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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 - May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

PLACE - The Jeanne Harley Room in the main library downtown Spartanburg, SC

SPEAKERS - Ron Swain and Brad Steinecke

TOPIC - "Presenting Daniel Morgan"
Ron will have the first part of program: events leading up to the unveiling of the Daniel Morgan statue on May 11, 1881. (138 years ago today) He will discuss how the Charleston Light Infantry became involved with the Battle of Cowpens and erected the first battle monument in 1856. Brad will take over after the unveiling and discuss how the statue subsequently got moved around the square over the years.

There will be pictures depicting this era in the history of Spartanburg. You don't want to miss this!

DATE & TIME - June 8, 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)

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

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
Acting President Acting Treasurer Webmaster
Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Dr. James L. Reid
Ted Zajac


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