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- Image of Stone marked in 1567, Found in
Spartanburg County, SC, Its Description, And Interpretation
- "The Ironworks on
Lawson's Fork" by Jim S. Smith with appendices and endnotes
- Article from the March 22, 1936
issue of Greenville News:
Old Hammett Place
- Grave of
James Seay, Revolutionary Soldier is Marked By D.A.R.
W.Y. Dillard, Sr., the last of Union County's Confederate veterans
Testimony of William G. Bryant and Reuben Bryant
Taken by U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee to Inquire Into the
Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States - South
The Autobiography of William T. Harvey.
Three Greenville County articles that missed the
November 2011 Quarterly
The Bechtler Coins and the Rutherford County, NC
Published in Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, Vol.
1, No. 2, April 1983:
Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal
November 21, 1937
Union, Nov. 20 - Union county's last link with the gallant army of
the Confederacy has been broken with the recent death of W.Y. Dillard,
Sr., the last of the county's Confederate veterans.
Mr. Dillard passed away Oct.28 at the ripe old age of 89 at his home
at Belmont after an illness of about a week of pneumonia. He was laid to
rest in the family cemetery near his home.
Mr. Dillard was born Feb. 26, 1848, in Laurens county, the third
child of Seaborn Dillard and his wife, the former Catherine Hunter
Craddock. In 1855 his father moved to the present home on old Belmont
Hill, whose ancient roof has up to now sheltered five generations of the
Home Is Landmark
Over a span of 81 years, Mr. Dillard and his father have been in
possession of this old Belmont home, which has long been a historic
landmark of the surrounding section.
In the fall of 1864, Mr. Dillard volunteered with the 18 year-old
boys who shouldered arms in the War Between the States. He belonged to
Company A, 4th Regular South Carolina Infantry, was in service about six
months on the coast -- Adam's Run. He received his discharge at
Greenville at the end of the war.
Many thrilling tales has he recounted of those troublous times of
Reconstruction, of the riot in Laurens, the exciting capture of two
Union soldiers in this section of Wade Hampton's Red Shirts. Many an
interesting event did he witness.
Married in 1885
In 1885, he was married to Kate May Gregory, a daughter of Warren
Simpson Gregory, and Frances Parmelia Gregory, a prominent Union county
family. From this union were born eight children, five of whom are still
living: Mrs. Reese Eden, Latta; Mrs. Bruce Stribbling, Clemson College;
Douglas Gregory Dillard, Cross Anchor; Warren Gregory Dillard, Cross
Anchor; and Frank Gregory Dillard, Anderson. He is also survived by his
widow; one sister, Miss Laura Dillard, Cross Anchor; and two brother,
J.B. of Cross Anchor and A.J. Dillard, Jr., Spartanburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Dillard celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in
1935. Mr. Dillard was a member of Belmont Methodist church of Cross
Anchor for many years.
Member of Masons
Since 1874, he has been a faithful member of the Masonic lodge of
Cross Keys and served as master for several years.
Until three years ago, he had attended every annual Confederate
reunion held in the Southern States, when his declining health forced
him to forego the pleasure of talking over the past with his former
comrades. Among his effects is a box containing a double handful of
badges which he brought home from such conventions.
Mr. Dillard would have been 90 years of age on his next birthday,
Feb. 26, 1938
Two Sons in War
Two of Mr. Dillard's sons, William Y., Jr., and Douglas G. Dillard,
served overseas during the World war. One of these sons, William Y.
Dillard, Jr., a graduate of Wofford college, was in the first training
camp for officers at Fort Oglethorpe, intending to be into aviation but
changing to coast artillery he finished at Fortress Monroe, Va. In
January, 1918, he sailed from New York to France, landing at Brest. He
was engaged in many offensives under Pershing. He received his discharge
in the summer of 1919. He succumbed to an attack of pneumonia at
Richmond, Va., on September 13, 1922, and was buried in Belmont
cemetery, Union county.
Douglas G. Dillard, the other son, served overseas in France in
Company D, 31st Engineers, which company reached France in time to be
incorporated in the first all-American army for about two years. He
received his discharge after being in Germany more than 12 months.
Managed Farm Here
For a period of several years, Mr. Dillard was manager of the large
holdings at the Burnett, Thompson and Dillard Co., Fernwood Farms, at
Spartanburg, and has a large family connection there.
The veteran was a prosperous and progressive farmer for many years,
as well as a prosperous business man. His example and advice to farmers
were factors in giving definite objectives to improved agriculture in
this county and in the state. Indeed, his advice and counsel were sought
by many of his neighbor farmers.