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Compiled by: Paul M. Kankula NN8NN (non-copyrighted)

24 Jun 2013

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Abbeville County was established in 1785 from the split up of the five-county area known as Old 96 District. 

 

Abbeville County lies in the rolling foothills of the northwestern sector of the State of South Carolina. It is bounded on the West by the State of Georgia, on the North by Anderson County, on the East by Laurens and Greenwood Counties, and on the South by McCormick County. 

 

The town of Abbeville developed around a spring which was set aside by General Andrew Pickens for public use. General Pickens had settled at what is now Abbeville proper prior to the American Revolution. Dr. John de la Howe, a French Huguenot settler in Western South Carolina, is credited with giving the county and town the name of his hometown in France.

 

The first organized meeting to adopt an Ordinance of Secession was held in Abbeville on November 22, 1860. A public assembly voted unanimously to leave the Union; that site is now called Secession Hill.

 

Confederate President Jefferson Davis, on his retreat trail south from Richmond, stopped overnight at the Abbeville home of his friend, Major Armistead Burt. His home, now known as the Burt-Stark  Mansion, was the last meeting place (May 2, 1865) of the Confederate war council. Davis was convinced by his generals and Cabinet that the Southern resources were exhausted and that any attempt to fight another campaign would merely bring more misery to the region. It was in this house that President Davis finally admitted, "All is indeed lost."

 

Present at this meeting were Cabinet Members: Benjamin, Mallory, Reagan and Breckinridge and Brigade Commanders: Ferguson, Dibrell, Vaughn, Duke and Breckinridge. Students of the American Civil War will certainly recall all of those names.

 

It's no surprise then that Abbeville is sometimes referred to as both the "birthplace" and the "deathbed" of the Confederacy.

 

Information provided by
The Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce
and The Abbeville Historical Society

 

What Ever Happened to the South Carolina Militia Company of Peter B. Rogers

 

Publications

 

 

Abbeville County Marriages 1780-1879 Implied in Abbeville County SC Equity Records by Barbara Langdon.

Abbeville County- Southern Lifestyles Lost in Time by Lester Ferguson

Abstracts of Old 96 & Abbeville District Wills & Bonds by Pauline Young

Cedar Springs & Lower Long Cane ARP Church Cemeteries by Wilma C. Kirkland & Lucille L. Marrow

A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina 1763-1773 by Janie Reville

Due West South Carolina's Oldest College Town by Lowery Ware

The Hard Labor Section by H.T. Cook

Historical Sketch of Long Cane ARP Church by Nora Davis

Index of Charleston County Wills 1671-1868

Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery Survey and Brief History by Susie New

McCormick County Cemetery Survey by McCormick County Historical Society

Misc. Cemetery Records for McCormick, Laurens, and Greenwood Counties by Wayne Bratcher

Old Families of McCormick County SC & Dorn Families of Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick Counties by Willie Mae Woods

South Carolina Genealogical Research by George K Schweitzer

 

 

Family History Library - Books

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

  • Bratcher, R. Wayne. Cemetery Records of Abbeville County, South Carolina. Greenville, S.C.: A Press, Inc., 1982. FHL 975.735 V3b v. 1 *Bratcher, R. Wayne. Cemetery Records of Abbeville County, South Carolina, Volume Two. Greenville, S.C.: A Press, Inc., 1983. FHL 975.735 V3b v. 2

  • Daughters of the American Colonists. Piedmont Chapter. Cemetery Records. Typescript. FHL 975.7 A1 no. 70

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Buzzard Roost Cemetery Records, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. FHL 2116 Item 1

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Cemetery, Lower Long Cane Church, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. FHL 975.735 V3l FHL 1320921 Item 7

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Ebenezer Cemetery Records, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. FHL 2116 Item 2

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Gilgal Methodist Church Cemetery Records, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. FHL 2116 Item 3

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Lindsay Cemetery (Abbeville County, South Carolina). Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. FHL 975.7 A1 no. 84; FHL 2116 Item 4

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Power Family Cemetery Records, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. FHL 2116 Item 5

  • Genealogical Committee (LDS Church). Wilson and Beauford Family Cemetery Records, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Slat Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. FHL 2116 Item 6

  • LDS Church Members. Cemetery Records of North Carolina [and South Carolina]. 8 vols. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1947-1961. FHL 975.6 V3r v. 8 [Abbeville County is included in Vol. 8]

  • W.P.A. Some Cemetery Records of Abbeville County, South Carolina. 1937. FHL 975.735 V22a; FHL 22720 Item 1; FHL 22720 Item 2; reprint: Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982. FHL 975.735 V3s; digital version at World Vital Records ($).

  • Young, Pauline. A Brief History with Tombstone Inscriptions of Old Little River Church: Founded 1791, Abbeville County, South Carolina. 1949? FHL 975.735 V3y; FHL 975.7 A1 no. 41

  • Young, Pauline. A Genealogical Collection of South Carolina Wills and Records, Volume 1: and a Brief History with Tombstone Inscriptions of Old Little River Church, Abbeville County South Carolina. Vidalia, Ga.: Georgia Genealogical Reprints, 1969. FHL 975.7 S2y

  • Young, Pauline. Old Greenville Church Cemetery near Donalds, S.C. 195-?. FHL 22824 Item 1