Judge James Marr Rutland (1814 – 1874) is buried in the only sarcophagus in the cemetery. He was an outstanding judge, but during the difficult Reconstruction period, he sided with the Federal forces and lost his popularity locally.
James Marr Rutland, Esq. Born probably in Fairfield County on May 6, 1814. Died at Winnsboro, S. C., on April 17, 1874. He is buried in a handsome sarcophagus in Laurelwood Cemetery, Rock Hill, S. C. This memorial is the only one of its kind in the Cemetery. He was a learned judge of the South Carolina circuit court system. He had early practiced law in Winnsboro, S. C., and had attained wealth and position before the War Between the States. He was the administrator of the estate of Nicholas A. Peay, Esq., who was the largest and most affluent planter in antebellum Fairfield County. During the turbulent times of the Reconstruction Judge Rutland held many positions of honor and trust in the State judicial system, but his services were not fully appreciated owing to his association with the radical government then in power in South Carolina. [Along the Lands Ford Road, Vol. I – Wm. B. White, Jr.]
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