Colonial and Revolutionary History of Upper South Carolina
Some Spartanburg Early Settlers
by John Belton O'Neall Landrum, 1897
transcribed for South Carolina Genealogy Trails by D. Whitesell

Pages 25-27
According to Dr. Howe's "History of the Presbyterian Church of South Carolina," the settlements on the North and Middle Tyger did not take place earlier thau 1755. This was the year of Governor Glen's treaty, and this statement is corroborated by Ramsey, who refers to the small colony as following Colonel Clark and settling in Spartanburg County, in 1755. (See Ramsey's History of S. C, page 118.) Among these settlers are found the present familiar family names of Moore, Barry, Jordan, Nesbitt, Vernon, Collins, Pedan, Nichols, Caldwell, Wakefield, Anderson, Snoddy, Miller and others. Of the early settlers in other localities in Spartanburg, Union and other counties, it is almost impossible now to ascertain.

It is probable that when the tide of emigration was turned, that different sections were simultaneously occupied. Mills in his statistics says that "this section of the country was settled between 1750 and 1760, but from its exterior and exposed situation, it did not much increase in population until 1776. The first settlers were from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina."

By examination into the early court records of Spartanburg County, beginning in 1785, and of the United States census returns for 1790, which the writer has procured from the Census Office in Washington, we readily see that the early settlers of Spartanburg County were composed for the most part, of the followiug familiar family names, as Alexander, Allen, Arnold, Abbett, Austell, Byars, Bagwell, Bouner, Barnett, Bostick, Belcher, Burton,Bishop, Bobo, Berry, Brown, Brice, Bruton, Burnett, Bryant, Biter, Bostick, Blackstock, Bennell, Buffington, Ballard, Casselberry, Couch, Chesney, Childers, Casey, Cole,Central, Crowder, Cannon, Cook, Camp, Crow, Cox, Crocker, Culberson, Cooper, Clayton, Davis, Dean, Dodd, Druinmond, Dewberry, Davidson, Elder, Floyd, Edwards,Evans, Foster, Fowler, Farrow, Ford, Finch, Fielder,Gentry, Goodlett, Golightly, Gaston, Garriett, Gibbs, Griffin, Griffith, Gilbert, Johnson, Hill, Harris, Hamrnett,Harrison, Henderson, Kelly, Kirby, Lewis, Lipscomb, Littlejohn, Lancaster, Le master, Landford, Lawrence,McAbee, Mason, Oats, O'Shields, Price, Pearson, Jackson,Pool, Rogers, Roebuck, Rhodes, Ross, Rainwaters, Roddy,Ray, Smith, Sims, Surratt, Stone, Todd, Tinsley, Tollesou, Trimmier, Thomson, Tapp, Timmons, Turner, Thomas, Underwood, Varner, Wakefield, Ward, Waters,Wells, Westmoreland, Watson, Waldrop, West, Wofford,Walker, Wilsou, Wingo, White, Wilkens, Williams, Williamsou, Vaughn, Young and very many other family names, which it is impossible now to gather up. Among the early settlers on the waters of the North Tyger in the vicinity of the present Mount Zion (Baptist) church and old Fort Prince, were the families Wood, Wingo, Prince and Ballenger.  The families of Bomar, Chapman Foster, Pollard and Richardson, were like their neighbors,already mentioned, emigrants from Virginia and probably settled between the years 1795 and 1800.

Among the early settlers on South Pacolet were the families of McDowell, McMillen, McClure and Dickson, all Scotch-Irish; and on North Pacolet, the families of Jackson (Scotch-Irish), Earle, Hanuon, Page and other emigrants from Virginia.

These people coming as they did, for the most part, from North Ireland, Pennsylvania and Maryland, were of different make-up from the early settlers which composed the eastern portion of the province of South Carolina. It is due to them to say, that they were a brave and noble set of pioneers, well worthy to be the entering wedges of civilization in the up country of South Carolina. They came to confront the Indian tomahawk and scalping knife, with a true heroism and patriotism, and a spirit of energy and progressiveness, which they transmitted to a noble posterity. They braved all dangers and difficulties, and their humble efforts to better their condition, and to lay the foundation for the generations that cusceeded them, have been crowned with brilliant success.

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