Surveyor carves out his own niche in dying art
By day, David Gillespie works as a surveyor. In his free time, he chips away at a dying art -- tombstone carving. The Pickens resident will demonstrate his artistry at the Fall Heritage Festival and Pickin' Party on Saturday Oct. 13 at the State Museum. We talked with him about his hobby, his tools and his inspiration.
How did you get started?
My fifth great-grandfather was Andrew McComb. He was a tombstone carver in Abbeville in the Colonial period in the 1780s to 1820. He carved John C. Calhoun's grandmother's tombstone down in the Abbeville area, the Indian Massacre grave in Troy, S.C. It was for Catherine Calhoun and 22 others massacred by the Indians. ... And pretty much the reason why I carve is because he carved a good bit, but when he died, there wasn't anyone to carve his (tombstone). And we know about where his grave is. And I got into it to mainly carve his. Mainly, we didn't have the money to put one up, and we thought it would be real significant to be the one to carve it. Read more
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#1 Oct 31, 2007
i learn something new everyday. i was just at grave sight the other day showing my daughter some of history behind abbeville.
#2 Jun 30, 2008
Awesome! Love hearing this stuff! Andrew Mccombs is also my fifth great grandfather! His Grandson James Mccain Mccombs is my great great grandfather!(maternal) Our mccombs live in Rowan County NC...
Your contribution is kind and appreciated!
#3 Jul 31, 2008
How does James McCain McCombs tie in to Andrew? I would be interested in adding him to our Family tree database if you wouldn't mind! Thanks so much!
David Gillespie, Pickens SC
#4 Oct 19, 2008
James McCain McCombs was his grandson...Andrew's son William and his wife Hannah's child. He was born in 1812 and ended up cabarrus county NC. James married Mary Harkey (after marrying they settled and farmed in Gold Hill NC - Rowan County. They had a son named after Jame's grandfather William. William II (1840) served the Confederate Army and was POW in Maryland for four years. He was released when the war ended. He and his wife, Clemintine Holshouser had a son named Lawson Columbus (1870) and Lawson's son Allen Heller McCombs (1910) is my grandfather. Rick
#5 Oct 19, 2008
correction..I made a typo...Jame's son was named after his FATHER William not grandfather..sorry! Hope this makes your tree grow!!
#6 Aug 4, 2009
are you perhaps related to one Tom McCombs? His family lived just down the Troy Road from me.I built my farm across the road from the old Calhoun family homeplace.I did live there next door to Bethia Presbyterian Church until I sold the farm in 2006.A Mr. Frank Dansby lives in front of where the old homeplace stood.There is another site called the Reid Cemetery across Hwy 28 and I have been there and I believe that I remember seeing the name McCombs when I went there several years ago.
#7 Sep 11, 2009
I used to could whittle I could whittle me a stick yes sir reeee.
#8 May 15, 2010
My cousin John Thomas McComb, known around McCormick and Abbeville as Tom, will be buried in Bethia cemetery near Troy tomorrow after the funeral service at Harris Funeral Home chapel in Abbeville at 3:30pm (visitation 2-3pm).
#11 Feb 13, 2014
I believe Joseph Riddle McComb's parents were Robert McComb and Mary A. Cowan, but John Foster McComb (uncle?) was appointed his guardian in 1858.
Joseph Riddle McComb married Sarah Frances Link then her sister Mary Jane Link. Both daughters of Samuel Link & Jane C. McGaw Link.
1858 Aug 2 John Foster McComb made guardian of Joseph (Box 146 Pack 4152)
1862 Mar 19 Enlisted Abbeville Court House. Private in Comp A 2nd SC
Rifles.Enlisted by Capt. Thomas Thomson
1862 Mar 19-Jun 30 Paid $62 for Army service.
1862 Apr 5 Paid $50 for Army service.
1862 Jun 30 Wounded in left foot near Richmond VA.
1862 Jul 1-Jul 10 Miss Tompkin's Hospital
1862 Jul 25 Paid $62.03 for Army service
1862 Jul -Oct Absent sick furlough
1862 Nov-Dec Absent without leave. Calhoun's Mill SC furlough expired.
1863 Jan-Jan 1 1864 present.
1863 Aug 31-Dec 31 Paid $44 for service
1864 Jan-Feb Absent sick furlough
1864 Mar-Dec Present
1865 Jan-Feb present
1865 Apr 9 appears on list of Prisoners of War belonging to Army of
1865 Apr 9 Paroled Appomattox Court House VA.
The 2d Infantry Regiment Rifles were engaged in the following battles:
Seven Days Battles VA (25 JUN - 1 JUL 1862) Gaines Mill VA (27 JUN 1862)
Frayser's Farm VA (30 JUN 1862) 2nd Bull Run VA (28 - 30 AUG 1862) South
Mountain VA (14 SEP 1862) Antietam VA (17 SEP 1862) Fredericksburg VA (13
1862) Wauhatchie (28 - 29 OCT) 1863 Knoxville Siege GA (NOV - DEC 1863) The
Wilderness VA (5 - 6 MAY 1864) Spotsylvania Court House VA (8 - 21 MAY 1864)
North Anna VA (23 - 26 MAY 1864) Cold Harbor VA (1 - 3 JUN 1864) Petersburg
Siege VA (JUN 1864 - APR 1865) 2nd Fort Harrison VA (30 SEP 1864)
Road (27 OCT 1864) Appomattox Court House VA (9 APR 1865)
(From SC in the Civil War www.researchonline.net/sccw/
Hopewell member Dec 16 1884.? Hopewell roll
1850 census age 8
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