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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.



August 28, 2014 PHS Meeting at 7:30pm in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg in the Hoechst - Celanese Room. Mr. Ron Swain "Maps Alive!   Part 1: Colonization To Independence" A look at 20 historical maps from 1665 to 1784. Each map shows South Carolina somewhere on the map. Spanish, French, and English claims to land east of the Mississippi River and the changing boundaries are examined. Historical maps are not just geographical; they are works of art and contain many historical notations relevant to the period. 

September 11, 2014 PHS Meeting at 7:00pm in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg in the Hoechst - Celanese Room.  Ms. Sheila Ingle will be presenting her newest book "Elizabeth Jackson - the Mother of President Andrew Jackson." Leaving Ireland in 1765 with her husband and two young sons, Elizabeth and Andrew Jackson, Sr. moved to the Waxhaws community in SC. Only a few houses and the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church were established. Her youngest son Andy was born two weeks after Andrew, Sr. died. This young widow became the housekeeper in her sick sister's home. Elizabeth made sure her three sons attended church and school regularly, and she instilled in them a love of liberty and freedom. When the Revolutionary War came their way, the whole household were Patriots. She nursed the injured and dying after the Battle of the Waxhaws and bravely had Andy and Robert released from the Camden jail. Meeting adversity as a challenge, not a hindrance at every turn, she modeled bravery to her sons every day. This SC heroine's life and story is one to remember.



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.  The Easterwood family was found in several of the family studies conducted by the PHS.  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
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.

Other News!!

Greenville County Mountaineer Invented The Turbine in The 1800s PDF File
From Betty Jean Dill and James L. Reid


Early SC Marriage and Other From the Leonardo Andrea Files  PDF File

Four Generations Picture for Moses West Lancaster PDF File
Family Group Sheets by Betty Jean Dill
Note: This file is under "Surname Studies"


Newspaper articles from Dr. James Reid Note these can Be found under "Records", "Local History"

South Carolina Widows Dangerous in 1773; Maiden Ladies Strike Back PDF File

First Reunion in 57 Years for Bailey Siblings of Union County, SC PDF File

Holden Family Reunion (1940) in Spartanburg County, SC. PDF File

Historical note in 1945 on Cannon’s Camp Ground Methodist Church in Spartanburg County, SC (and a recipe). PDF File

An issue of a Spartanburg Newspaper Uncovered in 1940 PDF File

L.E.Pettit Celebrates 81st Birthday in 1940 PDF File


Family Bible Record of Nathaniel Vise (1773-1839) of Spartanburg District, SC and Other Related Vise and Poole Records PDF File

Contributed by Mrs. Lorene Fisher
22 Goose Trail
Taylors, SC, 29687-5510
Note: This file is under "Records" and "Bible"


Working notes on Thomas and Floyd families of Spartanburg County, SC PDF File

These notes were recieved years ago by Dr. James Reid
Note: This file is under "Surname Studies"


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
Acting President Acting Treasurer Webmaster
Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Dr. James L. Reid
Ted Zajac


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P.O. Box 127
Campobello, South Carolina 29322

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