Pickens County, South Carolina Genealogy
Easley, Jan. 5 – Mrs. W. C.
Jackson of Ametia, Va., died here at noon today
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Cheatham, after an illness
of a few weeks. She was 62 years of age. Before marriage she was
Miss Victoria McGee of Belton.
The body will be carried to
Virginia for interment Tuesday. Surviving are the husband and two
sons, and one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Cheatham and the following
sisters, Mrs. John M. Geer, Greenville, Mesdames Prior and McGee of
Anderson, Mrs. McCullough of Darlington, Mrs. Dr. Campbell of
Atlanta and one brother, Eugene McGee of Chattanooga. (The State -
January 6, 1913 )
10th, at the residence of her husband, near Bachelor's Retreat, in
Pickens District, Mrs. Susan
Amanda Davis, wife of Mrs. James G. Davis, in the 19th
year of her age. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. Ransom and Mrs.
Nancy A. Kelly. She was born in Anderson District. (The Charleston
Mercury, May 3, 1858)
Died..February 1st, in Pickens
District, Mr. Samuel
McWhortee, in the 84th year of his age. He was a
native of North Carolina, but in early life was
brought to Abbeville District, and there educated. Thence he
moved to Pickens District, in which he resided
till his death. (Charleston Mercury, 3-1-1859)
Mrs. Vina Mauldin
Mrs. Vina Mauldin Black, 83, wife of the late Riley B.
Black, well known resident of the Mt. Calvary church community near
Easley died at the family home at 2:10 last Thursday morning after
an illness of almost one week.
Mrs. Black was a native of
Anderson county, but the greater part of her life was spent in
Pickens county. She was a daughter of the late John and Kate Sheriff
Mauldin and was a member of a well known family of this part of the
state. She was a faithful member of the Mt. Calvary Wesleyan
Surviving are eight sons and five
daughters, Paul, Silas, Sam, Charlie, George, Frank and Ansel Black,
Easley; Dave Black, Greer; Mrs. Frank Freeman, Pelham, Ga.; Mrs. D.
E. Freeman, Lakeland, Fla.; Mrs. Henry Hammett, Mrs. Hubert Lesley
and Mrs. Jim Smith, Easley; one brother, J. S. Mauldin, Greenville
and three sisters, Mrs. Dennis Smith, Danville, Va.; Mrs. I. B.
Black, Westminster; Mrs. John Abbott, Seneca; 106 grandchildren; 104
great-grandchildren and two great-great
Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock at the Zion Methodist church. Rev. Fred Hunter
officiated, assisted by Rev. G. L. Stewart, Rev. J. H. Bell, Rev. J.
D. Elrod and Rev. Levi Rigdon. Internment was made in the family
plot in the church cemetery.
The following grandsons served
as active pallbearers: Edmund Black, Ervin Black, Truman Black,
Riley Hammett, Martin Lesley and J. D. Smith. (Easley Progress,
March 28, 1940, submitted by Yuna Black)
Jake R. Black Loses Life
In Land Dispute
Henry Addington Arrested And Charged With Killing
Jake Black, 54, a former resident of Anderson county,
was fatally shot about 4 o'clock Monday afternoon about five miles
east of Easley and near Croswell school. He was killed by a shot gun
blast in the head and died instantly. Henry Addington, about 40, was
lodged in the Pickens jail charged with the shooting.
Ross was quoted as saying that Addington admitted the shooting
declaring he did it in self defense when Black came at him with an
It is stated that there were two eyewitnesses to the
killing, Ellison Richey and Henry Addington, Jr.
Reports of the
killing said that the two men, who were known to be good friends,
met between their respective homes in the Croswell section and a
dispute ensued over the boundary line separating their property.
Black was killed almost instantly by a shotgun charge of buckshot in
He was a native of Pickens county, but had resided
in Anderson county for about 15 years prior to moving to near Easley
several years ago.
He was the son of Mrs. Vina Mauldin Black
and the late Riley Black.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Mya Kirby Black; eight sons, Cecil, Ray, Tom, Lang, Wade, J. C. and
Roy Black, all of Easley; Leland Black, Greenville; four daughters,
Mrs. Carl Lockaby, Anderson county; Mrs. Jim Garrick, Mrs. Jim
Horton and Mrs. Doris Black, all of Easley.
Paul, Silas, Sam, Charley, George, Frank and Ansel Black of Easley;
Dave Black, Greer; five sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Freeman, South Georgia;
Mrs. D. E. Freeman, Lakeland, Fla.; Mrs. Mamie Hammett, Mrs. Zora
Lesley, Mrs. Bernice Smith, all of Easley, and eighteen
grandchildren also survive. (The Easley Progress, February 22, 1940,
submitted by Yuna Black, Note: Jacob Riley Black was buried at Zion
Methodist church, Easley, S.C.)
Ruth S. Black,
Ruth Stewart Black, 88, formerly of 1510 Anderson
Highway, died Feb. 20, 1996, at Easley Nursing Center.
Born In Anderson County, she was a daughter of the
late Thomas Ferdinand and Mattie Pryor Stewart.
Most of her life was spent in Pickens County. She was
a homemaker and a member of Mount Calvary Wesleyan
Surving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and
Betty Black, Joel and Gladys Black, and Donald and Gail Black, all
of Easley; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Roger Day of
Pickens; a stepdaughter, Maebelle Rogers of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a
brother, Ligon Stewart of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; 14
great-stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She
was predeceased by her husband, Charlie Ligon Black; four stepsons,
J. O. Black, Morris Black, Fulton Black and Tommy Black; a
stepdaughter, Rosa Smith; a sister, Mary Owens; three brothers, Paul
Stewart, Willie Stewart and James Stewart; and a grandson, James
Services: 3 p. m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home
chapel, Easley, conducted by the Revs. Foster Gentry and Lewis
Edwards. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Wesleyan Church
cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alan Day, Scott Day, Patrick
Black, Harold Wayne Black, Billy Miller and Morris Gray. The
escort of honor will be granddaughters and stepgranddaughters.
Visitation: 2 to 3 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home. (The
Greenville News, Feb. 21, 1996 ) submitted by Yuna Black
William Courtney McKinney, Sr., 83, of 114 Schoolhouse
St., husband of Laura Turner McKinney, died June 3, 1998, at his
home following several months of declining health.
Born Oct. 27, 1914, in Brevard, N.C., he was the son
of Shedrick Eliza and Mindy Searcy McKinney. He retired from
Mayfair Mills, Pickens plant, and was a Baptist.
Survivors: his wife of the home; sons, William
Courtney "Bud" McKinney Jr., Donald Edward McKinney of Pickens,
James Harold McKinney of the home; daughters, Mrs. Leon (Betty)
Black of Easley, Mrs Jack (Louise) Davis, Mrs. Bill (Dorothy)
Mulkey, Mrs. Gene (Carolyn) Lawson, Mrs. Steve (Glenna) Coleman of
Pickens; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one
great-great-grandchild; four great-stepgrandchildren; one
great-great-stepgrandchild predeceased: brother, Wilson
Visitation: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Dillard
Memorial Funeral Home in Pickens. Services: 2 p.m. today at
the funeral home chapel. Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Pallbearers: grandsons, Rodney Mulkey, Michael Mulkey, Jimmy Davis,
Mitchell Davis, Jason McKinney, David Lawson. The family is at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mulkey, Pickens. ( Greenville News -
June 1998) submitted by Yuna Black
Glennie Lee Ellenburg, 59, of Eastatoe Community, died Sunday.
He was employeed by Piedmont Die Casting. Surviving are his
widow, Adell Porter Ellenburg, a daughter, Marie E. Slatton of
Pickens; brothers, Garsie and Lloyd Ellenburg, both of
Pickens. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastatoe Baptist
Church. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Dillard
Funeral Home. (The Greenville News in December,
1980...contributed by Andrew Staton)
EASLEY - Sam W. Hill of Easley, died at
Swananon Veterans Hospital near Asheville Monday at 1 pm. after five
months' declining health and a critical illness of six weeks.
Mr. Hill was a native of Laurens County, the son of the late Charles
William and Louanna Curry Hill. He had lived in Easley for the past
six years and was a painter. He was a member of Friendship
Baptist Church at Gray Court, and was a World War I veteran, having
served a year in France. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella Mae
Loftis Hill; a brother, Ernest of Spartanburg; five sisters, Mrs.
Essie Sims, Mrs. Dora Owens and Mrs. Lula Stroud, all of
Spartanburg, Mrs. Willie Penland of Barksdale and Mrs. Cora
Barksdale of Sumter. Funeral services will be conducted at
Easley Wednesday afternoon at an hour to be announced. The Revs. F.
Tumlin and T. E. Belcher will officiate. Burial will be in West View
Cemetery in Easley. These nephews will be pallbearers: Leonard
and Allen Hill, William O'Shields, Luther Stroud, the Rev. Samuel
Sims and Rufus Satterfield. The body will be placed in the
home Tuesday at 3 p.m. Robinson Funeral Home of Ealsey is in charge.
(The Herald Journal - December 23, 1952...contributed by Andrew
(December 24, 1920 - April 22,
Mary Hardin Keitt Hinton ("Kitty"), 90, of Clemson, died
Friday, April 22, 2011 in Seneca, SC. Kitty was born and
raised in Newberry S.C. She graduated from Newberry College and
moved to Clemson in 1942 where she became the secretary for Dr
Herbert Cooper in Ag Sciences. She met her husband of 52 years, the
late Trescott Newton Hinton, shortly after he returned from service
in the South Pacific theater in WWII. After raising her family, she
again returned to
Clemson University where she was the
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Math Sciences until her
retirement. Kitty had a zest for life and touched
anyone she met
with her kind and gentle way. Her family was the center of her life
and her passion. Kitty was a member of the Fort Hill Presbyterian
Church. She was a member of the DAR, Colonial Dames and
UDC. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Ellison
and Lena Payne Hardin Keitt, her husband Trescott in 1998, her
brothers, Ret. Col. Thomas Wadlington Keitt of Fairfax, VA and
Bernard Hardin Keitt of Charlotte, NC. She is survived by her
three children, Thomas Trescott Hinton (Kris) of Santa Clara, CA,
Lena Hardin Hinton of Atlanta, GA and Trescott Newton Hinton, Jr.
(Sandra) of Chapin, SC; her grandson, Trescott Lee Hinton (Dana) of
Columbia, SC, and her great granddaughter, Sara Hardin Hinton of
Columbia and her granddaughter, Anna Hardin Hinton Morris
(Scott). Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, Monday in
Woodland Cemetery on the campus of Clemson University with memorial
services to follow at 12 Noon at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 399
College Avenue, Clemson. The family will receive family and friends
following the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations in Kitty's memory be made to the
Hardin, Keitt, Hinton Scholarship, created by Kitty and Tres in
memory of their loved ones, at Clemson University, Annual Giving
Office, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633-9972.
Special of The State - 1909-10-15
Oct. 14 - Mr. James Benjamin Hester died September 5 at his home, a
few miles north of here. Some time ago he suffered a stroke of
paralysis and succumbed to its effect last Wednesday. The
funeral services were conducted from the residence by Rev. D. W.
Hiott of this city. The members of Jasper Hawthorne camp,
United Confederate Veterans, of Easley, of which he was an honored
member, also took part in the services. A large concourse of
relatives, neighbors and friends accompanied the remains to Easley,
where they were laid to rest with Masonic honors in West View
cemetery on the 7th inst., members of Bates lodge of this city,
assisted by members of the Pickens Liberty and other nearby Masonic
lodges, conducting the ceremonies. The deceased was a native
of Pickens county. He was born in the upper section of the
county on Oolenoy river on October 15, 1830, making him very near 79
years of age. He was a son of the late Alfred Hester of
Pickens county, and was twice married...transcribed by D.
Edgar J. Mauldin
EASLEY - Edgar Julian
Mauldin, 82, of 105 Roper St., died Sunday. Born in Anderson
County, a son of the late George and Pothenia Arial Mauldin, he was
an employee in the spinning room of Alice Mill before his retirement
and was a Methodist. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Gilbert
Williams Mauldin; a son, Edd E. Mauldin of Rt. 1, Easley; two
daughters, Mrs. Annie Mae Swaynham of Liberty and Miss Wilma
Langston of Ware Shoals; a brother, Lowell Mauldin of Easley; and
two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m.
at Robinson Funeral Home, with burial in ? United Methodist Church
The family is at the home of Edd E. Mauldin, Rt. 1,
Pope Field Road, Easley. [Greenville News, August 1974, contributed
by Andrew Staton]
Central, Jan. 18 - F. Van Clayton, a well
known farmer of the Five Forks section, died Saturday evening at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. O. D. Epps. Mr. Clayton had
been in bad health for several years and died at the age of
83. He was a very prominent and influential man in his
community in his younger days. His three children, Mrs. O. D.
Epps, Dr. L. G. and W. V. Clayton all of this place, survive
him. Mr. Clayton was buried at Sharon church sunday and
despite the bad roads and rainy day a large crowd was present at his
funeral, which was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ownens, the Methodist
pastor of this place. [1915-01-19; Paper: State]
Ms. (now Mrs. Elizabeth Williamson) 31-year-old
daughter of Rev. Hendrick T. and Mary Arnold died September 4, 1851
at her home in Pickens District. She was a member of the Methodist
Church. She was survived by five children, a father, a brother,
several sisters and other relatives. Laurensville Herald 10/3/1851,
p3, abstracted by Edith Greisser.
Leland one year, one month and 20 days old son and
only child of William A. and M. A. M., abstracted by Edith
died in Pickens District on October 10, 1851 of congestion of the
brain. Laurensville Herald 10/24/1851, p2, abstracted by Edith
Elizabeth Mrs. 31-year-old daughter of Rev.
Hendrick T. and Mary Arnold died September 4, 1851 at her home in
Pickens District. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was
survived by five children, a father, a brother, several sisters and
other relatives. Laurensville Herald 10/3/1851, p3, abstracted by
Clemson College , Aug. 12. – Mrs. Nettie Selfridge
Goodman died today at Norcross , Ga. She was a
niece of Admiral Selfridge of the United States navy and a direct
descendant of Plymouth Rock settlers. Her remains will be interred
at Old Stone church, near Clemson, tomorrow. She was the mother of
Jno. S. Goodman of Clemson. [State – 14 Aug. 1902 ; transcribed by
Yesterday afternoon the remains of Mr. Hugh
Powers, one of the students of Clemson College ,
who died at that institution of pneumonia, passed through the city
on their way to Georgetown , the home of the deceased young man. An
escort of a detail of two of the students of the institution
accompanied them. The deceased was a son of the Rev. J. J. Powers of
Georgetown . [State – 22 Oct. 1893 ; transcribed by Marla
Pickens, Feb. 1. – Avery Looper, a well known
and highly respected young man of the Cross Roads community, died
Sunday in the 37th year of his age. The funeral was held Monday
afternoon by the Rev. D. W. Hiott at Cross Roads church. [State – 2
Feb. 1916 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]
Pickens, Feb. 1. – Jimmie Gantt, a little cripple boy,
who was carried to Johns Hopkins and operated on last week, died in
Baltimore . The body was brought back and buried at Secona church
Monday afternoon, the Rev. L. E. Wiggins holding funeral services.
[State – 2 Feb. 1916 ; transcribed by Marla
Exercises to commence at 10 A. M. for Bailey B.
Mosley, of Pickens. died on Saturday, the 22nd,
aged seventy years. His wife. Lucy Moseley, died Friday, the 19th,
aged seventy years. [Keowee courier. (Pickens Court House, S.C.,
March 03, 1892 )]
Frank B. Morgan
Central, June 20 - This
town and community mourns today on account of the death of Frank B.
Morgan, which occurred at his home here at an early hour this
morning. His friends, whom he numbered by his acquaintances, will be
deeply shocked and grieved to know of his death as only two weeks
ago he seemed in perfect health and strength. His sickness was
critical from the beginning and his friends hoped against hope that
he might be spared. Mr. Morgan was 59 years of age and for many
years has been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist
church and for a long while served on its board of stewards. He was
an enthusiastic member of the Masonic fraternity and was time and
again honored by his local lodge by being selected to served the
lodge as worshipful master. He was a member of the Living Arch
chapter, R.A.M., also a member of the Greenville commandery and of
Omar temple of the Mystic Shrine. His activities were varied and at
all times took a prominent part in everything looking to the
betterment of the moral educational and religious life of the
community. As merchant, banker and farmer his life work was well
done. He was one of the pioneer merchants of the town, having been
established in business here for more than 30 years, during which
time he accumulated considerable property. He was also a pioneer in
the banking life of the town, having largely through his efforts
established the Bank of Central some 12 years ago, in which
institution he ahs always held a most responsible position. Many
years ago Mr. Morgan was married to Miss Eugenia Robinson of
Atlanta, Ga., who together with two sons, f. Burt and Carl, and two
daughters, Misses Mattie May and Mary, are left to mourn his
untimely death. Besides his immediate family he has five surviving
brothers - Lafayette Morgan, James Morgan, Jeptha Morgan, Mack
Morgan and Davis Morgan, and one sister, Mrs. Harriet Holden. The
funeral of Mr. Morgan will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock
from his late residence, following which his remains will be laid to
rest in Mt. Zion cemetery. [State, June 21, 1914]
Ernest Joe Brewer
Ernest Joe Brewer, 79, of 118 Watson Road, died Dec. 14, 1996.
He was retired from the machine shop of Libco Mill, a U. S. Army
veteran of World War II and of the Baptist faith. Surviving are his
wife, Edna Elizabeth Mooney Brewer of the home; seven daughters,
Margaret Stump of Reno, Nev., Martha Crowe formerly of Pickens,
Carol Whitfield of Norris, Priscilla Smith and Edith Posey both of
Liberty, Debora Risher of Walterboro and Patricia Reese of the home;
a son, Leonard Brewer of Easley; two sisters, Clara Martin of Seneca
and Elise Brewer of Easley; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren
and seven great-great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Liberty Mortuary Chapel with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park in
Easley. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
(Greenville News, December 16, 1996, Page 4D, transcribed by Andrew
Elizabeth Mooney Brewer
PICKENS - Edna Elizabeth
Mooney Brewer, 74, of 118 Watson Road, died Saturday. She retired
from Foothills Manufacturing and was of the Church of God of
Prophecy faith. Surviving are eight daughters, Margaret Stump of
Reno, NV, Carol Whitfield of Norris, Priscilla Smith and Edith
Posey, both of Liberty, Deborah Risher of Walterboro, Patricia Reese
of the home, Martha Crowe, formerly of Pickens, and Shirley Brewer,
formerly of Andersonville, GA; a son, Leonard Brewer of Easley; two
sisters, Ophelia Howell of Andersonville, GA, and Sarah Williams of
Americus, GA; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven
great-great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty
Mortuary Chapel, Liberty, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park,
Easley. Visitation, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
(Greenville News, November 10, 1997, Page 4D, transcribed by Andrew
PICKENS - Martha Brewer Crowe, 42, of
Route 4, Old Pickens-Liberty Road, died Sunday. She was an insurance
agency employee and was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Dana Crowe of the home; a daughter, Angie
Crowe of the home; her parents, Ernest and Edna Mooney Brewer of
Liberty; five sisters, Carol Whitfield of Cateechee, Priscilla
Clardy of Easley, Debra Gwinn of Smoakes, Edith Posey and Pat Reese,
both of Liberty; a half sister, Margaret Stump of Reno, NV; and a
half-brother, Leonard Brewer of Easley. Services: 4 p.m. Wednesday
at the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Hillcrest Memorial
Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials
may be made to Pickens County Cancer Aid Association or Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church Building Fund. (Greenville News, October 23, 1984,
Page 6B, transcribed by Andrew Staton)
Owen Thomas, age 63, of Rt.
4. Country Club Road, Pickens, South Carolina, died Monday, January
7, 1974. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, he is the son of the
late Robert and Inez Brodie Thomas, and he was employed at
Saco-Lowell Shops in Easley, and a member of Concord Baptist
Church. He was also a former resident of Walton County.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Beryl Doering Thomas; his step-mother,
Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Thomas of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., a son,
Marty Lynn Thomas of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Aiken and
Mrs. Julia Elgin of Pickens, S.C.; a brother, Arlie Thomas of Salem,
Ore.; five sisters, Miss Ellen Thomas of Baton Rouge, La., Mrs.
Bessie Pangburn of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Ann Bland of Naples, Fla.,
Mrs. Margaret Welman of Decatur, Ga., and Mrs. Emma Suttles of
Selma, Ala.; three half-brothers, Ralph Thomas of Lakeland, Fla.,
Donald Thomas of DeFuniak Springs, and Robert Thomas of Fort Walton
Beach, Fla.; a half-sister, Mrs. Margarie McGuire of Fort Walton
Beach; one step-sister, Mrs. Hazel Swanson of DeFuniak Springs, Fla;
and two grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m.
Thursday at Concord Baptist Church near Pickens, with burial in
Hillcrest Memorial Park. (Owen Thomas obituary, DeFuniak
Springs, DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 17 Jan 1974.
Transcribed by Heather