The Berry Pool Family Cemetery

The Berry Pool family cemetery was described by Bessie Poole Lamb and Mary- Mack Poole Ezell in their 1931 book A Genealogical History of the Poole, Langston, Mason Families and Kindred Lines of Upper South Carolina as follows:

At the Polly Poole old home is the Berry Poole family cemetery as it was the custom of that day to bury on the home plantations. Around this cemetery is a rock wall which (2) Berry Poole had built during his lifetime. In this sacred spot lie buried (2) Berry Poole and his wife, Mary, their sons (3) Wm., and (3) James, their daughter (3) Ascenith Poole Bobo. One other grave bearing the name of Aquilla Poole of whom we have no record. (page 61).

Today, this cemetery is located on private property near the intersection of South Carolina Secondary Road 52 and South Carolina Secondary Road 404.1 The cemetery is within a pine timber plantation and has been neglected for an extended period of time. Most of the gravestones have fallen over, and several are broken.

The Wall

Bessie Poole Lamb notes that the "bill for the labor on (the) wall is among the preserved papers of Berry Poole"

Nov 18, 1848 Rec'd of Allen Poole, Executor of Berry Poole's estate, forty-eight dollars in full of all demands for walling in a graveyard.
Joseph Parham 2

This paper has not been located, but the Probate papers for Berry Pool includes the following line items:

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1847 Paid Alex Brown for Tomb Stones for Father & Brother 17.98

1848 Paid Joseph Parham 48.00 3

This stone wall has collapsed along much of its length, and one side of the wall has been demolished, with the stones scattered in the surrounding woods. The photograph is of the best preserved portion of the wall.

The Graves

This map shows the locations of the graves found in the cemetery. The grave of Aquila Poole as mentioned in the Bessie P. Lamb book has not been located. The grave of Marcus D. Lafayette Rose is not included in the Lamb book description.

The only stones still standing were those of Berry and James. The others were either toppled over or broken. The stones for Marcus Rose and Ascenith Bobo were so dislocated that it is not possible to precisely locate the burial.

The Home Site

The Berry Pool home burned about 1938, and nothing remains except scattered handmade bricks.4 The Bessie Poole Lamb book contains a rather poor reproduction of a photograph of the home taken in 1917.5 A copy of this photograph can be seen on the Maps and Photos page.

A document describing the Berry Pool Family Cemetery is available for download.


1. My daughter Sarah and I found the cemetery in 2011, with the generous assistance of B. Patterson and M. Nelson. Some basic restoration work has been done, and gravestone rubbings were taken.

2. A Genealogical History of the Poole, Langston, Mason Families and Kindred Lines of Upper South Carolina, Bessie Poole Lamb, Mary Mack Poole Ezell, p. 17.

3. Laurens County Probate Court, "Laurens County Ordinary/Probate Judge Index to Estate Papers 1800-1939" Box 104 Pkg 19.

4. Year is the recollection of Bill Patterson.

5. A Genealogical History of the Poole, Langston, Mason Families and Kindred Lines of Upper South Carolina, Bessie Poole Lamb, Mary Mack Poole Ezell, p. 16.