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Infant reburied after 100 years

October 23, 2008
For more than 40 years, a small white headstone stood unnoticed in the middle of a grassy clearing in South Carolina--until the infant's grave was found by a land surveyor.


Small white marker found during site survey for planned housing

By Kelly VanLeeuwen • TRIBUNE-TIMES WRITER • October 22, 2008
 
For more than 40 years, a small white stone grave marker stood unnoticed in the middle of a grassy clearing at 130 Miller Road in Mauldin.

The stone -- more than 100 years old -- marked the grave of a nameless "infant son" of D.F. and N.R. Hendricks, who was born and died on Nov. 29, 1907.
 
Don Oglesby, president of Homes of Hope, an organization that develops housing for low-income families, had the infant's remains relocated from the gravesite. The site was discovered during a land survey for a 20-unit project planned there.
 
Although the land at the intersection of Rainbow Court had been under consideration for the project for two years, Oglesby said no one noticed the little grave. Neither had the previous landowners, who had owned the plot for more than 40 years.
 
It was, he said, "a big surprise."
 
More surprises might still be buried.