The Foy family were pioneer settlers of this section of Effingham County. The cemetery, established as the Foy Cemetery in 1854, is now better known as the Elam Baptist Church Cemetery, to which the land was deeded in 1906. Jackie Monson Purday writes: George Foy was my great-great grandfather. He was a plantation owner, farmer, had a grits mill & saw mill. He gave the land just up the road from the old home place for the Foy Cemetery.