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If any of you that are Hutto descendants that are members of the Orangeburgh
District DNA project, but have not joined the Hutto dna project on
familytreedna.com, please do so now. The DNA has been a helpful tool in
determining some relationships, but it is also very important that you have
your family tree also filled out as much as possible. This is the way we can
determine if the match is through the Hutto surname or another family. Also,
some people are from more than one Hutto line, which makes them appear as a
closer familial match than they actually are. We have had some breakthroughs
in determining dna matches and relationships, but the more participants we
have, the easier it is to determine how they are related. So please,
consider joining the Hutto project if you have not done so already. DNA
testing is cheaper than ever before and if you have tested with another
company, the results can be uploaded to familytreedna for a small fee of
$19. This is well worth it to have your results in more place that one.
Joel H Hutto
Hutto Family DNA Project Administrator.
PS you may email me directly if you have any further questions about
participating. You must have a dna kit number to register and participate.
Thank you so much, Jim!
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1. Directions to Oakland Churchyard in Cope Sc (Carolyn C Auvil)
2. Re: Directions to Oakland Churchyard in Cope Sc
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:25:54 -0500
From: Carolyn C Auvil <c2auvil(a)att.net>
Subject: [ORANGEBURGH_SC] Directions to Oakland Churchyard in Cope Sc
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Looking for grave of Ira Shoemaker off 301. He lived in what was called the Forks and the cemetery is close to his home. Thank you.
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:14:39 -0600
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Subject: [ORANGEBURGH_SC] Re: Directions to Oakland Churchyard in Cope
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The Oakland Cemetery is on Oakland Road about 3/5 of a mile from its
intersection with US 301. Google Maps coordinates for the cemetery are:
33.3719 -80.9847 (Find-a-Grave). Google Maps shows Oakland Road as OC
1115. The cemetery is visible from Oakland RD in Google Street view
(looking South) behind an open area in a grove of trees.
> On 1/20/2019 1:25 PM, Carolyn C Auvil wrote:
> Looking for grave of Ira Shoemaker off 301. He lived in what was called the Forks and the cemetery is close to his home. Thank you.
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End of ORANGEBURGH_SC Digest, Vol 14, Issue 3
Hello everyone on the OGSGS list,
I bear some bad news about one of our Orangeburg County Cemeteries.
The Rutland Cemetery, located off of Willow Swamp Road was bulldozed by the
property owner to build a house for his daughter.
While this is patently illegal (a felony) in the State of South Carolina,
we have been unable to prosecute the property owner (nor successfully bring
a civil suit) due to their attorney bringing into question the location of
the cemetery because the land records in Orangeburg are often sparse, and
as luck would have it, we have not been able yet to trace back the property
the cemetery sat on to a Rutland owner.
I am asking for help from all of you to see if you have or know where to
find any land records from the Rutland Family for property along present
day Willow Swamp Rd, or any documentation of any kind that mentions the
cemetery, such as record of a family burial, anecdotal story, etc.
Here's the facts:
1) There was a small group of trees in the middle of a field which was
known by the local citizens as a cemetery. A smaller subset knew it as the
Rutland Family Cemetery where more than seven individuals were buried,
their graves marked by shells and flowers.
2) We have aerial pictures going back as far as 1948 which show the group
of trees in the same place. There is what appears to be a field road going
to it from Willow Swamp Rd, which matches the sworn statements of several
3) There are a handful of living people who had visited the cemetery before
it was destroyed. Helen Williams, deceased, who helped OCHS with the
cemetery survey books may have been the last person to visit it in about
4) The aerial photos show the cemetery/group of trees through 2006. In the
satellite photos after that time, the group of trees is gone, and a house
is built directly adjacent. The house is not on top of the cemetery, but
next to it, maybe 40 feet away..
5) When Rutland family members visited the site in February 2018, they met
with the property owner who admitted knowing of the cemetery, knowing of
the shells marking the graves, and admitted to bulldozing it to build his
daughters house. He has since that time repeated this, but his attorney
states that he does not admit to knowing he bulldozed the cemetery.
6) We have so far about 12 statements from people who either visited the
cemetery, knew of it's location for sure, or were told about it by their
parents. We also know that the property owner was told verbally by
several people that the cemetery existed and not to bulldoze it when he was
planning to build the house.
7) We know for sure, as would any reasonable person, that the cemetery was
that small group of trees in the middle of the field.
8) The sheriff's office has so far refused to deal with the case because
(A) they are taking the word of the property owner, (B) they say they do
not have enough evidence showing the cemetery existed in that location.
The property owner's attorney has also complicated it by fabricating the
possibility that Rutlands never owned the land, and (C) They say they just
can't be bothered because they are too busy with more important crimes
The reason the Rutland family came to visit the cemetery in February of
this year is that one of them has a blood cancer and is not expected to
live much longer, and they were looking for a place to spread the ashes.
Logically they thought of the family cemetery first. But they got a nasty
surprise when they got there.
You can look at a list of the people buried there on find-a-grave:
The family names buried there are RUTLAND, GLEATON and CHAVIS.
Any help you can give with concrete information on the Rutland Cemetery,
will be greatly appreciated by the Rutland Family, the Hallman Family
(descendants of the Chavis' buried there) and myself.
This is not the first time a cemetery has been destroyed. I hope everyone
here does what they can to protect their family cemeteries which are on
private land, and not in a cemetery trust. Please read the information on
the page below on laws if you have a cemetery in your family, so you will
know your rights.
South Carolina laws on cemeteries are pretty specific, and the penalties
fairly stiff, but there are some loopholes. This link below is to a page
that does an excellent job of explaining about the rights cemeteries have
in South Carolina:
eric powell • po box 129, orangeburg, sc 29116-0129
803-997-0707 • fax 877-885-8830 • epowell(a)pobox.com
eric powell, volunteer, archivist & director
orangeburg county historical society (OCHS)
po box 1881 - orangeburg sc 29116-1881
eric(a)orangeburgh.org - www.orangeburgh.org
archives +1 (803) 535-0022 fax +1 (877) 885-8830
cell +1 (803) 997-0707