One should always be on the lookout for old maps because the names of towns and communities change. Also, borders. Once, I researched a family and came to a deadend in the census records. The one particular family was not listed in the county where he resided. Only to discover later that according to an old map, he resided in the adjacent county, one whose boundaries had changed! The map is a very big item for genealogist, because it helps the researcher to understand the movements of families, where they resided, and their neighbors. The elusive marriage record may be discovered in another county altogether, where other relatives resided. Much later, while reading old Revolutionary War pensions, I discovered that my ancestor had relatives in Abbeville County and that after the war certain of these relatives had removed to Georgia. Not only that, but the marriages were fond in Abbeville, where they no doubt had other close relationships. Taking out the map, perusing the legend,
visiting the old homeplace, reading deeds and other documents at the court house, enhance the understanding. If we know "why", we can find answers!
Does the Young Gentleman Know What Assault and Battery is?
The first speech of prosecutor Robert Starks in an assault and battery case in Newberry, South Carolina was too good to be lost. The attorney for the defendant, Mr. Carnes told the Judge that he did not believe the young gentleman knew what an assault and battery was. Mr. Starks was instantly on his feet, shaking his fist in Carnes face, and saying "that is an assault", and drawing back, struck him a full blow in the face with his fist sufficient to have felled an ox, then said, "there is battery." Mr. Carnes sat down, rubbing his forehead and exclaimed "I did not think the fellow had so much sense!" Source: Annals of Newberry by John A. Chapman, A. M., page 20.
The Dutch Fork Settlement
This part of the upcountry was settled by Germans, Scotch-Irish, English, and emigrants from the sister States of North Carolina,
Virginia and Pennsylvania. The German settlement was in the fork, between the Broad and Saluda Rivers to within three miles of the
Newberry Court House. Soon thereafter the line was extended eight miles below Hugheys on the Broad River to the mouth of Bear Creek,
on the Saluda River. Germans were so prevalent in part of Newberry County that it become known as Dutch Fork. Adam Summer, the
father of Colonel John Adam Sumner, headed the settlement beginning in 1745.
Colonel Sumner and Major Frederick Gray were known to be whigs. Among those settling were the religiously oppressed Palatines
who were driven from the Rhine, Baden and Wurtemburg into England during 1710 where they were quartered in tents and booths
near London. From there, they were sent to North Carolina and South Carolina. The first German settlers were: Summers, Mayer,
Ruff, Eigleberger, Count, Sligh, Piester, Gray, DeWalt, Boozer, Busby, Buzzard, Shealy, Bedenbaugh, Cromer, Berley, Heller,
Koon, Wingard, Suber, Folk, Dickert, Cappleman, Halfacres, Chapman, Black, Kinard, Bounight, Barr, Harmon, Bower, Kibler,
Gallman, Lever, Hartman, Frick, Stoudemoyer, Dominick, Singley, Bulow, Paysinger, Wallern, Stayley, Ridlehoover, Librand, Leaphart,
Hopes, Houseal, Bernhard, Shuler, Haltiwanger, Swigart, Meetze, Schumpert, Fulmore, Livingston, Schmitz, Eleazer, Drehr, Lorick,
Wise, Crotwell, Youngener, Nunamaker, Souter, Epting and Huffman. The Quakers settled on the Bush River and the Beaverdam about
three or four miles on each side of the river. Among them was William Coate who resided between Spring Field and the Bush River
and Samuel elly, a native of King County, Ireland, who came to Newberry from Camden to settle at Spring Field. Others were:
John Furnas, David Jenkins, Benjamin Pearson, William Pearson, Peter Hare, Robert Evans, John Wright, Joseph Wright, William Wright,
James Brooks, Joseph Thomson, James Patty, Gabriel McCoole, John Coate, (Big) Isaac Hollingsworth, William O Neall, Walter Herbert, Sr.,
Daniel Parkins, Daniel Smith, Samuel Miles, David Miles, William Miles, Samuel Brown, Israel Gaunt, Azariah Pugh, William Mills,
Jonathan and Caleb Gilbert, John Galbreath, James Coppock, John Coppock, Joseph Reagin, John Reagin, Abel and James Insco,
Jesse Spray, Samuel Teague, George Pemberton, Jehu Inman, Mercer Babb, James Steddam, John Crumpton, Isaac Cook, John Jay ,
Reason Reagen, Thomas and Isaac Hasket, Thomas Pearson, Enoch Pearson, Samuel Pearson, Nehemiah Thomas, Abel Thomas,
Timothy Thomas, Euclydus Longshore, Sarah Duncan, Samuel Duncan and John Duncan.
Newberry County Probate Records
In 1783 an ordinance was passed to divide the districts of Charleston, Georgetown, Cheraw, Camden, Ninety-Six, Orangeburg and
Beaufort into counties not more than forty miles square. When the County Court Act was written in 1785, a court was held
(in every county) once every three months and the first court was held at the house of Colonel Robert Rutherford on September 5th.
The Justices present were Robert Rutherford, Robert Gillam, George Ruff, Levi Casey, John Lindsey, Philemon Waters and Levi Manning.
William Malone was appointed clerk serving until 1794 with his deputies, viz: Thomas Brooks Rutherford, Major Frederick Nance and
William Satterwhite. It was not until 1787 that another location for holding court was designated, being on the north side of the
Bush River. William Caldwell and Joseph Wright were appointed to run a line agreed upon by the Justices to fix the public buildings by,
which survey was produced at the house of John Coate. The county seat is the town of Newberry.
Abstracts and Typed Transcripts, Wills, Inventories, Estates
Wills and Inventories 1776 to 1814
Wills and Inventories 1800 to 1814
Wills and Inventories 1809 to 1814
Book A, 1776=1796
Book B, 1796-1800
Book C, 1800-1803
Book D, 1803-1810
Book E, 1809-1814
Book F, 1815-1818
Marriage Contract between John Folks and Eve Margrete Dickert
Charles Littleton gives Release to Wadlington
Transcripts of Newberry County Wills (1774 to 1790)
Testators: Ballentine infants, guardian appointed;
Richard Bonds, James Chandler, Cornelius Cox, Jacob Crommer, Rebecca Crommer, George Dawkins, Daniel Dewalt, Peter
Dewalt, Michael Dickert Sr., Enos Elliman, Laurens Feagle, James Ford, Peter Galloway, John Gary, William Gilliam, John Glen,
Thomas Grasty, Thomas Green, Nathaniel Harris, James Hodges, Henry Kesler, Charles King, Stephen Lewis, John Lindsey, Robert Man,
James Murphey, John Newman, William O;Neall, Jacob Oxner Sr., Isaac Parmer, Benjamin Pearson, Samuel Pearson, Jacob Setsler,
John Suber, William Taylor, Elizabeth Turner, William Turner, John Vaun, John Adam Wicker, Mathias Wickert.
Transcripts of Newberry County Wills (1840 to 1848)
Testators: Anderson, Richard, Anderson,
William, Brown, I. R. S. , Buchanan, Lucy , Bundrick, Sarah, Burton, Aaron, Burton, John, Caldwell, John, Caldwell, John (2),
Cary, Elizabeth, Chalmers, Thomas, Calmes, George, Cannon, Richard S., Chapman, Mary, Conwills, Sophia, Counts, John,Cromer,
Christiana, Cromer, Hannah, Cromer, Michael, Crooks, John, Darlyrmple, Thomas , Davenport, Jonathan, Davidson, John, Davis,
Thomas, Dennis, Prudence, Dominick, George, Dominick, Margaret, Downing, J. W., Duckett, Jacob, Enlow, Margaret , Eppes, George,
Eppes, William, Erskin, Margaret, Feagle, Laurens, Floyd, Charles Jr., Frisock, Barbary, Gallman, Henry, Galloway, John, Garner,
James, Gibal, A., Glenn, Naomi , Gordon, Eli , Gray, Peter , Griffin, Isaac, Harmon, David , Harmon, William, Hatton, David,
Henry, James, Holloway, John, Hume, David , Keller, Jacob, Kelly, John, Kelly, Robert ,Kenner, James, Kenner, Samuel, Kinard,
George,Kinard, John Michael , Kinard, Martin, Koon, John, Lake, Enoch, Lane, Nancy, Langford, Polly, Lindsey, Benjamin, Lindsey,
Livingston, John, Long, John Thomas, Lyles, Robert , Lynch, Elijah , Maybin, John, McConnel, Andrew, McCrackin, Nancy, McKee,
Joseph, McLemore, M. E., Miller, Nancy, Nance, Clement, Nance, Frederick Sr., Paysinger, John, Polk, John, Rauskett, Thomas,
Rees, Jane, Renwick, Jane , Rikard, Michael, Riser, Martin, Robinson, James, Rudd, Mary An,Rutherford, William, Shumpert,
Jacob, Sligh, Jacob, Smith, Martha, Spearman, John, Stabler, Moses, Stone, Phebe, Suber, Andrew, Summers, Rosannah, Thomas, John G.,
Thomas, Mary, Vaughn, Drury, Waldrop, Milly, Wearts, George Henry, Wertz, John ,Wheeler, Barbara , White, William, Whitmire,
William ,Wicker, Simon, Willhelm, Peter, Worthington, Jacob ,Young, Harriet , Young, John T.