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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Historical Ninety-Six SC #history #genealogy #southcarolinapioneers.net

The Town of Ninety-Six
By Jeannette Holland Austin

stockadeA trading post was established in 1730 named Ninety Six. It was named for the estimated ninety-six miles separating the site and the Cherokee trading post at Keowee at the end of the Cherokee Path. A town developed around this region in 1769 and became a Loyalist stronghold. The location is at the southeast of Ninety Six on Route 248. The fort was the strongest inland fort in South Carolina. The first battle of the Amerian Revolution was fought here in 1775 and represented the longest siege of the Continental Army. During the summer of 1780, Major Patrick Ferguson mustered a force of some 4,000 Loyalists and built a stockade fence around Ninety Six. Loyalist Colonel John Harris Cruger was the commanding officer when General Nathanael Greene led 1,000 Patriots against the Loyalist stronghold for 28-days. Afterwards, the British abandoned this old fort of the back country. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Origins of York Co. SC People #genealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

The Origins of York County People
Jeannette Holland Austin
York County was settled by a good number of Scotch-Irish and Germans coming out of Pennsylvania. In the instance of David Howe Sr. who was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania but removed to York County with his father in 1772. Two years after the Revolutionary War began he enlisted in a Company of Dragoons commanded by Captain Hawthorn and Colonel Sumter. He was in the battle of Brier Creek on March 3, 1779 which occurred near the confluence of Brier reek and the Savannah River. Mostly militia from North Carolina and Georgia fought in this battle, being surprised by the red coats. It was a disappointment because the patriots had recently had a victory over the British during the Battle of Kettle Creek.

Battle of Brier Creek

Thereafter, he re-enlisted in the South Carolina Militia in 1779 under Colonel Sumter. During June or July of 1779 he was on the Catawba River at Biggers Ferry; then went to Rocky Mount and Hanging Rock, ultimately fighting at the Battle of Kings Mountain October 7, 1780. After the war he returned home to York County, later removing to Kentucky. Source: Revolutionary War Pension of David Howe Sr.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Indexes to Lexington Co. SC Estates 1865 to 1900 #genealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Lexington County Probate Records

Battle of Tarrar SpringsThe historic town of Lexington, South Carolina, is a direct continuation of the old provincial township of Saxe Gotha which township was one of eleven established in 1735 by the colonial government of King George II. Settlement of the backcountry was encouraged to serve as a protective buffer between powerful Indian tribes to the West and the older settled plantations of the low country. The territory of colonial Saxe Gotha covered most of present day Lexington County and was traversed by two important early Indian trails, the Cherokee Path which followed roughly modern U.S. Highway #378 and the Occaneechi Path, today U.S. Highway #1. These ancient trading paths and the highways which later developed served to develop the economy in the area. The first settlers came from various cantons, principalities and city-states of Germany and Switzerland. Others came down from Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Lexington is known for the Battle of Tarrar Springs which was fought during the Revolutionary War on November 16, 1781. After the war, Lexington County was established (1785), with the township of Saxe Gotha renamed to Lexington. The first courthouse was built at Granby, located just south of present day Cayce. From 1800 to 1868, the county was organized as a district with the same name.

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  • Index to Lexington County Estates 1865-1900

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Laurens Co. SC Wills, Estates 1787 to 1839 #genealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Laurens County Probate Records

Laurens County SC Court HouseLaurens County Governor's MansionLaurens County Governor's MansionLaurens County SC octagon houseLaurens County was established in 1785 as part of the Ninety Six District. It was named for Revolutionary War leader Henry Laurens (1724-1792). Settlers were Scotch-Irish and English immigrants who came in the early eighteenth century. When Revolutionary War battles such as the battle of Musgroves Mill on August 18 of 1780 were fought in the county, it was discovered that many of its residents were loyalists.

Early Settlers: McCain, Drew, Kellett, Miller, Millwee, Hellans, Allison, Prather, McNight, Logan, Cunningham, Ferguson, Adair, Baugh, Lewis, Starnes, Musgrove, Fowler, Arnall, Armstrong, Walker, Akins, Fowler, Garner, Dunlap, Simmons, Bailey, Griffin, Montgomery, Mahaffy, Coker, McCrary, Green, East, Crage, Stevens, Johnson, Goodman, Pollock, Garrot, Holcomb, Day and Middleton.

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Abstracts of Last Wills and Testaments
  • Laurens County Will Book A (1787-1789), abstracts
  • Laurens County Will Book C (1797-1807), abstracts
  • Laurens County Will Book D (1799-1817), abstracts
  • Laurens County Will Book E (1819-1825), abstracts
  • Index to Laurens County Will Book A (1766-1802)
  • Index to Laurens County Will Book F (1826-1834)
Digital Images of Wills, Book E, 1836-1839
Names of Testators: Allen, Sally ; Anderson, David ; Beal, Even ; Bell, David ; Blakely, James ; Calhoun, John ; Cheek, Ellis ; Cole, Mary ; Cummings, John ; Dunlap, Matthew ; Goodwin, William ; Hamilton, Jane ; Jones, Edward ; Leek, Bryant ; Leeman, Hugh ; McClintock, Martha ; McCoy, John ; McMeese, Robert ; Middlesperger, Abraham ; Pool, James ; Poole, Seth ; Potts, William ; Reece, William ; Robeson, Bennet ; Simpson, Sarah; Swan, Rebecca ; Wait, John ; Watson, Elijah
Misc. Laurens County, South Carolina Wills and Estates (images and transcripts)
  • Bailey, James, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Bennett Richard, LWT, 1820
  • Brazeale, Enoch, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Brown, Roger, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Burnside, Thomas, 1825, transcript
  • Burnside, William, 1825, transcript
  • Carter, Robert, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Cason, John, Sr., LWT
  • Garey, Charles, LWT, 1805
  • Garrett, Ambrose, LWT, 1840
  • Garrett, Hannah, LWT, 1821
  • Garrett, Jesse, LWT, 1853
  • Garrett, John, LWT, 1806
  • Garrot, Edward, LWT, 1794
  • Glenn, Alexander, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Gordon, Ann, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Holcombe, Richard, LWT, 1804
  • Jones, Joseph, 1825, transcript
  • Knight, Ephraim, 1825, transcript
  • Man, Susannah, LWT, 1797, transcript
  • Mathews, John, 1825, transcript
  • McCurley, John, 1825, transcript
  • McDaniel, Archibald, 1825, transcript
  • McGrady, William, 1825, transcript
  • Meadors, Susannah, 1825, transcript
  • Mitchel, Judith, 1825, transcript
  • Nickle, Chortis, 1825, transcript
  • Osborne, Daniel, 1825, transcript
  • Owings, Robert, LWT, 1840
  • Pinson, Aaron, LWT, transcript, 1803
  • Teague, Elijah, 1825, transcript
  • Wilson, John, 1825, transcript
Maps
  • Map of Laurens County
Military
  • Veterans of Laurens District in 1818 and 1832

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Indexes to Lancaster Co. SC Deeds 1787 to 1834 #genealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Lancaster County Wills and Estates

Lancaster, SC JailLancasterLancaster County was formed in 1785. It was originally part of the Camden District, and was named after Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. In 1791 part of it was removed to form Kershaw County.

Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania began settling the area during the mid 1700s. It was called the Waxhaw settlement and was the birthplace of President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). During the Revolutionary War, British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton from this neck of the woods earned the nickname of Bloody Tarleton when he massacred American troops in this vicinity on the 29th day of May 1780.

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  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book B (1788 to 1799)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Books C and E (1789 to 1834)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book D (1797 to 1799)
Miscellaneous
  • Draffen, Margaret, LWT
  • Foster, Henry Estate, 1799

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Trade Wars Affecting Charleston SC #history #southcarolinapioneersnet

Trade Wars Between Spain and Great Britain
By Jeannette Holland Austin. 

ships"From Matanzas. We learn from Captain Lewis of the schoonerPlanter, arrived yesterday that the steamboat from Havana came down the evening before he sailed. He was informed that an embargo had been laid upon all Spanish vessels in that port and similar vessels in the port of Mantanzas. Captain Lewis hastened his departure. Commander Porter, with his Mexican squadron, had been cruising between Havana and Matanzas, for some days but information reached Cuba, just before the sailing of the Planter. Source: The Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, February 5, 1827. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pickens Co. SC Wills, Estates #genealogy #southcarolinapioneers.net



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Pickens County Probate Records

Table RockMarietta title=In 1791, the state legislature established Washington District, an area which is composed of present-day Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties. In 1798, Washington District was divided into Greenville and Pendleton Districts. Pendleton District was composed of what later became Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens. Due to the growing population and poor transportation facilities in the Pendleton District, in 1826, the legislature divided it into a lower part known as Anderson District and an upper part called Pickens District. This land which included all of the present day Oconee and Pickens Counties. Pickens District was named for the American Revolutionary was hero, General Andrew Pickens. Originally the own of Pickens was located in the center of the district on the western bank of the Keowee River. This location is now called Old Pickens. In 1868, the Pickens District was divided into Oconee and Pickens Counties and a town of Pickens (county seat) was begun.

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Transcripts of Pickens County Wills (1828-1863)
Testators: Abbott, John; Ables, John W.;Addis, Samuel;Alexander, Daniel D.;Alexander, Elisha;Alexander, Thomas; Alexander, William;Allgood, Barnett;Anderson, Susan; Anderson, Susannah; Armstrong, Benjamin; Arnold, William Sr.; Baker, Lemuel M.; Baker, Richard; Ballinger, John L.; Barker, James; Barnett, Elijah; Barrett, William; Barton, Caleb; Barton, David; Boatright, William; Boggs, G. W. B.; Bowen, John; Bowen, William; Brewer, James; Brown, Lewis; Burdine, Tally; Cane, William; Capehart, Leonard; Carne, Thomas William; Carne, William; Cassell, John; Clayton, John; Cleveland, Benjamin; Cleveland, Eli; Cobb, John; Cooper, Sion; Craig, John; Davis, Eli; Davis, Joseph; Davis, Sarah; Day, William; Dendy, James H.; Dickson, William; Dodd, William Sr.; Drummons, James; Duff, Mary; Durham, Charles; Earle, Samuel; Ellis, Gideon Sr.; Evatt, Hundley; Ferguson, Andrew; Ferguson, Elisha; Ferguson, Nancy; Field, John Sr.; Fitzgerald, Ambrose; Fleming, John L.; Foster, Robert S. C.; Freeman, Benton; Freeman, David; Gaines, Henry; Gaines, James; Gaines, Richard; Garner, Nancy; Gassaway, Thomas; Gibson, Zachariah; Gilliland, John; Gordon, Nathaniel; Grant, James; Grant, William; Grisham, Elizabeth; Grisham, John; Guyton, Jacob; Hall, Hugh; Hall, Jesse; Hallum, Richard; Hallum, Thomas; Hamilton, David; Hamilton, Jane; Hanes, John; Hambree, Edward; Hanes, John; Harbin, Thomas W.; Hardin, Robert Carrol; Hays, Solomon;Hendricks, Larkin Sr.; Hendricks, Moses; Hester, Alfred; Hill, George; Holland, D. T.; Hughes, Henry R.; Humphreys, Catherine; Humphreys, David; Humphrey, David; Hunt, H. C.; Isbell, Pendleton; Isbell, Sidney; Ivester, Hugh; Jenkins, Andrew; Jolly, William; Jones, Jabez; Jones, J. F.; Keith, John; Keith, Waren Davis; Keith, William L.; Kilpatrick, John C.; Kilpatrick, John C. Jr.; Kirksey, Silas; Land, Isaac; Lanier, Bird; Lawrence, Joseph N.; Lawrence, Rachel; Lay, Charles; Lay, John; Lewis, Jacob; Lewis, Jesse P.; Lewis, Lindamira; Lidai, John; Liddell, George Washington; Lively, Thomas Sr.; Lodon, J. P.;Malear, Robert; Mansell, Joshua; Maret, John; Maret, Stephen; Mauldin, Jane;Maxwell, Robert; Mayfield, Tempy; McAdams, James Sr.; McDonald, Henry; McWhorter, Jeremiah; McWhorter, John; McWhorter, O.; Messer, Samuel; Miller, Elisha; Miller, Isaac; Miller, John C.; Miller, Robert L.; Moody, Daniel; Moody, Martin; Moore, Burt; Morgan, Morgan; Morris, Robert; Moss, Frederick; Mullinnex, William G.; Murphree, Levi; Murphree, Moses; Murphree, William;Neal, John; Neel, John; Nevill, Jesse; Nicholson, Hannah; Niebuhr, J. P.; Niebuhr, Rebecca; Norton, Jeptha H.; Osbendorff, John;Parsons, James; Pee, Richard;Perritt, Burrell;Perry, Benjamin;Perry, E. M.;Petty, Ambrose;Phillips, Levi;Pickens, Eliza;Porter, Mary; Pugh, David;Reeder, A. P.;Reeder, Elizabeth; Reeder, Thomas Milton; Reid, Joseph; Rice, Isaac; Richardson, Noel; Robinson, Allen; Robinson, Jeremiah; Robinson, Samuel; Robinson, William; Robinson, William W.; Rogers, Felix; Rogers, James; Roper, Gideon; Roper, Joshua; Russell, David; Russell, Edy; Sanders, James; Sanders, William; Shell, Henry; Simpson, William; Smith, Benjamin; Smith, Job;Smith, Jobe; Southerland, James; Steele, Esther; Stephens, Daniel; Stribling, Jesse; Suggs, Jesse Sr.; Swafford, John; Terrell, Aaron; Thomas, Bryant; Trammel, Thomas;Trotter, Henry; Trotter, James; Verner, John; Visage, Thomas; White, Alexander; Whitmire, Henry; Williams, Joseph; Williams, William; Winchester, Willoughby; Wood, Joseph; Young, Stephen; Yow, Demcy 
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