Lancaster County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails

Ernest G. Bell Wounds J. C. Truesdale on Lonely Road
Lancaster, Oct 29 - J. C. Truesdale, one of the county's well known and esteemed citizens, while on his way home erly last Saturday night was shot by some one in ambush along the side of the road.  His would be assassin, who was seen by Mr. Truesdale afater the shooting, made good his escape through the woods.  The No. 4 shot used in the shooting took effect in Mr. Truesdale's right cheek, inflicting serious and exceedingly painful wounds, although not necessarily fatal.  As soon as the report of the attempted homicide reached this place Sheriff Hunter went in an automobile to the scene where he was successful in tracking Mr. Truesdale's assailant to the home of "Ernest G. Bell.  Mr. Bell seeing the sheriff approaching and realizing that further escape was impracticable, came out and surrenered, saying to the sheriff that he was the guilty party, giving as his motive for the shooting, domestic troubles.  Young Bell was brought back to Lancaster and lodged in jail for safekeeping.  Both of these men are prominent citizens of Lancaster county and have large connections.  Bell married a niece of Truesdale's wife. [The State, Oct. 30, 1915]

John Morrison
Mob in Kershaw, South Carolina, lynches John Morrison, a white man for the murder of a prominent farmer.  [Savannah Tribune, Published October 08, 1904, submitted by cd=fofg]

Col. Leroy Springs
Col. Leroy Springs of Lancaster, S. C., has been host to a number of young people the past week, at his hospitable home in South Carolina. The entire party motored to the Queen City yesterday in Colonel Springs' Winston "Six," returning home in the evening.
Among the guest are Misses Ashlyn Lowe of Concord, Jennie Woodruff of Summersville, S. C., Bessie Jones of Lancaster, S. C., and Hallie Carlson of Camden, S. C.  [Charlotte Daily Observer, Published August 12, 1911, submitted by cd=fofg]

Town Burned
Kershaw, South Carolina, Gutted With Fire-Dispensary Burned
Columbia, S. C., Nov. 13.-(Special)-The town of Kershaw was practically destroyed by fire on this Sunday morning. Twenty-eight stores, including the state dispensary and original package stores were burned at a loss of $100,000, insurance $35,000. The fire started in a bakery.  [Columbus Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Published November 14, 1897, submitted by cd=fofg]

Two Killed in Duel
And Another is Mortally Wounded at Kershaw, South Carolina
A difficulty at Kershaw, in Lancaster county, South Carolina, Saturday night, resulted in the death of two prominent young business men, and the mortally wounding of another.  Steve Welsh, manager of the Big Health Supply company, and Van Mengo, clerk for Carson & Co., had words in a barber shop, but later made friends. The reconciliation was followed by an altercation between Welsh and Berry Mobley, also connected with the Carson establishment.  Thomas Clyburn, head clerk for Health Supply company, endeavored to act as peacemaker, when suddenly Welsh and Mobley drew their pistols and began firing.  Clyburn and Welsh were killed almost in an instant, both being shot in the body. Mobley was shot twice, one bullet entering the breast and the other the throat. He is not expected to live.  [Savannah Tribune, Published December 28, 1907, submitted by cd=fofg]

Desperate Knife Duel
The Lancaster (South Carolina) Ledger prints the particulars of a desperate rencontre, which took place near Zoah camp-ground, in Chesterfield County, on Saturday week, between Mr. Ranson Arant and Mr. Joseph Plyler, the former a citizen of Lancaster, and the latter just living over the Stateline in Union County, North Carolina.  It appears that a difficulty had sprung up between the parties that evening, while riding along the road on their way to attend preaching at the campground, which was quieted down, and, as it was thought, satisfactorily settled. Upon returning home Plyler's horse happened to kick Arant on the leg, which caused Arant to made some idle threats against the horse. From this a quarrel sprang up, and both of them sprang from their horses, drew their knives, and went for each other about the same time. Two gentlemen who were in company with them endeavored to keep them apart, but both the combatants being stout men and resolute of purpose, they rushed at each other as madmen bereft of reason, and insensible to danger. The contest continued until Arant's knife (whose hand was wet with the blood of his antagonist) slipped from his hand, when he seized a piece of rail and knocked Plyler down three times. Other parties arriving at the scene about this time, the combatants were separated.  Both Plyler and Arant had been drinking cider, and were a little intoxicated. Plyler was cut in seven and Arant in five different places. It is thought both of them will recover.  [New York Commercial Advertiser, Published October 06, 1871, submitted by cd=fofg]

Transcribed by HC, A Friend of Free Genealogy
January 2, 1916
The State

Special to The State
Lancaster, Jan 1-J. Milton Ariall  former superintendent of the Lancaster graded schools and now occupying a chair in Columbia college, accompanied by Mrs. Ariall, and their daughter, Miss Cecilia  Ariall, visited friends in Lancaster during the past week.
Lewis H. Elliott of Mississippi has been spending the Christmas holidays here with his sister, Mrs. R. R. Riddle, with his brother, J. C. Elliott, and with other relatives and friends in town and the county.
Dr. Carl A. Fowler  and his two sons, Charlie and Henry, of Timmonsville spent several days here this week with Dr. Fowler's mother, Mrs. Charlotte R. Fowler.

Miss Elaine Foster and Miss Gertrude Foster, teachers, respectively, in the Statesville Female college and the Birmingham high school, have been spending the Christmas holidays here with their mother Mrs. C. H. Foster.
Elliott White Springs of Princeton university, after spending the holidays here with his father Col. Leroy Springs will leave this week to resume his university course.
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Carter and children of Atlanta and Thurlow S. Carter of Williamsburg county have been spending several days here this week at the home of J. T. Thomasson.
The Chesterfield Avenue Book club was entertained Thursday of this week by Miss Bess Jones at the home of her parents, Judge and Mrs. Ira B. Jones, on Chesterfield avenue. This was probably the most elaborate meeting and one of the most interesting and enjoyable meetings within the history of the club. Mrs. Ira B. Jones, Jr., a bride of only a few weeks was the guest of honor on this occasion. The Jones home was decorated appropriately to the Christmas season, and the dining room table was decorated with bridal cakes. A number of games of rook and of auction bridge were enthusiastically played and greatly enjoyed by all present  at the conclusion of which refreshments in four courses were served.

Edgefield Advertiser, Edgefield, SC. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1906
Hon. R. E. Allison Dead.

Lancaster - Hon. R. E. Allison, the eldest member of the Lancaster bar, died at his residence at this place. Mr. Allison was one of the oldest civil lawyers in the State. He was born in York county, but has lived in Lancaster since 1856. He was a member of the legislature for several terms in the 80's. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church, living up to his profession, and was active in church work most of his life. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. He was 76 years of age.

The Herald and News, [Newberry, SC] October 20, 1903
Sam McIlwain, an old negro about 70 years of age, was instantly killed in Lancaster on Saturday afternoon, by being struck and thrown off a trestle in the suburbs of the town by an outgoing passenger.

The State, 20 Oct. 1907, transcribed by Vicki Bryan
Lancaster, Oct. 19 - There was a very charming session on the Friday Afternoon Book club October 11 with Mrs. L. C. Payseur. After the study, which was France, the guests were invited into the dining room, where two long tables were lighted with six magnificent cut glass candelabra, containing white wax tapers. The center pieces were dainty, spread over corn colored mats. A very elaborate course luncheon was deftly served by Misses Ivy Crawford and Blanche Moore. Those participating were: Mesdames A. R. Banks. W. McD. Brown, C. T. Conners, J. P. Hunter, Ernest Moore, Paul Moore, R. C. McManus, L C. Payseur, T. J. Strait, W. C. Thornton, T. Y. Williams, J. D. Wylie, R. E. Wylie, Hasel Witherspoon. The honorees were Mrs. Marion Witherspoon and Mrs. John Crawford.
Mrs. T. M. Hughes beautifully entertained the Emery club at its last session. At the close of the meeting a delicious luncheon was served. Those present were Mesdames R. L. Crawford, G. B. Barron, T. M. Hughes, Hasel Witherspoon and Miss Irene Cunningham. The honor guests were Mrs. T. Y. Williams and Mrs. George W. Williams.
Mrs. Thurlow Gregory has returned from a visit to Rock Hill.
Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Irvin have returned from an extended Northern trip.
Mr. Abe Funderburk of Tabernacle visited his son, Mr. Charles Funderburk, the past week.
Mrs. J. S. Drennan of Richburg is visiting her daughter, Mrs. W. T. McMurray, of this county.
Miss Catherine Crawford of Chester, who has been visiting Mrs. Palmer King, has returned home.
Miss Susie May Cloyd is visiting friends in Rock Hill.
The Hampton Literary society of Central school has elected the following officers for the session. James Beaty, president; Will Johnson, treasurer; John Boldridge, secretary; Ira Jones and Malley Ferguson, sergeants-at-arms. The society holds semi-monthly meetings.
Miss Fannie Sanders of Chester was a charming visitor in Lancaster recently.
"Comrades," the popular drama to be presented by the Public Library association Oct. 25, is said to be of unusual interest and will be presented to advantage.
Little Miss Helen Mackey, the dainty daughter of Mrs. Frank Mackey gave a charming party on the anniversary of her fifth birthday to which she invited a number of her friends. There was much sport on the piazza and in the yards until called into the lovely dining room to partake of a delicious course of sweets. There were many pretty tokens of love and esteem.

Bishop of the African M. E. Zion Church.-Once a Slave.
Charleston, S.C., Oct. 24.-Bishop Isom C. Clinton, of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died today at Lancaster, aged seventy-four years. He had been over fifty years in the ministry, having preached when a slave before the civil war. His jurisdiction extended over Tennessee, Florida, and Western North Carolina.  [The Colored American, Oct. 19, 1904, page 3 Washington, D. C., cb Robin L.

The Herald and News, Oct. 20, 1903
Sam Mcllwain, an old negro about 70 years of age, was instantly killed in Lancaster on Saturday afternoon, by being struck and thrown off a trestle in the suburbs of the town by an outgoing passenger.

Decatur Daily Democrat [Indiana], October 6, 1882
AT a political meeting at Lancaster, South Carolina, which was addressed by Colonel Cash, a difficulty arose between a negro and a white man, and in the riot which followed three colored men were killed and many wounded.


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