Found in the Bull family cemetery, Anglican chapel, St. Helena barrier island.
Both the Bull and Heyward families are found throughout Charleston and South Carolina history. In Charleston several of the larger manor houses were owned by family members. They were plantation owners here until the union army came up through Georgia.
Many barrier islands were abandoned ahead of the army’s arrival.
Brig-General Ripley did just about anything a man of his time could do. He was a General in the southern CSA army, but that is just a piece. I have seen his grave site numerous times but never really researched him.
Born in Worthington, Ohio, moved to New York when young
Attended West Point with Ulysses S. Grant, William B. Franklin, Samuel G. French and Franklin Gardner. Two served as prominent Generals in the Union Army, the other two Generals in the CSA.
Served in the Mexican American War in most every important battle. He later wrote 2 volumes of well known history of the war.
He was engaged in the Second Seminole War in Florida in 1849, where again he saw combat.
Served the US Army in Charleston SC, marrying into the families of Charleston, and the USA, founders.
From 1853–1854 he was the publisher of the Baltimore Daily American Times.
He directed the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 13, 1861 starting the US Civil War.
After the war, Ripley went abroad and resided in England for over twenty years.
In the late 1880’s he moved back to NYC where he died.
In 1887 he was buried in the (old) Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.
These are just the highlights of his life.
He lived, worked, and fought wars all around the world… in the 1800’s.
There are still the remains of several ‘chapels of ease’ around rural South Carolina. Some are almost gone, this one is in better shape.
The Anglican chapel was constructed in 1740 by planters on Saint Helena Island as a chapel of ease for parishioners who had difficulty traveling to worship at the main parish church in Beaufort, South Carolina. The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Wrought Iron fencing was used extensively in the first cemeteries. Traditionally burials were in graveyards until the mid 1800’s. A growing population and pandemics (yep, nothing new) filled church yards beginning the need for the cemetery.
Gothic and Victorian styles can still be found but time is rusting them away.
Magnolia Umbra Plantation / Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.