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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

DATE & TIME - January 12, 20017 at 7:00pm

PLACE - Jeanne Harley Room in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC

SPEAKER - Kevin Dietrich - director of communication & marketing, SC Bankers Association. He spent 20 years as a journalist, the final 5 as a business reporter for the State newspaper in Columbia. He served as speech writer to Gov Mark Sanford.

TOPIC - "The 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War"

This Unit suffered the most battle casualties of any of he Palmetto State's seven cavalry units. Nearly all its combat deaths came during a two-week period in the summer of 1864, when more than 1,000 men, including more than 100 troopers from today's Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties, were thrown into their first real action of the war just days after arriving in Virginia. The regiment, composed of a contrasting array of wealthy men from Charleston society, poor farmers from the Upstate and Pee Dee regions, and many who fell somewhere in between, found themselves hurled into fighting on the bloody fields of Virginia as part of Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia after spending more than two years guarding the South Carolina Coast. The results were dramatic as, led by the likes of Wade Hampton and Matthew Butler, the 4th was forced to do battle with a vastly improved Union Cavalry force under Philip Sheridan and George Custer.

DATE & TIME - February 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

PLACE - The Jeanne Harley Meeting Room on the Upper Level Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC

SPEAKER - Jackie McAbee, author & researcher of area church histories, and member of PHS

TOPIC - "Walnut Grove United Methodist Church" Three of the first trustees of the church in 1858 were Jackie's gg grandfathers, and two others were her ggg uncles. So she has roots from the very beginning. She has the stories of the first ones buried in the cemetery, a mother and daughter, and why they died. Then there was a father and son who were killed at the same time. The Civil War started a few years after the church and there was a man whose wife was buried in the cemetery and the story goes that he hid (a mystery) to avoid going to war. Jackie's gg grandfather Harrison was another who chose to hide and he stole a horse to ride home after end of war. Two Wofford sisters and their brother are credited with starting Walnut Grove Church. Rev. Benjamin Wofford who left money to build Wofford College was their Uncle. Grandmother Martha Wofford was instigator in starting Tabernacle Methodist Church.
Robert James, a doctor and a carpenter, built the first building for Walnut Grove Church in 1858. Someone still lives in the house he built for his family. Daniel White, a friend of Robert, was a hermit and used a notched stick for calendar. Jackie will bring that for "show and tell." She has a wealth of knowledge about the area and will share as much as time allows.

DATE & TIME - March 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

PLACE - The Jeanne Harley Meeting Room, Upper Level Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC

SPEAKER - Joe Epley, author of "Passel Of Hate and "Passel Of Trouble"

TOPIC - "Passel Of Trouble" This is an exciting American Revolution War thriller based on actual exploits of one of the most courageous and notorious Loyalist partisans in the Carolinas. During the first 3 years of the war in South Carolina, he fought in the first battle of the South. The next 3 years he was on the run except for 14 times when he was captured by the Patriot forces. His escapes were bodacious, his ability to survive in the backcountry wilderness was extraordinary. The last 2 years of the war found him in Central North Carolina where his leadership and spectacular actions won admiration from the British and hated dread from Americans fighting for independence. Why did he side with the British? How did this uneducated teenage sergeant develop into a crafty and treacherous leader who often outwitted superior size forces? How did the Quakers influence his actions?
Mr Epley will have copies of his book for sale - $18.50 + tax $1.50 = $20.00 (Cannot take charge cards, only checks or cash)

DATE & TIME - April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm​

PLACE - ​ Main library downtown Spartanburg - Room TBA​

SPEAKER – John J. Barron, Spartanburg American Legion Post 28, 1st Vice Commander and Athletic Director

TOPIC – American Legion Post 28 Baseball “A Rich and Exciting 83 Year History”
The “Great Depression,” a time of great despair and uncertainty for many people in the upstate area. Yet in spite of the many hardships the country was experiencing there was great optimism for baseball in Spartanburg. The South was known for turning out some of the best ball players and its people enjoyed a good contest. Many of the local merchants would even close shop for the good games. Baseball was very much alive and well in 1933 when American Legion Post 28 formed a Junior Baseball Team under the leadership of Mike Burgin and Coach Sergeant W.P. Hughes. John has been managing the team since 2012 and has done extensive research and will bring artifacts from the Post 28 Legion Museum.

Remember everyone is invited to our meetings....everyone is WELCOME!
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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

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.




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
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Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Dr. James L. Reid
Ted Zajac


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