Abbeville District/Co. was created in 1785, originally part of Ninety-Six District.
The following families are discussed on this page:
The Pressly family is discussed on a separate page.
Samuel Hutchison (born about 1774-1784 - died about 1806)
Samuel Hutchison is thought to have been born between 1774 and 1784, and his wife between 1775 and 1780. He apparently died sometime in 1805 or early 1806, and his last children were born in 1805.
In the 1800 federal census for Abbeville, the family is listed under Samuel Hutchinson:
- under 10 male:1
- 10-15 male: 1
- 16-25 male: 1
- under 10 female: 2
- 16 through 25 female: 2
- 45 and over female: 1
According to H. A. Carlisle's The History of Lowndesville, S.C. (Heritage Papers: Danielsville, GA, 1987) p. 199, Samuel Hutchison and his wife Elizabeth had the following children:
- Margaret Hutchison. Born 1790s. Married James Scott on October 20, 1815.
- Nancy Agnes Hutchison. Born 1800. Married Robert Boyd on November 18, 1817. Died March 22, 1870. Buried at Generostee ARP Church cemetery.
- Robert Hutchison. Born December 2, 1805. Married first Elizabeth Mecklin on March 19, 1828. Married second Jane Catherine Radcliffe. Died September 24, 1882. Buried in Providence Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lowndesville, SC.
- William Hutchison. Born December 2, 1805. Married first Margaret Lindsey. Married second Mrs. Sarah Means Harris. Married third Elizabeth Maxwell.
In the 1810 federal census for Abbeville, the family is listed under Elizabeth Hutcheson:
- under 10 male: 3
- 16 through 25 male: 2
- under 10 female: 1
- 26 through 44 female: 1
Elizabeth, his widow, later married John B. Winfield. She probably died between 1830 and 1840 in Abbeville Co. because a wife was no longer listed for John Winfield in 1840.
Robert Hutchison (1805-1882)
Robert Hutchison was a son of Samuel Hutchison and his wife Elizabeth. He was born December 2, 1805 in South Carolina.
The following paragraph is from Sharyn Kane and Richard Keeton's Beneath These Waters: Archeological and Historical Studies of 11,500 Years Along the Savannah River(2nd edition, 1994). p. 201:
Some of the reservoir area's earliest and most powerful families were directly affected by the [Civil] war. Among them were the Hutchisons. Robert Hutchison was the son of one of the first pioneer families to settle on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River. He became one of the richest men in the region, rivaling James Edward Calhoun in his property holdings, and earning a place of leadership in the community. Hutchison was so financially successful that he often made loans to others and became known by the nickname of "everybody's banker."
H. A. Carlisle's The History of Lowndesville, S.C. (Heritage Papers: Danielsville, GA, 1987) p. 199-200 provides the following information about the family of Robert Hutchison.
On March 19, 1828 he married Elizabeth Mecklin, who died in the early 1840s. They had the following children:
- Hugh Mecklin Hutchison. Born January 19, 1829.
- Samuel C. Hutchison. Born November 1, 1831. Served in 8th SC Infantry Regiment and was wounded at Battle of the Wilderness.
- John A. Hutchison. Born November 30, 1833. Married Eva N. Dean on April 13, 1859. Served in Co. F, 24th SC Infantry Regiment. Died May 14, 1863 near Jackson, MS.
- Benjamin F. Hutchison. Born October 19, 1835. Married Rosa Rebecca Pressly on April 9, 1861. Wounded and was taken prisoner at Gettysburg. Was paroled and was in Lowndesville area in late 1864. Left for camp. No further information.
- Robert Barney Hutchison. Born October 31, 1837. Married America Burton on January 3, 1861. Served in SC 7th Infantry and lost a leg at Sharpsburg. Died March 28, 1906. Buried in Providence Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lowndesville, SC.
- Milton "Sonny" Thomas Hutchison. Born September 16, 1839. Served as Lt. in Co. I, 14th SC Infantry Regiment. Wounded at Second Manassas and later at Deep Bottom, VA in 1864, where he was captured. Died March 22, 1907. Buried in Providence Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lowndesville, SC.
On December 19, 1843, Robert Hutchison married Jane Catherine Radcliffe. They had the following children:
- Vincent Henry Hutchison. Born March 22, 1845. Wounded and captured at Louisa Court House, VA in 1864. Died January 9, 1865 in the prison at Point Lookout, MD.
- Palmyra Antoinette Hutchison. Born April 2, 1847. Married Ralph Alexander Pressly. on May 13, 1863. Died June 7, 1908 in Atlanta, GA.
- Alice Havana Hutchison. Born September 1, 1853. Married Benjamin Andrew Boyd on April 22, 1875. Died May 22, 1909.
- Laura Celestia Hutchison. Born January 18, 1857. Married John Wesley Carlisle on February 13, 1879. Died March 19, 1935.
- Kitty Othello Hutchison. Born January 9, 1865. Married Robert William Hester on January 13, 1892. Died November 23, 1925. Buried in Providence Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lowndesville, SC.
- Frank Seymour Hutchison. Born April 29, 1867. Married Mollie Parnell. Died March 6, 1951.
In the 1850 federal census in Savannah River Regiment, Abbeville Co., SC, Robert Hutcherson's family was listed as:
- Robert Hutcherson, 45, farmer, $9728
- Catherine Hutcherson, 24
- John A. Hutcherson, 16
- Benjamin Hutcherson, 13
- Robert B. Hutcherson, 11
- Surany? Hutcherson, 10
- Henry V. Hutcherson, 4
- Joiey? Hutcherson, 2
In 1850 Robert Hutchison had 17 slaves.
In the 1860 federal census in Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC, Robert Hutchinson's family was listed as:
- Robt Hutchinson, age 56, farmer, real estate valued at $12,000 and personal estate valued at $19,957
- Cather Hutchinson, age 34
- Robt B Hutchinson, 73, farmer
- Hutchinson, 20, student
- Vincent Henry Hutchinson, 15, farm laborer
- Palmyra Hutchinson, 13
- Alice Hutchinson, 7
- Susan C. Hutchinson, 3
There were 16 slaves.
In the 1870 federal census for Lowndesville, SC, Robert Hutchenson was listed by himself, 65, farmer, property valued at $4,000 and $1,000.
In the 1880 federal census for Lowndesville, SC, the Hutchison family was listed as:
- Robert Hutchinson, 76, farmer,
- Catherine Hutchinson, 54, wife, keeps house
- Kitty Hutchinson, 13, at school
- Seymore Hutchinson, 12, works on farm
He died on September 24, 1882 and is buried in Providence Cemetery in Lowndesville.
The following obituary was printed in the Abbeville newspaper:
Death of a Good Citizen
Mr. Robert Hutchinson, an aged and much respected citizen of Lowndesville, died at his home last Monday morning after a brief illness. Honest and upright in all his dealings, his energy and economy had rewarded his efforts in the accumulation of a handsome estate. He was indeed a good citizen whose sterling qualities afford an example worthy of emulation.
The following is my transcription of his will found in the Abbeville court house.
Last Will and Testament of Robert Hutchinson, Decd.
State of South Carolina
I Robert Hutchison of the state and county aforesaid, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do hereby make, ordain and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First. I hereby direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses and the expenses of executing this my will be first paid.
Second. To my son Sonny Hutchison I give and devise two hundred (200) acres of land being the upper portion of the place known as the [Groors?] place, resurveyed by Robert Stuckey the 24th day of March A. D. 1876, which the platt will more fully represent.
Third. To my daughter Laura C. I give and bequeath one hundred and sixty-seven acres of land, know as the George Patterson place, resurveyed by B. D. Kay the 17th day of December A.D. 1876, which the platt will more fully represent.
Fourth. To my daughter Kitty Othella I give and bequeath two hundred and thirty-five 78/100 (235 78/100) acres of land, known as the Tennent and J. H. Latimer places: Tennent place resurveyed March 24 1876 by Robert Stuckey and Latimer place surveyed January 29th 1878 by B. D. Kay boundaries more fully represented by the platts of said surveys.
Fifth. To my daughter Alice  I give and bequeath one hundred and fifty (150) acres of land, known as the Andrew Valentine place or tract of land, on which the said Valentine now lives boundaries fully known by deed executed the 18th day of January A. D. 1876.
Sixth. To my wife Catherine I give, bequeath and devise my home place, containing according to the Stuckey survey (made Mar. 24th 1876) four hundred and twenty (420) acres, the same more or less, and as the former reference can be made to the platt: to have and to hold the same during the term of her natural life for the benefit of herself and her minor children; and should my wife Catherine live until my son Frank Seymour comes to the age of maturity then she shall not deprive him of a portion of the proceeds of said home place.
At the death of my wife Catherine I give and bequeath the said home place to my son Frank Seymour, and should my son Seymour die without leaving legitimate children, it is my will that the said home place shall revert to my estate and be equally distributed among my children, and if any of my children should be dead, then their children to get their father or motherís portion of the proceeds of said place.
Seventh. To my wife Catherine I give and bequeath the sum of one thousand ($1000) dollars in gold, also my rockaway, buggy, wagons, all plantation tools, machinery, implements, household and kitchen furniture, except one bedstead and bedding and six chairs upstairs, and all live stock, except one colt (Stocking); and should there be more live stock than she needs, then the surplus to be sold and the proceeds to be divided equally among my heirs; also all grain, provisions, and forage of every kind of which I may die seized and possessed, to be used by her in carrying on the farm or given off or disposed of at her discretion for the benefit of herself and her children.
And it is my will that at the death of my wife Catherine, that all wagons, vehicles, farming implements, machinery, household and kitchen furniture, live stock, grain, provision and forage be left on said place for the benefit of my son Frank Seymour.
The foregoing devises and bequests to my wife Catherine, contained in the six and seventh sections of this my will are intended to be in lieu of and barr [sic] of her right of dower in her estate.
Eighth. To my son Robert Barney I give and bequeath the sum of fifteen hundred ($1500.00) dollars.
Ninth. To my son Sonny I give and bequeath the sum of fourteen hundred ($1450.00) and fifty.
Tenth. To my daughter Palmyra A. Pressley I give and bequest the sum of fifteen hundred $1500.00 dollars.
Eleventh. To my daughter Alice . I give and bequeath the sum of twenty one ($2100.00) hundred dollars.
Twelfth. To my daughter Laura C. I give and bequeath the sum of twenty one ($2100.00) hundred dollars.
Thirteenth. To my daughter Kitty Othella I give and bequeath the sum of twenty two ($2200.00) hundred dollars.
Fourteenth. To my son Frank Seymour I give and bequeath the sum of sixteen hundred ($1600.00) dollars.
Fifteenth. To my grandson Benjamin, son of B. F. Hutchison, deceased, I give and bequeath the sum of six hundred ($600) dollars.
Sixteenth. It is my will and desire that the bequests made of land to my two daughters, Laura C. and Kitty Othella, sections third and fourth is for the use of my said daughters during their natural lives and their death to their children and grandchildren in succession indefinitely.
Seventeenth. It is my will that at my death my gold watch be given to my son Frank Seymour.
Eighteenth. To my daughter Kitty Othella I give and bequeath one bead [sic] stead and bedding and six chairs upstairs.
Nineteenth. To my son Frank Seymour I give and bequeath one black colt named Stocking.
Twentieth. It is my will that if there be a remainder after my children have received the amounts bequeathed to them, then the overplus to be equally distributed among them. And should there be a deficiency there it is my will that each shall loose [sic] his or her pro-rata share.
Twenty-first. It is my will in the distribution of my personal effects, if the notes that are due have not been collected (or other evidence of dues) have not not [sic] been received by my executrix, that each legatee hereinbefore named having interest in said distribution of my estate will be required to receive their pro ratio share of such evidence of debt or notes as may be in the possession of my executrix.
I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my wife Catherine sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and for her services as such I hereby direct that she shal[l] receive the sum of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars in lieu of the commissions allow by law.
Twenty-second. It is my will, that if any one or more of my legatees shall attempt to set aside in or any way interfere with this my last will, then he or she shall not receive but five dollars.
And if all my heirs should combine to set aside my will, then in that event I bequeath all my property to the poor of the county.
And it is my will that will that my wife Catherine as my executrix shall call upon some competent person to assist her in the distribution of the above named devises and bequests.
Twenty-third. It is my will that all fences now standing as dividing lines between different tracts of lands bequeathed in this my will shall remain as such and not be removed without the consent of the parties.
In witness whereof I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my will at Lowndesville on the 4th day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, and in the one hundred and fifth year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.
The said Robert Hutchison at said Lowndesville on said 4th day of July 1881, signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will. And we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses.
J. B. Moseley
W. G. Johnson
State of South Carolina Probate Court
Abbeville County Probate Will
Present:-- Honorable J. Fuller Lyon, Probate Judge for the County of Abbeville
Personally appeared J J Johnson subscribing witness to the annexed instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Robert Hutchison late of Abbeville County, deceased, who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that he was present and did see the said instrument of writing duly executed by the said Robert Hutchison.
And deponent further saith that the said Robert Hutchison at the time of executing the said instrument of writing was to the best of deponentís knowledge and belief, of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding; and that J J Johnson (the deponent) and J B Moseley and W. G. Johnson in the presence of each other, and of the said Robert Hutchison and at his request, signed their names as his witnesses, to the due execution of the same.
J. J. Johnson
Sworn and subscribed to before me this 28th day of October 1882
J Fuller Lyon,
Judge Probate Court
Upon due examination of J. J. Johnson one of the subscribing witnesses to the annexed instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Robert Hutchison late of Abbeville County, deceased, it appears to my satisfaction, that the same is the true last will of said deceased; it is therefore ordered and decreed that it be admitted to probate in common + that letters testamentary be issued to the executrix therein named. Oct. 28, 1883
J. Fuller Lyon
Judge Probate Court
I do solemnly swear that this writing the true last will of the within named deceased, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same by paying first the debts, and then the legacies contained in said will as far as his goods will thereunto extend and the law charge me and that I will make a true and perfect inventory of all such goods and chattels, rights and credits. So help me God.
J. C. Hutchison
Sworn and subscribed to before me
This 28th day of October 1883
J. Fuller Lyon,
Judge Probate Court
Palmyra Antoinette Hutchison (1847-1908)
Palmyra "Nettie" Antoinette Hutchison was born on April 2, 1847, a daughter of Robert Hutchison and Jane Catherine Radcliffe.
On May 13, 1863 she married Ralph Alexander Pressly, a recently discharged Confederate soldier from Lowndesville. For information about their children, see the material about Ralph Alexander Pressly.
By 1870, the family had moved to Anderson Co., GA, where they remained until moving to Atlanta in the 1880s. By this time her husband was experiencing psychiatric problems probably related to his head wound in the War. For the rest of his life he was in and out of jail or the state hospital.
In the 1900 federal census for Atlanta, Fulton, GA, she was listed as head of the household on 23 Fulton St:
- Palmyra Pressley, born April 1847, 53, married 37 years, six of 9 children surviving
- Eulalia Pressley, born June 1870, 30, dress maker
- Palmyra Pressley, born April 1878, 22, stenographer
- Emmett, born July 1879, 20, telephone lineman
She died from acute hepatitis on June 8, 1908 in Atlanta. She was residing at 36 Hayden Street in Atlanta and was listed as a widow although her husband was still alive. She is buried in the Pressly plot in Old Casey Cemetery, Atlanta.
The following notice was in the Atlanta Constitution on June 9, 1908:
Mrs. Palmyra Antoinette Pressly.
Mrs. Palmyra Antoinette Pressly, 61 years of age, died yesterday morning at the residence, 36 Hayden street. She is survived by three daughters, Miss Julia Pressly, Columbia, S. C.,; Miss Palmyra Pressly, Atlanta, and Mrs. Richard Sauterbach[Lauterbach], of Bizbee, Ariz., and three sons, Robert, William and Emmett, all of Atlanta. The body was removed to the undertaking establishment of Barclay & Brandon and is awaiting the arrival of Mrs. Sauterbach from Arizona before the funeral and interment take place.
Vincent Radcliffe (1780-1871)
Vincent Radcliffe was born April 8, 1780 in Maryland. The name sometimes appears as Ratliff in records.
By 1819 he was living in Abbeville District because his name is mentioned in an 1819 bond, shown in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977), p. 391:
Davis, Catharine--Box 106, Pack 2754.
On July 20, 1819 Sugar, John Wright. Vincent Ratcliff bound unto Moses Taggart Ord. Abbeville Dist. sum $2000.00. Sugar Wright made gdn. of Catharine Davis a minor.
Before 1820 he married Anna Mayne, who was born April 24, 1789 and died October 7, 1863. She may be the daughter of William Mayne who died in 1819 in Abbeville District and his wife Jean Seawright. His will lists a daughter named Anny, who was not yet married.
(Jean Seawright's tombstone in Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Donalds, Abbeville, SC provides 1750-1812 as her dates and identifies her as the "relict" of Robert Haddon, Jr., the wife of William Mayne, and the daughter of Elizabeth Templeton and Samuel Seawright.)
In the 1820 federal census in Abbeville District, SC, Vinson Ratlough's family was enumerated as:
- 26-44 male: 1
- under 10 female: 1
- 26-44 female: 1
There was 1 female slave under the age of 14.
In the 1830 federal census for Abbeville District, SC, Vincin Ratliff's family was listed as having:
- 40-49 male: 1
- under 5 females: 3
- 5-9 female: 1
- 40-49 female: 1
In the 1840 federal census for Abbeville District, SC, he was identified as V Ratliff. There were 1 white male between 5 and 9, 1 white male between 60 and 69, 2 white females between 10 and 14, 2 white females between 15 and 19, and one white female between 40 and 49. There were 4 slaves, including 2 slaves under the age of 10.
In the 1850 federal census for the Savannah River Regiment, Abbeville, SC, Vincent Radcliffe's family was listed as:
- Vincent Radcliffe, 79, farmer, $2000, born in Maryland
- Anna Radcliffe, 56
- Louisa, 22
- Tabitha 18
- Quincy 18
In the 1860 federal census for Due West Corner, Abbeville Co., the Radcliff family was listed as:
- Vincent Radcliff, 80, farmer, 6000, 4500, born Maryland
- Ann Radcliff, 70
- Anna Radcliff, 31
- Margaret Radcliff, 29
- William Radcliff, 27, farmer, 900, 900
- Mary Radcliff, 19
There were 5 slaves.
In the 1870 federal census for Long Cain, Abbeville Co., the Radcliff family was listed as:
- Vincent Radcliff, 89, farmer, 300 200
- L.W. Radcliff, 38, keeping house
- Peter Radcliff, 39, farm laborer
- Anna Radcliff, 41, at home
- Lizzie Radcliff, 16
Vincent Radcliffe died July 12, 1871, probably in Due West, Abbeville, SC.
The following will is recorded in the Abbeville County Courthouse:
Last Will and Testament of Vincent Radcliffe decd.
I Vincent Radcliffe, being of sound mind and memory, do make the following as my last will and testament.
Item 1. It is my will and desire that my Executor hereinafter named, as soon after my death as practicable, shall sell all my property and that after the payment of my funeral expenses and all my just debts the proceeds arising from said sale, shall be disposed of as follows:
Item 2d. I give and bequeath to my daughter Emeline Burton, the sum of seven hundred and eighty dollars.
Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine D. Hutchison, the sum of seven hundred and eighty dollars.
Item 4. I give and bequeath one fourth part of the residue of the proceeds of said sale, remaining after the payment of the aforesaid legacies, to my daughter Emeline Burton.
Item 5. I give and bequeath one fourth part of the residue of the proceeds of said sale, remaining after the payment of the two legacies first above mentioned, to my daughter Catherine D. Hutchison.
Item 6. I give and bequeath one fourth part of the residue of the proceeds of said sale, remaining after the payment of the two legacies first above mentioned to my daughter Anna Louisa Simpson.
Item 7. I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Tabitha Radcliffe in like manner one fourth part of the residue of the proceeds of said sale remaining after the payment of the legacies first abovementioned, also a cow and calf, one sow, and bedstead and furniture and also the sum of ten dollars.
Item 8. I have given and bequeathed to each of my two daughters Emeline and Catherine respectively, the sum of seven hundred and eighty dollars, over and above my other daughters because I have already conveyed to the latter an interest in my tract of land, and I have not made provision in this will for my grandson William Franklin Radcliffe because of having given property to his father who is now dead.
Item 9. Lastly I hereby nominate and appoint Robert Hutchison executor of this my last will and testament.
Witness my hand and seal this the sixth day of September A. D. 1862.
Signed in the presence of each other and in the presence of the Testator, who saw each of us sign
J. F. C. DuPre
  Loudday?
Wm. A. Giles
Jane Catherine Radcliffe (1825-1905) Jane Catherine Radcliffe, who was called Catherine, was born November 9, 1825 in SC. In 1842, she married Robert Hutchison. For more information about their family, see the material on Robert Hutchison.
In the 1900 federal census for Abbeville Co., SC, Jane C. Hutchison, age 74, 5 of 6 children alive, was living with Frank Hutchinson and his wife Mollie.
Robert Hutchison and his wife Jane Catherine Radcliffe are buried in Providence Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lowndesville.
Ralph Hardin of Abbeville Co. married Isabella G. Woods on November 27, 1803.
Little is known about Ralph Hardin. He died around 1834, and his widow outlived him by nearly 40 years.
His will was dated April 17, 1832 in Abbeville and it was approved February 11, 1834. His wife was identified as Isabella G. Harden. Their children are listed as:
- Jane D. Harden
- John G. Harden
- Ralph L. Harden. Born about 1820.
- Arabella G. Harden. Born February 5, 1823.
- Elizabeth W. Adams. Married James Adams.
- Susan C. Harden. Married Donald. Born about 1810.
In the 1820 federal census in Pendleton Co., SC, Ralph Harden's family was enumerated as:
- under 10 male: 2
- 45 and above male: 1
- under 10 females: 2
- 16-26 female: 1
- 26-45 female: 1
There were two male slaves under 15 and one female slave under 14.
In the 1830 federal census for Anderson Co., SC, Ralph Hardin's family was listed as having:
- under 5 male:2
- 50-60 male: 1
- 5-10 female: 1
- 10-15 female: 2
- 30-40 female: 1
The following is in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977), p. 150:
Harden, Ralph--Box 46, Pack 1057.
Will dated April 17, 1832 in Abbeville Dist. Proved Feb. 11, 1834. Exrs: Wife, Isabella G. Harden. s.l. Jas. Adams. Wit: Thos. Bigbie, Lyndsey Harper. Toliver Flowers. Chn: Jane D., Jno. G., Ralph L., Arabella G. Harden, Elizabeth W. Adams, Susana C. Donald. Inv. made Feb. 18, 1834 by Elijah Hunt, David B. DeFoor, Nathan Strickland.
Arabella Goss Hardin
Photograph of Arabella G. Hardin
Arabella Goss Hardin was born on February 5, 1823 in Abbeville Co., SC. She was the daughter of Ralph Hardin and Isabella G. Woods.
She married William Ardrey Pressly on August 9, 1838. For more information on their children, see the material about William Ardrey Pressly.
In the 1880 federal census for Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC, Arbella [sic] G. Pressley, age 58, has several daughters living with her: Arbella, age 20; Elizabeth, age 18; Margaret, age 15; and Mattie, age 22, and her husband, William F. Bogaski, and their two children. Susan Donald, age 70, is identified as Arabella's sister.
In the 1900 federal census for Belton, Anderson Co., SC, Arabellah was living with the family of her daughter Margaret B. Fant. Arabella's birth was given as February 1822, a widow with 11 of her 12 children still alive.
She died December 20, 1904. The following notice was printed in the Marietta Journal, published in Marietta, GA, on January 5, 1905:
Died--On December 20th, 1904, at Belton, S.C., Mrs. A. G. Pressley, at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. A. P. Faut [sic], aged 82 years, 10 months and 20 days. She was the mother of Mrs. R. R. Cater, of Marietta. Mrs. Pressley was the widow of the late Wm A. Pressley, of Loundsville [sic], Abbeville county, S. C., at which place they were born and raised, married and raised a family of eight daughters and three sons, all of whom survive her. She was a consistent member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Her life was filled with good deeds. Her death was only going to sleep. Interment in citizens cemetery Belton.
Most of the information provided below is from Carroll Ruffin Patterson's An Outline of the History of Samuel Patterson (c.1725-1782) of County Down, Ireland and Abbeville County, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina and His Descendants.
Samuel Patterson ( -about 1791)
Samuel Patterson (and his wife, Mary) and five children sailed on the Free Mason from Ireland and arrived on January 6, 1773 in Charleston, SC. They were part of a group of Covenanter Presbyterians who emigrated in 1772 from Ulster. He was issued 350 acres in Hillsborough, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina on February 12, 1773. His wife Mary is thought to be Mary Carson (about 1730-1820), daughter of William and Margaret Carson.
The following appears in Brent H. Holcomb's Petitions for Land From South Carolina Council Journals, Volume VII: 1771-1774 (Columbia, SCMAR, 1999), p. 194:
[Meeting of Wednesday 6 January 1773]
Pages 23-25: A list of the passengers who arrived in this Province from Ireland in the Brigantine Free Mason & this day petitioned for land, viz.
. . .
Samuel Paterson 350 [acres] Able to pay.
The following land information is in Jesse Hogan Motes III and Margaret Peckham Motes, South Carolina Memorials: Abstracts of Land Titles Volume 1 1774-1776 (Greenville: Southern Historical Press, 1996), p. 135:
Samuel Patterson, 6 Oct. 1774: 100 acres in Granville County of waters of Long Cain Creek. Survey certified 6 May 1774; granted 25 May 1774. Quit rent in 10 years. Wm. Thos. Caldwell, DS. Delivered 1 Apr. 1775 to James Forster. [13-44.1]
He was a member of the Long Cane Associate Reformed Presbyterian church in 96 District, South Carolina.
The following is in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977), p. 427:
Patterson, Samuel--Box 109, Pack 3091
Will dated Mar. 3 1791 in Abbeville Dist. Rec. Sept. 13, 1794. Exrs: Wm., John McGaw. Wit: Thos. Clark, Wm. Carson, Alexr. Patterson. Wife, Mary Patterson. Chn: Saml., Josiah, Jas., Margaret, John, Mary, Sarah, Jean Patterson.
Josiah Patterson (1774-1846)
Josiah Patterson, a son of Samuel Patterson and his wife Mary, was born in late 1774 in Ninety-Six District, SC.
On February 6, 1794, he married Abigail Blair. He was a member of the Rocky River Presbyterian Church in Abbeville Co. His plantation was in the Monterrey area, near Smith's Crossroads and the Savannah River.
The children of Josiah Patterson and Abigail Blair are
- Sarah Cowan Patterson. Born January 24, 1795. Married Andrew Giles on March 5, 1812. Died May 11, 1864.
- Mary Adams Patterson. Born January 17, 1797. Married Robert Campbell. Died May 14 1871.
- Samuel Patterson. Born January 27, 1799. Died young.
- John Adams Patterson. Born March 10, 1801. Married Breazel.
- James Cowan Patterson. Born October 6, 1803. Married Laura Evan Winn. Died July 18, 1866.
- Elizabeth Pleasant Patterson. Born September 1, 1807. Died November 11, 1823.
- Louisa Abigail Patterson. Born October 15, 1810. Married Twining Hamilton.
- Jane Lovely Patterson. Born January 11, 1813. Married Richard Bohun Cater. Died January 1, 1897 in Abbeville Co. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Josiah Blair Patterson. Born July 9, 1815. Married Mary McNeal. Died May 12, 1864.
He was married two more times. He married Mrs. Sarah Terry (the widow of Captain Jeremiah S. Terry) on September 16, 1824. He married Mrs. Eleanor Phelps, a widow, on November 27, 1832.
Josiah Patterson died on October 3, 1846 in Abbeville Co., SC.
The following obituary was published in the Abbeville newspaper in the November 11, 1846 issue:
Departed this life on the 3rd of October at his residence in Abbeville District, Josiah PATTERSON, aged 71 years. The deceased was for about fifty years a worthy member of the Presbyterian church and for more than 40 years a ruling Elder in the same. In the discharge of the relations of husband, father and friend, he was equalled by few and excelled by none. In his last illness, which was long and painful, he experienced largely the consolations of that religion which he had so long professed.
The following abstract of Josiah Patterson's will appears in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977), p. 479:
Patterson, Josiah--Box 119, Pack 3531:
Will dated Aug. 22, 1846 in Abbeville Dist. Prov. December 1, 1846. Exrs: Sons, Andrew Giles, James C. Patterson. Wit: James T. Baskin, Robt. Ward, John Mosely. Wife, Elenor Patterson. Chn: Mary A. Campbell, Jane L. Cater, Louisa A. Hamilton, John A. Patterson, Sara Hiles, James C., Josiah B. Patterson. Sett: Mar. 5, 1848. Legatees: R. B. Campbell and wife, R. B. Cater and wife, A. Giles and wife.
The following is my transcription of the will found in the Abbeville courthouse, Wills, Vol 3, 1839-1855, pages 170-71. One item of note is that he left a library of 14 volumes to his wife. The document does not always have clear punctuation.
Last Will of Josiah Patterson Decíd
In the name of God Amen, I Josiah Patterson a native of said state and district being far advanced in life deems it expedient to make the following distribution of the property God in his kind providence has placed at my disposal. And (1st) I bequeath to my beloved spouse Elenor Patterson my roan horse (or one equivalent in value) with my buggy and harness, two beds, bedstead and furniture, one table with such portion of the household and kitchen utentials [sic] as she may select. I also bequeath to her two cows and calves and my family library of fourteen volumes. I also direct my executors to pay her annually for three years from my decease one hundred dollars should she survive so long. And also that she have my Negro boy Billy and my girl Caroline to be her servants during her widowhood or life time should she prefer the former state in either event I direct and devise that Billy and Caroline do return and be disposed of as part of my estate as a considerable part of my property consists in real estate. The above bequests are in consideration and lien of dower. I further direct that my land be sold to the highest bidder on such credit as my executors in their discretion may direct. The home tract which contains after deductions what I sold to Capt Raiford (181) acres and a fraction. (2nd) The Buford + Chalmers tract containing one hundred and forty-nine and 7/10s acres in connection with a small tract from John M. Moseley containing thirteen 8/10s acres to compose the second tract observing however to reserve a passage or highway through the latter where the road now runs to intersect at the public road at Captain McCallas. This to be kept open for the use and benefit of the home tract And I do hereby authorize my executors or either of them to execute [indecipherable word] to the purchaser in accordance with the above instructions as it is my desire to equalize my dear children as near as may be after the payment of all my just debts. I direct that the following scale be observed in the distribution [indecipherable word] I suppose my daughters Mary A. Campbell Jane L. Cater and Louisa A. Hamilton and families to have received from me each twelve hundred dollars. My son John A Patterson one thousand dollars. Daughter Sarah C. Giles and sons James C. and Josiah B. Patterson to have each received two hundred dollars. Further I direct that all my personal property be legally appraised and that daughter Sarah Giles do receive at the appraisement my Negro woman Hennette and her two children Mary and Aleck. That son James C. Patterson receive at appraisement my Negro man Sam and girl Jane and that son Josiah B. Patterson also receive at the appraisement my Negro girl Louisa with her boy George with in trust however for the use and benefit of self and family without the power to transfer. I also direct my faithful old servants Kit [?] and Judy have choice among my children with whom to dwell and that they be well taken care of while they live. All the balance of my property to be sold at auction and the proceeds to be equally divided according to the above scale and I do hereby appoint and nominate my beloved and trusty sons Andrew Giles and James C. Patterson my lawful executors of this my last will and testament renouncing all others in the presence of Jas. L. Baskin Robert Ward John M. Moseley
This 22nd day of August 1846.
Codicil to the within will
It is my will that my son Josiah B. Patterson receive at the appraised value Vicy and her son Tom in lieu of Louisa + George and the girl Vicy + her son Tom in trust however for the use of self and family without the power to transfer the same and Louisa and George to be sold by my executors in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 28th day of October A. D. 1846
Witnesses Tho Cunningham
John M. Moseley
Proven before me 1st December 1846 by John M. Moseley
David Lesly O.A.D
Sworn before me James C. Patterson executor
1st December 1846
David Lesly O.A.D
Jane Lovely Patterson (1813-1897)
Jane Lovely Patterson, a daughter of Josiah Patterson and Abigail Blair, was born January 11, 1813 in Abbeville District, SC. On August 23, 1832, she married Richard Bohun Cater. The minister performing the wedding was the Rev. Dr. Moses Waddel, the noted antebellum educator.
After her husband's death on May 23, 1854, she moved west with some of her children.
In the 1860 federal census for Attala County, Mississippi, the Cater family was listed as:
- Jane Cater, 47, farming, personal estate valued at $9863.
- Elizabeth C. Cater, 20
- Eliza P. Cater, 18
- John R. Cater, 16, laboring in farm
- Martha A. Cater, 11
- Rebecca Cater, 9
There were 10 slaves, ranging in age from 38 to 6.
By the 1870 federal census, the family had returned to Abbeville Co., SC. In the 1870 federal census for Abbeville, Abbeville Co., SC, the family was living with Jane's son Edwin:
- Ed Cater, 32, farmer, real estate valued at $1500, personal property valued at $300
- C. C. Cater, 30, at home
- E. P. Cater, 28
- M. J. Cater, 26
- M. A. Cater, 24
- R. D. Cater, 22
- J. L. Cater, 56
In the 1880 federal census for Abbeville, Abbeville Co., SC, the family was listed as:
- Jane L. Cater, 67, keeps house
- Lizzie C. Cater, 36, mantua maker
- Eliza C. Cater, 34, milliner
- Mary J. Cater, 31, mantua maker
- Martha A. Cater, 29, mantua maker
- Rebecca D. Cater, 24, mantua maker
- Willie P. Cater, 11, at school (granddaughter)
- Hattie B. Cater, 8, (granddaughter)
They had the following children:
- Thomas Andrew Cater. Born February 8, 1835. Married Sarah B. Died January 3, 1902. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Louis J. Cater. Born about 1836. Died July 8, 1837. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Edwin Cater. Born April 30, 1838. Died February 24, 1904. Never married. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Elizabeth C. Cater. Born about 1841. Died March 7, 1886. Never married. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Eliza Postell Cater. Born October 16, 1842. Died February 17, 1893. Never married. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Mary Jervey Cater. Born about 1846. Died July 3, 1917 in Abbeville Co. Never married. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- John Richard Cater. Born November 16, 1844. Married first Rosa Rebecca Pressly. Married second Pernelia Frances Jones. Died April 7, 1924 in Sheffield, Colbert, AL.
- Martha Ann Cater. Born about 1849. Died February 4, 1918 in Abbeville Co. Never married. Buried in Rocky River Presbyterian Church cemetery in Abbeville Co., SC.
- Rebecca DuPont Cater. Born about 1851. Died October 3, 1948 in Abbeville Co. Never married.
- Sarah Cater. Married Courtney A. Wilson on March 9, 1861. Died July 19, 1922 in Abbeville, Abbeville, SC.
Jane Lovely Patterson died January 1, 1897 in Abbeville Co., SC.
Samuel Blair (-around 1813)
Samuel Blair is thought to have come from Virginia. His wife's name was Agnes.
The following is an abstract of Samuel Blair's will in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977):
Blair, Samuel--Box 4, Pack 76
Will dated Feb. 10, 1813. Proved Feb. 6, 1815. Exr: son, Jno. Wit: Sarah Milligan. A. Milligan, S. Steadman. Chn: Jno., Thos., Wm., Abigail Blair.
There is information about the Blair family in Carroll Ruffin Patterson's An Outline of the History of Samuel Patterson (c.1725-1782) of County Down, Ireland and Abbeville County, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina and His Descendants.
Abigail Blair (1774-1823)
Abigail Blair was the daughter of Samuel Blair and his wife Agnes. On February 6, 1794 she married Josiah Patterson. For more information on their children, see the family of Josiah Patterson.
Michael Woods (1684-1762)
Katie-Prince Ward's article "Archibald Woods of Albemarle County" in Virginia Historical Magazine provides the following summary of Michael Woods, drawing upon other sources:
Four brothers, Michael, William, John and Andrew Woods. along with their widowed sister, Mrs. Elizabeth (Woods) Wallace[,] came with their families, from the North of Ireland about 1724. Michael Woods spent several years in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before going to Virginia. His wife was Mary Campbell and she probably predeceased him by twenty years. Their Virginia plantation was Mountain Plains, which in later years, after it had passed out of the Woods family, was known as Blair Park; and was situated near the east end of Woods (now Jarmans) Gap at the southern end of the present Shenandoah National Park, just to the left hand side of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad going south, between the villages of Crozet and Greenwood, (in Albemarle County). Both were buried in the family burying ground at Mountain Plains, and Michael's tombstone was standing after the Civil War. A fragment found sometime later indicated the year of his birth as 1684. His will was written 24 November 1761, and proven 11 June 1762 in Albemarle County.
He was married to Mary Campbell. At the time, their plantation was in Goochland County, in an area that is now part of Albemarle County. They settled in this area in 1734. Their plantation was about 20 miles west of Charlottesville.
Archibald Woods (1706-1768)
Archibald Woods, a son of Michael Woods and Mary Campbell, was born on May 11, 1706, according to his son Michael's day book. He was born in Ireland. See Katie-Prince Ward's article "Archibald Woods of Albemarle County" in Virginia Historical Magazine, which draws upon earlier sources while also correcting some errors.
He married Isabella Goss, who was born January 8, 1716/17 and died on November 2, 1766.
According to his son's day book, Archibald Woods died on December 11, 1768.
Archibald Woods owned land that bordered the Savannah River.
William Woods (about 1744-1804)
William Woods, a son of Archibald Woods and Isabella Goss was born about 1744 in Virginia.
He married Susannah Carathina McKinley on November 18, 1779 in South Carolina.
The following abstract of William Woods's will appears in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977):
Woods, William--Box 98, Pack 2419:
Will dated Nov. 8, 1802 in Abbeville Dist. Rec. Feb. 20, 1804. Wit: Wm. Carrithers, Jeremiah Robinson, Hugh Mecklin. Wife, Susanna Carathina Woods. Inv. made by Robt. Smith, Jeremiah Robinson, Wm. Carrithers.
William Woods died on February 4, 1804 while living in Abbeville Co., South Carolina.
Isabella Goss Woods (1782-1872)
Isabella Goss Woods, a daughter of William Woods and Susannah Carathina McKinley was born about 1782 in South Carolina.
She married Ralph Hardin on November 27, 1803 in South Carolina. Ralph Hardin died about 1834.
In the 1850 federal census for the Savannah River Region, Abbeville District, SC, Isabella G. Harden, age 66, had real estate valued at $5852. Susannah C. Donald, age 59, was living with her. Her son Ralph L. Harden and his family lived nearby. In 1850, she had eight slaves.
In the 1860 federal census for Abbeville Co, SC, Isabella Harden is listed as 78 years old and a farmer with real estate valued at $5625 and personal estate valued at $8123. Susan Donalds, age 65?, was living with her. Her son Ralph L. Harden and his wife and seven children lived nearby.
In 1860 she had nine slaves and three slave houses.
In the 1870 federal census for Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC., Isabela Harden is 88 years old with real estate valued at $2000 and personal estate valued at $300. Susan Donald, age 60, and three boys were enumerated with her.
John McKinley (-1771)
John McKinley was married to a woman named Esther. He was living in Ninety Six District by the mid-1750s.
In the meeting of Wednesday A. M. 3 August 1756, John McKinly submitted a petition for land upon "family right": 250 acres on a branch of Rockey River, as shown in Brent H. Holcomb's Petitions for Land From South Carolina Council Journals, Volume IV: 1754-1756 (Columbia, SCMAR, 1998), p. 273.
The following entry is in Brent H. Holcomb's South Carolina's Royal Grants, Volume 1: Grant Books 1 through 9 1732-1761 (Columbia: SCMAR, 2006), p. 316:
8, 290: John McKinly, 250 acres on Reedy Creek, a branch of Rocky River in Craven County, 8 May 1758. Plat certified 1 Nov 1757. Delivered to the Auditor's Office 1 May 1759.
The following petition for warrant of survey, from the meeting of Tuesday 2 April 1765, appears in Brent H. Holcomb's Petitions for Land From South Carolina Council Journals, Volume V: 1757-1765 (Columbia, SCMAR, 1998), p. 236:
John McKinley 150 [acres] Little R'r Join'g Lands where he now lives
The following petition for warrant of survey, from the meeting of Tuesday 6 June 1769, appears in Brent H. Holcomb's Petitions for Land From South Carolina Council Journals, Volume VI: 1766-1770 (Columbia, SCMAR, 1999):
John McKinley 100 [acres] West branch Long Canes
An abstract of his will appears in Caroline T. Moore, Abstracts of the Wills of the State of South Carolina 1760-1784 (1969), p. 164:
John McKinley, Granville County, planter. Wife: Esther, to live in my house "with all proper accommodations." Sons: eldest William; James; John, 2 tracts of land at his mother's death. Daus: Jane, Susannah, and Martha. Sons-in-law: Robert Frimble and Patrick Calhoun. Mentions big Bible. Exors: wife; son William. Wit: Wm. McKinley, Jas. McKinley, Wm. Wilson.
D: 17 Oct. 1771. P: 3 Dec 1771, R: nd. p. 80.
He died in 1771 in South Carolina.
The following will for Esther is in Box 63, Pack 1512 in Abbeville Courthouse, South Carolina 1791. South Carolina Historical Records, Vol. 4-5, compiled by Miss Pauline Young, 1948:
In the Name of god amane I Esther McKinley of the state of South Carolina Abbiville County Being weak of Body but of sound memory Blessed Be god do this day Viz. the 4th of July one thousand seven hundred & Eighty Nine do make and publish this my Will and Testament in maner following that is to say first of all I give and Recommend my soul to god that give it, and my Body I Recommend to the Erth to be Deasently Buried, and as to my worldly Estate that god has given me I Dispose them in the manner and form following First I allow all my Debts to be paid I Leave to my Eldest Daughter Esther trimble twenty pounds and to her son John trimble I Leave a Rifle gun. I Leave to my Daughter Susana Woods two negroes garrels viz: Nane & Jeen and their futer Issue & increase and life time and after her Dissaise to Be Equly Divided Btext her two Childring viz Esther Woods and John Woods I Leave to my Daughter Martha Bell one Negrow woman named Nann & after her death to Be Equaly Divided Betwixt her two Childring viz. Esther W. Bell & John McKinley Bell with the said wenches futer issue and increase & and one pr. of Stilard I leav my daughter in Law 4 of for a gown I Leave and Bequeth to my son William McKinley all the graine & hoggs one pair of spoon (word) all my plantation tools & my chest with ane Equal Divid of all the Rest of my Estate to Viz: Esther Trimble, Sarah Baskins, Susannah Woods & Martha Bell, and that by aprisement or seal of the Legitees will agree, and if the wont agree the must at the direcittion of the Executor him chosing one to assist him in the Deviding the Estate into five Dividends. I Do Constitute and orain William McKinley my Executor of this my Will Contained in witness whereof I the said Esther McKinley have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the Day and year first above writen. Signed Sealed and Delivered by the said Esther McKinley and for her Last will and testament in pressents of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof.
Proven 5th February 1791.
Inventory made July 5th 1791 by Francis Carlile, Ebenezer Pettigrew and Elijah McCurdy Esq.
Susannah Carathina McKinley
Susannah Carathina McKinley, a daughter of John McKinley and Esther, was born in South Carolina.
She married William Woods in South Carolina on November 18, 1779.
The following is an abstract of Susannah C. Woods' will in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1977), p. 334:
Woods, Susannah C.--Box 94, Pack 2330:
Will dated June 6, 1829 in Abbeville Dist. Prov. June 22, 1829. Exrs: Jonathan Johnson, Wm. Covington. Wit: Hugh Mecklin, Ralph Hardin, J. S. Allen. Chn: Martha Bell Drinkwater, Jas., Michael, Andrew C., Robt. W., John Woods, Isabella G. Harden. Inv. made June 29, 1829 by Hugh Mecklin, Jonathan Johnson, R. Smith.
She died in June 1829.