|PEE DEE CHAPTER
SOUTH CAROLINA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Orange Trumpet Flower against
white sand at Campbell's Bridge on Little Pee Dee River.
Photo by Jo Dickerson, June 2008.
Chapter meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
We meet at
~ Pee Dee Federal Savings Bank across the Square from the Courthouse ~
in Marion, S.C. Visitors are welcome.
There are no meetings in May (picnic & tour), July & August.
call or check in advance to make sure we're open before
Updated 05/09/2013 CALENDAR (programs)
2013 MEETING & PROGRAM CALENDAR
If you would like to receive notices (email only) for the Pee Dee Chapter meetings and website updates, please send your email address to jochurchd©aol.com (delete © insert @).
Refreshments will be potluck unless otherwise stated.
19 May 2013: Annual Tour & Picnic.
(Chapter members and their invited guests only.)
This year's tour will be in historic downtown Bennettsville, county seat of neighboring Marlboro County. Meet at 2:00 p.m. at Marlboro County Historical Museum, 123 S. Marlboro Street, Bennettsville, South Carolina. Map.
Bring a picnic dish to share.
2 June 2013: 1st Sunday in June (NOT 2nd)
John Andrews, editor of the ODDC newsletter "The Darlington Flag" and past president of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, will present a program about the Florence Stockade - the Confederate prison where Union soldiers were held, some of whom were the first burials at what became the National Cemetery in Florence. John is also vice-chairman of the Friends of the Florence Stockade organization and editor of its quarterly publication.
There will be an opportunity for research in the South Carolina Room of the library afterward.
July & August 2013: No Meetings
8 September 2013: To Be Announced
13 October 2013: To Be Announced
10 November 2013: To Be Announced
8 December 2013: Social - Show & Tell.
13 January 2013: Stephen
Motte, curator, and Andrew Stout, director of the
Florence Museum will explain how the shared history of
Marion and the Pee Dee region will be depicted in the new
museum, and they will discuss artifacts and ephemera that
are part of the current collection.
Refreshments will be Potluck.
10 February 2013: A special treat in February, when chapter members Daphne Capps, Jeff Murrie, and Jerri White collaborate to present a discussion of their recent work regarding Marion County cemeteries, available cemetery resources, and some of the errors found therein. This program should be helpful to anyone who has ever tried to find good information on the burial site of a family member or ancestor.
Some of the issues discussed and illustrated will be
- how to find and cross reference
cemetery and gravesite information found on the D.A.R.
and Findagrave websites;
10 March 2013: Jeff Murrie, Vice President in charge of programs, sends the following information:
"In place of a [presentation]
this coming Sunday, we will conduct our regular business
meeting, then share what current genealogical projects we
are working on and see if anyone of our experts can offer
advice or guidance.
The public is invited.
14 April 2013: Chief James E. Caulder of the Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina will present a program about the original inhabitants of the Pee Dee area - their history, lives, and struggle for recognition. Though the history books say the few surviving tribe members left the area in the early 1700s, Chief Caulder will explain how the Pee Dee people are still here, and for the most part didn't go anywhere.
The public is invited.
8 January 2012: After the business meeting and installation of 2012 officers, the program will feature presentations on several of the Davis families of old Marion District, with a special segment by a descendant of two family lines, Daniel Stone of Summerville, on the William J. Davis family of present Marion County and the Henry Davis family of present Florence County.
Refreshments: Daphne Capps and Franklin Mason.
12 February 2012: Fritz Hamer, formerly with the South Carolina State Museum, will present a program on the Early Indian Traders of South Carolina.
11 March 2012: A program about the Revolutionary War Records available at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History will be presented by Wade Dorsey of SCDAH.
If you ever wondered how to learn about your ancestor's service in the Revolution (on either side) this is the time and place to get started.
In March, 2012 the Blue Savannah/Swamp Fox DAR Chapter placed a Historical Marker in Britton's Neck in Marion County, at the intersection of Highway 378 and Dunham's Bluff Road - the road that leads toward Snow's Island, just across Great Pee Dee River from the bluff.
15 April 2012: Note: change of date.
Honoring our Past: Preservation and Conservation of Cemeteries is the program to be presented by Ms. Debi Hacker of Chicora Foundation, Inc. She will present detailed and expert information on tombstone maintenance and preservation.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this important program. We extend a special invitation to individuals and to representatives of local organizations involved in cemetery upkeep, such as towns, churches, and family cemetery associations.
With so many tombstone inscriptions being lost to well meaning descendants in their search for bright, shiney tombstones, this is a program not to be missed.
Chicora is a non-profit heritage preservation organization founded in 1983 in Columbia, SC. More about Chicora Foundation may be found on their website: http://www.chicora.org
Chicora has published several pamphlets on cemetery preservation, including Grave Matters: The Preservation of African-American Cemeteries.
May 2012: Annual Tour & Picnic. Date, time & place to be announced. [Tour was cancelled due to logistical problems.]
10 June 2012: Jo Church Dickerson will discuss South Carolina's Century Farms Program. She will explain practical methods of title research for genealogists, using examples from research she conducted at the request of the late Billy G. Rogers on his family farm in Dillon County. (These are the lands near Gaddy's Mill that previously belonged to Billy's ancestors, Barrett Barfield, Senior, Barfield's son-in-law, Dew Rogers, and Dew's son, Capt. R. H. Rogers.)
July & August 2012: No programs
9 September 2012: Online Genealogy without Ancestry.com will be presented by Debbie Bloom, the Local History Manager at the Richland County Public Library.
Ms. Bloom is a past president of the South Carolina Archival Association and has participated in several statewide committees including committee to create the South Carolina Obituary Resources web site hosted by the State Library and the advisory board for the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program. She has spoken to many statewide organizations including the South Carolina Genealogical Society and South Carolina Library Association. She has great fun with her blog: The Dead Librarian.
14 October 2012: Roger Payne of GNIS will be our guest speaker.
Mr. Payne works on the GNIS (Geographic Names Information System) database of place names (streams, cemeteries, etc.) that was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. He will explain how GNIS is used by sites familiar to most genealogists, including the USGS Topographical maps, Google Maps, Findagrave.com, and the discontinued Tiger Maps.
Those who use Google Maps, Findagrave, the census maps and other maps to locate cemeteries, streams, old home sites, and generally for their genealogy and research will not want to miss this program.
11 November 2012: Marion native Tom Gasque is going to present a program on historical place names (towns, communities, streams, etc.) and their relevance to genealogical research. Tom is editor of the Pee Dee Chapter newsletter, the Pee Dee Queue, a past president of the American Name Society, and former editor of Names, the journal of that society. This will be a very useful followup to the information about the Geographical Naming Information System (GNIS) presented at our October meeting.
9 December 2012: Christmas Social & Potluck, for members and invited guests. Members are asked to bring a brief presentation on their favorite genealogical Brick Wall with pertinent photo, memento, document, etc., pertaining to that elusive ancestor. (Presentations will be time limited.)
Bring a holiday dish to share.
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
Living history events canceled in 2013 due to rain.
Three "new" publications for sale by the Pee Dee Chapter
of P. Y. Bethea
There is plenty of parking on the street, or in the bank parking lot in the back. Use the north entrance (toward town). The building is totally accessible, with a ramp and an elevator. We are grateful to the officers of Pee Dee Federal for allowing us to use their facilities.
If you are a member and have an upcoming book, reunion or event, send it to me and I will post it here.
Notice from Pee Dee Chapter member, Michael J. Vaughn
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
Parting For A Far Distant Land
of the Jonah Collins Cemetery
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
Chapter member Jack Jackson has a new book:
of Flintville Lodge
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,
book on the African-American Bethea family,
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, email@example.com
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 Johns 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 Johns family tree through eleven generations with supporting documentation. 660 pages, indexed.
book from the
FAMILY RECORD of
Alice Hamburger Sloan, 1540 Granville Road, Rock Hill, SC
NOTES & Older Chapter News
NEW - MOODY FAMILY OBITUARIES
Helen Moody has compiled two CDs of obituaries relating to the Moody family. Please contact Helen for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A MOODY FAMILY HISTORY BACK IN PRINT
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.
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.
Bill has also placed a CD on
his Snipes and Related Families in the Marion Archives.
Another family history by
The Labon Price Family
A new book about Marion/Dillon families:
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
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.
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 www.lulu.com, and will soon be available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
2011 Annual Tour &
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