The Piedmont Historical Society, South
Dedicated to the
Preservation and Sharing of Historical and Genealogical Resources and
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.
DATE & TIME - March 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
The Jeanne Harley Meeting Room on the Upper Level Main Library
downtown Spartanburg, SC
SPEAKER - Jackie McAbee,
author & researcher of area church histories, and member of
TOPIC - "Walnut Grove United Methodist Church"
Three of the first trustees of the church in 1858 were
Jackie's gg grandfathers, and two others were her ggg uncles.
So she has roots from the very beginning. She has the stories
of the first ones buried in the cemetery, a mother and
daughter, and why they died. Then there was a father and son
who were killed at the same time. The Civil War started a few
years after the church and there was a man whose wife was
buried in the cemetery and the story goes that he hid (a
mystery) to avoid going to war. Jackie's gg grandfather
Harrison was another who chose to hide and he stole a horse to
ride home after end of war. Two Wofford sisters and their
brother are credited with starting Walnut Grove Church. Rev.
Benjamin Wofford who left money to build Wofford College was
their Uncle. Grandmother Martha Wofford was instigator in
starting Tabernacle Methodist Church.
Robert James, a
doctor and a carpenter, built the first building for Walnut
Grove Church in 1858. Someone still lives in the house he
built for his family. Daniel White, a friend of Robert, was a
hermit and used a notched stick for calendar. Jackie will
bring that for "show and tell." She has a wealth of knowledge
about the area and will share as much as time allows.
DATE & TIME - April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Main library downtown Spartanburg - Room TBA
– John J. Barron, Spartanburg American Legion Post 28, 1st
Vice Commander and Athletic Director
TOPIC – American
Legion Post 28 Baseball “A Rich and Exciting 83 Year History”
The “Great Depression,” a time of great despair and
uncertainty for many people in the upstate area. Yet in spite
of the many hardships the country was experiencing there was
great optimism for baseball in Spartanburg. The South was
known for turning out some of the best ball players and its
people enjoyed a good contest. Many of the local merchants
would even close shop for the good games. Baseball was very
much alive and well in 1933 when American Legion Post 28
formed a Junior Baseball Team under the leadership of Mike
Burgin and Coach Sergeant W.P. Hughes. John has been managing
the team since 2012 and has done extensive research and will
bring artifacts from the Post 28 Legion Museum.
DATE & TIME - May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
PLACE - The
Jeanne Harley Room in the main library downtown Spartanburg,
SPEAKERS - Ron Swain and Brad Steinecke
- "Presenting Daniel Morgan"
Ron will have the first part
of program: events leading up to the unveiling of the Daniel
Morgan statue on May 11, 1881. (138 years ago today) He will
discuss how the Charleston Light Infantry became involved with
the Battle of Cowpens and erected the first battle monument in
1856. Brad will take over after the unveiling and discuss how
the statue subsequently got moved around the square over the
There will be pictures depicting
this era in the history of Spartanburg. You don't want to miss
DATE & TIME - June 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm
PLACE - The
Jeanne Harley Meeting Room, Upper Level Main Library downtown
SPEAKER - Joe Epley, author of "Passel
Of Hate and "Passel Of Trouble"
TOPIC - "Passel Of
Trouble" This is an exciting American Revolution War thriller
based on actual exploits of one of the most courageous and
notorious Loyalist partisans in the Carolinas. During the
first 3 years of the war in South Carolina, he fought in the
first battle of the South. The next 3 years he was on the run
except for 14 times when he was captured by the Patriot
forces. His escapes were bodacious, his ability to survive in
the backcountry wilderness was extraordinary. The last 2 years
of the war found him in Central North Carolina where his
leadership and spectacular actions won admiration from the
British and hated dread from Americans fighting for
independence. Why did he side with the British? How did this
uneducated teenage sergeant develop into a crafty and
treacherous leader who often outwitted superior size forces?
How did the Quakers influence his actions?
Mr Epley will
have copies of his book for sale - $18.50 + tax $1.50 = $20.00
(Cannot take charge cards, only checks or cash)
Remember everyone is invited to our meetings....everyone
We have several emails on our list that are now
invalid. Please let me know when you have a change so you will
continue to receive the news. If you know of anyone who may
have changed their address it will help us correct our files.
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.
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:
151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
which comprise the South Carolina Piedmont
**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
designations for this area include
Ninety Six District
St. Mark's Parish
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.