Patrick Calhoun Family Cemetery

9.5 mi. SW of Abbeville on SC 823, Abbeville, South Carolina

Historic cemetery near Abbeville, SC


Patrick Calhoun Family Cemetery, Cemetery Enclosure

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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This cemetery contains the graves of Patrick Calhoun and members of his family, who settled in the Long Canes area of Abbeville County in the 1750s. Patrick Calhoun, early settler of backcountry South Carolina soon achieved a reputation as an Indian fighter. He entered politics and served in South Carolina’s early assemblies. Realizing that the Charleston-based state legislature often served only the interests of the lowcountry planters, Calhoun became a spokesman for the rights of the backcountry settlers. He was influential in securing the right to vote for this region as well as promoting its representation in the legislature. He also was the father of John C. Calhoun, US Senator and Vice President of the United States (1824-1832). John C. Calhoun spent his early life in the Abbeville community and its adjacent countryside, the homeplace of the Calhoun family. In 1844 he erected a monument in the family cemetery to his father, mother and sister. Patrick Calhoun’s grave is the earliest recorded in the cemetery. There are a total of approximately 30 graves, some unmarked except for fieldstones. Listed in the National Register August 28, 1975. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1975
Reference number
NR name
Calhoun, Patrick, Family Cemetery
Areas of significance
Military; Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
1796; 1844; 1862

Update Log 

  • December 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 14, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller