For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.
Jesse Cleveland is my 2nd cousin 5 times removed. He comes from a long line of military men, politicians and pioneers. This plaque was placed in his honor by two of his grandsons, Jesse F. Cleveland and John B. Cleveland. The marker is at the intersection of Asheville Highway and Chapel Street, on the left when traveling south on Asheville Highway. Cleveland Park, as well as nearby Wofford College were built on part of the original 578 acre land that was granted to Jesse Cleveland.
Born 1785 – Died 1851
Came to Spartanburg 1810
Merchant for 41 years
Lived on public square just above Cleveland Hotel.
This park is dedicated to his memory and is part of a grant of 578
acres granted to him 6th day of June, 1825.
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