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The Piedmont Historical Society, South Carolina

Dedicated to the Preservation and Sharing of Historical and Genealogical Resources and Research

The Piedmont Historical Society was founded in 1978 and chartered in 1981 under the laws of the State of South Carolina for the purpose of collecting, preserving and publishing historical and genealogy records of upstate South Carolina and other areas of the state.



Meeting Schedule

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DATE & TIME - April 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm
PLACE - Hoescht-Celanese room in the Main Library Library downtown Spartanburg (This is on the Lower Level)
SPEAKER - Linda Dearybury Taylor, former educator and retired business owner She is a native of Cowpens having earned a BA degree in history from Furman University and a MA in history at Clemson University. As head of the Social Science Dept. at Dorman High she implemented the Advanced Placement program in United States History. She taught at Dorman 10 years and then part time at spartanburg Methodist College. Linda and her mother were activists in restration of Cowpens Depot and its conversion to museum to house artifacts from the ship and crew of the USS Cowpens. Linda is a member of the Kate Barry chapter DAR and also the Spartanburg County History Association.
TOPIC - "My Little Town - COWPENS, SC"
Did you know that Cowpens had a hay day!!!

DATE & TIME - May 10, 2018, 7:00 pm
PLACE - The Harley Room, Upper Level Main Library downtown Spartanburg
SPEAKER - Dr Jim Farmer, Visiting Professor Emeritus at USC Aiken, where he held the June Rainsford Henderson Chair in Southern and Local History 1992-2008. He is a native of Eastern North Carolina and upon graduating at East Carolina University, he moved to South Carolina to take teaching job in Florence. He did graduate work in history at USC, MA and PhD, 1967-1973, with a year off as visiting instructor at ECU. Jim taught at Lancaster Campus of USC 1973-1991. His revised dissertation "The Metaphysical Confederacy: James Henley Thornwell Synthesis of Southern Values" was published.
TOPIC - "Bloody Edgefield - Image and Reality"
From the myth-maker Mason Locke "Parson" Weems (1816) to Charleston News and Courier editor(1932) to New York Times correspondent (1995), observers have proclaimed Edgefield County, SC to be among the most politically radical and violent places in America.  A brief look at some of their statements captures the image of the county that has come down to us: "What? Old Edgefield again? Another murder in Edgefield? For sure it must be pandemonium itself, a very District of Devils." Itinerant preacher ML Weems, "The Devil In Petticoats, or God's Revenge Against Husband Killing" (a sermon), 1816. Edgefield has had more dashing, brilliant, romantic figures, statesmen, orators, soldiers, adventurers and daredevils than any other county of SC, if not any rural county in America.There's so much more. Plan to be there to hear more of the story "Bloody Edgefield."


Obituary of John L Young 1820-1903 FROM BETTY JEAN DILL AND JAMES L. REID

"The Coroners Verdict in the Murder of "Sugar Babe" Young"  FROM BETTY JEAN DILL AND JAMES L. REID

“The Murder of John “Sugar Babe” Young in 1907” FROM BETTY JEAN DILL AND JAMES L. REID


A Bragg Line -  A report provided by a faithful member of the Piedmont Historical Society, Dr. Dan Olds, a retired Physics Professor from Wofford College. This will be permanently listed in the "Surname Studies" tab.


Michael Gaffney Documentation: A newspaper article provided by Dr. James Reid and an estate file provided by Betty Jean Dill.


John B. Easterwood  - This is a Family study done by Betty Jean Dill with the support of the PHS.  This Easterwood family was found in several of the family studies conducted by the PHS and this study completes the picture.  This study will be at the "Surname Studies" tab.


Mr. Tim Linder, President of Linder Family Association, suggested that the Piedmont Historical Society reprint from the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Linder Quarterly pages that pertain to Spartanburg County, SC. He granted permission to post those pages on this website. Readers who would like to know more about the Linder Family Association, which has over 300 members across the country, and about the Linder Quarterly may contact:

Tim Linder, President

Bonnie Dailey, Editor

The Piedmont Historical Society hereby thanks the Spartanburg County Public Libraries for permission to post on this website the picture of 1884 Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. This image is from the digital collection of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. A copy of this image (and of others in the collection) can be obtained by contacting:

Charity Rouse, MLS
Local History Librarian

151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Email:  Phone: 864.596.3508
Phone: 864.596.3508

We at PHS wish to thank our skillful and talented Web Master for executing the transfer of the original Linder pages to the website. Way to go, Ted!

Please click here to access the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Linder Quarterly.




We are interested in the these counties,
which comprise the South Carolina Piedmont
Abbeville Anderson Cherokee Chester
Edgefield Fairfield Greenville Greenwood
Laurens McCormick Newberry Oconee
Pickens Spartanburg Union York

**Please Note** When South Carolina became a state in 1785, the governmental units were called counties and remained so named until 1800 when the designation “County” was changed to ‘District”. In 1868 the name “District” was changed back to “County”, which name has been in use since then. The name of the governmental area changed at these dates but not its function.

Earlier, alternate designations for this area include
Cambridge District Camden District Craven County Ninety Six District
Pendleton District Pinckney District St. Mark's Parish Washington District

For the era prior to 1785, don't forget to check records filed in Charleston (or Charles Town) as that was the seat of colonial government and the place where legal documents were recorded. Prior to the early 1800's, North Carolina also claimed the northern portion of the South Carolina Piedmont. So, some of the early records will be found in Tryon County and Mecklenburg County as well as the colonial and state records of North Carolina.

Piedmont Historical Society Officers
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Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Dr. James L. Reid
Ted Zajac


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