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William Caldwell stipulations clue to Vanished Silent City

Comments re article 45534 Secret tip on location of Columbias mystery Vanished Silent City

by Vonnie Kolbenschlag

William Caldwell served as the first clerk of both the county and circuit courts for about fifty years and was one of the founders of the city of Columbia. He owned lots of land - as clerk he knew who did not pay taxes and often acquired property at a good price.

In 1812 the trustees of Columbia (there was no city council then) resolved to complete a "house for the Public Worship and School House in or near the town. They appointed a committee to draft plans. Caldwell agreed to donate the land for the school, which today is a beautiful home referred to in the news clipping as the Fred Hill home on High Street.

One of Caldwell's stipulations was " if ever the said lot should be applied to the use of a grave yard . . . the conveyance (of the property) would be null and void. Ruth Burdette. Early Columbia, p. 45.

So, I'm thinking the grave yard ( was not called 'cemetery' at that time) may have been near-by or Caldwell would not have mentioned the use of it extending onto the property to be used for the school.

The older part of the Columbia City Cemetery was also being used at an early date and many of the early stones have disappeared I have been told.--Vonnie Kolbenschlag

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