The old Amick home place on Berdell Fuller Road in Richland County, South Carolina was built between 1820 and 1830. The area was known at the time as Summerville. Neighboring communities of Spring Hill and Peak were nearby. Spring Hill and Peak still remain, but Summerville has long vanished. William Rutherford Amick was born in this house and he ended up with the home place after the death of his parents, George Adam Amick and Mary Elizabeth Sites. The house later was inherited or purchased by William’s daughter, George Ann Elizabeth Amick Fuller upon his death. This home is where George Ann and Willie Gamuel Fuller raised their family. The house was actually in George Ann’s name at the turn of the century, something that wasn’t really all that common. This property is listed on several mortgages and being the property of Mrs. George Ann Fuller or Mrs. W. G. Fuller. Willie was still alive at this time.
George Ann died in
1929 and the estate went to Willie Gamuel Fuller. Upon his death in 1955, the
property was eventually transferred to Berdell Fuller.
(George Ann Elizabeth Amick and her husband, Willie Gamuel Fuller)
Berdell left the
Amick home place and never returned. She sold the property in the mid 1960’s
to a Mrs. Mason. Mason still lives in the house to this day. We recently, in
June of 2006, went down to visit her and she was very happy to see us and was
willing to show us around the place. The old kitchen has fallen down and been
removed, but the ruins of the chimney are still there. The only thing that has
been done to the house is the addition of steel I beams under the house to
prevent sagging. Mrs. Mason paints wildlife and is an animal enthusiast. She has a
pet buzzard and several ‘attack geese,’ as well as dogs. When asked if she
wasn’t scared to be there by herself, she replied, ‘I sleep every night with
two men, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.’
Just down the road
from the house in a clearing, is the old Amick Family Cemetery. This cemetery is
much smaller than it was in years past. The previous occupants of that part of
the property had horses, and they roamed freely over the graves, damaging stones
and plant life. The family contacted the county and a small chain link fence was erected around the known
graves. Many of the older graves had only flat rock or flint rock as markers
with no names or indicators of who was buried where. I suspect that possibly
Perry W. Fuller and possibly Mary Jane Bearden Fuller are buried there since the
Amick and Fuller families were acquainted with each other for some time. Willie
Gamuel’s younger brother Lawrence Fuller was ‘farmed out’ to the R. B. Lever
Family in the same area after his mother died in 1873. Lawrence is listed on the
1880 census as living in the Lever household as ‘adopted.’ Lawrence, when he
grew up, ran a sawmill with Willie G. for a short while. This is indicated by a
lumber order from Fuller Brothers Lumber Company, which has the names L. W. and
W. G. Fuller at the top of the order.
everyone tells me, was very well maintained for many years, until the 1950’s
and was much larger than it is now. There were gardenia bushes, boxwoods, bearded irises,
and daffodils and jonquils all over. There are still some gardenias,
boxwoods, and irises
there to this day. Official records
list this cemetery as being named Amick Number 3.
Amick cemeteries numbers 1 & 2 are located on other family members’
properties and are all related to William Rutherford Amick.
I, along with the current owner, have taken it upon ourselves to try and restore this cemetery. I have spent a couple afternoons clearing brush, repairing the fence, and cleaning stones. My next project is to locate the no longer marked graves and mark them.
Left top photo, the cemetery as it appears today. Right top photo as it appeared in the mid 1990's.
The bottom two photos show the flowers in bloom that signify the graves that were marked with fieldstones and were removed by a previous owner. They used the rocks to build flower beds around trees. Some people have no respect for the dead.
Conrad Amick was the patriarch of the Amick Family in South Carolina, being the first to arrive here. He and Adam Amick served in the South Carolina Militia of Loyalists in the American Revolution.