Daniel Island Cemeteries Speak From Our Past!


There aren’t many physical reminders of the 4000 years presence of humans on Daniel Island, not even from the 300+ years since colonization.  We have stately rows of live oaks planted to delineate 18th century property lines, but no buildings or landmarks survived the island’s changing economic face from plantations to truck farming to cattle ranch and hunting preserve.  What hurricanes like Hugo didn’t level, the next wave of change and progress did.

The biggest change of the face of the island has obviously been since the building of I-526 made today’s planned community possible. 

But just out of sight, on the fringes of that development, are four reminders of those who came before us.  Gravestones stand silent vigil in the stillness at the edge of marshes and the Wando River.  Sentries of centuries past poking through the mist and the weeds.” READ THIS FULL ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE

SEE MORE DETAIL EACH OF THE FOUR ISLAND CEMETERIES BELOW:

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   Simmons Cemetery   

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The Grove Cemetery

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 Alston Cemetery        

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Lesesne Family Cemetery

Each of the cemetery links above include a work in progress list of who is buried there, a photo gallery, and directions to the cemetery.

FINDING WHERE ANCESTORS ARE BURIED CAN BE A TOUGH TASK.  HERE ARE SOME TERRIFIC ONLINE SITES THAT CAN HELP:  FIND A GRAVE  AND BILLION GRAVES

WANT TO HELP WITH THIS TREMENDOUS PROJECT?  E-mail us at dihistoricalsociety@gmail.com

LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION AND ARTICLES ABOUT DANIEL ISLAND CEMETERIES: 

https://dihistoricalsociety.com/?s=cemetery will take you to a full array of blog entries on our efforts on Daniel Island and the Cainhoy peninsula

Links to Older coverage……..

Exploring Daniel Island’s Final Resting Places     Daniel Island News article…..10.24.2018

Grove Cemetery enhancements underway  Daniel Island News article 7.27.2017  

Help may be on the way for Black cemeteries DIHS blog post 12.20.2020

DI cemetery project seeks to restore and preserve The Gullah Society 11.20.2013

Flashback to a Flashback    This is a blog post that includes links to a 2006 DI NEWS article on a Lesesne family  member rediscovering his family roots on the Island.