Family Website Links - Please Read
These links are offsite websites that are related to
families that lived in or passed through Old Marion
District, Marlboro, and other Pee Dee area counties. Some
of the sites belong to members of the Pee Dee Chapter,
SCGS. Others are interesting because they mention or
touch on local families. Some are clearing houses or
one-name-studies for surnames that are represented in the
Pee Dee area. If you know of other family websites of
interest, please send the link for evaluation.
The Pee Dee Chapter wants to make our members
and the public aware of other websites with information
about Pee Dee area families, and to point out some of
their highlights and surnames. However the Pee Dee
Chapter CANNOT guarantee the validity or accuracy of the
research and information on other websites. It is up to
the individual researcher to verify any information they
Marty Grant's Genealogy Pages
Marty has an amazing amount of data on his
genealogy pages about many families of Old Marion
District. Families under study here include Barnes,
Blackman, Campbell, Collins, Crawford, Cribb, Edwards,
Floyd, Huggins, James, Johnson, Lane, Sanders/Saunders,
Turner, Wood, and more. Anyone doing genealogy in Old Marion has
to take a look. Well cited and fascinating.
study with pdf newsletters and a great deal of
Descendants of Richard Adams
of Shockley Adams, of Marlboro County.
Ashworth & Related
Murrah's family website. Local connections include
Ashworth, Dial, Perkins, perhaps others. James Ashworth
was in the Pee Dee Area during and before the
Revolutionary War. Of special interest to those with
mixed racial heritage.
Berry, & Other Related Barbara Bethea's family website can no
longer be found. It was at
Her ancestor, Philip Y. Bethea, was a former sheriff of
Marion County. The 1882 map of Marion County is based on
his update of the Mills Atlas map of Marion District.
This is a wonderful site for anyone interested in the
history of the Pee Dee area.
See James Robert Bethea home, below; James
Robert was father of Philip Y. Bethea. The Pee Dee
Chapter has published Barbara Bethea's transcription of her ancestor's
James Robert Bethea
House, Built c1854
Latta, Dillon County, SC
Thanks to Millie & Percy George for the
photograph. The house has since been moved
several miles by Millie & Percy, and is now
located near the intersection of Hwy. 38 and 917
Another Bethea family site - charts and
many photos. Manning-Parham house (old photo), Arkansas
Bethea family. Directions to Bethea cemeteries and more.
"Our Boatwright / Boatright Family
Traces the Boatwright family from Hanover County,
Virginia to South Carolina. Includes
information on African-American Boatwright families. Link
suggested by Beth Bothwell.
Website by Ed Dunn. Largely about the Bracey family of
the Rowland and Abbotsburg area of Robeson County, North
Carolina, but they had many ties to Marion County,
including Miller, Abbot, Thompson, other families. Ed has
posted some wonderful old photos. I found pics of my
Marion/Dillon County Horn and Thompson relatives here.
There is also a great 1906 family reunion photo featuring
Louisa Jane (Miller) Bracey, granddaughter of "Old
Man" William Miller of Marion/Dillon.
Braswell Family Resources
This is a one name website, so you will
have to search for references to the Braswell family of
Old Marion County. The Braswell line linked on this
website (My Braswell Ancestry) contains
abstracts and transcriptions of many records counties
such as Isle of Wight Co Virginia, Bertie, Edgecombe,
Nash, North Carolina and others where many families in
Old Marion originated.
"The Bryan Family Home Page -
Descendants of Jesse Bryan of SC."
Bob Bryan's family chart showing his descent from Jesse
Bryant and wife Mourning Smith Bryant. Bob descends from
their son, Jesse Bryan(t), Jr., who migrated from Marion District, SC in the
1820s to West Florida Territory and settled in Covington
County, Alabama. Bob's biography of Jesse Jr. is
Levender Cameron and his wife Hester and their family
left the Nichols area of Old Marion about 1807. This
website follows the Marion County MS line that is
believed to be their family.
Debbie Church Kerner's Carmichael family
website, with information on Carmichaels everywhere, but
especially in Marion/Dillon County, SC. Debbie was the
Clan Carmichael USA Genealogist for many years. Her
genealogical columns, Carmichael Connections,
which appear in the Clan newsletter, The Eagle's
Gate, are here. Plus some photos. Be sure to take a
look at her Guest Book, which contains Carmichael queries
from all over the world. (Debbie is no longer updating
the site, but the valuable information is still there.
Nancy Bristern's lovely website about her
Carmichael and McCormick and other ancestors. Photos of
Stewartsville Cemetery in Scotland County NC; newly
discovered information on the Commodore Dougald
Herbert Turner's "Christmas Home
Page" has been online since 1997, and his chart is
documented with must-see notes. Christmas was a small
family whose connections included Ammons, Calder,
Foxworth, Lane, and Turner families. (See the descendants
of William Christmas, son of Jonathan.)
Several lines are followed. Clues to the
origins of the Marion County Coleman family may be in
some of the files posted here that include charts,
abstracts of documents, and details on the Coleman family
of Bladen/Robeson/Columbus County, NC. Many family names
famliar to Marion area researchers can be found in the
charts and notes posted here, including the Nichols
family. (Also see Culpepper, below)
Tom's Branch (Collins)
To load a map of this location, go to http://maps.google.com
and paste in these coordinates: 34.205982,-79.274089
by Jo Dickerson, October 2010.
Massed wildflowers near a meadow and field
on Tom's Branch near Mullins, just east of Mullins High
School on West Marion Street. Tom's Branch flows north
into Maidendown Swamp. The photographer once assumed and
posted that this was Brown Swamp, named for the early
Brown family in this area, but further study of old maps
and plats has shown this is Tom's Branch, shown on an
1831 land grant to Thomas Collins for 1000 acres that
included this branch and land, parts of Maidendown Swamp,
the site of Mullins High School, and much more.
Brown Swamp rises in the same area as
Tom's Branch (thus the mistaken identity), but Brown
Swamp flows southeastwardly to have confluence first with
Fowler Branch, then with White Oak Swamp. The confluence
of Brown and White Oak Swamps near their confluence with
the back swamp of Little Pee Dee River - southeast of
Mullins near Highway 76 - seems to have been the site of
historical Hodges Mill.
Conner Family of Wahee This site is no longer at
African-American family with early roots in Marion
County, in particular in the Wahee area. Website includes
a family tree beginning with James Conner, Sr. (born
1841) and his father, a slave named James who came from
Spartanburg County, SC. Also shows connections to
Williams, Wise, Johnson, and other Marion families;
family & tombstone photos.
by Doug Smith, February 2012:
Rare Dwarf Palmetto. Rarely seen north of
the Santee River,
they grow abundantly in the woods in Wahee Neck.
Culpepper Family Clearing House
Another well done family clearing house;
has a link to the Culpepper family of old Marion:
Culpepper of Marion County
Follows Henry Culpepper who came from Martin County, NC
and married Mary Coleman. A number of Marion deeds are
cited showing lands on Jeffries Creek, in what is now
Florence County. Other family names mentioned here are
Brown, Burnet, Derackin, Exum, Gregg, Hicks, many more.
There is also a link here that follows the Coleman line
and some interesting data on Robert Coleman, Pee Dee area
Revolutionary War veteran, and his wife Prudence.
Website of Vanik & Bernadine Eaddy. Links disclose
information on James Eaddy, Jacob Bartell, Robert Hanna,
Huggins of Sewee, and other families.
"The Finklea Family Web Page" by
Betsy Finklea states:
"We are the Finkleas of Latta, South Carolina in
Dillon County" and features some good discussions of
the local Finklea family on the "Query and
"Genealogy of the Finklea
(The Finklea site that was on AOL Hometown, which was
shut down by AOL.)
This site has a little about the Marion County Finklea
Bushy Hartman's amazing collection of
Godbold resources. Includes many scans of original
documents and numerous transcriptions. A must see for
anyone doing research in old Marion.
Thomas Godbold House, Marion
of the Southeastern United States
Ed Godbold's site. Information on some of
the Godbolds who went west. Also includes more
documentation on the early Godbolds of South Carolina.
Graves Family Association
Have to search for individuals or
locations. Contains documents, genealogies, DNA project,
Graves Family Bulletin, much more. Found within this site
is the following webpage about the
Family of Marion
Found posted here - information on the
early Graves/Greaves family that settled in Brittons Neck
and provided several Revolutionary War soldiers who
fought with Francis Marion.
Facebook group created by chapter member Phyllis Thomas,
for descendants of John J. Hamilton and Mary
"Polly" Henderson of Marion/Dillon County.
Provides a way for Hamilton cousins to interact and learn
more about their family history.
Website by Allen Hunter about his ancestors, Allen Hunter
(1786-1869) and his wife, Rebecca Morris Hunter
(1800-1871). They resided near Pamplico, in the part of
old Marion County that became Florence. Many photos,
tombstone inscriptions, old document transcriptions, etc.
This site by Robert W. Baird is about the
Ivey family generally, but there are numerous references
to families that are associated with old Marion District,
including some Ivey family members who moved to old
Marion. There are some fascinating old records relating
to Marion County, local families of color, and all sorts
of goodies on this website. Of special interest to Pee
Dee researchers will be the links at the bottom of Bob's
homepage, which contain local references.
"Absalom Jolly married Rhoda Jane Goodyear in 1848
at Nichols, SC" and they soon moved to Alachua
County, Florida. This is their story, by their descendant
and researcher Dorris Harrison.
Jordan Site at http://lumills.tripod.com no
longer loads properly.
If you know of another web address for these pages please
Genealogical information on the Berry, Dew, Greenwood,
Jordan, Owens, Smith, Sweet, Vaught, and Wall families.
Keefe's website about Keefe's and related families. Troy
discusses many families associated with western Marion
County (especially in what is now Florence County)
including, besides Keefe,
Bigham, Boatright, Bostick, Cain, Eaddy, Hanna, Hyman,
LEWIS FAMILIES IN MARION COUNTY website by J.D. Lewis.
Land and estate records, Rev War records, timeline and
more of many Lewis family members in NE South Carolina
& SE North Carolina; includes Wm. Lewis of Horry,
Benjamin Lewis, many others.
G. M. "Matt" Lupo's website has
information on many Lupo families who resided in many
areas, including old Marion, but all seem related to the
Lupo family of early Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Of
special interest is Matt's groundbreaking work on the
early Lupos in England and in Virginia.
archive of correspondence among Lupo family researchers -
the old Lupo Genealogy Exchange - is posted here.
(Matt has removed the correspondence archives from the
website.) The music you hear on his site was composed by
an early Lupo court musician.
McNeill, McPherson & Related
"Cape Fear Clans" is an excellent site about
the McNeill and McPherson families, a few of whom moved
into upper Marion (now Dillon) County. Many records are
posted, including some pertaining to South Carolina. The
pamphlet "Annals of Ashpole" by Judge Zachary
T. Fulmore is posted here at the Special Records link -
with names of a number of families associated with upper
The website was created by John W.
Middleton who states: I have a website that has a lot of
info on the Middleton's who left Marion, SC, in the very
early 1800 and migrated to both Mississippi Territory and
Alabama. Our line is connected to Maxcy Foxworth through
Job Foxworth, b. before 1765. (There is a very large
amount of information on the Marion District Middleton
family here, including some research notes by Maxcy
Foxworth.) This is a very nicely done family website that
loads quickly and painlessly.
to do with the Monroes of North Carolina, but there are
connections to the Marion County Monroe family, the
Carmichael, Gaddy, and Moody families, and possibly
The Grove: The Inn on Harllee
Located on a beautiful five acre tract in
downtown Marion, the W. J. Montgomery house is the
residence of chapter members Denley and Ann Caughman. It
is also a Bed and Breakfast Inn. The Grove is convenient
for researchers or shoppers, only three blocks from the
Marion Archives, Marion Library, and downtown shops.
There is a Francis Marion Room, and a large display of
Montgomery family memorabilia (photographs, letters,
Muldrow / McMuldrough
A Florence and Darlington County family,
with connections to several early families of "Old
Marion" including Finklea, Godbold, Hinds,Thompson
This website by Francine Munnerlyn Jones is chock full of
data and records that Francine has collected,
transcribed, researched, written and posted here
regarding the Munnerlyn family. A very nicely done site,
will provide hours of reading about this early family.
James Munnerlyn's Webpages
Much more on the Munnerlyn family of Old Marion; more
documents, deeds, information about family members, links
to letters, etc. James and Francine have been working
together on their Munnerlyn family, and have collected
quite a treasure of old Munnerlyn records.
Price DNA Project & Family
Cathy Price Harmon's website with a
difference - documentation of a DNA project involving
male desendants of the Price family. Cathy descends from
Laban Price, who went from old Marion District to Alachua
County, Florida in the mid 1800s. There are links here to
Cathy's Price charts, Price family research, and
Betty Lou Robbins Norem has built this
website about her ancestor, Thomas Robbins, who came wth
his family from Edgecombe County NC to the Buck Swamp
area of old Marion District SC about 1815. Several of his
children intermarried with local families. Thomas, his
wife Mary, and most of their children moved on to Conecuh
County, Alabama within a couple of decades. Betty's chart
follows her Conecuh County line from Thomas, and follows
Thomas Robbins back through Edgecombe County. One son,
Frederick, married Mary Moody and remained in Dillon
The home of one of Frederick Robbins' descendants is
still standing at Kemper, near Lake View in Dillon
County. Still known as "the Robbins place" -
the last Robbins who occupied the home was Mrs. Voncille
(Robbins) Moody, wife of Chester Moody, both deceased.
Update: This old home, empty for many years, was torn
down about 2008.
Sanders Family Association
"A family club for ALL Sanders - Saunders
Post a query. Or click on the History Link for records,
individuals, locations, etc.
The Snipes Family of Marion, SC
A Family TreeMaker
site by Pee Dee Chapter member William Snipes.
Bill has also placed a CD with Snipes family data in the
Thompson family by Michael Hilt, who descends from James
Thompson's son, John W. Thompson. This is the James
Thompson whose lands lay on Middle Branch, a tributary of
Jeffries Creek, in the Mars Bluff section of Florence
Timmons, Cook, and Related
Timmons' website - a must see for anyone with families on
lower Lynches Creek.
Be sure you take a look at the scanned plats Ray has
posted here. Also photographs, maps, Huguenots, and
family charts with notes and citations.
Trusler (Britton's Neck)
A Charleston family, it's unclear whether Edward and
William Trusler ever resided on their lands in Britton's
Neck. However this website provides some documentary
history of the Truslers that mentions locals such as
Abraham and Hugh Giles. It appears that Truslow Lake,
located between Giles Bay and Little Pee Dee River in
Britton's Neck, was probably named for the Trusler
A clearing house for
Info on the Marion County Turbevilles, links, and other
Websites of Blake
Tyner, primarily about Robeson County, NC, our neighbor
to the north.
Watson Family Association
The Watson Family
Association Website (Isham & Mary Hays Watson).
Information about the Association meetings and reunions
at Antioch Church.
Under "Major Family
Groups" you will find links to some White and
Holloway family members who were in the Pee Dee area.
Some interesting colonial era documents on these webpages
including a petition from the War of Regulation and the
will of Reuben White.
"The Windham Family" by Amasa B. Windham, is
posted on David Windham's website. Contains records and
history of the Windham family of the Pee Dee area.