History of Fairfield
County, South Carolina Ederington's History
of Fairfield County, South Carolina
Transcribed by Dena Whitesell for Fairfield County,
South Carolina Genealogy Trails
A manuscript history published in
the News & Herald, a newspaper of Winnsboro, Fairfield
County, South Carolina, in installments, on the dates a
indicated with each installment herein.
The original newspapers file
containing this history may be found in the South Caroliniana
Library, Columbia, S.C. At this time they are very fragile,
and some parts of the papers are missing. So far as I know,
the complete file does not exist elsewhere, and soon these
will be too old to handle. If by typing and binding these
records I have preserved from posterity data that might
otherwise be lost to them, then I am amply rewards.
Mrs. B. H. Rosson, Jr.
Winn Chapter, D.A.R., Jenkinsville, S.C.
Mrs. A. H. Maybin, Chapter
Genealogist, R.F.D. Whitmire, S.C.
Mrs. G. D. Foxsworth, State
Genealogist, Marion, S.C.
Original copy owned by Mrs. B. H.
Rosson and copied by W. T. Castles, Jr., New York 1, N.Y.
Willo Publishing Company, Post Office Box 284, Tuscaloosam,
Contents:Introduction . . . .
. . . . . . 1
Court . . . . . . . . . 8
Ordinaries and Probate
Judges . . . . . . . . . . 9
Sherman's Army in the Rocky
Mount Section . . . . . . . . . . 11
David R. Evans - Richard
Winn . . . . . . . . . .14
Revolutionary Soldiers - Lewis,
Pickett, Gaither . . . . . . . . . . 16a
Sherman in Winnsboro . . .
. . . . . . . 19
The Lyles Family . . . . . .
. . 22
The Buchahans . . . . .
. . . . . 28
Creighton Buchanan . . .
. . . . . . . 33
W. Boyce . . . . . . . . . . 35
The Feasters &
Installment #1 .
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. . . . . . . . . . 45
. . . . . . . . . . 53
The Ederington Family .
. . . . . . . . . 55
Various Fairfield Families
. . . . . . . . . . 62
Fairfield Families . . . . . . . . . . 70
The Woodward Family . . .
. . . . . . . 78
News & Herald, Winnsboro, S.C., Friday, May 3,
Representatives in Congress and in
State Conventions -County Officials — Other Interesting
From EDRINGTON'S HISTORY
To the present and succeeding
generations of Fairfield County I respectfully dedicate this
little volume as a duty I owe to them in perpetuating the
memories of a few of their ancestors and as a token of my love
to my native county.
"Old people tell of what they have
seen and done; children, of what they are doing; and fools, of
what they intend to do."
As I am now perhaps the only one
now alive who knew some of the first settlers of Western
Fairfield and a few of their immediate descendants, I may be
pardoned for undertaking the ardous task of preserving for
posterity the meagre knowledge that I have retained of them
from memory, besides that I can glean from "Mills Statistics
of South Carolina," and "Woodward's Reminiscences". I am well
aware of the fact that my homely phrasealogy will not bear the
inspection of the hypercritic, but as I write for the masses,
I shall be well compensated if I can please them. The time has
past to compile a complete historical biography of Fairfield
District, as important material has been lost by the death of
the old settlers and no record kept of important facts. The
reader will pardon the meagre account given of some men and
families, as my knowledge of them being limited personally and
historically. Where I have given full biographies, my
correspondents furnished the material, or I knew them
personally, or recieved my information from historys. As I was
born in the extreme Western portion of Fairfield and my
correspondence limited in the middle and eastern portion of
it, the reader will pardon thee missions, in this work of any
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I shall begin by giving .... from
.. Geography of South Carolina.
"Fairfield was ..settled by
imigrants from Virginia and North Carolina. It .. name most
probably from the grateful appearance which it made in the
ayes of ..., weary with long for a resting place. It is
boarded on the north by Chester District, on the south by
Richland, on the rwst and northeast by Broad River, which
divides it from Union, Newberry and Lexington, and on the
northeast by the Wateree and Satawba Rivers, which separete it
from a part of Lancaster and Kershaw. Fairfield is on an
average 32 miles in longitude and 23 in width.
"The soil is is very (unable to
read)... Broad and the Wateree, both of them containing
fertile islands, son© of them in cultivation."
Fairfield has an inexhaustible
supply of the finest granite for building; several quarries
are now in successful operation. A branch railroad has been
built from Rockton, a station three and one half miles below
Winnsboro, on the C. C. & A. Railroad, running out about
five miles in a westerly direction, to the quarried owned by
Major T.W. Woodward, Co. James Rion , and Col. A.C.
There is a remarkable rock not far
from the railroad to Columbia, four miles below Winnsboro,
called from its appearance, "Anvil Rock."
The population of Fairfield County
in 1880 was 27, 765, the number of acres is
Winnsboro is the seat of justice
and the town of most importance in the county. It is a healthy
and pleasant stop, thirty miles from Columbia, and one hundred
and fifty miles from Charleston. It is on the dividing ridge
between the Broad and the Watered Rivers. The town stands on
an elevation of more of five hundred feet above the ocean. The
lands around are fertile , undulating and greatly
By an act of the General Assembly,
8th of March, 1784, John Winn, Richard Winn, and John
Vanderhorst were authorized to have it laid out as a town. It
was incorporated December 20, 1832. Tarleton says that Lord
Cornwallis, after learning of the defeat of Ferguson at Kings
Mountain, selected Winnsboro as a place of envampment in
October 1780. It presented good advantages for supplies from
the surrounding country. He remained there until January 1781.
His marquee was near the oak in front of Mt. Zion College.
After inquity , General Sherman in February 1865 placed his
marquee on the same spot. During the Revolutionary War, a
large military hospital was located on the premises now
occupied by George H. McMaster and was (can't read)....
Society and the citizens of the town was held, at which it ms
determined to issue bonds of the town to the amount of
$75,000.00, for the purpose of erecting such additional
buildings as were needed. Accordingly , on the 25th of May,
1886, ground was broken for the foundation of the large and
well arranged brick building. This is just completed August,
1886, and contains eight large well lighted and well venilated
school rooms , furnished through-out with improved seats,
desks and all necessary apparatus. The Board of Trustees have
recently elected Professor W. H. Witherew, of Chester,
principal of the school. He was still principal in
As the Ordinance of Nullification,
passed by a convention in Columbia, S.C., in November 1832, is
a matter of history? I speak of it. It is said that there
never was such an array of talent in our State before as was
assembled in that body. Jas. Hamilton, Jr. was then governor
of our State. Some of the members of the convention were
Robert Y. Hayne, Chanceller Harper, Job Johnston, George
McDuffie,, Robert J. Turnbull, F. H. Wardlaw, Armistead burt,
Stephen D. Miller, John L. Wilson, Daniel E. Huger, John B.
O'Neal, C. J. Colcock, John S. Richardson, R.W. Barnwell, R.
B. Rhett, B. F. Perry, R. J. Manning and F. H. Elmore. The
ordinances as to go into affect March 19, 1833.
There was wild excitement all over
the State. The Buckhead troop of cavalry, of which I was a
member, commanded by Capt. Thos. Lyles, who was afterwards
promoted to the rank of Major, was ordered to be in readiness
at a moments warning, to aid in carrying out the provisions of
that ordinance. President Jackson issued what was called his
"Bloody Proclamation" for the purpose of forcing our state to
submission. Gov. Hayne issued one in defiance, declaring the
State a sovareignty and calling on all good patriots to
sustain him. It was fortunate for us that Henry Clay offered
in congress a compromise of the tariff act, which was
accepted, reducing gradualy for 10 years the ... (can't read
page 6) ... and gentlemen of marked character. Each of them
filled posts of honor and distinction and had contributed to
the social, moral, and political prestige of Fairfield." Col.
Means had been killed so short a time before the meeting of
the convention that there was no one sent to fill his
The reader will pardon me for
saying I was a Nullifier and a Secessionist from Principle. I
was a strict adherent of the doctrine set forth by Mr.
Jefferson in his Kentucky resolutions, and an adherent of
Madison's and John C. Calhoun's States-Rights Doctrines. We
fought, but fought in vain, and though our banner may never
again be unfurled, "He that complies against his will, Is of
his own opinion still."
Fairfield is now entitled to three
representatives in the Legislature and one Senator. This
county has furnished the State with one governor, John Hugh
The congressmen from this county
have been Richard Winn, William Woodwaard, D. R. Evans, J. A.
Woodward and W. W. Boyse. They served before the War. In 1884
Gen. John Bratton was elected to fill the unexpired term of
John H. Evins, of Spartenburg, who died whilst a member from
this congressional district.
Members of the
S. Johnson, Samuel Alston, David R.
Evans, A. F. Peay, J. Buchanan, N. A. Peay, E. G. Palmer, John
Bratton, Henry A. Gaillard, and Thomas W. Woodward.
The Representatives in the Lower
House of the Legislature before the War were: P. E. Pearson,
James Barkley, William Bratton, John B. McCall, A. F. Peay,
William Brown, J. Havis, Thomas Lyles, David Montgomery, I.
Bonner, G. B. Hunter, T. Player, B. B. Cook, J. Buchanan, J.
D. Kirkland, J. A. Woodwaard, D. McDowell, D. H. Means, J. J.
Myers, E. G. Palmer, J. D. Strother, W. J. Alston, O.
Woodward, J. B. Means, J. R. Aiken, S. H. Ownes, W. W. Boyce,
J. T. Owens, W. R. Robertson, D. Crosby, H. H. Clarke, J. N.
Shedd, R. B. Boyleston, W. M. Bratton, J. B. McCants, Henry C.
Davis, and T. W. Woodward.
At the session of the Legislature
in 1860 which called the Secession Convention, Edward G.
Palmer was in the Senate and R. B. Boyleston, T. W. Woodwaard
and James B. McCants in the House of Representatives. Of the
Senators and Representaives who served before and during the
Civil War, there are now but three alive. W. W. Boyce, now of
Virginia; S. H. Owens, of Marion County, Florida, and T. W.
Woodward, who is no Senator from Fairfield.
During and since the Civil War,
Thomas McKinstry, Bayliss E. Elkin, W. J. Alston, J. R. Aiken,
H. A. Gaillard, T. S. Brice, R. C. Clowney, A. S. Douglas, G.
H. McMaster, John W. Lyles, C. E. Thomas, Charles A. Douglas,
Hayne McMeekin and S. R. Rutland have served in the House of
After the war, in 1886, Gen. John
Bratton was elected to the Senate; in 1880, Mr. Henry A.
Gaillard, and in 1884, Major T. W. Woodward.
These three have also
been delegates to numerous State conventions. Major T. W.
Woodward was for several years president of the State
Agricultural and Mechanical Society; he was a delegate to the
National Democratic Convention of 1872. Also, to the Taxpayers
Convention, which made an ineffectual appeal to President
Grant to relieve the State in her hour of dire
Clerks of the Court
as given from the record
John Milling, from 1785 to 1793, 8
David Evans, from 1793 to 1797, 4
Samuel W. Yongue, from 1797 to
1828, 31 years
James M. Elliott, from 1828 to
1846, 18 years
A. W. Yongue, from 1846 to 1850, 4
O. R. Thompson, from 1850 to 1858,
G. W. Woodwaard, from 1858 to 1865,
S. B. Clowney, from 1865 to 1877,
W. H. Kerr, from 1877 to 1886 (present date)
Ordainaries and Probate Judges
D. Evans,f rom as far back as 1789,
then John Buchanan from about 1800 to 1825; then J. R.
Buchanan, James S. Stewart, G. W. Woodward and James Johnson.
William Nelson was made Probate Judge in 1870, then J. J.
Neil. O. R. Thompson was elected in 1876. J. R. Boyles was
elected in 1878 and still holds the office.
John Milling is supposed to have
proceeded James Muse as sheriff, then John Barkley, James
Barkley, Hugh Barkly, Archibald Beaty from 1820 to 1824,
William Moore to 1828, A. W. Yongue to 1834, Hugh Barkley
(sic) to 1838, D. G. Wylie to 1842, J. Cockrell to 1848,
Richard Woodward to 1852, R. E. Ellison to 1856, Richard
Woodard to 1860, E. F. Lyles to 1864, E. W. Olliver to 1868,
L. W. Duval to 1875, Silas W. Ruff to 1879, J. B. Davis from
August 1879 to December 1880, John D. McCarley from 1880, now
It may not be amiss to here mention
the hanging of Shadrach Jacobs. In the year 1809 or 1810,
Ezekiel Wooley, a constable, had a state warrant to arrest
Shadrach Jacobs, and while riding with Capt. Andrew Feaster
towards and near Jacobs residence, Capt. Feaster was killed by
a rifle ball fired by Jacobs. The account given and proved in
court in 1829 or 1830, twenty years afterwards, when Jacobs
was tried and convicted of the murder, was that Jacobs had
shot Feaster thinking he was Wooley. It seems that Wooley
asked Feaster to change horses not long before the latter was
shot, and it being near dusk in the evening, Jacobs could not
discriminate between them, Feaster riding Wooley's horse.
Jacobs absconded to the wilds of Georgia soon after the act
was committed, and his whereabouts was discovered twenty years
after and he was arrested and brought to Winnsboro, convicted
of murder and hanged in 1829 by Sheriff Moore. In this
instance was verified the truth of the lines translated from
the German: "Thought he mills of God grind slowly, Yet they
grind exceedingly small; And patiently he stands waiting, Till
with exactness grinds he all."
Although it was evident that Jacobs
killed Capt. Feaster through mistake, yet his purpose was
murder, and besides, his general character was that of a
villian, and at the time of trial there was a requisition for
his body form the Governor of Georgia.
From News &
Herald, February 8, 1901
Sherman's Army in the
Rocky Mount Section
The writer who tells of Sherman's
march through South Carolina has a prolific as well as a
sorrowful theme. Several days before the arraival of the army
at Rocky Mount, February 22nd, 1865, the southern heavens were
covered with the smoke of burning buildings. Each day the
smoke appeared nearer and nearer, and the hearts of the people
beat faster. Next came a throng of fugitives, fleeing from
their homes, endeavoring to save their stock and a few
valuables. Then came straggling soldiers with many tales of
woe and horror. Next was heard the skirmish near Gladden. Then
the smoke of the neighbors' buildings was seen in black
columns ascending heavenward, then came the sound of the taps
of the drums. The Yankee soldiers dashed up to the doors, gold
and silver watches and silver plate were demanded, and whether
given or not, the homes were throughly searched and everything
they wanted stolen. Often when they did not wish to articles
themselves, they took them and gave them to the
Yards were cleared of dogs. In one
instance a soldier presented his gun to shoot a dog which had
fled to its mistress' feet for protection. Had not an officer
ordered him to desist, death might have been the result to the
lady (Mrs. Robert Ford). Firearms were taken away and
destroyed, a great many thrown into the Catawba River. The
poultry was all taken. Bacon, flour, corn meal, corn and
provisions of all kinds removed. Every locked door was forced
open, gin houses and cotton burnt in every instance. This much
was done by the first installment. Late in the evening they
put pontoon bridges across the river and a part of the army
went over in the afternoon of the 22nd. It rained and the
water rose and broke the pontoons. By the morning of the 23rd
the encampment reached from Caldwell's Cross Roads on both
roads, to Rocky Mount Ferry. The six days and nights that the
army spent there was a time of much sorrow and fear to the
ladies and few old men who were at home.
Gen. Jeff C. Davis, of the U.S.
Army, had his headquarters at the house of Robert Ford for
twenty-four hours. He frove Mrs. Ford, her aged mother-in-law,
and the children of the family from her room to an open
portico to spend the night, an unpleasantly cold and wet one.
He occupied her room, much to her discomfort. Gen. Davis
travelled in a fine silver mounted carriage srawn by two fine
white steeds, stolen on the march. His meals were served on
Gen. Sherman travelled through this
vicinity on horse back. and save the wanton distruction of
property, did nothing to render himself obnoxious. He had
burnt ten buildings belonging to Mrs. Robert Ford, among them
a large barn and stable. Several secret efforts were made to
burn the dwelling house, but it was saved through the efforts
of an Indiana private soldier, who name I would be glad to
mention if it were known. The family of Mrs. Ford had
steadfast friend in the chief of artillery. He found some
Masonic articles about the house and asked Mrs. Ford if her
husband was a Mason. On being answered in the affirmative, he
had the house and yard cleared of pillages, gathered a few
provisions and sent them in, and placed a guard over the
premises. When he moved he left a paper which he hoped would
be some protection but here was but little left then to
The Yankee soldiers shot down all
kinds of stock, destroyed all farm implements and burnt the
fencing. during the six days stay at Rocky Mount, they foraged
the country for miles, going in squads of from four to tan,
sometimes without arms. Gen, Sherman's headquarters were near
the Berkley mansion. He treated the ladies in this section
The neighborhood was so pillaged
that the people for several days had to subsist on the
gleanings from the camps. Mr. J.H. Stroud, of Chester County
was very kind to the people in their dire distress. He sent an
ox cart regularly with meal and flour. His name will ever be
green in the memory of the unfortunate people of the Rocky
Mount section. The good people of Bascomville, Chester County,
and others also aided them. All aid received was from private
persons. For two years the rations were mainly cowpeas boiled
in water and a bit of cornbread. Without money, clothing or
credit, there was real fear of starvation.
After the army passed, persons in
the track of the march came and claimed all unknown stock and
broken down and abandoned vehicles of all kinds. A few had some cattle left.
They had to keep them under guard, or they would have been
claimed and driven away.
Mr. Stephen Ferguson, of Chester
County, an aged man, asked for a detatchemnt of wheeler's
cavalry, and came down and skirmished with the Yankees in the
yard of Mr. Robert Ford and Dr. Scott's, which greatly
freightened the ladies. Ferguson rode boldly up to the window
and told them to stand between the chimneys. He captured a few
stragglers and left.
The army began to move across the
river about ten in the night, seemingly in great excitement.
Ferguson came with a large detatchment, but was too late. The
army had crossed and the bridges
From: News & Herald, Winnsboro,
S.C., February 19, 1901
David R. Evans - - - - Richard
(The following furnished by Col.
Richard H. McMaster, 1661 Crescent Place, N. W., Washington,
D.C., and is a re-write of Edrington's notes. The words
underscored have been added by whoever edited the article, and
may be of help to someone for further research.)
David R. Evans was the first lawyer
in Winnsboro. He came to Winnsboro in 1784. He said that
there were only three or four houses in the settlement; one, General Winn's
, near where George McMaster's house now stands, the other a log college
on Mount Zion Hill, Baker's Tavern, and perhaps one or two others. He
was then fourteen years of age. His father came to this country from
England, probably one or two years before they moved to this piece. They
lived in a house behind the one James R. Aiken recently livid in. He joined
the Mount Zion Society and was secretary and treasurer for several
years. His son, D.R. Evans, succeeded him in that office.
Mrs. Evans had her old English
ideas as to manners , and was unpopular on that account. She
was known to order a visitor to clean his shoes before entering her
house. I know very little of the early life of D.R. Evans, Jr. He married first
a daughter of General Winn. She died in 1806 , and was buried behind the
house in the garden. The tomb is still there, as well as the graves of two
of Dr. Bratton's children, he having also married a daughter
of General Winn.
D. R. Evan's second wife was a
daughter of Parson S. W. Yongue. There were no children by
either marriage. His second wife is buried at Jackson Creek.
He died about 1845, and was buried behind the Aiken house,
where his mother and father were buried. He had only one
brother and one sister - Joseph, the father of a large family,
of whom only Mrs. R. A. Herron survives, John Evans having
recently died. Joseph's wife was a sister of Colonel Jesse
An incident worth mentioning is as
follows. About the letter part of the last century, a
man named Baker had several wagons running, probably to Camden, which
was then a considerable town. Baker got into a lawsuit and employed
D.R. Evans. The other party employed a lawyer of Camden named Brown,
Baker lost the case and was offended at something Brown said, and on his
passing out of the Court House, cursed Brown for a "damned saddle-bag
lawyer." Brown , being a small man, could not fight Baker, but on going to
his tavern he wrote Baker challenge, which was referred to him by Evans
for advice. Evans told him he would have to retreat or give Brown the
satisfaction he demanded. Baker would have preferred a "fist fight", but
finally accepted the challenge. The duel took place at Rock Creek
Springs. Both were killed at the first fire.
Baker was brought up
and buried on his farm, two miles from Winnsboro .
Brown was buried at
Camden. David R.
Evans was a member of Congress in 1813-1814,
Milling took charge of his affairs and physiced his negroes
The old captain was severe on
Generals Hampton and Wilkinson and others in regard to their
conduct of the war with the British, saying that they could
speculate in tobacco
better than command armies, D.R, Evans was a venerable , gray haired man, I
think he was about 75 years old, as I remember him, when he died. His
only sister married Minor Winn, who was a son of Colonel John Winn. He was
an unprincipled man, and Mr Evans induced his sister to separate from
him. Mrs. Winn and her daughter taught school for some years on the
General Winn lot, then owned by Mr. Evans.
He at that time lived in his
plantation where Mrs. Dr. Furham now lives. Winnsboro was named for Colonel
John and General Richard Winn, Col. Hohn Winn was a high toned,
honorable man. Col. John Winn owned most of the land around
Winnsboro and lived at the south end of the town where Dr.
Hanahrn now lives.
General Richard Winn held the rank
of colonel in the Revolution. He was a true patriot, and
perhaps fought as many battles in the Revolutionary War and with
as firm a heart as any man living or dead. He filled a seat in
Congress of the United States for many years.
General Winn's family were not
considered smart. Mrs. Winn's maiden name was Blocker, an
Edgefield family. One of their daughters caused some merriment
among her young lady acquaintances who asked her where she got
a fine shell comb she was rearing, by replying that "her
father bought it in Congress".
Mills in his statistics of South
Carolina, in writing of eminent men of Fairfield, says, "Gen.
Richard Winn was also a native of Virginia." At the beginning of
the Revolutionary struggle, he entered into the regular
service of this state. Having acquited glory in the battle of
Fort Moultrie, he was sent to the Georgia frontier, and
commanded a company at Fort St. Illa. The service was a most
perilous one and he was selected for it on account of his
superior merit as an officer.
Shortly after his arrival at the
fort, he was attacked by a strong body of Indians and Tories.
These he beat off for two succeeding days; on the third, he
surrendered with honorable terms to Major General Provost, at
the head of a considerable regular force, suppered by his
General Winn returned to Fairfield
after his defeat , if it can be properly called one, and to
his command of a regiment of refugee militia. He was in several battles,
and the success of the affairs of Hook's (Huck) defeat in York,
and the Hanging Rock in Lancaster, greatly depended on his
herpic evertions. At the latter place, said the great and good
General Davis, who commanded a regiment of cavalry, when the
firing became pretty warm, Winn turned and said, "Is not that
He was wounded here and borne off
the field about the time the enemy effected his retreat. On
his recovery , General Winn continued to afford General Sumter
his able support and ceased not to serve his country whilst a
red-coat could be found in Carolina. He was a true patriot,
and perhaps fought as many battles in the Revolutionary War ,
and with as firm a heart as any man living or
General Winn moved to Ducktown,
Tennessee in 1812, and died a short time after. And Colonel
Winn and family , I think, moved to Georgia.
Winnsboro is remarkable for having
been the headquarters of Lord Cornwallis in the Revolutionary
War , after the defeat of Ferguson at Kings Mountain , where
he retreated from Charleston. I was shown that part of the
house in which Cornwallis was quartered , by Mr. John
McMaster, who was then the owner of it. I was told by my
friend, Dr. G.B. Pearson, many years since what some of the
most eminent men of South Carolina graduated at Mount Zion College.
Revolutionary Solders - Lewis,
William Lewis came from Virginia
before the War of Independence , and settled in the vicinity
of Rocky Mount, Fairfield County, where he continued to reside
up to the time of his death , which occured at an advanced age
, about fifty years of age. He was twice married and left a
large family of children.
For a number of years he was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He and some of his
neighbors, Picketts , Jacksons, and others , erected a rude
log house to Worship God "according to the dictates of their
own consciences", after having been informed that if the
Methodists continued to hold meetings at Shady Grove Meeting
Mouse, (not far from Flint Hill) , they would be mobbed. A
comfortable brick house of worship has taken the place of this
rude hut , and Methodism still "lives , moves, and has its being "
in this vicinity, and is the only church near Rocky
Mr. Lewis' record is good in the
Revolutionary War. He was at Gates! defeat near Camden , was
at Rocky Mount, Sumter's Suprise at wishing Creek , Hanging
Rock, and other places.
Some Tories had stolen a number of
fine horses , and on a dark rainy night, encamped on the bank
of Big Wateree Creek , on the plantation now known as LaGrange
, and owned by Mr. John G. Mobley . William Lewis and a few
others surprised them and captured the horses. The thieves had
divested themselves of their clothing , save their shirts ,
and had them hanging around a fire, trying to dry them. They
jumped into the creek , in this plight , and betook themselves
to the woods.
On another occasion he chased a
Tory and captured his horse and two sides of Dacon which he
had taken from a poor woman.
Reuben and john Pickett were
Virginians , who settled on Wateree Creek. They aided William
Lewis in some of the raids and skirmishes in which he
Richard Gaither came from Maryland,
and settled in Chester County on Little Rocky Creek, but spent
the greater portion of his life in Fairfield, where he owned a
large estate of land and slaves. Much of the land still
remains in the hands of his descendants. He died about sixty
years ago (1826), at an advanced age , and his remains rest in
the family burying grounds. We had no cemeteries in those
Mr. Gaither was also a
Revolutionary soldier. He was confined at one time by the
British in Camden , until he was nearly eaten up by vermin.
His daughter , Rachael , obtained permission to take him some
clothes. After accomplishing her mission , she and a
neighboring lady who accompanied her, started on their
homeward , a distance of forty miles through an unbroken
forest. But the had
not gone more than half the distance when & party of
mounted Tories, who had no regard to passes , commanded the
weary travelers to halt. As soon as Miss Rachel ascertained it
was her horse they wanted , she bestrided the back of her
fleet-footed animal , using her whip to good advantage,
and after several
miles of riding, she made good her escape. Her more timid
friend gave up her horse and trudged her way homeward on
On another occasion a squad of
Tories came to her father's house and ordered e meal prepared
for them. They were informed that nothing could be kept in the
house for the British and Tories. Rachel's mother, after they
had threatened her, told her daughter where she could find
some coarse meal , and to prepare some breed and milk for
them. Then ready, she sat it before them , the milk in an old
style pewter basin. After they had partaken of the bread and
milk , Rachel told them that if the basin were melted and
poured down their throats , it would be the desert of all
others that she desired they should have. The lady has many
descendants living in York County, - Bradshaws, and others.
Sherman in WinnsboroMarch 8, 1901, News
On Monday, the day before Sherman
was expected in Winnsboro, the citizens met and appointed a
committee to meet the army beyond the limits of the town with
a white flag in order to surrender the town. On this committee
were Rev. Dr. Lord,
Rev. J. Obear, James McCreight , and Dr. Horlbeck. The enemy
came in early Tuesday morning , and Dr. Maddsn says he was
near the town hall, and the Yankee soldiers seemed to rush in
and suddenly fill the town. Their hands and faces in
many cases smeared
with sugar and syrup. One man stored in his face and said,
"What do you think of our president now ?" On the farm of John
MeMaster, one mile below Winnsboro, the negroes were on the
watch in the direction of Columbia for the Yankees , intending to hide
out , but as they said, the whole face of the earth was
suddenly filled as it were , by piss-ants as they said , so as
to cut off any chance of escape.
While standing near
the town hall, Dr. Madden saw an officer mounted on a small
gray stallion ride up and just then some soldiers brought up
to him old Dr. Horlbeck, who explained that he had fought the
soldiers and resisted an attempt to burn his house. The
officer only said, "Speak quickly - talk fast," and rode off
and replied to a question asked him, "Yes, I think all of the
cotton will be burned - but it will be rolled out". Soon after
that, fire was set to McCully's coton warehouse, which swept
Lauderdal'es house and everything down to Levenstreet's brick
building and crossed to the west side of the street and burnt
from Oll (Old) Fellows Hall to the brick bank building. An
officer said to Dr. M., "Why don't you assist in saving the
movable property?" He replied he thought the soldiers would
not permit him to do so. All the houses in the tract of the
flames were emptied of their contents which were moved to the
lots in the rear. Three soldiers were standing near the court
house yard talking. One said to Dr. M., "Do you know the lady
who set fire to this town? Dr. M. replied that he did not know
that a lady had done so. The Soldier replied, "Yes, a lady did
do so, and if we could get her, we would hang her to the
highest limb of that
tree." As two of the men walked off, the one remaining said,
"You need not believe a word those men say. Nobody set fire to
this town but our own soldiers. I'll tell you there are ten
thousand men in this town who would take pleasure in burning
every house in it." An officer on a large black horse rode up
and said to Dr. M., " I am utterly opposed to this burning
from beginning to end.
It must stop." Saying, "I am General Williams."
that time fire was beginning to appear on the roof of the law
offices in rear of court house. It was immediately
extinguished. About noon on Wednesday, the 17th Corps under
Jeff Davis entered town, and the Pennsylvanians lined the
street of the northern end of the town. Some of them prized
off the planks from the shutter of an outhouse next to Dr.
Boyleston's residance, where a few bales of cotton were
stored, and soon the flames burst forth and burned Dr. B's
house, Mllier's and John N. Cathcart's. An officer ordered
soldiers to save the next house (Alex Chamber's house ) and
they ascended the roof and saved it, but the soldiers hurled
imprecations upon them, crying out, " Remember Chambersburg!"
The cotton in rear of Charles Cathcart's house was next fired
and by great exertions his house and that of Mrs. McMaster
were saved. Dr. Madden says the soldiers expressed surprise at
the great quanity of food supplies they found in Fairfield,
saying it was the most bountiful county they had ever seen.
They destroyed or carried off nearly everything. Many
smokehouses were some inches deep in molasses where they had
destroyed the barrels and other vessels that contained it.
March 15, 1901
News & Herald, Winnsboro,
I quote a paragraph from Mill's
Statistics: " The first settlement of Fairfield District took
place about the year 1745. Colonel John Lyles and his brother
, Ephriam, were among the first settlers. They located at the
mouth of Beaver Creek, on Broad River. Ephraim Lyles was
killed by the Cherokee Indians in his own house; but by a
wonderful interposition of Providence , the Indians went off
and left Lyles' seven or eight children and his wife in it,
after killing a negro on the outside. The Lyles were
natives of Brunswick,
Virginia, but removed to this county from Buis County, North
some it was believed that Ephraim Lyles was shot by Tories,
Colonel Aromsnus Lyles was the
eldest son of Ephrain Lyles , and inherited all the land on
which his father had located, by the law of primogeniture
which was in force in South Carolina and other states until
after the Revolution. He was a partisan officer during the war
and fought in many of the battles. "Little Ephraira" , as he
was called by way of distinction, told me of his and his
brothers being in the engagement at Fish Dam, where General
Sumter commanded, and of other battles which I have forgotton
, except that all of the Lyles, who were old enough, fought in
the battle of Eutaw, which was one of the hardest contested
conflicts of the Revolutionary War.
I think Col. Aromanus Lyles first
married a Valentine , afterwards a Means , a sister of Colonel
Thomas Means (she died childless); and last, a widow, Mrs.
Kinnerly, in the year 1816. He died shortly after , in 1817.
He had six sons and one daughter, viz: Ephraim, John ,
Valentine, James , Aromanus , Thomas, and Rebecca. Ephraim
married a Miss Foot and removed to Chester District , on Broad
River. He was captain of a militia or a rifle company before
he left Fairfield. He was a fine looking gentlemen even when
he had ceased to be a young man. He had daughters , but no
sons. The eldest daughter married a brother of Chancellor
Harper (?) ( paper torn and part missing here ). After his
death, she married Thomas Bookter , of the same county, by
whom she had an only daughter , who died early in womanhood.
Rebecca married Blanton Glenn. The youngest daughter married
William Worthy, of Chester District, who soon after died ,
leaving one daughter , who married Capt. Thomas Bynum , who
died in July 1884, at Glenn Springs. His widow and her mother
are still living near Newberry Court House.
John Lyles married a daughter of
Reuben Sims , near Mabinton, Newberry County. He had five sons
and one daughter . The eldest, Benjamin, married Katie Rook;
another son, Thomas Jefferson , first married a Miss Richarfs
, of Union County , and had only one daughter. He afterward
married a Miss Harrington , of Newberry. His third and last
wife was a Miss Earle , of Greenville. He died not long since,
end was much loved and respected. His widow is still living,
and married McGhee cf Greenville. John, the youngest son, also
died not many years ago. Eliza, the only daughter of John
Lyles, married Golding Ederington in December, 1822. He died
the following fall, and she married William Lyles, called
"Carpenter Bill". He died not long after , leaving an only
daughter. His widow lived until 1883. Valentine Lyles also
married a daughter of Reiben Sims, and moved west. Capt. James
Lyles married widow Goree. She was Drucilla Lyles before her
marriage , a daughter of Little Ephraim. She had one daughter
born to Goree , at the time of her second marriage, who died
in 1828. Capt. James Lyles was much respected by all who knew
him he had three children, Ephraim , John and Drucilla; all
are now deceased. He was a consistent , useful member of the
Baptist Church for many years before his death, which took
place in Mississippi, the state of his adoption. If not out of
place , permit me to relate a story I have often heard years
ago, to which Col. Aromanos Lyles was a party. It was that he
was riding past a new
ground, where an old Dutch woman named Margaret Godfrey was
splitting rails. The Colonel, addressing her as Margaret, said
"Margaret, what in the devil are you doing?" She replied,
"I'se mauling". The Colonel responded, "Thunder couldn't split that log."
She rejoined , "By G-d, I'se wus dan dander." It was said to
have been a gum log.
Thomas Lyles was the youngest son
of Col. Aromanos Lyles (eldest son of the first settler of
that name) and lived a short time after his marriage on Mill
Creek, then moved to Wateree Creek, thence back to Broad
River, where he was born, and settled on his father's
plantation , where his father died in 1817. He next bought
William Fant's place on the Columbia Road, and settled on it in January, 1821.
He was a man of untiring energy and fixed purpose, of more
than ordinary mental calibre, fond of mills and financial
enterprises. With a large planting interest; he combined a
mercantile enterprise and associated with himself John Smith,
of Wateree. He commanded as Captain the Buckhead troop of
cavalry at the time our state passed the Ordinance of
Nullification , and I was cornetist. We were 411 ready to
march to Charleston to whip "Old Hickory", and would have done
so , or tried , had it
not been for the timely and fortunate modification by congress
of the tariff act of 1832. I have often thought of the
whipping we would have received had it not been for "Clay's
Olive Branch", as it was so truly called. He was promoted to
the office of major in 1832. Afterwards he was commissioned by
Gov. R.Y. Hayne in 1832 as lieutenant colonel of the 1st
squadron of cavalry
organized within the 6th Brigade of South Carolina Militia. He
was a true patriot. At the beginning of the late civil war,
although he was seventy-five years old, he equipped a young
soldier and sent him to fight in his place Major Thomas Lyles
was a man of undaunted courage. At the time of Sherman's raid,
he was confined to bed with a dislocated hip. One of the
raiders, (perhaps thinking that he was feigning disability)
approached with a lighted torch saying, "Unless you give me
silver and gold, I'll burn you alive." To this the old hero
replied, "I have not many years to live any way , burn and be
d---d." The Yankees , surprised at this characteristic speech,
ordered a negro to remove the torch from under the bed,
remarking, "You are the bravest man I have seen in South
Carolina." Major Lyles represented Fairfield in the
Legislature for eight years. He married Mary A.C. Woodward in
December 1810. They had only two children, Thomas M. and
William S. Lyles. His wife died in 1855. He lived at his home
near Buckhead until his death, which took place on the 19th of
January, 1874 at the advanced age of eighty-seven.
"Life's labor done, Serenely to his
rest he passed, While the soft memory of his virtues yet,
Linger, like sunset huse, when that bright orb has
His older son, Thomas M., married
Eliza R., the youngest daughter of Colonel Austin F. Peey.
They were the parents of seven sons end six daughters; two of
the daughters died in childhood. Mrs. Lyles died in 1897.
William Boykin, the oldest son, was married to Sallie W.
Strother soon after he returned from the University of
Virginia. She lived but a short time. Two years later, he
married Georgianna C, daughter of J.M. Dantzler, of Orangeburg
District. He was one of the first to respond to his country's
call in the late civil war, and went from home as a first
lieutenant of the Buckhead Guards to the attack on Fort Sumter
in April, 1861. At the reorganization of the 6th Regiment,
South Carolina Volunteers, in Virginia, he was made captain of
the company and was killed at the battle of Swven Pines May
31, 1862 , while gallantly leading his command to the charge,
aged twenty-six years.
The enemy occupied the field next
morning , end our men, sent under a flag of truce to recover
our dead, were refused permission to enter the lines; hence he
was buried on the field of battle.
"But Freedom's young favorites
sleep as sound, On foreign soil as native ground."
Captain Lyles possessed a warm and
genial disposition, and was brave and generous to a
"'Then hearts whose truth was
proven, Like his, are laid in earth, There should a wreath be
woven, To tell the world their worth."
He left a widow and one little
daughter, Sue Boykin, who grew to lovely womanhood; married J.
William McCants in 1882, and died six months after.
They were not long severed, for he
passed from earth November 1, 1885. Their mortal remains are
interred in the cemetery of the M. E. Church in Winnsboro,
there to lie till the resurrection morn.
Capt. Thomas M. Lyles had five
other brave sons in the Confederate army, - Thomas, Nicholas,
Austin, John and Belton. Austin was twice wounded, first at
Dranesville, then at the Second Battle of Manasses, and was
killed near Petersburg, Va. in June 1864, aged only twenty-one
years. The four remaining brothers returned home unmaimed.
Nicholas served through the whole war and was slightly wounded
once or twice. Nicholas was sheriff of Marengo County,
Alabama, ; died 1899. Thomas is living in Louisiana. Nicholas,
who married Lou Poollnitz , of Alabama, moved to that state.
John W., who married Sue C. Morris, is a practical farmer and
was a member of the Legislature from this county one term.
Belton married Rosalie McMeekin end James , the youngest son,
married Cora Irby, who died. They all engaged in planting. Of
Capt. Thomas Lyles' daughters, Sallie E. married Lieut. S. A.
Poolinitz, of Alabama. Mattie F. married A. E. Davis, of
Monticello; Rebecca V. became the second wife of Major T. W.
Woodward, of Winnsboro; and Carrie E. married J. Feaster Lyles
Old Major Thomas Lyles' second son,
William, was a man of fine intellect, with a worm heart and
generous to a fault; and like his father, represented
Fairfield in the Legislature. He was an enthusiastic member of
the Secession Convention. He died April, 1862, much lamented.
He was twice married, first to Sallie P. Woodward. They had
several sons who died in childhood, and two daughters, Mary C,
who married Colonel S.D. Goodlett , of Greenville, and died in
January, 1877, leaving a son and daughter. Sallie P., the
youngest child, married John C. Feester, and resides at her
grandfather's old homestead.
In May, 1846, Major William S.
Lyles married Sallie A. Heynesworth, of Sumter Court House.
There were five children by this marriage, Sue H., who married
C.B. Pearson, end died in 1868; Fannie Hortensai, who died in
childhood; Fannie Eliza, who died in her fourteenth year.
William H., the only son, removed to Columbia, and married
Miriam M. Sloan, of Anderson. He is engaged in the practice of
law and has also been a member of the legislature from
Richland County. The youngest child, Florence, married Mr.
M.L. Kinard, a popular clothing merchant of Columbia, S.C.
March 22, 1901, News & Herald,
Captain John Buchanan and his
brother, Robert, came to this country from Ireland a few years
before the Revolutionary war, Robert resided in Charleston and
taught a classical school. He, with eleven others, secured the
charter for Mt. Zion College in 1777, He was a lieutenant in
the war and was captured at the fall of Charleston and died on
a British ship.
Capt. John Buchanan raised a
company in Fairfield, probably from the Scotch-Irish settlers;
served in the battle" of Cowpens and other battles of the
Revolution, He was stationed at Georgetown, and at the landing
of LaFayette, was the first American officer to welcome and
entertain the gallant Frenchman who did so much to achieve the
liberties' of our country. He had the honor of presenting
LaFayette with a fine horse, Oaptc Buchanan had a body servant
named Fortune, His name is attached to a spring in a fine grove near
Winnsboro, where Fortune cultivated a rice patch. Then
LaFayette visited this country in 1825. Fortune went to
Lancaster to see him. The sentinel at first refused to admit
the old African, but he persisted , end was admitted by order
of Gen. LaFayette, who recognized him and was rejoiced to see
the servant of his old friend, Capt. Buchanan, though near
fifty years had elapsed since Fortune had blacked his boots.
This is not the only time Fortune appeared in public. It is
said that during the French Revolution, the Captain inspired
by gratitude towards France, and dislike for England,
sometimes on public occasions, when full of military enthusiam
and good brandy, would don his continental uniform, mount his
war steed, end followed by Fortune, his body guard, would ride
up and down the main street of Winnsboro, to the admiration of
old Whigfl and the patriotic youth of the town.
Some years afterwards, the Captain
converted to Methodism by "Thundering" Jenkins, a stalwart
preacher of the day, abandoned the unholy ways of his youth ,
and with William Lewis and Major Henry Moore, built the old
square brick Methodist church in Tinnsboro. In passing, the
writer will state that in a copy of Ramsey's History of South
Carolina, which was in the town library about 1848, he read in
penciled notes, on the battle of Stone, made by Major Moore,
that he himself manned one of the cannon at that battle at
which time he was ensign. The old Major lived near Winnsboro,
and died in 1840.
Captain John Buchanan possessed
high ability and character conjoined with much personal
dignity. He was precise in his manners, and careful in his
apparel. His portrait which hangs in G.H. McMaster's parlor is
said to be a fines likeness of him and has the appearance of
an old style first class Methodist bishop. He, to the close of
his life, wore knee breeches, stockings, and silver buckles on
his shoes. He held several important Federal offices , and was
judge of ordinary during his life. John R. Buchanan, his
nephew, a gentleman of great worth and piety, succeeded him as
ordinary, and held it during his life. Capt. John Buchanan
kept a house of
entertainment for some years end in 1805 he turned it over to
his brother, Creighton Euchanan, and returned to a brick house
which he built on the hill.
Early in the century he induced his
brother William's family to emigrate to Winnsboro, consisting
of the widow, her son, John R., one daughter who married James
McCreight, one (sic), the Rev. Wm. Carlisle , whose sons,
Prof. James H. Carlisle and Capt. John Carlisle, now reside in
Spartanburg; and a daughter who married John Lewis.
He had no children. He married
Sallie Burrey Milling, the widow of David Milling, whose two
daughters, Sarah and Mary, married Thomas and John Means, two
young men from Massachusetts, but of Irish parents, whose
descendants in Fairfield have been honored for their ability,
courage, kindness of heart and hospitality. Capt. Hugh
Milling, brother of David Milling, was another noble soldier
of the Revolution.
Capt. B. died in 1824, aged 74. His
remains rest near the church of which he was the chief founder.
GEN. JOHN BUCHANAN.
the eldest son of Creighton
Buchanan, was born on Little River , near Buchanan's Ford, in
1790. He received his academic education at Mt. Zion College,
and graduated at the South Carolina College in 1811. During
the War of 1812 he was adjutant of a regiment in and around
Charleston. His first uniform was spun, woven and made by his
sister, Rachel. The wool sheared, was then woven and the suit made in
one week. This time, except in rare instances, all articles of
clothing were the product of home industry among the people of
Fairfield. After the declaration of peace, Gen. Buchanan
taught school at Sillisonville, then returned to Winnsboro,
studied law with Capt. Clark, and was his partner for some
He afterwards held the office of
commissioner in equity. He inherited considerable property
from his uncle, Capt. John Buchanan, and combined planting
with the practice of law. As a lawyer he stood for years at
the head of the bar. He was a good student and had one of the
best libraries - legal and miscellaneous - in the up-country.
His style of speaking was entirely argumentative. He had no
rhetorical flourishes or graces of oratory, but such was the
confidences in his spotless integrity that he was generally successful in
The War of 1812 renewed the
military spirit which had begun to wane after the Revolution,
and there was great ambition among young men to attain
military honors. The young captain was full of the military
enthusiasm of the day and was soon promoted to the highest
military position of Major General, which he held to the end
of his life. His competitor was General Blair, of Camden, the
Congressman who subsequently committed suicide while attending
a session of Congress.
When General Buchanan first went to
the bar at Winnsborough (as it was then spelled), there were
very few men in the district who had the advantage of a
college education. The only graduates of colleges at that time
in the district were Samuel C. Berkley, David, Robert and
Thomas Means, John B. McCall and E.G. Palmer, Wm. Woodward,
Robert Barkley and N.P. Cook, who left college before
graduation. General Buchanan came into public life a few years
after the great senatorial contest between Samuel Johnson, whose
supporters were Scotch-Irish, and James Alston , the father of
Wm. J. Alston, whose followers were the Virginians and the
Party spirit ran high, but the
Scoth-Irish and their decendants sent Samuel Johnson to the
The War of 1812 fused all the
discordant elements, and General Buchanan, a young soldier and
a graduate of the State College, and liked by his numerous
kinsfolk and connections, most of whom were well-to-do farmers
and substantial Presbyterians , soon came to the front , and
in 1832 we find him a leader in the cause of nullification .
He maintained his great popularity for a longer period than
any other man has ever done in Fairfield District. For more
than a quarter of a century he represent his people in the State
Legislatures He was a splendid electioneers. He would ride in
his sulky from house to house, stop with his friends, and
discourse on subjects that were generally instructive. His
talks were frequently illustrated by references to books of
learning. His historical al— and apparent knowledge in its
departments , combined with a dignity which never forsook him,
gave him a reputation of being wise and profound. Indeed, when
his habit of drinking seemed to threaten his usefulness, it
remarked by his friends that they would rather have the old
General in spite of his failing, than any other man in the
His conduct in every other respect
was exalted. No one ever heard a profane word from his lips ,
and he had the greatest contempt for any one who related a
vulgar ancedote. His standard of duty was elevated, refined
and without reproach. He had a supreme disdain for the arts
which is the chief stock in trade of most politicians of the
General Buchanan married Harriet
Yongue, a daughter of old Parson Yongue, who came to Winnsboro
from North Carolina in the last century; taught at Mt. Zion,
and preached at Jackson Creek and Wateree churches. His eldest
son, John M., lives in Texas: Samuel, his second son, died at
25 years of age. He was an excellent gentleman and a superb
When Hon. W.C. Preston heard of his
death , he exclaimed. " The Commonwealth h-as sustained a
General Buchanan's third child was
Ann, who married Rev. Edward Palmer, who is now a Presbyterian
preacher in Louisiana. His youngest son, William Creighton,
graduated at the South Carolina College in 1852. He was brave,
kind hearted and true. He studied law, went to Kansas to
engage in the prospective fights with the Free Soilers and
spent two years there.
When the Confederate War broke out
he was made adjutant of the 12th South Carolina Volunteers and
fell , mortally wounded in the battle of Chantilly in 1862.
General John Buchanan was a great advocate of learning, a
strong supporter of Mt. Zion, and lavished money in bestowing
upon his children the advantages of high education. He died in
Creighton Buchanan was too young to
accompany his brothers , John and Robert , to America before
He with his wife Mary Millikem,
settled in 1789 , on land belonging to his brother John , now
owned by Ed. Robinson , near Little River. In 1796, he moved
with his wife and children , John , Rachel and, Martha , to a
place near Jackson Creek church; the church at that time was
being built of rough unhewn stones. His mother, who lived with
him, died and was buried on the west side of Jackson Creek
below the Milling burial ground. He afterwards bought the farm
on Little River , now owned by T. Harden. In 1805 he removed
to Winnsboro and bought his brother John's tavern. Capt. Hugh
Milling and Capt. James Phillips, uncle of Creighten Buchanan,
lived near by on the east side of the road, leading from
Belle's bridge to Columbia.
General R. Winn lived on the place
new occupied by W. Turner.
Jas. Phillips was a loyalist,
though a Scotch-Irishman, who almost universally were rebels.
A large proportion of Marion's men were Scotch-Irish, and the
history of the county is illustrated by their deeds. The
captain had the good fortune never to meet any of his kindred
in battle, who were all rebels, being assigned to command at
St. Augustine, where he remained during the whole war. He
lived in Charleston, but after 1776 his wife with her sons,
Smith, Robert, and James , moved to Jackson Creek among her
kin. James lived to a good old age , and was a school-master
and county surveyor.
When Capt. Phillips returned home
after seven years absence, his wife, for a time , refused to
be reconciled to him. The Captain being a gentleman of culture
and of high moral character, soon mitigated the hospitelity of
his neighbors and lived for many years highly respected. He,
Gen. Winn and Capt. Hugh Milling were boon companions and met
almost daily at each others houses to read the newspapers and
discuss literary and political matters. His elder brother,
Colonel John Phillips, also being a Tory, was put in command
at Winnsboro when Cornwallis left. He was a just and humane
man. At different times he saved the lives of Whigs who were
about to be executed by the order of Cornwallis, among them
being Colonel John and Minor Winn , and he always endeavored
to check the rapine and cruelty of his followers.
At the close of the war, he learned
that one of his daughters was about to marry a Mr, McCullin at
a church in Charleston where he lived. He rushed to the
church, forcibly took his daughter, and with his family went
back to Ireland. Colonel Phillips was a man of Wealth and
education , and on his return to Ireland, he was appointed a
pension officer and held it for life.
Creighton Buchanan spent his last
days on his farm, now owned by McCants, near Winnsboro. He was
a quiet , intelligent and devout man, and was much respected
by his neighbors, He left surviving him by his first marriage,
Gen. John Buchanan, Mrs. Rachel McMaster; Martha, a brilliant
young lady, had died at 18 years of age. The children of his
second wife were Eliza, who married J. McKinney Elliott;
Robert, who is now a retired physician residing in Winnsboro,
and Calvin, who removed to Texas in 1844. Creighton Buchanan
died in 1823, aged 63.
From Edrington's History of
& Herald, Friday, May 10, 1901
John Boyce, grandfather of W.W.
Boyce, came from Ireland. In 1765 he settled in Newberry
County, South Carolina. He had one brother, Alexander Boyce,
who commenced a company of artillery in the Revolutionary War,
dying gallantly in the service of his country during the siege
of Savannah. He was a merchant of Charleston. The Boyces went
to England at the time of the conquest; they afterward settled
in the north of Ireland and were steunch
William Waters Boyce was born in
Charleston, South Carolina, October 24, 1818; his parents were
Robert Boyce and Lydia Waters, both natives of Newberry. The
Boyces are of Norman descent and came to America from Ireland.
The first Waters who came over, came in the "Mayflower." Both
Boyces and Waters fought bravely in the Revolutionary War. The
mother of Mrs. Lydia Waters Boyce was Ruth Llewellyn, who
claimed descent from Griffith of Llewellyn, the last of the
William W. Boyce studied both at
the South Carolina College and Virginia University, at both of
which he ranked with the talented young men. In October 1838,
he married Mary E. Pearson, daughter of Dr. George B. and Mrs.
Elizabeth Pearson. He began the practice of law in Winnsboro,
South Carolina in 1841. He served in the South Carolina
Legislature on term, 1846 and 1847. In 1850 he was prominent
as a co-Operetionist in the famous secession contest of that
year. He was elected to the United States House of
Representatives in 1853.
December 1860 (part of paper
missing) — always listened to with marked attention by both
sides. He was the most consevative Southern man in Congress.
His report on Free Trade, he being chairman of the special
committee to which it was referred, created a worldwide
Richard Cohden, the great English
Free Trader, thus wrote of it: "I can conscientiously say that
I have never before enjoyed the pleasure of reading so
condensed and yet so complete an argument in favor of Free
trade and Direct taxation."
Mr. Boyce always regretted
secession, but went heartily with his State. He was never
sanguine of the success of the Southern cause, though as a
member of the Confederate Congress he always urged active
measures. He grieved over the sad spectacle of his sorrowing
country, the precious lives lost and general financial ruin.
In the autumn of 1864, he wrote and published his letter to
President Davis on the subject of peace. A storm followed, but
he was susteined by an inner consciousness of duty
performed and the
sympathy of men from all sections of the Sputhland. Within the
past year a very decided letter from General Lee on the same
subject was made public for the first time This letter was
written in June, and that of Mr. Boyce in September 1864. Mr.
Boyce possessed more morel courage than any public man in the
South during that troublous time. He had convictions and
courage enough to express end maintain them. Had he lived
in a wiser age, he
could have been more appreciated.
The ending of the war left Mr.
Boyce impoverished, most of his best years were devoted to the
public, and his own affairs neglected, consequently, he was
forced to begin life anew.
In December, 1866, he left South
Carolina, accompanied by Mrs. Boyce, and settled in
Washington, D.C., for the purpose of practicing law , but
owing to the "test oath", it was several years before he was
allowed to appear in the courts, during which time he
assisting in editing the National Intelligence, corresponded
with several other papers and assisted General Caleb Cushing
in his practice.
There was something quite pathetic
in his struggles at this time , but throughout he was cheerful
and industrious, At last a brighter day dawned, and
restrictions were removed, and Mr. Boyce began his practice
before the commissions and United States Courts, and although
he has not amassed wealth, he has a competence and is forced
to work no longer. He lends leads a quiet, uneventful life at
his country home in Fairfax County, Virginia. His household
consists of Mrs. Boyce, her sister, Mrs. Herbert, his
son-in-law, Richard W. Gaillard, and only daughter, Frances B.
Feasters and Colemans
News and Herald, Winnsboro, S.C., May 17,
Andrew Feaster (the name was then
spelt Pfister, 1740) emigrated to this State from Bucks
County, Pennsylvania. His father, Peter Feaster, died on the
road and was buried somewhere in Virginia. From his was
descended the present family of Feasters on the Beaver Creek
section of the county, better known as the Feasterville
township. He had a cousin, John Feaster, who came at the same
time and settled in Edgefield County. He was the
great-grandfather of Laurens Feaster of the "Dark Corner"
Andrew Feaster was trice married;
by the first wife only one daughter, who married William
Colvin, of the Sandy River section of Chester County, now
known as the Halsellville township, near where John Simpson
now lives. She moved with some of the children to Greene County,
Alabama, and lived to be quite an hundred years of age. His
second wife was Margaret Fry Cooper, who had by a former
marriage , two children, Adam and Eve Cooper, both of whom
lived to be quite old. Eve married Jacob Stone, whose mother was Ruth
Lyles, a member of the Chester branch of that family. Jacob
Stone was a soldier in the Revolution and drew a pension as
long as he lived. Andrew Feaster's children by the second
marriage were John, who married Drucille Mobley, daughter
of Samuel Mobley. She died 1806 (actually Drucilla died April
l5, 1807) . John's children were: Jacob, better known as
"Squire Jake", Andrew, Saville, Susan, Mary, Cheney, and John
M. Savilla married Robert Gregg Cameron, and now lives near
White Oak. John M. married Keziek Pickett. He now (1886) is
living in Florida, on Indian River. Jacob, son of John,
married Isabelle Coleman, daughter of David R. Coleman, than
whom a better man never lived. Jacob Feaster lived and died
near Buckhead. His children were: Jacob F., who married
Elizabeth Stone, Moses C. Feaster is the only living child of
Edith D. married Henry J. Lyles.
They had four children, three of whom are now living. John C.
married Miss Sallie Lyles, youngest daughter of the late Col.
William S. Lyles, by his first marriage to Miss Woodward.
Susan E. married S. M. Simons, of Lexington County, South
Carolina. David R. married Miss Victoria E. Rawls of Columbia,
S.C., by whom he had several children. His first wife died in
January 1877, and in December, 1878, married Mrs. Hattie E.
Coleman, nee Porter, a daughter of Rev. C. M. Portor, of
Ridgeway, South Carolina. By her former marriage she had five
children. By her marriage to D.R. Feaster, she had four. They
have one of the largest families in the county. Sixteen
children and six grandchildren. There were two girls younger
then D.R., Isabella and Mary N., both of whom died quite
Andrew Feaster, John Feaster's
second son, married Mary Norris of Edgefield County, by whom
he had eleven children, 5 sons and 6 daughters. The youngest
son, T.D. Feaster, is now living near the old homestead. He is
the only one of this family now living in this county. The
eldest son and daughter are living near Columbia. The fourth
son, Elbert K., was blind from infancy, and was educated at Boston, Mass.
He was a remarkable man. He knew every one by their voice.
Once having been introduced and conversing with the verist
stranger, he would ever after know him by his voice, no matter
where he met him.
Nathan A. Feaster, second son of
Andrew, was thrice married; first to Marie Louisa Rawls, of
Columbia, by whom he had one daughter, who married John G.
Wolling, of Feasterville . His second wife was a Miss Brown,
of Anderson County, a sister of Col. Newton Brown, by whom he
had one daughter, who is now the wife of a Mr. Tribble, of the
town of Anderson. His third wife was a Miss McClanahan, of
Greenville County. There are two children by this marriage now
living in Greenville, a son and daughter. Jacob K., Andrew's
third son, was twice married, and is now living in Florida.
The eldest daughter married Dr. T. J. Rawls, of Columbia. The
doctor is dead, and Mrs. Rawls and her only child, B. A.
Rawls, are now living in Columbia.
The second daughter married William
Williams, of Anderson County, and moved to Texas, since the
war, and there died. Belle, the third daughter, married
William Lonergan, of Charlotte, North Carolina, by whom she
had several children, only one now living, the wife of G.W.
Coleman. Julia, the fourth daughter, married Robert H.
Coleman, who died at Augusta, Georgia, during the late war.
Mrs. Coleman now lives in Florida. Sallie, the prettiest of
all the girls, married George Butler, and died a without
issue. Narcissa M. Feaster died a few years since, unmarried.
Susan, John Feaster's oldest daughter married Robert F.
Coleman, a son of the Patriach, D. R. Coleman. Mrs. Wesley
Mayfield is the only one living of that family.
second daughter, Mary, married H. Jonathan Coleman, by whom
she had sixteen children, eleven of whom lived to be grown, 9
sons and 2 daughters. Truly may it be said that Feasterville
township was benefitted by the issue of this marriage. It gave
to the township three
of the very best physicians, two of whom, Drs. Preston and
Franklin Coleman, gave up their lives in Virginia for the
"Lost Cause." Only two of the boys are now living, D. R.
Coleman , of Feasterville, and G.W. Coleman, of Cash's Depot,
South Carolina, Allen lost his life at Petersburg; Jacob died
at Wilmington, N.C., in 1864; Dr. R.W. Coleman, better known
as "Dr. Bob", was one of the best nurses that ever lived. He
married Nancy McConnell, by whom he had several children. He
was as game as a Ku Klux to the day of his death, which
occurred in May, 1873, John Feaster, the eldest, married a
Miss Gladden and died in February, 1856, His wife died April
following, leaving six small children to the cold charities of
the world. But the noble old Roman, H. Jonathan Coleman, was
equal to the occasion. He and his married children took these
orphans and raised them in their families as one of their own
children. H.J . Coleman, Jr, died in May, 1874, leaving a wife
and five children. His widow is now the wife of D.R. Feaster.
Dr. Preston Coleman married a Miss Secrest of Lancaster. He
was captian of Company C, 17th South Carolina Regiment and had
his leg shot off at the knee at the second Battle of Manassas.
He and Dr. B.F. Coleman were educated at The Citadel Academy. Dr. B.F. was
Lieutenant of his brother's company. He was wounded and died a
few months after at Winchester, Va., where his body now lies.
D.R. Coleman had his eyesight impaired by a blast during the
construction of the S.
U. Railroad. G.W., the youngest son, went to the front at the
age of 17. Elizabeth married Beverly C. Mitchell; both living
in Americua, Ga. John Feaster's daughter, Chaney, married H.A.
Coleman. There were eight children by this marriage,
only three now livings
J. A.F. Coleman is now living at the old homestead, a man of
high social qualities and industrious habits. He is better
known by the sobriquet of "Beeswax"; David A. Coleman married
Sarah A. Yongue, who survives him, he having died during the war. She has reared
as noble a family of boys as there is in Feasterville
Township. J. A. F. Coleman married a daughter of Samuel H.
Stevenson, who lives in the hearts of his neighbors and
friends,and everybody knows "Uncle Sam", and it will not be left to
the futures generations to do so, but the present one calls
Henry A. Coleman married Rebecca Youngs.
He was wounded three times at the Second Battle of Manasses,
and did not live long after, leaving an only daughter, now
living with her mother in Winnsboro, S. C.; Robert C. Coleman,
the youngest son of "Uncle Henry's" was drowned while bathing
at Church Flats in 1862. The eldest daughter married William
Younge, son of Robert Younge. The second daughter married
James Levy Hunter, of Chester County, but now of Powder
Springs, Cobb County, Georgia. Isabella, the third daughter,
married Thomas L. Manning of Marietta. Georgia. The fourth
daughter married A. J. McConnell, better known as "Dick." She
died a short while after her marriage. He was first lieutenant
of Bailey's Company, 17th Regiment, and was killed the day of
the "blow up" at Petersburg. John Feaster's youngest daughter,
as has been mentioned before, married R. Gregg Cameron. She
raised seven sons and four daughters; James, the eldest,
emigrated to Florida to look after the interests of John K.
Feaster, whose daughter he afterwards married. He died not
long after, leaving a widow with one child. John married Mrs.
Hoffman, nee Robinson. She did not live long, and John died in
Columbia, 8 or 10 years ago.
J. Feaster Cameron was a man of
education and refinement, a nobleman of the day. He was
colonel of an Arkansas regiment, was twice shot and left for
dead, but he was spared to be a living witness to the
destroying power of ardent spirits. He was one of the best of
lawyers, a hero of many battlee that fell a victim to our
nation's curse, strong drink. The second son, Dr. Andrew S.
Cameron, married Susan T. Arnette, a daughter of Mrs. Wesley
Mayfield, of Buckhead. He died soon after the war, leaving a
widow and one child. She having since died, her son is living
with his grandmother. Mrs, Wesley Mayfield. Robert Cameron
died during the early part of the war. Alex, the only
surviving child, resides near White Oak. He married the second
daughter of James W. Younge, by his Crosby-Estes wife. The
eldest daughter married Henry Younge, son of John I. Younge,
from whom Youngesville took its name.
The second daughter married Dr.
Christopher Simonton, a good man and first rate doctor. He
moved to Florida, but lived only a short time. She returned to
South Carolina with her two children, John and Robert. John,
since arriving at manhood, returned to Florida. Tobert is at
the old John Simonton homestead, and is one of the most
successful planters in that section. Sarah married John
Simonton, a brother of Dr. Christopher; he also moved to
Florida, where he soon died.
The fourth and youngest
daughter married Colonel Lee McAfie, (Colonel LeRoy McAfee,
according to his tombstone in Concord Presbytorian Church
Cemetery. WTC), of North Carolina. She was one of the
prettiest women of the land. She and her husband died early,
leaving an infant son, who was reared, and now resides with
his grandmother of the old Cameron homestead. Out of this
family of eleven children we how have living the old
mother, her son Alex,
and five grand-children.
Andrew Feaster's second son, Jacob
Feaster, married a Kennemore, and died without issue, leaving
a good solid estate to be divided between brothers and
sisters. One of Andrew Feaster's daughters married E. Wooley,
who removed to Edgefield, and thence to Cass, now Barton
County, Georgia, where he died, leaving one son, Colonel A.
Feaster Wooley. Another daughter married Rundley McShan. They
had several children, all of whom removed to the west. The
boys Ferdinand and Andy, to Mississippi and Arkansas. One of
the daughters, Judith, married Isaac Coleman. She died s few
years since in Union County, this state (South Carolina) at
the home of one of her daughters, three of whom have married
in that county, one to William Tucker; she is not a widow; one
to William Jeter, and another to John Jeper. Isaac Coleman
still survives. Another daughter of Andrew Feaster married
Moses Cockrell. There are only two children now living, John
Feaster Cockrell and Margaret Stone, who married a son of the
old Revolutionary soldier before mentioned. She is now 80
years of age. Of the stepson, Adam Gooper, all of his
descendants moved to Mississippi. His son George, the crack
rifle shot of his day, married a Triplet of Chester County.
His children all now live in Winston County, Mississippi. Adam
Cooper's daughter, Margaret, married Captain William E. Hill, a brother of
Simeon Hill, and here the old election, it was called Hill's
box, afterwards Feasterville, and it was then said that as the
Hill box goes, so goes the county, and it verified, to the
disappointment of many who had run well elsewhere; but Hill's
box gave them "Hell"as the expressed it, and this was so often
said that they gave it the name of "Hell's Box." the day of
whom nothing could be said except in his praise.
David R. Coleman, the Patriach of
the Coleman family in Fairfield, was born in Halifax County,
North Carolina, May 19, 1765, and died March 25, 1855. His
father, Robert Coleman, married Elizabeth Roe. Robert removed
to this country when David was a email boy. His wife gave him
14 children. David Roe, who lived and died on the land first
settled by his father when he came here, is still in the
possession of descendants of the same name. John R. Coleman
moved to Greene County, Alabama. Robert Roe Coleman lived and
died where his son, Johathan D. Coleman's widow now lives.
Tiley R. Coleman married a Ragsdala, of Chester County, and
raised a large family, of whom Tilliam Buck was the eldest,
and H. J. F. W. Coleman is the youngest. Out of this family
only one is now living, H. J. F. W. Coleman, and all except
him went west and lived there. They are numbered among the
best citizens. This same Simeon Hill was "one of the
old-fashioned , plain , honest" men of the day of whom nothing
could be said except in his praise.
David R. Coleman, the Patriach of
the Coleman family in Fairfield, was born in Halifax County,
North Carolina, May 19, 1765, and died March 25, 1855. His
father, Robert Coleman, married Elizabeth Roe. Robert removed
to this country when David was a email boy. His wife gave him
14 children. David Roe, who lived and died on the land first
settled by his father when he came here, is still in the
possession of descendants of the same name. John R. Coleman
moved to Greene County, Alabama. Robert Roe Coleman lived and
died where his son, Johathan D. Coleman's widow now lives.
Tiley R. Coleman married a Ragsdala, of Chester County, and
raised a large family, of whom Tilliam Buck was the eldest,
and H. J. F. W. Coleman is the youngest. Out of this family
only one is now living, H. J. F. W. Coleman, and all except
him went west and lived there. They are numbered among the
The Feasters and ColemansInstallment #2, from
Edrington's History of Fairfield
Winnsboro, News and
Herald, May 21, 1901
Allen R. Coleman married a daughter
of Charles Coleman, a cousin; settled, lived and died on Rocky
Creek, in Chester County. Here I will mention something out of
the general order: Allen R. Coleman's wife presented him with
twin daughters, and one of his neighbors, by the name of
Gladden, had twin sons, and when these twins grew up, they
married, John Gladden married Rebecca, and James Gladden
married Betsy Coleman. They both raised large families from
whom there is many of the name in both Chester and Fairfield
Counties. Griffin R. Coleman moved west and all sight of him
has been lost. So, of William R., Sarah and Elizabeth, first
and second daughters of Robert Coleman, married and went West.
Solomon R. Coleman's children all moved West. He married a
distant relative, a daughter of Stephen Coleman; Francis went
West, Zerebable died young; Henry Jonathan was the 13th child,
next to Ancil, the baby of the family, 14 in all.
David Roe Coleman married Edith
Beam in 1787 or 1788. Robert F. (Tow-Headed Bob) as he was
called, married the eldest daughter of John Feaster and raised
two sons and four daughters; the eldest married William
Coleman, son of Solomon. The second married Atkins; he died,
and she then married Andrew Hancock. They moved to Randolph
County, Georgia. The third daughter, the present Mrs.
Mayfield, has been married four times; first, to Martin
Coleman, and then to James Branon, by whom she had one child.
Next she married John Q. Arnette. There were four children by
this marriage. Dr. R.C. Arnette is the only surviving
Robert Coleman's fourth daughter
married Dr. S.W.B. McLurkin, by whom she had three children,
and died soon after the war. John J. and Andrew E. Coleman
moved West and married there. Both are now dead. Wiley F.
Coleman married a Miss Elam, of Chester County (Nancy Elam),
and died near Halsellville. His widow moved to Chambers
County, Alabama, and died there several years ago, leaving one
son, Colonel D.R. Coleman. He is an enterprising farmer of
that county. David H. Coleman married a Miss Franklin and
lived and died in Green County, Alabama, where he removed soon
after his marriage. Wilson H. Coleman also moved to Alabama
and married a Miss Johnston there, and died, leaving
Isabelle, first daughter of D.R.
Coleman, married Squire Jake Feaster; Elizabeth married Isaac
Nolen, moved to Indian Springs, Georgia. After her marriage
she rode from her father's to Indian Springs on horse-back,
there being no railroads in those days, and very poor dirt
roads. What would the average woman of today say to taking a
horse-back ride of 300 miles or less. She was the mother of
ten children. She is now living in Smith County, Texas, at the
advanced age of 80
years. Sarah, the youngest daughter of D.R. Coleman, died
early. The Colemans and Feasters were long lived and splendid
types of physical manhood, the average weight about 220, and
the most of the Colemans over six feet tell.
Among the early settlers on Beaver
Creek end McClures were the Wideners, Beams end Djes, all of
whom moved upon the Chinquapin lands on the line of Chester
and Fairfield, where most of their descendants live today. The
land they then gave up is now owned by T.M. Lyles, J.C. and
T.D. Feaster, and D.P. Crosby, and is considered the best
section of Fairfield County.
The Meadors lived on McLine (?)
(might mean MClures) Creek. They, the Hills and the "Cage" and
Cullen branch of the Mobley family owned, with the exception
of a few small tracts, all that whole country. Dr. W. M.
Meador and his boys, Dr. Lem and John Meador, representatives
of the last named families, own a portion of the land lying on
Beaver Creek and between McClures Creek and the river end
north to the Chester line. In this section lived the Nevetts,
Jenkins, Sheltons, Newbles, Chapmans, and later, Andrew
McConnell, who bought the plantation now owned by J. F.V. Legg
from Major William S. Lyles. McConnell was a poor boy, but
when he died was the possessor of thousands of acres of land
and more than 100 slaves. J.F.V. Legg married his widow and
now lives at the old homestead. Further north we had Meredith
Pools Meador, who owned the place occupied by Laurens Ferster.
Allen (Alben ?) Boulware owned a large tract of land on Broad
River. Stephen Crosby lived near the line and owned land in
both Chester and Fairfield counties. His oldest sen, Thomas,
married a Miss Parks, and their son, Charley Crosby now owns
nearly all of the land that was his father's and grandfather's.
The next son, Coleman Crosby, married a Miss Walker,
of Chester County. He was the father of Mrs. Dr. Estes and
W.W. Crosby. William Crosby married a Thomas and raised a
large family of children. Davis Crosby was quite popular and
represented the county in the Legislature. Stephen Crosby
married Frances, the oldest daughter of Cornelius Nevitt. He
bought from the late Gov. John H. Means the place now owned by
his only child, Mrs. D.P. Crosby. It is one of the prettiest
places in the up-country. One of old Stephen Crosby's
daughters married Charles Douglass, who lived and died near
Alston. Richard Crosby, Uncle "Dick", as he was called,
married a Conway, and lived to a ripe old age. He and Jacob
Stone, his nearest neighbor, were called by the wags of the
neighborhood, the "Siamese Twins". They always went to Chester
and Columbia together, and returned home with jugs full. They
were thrifty and enterprising farmers. It was said by the wags
that they did not know what Andy Feaster Colvin's boys would
have done for wives if "Uncle Dick" had not raised so many
pretty girls. All of the Colvin boys married Crosbys, except
one or two.
David Henderson, a brother of old
Thomas Henderson, who lived on Broad River, was considered the
ugliest man of his day, and was called "Pretty Dave", He
always kept one eye closed and gave as a reason that he did
not wish to wear them both out at the same time. There are
many quaint sayings and laughable anecdotes told of him which
will live here as long as the memory of man liveth, for they
are handed down from father to son. He was a man of
considerable education for his day and time. Had it not been
for whiskey he would here been a useful member of society, but
as it was, everybody liked "Pretty Dave". Once when he and his
brother, Tom were returning home from Columbia, they met a
stranger who looked at Tom in amusement ("Pretty Dave" was
lying in the wagon drunk) and said, "You are the ugliest man I
ever saw." Tom replied that he would "bet him $5.00 that he
could show him an uglier men than he was". The bet was good,
and Tom called to his brother, Dave, to look out. The stranger
gave him the money, saying that he "had honestly won
Old man Simeon Free lived at the
head of McClures Creek years ago, but he and all of his
children moved to the west. The children of Wiley and Hiram
Coleman own all of the Henderson and Free land.
Uncle Tom Williams was a carpenter,
millright, etc. He was considered the best man physically
speaking in the county. His wife was Dorcas Halsell, whose
mother was a Wagener, after whom Fort Wagener was named, that
was erected on Beaver Creek. We then had the Gwinne,
Weirs,Yongues, Mindocks (?) (probably Murdocks) and
General Ed. Taylor of the "Dark
Corner" has been honored by his fellow citizens to every
office that he has asked for - first Captain, then Major, then
Colonel, and lastly General of the State Militia. He is yet
living, and his eyes are as bright, and his step apparently as
firm as ever.
John Feaster, son of Andrew
Feaster, was the founder of Feasterville Academy, and donated
acres of land to Liberty Church, and 5 1/2 acres to the
Academy. Tradition says that John Feaster had the first glass
windows in the township. Thomas Coleman lived and died on the
premises now occupied by D.R. Feaster, and was the owner of
the first brick chimney north of Beaver Creek.
The Chapmans were a numerous and
prominent family on McClures Creek. They have all left except
Giles Chapman and the widow and children of John Chapman, who
owned the old Halsellville property, just beyond the line in
Cornelius Nevitt, of whom mention
has already been made, had three sons, two of whom are now
living. Cornelius now resides at Brooksville, Florida; Joseph
K. is living near the old homestead; Jack was killed at
Knoxville, Tennessee, in December, 1863; Frances, his eldest
daughter, married Stephen Crosby. Precious Ann married Frances
H. Ederington, and Brooks married Lanson (?) Withers, then
Oliver Waters , then Rev. Mrs. Moore, of North Carolina. Mrs.
L. R. Lee is her daughter by her first marriage. Laura, the
youngest, married William McWhorter, and live in North
Waters, her eldest son by her
seoond marriage, married Miss Fannie D. Kerr.
On the headwaters of McClures Creek
lived old Henry Tynes. Of the "Cage" (Micajah) , Cullen, and
Isham Mobley families, their name was legion.
The Crowders were from North
Carolina and were as numerous as the Mobleys, Notly Mobley was
the "bully" of the precinct. Big John Cockerel was the "bully"
of the White Oak section. He determined he would try manhood
with Mobley, but Notly was of a slow and sluggish disposition
and had to have coals of fire heaped upon his back before he
would move. Cockerel told him he came there to whip him or be
whipped. Uncle Isham Mobley could not stand it any longer, and
said as much to Notly. When Cockerel turned to him and asked
him if he took it up, — "Yes, by God, I do," was the immediate
reply, and at it they went, and John Cockerel went home badly
whipped, so he said, and not whipped by the "bully", but by a
much smaller man. Such acts as these were not infrequent at
that time, and each section had its "bully", and he was
honored and respected as such, Robert Mobley, who lives near
Woodward, C. C. & A. railroad, is the only one of this
branch of the Mobley family living in the country.
Old Bolin Wright came from Virginia
and settled about a mile west of Liberty Church, where he
died. He was a Revolutionary soldier. The most notable of his
children were William Wright, a Baptist preacher of the old
school, and Uriah S. Wright, who was noted in his day and time
as a "home doctor" and was called by nearly one Dr. Wright.
His practice was not confined to Fairfield, but to Chester,
Union and Newberry counties, demanded and had his services. He
was eccentric, erratic and generous. He was a great fox-hunter
and what he did not know about fox-hunting was left out of the
In 1860 Major T.W. Woodward was a
candidate for the Legislature, and stopped with a relative who
lived near the "Corner", and on inquiring for the names of
those living around, he was told to call on old Wright by all
means. "Old Uriah is a fox-hunter, and I am sure you (the
Major was a fox-hunter, too) can talk enough about dogs to
secure his vote," "Well, give me some points about the peck,"
said the Major, "Ring Smith is his best strike and Jolly
Wright his coldest trailer, and Molly Clowney his swiftest
runner." The Major having obtained a description of these
dogs, so there would be no difficulty in identifying
them, made it
convenient to call on old Uriah the next day about dinner
time. Old Uriah had just come in from ploughing as the Major
rode up to the gate. "This is Dr. Wright, I suppose," said the
Major, "that is what Jonathan D. and the boys around here calls me," "My name is
Woodward and I am a candidate for the Legislature, and being a
young men on my first political legs, I am going around to see
and be seen, if not by everybody, certainly by the most
prominent and influential citizens of each section." "Git
down, you a monstrous likely man, and I'll take you to see
Pinkey (his wife), and we will see what she has to say about
it." The Major descended and was going into the house to see
"Pinkey", the while discussing the crops with old Uriah, when
he paused a moment and turning in the direction of some hounds
who were lying around in the shade, he said: "Dr. Wright, I am
a very peculiar man. I love the ladies dearly, it is true, and
yet, I hope, sir, you will pardon my weakness, — a fine hound
dog comes nearer perfection in my eye than any earthly
object." "And what do you know about dogs ?" asked old Uriah,
turning from the house and following the Major who had gone in
the direction of the dogs and was already seated at the root
of a large White oak, with the whole peck around him. He had
little difficulty in selecting the dogs of note from the
description given him
the night before, and after some general comment on dogs, he
said, " What is the name of this dog?", "Ah! Ring Smith, you
say ? An uncommonly fine dog he seems to be - if there is any
truth in signs, he ought to be a mighty strike." "Good strike,
did you say? If there were four thousand dogs here, I would
bet a million dollars that Ring Smith would open three miles
ahead of the best hunter in the bunch, and you might go before
a magistrate and swear that is was a fox when he opened," was
old Uriah's reply. The Major was now intently examining a
large pale black and tan dog which filled the description of
Jolly Wright - the coldest dog - feeling his nose and walking
around he eyed him intently. "Dr. Wright," said he at last, "
I think this one of the most remarkable dogs I have ever seen,
just look at that head and feel his nose; I honestly believe
this is the coldest dog I have ever seen." "Coldest, did you
say? Why he can smell 'em when they have been gone three and
four weeks, and if the fur ain't good, he wont open on 'em
then." Molly Clowney had been easily recognized and now came
in for her turn. "Here ought to be the very apple of your
eye," said the Major, "for if I do not know anything about
dogs, this is unquestionably the fleatest footed animal I have
ever met; tell me now truthfully, can't she out-run anything
in these parts?"
"Run, did you say? No, she can't
run a bit; but there ain't a crow, nor a turkey-buzzard that
ever crossed 'the corner' that than hold a light to her
a-flying; I have seed her tried against many of 'em. Dinner is
about ready and I want Pinkey to meet you." The Major was
taken into the house and introduced to Mrs. Wright. "Ain't he
likely, Pinkey? Just look at him!" and the old man led him
around like a fine horse at a Fair. "And smart! Why he has
forgot more than all the other candidates ever knowed. I am
sure he must be close kin to old preacher, Billy Woodward, for
I heard my daddy say he was the smartest man in the world, and
he knowed what he was talking about."
After dinner, the Major having
promised to introduce a bill for the benefit of tired dogs,
providing that he fence should be over five rails high, was in
the act of leaving when "Old Uriah" called Pinkey to bring his
fiddle, saying, "Hold on 'till I play "The Devil's Dream" for
you." When he finished his piece, "One good turn deserves
another" said the Major, "I'll play a tune for you before I
go," and taking up the fiddle , he rendered "Hell Broke Loose
in Georgia" , with such spirit and skill that " Old Uriah"
jumped up , hugged Pinkey, and cut the pigeon wing all over
It is needless to say that the
Majory got "Old Uriah's vote."
The Feasters and ColemansPart #3
News & Herald,
Winnsboro, S.C., Friday, May 24, 1901
David Wright moved off to Jug
Tavern, Ga., where he died. William Wright married a daughter
of "Cage" Mobley. (Gemimah Mobley) . His eldest daughter
married Jonathan McLane.
Many of the Hills were known by
nick-names, such as "Varment Dick", "Stump Bill", He was a
Mobley, "Londee Bill" Hill, "Ly-down", etc. These names were
given from certain peculiarities of manner, character, or
habits of the man. Where Moses Clowney now lives (and he,
Moses, was not an old-timer, is now one of the staunchest
citizens of that township,) there lived years ago William
Robinson, known as "Boiled Meat Billy." His house was a great
resort for those who loved to dance and enjoy themselves. Four
of his sons lived here after they were grown, Billy, Willis,
Nat and John. The eldest girl married "Guber" Dye; one married
John Hancock, and the youngest, Rebecca, married James Gaston,
but did not live long. Mr. Gaston then married a daughter of
Nathan Parrot. There were then several families of Shirleys.
Hatter John or "Lying John" as he was called when he would
tell an unaccountable tale, and when doubts were expressed by
anyone, he would defend himself by saying, "If it is a lie,
Ned Means told it, for he told me." Ned Means was noted for
his veracity, and Shirley thought no one would doubt for a
moment what he said. "Sugar" John Shirley was just the
opposite. He was a miller and shoemaker. His only son was
killed in the war. Martin Beam, who is a grandson of his, is
now overseer of Feasterville Grange. Mirron Shirley was not
bright, and he used to create some amusement by his sing-song
way of telling things.
There was a large family of Meltons
that lived on Beaver Creek on land now owned by James Turner.
I should have mentioned while on the Meadow side of the
township, Major William Seymore; he was a leading man, taught
singing school when the old Southern Harmony was used. He was
major in the militia, and came very near being elected sheriff
at the time Emmett Ellison was elected. The Major was second
best, and they had one of the very strongest men in the county
as a competitor, James Johnston, who was Ordinary just as long
as he wished to be. Seymore moved to Randolph County, Alabama,
and he is now dead. His wife was a sister of Andrew
I omitted at the proper place that
Wiley and Henry J. Colemen were both hatters. They made such
everlasting hats that it was impossible to wear them out; they
had to be thrown away if you wished to rid yourself of
Liberty Church was built by those
of the Universalist faith, and it was intended as its name
indicates, for the use of any and every denomination that was
disposed to worship in it. There were others who also
contributed to the building besides Universalists.
& Herald, Winnsboro, S.C., June 10, 1901
In as much as it is expected that
the author of an work should in some degree be known to its
readers, either personally or historically, I will endeavor to
sketch a short account of my family, As to my ancestry, I have
but meager knowledge, such as I recollect from my father's
detail and one or two other sources. My Paternal Grandfather,
emigrated from Wales in the early
settlement of Virginia, and located in what was afterwards
called King George County, He later moved to Stafford County,
Virginia, He married a Helm, He, or she, was related to the
Metcalfs, Fitz Hughs, and other distinguished families, I have
heard my father, as well as my Virginia correspondent, state,
whose letters were
destroyed with my dwelling in February, 1865, by Sherman's
army. Our family furnished two governors for Kentucky,
Governors Helm and Metcalf.
My grandfather, as I heard my
father say, was a member of the House of Burgesses in
Virginia, before the Revolutionary War. He rode to South
Carolina before the war and surveyed and entered a large tract
of land on Rock Creek, Fairfield County, near Broad River,
returned to Virginia, and not long afterwards he died, My
grandmother removed shortly after his death, with several of
her sons and daughters, and settled on this tract in South
Carolina, My paternal uncles were all engaged in the
Revolutionary War, My father being the youngest, did not
engage in it until near its close, I heard him say that he
volunteered at the age of sixteen under Captain Charnal Durham
and encamped at Four Holes for some time awaiting orders, but
soon after Sir Henry Clinton evacuated Charleston, and the corps
was disbanded, and the soldiers all left for their homes and
were nearly starved before they reached their destination,
being afraid to call at any house or allow themselves to be
seen, the country through which they had to pass being
infested with Tories. Peace was soon after declared, Three of
my uncles remained in Virginia until after the war, then moved
to South Carolina and settled on the land their father had
My uncle, James Ederington,
remained only a few years, then moved to Kentucky and many
years after to Mississippi, and there died, upwards of a
hundred years old. My father was the only one of five brothers
who remained on the old homestead, and his grandson, A.L.
Ederington, is now living there. My grandmother married a
second time during the Revolutionary War, John Davis, from
Tori District, and her oldest daughter married his son, James
Davis, who lived near Monticello and died there in 1822.
One of my aunts married Ephraim Lyles, son of Ephraia, the
first settler, near Lyle's Ford; another aunt married a Furney
and another married a McManus. Two of my uncles married in
Virginia, the others
in this state.
My father married Frances Crosswhite,
of Newberry County. Her mother was a widow when she left
Culpepper County, Virginia, and moved to South Carolina before
the Revolutionary War, and settled on Little River in Newberry County. She
afterwards married George Griffin, who moved on Broad River
near Ashford Ferry, where both died. My father moved to a
plantation he bought for my brother, but exchanged his old
homestead for it in 1821, and died there on Beaver Creek where
his remains are interred. He died in June, 1824, aged sixty
years. His small plantation was devised to me after the death
of my mother, but she allowed me to sell it and I bought land
of Major Thomas Lyles in 1827 and moved to it, where she died
April, 1829, at the age of sixty-two. My eldest brother,
Jesse, married Elizabeth Webb in 1810, an estimable and piou
lady. He and she both died in 1863. Their eldest son, William
H. Ederington, married in Mississippi, lived in Louisiana, and
after the late war, died in Vicksburgh, Mississippi, of yellow
fever in 1881. He had been a wealthy planter, had two sons,
William and Henry Clay, the latter now living in Fort Worth,
Texas, a wealthy banker. James P. Ederington, my brother's
second son is also living in Forth Worth, a dealer in landed
estate. Henry C. has a family, but James F. never married.
Robert J., his third son, died in Texas since the war, and was
never married. Harrison E., his fourth son, died in Waco,
Texas, about 1850. My brother, John, moved to Kentucky about
1815 and married and died there.
My oldest brother,
Francis, never married. He died about 1832 in Union County. My
oldest sister, Mildred, married William Fant in 1817, and
moved to Union County in 1821. He died in 1854, she afterwards
lived in Fairfield with her son Dr. F.H. Fant, and died there
in 18_ , at the advanced age of ninety-one.
Her oldest son, O.H.P. Fant, is
living in Laurens County, a planter and merchant. He married
Liziee Jone, an intelligent and estimable lady. They have five
children alive- two married. The oldest married a wealthy
Kentuckian- William Arnold- who is living near Richmond,
Kentucky, and has but one child, a promising daughter. The
second daughter, Jessie, married Dr. James K. Cilder, of
Newberry, an intelligent gentleman and worthy citizen of that
town? F. W. Fant, the eldest son, married in Kentucky. He is a
lawyer and settled in Spartanburg, S.C. The other two sons,
John and Willie, are young, the former in his father's store
in Newberry the latter at school in Spartanburg. Dr. F.M.E.
Fant was born in Union, S.C. , practiced medicine successfully
for many years, and moved in 1867 to the place where I had been burnt out by the
Yankees. He still follows his avocation and is besides a good
practical planter. Dr. Sam Fant, my sister's third son,
practiced medicine several years in Union and Laurens
Counties. He moved to Newberry not long after our civil war
and was engaged in the drug business until his death, October
8, 1886. In 1871 he married Fannie Lyles, grandaughter of
Major Lyles, of Newberry, an intelligent and estimeble lady.
They have four promising children, three daughters
and a son. My second sister, Elizabeth, married William Vance,
of Laurens County, in 1821. He lived and died near married
William Vance, of Laurens County, in 1821, He lived and died
near Milton. He was industrious, honest and economical, a
successful planter and worthy citizen. He died about 1827,
leaving nine children, quite a charge for my sister, but she brought them up
to labor, and taught them lessons of morality and economy. She
moved to Mississippi about the year 1857 and died there a few
years afterwards. Her children moved to the west also, except
the youngest, Susan, who married Richard Satterwhite, and
lived in Newberry, where he died since the war. Carr E.
Vance's only daughter, Mrs. Kinard, died in Newberry County in
1885. She was an estimable lady and left only one son, who is
at school in Newberry. One of her brothers, L.K. , is on the
farm she left; the other, Carr E., is living in Texas. My
third sister, Sallie, married David Vance, and lived near
Milton, Laurens County, and died there in 1832. She left four
sons, all are now dead except the oldest, Rosborough, who is
living in Rossuer Parish, Louisiana. He never married. Another
son, Whitfield, lived and died in the same parish in
Louisiane. He married twice, both times Gilmers. He died a few
years ago, leaving two children, I believe. The reader will
pardon this lenghty mention of my family, I hope, when I
assure him that it is not intended so much for the general
reader as for my own family and relatives, I will now give a
little sketch of my own life.
I was born at my father's old
homestead on Rock Creek, in Fairfield County, S.C, February
10, 1803. I was sent to old field school masters, where, I
learned but little until 1816 when I was sent to James R,
Wood, of Newberry County, who was an efficient teacher, I
afterwards went to him in Monticello and boarded with him,
intending to prepare myself for a teacher of the English
branches. I returned home at the end of the year and secured a
school worth $300 and board, I was dissuaded from this
enterprise by my friends, Dr. George B. Pearson, and Dr.
Harris, promising to make an M.D. of me if I would attend Mr
Hodge's Latin school about ten months, which I did in 1822,
but after I returned I had to attend to my father's farm,
which required all of my time and care. I have never had cause
to regret not reading and practicing the healing art, but I
would have done so had I had the means. As I before stated, my
father soon after died, and I moved in 1827 to where I am now
living, and engaged in mercantile enterprise with John Smith,
as partner, and also ran a farm.
John Smith soon after died, He was
an estimable, high-toned gentleman from the Wateree
settlement; he had formerly been a partner in a store with
Major Thomas Lyles. My school and classmates at the Monticello
School in 1822, when I took my first course in Latin, were
William P. Hutchison, Daniel Dansby and Franklin Davis. The
old course of Latin was a tardy one compared with present, and
I could almost have gone through with all the classics in ten
months in the way Laton is now taught. I studied assidicusly,
determined to leave my class as soon as possible, which I did,
and enter the next highest with students who had been some two
and some three years in that study, I had as classmates
William B. Means, Robert Means, James B. Davis. William K.
Davis, and C. D. Griffenreid.
I recited with these until October
and said an extra lesson every morning in Cicero. These
together with William M. Myers, Thomas B. Woodward, James A.
Woodword, Cullen Powell, John H. Means, and myself, were
boarding with Colonel Jonathan Davis, and our sleeping
department was in his old store-house recently fitted up for
that purpose. Being the greater part of the time from under
the observation of our host and tutor, the reader may well
imagine we had a nice time of it, yet the larger number of us
were quite studious, This was the first school, strange it may
appear, in which any of us studied geography, although several
of the students were fair Greek scholars. Our tutor, Mr.
Hodges, a graduate of
the South Carolina College, urged us to the importance of
geography and wrote to Columbia for Cumming's Geography and
Atlas for us, a small book and atlas that would be laughed at
by the students of the present day. The maps were not colored; I borrowed a
paint box and painted mine, the only colored one in school.
Silas H. Heller, afterwards a lawyer and a member of our
legislature, was also one of our students, well advanced in
the classics. He was from Newberry County and boarded with Mr.
Phillip Pearsh, Sr. I must not forget an unpleasant obstacle
in our progress, viz" The Bible lessons! We of our own accord
received Bible lessons on Sunday evenings. Mr. Hodges after a
while neglected to come, and wished to hear the recitations on
Monday morning. We rebelled against that and he suspended us
for two weeks. At the expiration of the given time, only two
returned to his school, S. H. Heller and myself. We came back
on our own terms, viz: To drop the Bible lessons, and the five
who did not return
caused the school to wane and no doubt Mr. Hodges regretted
the rash act he adopted. He was a native of Abbeville County ,
and a contemporary of John C. Calhoun, and I think they were
in the South Carolina College together.
Mr. Hodges afterwards became an
eminent Baptist preacher. I closed my mercantile life in 1840,
and bought land on Broad River, and conducted two farms until
1867, when I had become too feeble from old age to manage free
labor, and sold both plantations to my nephew, Dr. F.M. Fant,
to whom I was in debt. I then taught free schools until 1881
when I was compelled from debility to discontinue. I again ask
pardon of the reader for trespassing on his patience in giving
the uninteresting history of my long life. It has been a
rugged journey to pass through, more so in consequence of ill
health in my early and middle life, which I give as an excuse
for never having married.
There are no remarkable
characteristics in out family to notice; as a general thing we
are indusrious, honest, candid and inpatient. Some of the
descendants of the stock who emigrated from Virginia are
physicians and only one lawyer. I have never known one of the
family to run for office. When I was a member of the Buckhead
troop of cavalry, I was the only exception. A vacancy occured
for cornetist; and I found my name posted on the old Buckhead
store for that office, without consultation with me. I was
elected by a nearly unamimous vote receiving seventy one of
seventy-three. The location of our muster ground was not long after
removed and I resigned my commission, the first and last I
ever held. It was handed to me by General John H. Means.
From The News &
Herald, Winnsboro, S.C., June 18, 1901
Rev. James Rogers was for many
years Principal of the Montacello Academy in its early
existence. He first married a Miss Boyd; they had one son,
John. After her death he married Miss Ceiia Davis, sister of
Colonel John Davis; she left no children. Rev. James Rogers
was for many years pastor of the Presbyterian Church near
Kincaid's bridge, called the Brick Church. He died at White
Hall, where Mr. Thomas McGill now lives, about the year
Colonel Hugh Stevenson afterwards
lived and died in the same house. Colonel Jonathan Davis was a
son of James Davis, who came from York County a short tine
after the Revolutionary War, and married Miss Mollis
Ederington. He became a Baptist preacher about the year
1835. He was a man of liberal education and a rigid
disiplinerian in church government. He served Rock Creek,
Little River and other churches for many years, even after he
became a cripple. He was much devoted to the cause of his Master,
and died near Monticello about the year 1860 in full assurance
of eternal bliss. I should have mentioned before that Colonel
Jonathan Davis married Mies Rebecca Kincaid, a daughter of
Captain James Kincaid , one of the pious women I ever knew.
While I boarded with them in 1822, she became a cripple for
life. She bore her affliction with Christian fortitude and
lived many years afterwards. She died it the home of her
son-in-law, the Rev. James C. Furman, in Greenville. South
Carolina, having been blessed with a long life. No purer woman
ever lived. Colonel Jonathan had nine children, six sons and
Dr. James B. Davis married a Miss
Scott, practiced medicine in Winnsboro, then he became a large
planter where he lived near Monticello to a He afterwards spent five years in
Turkey in the interest of the Sultan in regard to producing
cotton in his Empire. He returned to South Carolina with his
family, abont the year 1845 and died soon after in Fairfield.
William K. Davis married a Miss Zimaermsn of Darlington
County, S.C., and was a planter near Monticello for many
years. He afterwards moved to Charleston; he did not remain in
the city long before he returned to Fairfield, and died about
1871. He read law in Union County at Mr. John Welshs, but
never practiced that profession. He was a very intelligent and
well-read man, a devoted husband and father and much beloved
by all who knew him. He has a son in Charleston, having his
wife's name, Zimmerman. He was colonel of the 5th South
Carolina Cavalry in Butler's Brigade, Confederate States Army.
W. K. Davis had three other sons and two daughters; Major
William J. and Clinn C. Davis, of Louisville, Ky., and Glenn
E. Davis , of Charleston. S.C. One of his daughters married
Frederick Tapper and the other C. J. Hugenizi, both of
Charleston. Benjamin F. Davis read and practiced medicine; he
graduated at Louisville, Ky., married a Miss Adams, moved to
Mississippi and there died. He was regarded as a skillful
physicist and was a man of more than ordinary caliber.
moved to California.
Colonel J. Bunyan Davis, fifth son
of Col. John Davis, was a brave and efficient officer in our
late war. He raised the first company in Fairfield after the
State seceded. He was colonel of the 15th Regiment of South
Carolina Volunteers and did good service in both state and
Virginia. After the war he married a Miss Fuller of the low
country, Beaufort S.C. She died a few years ago, leaving two
sons and two daughters, and after her death, Colonel Davis
went to Texas a few years, but he returned to his native
county and is now engaged in practicing medicine and teaching
school near Monticello.
Nathan Davis, a son of Colonel Jon.
Davis, is living in Greenville, S.C. Harriet was the oldest
daughter of Colonel Davis. She married the Rev. J. C. Furman
and died not long after. The second daughter, Rebecca, died
Mary Glenn Davis was the youngest
child; she married her brother-in-law, Rev. James C. Furman.
He is now president of Furman University in Greenville,
S.C. He and his
wife are leading lives of greet usefulness to the present and
I will here make a quotation from
Mills "Statistics of South Caroline," published in 1826, by an
act of the Legislature; "Jacob Gibson removed to this State
from North Carolina in 1762, He was a minister of the Baptist
persuasion and a teacher. There is no calculating the good
which resulted from his labors of love and patience. He was an
excellent scholar and a sound, practical preacher. St. Parre
esteems the individual who introduces a new species of fruit
which may afford
support to man, as more useful to his country, and more
deserving of its gratitude than the laurelled chieftain of
victorious armies. Still more, we might add is to be esteemed
he who spends, as Mr. Gibson did, forty years of his life
in devotion to the
propagation of the gospel and in sowing the seeds of
literature and refinement in a new and scarcely civilized
settlement. Mr. Gibson died about the year 1796, but his
memory is held in profound veneration by many who remember his
Believing that but few persons in
the county have a history of Fairfield I again quote from
"Mills' Statistics," "Colonel Aromsnos Lyles, Col. John Winn,
John Gray, Benjamin May, William Strother, John Strother,
William Kirkland, Joseph Kirkland, Robert Hancock, John
Buchanan, William McMorris, John Cook, Capt. Balar, Capt.
Watson and Edward Martin, were among the brave defenders of
their country, suffered in her cause, and closed in honor
their mortal careers."
General John Pearson was a native
of Richland County, he was a well educated and influential
gentleman; at the first alarm flew like a faithful son to his
country's standard. He rose to the rank of Major in the
miltia, was incesant in his exertions to fulfull his duty to
the State, and bore the character of a brave and skillful
officer. He was chosen colonel of Fairfield (which at the time
made but a single regiment), by a popular election shortly
after the war, and was afterwards brigadier-general. General
Pearson filled many civil offices to the entire satisfaction
of the people. He died in 1817." Gen. John Pearson was a
member of Congress in Jefferson's administration and received from
him a donation ($100) to Monticello Academy; which was named
for Jefferson's residence near Charlottesville, Va.
I saw General Pearson at a
regimental muster ground when I was a boy, during the War of
1812. I recollect him, as he sat upon a large horse in his
uniform, as a man of low, well formed stature, of dark
complexion. I know his sons, Philip and Jchn, the latter
married first my cousin Nancy Furney. They had several
children. After planting on Beaver Creek several years, he
moved to Alabama about the year 1830. This was after he had
married his second wife, Sallie Hill, who lived a few miles
above old Buckhead, Philip moved to Union County where he
died. Gen. Pearson's daughter, Martha, married James Rush
about the year 1825, who kept a hotel in "Cotton Town" first,
and then lower down in Columbia, S.C. One daughter, ---,
married Richard O'Neal, Sr., well known as a merchant and
cotton buyer in Columbia, for more than fifty years. Gen.
Pearson's other daughters married the following named
James Elkin, Mr. McKarny,
Thompson Mayo, and another, Benjamin V. Lakin. James Elkin
had several children. David John Ford's daughter, I knew but
one of his children, Bayliss, who died not long since, near
Ridgeway; he was a member at one time of the State
Legislature. Rev. William Elkin, a Baptist minister, is now
living at Walhalla. One of James Elkin's daughters married
her cousin, Major Elliott Elkins. Both are dead. They left
several children. David E Elkins is a merchant at Alston. J.
Bunyan Elkins is living in Greenville,
Grace Pearson married Benjamin V.
Lakin, an intelligent and useful citizen from Faquier County,
Virginia. He died some years since, a pious and consistent
member of the Baptist Church. His widow died a few years ago
at the advanced age of ninrty-nine years. She also was a good
In this connection I will mention
Major Henry V. Parr, a nephew of B.V. Lakin, from the same
State and County. He died at the old homestead of Gen. John
Pearson. This house was built during the Revolutionary War ,
or just after.
The eldest daughter of Gen. Peerson
married Dr. Smith of Columbia, who was a half brother of B. V.
Lakin. They left several children, two of them were
I again quote from "Mills'
Statistics", "James Kincaid was a native of Ireland. In the
Revolution he took that 'better part' which so many others,
natives and foreigners, thought at the times was a hazardous
enterprise, and would in the end be stigmatized and punished
as a rebellion. Mr. Kincaid commanded a troop of cavalry at
the Battle of Eutaw, in which affair he greatly distinguished
himself. He was, after the return of better times, a member
from Fairfield, for many years, of the State Legislature. He
was the first purchaser of cotton in the up-country and did
more than any other individual to enrich it by giving
encouragement to the production of that great staple of South
Carolina. Captain Kincaid died of a malignant fever in
Charleston in 1800." History awards the invention of the
cotton gin to Whitney, but it seems wrongfully, from the
following paragraph published in the Columbia Register during
the New Orleans Exposition:
"Among the South Caroline exibits
at New Orleans will be the original letters patent of
parchment, signed by G. Washington, President, and granted
to H. Holmes, of South Carolina, for a cotton gin. A letter
accompanies the patent written by Mr. George H.
McMaster, of Winnsboro, S,C, which expressed the belief that
Whitney filched the invention from Holmes, and that James
Kincaid, a soldier of the Revolution, being told by his
friend. Holmes, who lived near Hamburg, in this State, that he
had invented a cotton gin, agreed to take the gin and try it
at his mill, which was located in the western part of
Fairfield County. He did so, and while the mill was closed
for a few hours, in the absence of Kincaid, a young man rode
to the house and requested of Mrs. Kincaid permission to
examine the mill. She, forgetting the injunction of her
husband not to permit anyone to enter the Mill during his
absence, gave the key to the young man, who returned it in a
short time and rode off."
Mr. Kincaid subsequently learned
that the young man was Whitney, and this is believed by
Kincaid's descendants, who still own the mill site. The old,
original cotton gin was burned, along with the mill, at the
time of Sherman's destructive march through the State. Dr.
William Cloud, who married a daughter of Holmes, preserved the
parchments . Accepting it as true that the cotton gin was the
invention of a South Carolinian, it will be seen that she has
led all the States in everything connected with the greet
southern staple. She invented the cotton gin, and her
legislature was the first to pay a royalty for its use. The
only improvement on the gin saw has recently been patented by
a South Carolinian, and the "Cotton Harvester" is a South
I have heard my father say that the
first cotton gin he ever saw was owned by Capt. James Kincaid
and propelled by water-power. There were no cotton owned by
Capt. James Kincaid and propelled by waterpower. There were no
cotton presses then,
nor for many years afterward. What little there was produced
was, after being ginned, packed in round bales. The process
was this: A circular hole was made in the gin house floor, the
bagging sewed together, making a round bale about six feet
long, and two and a half in diameter. This bag was confined at
the top around the circular hole, into which the cotton was
put from above in small quanities at a time, and trodden down
by a heavy man, having a maul, or often a crowbar, to pack it with.
Another person waa on the ground below, whose office it was to
keep the bag wet outside by means of a tub of water and a
broom. The bales weighed from two hundred and fifty to three
The first cotton presses, (then
called screws) were used about the year 1810 or 1812. The
common weight of a bale of cotton prior to 1828 was three
Captain James Kincaid had several
daughters and one son. Daniel McMahon, of Pinckneyville, I
think, married the oldest daughter. I knew their sons, James,
Daniel and John. James went to the West. Daniel remained in
Union for many years. He practiced medicine and planted there.
John, after graduating in medicine, practiced his profession
for a few years, and turned his attention to planting. He
married Miss Sue Haynesworth, of Sumter, in 1858, and died at
his home near Ashford's Ferry in 1865 of typhoid fever. His
widow, two daughters and son, are now living in Columbia. His
son, John, graduated this year at the South Carolina
University with high honors. One of Capt. Kincaid's daughters
married Dr. Ervin, of Greenville, another Col. Hill, of
Alabama, one a Mr. Harris, of Mississippi, and , I think, one
married Colonel John Glenn, of Newberry County. A Mr. Pope, of
Edgefield, also married a daughter of Capt. Kincaid. She did
not live long end left one son, James Pope. Another daughter,
Nancy, married Colonel Alexander B. Hall, of York County. They
lived near my father's. Colonel Hill was a tailor, the only
one in the vicinity. He was fond of a joke and kept a tavern
on the Chester and Winnsboro road. They had two daughters,
Mary, the elder, died in the bloom of youth, a beautiful girl,
Jane, the other daughter, married James B. Mobley, in 1821 and
died soon after.
Colonel William Kincaid, the only
son, married a Miss Calmus of...... He lived at his father's
homestead and was an extensive and (part of ms
He built a large brick barn and
stables, reared his horses, mules, cattle, hogs, and sheep. He
owned a mill propelled by water power, and ground grain as
well as sawed lumber. He was noted for his industrious and
economical habits. He kept a store in which hemsold (he
sold) general merchandise. He bought cotton in the seed and
ginned. He was the owner of a landed estate and many slaves.
He commanded a company of militia during the War of 1812. He
died in Charleston in the year 1835. His widow lived many
years afterwards and proved to be an efficient manager of her
planting interests. Colonel Kincaid left four sons and many
daughters. The eldest, Elizabeth, married Mr. Edward Anderson,
of Charleston, a nephew of John Kirkpatrick, factor and
commission merchant. He died not long after their union and
she never married again. She was a very intellectual and
estimable lady, and died a few years ago, leaving an only son,
Thomas. He managed her farm and mill many years, and is at
present an agent on the Columbia Canal. Nancy Kincaid married
a Mr. Hastings. She died in 1886, leaving no children. One
daughter of Capt. Kincaid married a Mr. Armstrong, who died
not long after, leaving a son and
News & Herald, Winnsboro, S.C.,
Friday, July 5, 1901
The Kirklands were Scotch, and
lived on Cedar Creek, Fairfield County. They were gallant
supporters of the cause of American Independence. This
anecdote is related: "Once old Mr. Kirkland (grandfather of
Colonel William J. Alston and his sister, Mrs. Dr. Pearson )
and another male member of his family , probably a son, were
on a visit to their heme during the war. A party of Tories
found it out and undertook to capture them. They heard of it
and left to rejoin their command. Then they arrived at some
stream, they had to cross, it was night end they found the
enemy encamped on the other side. They mastermind to make a
dash for it and surprise them. Knowing the clatter of their
horses feet on the bridge would sound as though there were
more then two riders, they put spurs to their horses and
calling to some imaginary followers to come on, they charged
the enemy's camp and carried it. The latter taking to their
Although it was a large family,
there is not one left of the name in Fairfield.
Frances Kirkland, one of the
daughters, was born August 18, 1777. She married James
Allston; one of their children was Elizabeth M. Alston, who
married Dr. George F. Pearson on December 29, 1814. Mrs.
Pearson was a woman of marked characteristics, being generous
and charitable to an unusual degree. She was born on Cedar Creek
in Fairfield, on December 9, 1799.
William Kirkland , a grandson of
Joseph Kirkland, a prominent physician years ago in
Charleston, died in Virginia in June 1862 , from wounds
received in battle; he was the last of the name of this family
of Kirklands, except his own young children. He was a member
of the Charleston Light Dragoons, and was a rice planter of
Colleton District. He married a daughter of Judge Withers; I
think he still lives in Camden, S.C. Cox. William J. Alston,
son of James Alston and Frances Kirkland, was born July 21,
1802. He was a man of wealth , education and intelligence, and
was a member of the Legislature from this county from 1840 to
1846. When a vacancy
occured in the Seccession Convention, caused by the death of
John Buchanan and William S. Lyles, members of that body from
this county, he and William R. Robertson were elected to fill
Col. Alston had built a fine large
house a short time before the Civil War; Sherman's "fleur de
chevelerie" burnt it, although his family and other ladies
were in it when fired. Mrs. Alston and her little children
took refuge in another house on the place and were again
driven forth and that house burned. I suppose those who
applied the torch soothed their consciences if not too scared
to feel, by saying that they were turning women and children
out of doors in winter , "to preserve the Union!" The pecular
atrocitied perpentrated on this place and that of Mrs. William
S. Lyles were ascribed to the fact that the owners had been
members of the Secession Convention.
Colonel Alston died on the 4th of
July 1868. He had a presentment of his death, and the message
came not unexpected. He had been for years a consistent member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and contributed
largely to the building of the church in Monticello. He was
twice married; his first wife was Miss Mariana Brown , of
John's Island, S.C. and their children were; James Henry,
William Samuel , Kirkland and Marian Kennan. James Henry died
when a child and Marian Kennan, than whom ? braver , more
lovable young man ever lived , fell mortally wounded at the
battle of South Mountain, Maryland, September, 1863. Nothing
more was ever learned of his fate. Colonel W. S. Alston is the
only surviving child of this marriage. He married Miss Edith
Matthews of John's Island ; they had two children, both of
whom are now dead. Colonel and Mrs. Alston moved to North
Carolina about fifteen years ago and now live in
Colonel J. William Alston married
again in 1852 Miss Susan P. Cook, the beautiful and affable
daughter of the late General Philip Cook. They had three
children; Philip Cook, a most estimable youth , who died of
Consumption in 1874: Frances Kirkland, a girl of an unusually
lovely character; firm, yet gentle and patient, who died June
10, 1876 at the home of her guardian, Major T. W. Woodward,
endeared by her noble traits to all who knew her.
Joseph Kirkland Alston, the only
surviving child of this marriage, was last year admitted to
the bar of South Carolina, and is now engaged in the practice
of law in Columbia. Mrs. Susan Alston died in 1870 in
Spartenburg, whither she had gone to educate her three
John Alston, Sr., grandfather of
Colonel William J. Alston and Mrs. Pearson, belonged to an
English family, though when he came to this country, he came
from Scotland. He was a graduate of Glascow University, and by
profession a civil engineer. His commission from the crown as
engineer was destroyed in the house of Colonel William J.
Alston, which was burned by Sherman's vandels in February
1865, He was married to Mary Boyd April 7, 1768. They had
quite a large family. The names of the children were; Charnel,
Margaret, Mary, James, David, Jane, Agnes, Anne, John, and
several who died in infancy. Samuel was born December 14, 1769 and died
July 30, 1834. He was quite a prominent man in the district
and lived and died in the house in which he was born, on Cedar
Creek. This old brick house was destroyed by Sherman in
David Alston married and left three
sons, John , who was for a time principal of the Mount Zion
College, and who died in Winnsboro , in 1859; William L., who
perished with Fanning's men March 27, 1846, in the fort
Golied, Texas. James died in 1848. The two last never
James Alston married Frances
Kirkland ; they had but two children: Elizabeth M. who married
Dr. G.B. Pearson; and Colonel William J. Alston. James Alston
was a man of remarkable firmness of character and strength of
mind. He amassed a large property and was ever noted for his
charity and general nobility of disposition. He died in 1841.
Anne Alston , daughter of John
Alston and Mary Boyd, married James Owens and became the
mother of Alston, Samuel , James, William, Jesse and Mary
Owens. She was a noble hearted woman and lived to an old age.
Her children all had sterling qualities of head and
Alston Owens was a young men of
great promise, but he died in early life, s0on after having
graduated in law with distinction.
Samuel H. Owens studied medicine
and graduated at the Charleston Medical College. He did not
practice his profession long, but became a planter. He served
in our States Legislature from 1846 to 1848 , in company with
Palmer, J.R. Aiken and W.W. Boyce, being at the head of the
ticket in the election. He first married Miss Alice Heath, by
whom he has one
daughter living, Mrs. J.S. Lewis, of Marion County, Florida.
He married a second time in 1847, Miss Mary A. Dentzler , of
Orangeburg , a sister of Colin Olin M. Dentzler. There were
two children by this marriage, one daughter, now Mrs, J.W.
Waldo , and one son, Albert V. Owens, who studied law and has
located in Jacksonville, Fla. He is at present State Solicitor
in the circuit courts. Colonel Samuel H. Owens and his
brother, William, moved to Marion County, Florida , about the
year 1854, and were at one time largely engaged in cotton
planting. Colonel Owens was elected to the senate (state) and
preserved the high stand in his adopted he held in
that of his nativity.
He died December 13, 1886.
Mr. James B. Owens first moved to
Mississippi. He afterwards joined his brothers in Florida ,
and was a member of the Confederate Congress from that State.
He was at one time a preacher of the gospel, but had to desist
from using his voice in that way on account of bronchial
troubles. He was twice married and is now living in the midst
of a large and cultured family. He and his brother Samuel are
engaged successfully in orange culture and truck
General William A. Owens was a
noble, generous man. He died at his home in Marion County,
Florida, in 1867, of congestive shills , universally lamented.
His widow, two daughters and a son, still live in the
beautiful home he made for them, not many miles distant from
Orange Lake. Jesse, the youngest son of Anne and James Owens,
Sr., graduated at the South Carolina College and was at the
head of the ticket for representative to the legislature in
1848, having 1,132 votes. He married Miss Sallie S. Woodward,
and died in a few years , leaving one little daughter and one
son. The daughter,
Jessie, married Major Bootaau, of Georgia. She was a woman of
fine mind and contributed articles to several newspapers. She
died a few years ago , leaving three daughters and two
The son, James Owens, while on a
visit to his uncle's , enlisted in the 6th Florida battalion,
during our late civil war , and after being in active, service
under General Finnegan, he went with his command to Virginia.
The color bearer having been shot down, he gallently took up
the flag and was instantly killed, at the battle of Cold
Harbor, Virginia, June 1, 1864, net yet being eighteen years
old. His mortal remains are interred at the Presbyterian
churchyard in Winnsboro, S.C. and his grave receives its
annuel tribute of flowers on Memorial day with the other
heroes of the Lost Cause.
Mary, the only daughter of Anne and
James Owens, Sr., married Dr. William Smart. They moved to
Mississippi, where she died about 1850. She left one child who
married Captain Tully S. Gibson, of Sunflower County,
Mississippi. She refuged with her cousin , Major T.W.
Woodward, in Fairfield, S.C, during the war and on returning
home at its close, she and both of her little sons were
drowned by the sinking of the boat in the Yazoo River. She was
a lovely , warmhearted young woman, and her death caused great
grief to her gallant husband and stricken father.
Margaret Alston married Samuel
McKinstry. I think they had three children who lived to be
grown. John McKinstry, who moved to Alachua County, Florida;
Thomas McKinstry, who was a good farmer and was one of the
representatives in the legislature from Fairfield during the
war, and Nancy, who married Capt. Billy Broom. Mr. Thomas
McKinstry died a few years ago. He was a man of sound
judgement, sterling integrity , and strong religious faith. He
had one promising young son, Sergt. W.D. McKinstry, killed at
Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864 during the
civil war. Three
children survive him, Dr. Tom McKinstry and two married
daughters, Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Cauthen.
During the early lives of the Owens
young men, athletics , sports-wrestling, etc., were much
practiced. William and Sam and Jesse were powerful men and
were continually testing their strength with other young men.
One family, conspicuous for their size and strength , were
Robert, Henderson, Dave end Frank Hughes, who were pretty well
matched with the Owens. In Winnsboro at that time were a
number of young lawyers, James Rutland, E.G. Palmer, William
M. Bratton, John M. Buchanan, W.W. Boyce, and J.B. McCants,
They had great enjoyment putting on each other practical
jokes. No one would have a joke put on him without having his
turn. Rutland would come back at Dr. Sam Owens by getting in a
crowd and telling the following! After Sam graduated in
medicine and returned home, the first time he came into town,
being a wealthy young gentleman, he was dressed in top of fashion suit - fine
beaver , blue broadcloth, lizzard-tail coat, with bright flat
brass buttons, buff vest and elegant pants. Having just
graduated, he invited all his friends to take a drink with him
at Aiken's store. The liquors were kept at the north end of
the store on a raised platform , there being a cellar below,
where the liquors were stored. Owens walked back and there
being a crowd, he stepped behind the counter and aided
Rutland, who was one of the clerks at that time, to hand out
the decanters. While this was going on, Mr. David Aiken looked
out of the counting room, which was at the south end of the
store, and said to his son, Joe, who was also a clerk,
"Joseph, who is that yonder behind the counter with Jim
Rutland ?" Joe replied, "Sam Owens." Mr. Aiken said, "Joseph,
go there and watch him." Joe replied, "Why, Pa, that is Sam
Owens." "Well, Joseph,
I don't care a damn who he is; just go there and watch him, I
tell you. I have seen many a fellow dressed just as fine as he
is that would steal. You just watch him." This story would
always bring the laugh on Owens, who would have to rack his
brain to some back on Rutland.
General William Owens was kind
hearted and was very popular, but was irascible and sometimes
a little overbearing and generally used vigorous language
intermixed with profene expletives. On one occasion he had a
difficulty with a Mr. Watt from Little River neighborhood.
They were both in town on a public day. Owens being on the
pavement and Watt in the hotel piazza, Owens cursed him
furiously. Watt did not reply but walked up and down the
piazza. After a while John Cockrell, who was about a 200
pounder, as were also Owens and Watt, walked up and said,
"Well, Watt, I suppose the timber won't make it." "Yes it
will," said Watt, "if I can have fair play." "I'll see to
that," said Cockrell, pulling off his coat. Watt and Owens
pulled theirs off and went at it. Bystanders said the blows
were like mules kicking. After a long struggle it resulted in
a drawn battle, to the surprise of all, for Watt had no
reputation of being a fighter, and Owens had.
In the friendly tussels of the
Owens', they were very rough sometimes. Once when General John
Bratton was quite a young man, he was riding in a spring wagon
when William Owens on a hunt or a fish, and without warning,
Owens tried to throw him out of the wagon, but Bratton got the
turn on him, and pitched him headlong
& Herald, Winnsboro, S.C., July 9, 1902
John Woodward, oldest son of the
"Regulator", resided on the "Anvil Rock" plantation where he
also died and is buried. He was a man of great worth and
sterling integrity, well known and generally respected. At the
death of his father, he raised a company and went promptly
into service. He married Esther, daughter of Daniel McDonald,
and raised three sons, Major John, Col. William T., and
Osmund, and three daughters, Sallie, Cynthia and Mary Collins.
Major John Woodward I
did not know personally. He resided on the Wateree side of the
District , and married Patie Axum. He was a successful planter
and most worthy citizen. His second wife was Alice Williamson,
by whom he had one daughter, Esther, who married Matthias (?)
Clarke. After his death, she moved to Louisiana. The children
by his first wife were two daughters, Cynthia, who married Dr.
Caleb Clarke; Sallie, who married William S. Lyles, and had
three sons, as follows: Thomas, the youngest, I did not knew.
He moved to Mississippi. I knew his son, Major John J.
Woodward, who married
Rebecca, daughter of P. E. Pearson, a lawyer of Winnsboro.
They moved to Alabama, near Talladega. I visited Major
Woodward in Talladega in 1856, He was then engaged in the
practice of law and was solicitor. He afterwards became judge
of the circuit in which he lived. He was killed in the late
war while in command of his regiment, the 10th Alabama. He was
brave, generous, affable , and altogether the old
type of a Carolina gentleman. He is buried at the
Presbyterian Church, Winnsboro.
Dr. Osmund Woodward, his brother ,
was regarded as quite a skillful physician. His health was
never vigorous. He married Eliza, daughter of David Aiken, of
Winnsboro, and died about 1850, while not more than thirty
years old. His consort is a most estimable lady, and I think
is yet living in Abberillfia.
Col. William T. Woodward lived at
his old homestead , three and a half miles below Winnsboro,
and died there the 15th of August 1842. He was a man of
brilliant talents and a ripe scholar. He married, first, Jane,
daughter of Reuben Starke, of Longtown. She was an
accomplished woman and is said to have owned the first piano
introduced in the district. His second wife was Harriot Smart,
noted as one of the handsomest women of them day. Her mother
was a McLemore. His third wife was a Mrs. Henry, a sister of
Chancellor Job Johnstone. There were no children except by the
second wife. She had three; Mary Ann Collins, Major Thomas W.
and Esther. Mary died before she was grown. Major Thomas W.
was senator from Fairfield, married Cornelia M. Dentzler , of
Orangeburg, a sister of Col. Olin W. Dantzler, on the 15th of
February 1854. She had no children , but acted well the
mother's part to four of her brother's sons, orphaned by the
war, also to Fannie K., daughter of the late Colonel William
Alston. She was warm hearted, unselfish, candid and kind. In
her the poor always found a friend. She died August 21, 1878.
Major Woodward then married Rebecca V. Lyles, a daughter of
Captain Thomas M. Lyles. Major Woodward is well known, not
only in his county, but throughout the State. He was major of
the 6th S.C. Regiment in the late war, and has filled many
important offices in which he has given evidence of integrity
, efficiency and devotion to the good of State and county.
Bold and unswerving in purpose, and inheriting more of the
traits of the "Regulator" than any of his descendants. He was
of incalculable service during the dark days of reconstruction
, and seemed to have
adopted Davy Crockett's motto, "Be sure you are right, then go
Esther, the youngest child ,
married Edward, oldest son of Colonel John Woodward, of
Talladega, Alabama. They reside now in Waco, Texas, and have
three children; Mary (now Mrs. Carter), William T., and
Sallie, eldest daughter of John
Woodward, Sr., married General William Strother, who had but
one child, a son, Dargan, who first married a Miss Pope, of
Newberry. They had three daughters and a son, all of whom are
now dead. The son entered promptly in the service of his
country , and was killed in one of the battles in the West.
After the death of his first wife, Captain Dargan Strother
married Miss Kate Dunovant of Chester, and a few years after,
moved to Louisiana and then to Texas, and died a few years ago
in Waco. General William Strother was a highly respected
gentleman and an
excellent farmer , a kind neighbor and husband and the ideal
of an old South Carolina gentleman. He allowed his name to be
placed in nomination for congress in 1821. His antagonist was
the formidable Sterling Tucker, of Laurens County. The
congressional district to which they belonged then consisted
of Fairfield, Newberry, and Laurens. Tucker was returned by a
small majority. General Strother died where he had lived for
many years, not far from Winnsboro, about the year 1830, loved
by all who knew him. At his own expense he repaired Mount Zion
College and built tenament houses on the college ground. He
was a benefactor to mankind. Mary Collins Woodward, daughter
of John Woodward, Sr., married Major Thomas Lyles. She was a
most amiable lady, a good mother, a devoted wife, and a kind
neighbor, especially to the poor in sickness. I lived a near
neighbor to her for many years and I never knew a purer or
more consistent Christian. She was for a long time a member of
Rock Creek Baptist Church. She bore her last affliction with
much fortitude, and died in 1855 in full hope of a blessed
immortality. Osmund, the youngest son of John Woodward, Sr.,
lived on the Anvil Rock plantation, and afterwards, in
Winnsboro. He married Martha Williamson, a daughter of Roland
Williamson, who resided on the place know now as Simpson's
Turnout, where old Billy Simpoon afterwards lived and died. He
raised no sons, although he had several. The daughters were
Jemima, who married John R. Harrison, of Longtown; Sallie
Strother, who married Jesse Owens, and after his death, Dr.
John Cock, of Marshallville, Ga.; Lucy, who married Thomas
Heath, then David Mobley, then Keller; Rebecca, the wife of
Dr. B.A. Buchanan, and Regina, who married Christopher
Gadsden. He was a large and successful planter, represented
the District in the legislature and was universally beloved
and respected by all who knew him.
He was a consistent member of the
Blackstock Baptist Church, near to Furmans (?) Institute, No
truer friend to the poor ever lived. He died during the war,
and his remains lie in an unmarked grave in the family burial
ground near Simpson's