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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1781.
Location. 33° 49.667′ N, 81° 54.283′ W. Marker is in Edgefield, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Center Spring Road. Marker is directly across from Simmon Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
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 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgefield.
Also see . . . 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.)
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.
From Biographical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of South Carolina by John Belton O'Neall (1859):
"Arthur Simkins was of the most respectable class from the eastern shore of Virginia, and emigrated early in life to this part of South Carolina. He came first to the region of the Santee, but soon dissatisfied with that locality, pressed onward to the more distant and less frequented forests on the Savannah side of the State. After several years of observation, he ultimately settled a fine body of land on the waters of Log Creek, in Edgefield - a plantation, still remembered by many as 'the Cedar fields.' Here he lived and died. He was County Court Judge under the old system, and was looked up to, as a standard of worth and probity, by all who lived within the sphere of his influence...Sound in principles, and conscientious in politics, he remained a member of the General assembly for many (perhaps twenty) consecutive
— 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 of Edgefield and of the State than that of Simkins.
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
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, as did nearly all the delegates from Ninety-Six District. The Act passed by the legislature for calling the Convention to consider the adoption of the Constitution of the United States was very nearly defeated. General Sumter and General Pickens were both opposed to the Constitution on the ground that it took too much power from the State and made the General Government too consolidated. Arthur Simkins agreed with them.
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.)
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