LAKEVIEW CEMETERY, AKA THOMPSON CEMETERY
Abbeville, Abbeville County, South Carolina

Submitted by Brenda Newton


I recently visited Abbeville S.C. A cemetery in Abbeville has some really interesting history.

About 4 years ago the Minister of St James AME Church in Abbeville and his wife (Rev. and Mrs. James Thompson) were riding around the city of Abbeville and happened to notice a couple of tombstones on a tree and bush overgrown lot. They wondered why 2-3 people would be buried people on what appeared to be a tree/brush overgrown lot. So they started asking questions about the lot.

What they found out was that it was an old cemetery, an all black cemetery, that was no longer being used. There was no sign, and nothing to indicate that the tree/brush overgrown lot was a cemetery. The cemetery is located in Abbeville, at the intersection of Vienna and Hammond streets.

Once the discovery that it was a cemetery was made, Rev. Thompson started a project called “Operation Impact”. The goal of this project was and is to clean up this cemetery and restore some of the tombstones. The men working on this project are from the Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, and Greenwood areas. These men have donated their time, efforts, and continue to do so.

Some local folk refer to the cemetery as “Lakeview”, while others call it “Thompson”. After talking with Rev. Thompson, I visited the cemetery. Because of the work done by Operation Impact, I was able to find 3 of my family members graves. Some tombstones were so old that time and weather had worn off the inscriptions, others were crumbled and in pieces. However, about 95% of the tombstones were in pretty good condition and I was able to read the inscriptions and document them. Hopefully someone can find a family member, as I was able to do.



(legend: b: = born, d: = died):

James Bryan - b: Mar 1828, d: Dec 24, 1902
Lula Farrow – wife of Perry G. Parks – b: Dec 17, 1867, d: Oct 12, 1896
Oscar Hearst – S.C. Pvt. 567 Service BN QMC WWI, b: Dec 7, 1896, d: Feb 13, 1951
Alice Watt – b: Sept 4, 1894, d: Oct 24, 1936
Jane Buchanan – b: Aug 15, 1856, d: Oct 28, 1925
Rebecca Buchanan – b: Oct 9, 1858, d: Feb 28, 1925
Jennie B. Grier Hearst – d: Feb 19, 1923
Silvia Cunningham - d: Nov 12, 1916 – age 89 years
Samuel Collier – S.C. Pvt, U.S. Army WWI, b: Oct 3, 1895, d: March 13, 1956
Dennis Carter – b: 1837, d: Sept 25, 1921
Flora Carter – b: 1844, d: Feb 23, 1919
Patton Wingfield - b: Aug 31, 1884, d: Dec 3, 1947
Susan Jones - d: June 25, 1919
Georgiana – wife of Aaron Chiles – d: July 6, 1924
Henrietta Wilson - b: Dec 18, 1853, d: Oct 11, 1910
Catherine Marie – wife of Isaac Jenkins – d: July 24, 1913
Margaret Rennix – d: Nov 6, 1896 – age 55 years
Mary M. Jones – b:1855, d: June 17,1916
Harriet Hamilton – d: Sept 29, 1889 – about 37 years
Joannah V. – wife of George W. Richie – b:1862, d: 1911 – age 49 years
Ella Lomax – b: March 10, 1858, d: Feb 14, 1859
Rebecca Lomax – b: Aug 25, 1863, d: Mar 9, 1879
Hotson J. Lomax – b: Feb 7, 1832, d: Nov 11, 1870 – age 38 years, 9 months, 4 days
Sarah Ghiles – d: June 28, 1900
Samuel Jones – d: 1876
Mary Jones - d: 1883
George Johnson - d: July 13, 1920 – age 48 years
Fanny Smith Mauner - d: Mar 21, 1873
Mamie L. – wife of J. Nash – b: Oct 28, 1881, d: July 17, 1903
Willie Williams – S.C. Me?? 854 Co. Trans Corps - d: Feb 7, 1941
James Williams – b:1883, d:1903
George Adams - b:1839, d:1906
Rev. A.E. Gregory - d: May 12, 1908
R.W. A. Richie - b: Oct 7, 1880, d: May 7, 1911
Eliza McDonald – d:Dec 1, 1905 – age 51 years
Rev. A.M. Wardeaw - b: 1865, d: March 7, 1916
Lewis Butler - d: Dec 24, 1906 – age 51 years
Lionel McIntosh – d:Sept 25, 1939
William Henry Harper - b:1842, d:1914
Clara Valentine - d: Oct 18, 1915 – age 70 years
Martha Valentine - d: June 13, 1917 – age 41 years
William Vance Reid - b: June 12, 1855, d: Nov 9, 1914
Infant son of Richard and Eliza Hagan – Richard – d: Nov 8, 1913
Sarah Reed - d: Dec 7, 1916
Clark Allen - d: April 11, 1941 – age 70 years
James Ramey - b: 1873, d: 1931
Catherine – wife of T. M. Wilson – b: Sept 10, 1858, d: Oct 20, 1922
Lervis(??) Brown, b: Jan 3, 1871, d: April 4, 1923
Louisa Agnew - d: April 23, 1918 - age 69 years
Agnes Anderson - d: April 26, 1925
Florence W. Richie - b: Dec 7, 1884, d: May 13, 1902
Julius Ceasar Richie - b: July 12, 1879, d: Feb 13, 1880
Edna L. – daughter of Manerva Lang – b: Aug 28, 1888, d: Dec 29, 1896
Emily Boone - b: June 2, 1874, d: Dec 20, 1940
Nelson Williams - d: Feb 1, 1901
Ellen Williams - d: May 1, 1913
Hannah – wife of Peter – d: Nov 30, 1859 (there was no last name on tombstone)
Leila P. Adams - b: 1882, d:1946
Samuel H. Adams - b: 1872, d: 1943
Robert Bell - b: Feb 12, 1829, d: Aug 8, 1914
Susie - wife of Robert Bell - b: 1825, d: 1900
Henry Canne (there was no date of birth or death on tombstone)
James A. Goosby - b: 1908, d:1961
Hammond Baker - b: 1870, d: 1933
Mary Covin Baker - b: 1875, d: 1959


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