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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society Newsletter
March/April 2003

Official Publication of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society
Sharing the History & Family Heritage of Old Edgefield District
Founded in 1985
Carol Hardy Bryan, Editor
PO Box 546, Edgefield SC 29824-0546 (803-637-4010)

News and Notes

Member Appreciation Catfish Stew Was a Big Success - Members and volunteers were honored on Saturday, February 8. Scores of members and friends enjoyed a free catfish stew cooked by 1st vice president, Ralph Scurry. The weather cooperated with a lovely bright and warm day. The success of the organization is due in large part to dedicated volunteers. Four of those were honored with gifts. They are "Noonie" Holtzlander, Vernon Miller, Marie Mims, and Raymond Timmerman. Ralph does a great job of planning our bimonthly programs. Now we know he is an excellent stew cook.

OEDGS Will Be Represented at the Landmark Conference - On April 3-5, Connie McNeill, Trisha Glenn and Carol Bryan will be attending the Landmark Conference, the annual meeting of the South Carolina Confederation of Local Historical Societies. This impressive gathering of historians presents unique opportunities of networking with our co-workers in this state. In addition, an invitation will be issued for the conference to be held in Edgefield County in May of 2004.

Edgefield Roots Seminar Will be Held 3 May 2003 - For those of you who would like help in finding your Edgefield family roots, a seminar is planned for Saturday May 3 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Jerry Scott will be giving an introduction to family research, Bettis C. Rainsford will be discussing migratory patterns, Tricia Glenn will be explaining the County records available, and Tonya Taylor will discuss the research materials available at the Tompkins Library. The cost is $35 per person, which includes a box lunch and handouts. You must make reservations. Make your check out to OEDGS Edgefield Roots Seminar, and mail to OEDGS, PO Box 546, Edgefield, SC 29824. The seminar is limited to 40 participants, so get your reservation in ASAP.

OEDGS Web Site Problem - We understand that there is a problem with the Web site and it is being addressed. Please be patient with us as we change gears.

Probate Estate Records Index Now in OEDGS Collection - Thanks to Probate Judge Bobby Peeler the OEDGS can now provide researchers access to a copy of this valuable research tool in the Tompkins Library.

South Carolina Death Certificate Index Now in OEDGS Collection - The South Carolina Death Certificate Index from 1915-1949, consisting of eight CD Rom Discs is now available in the Tompkins Library. This valuable tool will be a great help to researchers seeking documentation on the death of family members during the early part of this century. Generous monetary donations by our members and friends have made this possible.

Old Edgefield District
Genealogical Society, SCGS
PO Box 546
Edgefield, SC 29824-0546
Phone: 803-637-4010

A nonprofit organization under The Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 © (3) allows tax deductions for the value of material donated to the chapter. Chartered as a member of the South Carolina Genealogical Society (SCGS) in January of 1985. Correspondence & membership applications may be mailed to above address. Correspondence should be directed to:

Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society
PO Box 546
Edgefield, SC 29824-0546.


Published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, November at Edgefield, SC by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, SCGS.

Editorial Policy: Submissions by members are encouraged and will be used as space permits. Items must be typewritten and generally no more than two pages in length. Editor reserves the right to edit articles, files, or queries prior to publication.

Neither OEDGS nor the Editor assumes responsibility for errors on part of the contributor. Material contained in this publication may be quoted if credit is given for the sources.

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Web Page: www.OEDGS.COM

2003 Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society Officers

President: Dr. Connie McNeill
1st Vice-President: Ralph Scurry
2nd Vice-President: Carol Hardy Bryan
Recording Secretary: Tricia Glenn
Corresponding Secretary: Daphne Stone Cook
Treasurer: Raymond T. Timmerman
Asst Treasurer/Membership Chmn Tonya Taylor
Archivist: Vernon Miller
SCGS Representative: Dr. Connie McNeill
QUILL Editor: Carol Hardy Bryan
WEB Master Ashley Ann Howell

Patricia Glenn, Recording Secretary

The OEDGS met January 12, 2003, at Buffalo Creek Baptist Church in McCormick County. The meeting was conducted by Dr. Connie McNeill, President of OEDGS with 16 members and guests present. A motion was made and seconded to waive the reading of the minutes as they were available for reading in the latest QUILL.

The following upcoming events were announced:

An OEDGS catfish stew will be given on Feb. 8, in Edgefield. The cooking will be done by Vice President Ralph Scurry. On the fourth weekend in April [later changed to May 3 by the OEDGS board], a Roots Seminar will be held at the Tompkins Library in Edgefield. The South Carolina 2004 Landmark Conference will be hosted in Edgefield.

Ralph Scurry introduced the minister of Buffalo Creek Church, the Reverend Ryan Eklund. He then introduced the speaker, Mr. Charley Willis, Church Historian. Mr. Willis gave us an interesting and detailed background of the church which began (according to the Baptist Association Minutes) in 1776 in the early years of the American Revolution. The name "Buffalo Creek" was adopted by the members because the location of the church was on Buffalo Creek. It is thought that the Creek was named thus by Back Country buffalo herders. The original church was erected approximately two miles southeast of the present location in a section of McCormick County called the Callison tract. Edward Callison, a large landowner and distinguished leader of the area was buried near the original church. His grave is marked by a tombstone which reads, "Edward Callison, Once Master of These Acres."

The membership decided to move the church to its present location in the late 1700's or early 1800's. That building was destroyed by a tornado, and in 1857 the current building, built out of hand-hewn lumber, was constructed by Captain Henry Jones, a well known architect in the region. The church has always welcomed all races of people. African-American membership in the 19th century was almost always equal to white membership. Numerous additions have been made to the church over the years. The wrought iron cemetery fence was erected in 1839 and is still standing. The church has suffered through many trying times but has always survived through the generosity of its members. Because of its isolated location in the community, thieves have broken into it 6 times in the past 20 years. The large brick addition on the west side was built in 1962 and houses classrooms and a nursery. The current membership is 110.

After a period of questions and answers, Vice President Ralph Scurry, on behalf of OEDGS, presented Mr. Willis with a copy of Chapman’s History of Edgefield. The meeting was then adjourned for fellowship and refreshments.

OEDGS Treasurer’s Report
Raymond Timmerman, Treasurer

Saluda Old Town
Documenting the Early Trading Settlements
By Carol Hardy Bryan
Part Two of a Series Begun in the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue

In 1746, pleas from the settlers to the government authorities for protection in the back country were finally successful and money was appropriated for two troops of rangers to patrol the frontier between forts and trails to look for hostile war parties and runaway slaves. James Francis was one of the ranger captains. ((Maness 73).

One of the most historic events to occur at Saluda Old Town was the signing of a treaty with the Cherokee Indians by Royal Governor James Glen. Glen traveled up the Cherokee Path from Charles Towne with about 500 soldiers and militia to meet with about 500 Cherokee Indians. Old Hop and other chiefs of the Cherokee nation signed the Saluda Old Town Treaty July 2, 1755. This treaty ceded territory that embraced the present counties of Spartanburg, Cherokee west of the Broad River, Union, Newberry, Laurens, Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda and a part of Aiken.

A letter written by John Elliott to Governor James Glen provides important insight into Indian relations with the white man. Chote, Sept. 25th, 1755, May It please your Excellency, The Indians was all well pleased with the good Care that you took of them at Saludy and the Present that you made Old Hop. He is often speaking of it with Pleasure and says you are his Brother indeed for he was naked and you cloathed him. The Carpenter speaks with great Pleasure of your Excellency and says he hopes you will not forget what Talk you had together in Private for he will not forget it but will love all Englishmen. All the Head Men are pleased with what was done at Saludy but they seem to be very uneasy and doth not know what to think of the French for in the first of August the Men of Haheo came in from Warr and brought in five Men that surrendered themselves to them in the Woods and told them that they were run away from the French. Likewise, the Warrior Oucanostola on the fifteenth of this Month brought in five more that told the same Story that they were run away from the same Port. The Indians used them kindly but look on them as Slaves and thinks that they are Spies sent by the French to see how the Rivers lye and are very uneasie on the Account. I hope your Excellency will take into Consideration for there is now twelve Frenchmen (in all) in their Towns and I am very apprehensive it will be of bad Consequence both to the English and the Indians to let them stay there. I would have brought some of them to send down but the Indians does not know what to think of it so would not part with them. They are afraid the French hath a Design against them and would be glad to have a Fort settled amongst them. The Carpenter desires to hear of the Warriors to the Northward for there is no In account here and he desires your Excellency will remember the Presents you promised to the Head Men and to himself. He did not get the Rum you ordered at Ninety Six so hopes you will not forget him now. He is the Head Man here for what he says there is none to gainsay.

There is about twenty Men of the Savannahs came here about the 15th August with their Women and Children and is to dwell here; they have two White Children with them which they say they got from these Indians that did that Murder at Broad River. I would have had them from them but could not get them so hopes your Excellency will take some Course not to let White Men’s Children be kept among Indians. This I thought my Duty to acquaint your Excellency with as I am in all respects, Your most humble Servant, John Elliott. (McDowell 79).

Governor James Glen wrote to Chugnonata, called The Little Carpenter, from Charles-Town, October 14, 1755 addressing the fact that Governor Glen had promised to build a fort over the Hills, but had not set a definite date for such endeavor. Glen had planned a trip to England and was going to place the request of the Indians for a fort before the "great King George." Apparently the Indians thought the Governor had reneged on a promise to build a fort to help protect them from enemy Indians. Governor Glen mentions in the letter that Richard Smith, Chugnonata, and Governor Glen were the only ones present at the meeting. Glen also mentioned that This Express has not a spare Horse" and Glen "cannot send what I promised to you and the other Head Man who took no Part of what I gave at Saluda, but shall the first Opportunity. Smith was here a few Days ago, and says that Gowdy not having the two Caggs of Rum that I gave you an Order for, he had given you two at Keeowie, he says he also gave the Great Warriour the Horse I promised him, for both which I paid him; I have sent you four fine enambled Boxes, you may give one to Canacaughte and another to any other you thank fitt. I have also sent you a silver Box for your Tobacco and I have a very fine Pipe that I intend for the Townhouse of Chottee [another mention of Chota and a substantiation that there was an Indian chief by that name], but I cannot entrust it with this Messenger least it be broke. I have sent a silver Bracelet for Ouslenaria which I desire you may deliver to him and two silver wrist bands which you may either keep for yourself or give away. I have sent a Seal to Canacaughte to seal his Letters with. The Impression is an Eagle flying and another Seal to seal your Letters with. The Impression is a Boy with a Bow in his Hand; he has shot his Arrow through a Heart upon the Top of a Post. I remember when you spoke last for your Nation you had a Bow in your Hand and what you said gained you the Hearts of all that heard you.

Some few of our People to the Northward went to attack a Fort that the French have built on our Lands but the French expecting them had laid an Ambuscade for them in the Woods so they were forced to return with the Loss of some of our People but we have since gained a compleat Victory over them in another Place. Many Hundreds of their People were killed, in short they were totally routed. This News you may rely upon for it comes from Your friend and Brother, James Glen. (McDowell 75-77).

Moses Thomson wrote to Governor Glen January 16th, 1756 expressing his appreciation. To his Excellency, I cannot forget my Senceableness of your paternal Care of the Province of South Carolina since you came amongst us. First, your Journey to 96 to settle a Peace with the Cherockees, and from that to Savannah, to settle with the Creek Nation. Second, your long Journey to the Cherockee Nation to build a Fort. Third, your Journey to Saludy in the Heat of Summer to settle a second Peace with the said Cherokees in troublesome Times: which said Journey crowns all the rest for I verily believe there was never such a firm Peace made with any Indians before and all advanceing the Manufactory of our Indigo and likewise your great Care of our back Inhabitants for when I was Major under your Excellency I cannot forget your Care by your Instructions to me several Times; besides your private Letters to me to let your Excellency know when any thing happened that proper Means might be taken for our Safety.

I think your Successor has nothing to do but follow your Footsteps for your have paved the Plainest Road than can be taken which I think will keep your Memory in Remembrance when your are dead and gone. This is but a faint Resemblance of what your Excellenc really deserves from one of Your most obedient and humble Servants. Moses Thomson (McDowell, Documents, 115).

At some point in time there must have been some kind of factory and fort at Saluda Old Town. Captain Raymond Demere wrote to Governor Lyttleton from Fort Prince George, June 24th 1756 and in his letter mentioned some armament that was delivered to the fort, Twenty Swivells [small cannon] are come, and two Cohorns so that four of them may be spared to this Fort, to satisfy the Indians. They have acquainted me that two Swivels have been, for a long Time past, at Saludy. Three of those that are now come would have been left on the Road betwixt 96 and this Place, had it not been for me, for I made the Waggoner go back for them when I met him (McDowell 126-127).

Some Indian traders kept problems stirred up among the Indians with dishonest transactions or stealing from them outright. An incident is related by Captain Raymond Demere in a letter to Governor Lyttelton written from the English camp one mile and a half from the town of Tomatley October 13, 1756. Old Hop has desired me to acquaint your Excellency that when he went last to Saludy to see Governor Glen that he had one of his Horses taken from him by some body from Savannah Town which the Man claimed as his Property, which Horse he says he had from one Lantaniack, former a Trader here, who is a crackbrained Fellow and has been the Occasion of a great deal of Disturbances by setting on the Upper Creeks and Savannah against us and this Nation. He is now a Lieut. At the Halbamer’s Fort. Old Hopp gave him a French Prisoner for the Horse aforesaid. He expects to be paid by the Province as he was promised (McDowell 219).

Demere alluded to swivels again in a P. S. note attached to a letter he wrote to Governor Lyttelton from Fort Loudoun January 31, 1757. Old Hop says that the late Governor [James Glen] made him a Present of the two Swivels that are left at Saludy, and he does expect them for his Town of Chottee of which he desired me to acquaint your Excellency that they may come up. These same two swivels were referred to in a letter from John Boggs to Governor Lyttelton from Fort Prince George, Keowee on February 21, 1757. I observed at Mrs. Burnets in Old Seluda two small swivell Guns and will be spoiled ere they lye long, they being thrown in the Road. They would be of infinite Service here. Would you agree with Henry Gallman for the Carriage; believe they would come to hand soon. (McDowell 343). Life in the Back County was very dangerous in the years before and during the Revolutionary War. Although Royal governmental authorities exerted all kinds of effort to keep the Indians pacified with gifts, trade, and protection from Indian foes, the Indians still raided white settlements. John Fairchild wrote to Governor Lyttelton from the Fork between the Broad and Saludy Rivers on January 1, 1757 that a Neighbourhood of People living on the southerning Branch of Broad River was drove from oft their several Settlements by the severe Threats of Indians and are stil obliged to keep from their Lands and Livings. Also some of the Inhabitants from the northernmost Branches of that Part of Santee called Great Saludy and after plundering the Houses, with other Mischiefs, sett some on Fire which gives the whole Inhabitants, this Way, unspeakable Uneasyness that almost the whole Place threatens to break up, declaring they cannot possibly stay much longer, for Fear worse should happen. Fairchild when on to say that I have begun to build (with my own People and Hands) a strong Fort for the Reception of the Inhabitants hereabouts in case of Emergency if your Excellency will be pleased to allow the same, and I shall chearfully do every Thing in my Power to compleat the said Fort and have it tenable and sufficiently able to hold 300 fighting Men having the timber Planks and Faseins ready waiting your Excellency’s Commands.

Trader greed and dishonesty resulted in continuing trouble with the Indians. Captain Raymond Demere wrote to Governor Lyttleton from Fort Loudon in February 1757. On the 4th Instant in the Morning I had a Message from Old Hop desiring me to be the next Day at Chottee that he was not well, therefore could not wait on me that the Warriours were ready to answer my Talk. I took all the Officers with me except one to keep the Fort and first waited on Old Hop at his own House and then with him we all proceeded to their Town House, where after their usual Ceremonies were over, Old Hopp said that he had given us Land to build a Fort on, and to walk upon. That there had been many Promises made him for the same, but that he had been waiting a long Time without seeing any Thing for it. That he did not know what to think about it, but that the Great Man above kew how every Thing would be. He then produced a Paper signed by James Glen, Esq. When at Saludy. The same was a Regulation of the Prices of several Articles sold them by the Traders. Old Hopp said that the Traders had no Regard to that Paper, and that notwithstanding what Governor Glen had promised them, the Traders continued to sell as formerly, and had no Manner of Regard to the Treaty made at Saludy. He added that they had the Promise of another Trader for the Town of Chotee by the late Governor, and as Nothing was performed they looked upon that Paper to be Nothing but Lies as they did on all the rest of the Papers that came from Carolina, and that Charles Town was a Place where Nothing but Lies came from. I examined Mr. Elliott before the Indians and it appeared that he had sold them several Things at a most exorbitant Price particularly Shirts, Linnings &c.

Demere prodded the governor to take substantial action. I do assure your Excellency if there is not some Measures taken to regulate the Trade of this Nation and Laws provided to oblige the Traders to act conformable thereto, there will be always a Discord amongst those People, and the Consequence will ever be prejudicial to the common Cause. The Traders are for the most Part a Sett of Villains who studdy Nothing but their own narrow Views and private Emoluments without having the least Regard to Justice or the public Weel. Old Hopp told me that Elliott had mixed the Paint he sold to them with red Lead, and that he and the other Traders imposed on them with their Stilliards &c. They produced some Paint they had bought of Elliott who being called confessed that he formerly used to mix it, but that he left of that Custom. Demere went on to say they could not go to War without some Thing to defend themselves, and that if I did expect them to go to War I must supply them with Guns, Powder and Bullets, Paint, Blankets, Boots, Hatchets, Cutlasses, Looking Glasses and Awls to mend their Mocasins with. That when they should see these Things they would think of my Talk, but as I had given them Nothing but a Belt of Wampum to go to War with, they should return it, which they accordingly did. (McDowell 333-335).

To be continued in the next issue.

Works Cited:

Maness, Harold S. Forgotten Outpost, Fort Moore and Savanna Town 1685-1765. Aiken, SC: Howell Printing, 1986.
McDowell, William L., Jr., Ed. Documents Relating to Indian Affairs,1754 - 1765. Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives & History: 1992.

Distinguished Baptist Leader Had Important Ties to Edgefield
By Carol Hardy Bryan

Rev. Basil Manly, Sr., D.D. (Basil Manly II)

The Manly family American roots are found in the state of Maryland. Thomas Manly married Mary Ford, daughter of John Ford of St. Mary’s County, MD. The couple had eight children. Mary Ford Manly died about 1756, and Thomas decided to move to North Carolina with his son Basil and four unmarried daughters. Thomas tragically died during the voyage, and Basil, a young lad of fourteen, arrived in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina with the responsibility for his four sisters. He took the advice of a friend and moved up into Bladen County to make a home.

Basil participated actively in the American Revolution by forming a body of Home Guards called "Manly’s Band." He was commissioned as a captain in the American Army (Manly 4-5). In 1793, Captain Basil Manly married Elizabeth Maultsby (1768-1855), daughter of William Maultsby, II, and Ann Evans.

Captain Manly later moved to Chatham County where he established a home site known as "Oak Mount" about three miles north of Pittsboro. He and Elizabeth had six children: Charles (1795-1871), Basil (1798-1868), Matthias Evans (1801-1881), Maurice Ford (1804-1828), Louisa Sophia (1807-1888), and Julia Ann (1810-1831). The Manly boys received instruction from William Bingham at the famous Bingham School in Orange County. The school was established at Pittsboro in 1793, moved to Orange County, and finally to Asheville. One of the school’s scholarships was later named the Manly Scholarship in honor of its early patron, Captain Basil Manly (Manly 20).

Charles Manly attended the State University at Chapel Hill and graduated first in his class in 1814 at the age of nineteen. Basil had to suspend his own studies and take charge of the family farm after his father was injured by the attack of a mad bull. During the same time period, Basil’s mother was baptized and joined the Baptist Church at Rocky Spring. This event had a obvious positive affect on young Basil, who told about the event in a letter which he wrote to a friend many years later:

I was a wild boy; but it pleased God to call me by his grace before I was grown into the fellowship of His Son and to lay upon me impressions of duty that I must preach the Gospel. My father was old, very proud of any evidence of talent in his children, and anxious to set them forward in their worldly prospects. One of his sons has been governor of the State of North Carolina [Charles], another has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of that State [Matthias]; and he fondly hoped that I too might reach some honorable distinction in the world. He was himself brought up a Catholic; and had a hearty contempt of the condition and prospects of most of the preachers that were common in that day, and especially Baptists and Methodists, who were generally uneducated. When he saw that I had joined the Baptist Church and was beginning to pray in public and to speak in the meetings, altho he was so delicate of my feelings that he never expressed to me his disapprobation, yet it grieved him sorely. He would come to the meetings were I was to perform, and sit and weep profusely the whole time of the service. At length when he would not but see that my mind appeared decided and that I wished to become a Baptist preacher, he asked me outright one day, what was my purpose and plan of life. I felt that the time had come for me to make an explicit avowal of my wishes. So I opened my mind decidedly and fully, yet most respectfully to him. I expected him to disapprove and remonstrate. But what was my surprise to see him burst into tears, and putting both his aged hands on my head, he sobbed out, "God bless you, my son."

After some conversation on the subject, he gave his full consent to my wishes, and put money into my hands to complete my education under Dr. Maxcy at South Carolina College..

Afterwards, when I was fully embarked in the ministry (1824), hearing he was ill, I hastened to attend him, and was with him in his last hours. He asked me to pray with him often, and seemed to be sustained and comforted by the hopes of the Gospel; and I remained with him until he died (Manly 22-23).

At the age of sixteen, Basil was sent away to the Bingham School to resume his education. He was acutely aware of his "wretched state as a sinner before God." One day while he was out walking he heard a Negro man praying aloud. Going up to him he expressed his wish to participate in the prayer. While they knelt together, Basil found pardon of sin and peace with God. From that time Basil’s Christian walk took on heartfelt enthusiasm.

Basil united with the Baptist church at Rocky Spring and was baptized by Elder Robert T. Daniel August 26, 1816. Soon after this he was sent as a delegate to the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, and was made clerk of that body. It was while returning home from that meeting that he was pressed to lead his first public exhortation and prayer at an evening meeting in the house of William Marsh. Basil Manly was licensed to preach April 26, 1818. His license was inscribed on a bit of yellow paper, The Baptist Church of Christ at Rocky Springs, Chatham County, North Carolina.

This is to certify, that Brother Basil Manly is a member of our Body in good standing - and having for sometime exercised his gifts among us, we do hereby recommend him to Sister Churches, and authorize him to exercise his Ministerial Gifts wherever his lot may be cast.

"Signed by order of the Church convened in Conference this 26th day of April, 1818. Robert T. Daniel, Robert Ward, Deacon (Manly 79-81).

It was evident to young Manly soon after his conversion that he had been called to the ministry, but even at the opposition of his father Basil adhered to his conviction. Rev. William Tomlinson Brantley, a native of Chatham county, encouraged his young friend and school-mate by urging him to go with him to Beaufort, South Carolina, where he was a pastor and college president Brantley housed Basil in his own home and provided free use of his books and counsel. In December of 1819, he was admitted to the junior class in South Carolina College. He spent the summer of 1819 in the Georgia town of Eatonton with memorable results. Basil Manly became an active member of the Baptist church in Columbia during his college days and even filled the pulpit for a time after the death of Dr. Jonathan Maxcy. That college year he had a particularly "deranged state at college." He wrote to his father from college 5 Oct 1821. The following material is a direct quote from that latter.

Dear Father, I once more address you, and probably for the last time from my room in college. My summer’s excursion into the country (Edgefield District) restored my health and activity, and I am brought back to my arduous business in a state both of body and mind pretty well prepared to encounter it...My summer’s residence in the village of Edgefield....has paved the way for an engagement to live during the next year. [It is probably that he met at this time the lovely girl, Sarah Rudolph, whose father had moved to Edgefield in 1821, and her bright eyes doubtless had a drawing power on him, for in the course of time she became his wife.]

Basil graduated first in his class on December 3, 1821. It seems that some of the "Spirit of Edgefield" existed in young Manly. As the Manly book puts it A discomfited competitor for the honor, giving way to vindictive and furious passion, went to the class meeting armed with a dirk, and endeavored to fix a quarrel on young Manly. Failing in this, and more exasperated by a coolness that his violent words could not disturb, he rushed upon him and endeavored to plunger the deadly weapon into his breast. The blow was warded off, and before the assailant knew what was going on, he was disarmed; and then, it is said, a fitting chastisement was inflicted by the slender, smooth-faced, gentle preacher whose laurels he had contested and whose heart’s blood he would have shed. "Bodily exercise profiteth little," but in this instance the young man’s labors in plowing the fields of old Chatham had given him a vigor and endurance which rendered him excellent service in self-defense. . .The fellow sneaked off without desiring to renew the contest, and the boys threw up their hats and swore it was the best fight they had ever seen a Baptist preacher make (Manly 97-99).

Extracts from his diary describe his early residence in Edgefield. I arrived in Edgefield village at the request of certain citizens of that place, chiefly Matthew Mims and Abner Blocker, on Jan. 23, 1822, under an engagement to preach there one year. I joined Little Stevens’ Creek Church by a letter from the Baptist Church of Columbia, on the Saturday before the first Sabbath in February 1822, and was ordained to the ministry by the Brethren John Landrum and Enoch Brazeale, in said church, on March 10, 1822. The Baptist Church in Edgefield was constituted (I think) on the third Lord’s Day in April, 1822 (Manly 98). [It was actually 1823. - Ed]

Manly’s impact on the village is highlighted in a letter he wrote November 25, 1822, to Mr. Alexander McDonald of Beaufort, South Carolina. God has indeed in a most signal manner blessed the church to which I belong during this year. I have counted up the number baptized and find it to be 146. Weekly additions are made, and I hope that there are many more precious souls yet to join themselves to the Lord within the bound of that church. The work is spreading. I was called last week to baptize by a neighboring destitute church. Nine followed their Lord into the watery grave. I have another appointment to preach and baptize at the same place. To give you an idea of the spirit of the people even where the revival has not yet appeared; I was called to marry a couple one night last week some ten or twelve miles from this place. After the ceremony was over and supper ended, the whole assembly, which was large, both old and young, insisted I should preach to them. I remembered the exhortation of the Apostle, "Be instant in season - out of season." I propounded the question "Wilt thou go with this man?" and endeavored to persuade them to adopt in reference to Jesus Christ the answer of the lovely maiden, "I will go." I saw and felt during the worship that a sense of eternal things had taken hold of their minds. Even the bride wept profusely. When I had closed and was looking for a hymn to dismiss with, a number of young persons, all dressed in their finest for the wedding, rushed up, as if unable longer to restrain themselves, and in a flood of grief fell down before me and begged me to pray for them. It was truly a solemn time. "Enoch Bacon is not among the subjects of this work of grace" (Manly 98-100).

He was married December 23, 1824 to Sarah Murray Rudolf. She was the daughter of Rev. Zebulon Rudolf who served Red Bank Baptist Church. They had five children, including Basil Manly, Jr. (b 29 Dec 1825 Edgefield, SC) and Charles Manly (b 28 May 1839 Charleston, SC (Manly 101).

Immediately after graduation he taught school in Edgefield, South Carolina as he was mentioned in the history of Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church in the Edgefield Chronicle of March 29, 1890. It was at this place, on the 2nd Sabbath in April of the year 1823 that the Rev. Basil Manly, Sr., was ordained as a minister. Revs. Jno. Landrum and Enoch Braziel conducted the ordination service. Dr. Basil Manly, Sr., whose name is now familiar in every Baptist organization in our "Sunny South" was then a young man stationed at Edgefield C. H. [Court House], if we mistake not, engaged in teaching. He was, after ordination, elected pastor of our church, and served until 1825. Our oldest people speak of him as being in every respect the greatest pastor our church has had the fortune to be supplied by.

He, that is, Dr. Basil Manly, Sr., of blessed memory, left upon the church an impress which has lasted long; he left in the bosom of his congregation a love which has been bequeathed to succeeding generations. His fame has been written on brighter pages than ours, and nothing that we could say would add greater lustre to his name than Baptist annals have already recorded. We speak of him as pastor of our church. The love which the church had for him was extraordinary, second only to the love which he excited in its members for the Martyr of Calvary. During his pastorate, a spiritual inundation swept over the church. Many were added to its numbers, and the zeal of the whole church was increased. Tradition speaks of a revival during his pastorage, probably in the year 1824, the most notable in the early history of our church and some of our old people are now living who united with the church then; and many who united afterwards, dated their renewal of life as beginning with this revival. There was a strong Baptist age in our community, and we must ever regret that the records of this period and periods before this have been destroyed.

On October 29, 1825, the church in Edgefield presented a formal request for Manley to continue his labors there for three Sundays a month for a salary of $800. The fourth Sunday Manly was to serve at Little Stevens Creek.

In February of 1826, the Church in Edgefield received a request for Basil Manly to fill the position of pastor at the First Baptist Church in Charleston. The previous pastor, Dr. Richard Furman, had died in 1825. This request was reluctantly granted and Manly moved to Charleston. The decision, however, was fraught with distress and tears. On the margin of his sermon notes of his last sermon in Edgefield are these words, "My last sermon (wept not preached) at Edgefield, March 19, 1826." He left with a reminder to his church in Edgefield that the Southern Baptist Convention had already resolved to place in Edgefield a literary and theological institution (Woodson 213-214)(Manly 103-105, 109-110). It was during his eleven-year tenure at First Baptist Church in Charleston that he played an instrumental part in the establishment of Furman University In Edgefield (Manly 112).

In 1837 Manly was unanimously elected to the presidency of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Throat trouble from his "incessant preaching" played a part in his anxious deliberation to accept the position. (Manly 113-114). In 1855 Dr. Manly accepted a call to the Wentworth Street Baptist Church in Charleston which had been formed partly from the First Baptist Church. He remained for four years. It was during this period that one of the dearest wishes of his heart was accomplished, the founding of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1859, he returned to Alabama as State Evangelist. (Manley 122).

When the inauguration of the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, took place, it was Manly who served as chaplain (Manley 124). Dr. Manly’s death occurred December 21, 1868 at the home of his son, Basil Manly, in Greenville and he was buried in the family lot in Springwood Cemetery in Greenville. Manly’s accomplishments are too many to list here, but his achievements and impact are still felt in the many institutions and organizations he gave so much of his talents, time, and material means to provide and sustain.

Works Cited

Manly, Louise. The Manly Family, An Account of the Descendants of Captain Basil Manly of the Revolution and Related
. Greenville, SC [no publisher]: 1930.
Taylor, George Braxton. Virginia Baptist Ministers, Fourth Series. Lynchburg, VA: J. P. Bell Company, Inc., 1913.

Woodson, Hortense. Edgefield Baptist Association. Edgefield: The Edgefield Advertiser Press [no date].

A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots!

Submitted by Billy Ray Wiseman and Gladys Mary Striegler Wiseman

The first information we have on the Wiseman family is on a Thomas Wiseman (b abt 1750 England as far as can be determined). The first record of Thomas Wiseman is found in the Norfolk Circuit Court in 1767. As a young lad about 17 years of age, he is convicted of stealing and sentenced to "America" to serve seven years [white servitude] on a southern plantation. No record has been found of his arrival in 1767, but there were five ships that left London that year. Thomas Wiseman was from the small village of Smallburgh about 12 miles northeast of Norwich, England. Thomas’ family must have been from that area as well since he was so young at the time of his arrest.

Thomas Wiseman must have served his time of servitude in Maryland because he enters the Revolutionary War there in 1776 and served under a Captain Ewing and a Colonel Smallwood. He is shown as being discharged in 1780, and as deserted in 1780. It is not known when he left Maryland or New York since some of his time in the War was spent in New York. He was wounded in Camden, SC, and that may be how he arrived in SC. By 1790 he was in Edgefield District, SC. How he got there, or why, is a mystery.

According to Thomas Wiseman’s pension application in 1820 submitted from Edgefield, SC, he was married to Agnes and had a son. He is upwards of 70 years of age, has an old decrypted [sic] wife, and one son who is in dire straits with a considerable family. Thomas lived at least until 1835, as he drew his pension until then. Daniel Wiseman (b abt 1791-1794) is the only other Wiseman in Edgefield at that time, and he had a considerable family. He and Thomas are linked together in Edgefield County, SC through at least one legal document.

Daniel Wiseman was married to a woman from Virginia (on the 1880 federal census, his sons state their mother was born in Virginia). As far as we can tell, Daniel and his wife had five boys.

The first son, William C. Wiseman, married Lavica Watkins, the daughter of Andrew and Catherine Adams Watkins. He became an attorney in South Carolina, and moved to Crockett, Texas, in 1849. He later is found in Lampasas, TX, where he served as a lawyer, and an Indian commissioner for Sam Houston. After the War Between the States, Sam Houston recommended W. C. Wiseman for a territorial judgeship. He and his family ended up in San Bernardino, CA, where he served as a judge until his death about 1880-1890. He was extremely active in politics, and published a paper called The Broad Axe. His oldest son William C. Wiseman bought for himself and his second wife, Ann Wisdom Mayes (former wife of Gardner Mayes)], 47 acres of land in Abbeville County, SC for use for the rest of their natural lives. Ann Wiseman was still living in Edgefield County in 1860 and 1870.

The second son of Daniel Wiseman was John S. Wiseman (b 7 Mar 1817 d 2 June 1902) who married Louisa Watkins (d 2 Nov 1856), the sister and possible twin of Lavica Watkins. She and Lavica died in Texas within a year of each other. John S. and Louisa Watkins were married in Newberry, SC, where W. C. was practicing law. W. C. was appointed her guardian, as both her mother and father were dead at the time of the marriage. There is supposedly a record in the 1837 Newberry County court minutes where Daniel Wiseman attests to the age of John S. Wiseman at the time of his marriage as 21 years. John S. Wiseman and Louisa Watkins Wiseman had several children before they left South Carolina for Bell County, TX. John S. was a farmer, a wheelwright, and a blacksmith, and was known for his hunting skills. The children were Frances Catherine Wiseman, John Thomas Wiseman, William Henry Wiseman, Louisa Jane (Larana) Wiseman and Louvica Wiseman (These two girls probably died on the way to Texas). After Louisa died, John S. married Rachel Cavness (d 1868 Bell County, Texas). They had two boys: Joseph Decker Wiseman, and Ed Samuel Wiseman. After Rachel died , John S. m 9 Dec 1873 Eliza A. Hyatt Light. They had five children after John S. was 56 years of age. The children were: Nannie B. Wiseman; Charles C. Wiseman; Benjamin Wiseman, Walter Cox Wiseman and Cleveland Wiseman.

Another son of Daniel Wiseman was E. Abner Wiseman who married S.A.E. Clay. All their children were born in South Carolina before moving to TX after the War Between the States.

The fourth child of Daniel M. Wiseman was Simeon Wiseman who married Nancy and moved to TX before the War Between the States. Simeon was killed in the War Between the States in TX.

The fifth and last son of Daniel Wiseman was James M. Wiseman who married Caroline. James died in a War Between the States Prison in Rock Island, IL. He and Caroline had at least one son, Simeon and possibly a second son Daniel. Both are buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta, GA.

William Henry Wiseman (b 28 Nov 1843 d 1 May 1916) was buried in a grave on the State Hospital grounds at Austin). William Henry Wiseman married Alice Melvina Townsend on 12 Jul 1865. Alice Melvina was a daughter of James Madison Townsend and Fannie Bowles Townsend (Fannie was the daughter of John "Hog-my-Cats" Bowles a famous Texas Ranger and Indian fighter. He was scalped by Indians and is buried with a monument to him near Uvalde, TX). Fannie Bowles Townsend was known to have smoked a corn-cob pipe. William Henry Wiseman was a veteran of the Confederacy, having served from Texas. He was wounded before he returned home to marry and start a family. William Henry and Alice Melvina Townsend Wiseman had eight children before he was admitted to the State Hospital in 1883. They were Frances Adeline Wiseman (b 13 May 1866); William Samuel Wiseman (b 8 Sep 1867 d 6 Feb 1935, buried Rest Haven south of Belton); James Townsend Wiseman (b 27 Dec 1868); Louisa Jennifer Wiseman (b 6 Jun 1871); Georgia Pearl Wiseman (b 21 Jan 1872); John Edward Wiseman (b 26 Nov 1873); Sarah Julia Wiseman (b 22 Dec 1874); Thomas Christopher Wiseman (b 19 Dec 1878).

William Samuel Wiseman first married on 8 Apr 1893 Mary Etta Adams. Mary Etta (b 25 Dec1875 GA d 30 Sep 1911) was buried Rest Haven, south of Belton, Texas. Both were originally buried at Sparta and removed to Rest Haven when the dam was built. Mary Etta Adams (father an unknown Indian) was the daughter of Nancy Emma Adams, who later married James Lafayette Sellers. William Samuel and Mary Etta had 6 children: Lennie May Wiseman (b 19 Apr 1895 d 17 Apr 1982) married 27 Dec 1916 Herbert Monroe Homesley (b 4 May 1906); Annie Lena Wiseman (b 15 Feb 1898 d 6 Feb 1968) married 26 Jul 1919 Milburn L. Boren (b 9 Sep 1899 d 23 Feb 1966); Erba Esta Wiseman (b 18 Jul 1900 d 9 Jan 1989) married 1 Nov 1923 John Hudson Light (b 8 Sep 1900 d 2 Jun 1980); William Henry Wiseman (b 9 Feb 1903 d 12 May 1904); Archie Calvin Wiseman (b 7 Jun 1906 d 24 Jun 1958) married 20 Aug 1929 Beulah Mae Dunlap (b 16 Dec 1908 d 30 Jul 1971); and James [Jakey] Milton Wiseman (b 2 Dec 1908 d 17 Jul 1917).

William Samuel Wiseman married second in 1913 Maude Florence Warren (b 2 Oct 1889 d 13 May 1981) and had the following children: Warren Morris Wiseman (b 24 Jul 1916); Alice Marie Wiseman (b 24 Dec 1919); Mable Florence Wiseman (b 30 Nov 1922); Billie Edna Wiseman (b 4 Nov 1924); and Gladys Lanell Wiseman (b 14 May 1926).

Archie Calvin and Beulah Dunlap Wiseman had 5 children: Mary Alice Wiseman (b 11 Oct 1930 d 19 May 1934); Archie Calvin Wiseman, Jr.,(b 4 Sep 1932); LouRetta Wiseman (b 20 Aug 1935); Billy Ray Wiseman (b 28 Mar 1937 [Easter Sunday]); Frankie Lee [Pudd] Wiseman (b 20 Jan 1940).

Billy Ray Wiseman m 2 Nov 1963 Fredericksburg, Texas Gladys Mary Striegler (b 19 Dec 1936 Hye, Blanco County, TX) daughter of Mary Belle Rountree (b 20 Aug 1900 d 4 Jul 1978 Johnson City, TX) and Victor Emanuel Striegler (b 12 Jun 1896 d 12 Oct 1970). Gladys is a descendant of Captain Richardson Rountree, a Revolutionary War veteran from Edgefield County, South Carolina. Billy Ray and Gladys met while both were officers in the U. S. Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Bill published with co-workers over 400 articles on "Plant Resistance to Insects" and served as an adjunct Professor at the Universities of Florida and Georgia. He holds the distinction of being both a "Fellow" and "Honorary Member" of the Entomological Society of America.

Gladys was the 9th child and 5th girl of ten children of Victor Emmanuel & Mary Belle Rountree. Her siblings include: George William (b 14 May 1919 d 3 May 1989); Victor Vernon (b 7 Aug 1921); Lillian Irene Cable (b 25 Feb 1923); Leola Mae (b 8 Mar1925 d 18 Mar 1925); Mildred Maxine Grohman (b 22 Jan 1927); Marion Edward b 14 Aug 1929); Virginia Belle Prehn Beam (b17 Oct 1931); Maurice Lee (b 26 Dec 1933); Gladys Mary (b 19 Dec 1936); and O.J. (b 12 May 1943).

More families associated with the Wisemans are the Dunlaps of Laurens, South Carolina and Campbell County, Georgia; Watkins of Newberry County, South Carolina; Bowles of Texas, Mississippi and Virginia; Townsends of Texas, Mississippi and Georgia; Adams of Texas, Georgia [Warren & Upson Counties] and Virginia and Newberry, South Carolina; and McKinley of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, and Warren, Washington, Crawford & Upson Counties in Georgia. We have more information on the families associated with the following families: Rountree [from Richardson Rountree of Edgefield, South Carolina and a Revolutionary War soldier]; Hopkins family of Virginia, Campbell County, Georgia and Texas, and Striegler family of Texas and Denmark.

We could not finish this article without mentioning our offspring. Our son is William Samuel Wiseman II (b 3 Oct 1966). This was the same day Bill finished his final orals for his PhD. Our daughter is Amy Lucretia Wiseman Graham (b 27 May 1968 Tifton, GA), and our only grandchild, Samantha Camryn Graham (b 6 Mar 2000). Sources used to compose this article included courthouse records, wills, deeds, marriage and death records.

If you have further information on these families you can contact Billy Ray Wiseman or Gladys Mary Striegler Wiseman, 217 Fulwood Blvd., Tifton, GA. 31794. E-mail:

As Received by Benjamin Roper, Tax Clerk for Edgefield
Extracted by Carol Hardy Bryan

Part Eight as begun in the Jan/Feb 2002 issue of QUILL.

  • Neal, James 14.33

  • North, John 04.88

  • Newsom, W. H. 07.54

  • Nixon, G. W. 07.95

  • Nicholson, J. L. 18.15

  • Nicholson, Walter, Dr. 09.10

  • Nicholson, S. W. 24.99

  • Neal, Benj. (M. C.) 01.90

  • Neal, Nancy, Mrs. 04.25

  • Norris, J. M. 15.48

  • Norris, Julia A., Mrs. 24.49

  • Nickerson, Chas 03.54

  • Nicholson, D. J., Mrs. 09.00

  • Nicholson, B. E., Maj. 04.25

  • Nicholson. A. R. 06.67 ½

  • Nappin, T. D. 01.15

  • Newhouse, S. W., Mrs. 01.75

  • Norris, A. J. 02.00

  • Nicholson, Jas. A. 02.00

  • Nichols, W. C. 02.00

  • Newsom, W. A. B. 02.00

  • Neal, Abner (PC) 02.00

  • Nappier, J. O. 02.00

  • Nagle, A. G., Dr. 07.80

  • Nease, Daniel 02.00

  • Nelson, Wm 02.00

  • Nixon, Archa (PC) 02.00

  • Nixon, Smith ()C) 02.00

  • Newsom, Agu. (PC) 02.00

  • Nixon, George (PC) 01.00

  • Nesbet, P. (PC) 02.00

  • Napper, Jos. 02.00

  • Nicholson, Sidney (PC) 03.00

  • Oconnor, Frances 19.00

  • Overstreet, Silas 02.15

  • Ouzts, B. F. 03.45

  • Ouzts, Henry 02.67

  • Ouzts, P. D. 02.27

  • Ouzts, Aaron 01.90

  • Ouzts, Jacob 06.04

  • Ouzts, Isaac, Sr. 26.22

  • Ouzts, Lucinda, Mrs. 45.00

  • Ouzts, Peter 02.96

  • Ouzts, Isaac, Jr. 06,85

  • Ouzts, Benj., Jr. 50.45

  • Ouzts, J. T. Jr. 13.79

  • ONeale, Luke 01.68

  • Oxner, O. L., Dr. 06.46

  • Oxner, A. J. (Est) 02.44

  • Owdom, W. L. 02.04 ½

  • Owdam, W. A. 07.05

  • Ouzts, C., Mrs. 11.23

  • Ouzts, Geroge 17.61 ½

  • Ouzts, Daniel 09.67 ½

  • Ouzts, J. T., Dr. 14.19 ½

  • Ouzts, C. P.01.66 ½

  • Ouzts, G. M. 01.90

  • Ouzts, Martin 09.25

  • Orinder, Isaac 24.00

  • Orinda, Wm 02.15

  • Ouzts, Franklin (Est) 01.49 ½

  • Owens, W. H. 00.06

  • Obrien, M. (Est) 01.09

  • Ouzts, S. W. (Est) 05.65

  • Owens, Sam’l 02.00

  • Ouzts, Jas. W. 02.00

  • Ouzts, F. M. 03.00

  • Ouzts, Martin 02.00

  • Owdam, J. J. 03.00

  • Ouzts, Marshall 02.00

  • Oconner, Wm 02.00

  • Osborne, John H. 02.00

  • Oliver, J. M. 03.00

  • Oliver J. B. 02.00

  • Ouzts, James (PC) 02.00

  • Pickens, F. W. 140.75

  • Powell, Charles 03.75

  • Panton, Jas 10.35

  • Pardue, Wm 04.21 ½

  • Pilcher, John 30.00

  • Pilcher, Dicy, Mrs. 66.00

  • Powell, James 03.80

  • Purvis, Jas 05.35

  • Pollatty, Jacob 04.36

  • Pollatty, John S. 67.00 ½

  • Permenter, John 02.07 ½

  • Powell, David 01.15

  • Pardue, C. J. 02.45

  • Pardue, Wiley 01.45

  • Pardue, Alfred (Est) 60.00

  • Posey, Elbert 23.40

  • Posey, Frances 01.50

  • Plunkett, C. H. 05.61

  • Posey, M. W. 03.30

  • Prater, E., Mrs. (Trust) 01.30

  • Posey, Nelly, Mrs. 01.16 ½

  • Posey, F. H. 04.35

  • Powell, Wm 07.98

  • Padgett, M. 26.03

  • Parkman, Chas. 12.42

  • Porter, Jas C. 37.87

  • Prince, Jos 41.40

  • Patterson, T. H., Dr. 10.27 ½

  • Prince, John 04.36

  • Prince, Thomas 07.89

  • Prince, P. (Est) 04.36

  • Paine, Thos 57.30

  • Partlow, J. A. (Abb. D.) 07.00

  • Partlow, J. Y. L. 75.00

  • Pardue, David 03.33 ½

  • Parkman, Jeff 05.90

  • Powell, J. W. 03.58 ½

  • Padgett, T. D. 10.27 ½

  • Permenter, Evans 90.00

  • Peterson, C., Mrs. (Est) 05.40

  • Padgett, M. M. 25.05

  • Pow, Jas S. 07.02

  • Pitts, Irena, Mrs. 04.90

  • Padgett, Josiah 14.80

  • Purifoy, S. A., Mrs (Trust) 07.20

  • Pou, P. J. W. 19.65

  • Paysinger, J. G. 10.12

  • Perry, Wesley 05.82

  • Perry, James 05.90

  • Peterson, Spencer (Est) 72.00

  • Peterson, J. F., Rev. 07.40

  • Powell, T. S. (Est) 09.40

  • Procter, Daniel 27.30

  • Perry, J. C. 05.40

  • Padget, Wm 111.25

  • Padgett, Mary, Miss 90.00

  • Powell, Ellen, Mrs. 69.00

  • Pringle, R. A. 45.00

  • Parkman, Jas 08.61 ½

  • Parkman, J. M. 04.45

  • Polatty, J. P. 04.49

  • Posey, Sam’l, Col. 05.00

  • Parks, R. T. 04.10

  • Prescott, W. T. 60.45

  • Parks, W. L. 08.70

  • Penn, L. J., Mrs. (Trust) 02.25

  • Page, D. S. 03.66

  • Pope, Jacob (Est) 42.83

  • Pryor, Mary, Mrs. 60.00

  • Perry, E. W., Capt. 10.92

  • Prince, Rob’t 13.40

  • Payne, B. F. 17.35

  • Payne, David,(Est) 09.55

  • Payne, T. W. 44.03

  • Pow. J. R. 17.40

  • Prescott, E., Mrs. 43.25

  • Penn, E. (Est) 01.50

  • Prince, Tompkins & Co. 09.00

  • Parkman, Thos. 03.11

  • Padget, D. W.q06.66

  • Padgett, J. E., Dr. 09.55

  • Perry, Bennett (Est) 65.26 ½

  • Parker, H. Dr. 08.30

  • Powell, Jacob, Mrs. 30.00

  • Pipe, E., Mrs. 01.75

  • Prince, T. S. 01.78

  • Padget, E. 01.98

  • Philips, John (PC) 02.00

  • Philips, Ellis (PC) 02.00

  • Philips, Nat (PC) 02.00

  • Philips, Butler (PC) 03.00

  • Powell, J. W. 02.00

  • Parker, Wm 02.00

  • Pennington, R. R. 02.00

  • Prescot, John B. 02.00

  • Pollard, W. W. 02.00

  • Peterson, James (PC) 02.00

  • Page, J. G. 02.00

  • Pickens, Frank ()C) 02.00

  • Parker, David 02.00

  • Plunkett, R. (PC) 02.00

  • Pass, Samuel (PC) 02.00

  • Pendleton, Major (PC) 02.00

  • Padget, Ben (PC) 02.00

  • Pace, George 02.00

  • Pilott John 02.00

  • Paine, John W. 02.00

  • Perry, Giles (PC) 02.00

  • Prince, John 02.00

  • Peterson, Baz. 02.00

  • Plunkett, Hary (PC) 03.00

  • Pickens, J. C. (PC) 02.00

  • Pickens, N. (PC) 02.00

  • Pickens, Geo. (PC) 02.00

  • Pickens, Fred (PC) 02.00

  • Parkman, S. 03.00

  • Purifoy, D. P. 03.00

  • Pope, Sampson (PC) 02.00

  • Protcer, Winn (PC) 02.00

  • Procter, Larkin (PC) 02.00

  • Procter, John M. 03.00

  • Procter, Jack (PC) 02.00

  • Procter, Tucker ()C) 02.00

  • Procter, R. (PC) 02.00

  • Procter, Wm (PC) 02.00

  • Procter, Ben (PC) 02.00

  • Padgett, M. D. 03.00

  • Palmer, Ninian 03.00

  • Perry, Jack (PC) 02.00

  • Parrott, John 02.00

  • Prator, W. C. 02.00

  • Parkman, Wm. 02.00

  • Parkman, Tom (PC) 02.00

  • Powell, Wm 02.00

  • Pardue, John 02.00

  • Paul, James 02.00

  • Penn, Geo. L. 06.00

  • Peter, Thos. (PC) 02.00

  • Pitts, M. M. 02.00

  • Perry, John (PC) 02.00

  • Perry, George (PC) 02.00

  • Pope, Wilson (PC) 02.00

  • Paine, T. (PC) 02.00

  • Payne, Martin (PC) 02.00

  • Platt, Geo. 02.00

  • Powell, Lewis 02.00

  • Petty, David 02.00

  • Powell, Abram 02.00

  • Posey, Sam’l (PC) 02.00

  • Posey, B. (PC) 02.00

  • Powell, Del. 02.00

  • Platte, Able 03.00

  • Phillips, Rich. (PC) 02.00

  • Procter, Ansel 03.00

  • Prescott, Ben (PC) 03.00

  • Pardue, Geo. 02.00

  • Prescott, Scott (PC) 03.00

  • Pitts, Warren (PC) 02.00

  • Prince, Jess 02.00

  • Penn, George, Sr. (PC) 02.00

  • Prescott, Jack (PC) 02.00

  • Prescott, Martin ()C) 02.00

  • Presley, Ed 07.30

  • Quimby, Martha, Mrs. 04.00 ½

  • Quarles, Wm 02.48

Will be continued in the next issue

Two Johnson Men Given High Masonic Awards
The Augusta Chronicle of October 15, 1949
Extracted by Carol Hardy Bryan

Finding the following extract brought back memories of yesteryear. My father, George L. Hardy, looked forward to his Masonic meetings and the greeting of local friends. They must have always had a jolly good time. Daddy would always come home smelling of cigar smoke. His lodge meetings were the only place I knew him to smoke cigars, but I can vividly remember the tweed wool overcoat he wore, and the time he took to shine his shoes. He was always careful to look neat when he left home. That is something to be desired in this day and time when slouchiness seems to be the norm.

Johnston, S. C., October 14.

O.D. Black Sr. and George Salter of Johnston received reward buttons for 50 years of membership in the Masonic order here last week when J.W. Cox made presentations in behalf of Kadosh Lodge No. 181, A. F. M., of Johnston. Wives of the members were guests at a dinner served at the Skyland Club in Johnston under the direction of Charlie E. Simons. Mr. Cox presented 25-year reward buttons also to the following 19: J.O. Clark, Dr. J.A. Dobey, E.B. Edwards, Dr. J.G. Halford, George L. Hardy, H.J. Hendrix, the Rev. H.S. Hartzog, Cecil T. Hendrix, J. E. LaGrone, Jack Lott, the Rev. P.E. Monroe, W.W. Rhoden Sr., Charles E. Simons, John Wright, B.H. Wright, Spann Toney Sr., Wilbur Yonce Sr., George P. Yonce and J.W. Cox.

James Morrow - Japanese Red Spider Lily
Introduced First by Edgefield Native Son

James MorrowJames Morrow was born 7 Aug 1820 to David and Sarah Morrow who had emigrated to Willington, South Carolina from County Down, Ireland in 1818. His father died when he was two years old and his mother married John Baxter Bull who owned Pleasant Grove Plantation at Willington. From his early experience on his stepfather’s plantation, he became interested in botany and in the introduction of new crops. James Morrow was trained as a medical doctor, as well as an agriculturalist. He was educated at the University of Georgia, and obtained his medical degree in 1846 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Morrow was a key participant in the expedition of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry to Japan in 1853 which resulted in a treaty which granted the United States trading rights to two Japanese ports, Jakodate and Shimoda. The opening of Japan ranks as one of history’s most significant diplomatic achievements. During this expedition Morrow kept a journal and gathered and prepared botanical specimens. The red spider lilies were first planted in the United States in the Willington-Mt. Carmel area when Dr. James Morrow sent them and other plants from the Orient while he was on the Perry Expedition.

Works Cited

Cole, Alan B. (Editor). "Dr. James Morrow 1947 Book A Scientist with Perry in Japan, The Journal of Dr. James Morrow." Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1947
Edmonds, Bobby F. The Making of McCormick County. Columbia, SC: R. L. Bryan Company, 1999.


Queries should be typed, generally no longer than 150 words total per issue per member and will be printed as space permits. Queries are free to members; $5.00 per query for non-members. You may mail your query to the attention of: Editor, PO Box 546, Edgefield, SC 29824-0546 or e-mail to: AND note in your e-mail if your are a member.. Don’t forget to enclose a SASE when requesting help from others.

Jack Jennings, 7979 Briaridge Rd., Dallas, TX 75248, (972) 233-6499, Interested in parents of Jeremiah Jennings, (b abt 1800 SC d aft 1870 AL) m 7 Jul 1825 AL Mary Ann Smith. Children - Henry B, Isaac, Robert, Rebecca, Margaret Tillie, Jane, Elizabeth Ann; m 2nd 1846 Jane Bailey (child - Jerry Sam). He appointed Robert Jennings of Edgefield his attorney in estate of William Jennings of Suffolk, Eng. in 1850. Any info will be appreciated by 92 year old uncle.

George Cohen, 3920 Lorado Way, Los Angeles, CA 90043-1628, (323) 292-1650, would like help locating the death dates of Henry Cohen (b October 1880 Edgefield, SC) and Rose Rainsford. He is buried at Macedonia Baptist Church cemetery in an unmarked grave next to the grave of his sister Lillian Cheatham. He is not listed in the death index. The funeral home that probably handled the burial no longer exists. Memory has him dying sometime circa 1945. Any suggestions on where I can find information would be greatly appreciated.

Dallas L. Phelps, 1002 Queen Street, Camden, SC 29020 wants info on Robert D. (b abt 1800 SC d bef. 1910) and Elizabeth (b abt 1805 SC d bef. 1900) Jones whose son was William A. Jones (b 1840 d bef 1920 EdgefieldCo., SC) m 5 June 1858 Edgefield Co., SC, Milly Ann Padgett (b 1842 d 1920 Saluda Co., SC) and had Carrie Jones (b 1870 d 1952) m Henry L. Padgett (b 1867 d 1946) and had Marcella Padgett (b 1909 d 2002).Wayne Sartin, 1615 McCormick Hwy, Greenwood, SC 29646, (864) 227-0054,, and Loy Sartin, 125 Pin Oak Drive, Greenwood, SC 29649, (864) 229-2960,, are studying/researching the Phoenix Riot that occurred in Greenwood County in November 1898. We would like to locate descendants of the following people who were killed during the riot between Tuesday, November 8 and Saturday November 12, 1898: Wade Hampton McKenney, Jesse Williams, Columbus Jackson, Drayton Watts, George Logan (son of Turner Logan), Essex Harrison, Ben Collins, Jeff Darling, and Elisa Goode. We know that immediately after the riot many African-Americans left Greenwood County to live in other states, such as, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. Please contact us if you know of descendants or have any information that would assist our study and research.

You Are Invited !

Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m., Dr. Walter B. Edgar will be speaking at the Greenwood, South Carolina County Library. His topic is the American Revolution in this area. Copies of his books will be available for purchase, and he'll be available to autograph them. He's being sponsored by the Library's reactivated Friends.


We really appreciate hearing your comments, especially the positive. But when you have suggestions or criticisms, those are also needed in order to meet your needs and expectations. We read every word! You hear from us every two months in the QUILL and on the web site, OEDGS.COM. Unless you visit or write, we don't hear from you.

Wayne Ridlehoover wrote, "I received the Jan/Feb issue of the Quill today and am responding to your article on Mt. Lebanon. Of the eight persons listed as "original settlers" arriving in 1836, two are my direct ancestors - William Logan and his son Hillary Logan. At this time, this is a quick note to let you know what I have. The first attachment is a quick printing of a group sheet on William Logan. It samples the raw data I have in my database and thus needs editing before you put anything in the OEDGS files. However it should give you a good idea of the nature of my data. I can trace this family along several branches to some twelve cousins I am currently in a forum looking for data on William Logan (see second attachment). [These attachments are not included in QUILL. Ed]

I have been unable to locate the father or birth place of William. I think Elizabeth Logan, a widow in Edgefieldin 1820 may be his mother. There was also a Wyatt Logan in Edgefield in the same time frame and we believe he is a brother. In fact William and Wyatt married sisters - Joanna Cason and Jemima Cason respectively. Another Cason sister, Sarah Jane Cason, was the mother of Martin Canfield, a third of eight family leaders listed and original settlers at Mt. Lebanon. I have data on the Cason family back to Spotsylvania County Virginia.

I have some data on related families that I can provide.

I'll start on page 3 - very interesting. These are the ancestors of Mrs. Rebecca Langford Langley. The Colliers were the ancestors of Rebecca's late husband Emanuel, not hers. Some of these people are buried in the Robertson Cemetery near Plum Branch. This was another branch of the Keys that settled around Big Stephen's Creek Church. Supposed to be a distant relation to my Turkey Creek Keys.

Page 4--I often recall the wonderful visit I had to Mt. Lebanon on the occasion of the 150th anniversary on July 5, 1987. I have the commemorative funeral home fan, for the church is not air conditioned!. For this I wrote an article that appeared in the fall 1987 issue of the Carolina Herald. Jerry Scott wrote an article in the same issue on historic South Carolina post offices.

Page 6--Catlett G. Thurmond was the s/o Wm. & Eliz. Key Thurmond (my Keys). He was Edgefield sheriff from 1825- 830 (Ref: equity 470). Relation to Strom's line unknown. He was supposedly run out of town for misappropriating funds. His widow ended up at Mt. Lebanon also, where she died in 1875 and where I have seen her grave.

Page 4-Uncle John & Aunt Addiah Ridlehoover had arrived in Mt. Lebanon by 1838; later moved to the lower part of Bienville Parish.

Page 9 - Mary Ellen Allen (d 1861 buried possibly in the Nicholson cemetery).

P. 17 - I answered the query about Will Cartledge. Not that I know, but the coroner's records are in the Clerk of Court’s office at McCormick. They were written by my great great grandfather Ridlehoover!

Wow, Wayne! Now that’s the kind of response I would like from a lot of our readers. You provided important additional information regarding the folks in that article on Mt. Lebanon. Thanks. The rest of you, take notice. We like to hear from you!

Vernon Miller, Archivist

The Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society is very grateful for your gifts which provide an expanding collection of valuable research materials concerning Old Edgefield District.

Society Funds

Post Offices of South Carolina (1865-1890) and Their First Postmasters, 195 page, spiral-bound book; Just Mud, Kershaw County, S. C. Pottery to 1980, 96-page, soft-bound book; Partners with the Sun: S. C. Photographers (1840-1940), 415-page, hard-bound, indexed book; Cleryymen and Chiefs: A Genealogy of the MacQueen and MacFarlene families, indexed book; Free Blacks and Mulattos in South Carolina 1850 Census, 254-page, soft-bound, indexed book; Blacks Found in the Deeds of Laurens & Newberry Counties, SC, 1785-1827, 204-page, soft-bound, indexed; Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina from the Colonial Period to About 1820, Volume I, 504-page, soft-bound, indexed and Volume II, 537-page, soft-bound, indexed; State of Rebellion: Reconstruction in South Carolina; 250-page, hard-bound, indexed; Edgefield County African American Cemeteries, Volume I, 239-page, soft bound, indexed - includes the following African-American cemeteries: Simmon Ridge Baptist, Moore’s AME, Macedonia Baptist, Liberty Springs Baptist, Science Hill Baptist, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Poplar Spring Baptist, Shady Grove Baptist, Carey Hill Baptist, Bland Baptist, and Mount Pleasant Baptist; Will Book F, Edgefield County 1867-1876, (WPA Transcript), 140-page, loose-leaf notebook; Will Book E, Edgefield County, (WPA Transcript), 335-page, loose-leaf notebook; Ain’t Gonna Lay My ‘Ligion Down: African American Religion in the South, 141-page, hard-bound; At Freddom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina, 269-page, hard-bound; Black Slave Owners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860, soft-bound, indexed; South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research Index, Volumes XXI -XXX, 1993-2002, 310-page, hard-bound; Charleston District, South Carolina Journal of the Court of Ordinary (1812-1830), 212, hard-bound; The Black Family in Slavery & Freedom (1750-1925), 664-page, hard bound, indexed; The South Carolina Dispensary: A Bottle Collector’s Atlas and History of the System, 215 pages, soft-bound; The River Front Potters of North Augusta, 60 pages, soft-bound; The World of the American Indian, 400 pages, hard-bound, indexed; The Anderson Intelligencer, Volume I, July 1882-December 1890, includes births, deaths, and marriages, not only for Anderson County, but other South Carolina counties and adjoining states; South Carolina Death Certificate Index 1915-1949, 8 CD Rom Discs.

Helen T. Daeger, 122 Michael Road, Blythewood, SC 29016

Senator Strom Thurmond - Newspaper pictures and article about Senator Thurmond’s 52nd birthday celebration.

Chip Simkins, 1120 East Bay Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Francis Butler Simkins: Historian of the South, 85 pages, soft-bound.

Dick Whatley, 2119 Second Avenue N, Pell City, AL 35125

Big Stephen’s Creek Baptist Church Minutes, soft-bound, indexed.

Pam Calhoun, 7406 Highway 25S, Ninety Six, SC 29666

Bohler Family Chart, 2 pages

Judith F. Russell, 1051 Forrest Hills Drive, Bogart, GA 30622-2422

Annotated Research Bibliography of the Walker and Bell Families of Edgefield, South Carolina 1770-1820, 16-page, spiral-bound; Children and Grandchildren of Samuel and Martha Jefferson Bell Walker, Edgefield, SC 1770-1820, 28-page, spiral-bound.

Richard Fowler, 601 Wilkins Ford Road, Inman, SC 29349

Laurens County Kinfolks, Volume II, Book One: Abercrombie-Cunningham, approximately 400-page, soft-bound, indexed and Volume II: Dalrymple-Williams, approximately 400-page, soft-bound, indexed; Descendants of the Colony of Virginia: The Formation of Selected Virginia Counties, 8-page binder.

Bettis C. Rainsford, 108 ½ Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC 29824

Records of Thomas Rainsford of Edgefield District, SC, 7 loose leaf paper of family records including slaves.

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Gray, PO Box 779, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Eighteenth Century Register of Emigrants from Southwest Germany, 516-page, hard-bound, book. Edgefield names included are Miller and Zimmerman.

Sameera U. Thurmond, PO Box 423537, San Francisco, CA 94142

Extraction from the Register of Signatures of Depositors in the Augusta, Georgia Branch of the Freeman’s Savings ans Trust Company, Volume I, November 1870 - June 1872, 44 pages, spiral-bound, indexed; African-American Baptist Church Cemetery Surveys, several loose-leaf pages. Included are the histories of Spring Grove, Old Macedonia, Mealing Grove, Simmon Ridge, Poplar Springs, Mt. Zion, Jerusalem Missionary, Bethany, Young Macedonia, Laura Grove Missionary, Mt. Lebanon, and Mt Transfiguration. Also included are the cemetery surveys from Hopewell, Mt. Lebanon, Bethany and Old Cedar Springs.

Edith Greisser, 31 Summerset Bay Drive, Cross Hill, SC 29332

Newberry County, South Carolina Equity Records (1868-1869) and Washington District Equity Records (1816-1843), soft-bound, indexed.

Bobby Peeler, Edgefield Probate Court, 124 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC 29824

Probate Estate Index 1785-Present, 296 loose leaf pages.

Richard K. Fischer, 19 Hazelwood Circle, Ephrate, PA 17522

Travis and Bonham, copies of original Texas records of land acquisitions, etc. Includes many pages of color copies of the documents of the famous duo from Edgefield who were heroes in the Alamo.

Neil Bussey, 1903 Riley Court, North Augusta, SC 29841

Bussey Family (1622-2002), 95-page notebook.

Robert E. Sanders, 568 Patterson Road, Laurenceville, GA 30044

Sanders Family, 5 loose leaf pages.

Bob Johnson, 181 Windjammer Drive, Leesville, SC 29070

A Record of Service in the Freedmen’s Bureau 1866-1868: Major William Stone, 97-page binder.

Gene Jarrell, Alligator Creek Publications, 1009 Flintwood Court, High Point, NC 27265

The Guilford Genealogist, Summer 2002 and Fall 2002.

Dr. Billy R. Wiseman, 217 Fulwood Boulevard, Tifton, GA 31794

Wiseman Family History, 5 loose-leaf pages; Descendants of Thomas Wiseman, 21 loose-leaf pages; Dedication of 1998 Army Worm Symposium to Dr. Billy Ray Wiseman: Plant Resistance Expert, 12 loose-leaf pages.

Frank Roberson, 956 Herndon Dairy Road, North Augusta, SC 29842

Where a Few Gather in My Name: The History of the Oldest Black Church in America - The Silver Bluff Baptist Church, 98 pages, soft-bound, indexed.


Ralph Scurry stirs the stew pot at the member appreciation dinner on Saturday, February 8. We appreciate Ralph’s willingness to take on this project. He did it all by himself in order to guard his special recipe. We DIDN’T mind, either. It was a treat to be "treated." We also want to recognize the wonderful volunteers who help to make OEDGE successful. "Noonie" Holtzlander and Vernon Miller spend no less than one day a week greeting and helping visitors. Raymond Timmerman dedicates his days on Monday to helping out in the Library. He goes to the Post Office at least twice a day, in addition to the many hours he spends in the Tompkins Library processing resource orders and helping visitors. He spends untold hours keeping the financial records for our hundreds of members. Marie Mims is in the Tompkins Library on a continuing basis continuing the work begun by her honored mother, Nancy Mims, who was the one who initiated the efforts to form the resource library and was also responsible for the organization of the OEDGS.

By Owen Clark

The Edgefield Advertiser, founded in 1836, is the oldest newspaper in South Carolina. William Walton Mims, who has edited the weekly paper since 1937, retired at the end of 2002 and turned the paper over to his daughter Suzanne Mims Derrick. She has assembled an enthusiastic staff of contributors from throughout Edgefield County. Her goal is to make the Advertiser a paper rich in local news and in the culture and history of our area.

The Advertiser office will remain at 119-120 Courthouse Square in Edgefield. Subscriptions are $10.00 a year, and the mailing address is P. O. Box 628, Edgefield, SC 29824. The telephone number is 803-637-3540. A staff member will be in the office during most business hours.

Quill salutes our sister publication across Courthouse Square and wishes The Advertiser a productive and successful future.

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