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I am seeking information on James Madison Abbott. I want to locate his grave and a copy of his will. He was born in 1823 in Walhalla, SC. He married Jennette Emeline Dowis in 1851. I don't know when he died or where. They had four children: Cynthia Jane Abbott   b. Feb. 15, 1856, Warren Turner Abbott   b. Nov. 10, 1859, Marshall Abbott    b. Jan. 3, 1861, Allison Eugene Abbott   b. Feb. 28, 1863. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Larry Abbott,


I'm looking for the family of Nora Agnes Allen, born March 7, 1805.  By 1829 she had moved to Indiana where she married.  Are there any Allen families of Oconee Cuonty in this time period?  

Rose Young


Anyone have any info on members of the ARNOLD Family that was in this area in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Given names John, Moses, Aaron, Thomas, and others.

Gordon Arnold,  


I am looking for information about relatives in Oconee County, South Carolina.  My Great Grandfather is Nicholas Grady BALLENGER. He is buried in West View Cemetery in Walhalla, South Carolina.  My Great Grandmother is Ella Pauline HERNDON  BALLENGER. She is buried next to her husband, Nicholas Grady. Ella is related to the BILLINGSLEY family of South Carolina.  My Grandmother is Clara Beth Ballenger MILLS.  She is buried by her parents in West View. She lived in McCormick, South Carolina. They are all related to the John GRADY Family of Duplin County, North Carolina. My Grandfather, and the husband of Clara Beth,  is John Williamson MILLS, Sr.  I don't know where he is buried or much about him.  His son, John Williamson MILLS, Jr. (Bill MILLS) is my father.  I don't know if he is dead or alive or much about him. He lived in McCormick, South Carolina and has an older sister named Margaret.  He was a Navy pilot in World War 11. Clara Beth is the younger sister of Ruth Ballenger Strom Caudle.  Ruth is buried in McCormick. I would appreciate any information you may know about my relatives.

Clara Louise Mills Radcliffe,


In order that I may continue my genealogical research of my Bailey ancestry, I need to determine some details of the Pickens County, S.C. area.  In the 1860 Census for Pickens County, there was an area known as White Hill.  After the 1868 split of Pickens which helped to create Oconee County, did White Hill remain with Pickens County or become part of Oconee?  The answer to this question will keep me on track with my research.    

Glenn D. Bailey, 


I am searching for information on the descendants of Matilda Jane Cleveland who married JW Bailey.  Matilda was born in 1852 in Pickens District, and was listed in the 1880 census with her parents in Oconee Co.

Brenda Parker <


My great grand father Wardlaw M. Barnes ran a general store around 1920 . The information I have is that it was near Walhalla S.C.  In a place called Little River. I have been unable to find Little River. Is it in Oconee county? Was there a place called Little River in the area in 1920? Any help or direction will be appreciated.



We are looking for descendents and/or information on George H. Barnes (Born  1825) and Bethana  Herron Barnes(Born  1833). We know that Bethana was the daughter of Elizabeth Herron  and was from Walhalla,Oconee county, S.C. We believe George was from Rabun county,Georgia or perhaps Macon county, N.C..They had two daughters Hester Barnes born ( 01/1859) and married John Farley of  Robbinsville, Graham county, N.C. and Letha Belle Barnes who married A.P. "Alf" Barton
in Walhalla, Oconee county,S.C.. In the probate of George Barnes it mentions seven children so it is likely George was married prior to marrying Bethana Barnes in 1859. George served as a private in the Confederate Army and enlisted in Franklin County N.C. He died in 1868 and we would like to find the location of his grave   and any other info that would lead us to his parents or siblings.

Barnes/Jenkins/ Herron Descendents,  or


I am searching for the gravesites of the William Batson family. Any help appreciated.

Connie Spindel,


BECK/HOLLOWAY families who were in Oconee Co SC just prior to and after 1800.   Tracing those families who went to Ga in early 1800's.



I am currently searching for the parents of Hardy Bennett, born 1788 in what was then Franklin County, GA, but which included parts of western South Carolina at that time. He supposedly had a brother named Solomon, born in SC in 1786. They migrated first to Tennessee then Alabama and finally to Mississippi. Hardy married Zilpha Sanders, who was born in TN. One source says that Hardy was a full blooded Cherokee, but I have no information to prove or disprove this. I have really reached a brick wall on this one, and need all the help I can get. Any information you might have and can share would be greatly appreciated.

Nancy Weeks,


I am researching the Busha family of South Carolina and would like to share information.                                                                         

Kathy Henson,


Searching for more information on David Ansel(Ancil) Campbell b. June 5,1860 and died Jan.23, 1906. He was married to a Mary Elizabeth, a native of West Union,SC. One of his daughters was Hassie and another was named Clara. Hassie married a Stevens and Clara married a Smith. Appreciative of any help.

Sandra Boynton,





Does anyone have the 1810  census for the Pendleton District, South Carolina? I am looking for a listing for Benjamin Church.

Dorothy Hinkey,


Looking for info on Phillip Chambers decendants - they lived in the Oconee county area around the Long Creek area.

Elaine Chambers,


Looking for information about the ROBERT CHILDRESS SR.Family. ROBERT CHILDRESS SR. was born about 1760 and he died about 25 Jun 1799 in SC. ROBERT lived in the Old 96th Judicial District of SC most of his adult life on or near the Tugaloo River. His wife - Mary (last name unknown) was appointed administrator of his will on 25 Jun 1799. His children included: ROBERT JR who married Sarah Cathrine Carter in 1809; MARY who married John Stogner; LUCY who married Willis Smith in 1810; POLLY who married Alexander Richey in 1810; SARAH who married John Middleton in 1809; JAMES who married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) and THOMAS who married Nancy Mahan in 1825.  



Still looking for Mrs. Charlotte Cole's maiden name and her husband's name. Charlotte was born abt 1800 in South Carolina. She had at least 3 children: Mariam born 16 Jul 1825 (married Aaron Cain who died in Civil War;) Nathaniel Pickens Cole, 1828-1903 and H. A. Cole born 1832 died 5 Nov 1889. Does H. A. Cole have any descendants?

Royleta Malone,


I am looking for a Dorsey family in the Walhalla area of SC.The children were William Andrew Dorsey b.1852, John H.Dorsey b. Feb 14, 1859 , Mother Nancy b. 1833.

Pattie Davis,


I am looking for information on Barbara GREER, Elmina POWELL GREER, and Maud POWELL.  Barbara GREER was only a few yrs. old and was the dau of Elmina.  Maud was prob. the mother of Elmina.  I have no dates but Barbara may have been born around 1912 or so.  I think she and her mother died in a flu epidemic.  Previously they were residents of Pickens Co.   They were buried at Mt. Carmel, but the graves were moved (I was just told this tonight), when the lakes were formed, to a Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery in Oconee Co.,SC.  This is very important to my mother as Barbara GREER was her half-sister, and we were told that their graves were covered by the lakes.   I think some of this info on them is in the Oconee Cemetery Books, but I don't have access to them.   Any help is greatly appreciated!  This will be a great relief to my mother. Godspeed...

Dolores M. Pringle,


I am looking for information on the Guest families that lived in SC late 1700s and early 1800s.  Their places of birth are listed as Pendleton Dist. 

Elaine Mings,


Looking for any information regarding a birth of baby boy (Oconee County) on May 24, 1967.  I am told the mother's last name was Hamilton and spoke to a few Hamiltons in the area a few years back with no avail.  Any and all information that you might have would be greatly appreciated. 

Laurie Taylor,


I am looking for info on john harold and toney louldermilk suttles  email address.

Kim Justus,


I am trying to locate family members from Oconee related to my great-grandmother, Kate (Katherine) Hawkins who married Robert Eugene McLees in 1906.  Know very little about her other than she had sisters: Bessie, Lizzie, and brother J. L. (?) Hawkins who may have worked for Greenville Waterworks. 

Betsy McLees Ross,


I am looking for information on Eliza Hayes b. 1843 d. nov 3 1939.  She married James Frank Casey unknown date could have been in Georgia or South Carolina.  I have reason to believe that they might have spent some time in Oconee County, SC. The only information I have on Eliza is her parents were Holoman H Hayes and Fannie Teake of South Carolina.  This info came from Historical sketches of Presbyterian churches and early settler of NE Georgia by Rev. Groves Cartledge.

Unknown Name,


I am looking for the surnames HESTERLY AND PENNINGTON.  The time frame would have been around 1790-1815.



I am looking for info on parents of James Oliver Hix who married a Mary Adeline Stovall.  I believe his parents are Oliver P. Hix and Annise ????? based on a 1850 census.  His parents were moving west wih other families when James (my gg-grandfather) decided to get out of the wagon and settle in what is now Seneca, SC.  Any info is greatly appreciated.

Scott Hix,


LIPP/LIPPE and PUTMAN Looking for information on the family of Andrew LIPP  found in the 1860 census of Pickens  Co. S.C. and the 1870 census of Oconee Co. S.C. and his wife, Nancy JANE JOHNSON b. @ 1831 S.C., (as head of house)  in the 1880 census of Oconee S.C. Andrew, listed as a railroad worker, was born @ 1825 Baden, Germany. He may have been a part of the German Settlement Society that settled Walhalla. Andrew and Jane Johnson LIPP had children: Catherine b. @ 1852, Brackton/Brack b. @ 1855, Mary b. @ 1859, Josephine b. @ 1865, and Delia or Julia and Ida b. @ 1871   Brack LIPP married 1 April 1880 Oconee Co. Florence PUTMAN Josephine LIPP married 1 April 1880 Oconee Co. James E. PUTMAN Ida LIPP married 1884 Franklin Co. Ga. Benjamin Dove Delia or Julia LIPP married Walter STARR and moved to Al.   Florence and James E. Putman were siblings, children of J. W. Hamilton PUTMAN and Susan HANCOCK of Oconee S.C. All the above mentioned people moved to Franklin Co. Ga. @ 1884.  

 Donna Black


I am looking for information on Benjamin Marion Lovinggood (b. Sept 29, 1835 d. Nov 1, 1920 in Oconee Co.) and his wife Lucinda Whitmire (b. May 13, 1840 in Pendelton, SC d. Dec 23, 1921 in Oconee, SC).  I know a fair amount about her ancestors, but nothing about his. 

Gerald Cunard,


I've just uploaded a website to Rootsweb at following URL:  The website is primarily about the Maret/Marett family who settled in Oconee County, but also contains information about other surnames, adjacent counties in SC & GA, and information from other states as well.   

Trish Jones,


Joseph Martin (died 1918) and his wife, Sally Hembree (no dates). Their children:  Ruth, Mamie, Ellen, Minnie, John Clifton, William, James, MacSwain.  If you have any info on any of these family members, please e-mail me.

Dixie Bishop,


I am looking for info on the MARTIN and HEMBREE families.  I have John Clifton Martin, b. 10/24/1897 in Westminster, SC, d. 6/10/1950 in Clinton, SC.  John's father and mother were Joseph Martin and Sally Hembree.  I have no dates or locations for either of them.  If you have info, please e-mail me.

Dixie Bishop,


I am looking for any info re Alexander H Mauldin born 3/18/1988 and his wife Leila A (abbott) Mauldin 6/1/1880.  I know that they had a farm until the Kewowee project and then they moved into town into Seneca .  They are buriend in a cementary in Seneca.  I was lucky enough to visit the cementary today.  I live in Florida 8 hrs away so it is hard to visit. 

D Mauldin,


I am looking for information concerning Hattie Freeman McClain. This is her obitutary:   Mrs Hattie Freeman McClain, 80, died Thursday morning at the home of a son, William Edgar McClain, 512 Welcome Rd., Greenville. She was a native of Westminster but had moved to Greenville three years ago to make her home with her son. She was the wife of W. Baxter McClain, who died in 1945. Surviving are 6 sons, R.N. and Roy McClain, both of Westminster and W.E., John V., Floyd and Sammey McClain, all of Greenville; 2 daughters, Mrs. Rosetta Bratcher of Honea Path and Mrs. Myrtle Collins of Central; 5 brothers, John, Jessie and Willie Freeman, all of Westminster, Singleton Freeman of Charlotte and Fred Freeman of Plant City,Fla; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lily White of Seneca and Mrs. Bertie Stowe of Greenville; 30 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Clearmont Baptist Church near Westminster by the Rev. Dan Greer and the Rev. Harold Sightler. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Grandsons will be pallbearers. The body is at Sandifer Funeral Home and Friday will be carried to the home of a son, Roy McClain, Toccoa Highway, Westminster.

Gale Smith,


Looking for info on Lyn Charles Melton b. 1923, d. 1986 Oconee Co.; m. Betty Jean Brazzal ;  they had Larry Charles Melton, b. 1943, James Fred, and Terry Iris Melton. Lyn Charles also m. Lillian Lucille Norris ?? Lyn Charles parents Charlie Norman Melton and Lillie Mae Willis may have died in Chesterfield Co., SC   Would like to hear from descendants of these people.  

Sandy Holcomb,


I am looking for information on or descendants of Joel MOODY and Catherine HOLDEN.  Issue: John M. b 184-; William F. b 1844, d 1914, buried Bethel Pres. Church, Pickett Post, SC; Susan b 1849 (m JoeBerry HUNNICUTT, 1867) ; Sarah b 1850 (possibly married a DUNCAN); Mary b 1852; Elias b 1856, d 1888; Martha b 1857; Joseph L. b 1860. Joel died in Civil War, Lynchburg, VA, 1862; Catherine d 1904, buried Bethel Pres. Church, Pickett Post, SC  

Linda Nelson,


Need info on this family before 1850. Please email.

Rita Haynes @


I am looking for information on Bennett Nicholson, supposedly buried some where in Oconee Co.  Anyone with any information, please email me:  

Lea Holland,


I'm researching my ggrandfather Sumpter Edward PATTERSON who was born 16 May 1873 in Seneca, S.C.  He served in the Spanish American War.  He was the son of Daniel PATTERSON and Arminda BROWN PATTERSON.  I find Sumpter along with his sister Polly (b 1872 S.C.), and brother Wilton (b 1870 S.C) living the Spencer BROWN family in the 1880 Anderson Co. fed. census.  I have a copy of a newspaper article that says that his sister Polly remained in Seneca, her married name was MOORE.  Would like to know more about her and also her brother Wilton PATTERSON.  Any help appreciated. 

Debbie Patterson Kellogg,


Does anyone know where the Old Phillips Plantation is? It is located on Colonel Forks Creek on the road between Walhalla and Westminster. My ggggrandparents, Levi and Barbara Hough Phillips are buried in the family cemetary there. I would like to know if anyone knows where the cemetary may be?

Barbara Montgomery,


I'm searching for info on my maternal grandmother's family.  Her mother and father were Larkin B. Price and Harriet Emmaline Elrod Price, who moved to Jefferson, Texas, from Seneca, S.C.  I've never known the year they moved, but it was after 1876 and before 1894.  My grandmother's maiden name was Margaret Lucindy Price; siblings were Mame (or Mamie) Price, Anna Price, Irvin Price, and Reed Price.  I'm hoping that some Elrods and Prices from this family are still in the area.  I'd appreciate any information.

Faith Dossett,


I am looking for someone to help me find an obituary for Thomas Kevin Queen. He was born in 1959 and died in May or June of 1982 in Seneca, SC. My name is Julie and his daughter Tiffany is eagerly awaiting information on the father she never got to know.



I am looking for information on the descendants of George W Rice (1851-1931) and Mary Elizabeth Cleveland (1849-1928).  They are listed in the 1880 census in Oconee Co, 1900 in Anderson Co, and 1910 in Oconee Co. They are buried at Earle's Grove Baptist Church in Oconee Co.  Their children were Wade Hampton, Florence, Jonathan Cleveland, and William Thomas.

Brenda Parker,>


Looking for information on Margaret "Maggie" SWAYNGHAM (b. Dec 31 1871 - died after 1904) and John Frank Richey (Oct 3 1869 - Oct 8 1942).  John is buried at Walhalla Church of God #2 in Oconee County.  When did Maggie die and where is she buried?    Known children are:   John W. Richey b. Apr 1892 William T. Richey b. Oct 1894 Charles T. Richey   b. Jan 1897 Amy Florence Richey b. Oct 1899   married a Mr. White? Mamie Della Richey b. Mar 1 1902 - d. May 20 1977, married Verner Tillman Ellenburg Lee Roy Richey b. Nov 8, 1904 - d. Mar 26, 1980 - never married   Would appreciate any information.   

Judy Ballard,


Searching for info on Elizabeth SHEDD, b: 1845 S.C., listed as a widow in 1870 Oconee Co. census with 3 Children,  Martha 1864, John A. 1867 and Millie Jane 1868.  Elizabeth moved to Rabun Co., GA., by 1910 to be near daughter, Martha, who married a James W. Harvey.  John changed the spelling of his name to SHEAD, he died in 1934/35 and is buried at Nevill Cemetery in Oconee Co. with his wife, Sarah Rose SMITH SHEAD.

Sandra Couch,


Colonel Toney; primarily known as Toney SMITH was in civil war buried in the Long Creek Baaptist Church cemetery. Would like to correspond with descendants of this man. Who has the family Bible? Who knows the descendants of Toney? His wife Burnetta waht was her surname? He had 2 sons William and Leander who went into Rabun Co GA what happened to the sisters/daughters in the family. Toney was s/o Washington SMITH, who knows that story?

Charles Miller,


The latest OPD CDROM has an excellent list of the ENG/VA/NC/SC Smiths descending from old christopher the teacher at University of Wm and Mary 1696 to 1716 or thereabouts. Most of what is shown there has been proven in documents derived from the government records. Good job! However the thrust to be so accurate and precise has thrown out as not proven or not yet proven children of John Buckner SMITH 1758 Rev war Vet who died in Oconee SC 1851. After living nearly a hundred years and still making babies after 60 years old we have thrown out several of the children who PROBABLY were his children but were not YET PROVEN. He may have had as many as 14 children or so it appears to be. That leaves me in a quandry because it has always LOOKED like Washington SMITH who lived near Long Creek [Pulaski township area] b. 1808 died 1860 married Elizabeth Betsy ??? [probably Toney] and had the following children: Elizabeth, Jemima 1835 probably + Long, James N. 1837, Colonel Toney 28 Aug 1840 + Burnetta Wilbanks? buried at Long Creek baptist under confederate cross, Marianne 22 Feb 1842, Frederick W. L. 27 Sep 1845, Margaret Peggy 20 Dec 1849, and William 4 June 1853..... looked like he was a son of John Buckner but just not yet proven. Can anyone out there prove the origin of this Washington SMITH? Any Toney or Long families have these connections? What clues do you have that this man was born into the John Buckner SMITH Family? Anything?

Charles C. Miller,  


Searching for information on a possible relative.  Her name was Patricia Ruth Smithson James.  At one time probably in the 1950's she lived in Iowa. Possibly Louisa County. 

Nancy J. Schneider,


I'm looking for info on my grandparents John Harold Suttles and Toney Loudermilk Suttles - also on their children. I'm 25 and know nothing of my family.

Kim Suttles,


Searching for info on following ancestors: grandpa Albert Lee Taylor md Daisy M. Brady, his parents Walter Dixon Taylor md Ada M. Whitfield, Walters parents James L. Taylor md Sarah Crooks. Any info on any of these or their lines greatly appreciated. thanks

Unknown Name,


Timms,Owen,Owens ,Jesse Timms m Hariett lavenia (Vennie) Owen in Anderson County,had 4 children in Anderson County,moved to Oconee County,near Seneca.They had a total of 15 children. Jesse and Vennie are buried at Shiloh Baptist Church near Seneca.Vennie had a sister ,lucretia,and a brother Andrew O. Owen.Andrew went off to war ,no information on him after the war.Lucretia m. William Campbell,he went off to war and was killed in Va.Lucretia was in Anderson County as of the 1870 census,no sign of her since.If any of the Timms descendants has a family bible or any information about this family ,please contact me.

Joe Campbell, e-mail ::


I am looking for more information about LAURA THRIFT's ancestors. Laura b. 9/29/1846 in Pickens Co., SC d. 10/4/1926.  She married Perry Moore, son of Pinkney Moore and Margaret ?.  Laura and Perry were my Great Great Great Grandparents.  Laura's parents were: Loranzo "Rance" Thrift and Malissa "Lissy" Cox.

Gail Smith,


Seeking family of MAry Duncan married to Thomas Jefferson Vandiver. On 1880 census, with MAry as "EMMIE"?? with ch: William J. born 1875.  also had daughter Vesta Irene born 1883. would anyone have access to 1880 census to see if above emmie was born in January 1860?? appreciate any help. 

Carol Watson, 


Am seeking info on VERNERS in the Oconee Co. area.  Also related lines of SCOTT, PRATHER, CLINKSCALES, CRAWFORD.   I have been told that a CAROLINE VERNER of Walhalla wrote a book entitled "BACHELOR'S RETREAT" which deals with Verners in and around that area.  Is anyone familiar with this?

Dulcie Verner Fusillo,


I am looking for information on a Dora L. Wilson, born December 1873 and died about 1959. She was the daughter of William N. & Rosa Wilson. She was also the wife of John W. McClain and niece of Richard Chesley Wilson.

Gale Smith,


Looking for info on Richard & Rachel Strain Wilson. Richard was b in 1767 in Ireland & Rachel in 1773 Ireland. After having at least 5 children in Oconee Co., SC: Sarah, Rachel, John, Isabella, & James, they moved the family to Jackson Co., NC. Does anyone have any info on them? Thank you,


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