Finding the Old Homeplace
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Finding one's past can be as simple as locating the old homeplace. It creates a special sort of memory, one which you did not have originally because it was before your time. This lovely old lake with geese is absent the old house. Yet, I still experience the feeling that "I am home." This is but one of the ways that searching for ancestors becomes real. You know that your families lived their generation building a homestead and a special sort happiness from having the family work together, oftentimes on old farms. The generations of the past paved the way for our freedoms and the great wave of technology which we are experiencing today and which assists us in finding them. Imagine that!
Chesterfield County Wills and Estates
Chesterfield County was formed in 1785 and was part of the Cheraw District until 1800 when it was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773). The county seat is the town of Chesterfield, but the oldest town in the county is Cheraw, settled around 1748. The old Cheraw District attracted settlers to the Great Pee Dee River to establish farm communities. Welsh settlers from Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as the Scotch-Irish and English settled this region of the country.
Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers
Miscellaneous Digital Images of Wills and Estates
- Coit, Mary
- Davis, C. W.
- Massey, James
- Smith, Duncan
- Smith, James
- Chesterfield Co. Jury List of 1779
South Carolina Online Databases for Genealogists
- Fortune, the Beloved Servant of Captain John Buchanan - Fairfield Co. SC Wills, Estates #genealogy #southcarolinapioneers"Fortune", the beloved servant of Captain John Buchanan By Jeannette Holland Austin Captain John Buchanan and his brother, Robert, came to this country from Ireland a few years before the Revolutionary war. The brother, Robert resided in Charleston and taught a classical school. Robert served as a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War and was captured at the fall of Charleston and died on board a British ship. Captain John Buchanan raised a company in Fairfield and fought in the battle of Cowpens and other battles. He was stationed at Georgetown, and upon the landing of Marquis LaFayette, was the…
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