John Fewell, Jr. was born in Virginia in the year 1769.
John Fewell, Jr.
Six girls and four boys.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Fewell was born in
She grew up and married Matthew Nichols.
Matthew was the son of James Nichols and Jane Amberson.
One of these was a daughter named Mary.
John Fewell and wife, Martha Patsy Burns Fewell are both buried at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
My 4th Great Grands.
Also buried there is Jane Amberson Nichols.
I went to Ebenezer in search of the Fewell’s and the Amberson’s.
Jane Amberson was the mother of Matthew. My 4th great grandmother.
James Nichols' , (father of Matthew) burial location, is of now, unknown.
Apparently there was a survey done of the old cemetery, back in the 1930’s. The only Amberson with a headstone was William. His headstone is pictured below:
We made our way
There are large expanses of the cemetery with, sadly,
Large cement crypts , large boxes that sit over a grave are pushed off to the side under trees.
At the base of one tree there is a marker being swallowed up by vines. Age has taken it’s toll on this cemetery, but I feel certain that my Amberson family are here.
Jane Amberson's father, James Matthew Amberson, Sr. is thought to be buried here, along with her mother, Mary Cooper Kelsey.
Jane Amberson’s grandfather was Francis Amberson. Francis was born in the year 1720. He married a young lady by the name of Martha Powell.
Francis was born, probably, in England. He immigrated to Pennsylvania and settled an area in Franklin County. There are records where he made an improvement to his land, most likely a home or building in the year of 1763. The lands he owned was called Amberson Valley and it is still called that today.
Four buildings have served Ebenezer church. The first log structure was located somewhere in front of the present building across the road. The second structure, constructed in 1826, was a wooden frame building which stood to the left of the present sanctuary and faces what was then the road to India Hook. It was used until 1890, when a brick sanctuary was constructed. This building was used until 1955 when the current brick sanctuary was dedicated.
The cemetery adjacent to the church has been used as a community burial ground since the time of the first settlement. The oldest marked grave is that of Stephen McCorkle who died on September 22, 1790 at the age of 55. Ebenezer Memorial Association was organized in 1945 for the purpose of caring for the church and cemetery grounds.
If you are ever down in Rock Hill, I encourage you to stop and visit. Take a nice stroll among the family....