Posted By:DuBose Blakeney
Subject:James Blakeney/Mary Evans Blakeney
Post Date:July 11, 2007 at 18:08:18
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James Blakeney (b. 1765, d. 1819) and Mary White Evans Blakeney (b. 11/25/1778, d. 10/8/1857) are my great, great grandparents. Should anyone be interested in their burial location and their gravestones location (different places), I recently visited both sites. Mary White Evans was originally married to Charles Evans, Sr. (b. 1793, d. 11/7/1820). The James Blakeney I'm referring to was born in 1765 and died in 1819, both in the vicinity of Pageland, SC. James' father was Captain John Blakeney (b. 1732, d. 1832) who is also buried near Pageland, SC, but not in the same cemetery as James and Mary. One of James Blakeney and Mary White Evans Blakeney's children was James White Blakeney (my great grandfather). It is well known from James C. Pigg’s cemetery survey of Chesterfield County that the burial site of James Blakeney and his wife, Mary, is close to the intersection of Hwy. 903 and 151 in Catarrh, SC. I visited the actual site on July 10, 2007 at the generosity of the current property owners who knew where the cemetery was located on their property. The original burial site, known as the Evans Cemetery, was excavated accidentally in 1920 during the course of a land leveling operation. The current property owners did not own the land where the cemetery was located until many years after the excavation work, but had accurate information about the cemetery from previous owners. This cemetery contained the remains of about seven individuals, including James Blakeney and other Evans family members. Unfortunately, the remains were scattered over the landscape in 1920 and are unaccounted for now. Fortunately, however, the headstones were gathered up in 1920 and kept in good shape until 2006, when they were then relocated to the Travis Evans Cemetery near Pageland, SC. The head stones of several other Evan's family members were also relocated in 2006 and are in good shape. Should anyone be interested in copies of gravestone photos of James Blakeney, Mary White Evans Blakeney, as well as her first husband, Charles Evans, Sr. and their son, Charles Evans, Jr., I have them and would be happy to email them to any interested persons.