"HISTORY OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC" Embracing an Account of Many
Important Events, and Biographical Section of Statesmen, Divines &
Other Public Men, and the Names of Many Others worthy of Record in
the History of Their County, by Dr. John B. O. LANDRUM, Publ.
The Print Co., 154 W. Cleveland Park Drive; Station B; Spartanburg,
SC; ed 1900. (out of print)
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This volume is illustrated with photographs of landmarks and
many portraits. The last chapters are lists: state senators &
representatives 1786 to 1900, justices of the peace; the first
census (1790); and Confederate soldiers from the county by company
with details of those killed & wounded.
There is a name-subject index that hits the highlights, but
does not list every name found in the text.
In 1683 the province of present day South Carolina, consisted of three
counties: Berkeley, Colletion and Craven. By virtue of the treaty of
Gov. Glenn with the Cherokee Indians in 1755, the greater portion of what
was called "Up-country" [West half of the State] South Carolina was ceded
to the "whites." In 1769, the three counties in this area were divided into
seven "Judicial Districts" and the original territory of Spartanburg County
became a part of the old District of Ninety-six. In 1785 the county of
Spartanburg was officially organized. In 1788 South Carolina entered
the Union as the eight state.
Introductory material states that the extreme up-country of
South Carolina was settled by emigrants who had advanced from north
to south and in front of the eastern settlers. These settlements
did not begin until after the ceding of said territory by the
Cherokee Indians. As far back as 1736, settlements from the
seacoast had progressed westward only about 80 or 90 miles.
In 1755 the population of the territory afterwards formed into
Spartanburg County consisted of only eight or ten Scotch-Irish
families from Pennsylvania who settled on the forks of the "Tygers"
River. Soon after, settlers began to pour in from Pennsylvania,
Maryland and Virginia and other colonies, as well as from European
countries. Many families came directly from Northern Ireland; many
were of English extraction and dissenters from the established
church of their mother country.
This history reproduces the earliest court proceedings in
which are named many of the first inhabitants of the county.
Subsequent chapters cover the building of towns, the first
churches, schools, political events, the military, businesses, etc.
Names of inhabitants abound in this history section of the volume.
There is a chapter devoted to Col. John Thomas, of Revolutionary War
fame. He was born in Wales and raised in Chester County, PA.
Another chapter is given over to the family of Charles and Mary Moore,
immigrants from the North of Ireland to Spartanburg Co.
Other families featured here are:
Anderson (from PA)
Archer (of VA & NC)
Barry (originally from Bucks Co., PA)
Ballenger (of VA)
Blake (of NC)
Bomar (from VA)
Bowden (of VA)
Cannon (of VA)
Caldwell (of N. Ireland)
Chapman (of VA)
Choice (of Irland)
Cleveland (of DE)
Collins (of England)
Dean (of VA)
Drummond (of VA)
Duncan (of Ireland)
Earle (of VA)
Farrow (of DE)
Fielder (of VA)
Foster (of VA)
Foster (of NH)
Hampton (from VA)
Harris (of MA)
James (of DE)
Judd (of MA)
Kilgore (of MA)
Lanford (of VA)
Lipscomb (from VA)
McCollough (of DE)
McDowell (of N. Ireland & PA)
McMillen (of VA)
Nichols (of VA)
Oeland (of Denmark)
Richardson (of VA)
Russell (of DE)
Smith (originally of Bucks Co., PA)
Smith (of Wales/France)
Snoody (of Ireland)
Thompson (of PA)
Turner (of VA)
Walker (of Denmark)
Westmoreland (of VA)
White (of VA)
Wilkins (of VA)
Wingo (of VA)
Wofford (originally of MD)
Woodruff (of NC)
Wood (of VA)
Zimmerman (of Germany)
and a host of others too numerous to mention here.
Paul R. Sarrett
Text - Copyright © 1996 Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. and Copyright
© 1999 Steve Williams
Created: Aug. 23, 1997; Revised: Oct. 10, 1997 by Paul R. Sarrett,
Jr.; Revised: Tuesday, 06-Jun-2000 09:57:54 MDT by Steve Williams