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Steen Family Cemetery

 
 
Steen Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 11, 2011
1. Steen Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
The family cemetery of Lt. Col. James Steen (d. 1781), S.C. militia officer during the American Revolution, is on his plantation nearby, along Thicketty Creek. Steen, who commanded units in several campaigns from 1775 to 1781, was killed in 1781 while attempting to arrest a Loyalist in N.C.
 
Erected 2011 by Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. (Marker Number 11-10.)
 
Location. 34° 56.05′ N, 81° 35.467′ W. Marker is in Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker is on El Bethel Church Road (State Highway 11-15) when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaffney SC 29340, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Littlejohn Family Reunion (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mulberry Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Nuckolls-Jefferies House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Flat Rock Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Whig Hill (approx. 5.1 miles away); Professor Lowe Balloon Landing Site (approx. 7 miles away); Balloon Landing, 1861
Steen Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 11, 2011
2. Steen Family Cemetery Marker
(approx. 7 miles away); Kelton (approx. 7 miles away); Goucher Baptist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); Jonesville Confederate Monument (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
 
Also see . . .  James Steen. Lt. Col. James Steen (1734–1781) was a successful planter who, at the time of the American revolution, resided in the Thicketty Creek area of what was once the northern part of Union County (formed in 1785) and is now part of Cherokee County, South Carolina (formed 1897). (Submitted on July 17, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. When and where did he die?
There is an interesting dichotomy described on this marker. While the biographical data appears accurate, there is a conflict regarding his death.

At the top of The Kings Mountain battlefield, his name is inscribed on the War Department monument as among those PATRIOTS that died in the battle. However, other narratives, including that on the marker, show him as having died in NC in the Summer of 1781.

Both cannot be true.

An unattributed
Steen Family Cemetery Marker<br>Looking East Along El Bethel Road image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 11, 2011
3. Steen Family Cemetery Marker
Looking East Along El Bethel Road
comment has been made that, in the late 1870s, when the War Dept was planning the monument, members of the Steen family petitioned them to place Col. Steen's name on the monument as on that died in the battle. Apparently, the evidence they presented was convincing, because his name is there.

The exact date and location, if different from that on the monument, can -- of course -- in no way detract from the fact that his actions helped contribute to the formation of our nation, and that he was certainly both a HERO and a PATRIOT!

Can anyone shed any light on this anachronistic issue?
    — Submitted January 6, 2013, by William Steen Miller of Matthews, North Carolina.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPatriots & Patriotism
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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