There are very few details known about Nairne’s early life. He arrived in South Carolina from Scotland sometime before 1695. In that same year Nairne married Elizabeth E. Quintyne, a widow. The marriage brought Nairne four stepchildren and produced a son named Thomas, born in 1698.
Nairne obtained land grants on St. Helena Island from the Lords Proprietors, eventually amassing some 3,600 acres. By the early 1700s Nairne led Indian raids against Spanish Florida both to weaken the Spanish and to obtain slaves from among their Indian allies. In 1707 he entered the Commons House of Assembly as a representative of Colleton County where he headed a group politically opposed to Governor Nathaniel Johnson.
As a legislator, Nairne was part of the assembly that drafted new laws to change the Indian trade, specifically reducing the governor’s role and his income derived from it.
In 1707 the Commons House created the Board of Indian Commissioners to regulate the trade. The act created the office of Indian agent, who was to spend at least ten months of the year among tribes to supervise traders and resolve problems.
Nairne was Carolina’s first official Indian agent, Nairne traveled across the Southeast and conducted missions to southern tribes such as the Tallapoosas and Chickasaws. He also worked to keep unlicensed traders from participating in the Indian trade, which caused him considerable trouble after he arrested the governor’s son-in-law, Thomas Broughton, on charges that he was enslaving friendly Indians and stealing deerskins.
Nairne’s opposition to Governor Johnson led to Nairne’s arrest in June 1708 on charges of treason. Nairne claimed that Governor Johnson had falsely accused him to be rid of a political opponent and to allow the governor to regain his ascendancy over the Indian trade. Nairne was released in November 1708 but lost his office as Indian agent. He sailed for England to defend his actions before the Lords Proprietors, who exonerated him. Upon his return to South Carolina, Nairne was reelected to the Commons House of Assembly in 1711.
In December 1712 Nairne again became South Carolina’s Indian agent. His second tenure coincided with rising unrest among neighboring Indian nations, especially the Yamassees, who had been abused by Indian traders and feared the expansion of white settlement into Indian territory.
In early 1715 there were rumors in Charleston that the Yamassees would attack to resolve their trade problems. Nairne met two Charleston officials at the Yamassee town of Pocotaligo to negotiate with the tribe. On Good Friday, April 15, hostilities erupted as the Yamassees attacked white settlements along South Carolina’s southern frontier, beginning the Yamassee War. Nairne was captured and tortured to death by burning wood splinters into his skin for several days.
Here is a copy of John Flemming’ will dated July 2, 1798 living in Chester County, SC.
The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro
This lovely Victorian home was built in 1910 for Clarence (1886-1943) and Essie Bessent McCorsley (1887-1974).Here they raised four lovely children. After Clarence passed away on March 29, 1943, with their children grown and married, Essie began renting rooms to fishermen who were visiting the Little River area for $1.00 per night, for 50 cents extra she would prepare a substantial breakfast. The building was moved to its current location sometime between 1960 and 1970.
After Essie died August 15, 1974 the home was empty for several years until the Victorian home was purchased and restored it to its natural splendor. The Stublick brothers from the Brentwood area of Long Island, NY ourchased the home and gave it the name Brentwood Restaurant and crafted a menu to please every taste, taking their menu to a higher level.
After 13 years the Stublick brothers were ready to retire, so they began searching for a new owner. After an extensive search they found Eric and Kim Masson from Saratoga Springs, New York to take over their successful restaurant. Eric and Kim had started two successful restaurants in New York, and they decided to make the move down south to Little River, South Carolina with their two children, Jolee and Rémy.
Chef Eric Masson, a French native and a holder of three degrees from the prestigious Ferrandi Culinary School in Paris. Chef Eric will brought in a French twist to the expertly prepared cuisine the previous owners started.
Chef Eric’s approach is creative yet simple with an emphasis on fresh and local quality products and dishes, which are not only delicious but also good for you.
You may also want to check out their Ghost Dinner & Tour schedule. There have been times in the past when a dark shadow has been seen moving about in the upstairs area and there have been several who have witnessed a figure in an upstairs window.
The Parson’s Table Restaurant, formerly the Little River Methodist Church, is now a popular restaurant at 4305 McCorsley Drive in the Little River. The original Church was built in 1885 by H.J. Vereen, Sr., Robert Livingston and Dr. R.G. Sloan. Over the years the little building grew and eventually became a community center when the new church was built in 1952.
Its next stage of development was to become a restaurant. The main dining room shows the original hand hewn heart pine floors, and original clapboard pine siding covers the exterior walls. The stained glass windows in the dining rooms along with the large chandelier were originally in the Baptist Church of Mullins, South Carolina.
The beveled glass over the doorway into the dining room came from the White Mansion in Lumberton, North Carolina. The remaining stained and beveled glass comes from various old churches throughout the South, collected by previous owners Ed and Nancy Murray. The stunning original Tiffany lamp in the main room is from an old farm house in Atlanta.
Cypress from the area now covers the original pine-board interior walls, though clap board pine can still be seen on the walls in some of the outside rooms.
As you enter the restaurant itself, the large antique doors are also made of local cypress, and are over one hundred fifty years old.
The building was purchased by longtime Little River resident Mr. Toby Frye in 1978, and moved approximately two blocks south to the present location where it was converted into a restaurant.
The Socastee United Methodist Church and its cemetery are located on Dick Pond Road just east of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. One of the oldest churches in Horry County, the original church, a log cabin, was built in 1818 on what is now a corner of the cemetery. The second church, built in 1875, by W.T. Goldfinch of Conway was a classic design with a gable front and four columns. Originally lit by kerosene lanterns, the church obtained battery-powered electric lights in 1925.
The church was remodeled and enlarged in 1957 … as it stands today. However, in the ensuing years, the congregation outgrew this building and a new sanctuary was built in 1987 adjacent to the older church. The cemetery markers show dates going back to the early nineteenth century.
The South Carolina Confederate Home opened on Confederate Memorial Day, May 10, 1909. It was located on the corner of Confederate Avenue and Bull Street in Columbia. The initial governing commission board consisted of five members (3 had to be ex-Confederate soldiers or sailors) which were appointed by the governor. Two veterans from each county in South Carolina were recommended by the County Pension Board to be admitted.
In 1921, four members from the United Daughters of the Confederacy were added to the board, which now was up to nine members. This was the first time women were given a significant role in the operations of a state wide board.
In 1925, the home opened its doors to veteran’s widows before eventually extending eligibility to Confederate veteran’s sisters, daughters and nieces. The last Confederate veteran living in the home died in 1944, but continued to operate until 1957. The house was then destroyed in 1963 after being deemed a fire hazard.
The following is one of the applications which was placed, this one by Amos Banks of Lexington County, Amos served in Company F, 5th Calvary Regiment.
This will was written in 1828 and was recorded in December of 1833 after Mathias Vaught’s death in Horry County, SC
Mathias Vaught and his wife Martha Mercy (Todd) had 9 children.
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The Black River takes its name from its tea-colored waters. The river begins in the Sandhills of Lee County and is joined by Rocky Bluff Swamp near Sumter. The Pocotaligo River flows into the Black between Manning and Kingstree. After traveling over 150 miles in Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Georgetown Counties, the Black River becomes part of the Great Pee Dee River near Georgetown.
In Georgetown County, where the river becomes tidal, planters developed rice plantations along its banks, such as Kensington and Weehaw, which lasted from the middle of the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Some of these plantations, such as Richmond, also produced indigo before the Revolutionary War. Owners of Black River plantations included elite families of rice planters such as Allston, Kinloch, Middleton, and Cheves.
In some places the Black River is swamp like, while in others it is swift moving with a sandy bottom. With the exception of the town of Kingstree and the final stretch in Georgetown County, the banks of the Black River remain forested and largely undisturbed by development. Since the collapse of the rice culture, South Carolinians have mostly used the Black River basin as a resource for timbering, hunting, and fishing.
In 2001 seventy-five miles of the Black River in Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Georgetown Counties became a State Scenic River. Since then, efforts have been under way to protect the river from development and preserve its natural beauty and value as a wildlife habitat.