemetery
Surveys of Old Sumter District, S.C.; Volume I, Part I, Sumter County,
S.C. Their son, Robert Bradford who married Nancy Singleton, is buried
The Georgiana Drive Cemetery is listed as Cemetery #27,
p. 310 of the Cemetery Surveys Book. The cemetery survey book was not used
for the following list of graves. I have used comments of Cassie Nichols
as printed in a newspaper article, a survey of the cemetery made in 1967
by Mr. and Mrs. W. Loring Lee [my parents], and pictures that I took in
Family of Matthew Bradford, son of Richard and Elizabeth
"The grave bearing the oldest marker", according to an article by Cassie Nicholes entitled "Graveyard Survives Time's Ravage," "is that of Harriet Angelina Mellett, who died on December 27, 1849, at the age of four years, one month and ten days. She is said to have been the baby daughter of William Eldridge and Mary Louise Bradford Mellett." This article was reprinted in Historical Sketches of Sumter County, Vol. II, 1981. The newspaper article was written by Miss Nicholes for The Sumter News some time between 1967 and 1980. Mary Louise Bradford Mellett was the daughter of Matthew and Harriet Dingle Bradford Mary Louise Bradford Mellett was a granddaughter of Richard Bradford. Her husband's grave is marked in the cemetery with a stone that reads :
Sacred To the Memory of
WILLIAM ELDRIDGE MELLETT
Who Departed This Life
Jan. 4, 1858
Aged 39 Years, 10 months, 5 days
Matthew Bradford, born 19 June 1789, died 1846; Harriet Bradford, born 29 Sept.1799, died 17 Aug. 1835. Their grave sites are not known but one would think that they were both buried in this cemetery.
Robert Dingle Bradford was the son of Matthew and Harriet
Bradford and his tombstone reads: (I have a picture taken in 1995)
Sacred to the Memory of
ROBERT D. BRADFORD
Who was born the 2nd of June, 1820
And departed this Life
the 27th of August, 1853
aged 33 years, 2 months /and 25 days.
I loved thee fond Husband /And Love was Thy Due.
I Loved thee fond Partner / And Tenderly too.
Sarah Bradford, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Elizabeth Bradford No stone has been found for Sarah Bradford Brown but her obituary , c1870, states "interred at the Old Bradford Cemetery". She married Ervin Adam Brown, thought to be a son of William Brown, Sr. He died in 1817 and was probably buried in the cemetery. Richard, one of the sons of Sarah and Ervin Brown [married Caroline M. ___] who died around 1853, had a tombstone still in the graveyard in 1995:
My beloved Husband
RICHARD B. BROWN
May we Meet in Heaven
To the Memory of
MRS. E. A. BRUNSON
Who Died 13th May, 1864
Aged about 64 Years.
She Died in the Triumph of
The Christian Faith
To the Memory of
Our Beloved Father
W. L. BRUNSON
Was Born Oct. 14, 1789/
And Died Oct. 29, 1868
Soveign Omnipotent and Father of Love
A Father from Earth Thou hast Taken Above
We children.....[can not read]
Note: All other sources give birthdate as Oct. 6, 1789.
In Affection the Memory
Of One very Dear, This
Tablet is Erected Over
The Ashes of
M. A. BRUNSON
He left us in his 22nd Year
8th of Jan., 1858
In Memory of
My Beloved Husband
LUCIUS P. LORING
God in His Wisdom Called
Him to His Heavenly Home.
Oct. 10, 1886
In 67th Year of His Age.
Thy Will Be Done
Oh Blessed Truth
Tho We Must Weep
He Giveth His Beloved Sleep.
Loving Memory Of
Our Dear Mother
MARY MARSENA LORING
Relict of the Late
Capt. L.P. Loring
Born in Sumter, S.C.
Aug. 18, 1820
Died at Home in Sumter
Apr. 9, 1898
There remaineth therefore a
rest to the people of God.
Heb. 4 - 9 v.
Four infant children of M.M. and L.P. Loring have one marker. This marker was taken from the graveyard by someone and was then returned to Mr. W. Loring Lee, Jr. where it remains in his yard. The children were:
Fannie Loring, born & died 2 Jan. 1842
Lucius Pitts Loring, Jr. born and died 10 Nov. 1845
Emma Loring, born and died 10 Aug. 1858
Mary Wesley Loring, born 15 June 1861, died 9 Sept.
The small monument is four sided: Fannie/ Lucius/ Emma/ Mary Rest/ Sweet Spirit/ Rest
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