Way back in May of this year Phil was kind enough to attempt a photo survey of Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina. It was a buggy, hot, humid experience for him with little to go on. If you haven’t visited Elmwood – it’s huge – and still adding burial sites. With the limited time he had the focus was on finding William Richard Cathcart Sr. At long last those photos have been added to the database here.

You’ll notice a few things about these images:

First, they have a copyright notice on them. Should you need to use these images please just drop me a note and I will be happy to forward a clean, email size copy to you. I will be adding them to FindAGrave.com at a later date. I will also be replacing the images here with an un-watermarked version in the future. I am still in a testing and development phase for the re-launch of I Hope To Speed which includes coming up with photo protocols. Please bear with me.

Second, the information contained on the gravestones is not yet incorporated into the online database. I’m in the midst of a major overhaul of the Cathcart branch. I will be posting an updated database soon that will reflect the many changes and new data that has come to light as a result of this process. In the mean time, if there is anything you might need clarified for your own research please don’t hesitate to ask. You can email me privately or just use the comment section below. I’d be happy to hear from you.

Finally, there is always more work to do. Phil and I will be traveling to South Carolina again in the near future. We’ve planned to stop back over to Elmwood in order to clean up what we have here. One headstone was missed in association with William Richard Cathcart and the Kelly sisters. I hope to obtain the interment card for this lot as well. Newspaper articles on the Cathcart death indicate William Richard Cathcart was moved from Trinity Churchyard to Elmwood.


We can infer from this information along with the death dates involved that Mary Eliza (Kelly) Cathcart was reinterred to Elmwood along with her children. Were they all originally interred at Trinity? When were they moved to Elmwood? As always in genealogy, there is much to do. I hope you’ll check back often to see the latest goings on.

Rorey Cathcart
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