Wild morning glories on a ditchbank near Bell Swamp in Dillon County. Photo by Jo Church Dickerson, November 2004.

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Chapter meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Visitors are welcome.
There are no meetings in May (picnic & tour), July & August.

Pee Dee Chapter Officers

Always please call or check in advance to make sure we're open before planning
a research trip to the Marion County Archives & History Center. (843) 431-5024



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Refreshments will be potluck unless otherwise stated.


July & August 2017: No meetings July & August

10 September 2017: TBA

8 October 2017: TBA

12 November 2017: TBA

10 December 2017: Christmas Social - Show & Tell

Past Programs

8 January 2017:

The Pee Dee Chapter joint meeting with with Old Darlington District is cancelled due to snow & ice forecast.

The first meeting of 2017 will be a joint meeting with the Old Darlingon District Chapter, SCGS, at the Darlington County Historical Commission (DCHC). The meeting will start at 3:pm.

The address is 204 Hewitt Street, Darlington, SC 29532. The location is the old county jail building, one block off the square in downtown Darlington.

The program will consist of a tour of the DCHC and an overiew of records and historical and genealogical resources available. An opportunity for research will be provided.

As we may be handling original documents, NO refreshments will be allowed or available, but members may gather offsite afterwards if they wish

12 February 2017: Chapter president Jeff Dudley will present the program, "The Calvin Leonard family of Marion County, S. C."

Calvin Leonard was the African-American ancestor of our own Fannie (Leonard) Simmons, and was related to other well known figures from Marion County. Jeff will share his research on the family and give abstracts of census records, death certificates, and family tree records. He has also found a photo of Calvin Leonard that he will share.

5 March 2017

Pee Dee Chapter members are invited to a joint meeting of the Pee Dee Chapter and the Old Darlington District Chapter on March 5th at 3 pm in Darlington. (Originally scheduled for January and postponed due to winter weather.)

We will meet at the Darlington County Historical Commission  (DCHC) in Darlington. The address is 204 Hewitt Street, Darlington, SC 29532. The location is the old county jail building, one block off the square in downtown Darlington.

The program will consist of a tour of DCHC and an overiew of records and historical and genealogical resources available, including many relating to old Marion District. An opportunity for research will be provided.

As we may be handling original documents, NO refreshments will be allowed or available, but members may gather offsite afterwards if they wish.

Those traveling on I-95 from Dillon to Florence or Hwy 34 from Dillon to Darlington may want to check with the highway department to see if extra time or an alternate route is necessary due to bridge work across Great Pee Dee River on those two routes.

9 April 2017: Recheduled from OCTOBER 2016 on account of Hurricane Matthew.

Former USC professor Pat McNeeley will speak on her book, “Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas… and the Burning of Columbia.” She will discuss Gen. William T. Sherman's psychological war on civilians as part of his campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas.

Ms. McNeeley is also the author of “Fighting Words: A Media History of South Carolina.” She is co-author of “Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting.” She will have copies of her books for sale at the meeting.

Members, please bring a dish to share.

21 May 2017: Tour & Picnic. (3rd Sunday, 2:00 pm)

The Annual Tour & Picnic for Pee Dee Chapter members and invited guests will be in Darlington on the 3rd Sunday in May.

We will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Darlington County Historical Commission at 204 Hewitt Street in Darlington.

11 June 2017: Chapter president Jeff Dudley will present a program on "The Britton Family of Britton's Neck", including some DNA discussion.


10 January 2016: Christopher H. Daniels will present a program on the "History of Funerals in Marion and Dillon Counties". Among his subjects, Chris will discuss local Indian burials (with artifacts), early settlers, funeral homes from the earliest known in our area to the present (both white and African-American), and will shed some light on "Whatever happened?" to some of the old funeral home records.

Chris is a life-long genealogist and local historian. He is a funeral director apprentice and grief counselor at Kannaday Funeral Home and Greenlawn Cemetery. Chris and his wife, Kelli Smallwood Daniels, reside at Lake View and are members of the Pee Dee Chapter, SCGS.

14 February 2016:

Solon B. Lewis was a Marion County rural law enforcement officer in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Our February speaker will be his grandson, Solon Duane Lewis, author of a book about the career of Solon Lewis: "A Shot in the Dark". Mr. Lewis will talk about some of the most interesting cases his grandfather and other officrs investigated in the rural farm communities of Marion County.

"This is a fascinating true story of one man's life during the Prohibition era . . . Solon was shot two times in the line of duty, was forced to kill an armed robber, and faced many personal and professional tragedies in his life because he fought to clean out his community of organized crime, bootleggers, murderers, and robbers." (This program has been rescheduled from last year.)

13 March 2016:

Chapter president Jeff Dudley will present the program which will either be a basic refresher of DNA with some new real world examples of DNA matching cousins having matching family trees AND/OR an overview of using Legacy Family Tree software.

10 April 2016: " the Most Heavily Used Genealogy Site on the Internet."

Elder and Sister Madeo, family historians, will discuss and demonstrate the Family Search genealogical resources available through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).  The Madeos, from Salt Lake City, are living temporarily in Tabor City, N.C., working with individuals and organizations in the area with family histories.

They will also cover other resources: Wiki, the Catalog, and other databases. In the brief program they will present, they will provide an overview with the hope that members will then feel able to pursue searches of their own.

The program will be interactive, and members are encouraged to bring the name of a deceased ancestor, with birth, death, and marriage information. There will be a chance to search for further information on line. Some laptops will be available, but members who have them are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

May 17 2016: Annual Tour & Picnic, Marlboro County, Jeff Dudley - Tour Guide.

Sparks Place near Blenheim in Marlboro County. Photo by Jeff Dudley.

12 June 2016: Vice President Jeff Murrie will discuss the role SC played in the War of 1812. He will also share his recent discoveries about his ancestor, Absalom Gasque, and the petition of Absalom's wife for a War of 1812 widow's pension.

After Jeff's brief presentation, others are welcome and encouraged to share their recent discoveries.

11 September 2016: Herbert O. Chambers III will discuss his recent publications, "And Were the Glory of Their Times—Men Who Died for South Carolina in the War for Southern Independence". In his 20-years of research he has found the names of more than 1,100 South Carolina soldiers who had never been heralded or listed before, and these are included in the two volumes so far completed.

In his presentation, Mr. Chambers will highlight those soldiers who served in units from the Pee Dee area. He will also have copies of his books for sale.

9 October 2016:


Former USC professor Pat McNeeley will speak on her book, “Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas … and the Burning of Columbia.” She will discuss Gen. William T. Sherman's psychological war on civilians as part of his campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas.

Ms. McNeeley is also the author of “Fighting Words: A Media History of South Carolina.” She is co-author of “Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting.” She will have copies of her books for sale at the meeting.

13 November 2016: Chapter President Jeff Dudley will present a program on "A New England Pedigree in Colonial Pee Dee".

11 December 2016: Annual Christmas Social and Potluck.

Marion County Courthouse, Christmas, 2010. Photo by Jo Dickerson.


11 January 2015: Ted Gragg, archeaologist, author, and owner of the Civil War Museum at Myrtle Beach, will speak on "The known crew members of the warship CSS Pee Dee, the workmen at the Mars Bluff Naval Yard, and the staff of the Marion Naval Station, CSA."

Mr. Gragg is the author of "Guns of the Peedee, The Search for The Warship CSS Pee Dee's Cannons" published by Flat River Rock Publishing.

8 February 2015: Tom Gasque will speak on "The Marriage of Two Counties: The 1923 Highway Bridge at Pee Dee."

Summary: After many decades of crossing the Great Pee Dee River by ferry, the citizens of Florence and Marion Counties voted to fund a toll bridge at Mars Bluff, a steel superstructure resting on three concrete piers. When the bridge opened for traffic in May 1923 there was a major celebration with an estimated crowd of over 1000 people from all over the Pee Dee area. included songs, speeches, dances, and a mock wedding of "Mr. Marion" and "Miss Florence." The toll was discontinued in 1934 and the bridge was replaced by a concrete structure at the present location in 1945.

8 March 2015: In lieu of a speaker, the president has called for a CLOSED MEETING - MEMBERS ONLY. Important matters regarding the future of our chapter will be discussed. All members who can come are asked to attend.

We regret that our scheduled March speaker, Solon Duane Lewis, had to cancel his presentation about his grandfather, Solon B. Lewis, who was a Marion County rural law enforcement officer in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Mr. Lewis sends his apologizes, and promises to come at a later date.

12 April 2015: Our speaker will be Tom Elmore, who will discuss his new book about Potter's Raid through the Pee Dee Region in April 1865.

3 May 2015: Annual Spring Tour and Picnic
(For members and their invited guests, only.)

The tour this year will be in Fair Bluff, Columbus County, North Carolina and in neighboring Horry County, South Carolina. We will meet at 2 p.m. at the Fair Bluff Depot Museum in the old Railroad Depot.

Fair Bluff is on the Lumber River at the intersection of U.S. Highway 76 and N.C Highway 904, at the site of an early trading post.

Our Tour Guide will be Mary Alice McNeill Thompson, and after the tour we will enjoy our picnic at her ancestral home on the old McNeill Century Farm south of town.

14 June 2015: The Hon. Mark Heath, Probate Judge of Marlboro County, will speak. He has been digitizing the Marlboro probate records, including records back to the 1700's for online access to researchers. He will discuss the records available and how to navigate to them. He will be happy to answer questions pertaining to the office, including questions about estate files, marriage licenses, judgement of mental capacity, etc. Much of his information pertains to all South Carolina Probate Offices.

13 September 2015: Chapter president Jeff Dudley will present: A Genealogical Expedition to Europe.

A PowerPoint presentation of Jeff's recent trip to England and France for genealogical research will be given. Jeff's research attempts to retrace and document his Dudley ancestors by visiting multiple cities in England and a side trip to Paris to visit Sorbonne University. Many photos of city and family landmarks, as well as real world advice and recommendations for research in several regions of England.

11 October 2015: Vice President Jeff Murrie will present a program on memorial grave markers that may be obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These are available for service in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, and more recent.

Jeff will have information on the website, memorial options, and more. He will also have business cards for the Director of the Florence National Cemetery available.

8 November 2015:


The November meeting of the Pee Dee Chapter, SCGS will take place at the SOUTH CAROLINA TOBACCO MUSEUM in MULLINS on Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The museum is located in downtown Mullins in the historic Mullins Depot at the corner of Front and Main streets beside the RR tracks (104 NE Front Street).

The program will include a tour and explanation of the museum's holdings, including a display showing the growing cycle and production of tobacco, complete with mule and reconstructed pole barn with hanging, cured tobacco. The emphasis is on the history of tobacco farming in the Pee Dee area, but the displays include an amazing array of locally donated farm and household implements and curiosities. There will also be a documentary video, "When Tobacco Was King" based on interviews with residents of Dillon, Horry, and Marion Counties. There is ample parking and the museum is handicapped accessible.

Mullins Depot. Photo by Buddy Harrelson, 2008

13 December 2015: Annual Christmas Social and Potluck. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Fire Station on Senator Gasque Road.






Until further notice Pee Dee Chapter meetings will be held in the meeting room at the new Marion Fire Station on Senator Gasque Road in the eastern edge of Marion, across the road from Richardson's Funeral Home.

This is the road that runs parallel to the old railroad track bed between Marion and Mullins. Parking is available all around, including in the back where the entrance is located.

Be sure to see the delightful history of the Marion Fire Department on their website, including the story of winning the World's Championship Hose Muster Competition at the 1917 World's Fair.


SCGS Publications Contest

In 2012 the Pee Dee Chapter entered and won two awards in the SCGS Publications Contest. Unfortunately there was some confusion in announcing the winners, and we only learned details belatedly.

Our chapter was awarded first place in two categories:

Best Book by an SCGS chapter with more than 100 members: "1870 Census, Marion County, South Carolina" by Members and Friends of the Pee Dee Chapter, SCGS; Editor: Jo Church Dickerson; Project Director: Helen Belden Moody.

Best newsletter article in a chapter with more than 100 members: "Wash James and the Plantation Lands" by Jo Church Dickerson, July-August 2012 "Pee Dee Queue" (part of the "Family Fables or Facts" series).



Marion County featured on PBS History Detectives

"Bill of Sale"

On 8 January 2013 the PBS program History Detectives broadcast an episode based on a rare original bill of sale for the slave Willoby, who was owned in succession by the Brown, McWhite, and Daniels families. After liberation Willoughby and her husband, Essex "Sixe" McWhite, resided and raised their family in Pee Dee Township, in the part of Old Marion that went to Florence County in 1888. Pee Dee Chapter members who assisted in the search for information about Willoughby and her family include Maxcy Foxworth, archivist of the Marion County Archives & History Center and Margaret Collar of the South Carolina Room at the Florence Library. Maxcy appears in the program, along with our recently published 1870 Marion County Census book.

The 15 minute program is available as a web video at:


General Francis Marion Day in Marion
2009 - 2012

Living history events canceled in 2013 due to rain.

2012 Encampment on the Marion Courthouse Square


Three "new" publications for sale by the Pee Dee Chapter

1870 Census
Marion County, South Carolina
By Members and Friends of the Pee Dee Chapter,
South Carolina Genealogical Society
Jo Church Dickerson, Editor; Helen B. Moody, Project Director

101 Cemeteries
in Marion County, South Carolina

First published in 1985 by the Marion County Historical Society.
2002 reprint now offered by the Pee Dee Chapter.

Writings of P. Y. Bethea
Transcribed, compiled, and privately published by his great granddaughter,
Barbara Bethea, now offered by the Pee Dee Chapter.



Individual, $18.00
Family, $20.00
Associate $10

Easy Application & Renewal Form

Members' contact information and surnames being researched
published in each March-April issue of the Pee Dee Queue.

SCGS & Pee Dee Chapter Policy

All memberships are renewable and dues for each succeeding year are due by January 1st and are in arrears after January 15th. Non-renewing members will receive the January-February issue of the Pee Dee Queue for the new year, but that will be their last issue until dues are received. Members renewing after March 1st will not have their contact and surname data included in the March-April "Surname Issue" of the Pee Dee Queue.

New members receive back issues as well as current issues of the PEE DEE QUEUE for the full year of the first year of membership (providing they join before September 1st). After the first year, if dues are paid late, newsletter issues begin at the time of payment. Back issues then may be purchased.

New members whose subscriptions are received after September 1st are subscribed for the following year. They will receive the current and subsequent issues of the Pee Dee Queue for the current year, but will not receive back issues for that year - their full membership begins in January of the following year. Back issues may be purchased.

Back issues of the Pee Dee Queue may be ordered here.

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Members' NOTICES

If you are a member and have an upcoming book, reunion or event, send it to me and I will post it here.

Chapter member Beth K. Hayes announces:

Ellerbe Family Cemetery, Chesterfield County
Clean-Up Day Planned Day for 28 March 2015

Descendants of Richard P. Ellerbe (son of John Crawford Ellerbe and his wife, Anna Maria Wickham) are planning a clean-up of the Ellerbe Family Cemetery (aka Red Hill Cemetery) near Cheraw in Chesterfield County on March 28th, 2015. Anna Maria Wickham was the daughter of Thomas T. WICKHAM and Ann Eliza SHACKELFORD of Marion County. Ellerbe or related descendants, and those with an interest in the family or in preserving old cemeteries - are welcome to help.

This is the old Ellerbe Plantation Cemetery on lands settled in the 1700s by the first Ellerbe family in South Carolina. This is the family from which the Marion County Ellerbe family descends. Earliest burials here are Thomas Ellerby (1715-1750) and his wife, Martha. The cemetery can be located on by searching on Red Hill Cemetery in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

The cemetery is about 2 miles south of Cheraw in Chesterfield County. GPS Coordinates: N 34 degs, 38 mins, 51.5 secs and W 079 degs, 51 mins, 37.8 secs.

Anyone interested in joining us or just to learn more please contact Judy Williams at: or Beth K Hayes at: More detail will follow as we get closer to the date.


New book from Robert E. "Bob" Page

House of Pages

Bob states: "It starts by looking at the Thomas Page, b. 1640, England and his wife Alice Garrett - that emigrated to Isle of Wight, Virginia, in the middle 1600’s and raised a large family. It then traces that family back to County Suffolk, England and provides a genealogical history of this Viking Page line back to the early 1400's in England. It also provides pictures of the many residences this PAGE family lived in beginning in 1400’s to the present day." Available in hard copy and E-book

Contact: Robert E. Page,
87465 Old Hwy Apt 107, Islamorada, FL 33036-3036


The Ellerbe Family History
By Ronald William Ellerbe

First published in 1986, a reprint has been undertaken by Chapter member Beth Kersey Hayes and is now available in a paperback edition. With the permission of the author, Ronald William Ellerbe, the reprint of 100 copies has been kept to it’s original format, with only a new preface and two pages of updates and minor corrections.

“This book is a compilation and interpretation of all the discovered references to Ellerbys/Ellerbes/Ellerbees in America”. This is a part of the original Forward written by former Pee Dee Chapter member and “Pee Dee Queue” editor, Liswa Ellerbe Hasty. While new discoveries about the Ellerbe name have undoubtedly been made since the original publication, the book contains a wealth of information from the origins of the name, the first in America, and a colonial family traced from Virginia that settled primarily in the Pee Dee section of South Carolina, and then branched out into other states.

Chapters include: Captain Thomas Ellerbe, William Ellerbe, St. David’s Parish, Red Hill Cemetery, History of Cheraw, the Louisiana, North Carolina, Minnesota-Mississippi, Alabama, Kershaw County, S.C., Marion County, S.C., Florida, Georgia, and Indiana branches as well as, allied families and more.

Contact: Beth K Hayes,
(Or contact the Pee Dee Chapter for mailing address.)


The Finklea Family In America:
Descendants of Dr. Thomas Finklea and Elizabeth Keeling

by Michael J. "Mike" Vaughn and Ernest D. "Dave" Rayburn

Update (December, 2013): At its recent annual meeting, the Texas State Genealogical Society awarded "The Finklea Family in America" its first place award for 2013, in the Family History by a Non-Professional category. Congratulations to Mike and Dave!

UPDATE (March, 2013): Mike advises that he has received a number of requests for the book and it is being reprinted. Again, there will be a limited number of copies, and it will be necessary to charge shipping this time. Contact Mike for information on ordering.

UPDATE (January, 2013): The Finklea book is completed and the Marion Archives has received a copy, generously donated by Mike and Dave. Many Pee Dee area libraries and some larger regional, national, and genealogical libraries have received copies. Mike's latest message: All the copies have been ordered and the book is no longer available.

The Finklea Family In America: Descendants of Dr. Thomas Finklea and Elizabeth Keeling, by Michael J. Vaughn and Ernest D. Rayburn, details their descendants with the Finklea (or any variation) surname down through those reflected on the 1930 US Census, and many subsequent generations where known. Female descendants are carried forward for one, and in some cases two generations. The work is thoroughly documented and corrects many errors in earlier research. About 715 pages, completely indexed, hard-bound, available only by prepaid subscription - no extra copies were published due to its size and cost.

If you are interested in further information or for a list of libraries please contact
Michael J. Vaughn at


Maxcy Foxworth announces a new Gasque book available on CD
from the
Marion County Archives and History Center.

Parting For A Far Distant Land
A Biography of Lieutenant Eli Henry Gasque
The Yankee Terrors, 8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, CSA

Walter Earl Waddell


Photographs of the Jonah Collins Cemetery
Marion County, SC

By chapter members Jerri White, Melissa Skipper, Jackie Hargrove and Jo Dickerson. On 19 March 2011 several descendants of the Collins family of Marion County gathered at the newly discovered Jonah Collins Cemetery to make a full cemetery survey. Jackie Collins Hargrove and Melissa McCain Skipper did the survey.


Chapter member Jack Jackson has a new book:

History of Flintville Lodge

The 140 year journey of Flintville Lodge 158 is traced from its beginning in 1870 at Big Swamp in western Marion ( now Florence) County. Over 100 pages and 80 illustrations, this is a limited edition book with only 1,000 copies printed for members of Flintville Lodge, Pee Dee area historians, genealogists, and other interested Masons. For details or to order contact Jack Jackson: Secretary, Flintville Lodge, 1312 Yellowstone Drive, Florence, SC 29505-6446.


Chapter Member Blake Tyner, Curator,
Robeson County History Museum,
has several websites of genealogical and historical interest.

Blake Tyner


New book on the African-American Bethea family,
by Pee Dee Chapter member, Anthony Cochran

"Kinship Ties"

Anthony Cochran has completed the 2nd Edition of his book, Kinship Ties, a history of the Bethea, McRae and related Dillon County families, containing family lineage, many family photographs, and personal stories of individuals. This book will also be of interest to all who are interested in local history, from the perspective, rarely seen in print, of the descendants of local slave families. Anthony writes: "With the help of family and friends much was accomplished by these early Betheas and McRaes. This includes both black and white who truly relied on each other to survive and advance their conditions."

Contact: Anthony Cochran, P.O. Box 2398, New York, NY 10008-2398,


Ed Godbold is the author of a new book about the Godbold family:

“The Hunt for Old John Godbold, Volume II”

Ed Godbold has followed up his first book on the Godbold family, The Hunt for Old John Godbold, with a second volume. Volume I contained a discussion of Old John’s life from his arrival in the United States in about 1725 until his death in 1765, and presented a family tree of the first five generations of his descendants. The Hunt for Old John Godbold Volume II continues Old John’s family tree through eleven generations with supporting documentation. 660 pages, indexed.

For details on ordering the book email
or go to


New book from the
Watson Descendants' Association,
Pee Dee Chapter member Alice Sloan, Chairman


Ancestry & descendants of Isham Watson (1788-1886) and Mary Hayes Watson (1792-1862). Includes a history of Antioch Baptist Church in Sellers; information on the organization of The Isham & Mary Watson Descendants’ Association; Watson family lineage and photographs. Softbound, spiral cover, index.

Contact: Alice Hamburger Sloan, 1540 Granville Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.



NOTES & Older Chapter News



Helen Moody has compiled two CDs of obituaries relating to the Moody family. Please contact Helen for more information:


Moody, A History of Reverend Tapley Moody Sr., His Descendants and Relatives by Avery T. Moody, Jr. and Elberta M. Wiles Moody, was first published in 1983, and has been out of print for several years. Avery's daughter, Averyl Moody Chapman, recently gave permission for the book to be copied; any proceeds after costs will go to the Pee Dee Chapter. Many thanks to Averyl, and to Dewitt "Red" Moody for his assistance, and to our members Helen B. Moody and Deborah "Jane" Moody Randall for all their work on this project.

This book is of special interest to those with family in the Bermuda, Lake View, and Hayestown areas where legions of Rev. Tapley Moody's descendants still reside. Many hard to find connections and wonderful old family stories are here.


Pee Dee Chapter member Edward L. "Ed" Godbold is the author of a new book about the Godbold family:

“The Hunt for Old John Godbold”

The book documents much of what is known about Old John, dispels some myths about his life and explores the South Carolina political jurisdictions in the middle to late 1700s as they affected his travels and where he lived. A family tree of the first five generations is presented with accompanying details of land transactions, legal proceedings, census data and related families. The 548 page book is indexed and has a laminated soft cover.

For details on ordering the book email
or go to


Snipes Family Treemaker Website by William R."Bill" Snipes

Bill has also placed a CD on his Snipes and Related Families in the Marion Archives.


Another family history by our members
Cathie Price Harmon and her father James "Jimmy" Price

The Labon Price Family
Banana and Melrose Florida
with History and Genealogy

The book includes wonderful photographs of this family that originated in old Marion District and moved to Putnam County, Florida about 1860. Of primary interest to the descendants of Labon Price and his wife Sarah Ann Smith (a granddaughter of Rev. Moses Smith), still there is much in the book of general interest, including Jimmy's first hand account of cane syrup making in Florida (which is very similar to memories of same in South Carolina), and the marvelous story of how a perfect stranger found the Labon Price Bible in a shop and returned it to the family.

Cathy Harmon for details or you can write to her - members' addresses are in the March-April issue of the Pee Dee Queue.


A new book about Marion/Dillon families:

Our Mc's
McCormaig, McCormac, McCormack, McCormick, McDonald, McEachern, McKellar

by Pee Dee Chapter member Mary A. Lewis

Mary's book is indexed and includes abstracts, estate and Bible records, cemetery inscriptions and more, with chapters on the ancestry and descendants of John and Barbara McEachern McCormick, Neil and Catherine McCormick, James and Margaret McKellar, and other related families.

For details on ordering the book email Mary Lewis
or you can write to her - members' addresses are in the
March-April issue of the Pee Dee Queue.


Still available from Carson Carmichael:

Some Carmichael and Weatherly Roots and Branches

by long time chapter member Carson Carmichael, Jr.

Indexed, over 5,000 names, 512 pages, photos, illustrations, family tree, acid free paper, Rev. and Civil War records, will and estate records, full female names (when available) and place names.

More details can be found in the Pee Dee Queue. Or write to Carson - members' addresses are in the March-April issue of the Queue.


Pee Dee Chapter members Mary Kirby and Maxcy Foxworth are contributors to a new book on the Myers Family:

"Myers and Neighbors of Jeffries Creek, SC"

by Neil O. Myers, represents over 200 years of cumulative research by a number of Myers genealogists, including Pee Dee Chapter members Mary Kirby and Maxcy Foxworth. It chronicles the family of John Myers, a mid-1700's resident on Jeffries Creek in present Florence County, includes information on the Cusack, Prothro, Burris, Simmons, Nettles, James, McPherson and other local families, and notes other early South Carolina Myers families. It is currently available at Marion County Archives & History Center and at, and will soon be available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Annual Pee Dee Chapter Tours


Pee Dee Chapter Officers

Contact for Webpage:
Jo Church Dickerson



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