Historians and genealogists always have questions about local cemeteries.
Some of the materials below include lists of the names of the interred; some materials do not include a grave-by-grave inventory of every person buried at that location. Few graves of the enslaved were marked with permanent tombstones as social mores of the time prevented this. Even up into the 20th century, wooden markers often indicated burial site as many persons were unable to afford the cost of importing a stone or metal tombstone to mark a loved one’s grave. Due to the lowcountry climate, many of these wooden markers have decayed so much so that the identity of the interred has been lost.
Unfortunately, there has not been a systematic inventory of all the cemeteries in Beaufort District nor is there a listing of the names of all the interred. Nevertheless, the Beaufort District Collection has some materials and recommends the following links to help you uncover more information regarding cemeteries in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties, South Carolina.
This list of selected links and materials was compiled by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Manager of the Beaufort District Collection, on 3 February 2016. Latest update: 7 June 2017.
The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, contains information about physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and associated areas, both current and historical, including identified cemeteries. The database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the location of the feature by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates. The database search screen is found at http://geonames.usgs.gov/. A query on Beaufort County South Carolina cemeteries resulted in a list of 53 cemeteries. It appears that the list does not include cemeteries located on or beside a church or synagogue. Hence this is not a complete list of all cemeteries in Beaufort County. [Please note: Map in the table below refers to the U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographical map quadrant designations.]
You can see the names of individuals interred in the Beaufort National Cemetery through the Interment.net: Cemetery Records Online database http://www.interment.net/data/us/sc/beaufort/beaunat/index.htm
Grave Matters: The Preservation of African-American Cemeteries by Chicora Foundation, 1996 is available as a PDF document at http://www.chicora.org/pdfs/Grave%20Matters%20-%20The%20Preservation%20of%20African%20American%20Cemeteries.pdf
Our Online Obituary Index lists the names of individuals for whom there were published obituaries in local newspapers beginning in 1862.
Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:
The Research Room has a number of clippings files on the topic of cemeteries:
- Cemeteries – Jasper County
- Cemeteries – Hampton County
- Beaufort National Cemetery
MICROFILM Index to Burial Orders for Individuals who died at Hilton Head Military Hospitals from 1862 – 1865, 1994.
SC MAP #608 Cemetery at Baptist Church of Beaufort: Charles Street, Beaufort, SC, 1981.
SC 282.75799 HIS 2013 History of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and graveyard by the History Committee of the Historic Church Preservation Task Force, 2013.
SC 282.75799 SAI Saint Peter Catholic Church: Beaufort, South Carolina: Reverend Father Timothy D. Tebalt, Pastor; Graveyard Task Force Report, June 30, 2011 by the Saint Peter Catholic Church Graveyard Task Force, 2011.
SC 283.757 SAT Cemetery Survey of the Wesley United Methodist Church Beaufort, South Carolina by Jennifer D. Satterthwaite, 2000.
SC 363.75 BRI Forgotten Souls: A look at five Beaufort cemeteries: A thesis submitted to the faculty of the Historic Preservation Department in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts, The Savannah College of Art and Design by Amanda C. Britton (Worbeck) [sic], 2003.
SC 363.75 WIN 2011 Windows in time: Documentation mapping and management recommendations for eight historic cemeteries at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort: June 22, 2010: Final Report by New South Associates, 2011.
SC 363.75757 BEA 1996 Beaufort County Cemetery Inventory Survey  submitted by the Historic Preservation Department of the Savannah College of Art and Design, 1996.
SC 363.75757 ST St. Helena Island Cemetery Survey 1999: Version: 15 October 1999 by Historic Beaufort Foundation, 1999.
SC 393 GRA Grave Matters: The Preservation of African-American Cemeteries by Chicora Foundation, 1996. [Available as an online document: http://www.chicora.org/pdfs/Grave%20Matters%20-%20The%20Preservation%20of%20African%20American%20Cemeteries.pdf]
SC 393 WRI Lay down body : living history in African American cemeteries by Roberta Hughes Wright and Wilbur B. Hughes III, 1995.
SC 929 MAL Cemeteries of Jasper County : a project of the Jasper County Historical Society, South Carolina, 1994-1996 by Wofford E. Malphrus, 2001.
SC 929.5 BAP Burials in the Baptist Church of Beaufort cemetery as of 24 March 2003 by the Baptist Church of Beaufort, 2003.
SC 929.5 BRY Cemeteries of Upper Colleton County, South Carolina by Evelyn McDaniel Frazier Bryan and Gibson Howard Bryan, c1974.
SC 929.5 BUR Burial orders for individuals who died at Hilton Head Military Hospitals from 1862-1865, [no date]. Note: You can get this data from the “Beaufort National Cemetery” portion of http://www.interment.net/data/us/sc/beaufort/beaunat/index.htm provided you have the person’s name.
SC 929.5 FAR Obituaries and biographical information of Jews from Beaufort, SC buried in Beth Israel Cemetery and elsewhere by Stanley B. Farbstein, 2008.
SC 929.5 INS Inscriptions on gravestones in cemeteries: Beaufort County, [no date].
SC 929.5 PR Old churchyard cemetery of St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Beaufort, South Carolina.Beaufort, SC : James Cawood Presgraves and S. Louise Presgraves 1987.
SC 975.7 BAT An archaeological survey of the 5.74 heactare (14.18 acre) proposed expansion of the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort County, South Carolina by Daphne L. Owens, 2002.
SC 975.799 BAI 1996 Archaeological reconnaissance, Davis Road Mine Site, Beaufort County, South Carolina: October 1996 prepared for Cleland Construction Company, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina by Ralph Bailey, Jr., Archaeologist, 1996.
SC 975.799 GRE Archaeological investigation of a 22-acre tract on Daufuskie Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina – Final Report submitted to William Scott, Hilton Head Island, SC by TRC Garrow Associates, Inc.; Submitted by William Green (N.S./PRA) – Principal Investigator; M. Virginia Markham and Jennifer S. Revels – Authors, 2001.
SC 975.799 GRE 2001 Archaeological investigation of a 22-acre tract on Daufuskie Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina – Final Report, Project #31370 [Phase I]. July 2001 submitted to Mr. William Scott submitted by TRC Garrow Associates, Inc. by William Green, Principal Investigator; authored by M. Virginia Markham, Jennifer S. Revels and William Green, 2001.
SC 975.799 KAR Stoney Creek Cemetery by Michael Alexander Karnath, [2007?].
SC 975.799 LEP 1988 Dataw Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina: Cultural Resources Survey: March, 1998 by Larry Lepionka, .
SC 975.799 POP Recent archaeological investigations on Dataw Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina prepared for The Dataw Historical Foundation, Dataw Island, SC by Eric C. Poplin, Principal Investigator; Gwendolyn Burns, GPR Specialist and Andrew Agha, Archaeologist, 2006.
SC 975.799 SEY Daufuskie Island: A blending of architecture and tradition in the South Carolina lowcountry: A thesis statement submitted to the faculty of the Historic Preservation Department in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design: July 2006 by Kathy K. Seyalioglu, 2006.
SC 975.799 STA Phase II cultural resource investigations at sites 38BU1904, 38BU1905, and 38BU1906 on Daufuskie Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina – Final Report submitted by William Scott, Hilton Head Island, SC by TRC Garrow Associates, Inc., submitted by William F. Stanyard (M.S./RPA) -Principal investigator, Ramona Grunden, Jennifer Revels & William Green, 2001.
SC 975.799 STA 2001 Phase II cultural resource investigations at sites 38BU1904, 38BU1905, and 38BU1906 on Daufuskie Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina – Final Report, Project #33062: October 2001 submitted to Mr. William Scott, Hilton Head Island, SC submitted by TRC Garrow Associates, Inc., William F. Stanyard, Principal investigator; authored by William F. Stanyard, Ramona Grunden, Jennifer Revels and William Green, 2001.
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