Two Trees Millbrook Township
Aiken County, South Carolina

Millbrook Township
Gant Residency(1900)

My great grandparents, Solomon and Manda Gant, lived in Millbrook Township during the 1910 U.S. Federal Census. Millbrook was one square mile in size, located on Whiskey Road(Route 19). Millbrook Township was replaced by lands now occupied by the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Project. Manda Gant died from child birth between 1910 and 1911. Manda's daughter, Lula Gant, moved to Perry, Taylor County, Florida to live with her aunt, Jane. Jane was married to Banks Campbell. Lula married my grandfather, Jesse Bright, in her aunt Jane's home. Millbrook Township is depicted in the following 1883 map.

Map of Millbrook
The first decade of the 1900's were bad years for South Carolina African Americans. The Ku Klux Clan was very active, there were numerous lynchings, and segregation and prejudice were reinforced. Considerable growth in railroads was occurring. During the period between 1910-1920, the number of textile mills with their associated mill villages continued to increase in the western Up Country. They employed former white tenant farmers, but many African Americans moved out of the state as agriculture became less rewarding.

Aiken History
Map of Aiken 1
Maps of Aiken 2
African-American and South Carolina: History, Politics, and Culture

Bright Surnames

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