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Here’s Your Sign #24 ~ Jesse Cleveland

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.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

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Here’s Your Sign #20 ~Archdale Hall, Dorchester County, South Carolina

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.

The sign reads:

Archdale Hall Plantation was established in 1681 by a royal grant of 300 acres to Richard Baker. The plantation, later expanded to more than 3000 acres, produced indigo and rice. The house which once stood here, built before 1750, was a fine example of Georgian residential architecture. It survived the Civil War only to be demolished by the Charleston earthquake of 1886.

Richard Baker is my 7th Great Grandfather. He was born in 1630 in England. His parents are unknown. He emigrated to Saint Philip, Barbados in 1648. Here he married Elizabeth Wilson (1630-1734) in 1656. The had 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. In 1680, he moved his family to Dorchester County, South Carolina and there he founded Archdale. He was a member of Commons House of Assembly, and he served from the Third Assembly representing Berkeley and Craven Counties in 1696-1697. He died in 1698 at the age of 68.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Freaky Friday’s ~ William & Thomas Divine ~ Brothers to the End

William Riley (1819-1875) and Thomas Mason (1824-1898) Divine were the sons of James Marshall (1793-1872) and Nancy (1796-1872) nee Calloway. Although they were brothers, and they were the same in many ways there was however, one big issue that made them quite different.

William Riley (1819-1875) and Thomas Mason (1824-1898) Divine were the sons of James Marshall (1793-1872) and Nancy (1796-1872) nee Calloway. Although they were brothers, and they were the same in many ways there was however, one big issue that made them quite different.

Here are some of the ways they were the same:

They were both born in Greenville District, South Carolina. Thomas in 1824 and William in 1819.

They were both Farmers.

They both got married while living in Monroe County, Tennessee.

They both moved their families to Morgan, Dade County, Missouri in 1857.

They each named a son after each other.

They both named a son after their beloved Grandfather Thomas Divine.

They both named a daughter Nancy after their mother.

They both enlisted and fought in the Civil War.

Here are the ways they were different:

William and Milly had 15 children; 10 girls and 5 boys. Thomas and Nancy had 6 children; 4 boys and 2 girls.

They were buried in different cemeteries; William in Friend Cemetery in Missouri and Thomas in Falls Cemetery in Oklahoma.

The biggest difference between these two brothers was that William enlisted as a private in L Company 8th Missouri Southwest Volunteer Cavalry for the Union, and he was anti-slavery. Whereas Thomas enlisted as a private in the 15th Calvary Missouri regiment for the Confederacy, and he was pro-slavery.

It makes me wonder how two brothers, brought up in the same home, could have two such opposing beliefs.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Timeand Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Sunday’s Substitute ~ James Holland “Hol” Howard ~ Bootlegging

dark-corner-moonshiners-1My 3rd cousin 2 times removed, James Holland Howard was born on September 18, 1872, in Glassy Mountain, Greenville County, South Carolina. He was the last of 8 children born to Wade D. Howard (1839-1905) and Narcissa Center (1842-1905). Their ancestors had lived in this part of the Blue Ridge Mountain range for over 150 years.

James became a farmer at 18-years-old when his father gave him a large piece of land. He married Margaret Elizabeth Moon (1876-1957) in January 1894. Over the next 24 years, they had 12 children, 8 sons, and 4 daughters. His family had a history of involvement in moonshining and had several confrontations with the law. Hatred of the “law” was greatest in Dark Corner (the name given this moonshining area) after 1892 when the South Carolina Legislature, at the urging of Gov. Benjamin R. Tillman passed a law creating the State Dispensary. Many individuals and even entire towns openly defied the law. This was an era known as the “Prohibition Years”, when an amendment had been added to the Constitution of the United States, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages, except in the exercise of religious rites.

James, or “Hol” as he was called, was  a representative of the “new State Constable Badgeorder” and he was opposed to the moonshining activity of the “old order.” He was so convinced that moonshining was the “curse of the mountains” that he became a State Constable “serving without pay” (the Greenville News described him as a Special State Constable.) Hol worked for some time as a Deputized Constable and was well known and highly regarded by the law enforcement authorities in Greenville. However, he was hated as a traitor by the moonshiners.

greenville-county-dark-corner-mapOn January 31, 1924, Hol participated in a raid on an illicit whiskey distillery beside the headwaters of the South Pacolet River at the base of Hogback Mountain. The site, five miles from the nearest homestead, has been described as a cove between Hogback Mountain and Chestnut Ridge. It is said to be one of the loneliest spots in Dark Corner. As the raiding party walked up the cove toward the suspected still site, they met two brothers, W. P. and Alexander Plumley, both around 20 years old, coming from the direction of the still. The experienced officers could tell by the condition of the brothers’ clothing they had been working at a still. They searched the two and found a .32 caliber pistol on one of them. The two Plumley’s were placed under arrest and incarcerated in a small log corn crib about a half-mile below the still site. After securing the two prisoners, Constable Hol proceeded toward the still site along with Reuben Gosnell who was a Governor’s Constable with 19 years experience.

When Gosnell and Constable Hol came very close to the still, Gosnell crept stealthily around to the head of the cove to cut off any escape in that direction while Howard prepared to run into the still area and flush the moonshiners out into the open. After Hol made his dash, Gosnell heard cursing and several shots fired. He then saw two men run from the still, one going west and one going east. He ran after the man going west and after a 400-yard chase, caught Holland Pittman, who tried to draw a loaded .45 caliber gun. Gosnell returned to the distillery and found Hol dead, his pistol lying within two feet of him. He was found in a kneeling position, shot through the stomach by five bullets. One bullet entered in the front and the others from the rear. Holland Pittman was placed in Greenville County jail, and Alexander Pittman, the father of Holland Pittman, learned he was wanted by the law, surrendered himself in Greenville. Both father and son were charged with murder.

The murder of Constable Hol Howard had a great impact on the law-abiding residents of the Dark Corner. On February 13, 1930, men from the Pleasant Hill, Highland, and Mt. Lebanon communities organized the Pleasant Hill Law and Order League “to aid State and County Officers in a general cleanup of lawlessness said to be prevalent” in the Dark Corner. Rev. R. L. Barton, principal of Pleasant Hill School was elected President of the organization.

The killing of Constable Howard was said to be largely responsible forJames Holland Howard newspaper clipping the new spirit of the local law enforcement. This new spirit was expressed at a meeting by speeches given by J. A. Howard, a son of the slain Hol, who was a Ministerial student at Furman University, Deputy Sheriff F. L. Ballenger and P. H. Jones, Holton Morrow, J. L. Hawkins, J. Farnham, and T. W. Forrester. In the speeches at the organization meeting, the prevalence of lawlessness and the necessity of quelling it was duly emphasized and the citizens called upon Juries to be less lenient with law-breakers. They asked the Judges to impose sentences on chain gangs and in the penitentiary instead of just giving out fines. The communities in which each leader lived should gather and place evidence of lawlessness in the hands of the President of the League, who would see that warrants were issued for alleged law-breakers. Gov. McLeod would be petitioned by the League to place at least two special State Constables on duty in the Highland and Glassy Mountain Townships sector of the County for a period of at least three months while the League members pledged themselves to act as special Deputies at all times. They also pledged to aid State and County Officers in the two Townships. James Holland Howard’s death was the catalyst that started the clean-up of moonshining in the Glassy Mountain community.

James Holland Howard’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Monument at Judiciary Square, on E. Street (between 4th and 5th Streets, N. W.) in Washington, D.C.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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52 Ancestors, Week #11 – Thomas Lee Divine – Luck of the Irish

Thomas Divine back tombstoneThomas Lee Divine is my maternal 4th Great Grandfather. He was born on February 21 1748 in Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 17 he made the decision to start a new life in America. He arrived in Kent County Delaware in 1765.  He soon found his new adopted country was in great turmoil, most of his fellow citizens wanted desperately to break away from England and begin a new, more Democratic Country.

Thomas Divine letter

When the Revolutionary War broke out Thomas enlisted as a private in the year seventeen hundred and seventy-six under Captain Gray in the Continental Line in Kent County in the State of Delaware and served for six years until shortly after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown and was then honorably discharged. He was in the Battle of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and he was at the siege of Yorktown. Thomas was wounded by a cannon-ball on the side of the left leg above the ankle in a skirmish with the British when they fired across a small lake or pond but he continued to fight and to serve once his wounds were healed.

In 1782 he married Miss Jemima Dill at the house of Esgr Calhoun that was located within one mile of Black swamp-causeway in the county of Kent and State of Delaware. They lost their first four children to miscarriages but went on to have 6 more children, 3 boys and 3 girls. Prior to 1790 Thomas moved his growing family to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

After moving to South Carolina on the waters of Pacolit River in the Greenville District, the house they were living in burned to the ground and they had to start all over again, building a new home and getting new furnishings. Over the next several years he expanded his lands and crops and provided a very good life for his family.

church_3_945_334_c1In 1825 Thomas moved his family to McMinn County Tennessee. In 1834 on land given by Thomas the Big Creek Baptist Church was constituted. He also furnished the land for the cemetery, which is up the hill from the church.

Thomas Divine tombstone

Thomas Divine died on the twentieth day of June, eighteen hundred and forty at the age of ninety years old.

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