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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

Everyone is WELCOME to our meetings!
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Date & Time - February 14, 2019 at 7: 00 pm
Place - Hoescht-Celanese room Lower Level in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC
Speaker - Dr James Farmer, the best authority on Edgefield history
Topic - "Edgefield Planter Whitfield Brooks' Diary & His Spartanburg Connections."
Dr Farmer's book , same title, is due to be released in June 2019. Hear the review first at Piedmont Historical Society!

Date & Time - March 14 at 7:00 pm
Place - Hoescht-Celanese room Lower Level in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC
Speaker - Maxine S. Appleby, Ph.D.
Native of Spartanburg. She attended Roebuck Schools, Winthrop College (now University) where she received M.A. in History and Philosophy, also Univ. of Missouri,and the Univ.of Hawaii. Maxine has 51 years teaching experience in public, private and parochial schools.She has shared her teaching at Wofford College Lifelong Learning Local History, Historic churches and Appalachian Cultural Studies. Topic - "The Legacy of Courage" .... A brief look at the Appalachian land and the settlers of that land as they affected and continue to affect American history. We will examine their ethnic origins and beliefs brought with them to a new world. a close look will be given the lives of several women and men to see how their beliefs, music, art, crafts and language have effected our understanding of Appalachia's place in our local heritage and our lives. We will shine the light upon their responses to the perils of settlement of the Appalachian region and how we inherited the bounty of their courage.

Date & Time - April 11 7:00pm
Place - Hoescht-Celanese room Lower Level in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC
Speaker - Lynn Cogdill
She has a passion for the people and history of the Gettysburg era, and has been a member of the re-enacting community for over 20 years. While she interprets several eras from the mid-18th century, she is particularly interested in the mid-19th century clothing and material culture. She says she was bitten by the history bug at a very early age.She has enjoyed visiting Gettysburg many times through the years. Currently her time is spent attending conferences and symposiums on the 19th century material culture like the Corsets and Cravats symposium being held in Newberry, SC in early August.
Topic - "The Citizens of Gettysburg and How the Battle Changed That town Forever"
This offering will hopefully shed light on how this town and it's surrounding countryside were changed forever by the colliding armies. The discussion will show other reasons why Gettysburg was strategic, not just for the rumor of shoes for those Confederates under Lee's command. We'll explore the stories of a few of the town's 2,500 inhabitants at the time of battle. Beginning with John Burns, one of its oldest citizens and a veteran of the War of 1812 and ending with the tragedy of Jennie Wade, the only civilian death during the 3 days of battle. "The Sisters of Charity" a religious order based in nearby Emmitsburg traveled to Gettysburg to assist in nursing the wounded left behind, Take note of the very large scale field hospital.

Date & Time - TBD
Place - The Jeanne Harley Room, Upper Level Main Library, downtown Spartanburg, SC
Speaker - Russel Floyd, President of JF Floyd Funeral Home. He will be assisted by Gordon Floyd, his brother and Glen Miller, their General Manager.
Topic - "The John Franklin Floyd family and the JF Floyd Funeral Home"
The brothers will bring to us the story of how this business started in 1886 as Furniture and Undertaking . Mr. Floyd sold caskets.  As you may imagine, over a period of 132 years there have been many stories and experiences, some sad and some happy, and probably a few to make you laugh! Bring your family and friends to enjoy another facet of the HISTORY OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY!


An Account of the Family of Bartholomew Johnson Union, S.C. Researched and written by Nathaniel Thomas McMaster

The William Poole Family Revisited by Deborah Lorraine Brown Nelson.  This is the same family that was presented in the Upper South Carolina Genealogy & History Quarterly, August 1999, Volume XIII, No. 3 by Dr. James L. Reid from the files of Mrs. Della White Brooks of Cowpens, SC.

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

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
President Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Webmaster
Mark Gillespie
Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Dr. James L. Reid
Ted Zajac


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