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Hidden Treasure of Horry County

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18 Jun 2018

The following information was taken from http://www.hchsonline.org/   The name Witecaw / Wittecaw is almost assuredly an Indian term and most probably Waccamaw Indian. The earliness of its grant in relation to the surrounding lands in Kingston Township coupled with the fact that William Waties, the Indian trader, received the original land grant, suggests that the… Read More ›

Pensions for Former Slaves….What Happened?

After the Civil War ended, it led the way for the 13th amendment which formally abolished slavery in the United States. But following their emancipation, the majority of former slaves had no financial resources, property, residence, or education. Attempts were made to reach some shred of economic freedom, such as with the “40 acres and… Read More ›

Memories as a South Carolina Slave

An interview with Mary Edwards a former South Carolina slave from Greenwood sharing her memories. I was born in the section of Greenwood County called the “promised land”. My parents were Henry and Julis Watkins, I married Prank Edwards when I was young. Our master, Marshall Jordon was not so mean. He had lots of… Read More ›

The Story of a South Carolina Slave

While doing some genealogy research I cam across some interviews of former slaves in South Carolina. This interview is former slave Emanuel Elmore of Gaffney, SC. These are stories give us a first hand look of what life was during slavery in South Carolina. I was born on June 20th and I remember when the war… Read More ›

Remembering Benjamin Franklin Randolph

  Benjamin Randolph (1820—October 16, 1868) was born free in Kentucky to mixed race parents, he grew up in Morrow County, Ohio, where he received a basic education. He attended preparatory school at Oberlin College and graduated from their collegiate program in 1862.   Soon afterwards he was ordained as a Methodist Episcopal minister, but… Read More ›

South Carolina 1824 Tax Returns

Individual Tax Returns for 1824 South Carolina first based its tax structure on differing values for different types of land in 1784. The legislature revised the valuation of land in 1815 by S.C. Statute 1815(6)7. The 1815 valuation was still in effect for the 1824 tax year. Other specifics governing the taxes being collected by… Read More ›

South Carolina’s Bloodiest Battle

The Battle of Eutaw Springs September 8, 1781 at Eutawville, South Carolina   After receiving reinforcements, Major General Nathanael Greene of the Continental Army once again ordered the attack on Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Stewart and the British soldiers at Eutaw Springs. The battle took place on the banks of the Santee River, as the Patriots… Read More ›

Huguenots & South Carolina Lowcountry

  The first surge of French Huguenots came to South Carolina in the late 1670’s into the 1680s. This first group established a settlement on the Santee River north of Charles Town (Charleston), and other areas in the lowcountry. French Huguenot churches were established at Jamestown, Goose Creek, and Charles Town. The French Huguenots quickly… Read More ›

The Horry County Cox Family

This information comes from the Horry County Historical Society. In 1989 the Alextress Foster Cox reunion was organized in Horry County by the grandchildren of Alextress Foster Cox and Jennie Eva Newton Cox. The reunion met the first time on Saturday after Thanksgiving 1989 at the Sweet Home Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and has met… Read More ›

S.C. 1st Infantry (Gregg’s) Company F

Company F was enrolled in Conwayboro (Conway), August 12, 1861. They were mustered into service at Richmond, VA on August 18, 1861. The following comments are entered on the April 30, 1863 muster roll: “The company marched to Fredericksburg, VA on the 29th April, 1863 and immediately entering on an active campaign a regular muster… Read More ›