Found on the WLTX.com website.For those interested:
Strange But True: Buried Beneath A Church There's a woman buried underneath Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia,SC. Her tomb is made of metal, and there's a glass cover showing her face.
Church officials believe her name to be Sophia Nance. She died in 1853, and since that time, her body has remained in what is now an abandoned graveyard underneath the church.
The graveyard was originally above ground, but the church contstructed a new building over top of it in the 1920s. Families with loved ones buried there were given the chance to move their relatives, but no one from the Nance family ever came forward to inquire about moving Sophia.
Legend has it, her family chose her burial style based on her beauty. She died at age 28, and church historians say the family wanted to preserve her face. So they chose a unique tomb that covered the body entirely, but left a glass plate over the face, leaving that part of Sophia open for viewing.
Since that time, a few people have made the trip beneath the church to see Sophia. Church officials say, five years ago, someone tapped on the glass and broke it, leaving the face exposed to the elements. Condensation formed mold on top of the face, leaving what now appears as a white mask as a cover.
Little is known about Sophia, more than 150 years after her death. Church historians are still trying to figure out why she died so young, and how her two childred died. They reportedly died at ages two and six, and are buried nearby. Historians do believe Sophia was originally from Newberry, and that her maiden name may have been Wells.