History of Williamsburg, From 1705 -
By William Willis Boddie
Columbia, SC; The
State Company, 1923
Transcribed by Dena W.
for Williamsburg County, South Carolina Genealogy
Preparing what I
have called the History of Williamsburg has given me great pleasure.
It was designed to give statements of fact to one who cares simply
for such, as well as to lure the student who wants to learn
something of Williamsburg's place in the world. Practically
everything herein contained is based on ancient documents or
I am very grateful to Mr. A. S. Salley,
Jr., Secretary of the Historical Commission of South Carolina, for
his sympathetic patience with me while gathering material from his
office and for much aid given me; and, likewise, to the authorities
in the office of the Secretary of State and the Charleston Library.
Miss Mabel L. Webber, Secretary of the South Carolina Historical
Society, gave me many helpful suggestions. Judge of Probate W. E.
Snowden and Clerk of the Court John IX Britton, of Williamsburg,
Judge of Probate Frank M. Bryan, of Charleston, and Judge of Probate
Thomas E. Richardson, of Sumter, were always very kind and helpful
when I worked in their offices.
Mr. B. E. Clarkson allowed me
the use of the Confederate War Diary of his late father, William J.
Clarkson; Mr. E. C. Epps furnished me a copy of the Retaliation War
Prison Diary of his father, the venerable William Epps; and Mrs. J.
B. Morrison, Jr., permitted me to gather much material from "Ervins
and Their Kin" manuscript of her late father, Reverend E. E. Ervin.
Nothing helped me with the early history of this County more than
Colonel J. G. Wardlaw's "Genealogy of the Witherspoon Family." Mr.
Louis W. Gilland allowed me to make a copy of the old Session Record
"Book of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, and Mr. D. E. McCutchen
one of the Indian town Presbyterian Church. I have used freely "The
Register Book for the Parish Prince Frederick Winyaw," edited by the
late Mrs. Elizabeth W. A. Pringle. I have drawn at will from all the
published histories of South Carolina, the biographies of men of
"Williamsburg, and the newspaper files in the Charleston
Mrs. D. C. Scott, during many years, collected
historical material in connection with her work in the patriotic
societies of Williamsburg and the Pee Dee Historical Society. I been
me heir to all this. It was she who first told me the story of the
people of Williamsburg and influenced me to undertake this
delightful labor. Dr. D. C. Scott, out of his more than seventy
years of comprehensive understanding of Williamsburg, and Mrs.
Boddie, from her naturally beautiful enthusiasm for my work, have
both been continuously helpful. They have been most generous in
avoiding even an attempt to color my scheme and I desire that no
questionable opinion herein be charged to them.
Mr. Samuel R.
Mouzon, Mr. Harvey J. Brown, Mr. William M. McKnight, and Mr. Alonzo
W. Flagler, all Confederate Veterans of more than four score years
of age, whose minds are clear and whose memories are vivid, gave me
invaluable information. Mr. J. J. B. Montgomery told me a thousand
good stories that he would not allow me to publish and helped me to
understand many things. Peter G. Gourdin, C. E., contributed for use
in this volume his excellent map of Williamsburg, 1923. Mrs. John A.
Scott allowed me to copy the Robert Frierson map of Williamsburg
(Blingstree) 1801, which greatly adds to the value of this
Miss Ann Fulton (now Mrs. Glenn E. Scott, Sarasota,
Florida,) used her good judgment, both in including and excluding
material, in copying for me thousands of pages from old manuscripts.
Miss Adeline Shuler prepared from dictation the manuscript for this
book. Out of her keenly intelligent interest, she made many helpful
suggestions, both as to form and content, that have been
incorporated in the work.
WILLIAM WILLIS BODDIE.
tree, South Carolina,
June 22, 1923.
TABLE OF CONTENTS - CHAPTER and
I. Before Williamsburg Had a Name
The King's Tree and Williamsburg Township
III. Original Settlers
The People Who Settled
V. Economic Conditions
VI. Churches and
VII. Growing Pains and Petitions
VIII. Colonial Wills
IX. Political and Social Matters
X. The War of
XI. Williamsburg Soldiers in the Revolution
XII. Government By the
XIII. The Town of
XIV. Williamsburg Census, 1790
XVI. Williamsburg Taxpayers,
XVII. Roads and Ferries from 1788 to 1830
XVIII. Government and
XIX. Old Wills and Notes on Them
XX. Economic and Social
XXI. Indiantown Church, 1819-1830
XXII. The Nullification
XXIII. Puritanism, Calvinism, and
Political and Social, 1830-1860
Transportation, 1830 to 1860
XXVI. Slavery and
XXVII. Williamsburg, C.
S. A. 1861
XXVIII. Williamsburg, C. S. A., 1862
XXIX Williamsburg, C. S. A.,
C. S. A., 1864
XXXI. Williamsburg, C.S.A., 1865
XXXII. Williamsburg, U.S.A.,
XXXIV. Another Williamsburg
XXXV. Public Education since 1880
XXXVII. Banking in
XXXVIII. Throbbing War Drums Call