Does Someone in your Family have the Story of your Ancestors?
There is one in almost every family ... one who truly cares about people and what happened to them. They are a family historian of sorts, gathering tidbits of information throughout their own journey in life, and writing it down somewhere. There is something they want to know about the ancestors. Perhaps it is what caused the families to leave the old home place and cross the seas. Were they part of the religious persecutions, Irish starvation years, or what? Somewhere out there is an untold story. When the genealogist or family history finds this story, they attempt to pass it on. But, somehow, it gets lost. How many times have we heard " I wish I'd listened to my grandmother?"
The Cotton Fields of Orangeburg
If you drive through Orangeburg today it is likely that you will see white cotton growing in the fields. This is because cotton plantations were developed in the region during the 19th century
and after the invention of the cotton gin, short-staple cotton became profitable. Cotton processing plants still operate in the area.
Orangeburg County Wills and Estates
Orangeburg District was established in 1769 and included the counties of Lexington, Orange, Winton and Lewisburg. It was named for the Prince of Orange, William IV (1711-1751), who was also the son-in-law of King George II. The name was first used in the 1730s for a township on the Edisto River. Orangeburg District was established in 1769, and from 1785 to 1791 it included four counties: Lexington, Orange, Winton, and Lewisburg. Swiss and German farmers began settling the area about 1735, with English settlers from the low country following.
During the Revolutionary War, the battle of Eutaw Springs was fought on September 8, 1781 which was the last major battle of the war in South Carolina. Afterwards, large cotton plantations were established.