Edgefield in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Simkins Cemetery
1/2 mile west, on "Ceder Fields" plantation, is buried the family of Captain Arthur Simkins, soldier in the American Revolution and a founder of Edgefield. Born in Virginia on Dec. 10, 1742, he died Sept. 29, 1826. He was a county court judge, a member of the S.C. General Assembly, and was on the commission to divide Ninety-Six District into counties.
Erected 1969 by Edgefield County Historic Society and Old 96 Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 19-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 33° 49.667′ N, 81° 54.283′ W. Marker is in Edgefield, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Center Spring Road. Click for map. Marker is directly across from Simmon Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 286 Center Spring Road, Edgefield SC 29824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village Academy / Furman Academy and Theological Institute (approx. 2.7 miles away); Original Site of Furman Academy (approx. 2.7 miles away); Old Law Building (approx. 2.8 First Baptist Church / Village Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); J. Strom Thurmond Birthplace (approx. 2.9 miles away); Oakley Park Museum (approx. 2.9 miles away); Andrew Pickens (approx. 3 miles away); Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Center (approx. 3 miles away); Industrial History (approx. 3 miles away); Religion & Education (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edgefield.
Also see . . .
1. Cedarfield Plantation – Edgefield – Edgefield County. Original plantation lands were located about three miles north of Edgefield but extended down to present-day Courthouse Square. (Submitted on January 31, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Arthur Simkins. Legislator, born on the eastern shore of Virginia about 1750; died in Edgefield, South Carolina, in 1826. (Submitted on January 31, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. South Carolina Districts, 1800-1814. In 1800, most of the counties were formed into districts: Washington, Pinckney, (Submitted on February 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Recollections of Francis Simkins. Francis Simkins, grandson of Arthur Simkins, recalls his early life in Edgefield and the influence of the Simkins family. (Submitted on January 1, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. About Arthur Simkins
In addition to having the honor of being named the "father of Edgefield", Arthur Simkins was also its first senator in Columbia, serving four consecutive terms from 1790-1806. His son, Eldred, was also a senator from Edgefield (1822-1826) as was his grandson, Arthur (1862-1863). During the Revolutionary War, Simkins sided with the Patriots and his plantation was burned by Tory forces. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and voted against the document, believing that it took too much power from the states. His granddaughter, Eliza Simkins, was the first wife of South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens.
From Biographical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of South Carolina by John Belton O'Neall (1859):
"Arthur Simkins was of the most respectable
— Submitted January 31, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
2. More About Arthur Simkins
There are few names that shine with a purer and better lustre; and few more deserving of honor by the people
Arthur Simkins, the father of Eldred [Simkins], was one of the earliest settlers in Edgefield District. He came from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and first went to the region of the Sautee, but becoming dissatisfied in a short time with that region, he went on to the less frequented forest of the Savannah side of the State. After several years of observation he settled on Log Creek. The place he settled was known for a long time, and may be still remembered by some older person as the "Cedar Fields." The writer of this has a feeling that many years ago he heard the place spoken of by that name. It was at the Cedar Fields that Arthur Simkins lived and died. He was County Judge under the old system and was regarded by all who knew him as a man of sterling worth, and as a model of honesty and uprightness.
When the Revolution broke out and the war for Independence began he took the side of Independence, and at an early period of the war the Tories burned his dwelling house, then one of the few large houses in the up-country, besides harrowing and harassing him in every other way incident to a state of civil war.
After the war he was a member of the General Assembly and of the Convention which had been called to consider the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. He voted against the adoption,
Mr. Simkins remained a member of the General Assembly for many years. He died in 1826, wealthy, honored, and respected, having done his duty as a man and citizen. (Source: History of Edgefield County: From the Earliest Settlements to 1897 by John Abney Chapman (1897), pgs 188-189.)
— Submitted January 1, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
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