Families of SC's Upstate & Midlands: Ancestors & Descendants

Updated January 29, 2009


Welcome! I consider myself a South Carolinian although I was born in MO and reside in VA.

For my father's side, we come mostly from northern SC (Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Union) & southern NC (Buncombe, Madison, Rutherford), with a few from Lumpkin Co., GA. For his mother's side, seeking: AGEE, ANDERSON, BALL, BENGILI, BIFFLE, CHASTAIN, CLAYTON, COLEMAN, CULP / KOLB, DAVIS, DEMPSTER, DENTZER, ELLER, ESCHMAN, FARISH, FORE / FAURE, FORSTER, GAUDWIN, GIEBEL, GOETTGE, GOURD, GRIZZELL, GROGAN, HAMM, HAAN, HAYNES, HENDERSON, HENDRICKS, HENKLE, HOWE, HUTTON, JOHNSTON, LAMBERT, LANDALLS, LORD, LUMPKIN, LUNSFORD, McKINNEY, MELDROME, MINTZ, PAYNE / PAINE, POPE, RENAULT, ROESEN, SCHUMACHER, SPLISBY, STEADMAN / STEDMAN, SWEETMAN, TAYLOR, TATTESHALL, THORNE, TIBAULT, TREADWAY & WAGNER.

For his father's side, seeking: ALLEN, BARRETT, BARTON, BEARDEN, BELAINE, BENSKIN, BOLTON, CARTER, DRUMMOND, EASLEY, FERGUSON, FOWLER, GOWEN, HUDSON, LANGLEY, LISTER, MOORE, O'HENRY, PARKER, POSEY, REID, REISOR, RITCHEY / RICHIE, SHERIFF, TRAIL, WATSON & WILSON.

Despite divorcing, I continue in-law research. They come from western/central SC: Greenwood, Saluda, Newberry, Lexington, Edgefield, Abbeville & Laurens Counties. From his mother's side, seeking: AFFEL, CALVERT, CARTER, CONNIFF, CLEGG, CROUT, DORN, DOUGLASS, EPTING, FIKE(S), FLICK, FRAZIER, GILBERT, HAACKH, HARLING, HAUSSLER, HEBIN, HOLLINGSWORTH, HUTTON, JACKSON, JESEREL, LEE, LINKS, LOHREN, LOWERY, McDOWELL, NICHOLSON, OBORN / OSBORN, OSIALANDER, OLIPHANT, OUZTS / UTZ, PATTERSON, PRICE, REE, RICHARDSON, RIDDLE, RIVERS, ROBERTSON, ROBINSON, SHEALY, SWITTENBURG, TIMMERMAN, WALKER, WEBER, WILLIAMS & WRIGHT.

For his father's side, seeking: AFFEL, AITON, ALEXANDER, BAILEY, BANES, BEAL, BISHOP, BURDROYNE, BUTLER, CALDWELL, DALRYMPLE, DELOACH, DEMPSTER, DORN, DUDGEON, ENGLISH, ETHEREDGE, FORSTER, FREEMAN, FREER, GOGGANS, GROGAN, GWYN, HARLING, HART, HEAD, HENDERSON, JENNINGS, JERNIGAN, JOHNSTON, LANDALLS, LEOPARD, MAYSON, MELDROME, OBORN / OSBORN, PATTERSON, PITTS, STIDHAM / STEADMAN, TATTESHALL, VAUGHN, WAITS, WATERS, WEAVER & WHALEY.

My research focuses is on these families in these areas of SC, plus the ancestry of those who moved to SC (primarily Mid-Atlantic Colonial families who traveled south or German immigrants from the mid-1700s) & descendants who moved from the area.

Contrasting this, most of my mother's lines migrated to Chippewa Co., MI near the Soo in the last 130 years. I research GALANOPOULOS, KOLOVOS, PANAYOTAKOPOULOS & PAPAPETROS of Valtesiniko, Arcadia, GRC. In Guysborough, NS & Algoma, ONT, seeking JOHNSON & perhaps GRANT. In Brock Twp, [Old] ONT Co., ONT, seeking German/Irish SHIER, CRONSBERRY, & SMITH (also in PQ). In Garafraxa, Dufferin & Wellington Cos., ONT, seeking Irish SCALES. In Carrick Twp, Bruce Co., ONT, seeking Irish FLETCHER (& HUTCHINSON) as well as Scottish HENDRY [aka HENRY]. In Glenelg, Grey Co., ONT, seeking Scottish McKECHNIE [aka McEACHERN], plus ROBINSON [ROBERTSON?] & McMILLAN. Additionally, seeking DEMMORES [perhaps DAMON, DANION, DEMINS, DENON?] from MA, NY, PA &/or ONT.

I am a member of NSDAR through LT John EASLEY and his wife, Ann GOWEN.

Please check out the links for our mtDNA and yDNA results.

I've taken a break from research for now, so I am not able to answer all inquiries.


Bonnie Ferguson Butler
SCGenealogy@bigfoot.com


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  • Thomas Ansel FERGUSON 1860-1938 (30 KB)
    Thomas Ansel Ferguson (1860 Bates Twp, Greenville Co., SC -1938 Lancaster, SC) was my ggg grandfather. He was the oldest child of Thomas C. Ferguson, Jr. and his second wife, Susannah Sheriff. He married Willie Alice Reid (1864 GA -1939 Columbia, Richland, SC). Both Thomas and Willie Alice are buried in unmarked graves Antioch Baptist in Lancaster, SC.
  • Thomas C. FERGUSON, Jr 1816-1893 (29 KB)
    Thomas lived 1816-1893 Greenville Co., SC; his first wife was Mary HUMPHREY, second Susannah SHERIFF. He was the son of Thomas C. FERGUSON and Mary Ann REISOR. Thomas is my gggg grandfather.
  • Joe FORE w/dtrs Susan Roseann & Hattie Elizabeth (31 KB)
    Joseph Donahue FORE (1862-1928) m. Susan Louisa MINTZ. Two of their daughters are pictured here, Susan Rosann (1893-1963, m. Curtis Stephen TREADWAY) & my g g'ma, Hattie Elizabeth (1888-1972, m. Hezekiah Manuel TREADWAY.)
  • Susannah (SHERIFF) FERGUSON 1839-1883 (27 KB)
    Susannah SHERIFF (1839 Lumpkin Co., GA - 1883 Greenville Co., SC) was the second wife of Thomas C. FERGUSON, Jr. She was the daughter of Abel SHERIFF, Jr. and Jane BEARDEN. Susannah is my ggg grandmother.
  • Jane, Annie, Lola, Susan & Ross MINTZ, ca 1923 (41 KB)
    L-R, back: Jane MINTZ [1859-1937, d/o Thomas]; Annie (STEADMAN) MINTZ [1840-1934, my gggg g'ma, w/o Thomas]; Lola (MINTZ) LOVIN [1909-1995, g'dau/o Thomas, d/o William Reed]. L-R, front: Susan (MINTZ) FORE [1861-1937, d/o Thomas & my ggg g'ma] & Ross MINTZ [1918- , b/o Lola].
  • Eliza Ann A. (HOLLINGSWORTH) WALKER 1813-1903 (50 KB)
    Eliza Ann A. HOLLINGSWORTH was b. Sep 03, 1813 SC & d. Sep 19, 1903 Edgefield Co., SC [Father: John Hampton HOLLINGSWORTH Mother: Beersheba OLIPHANT]. She m. Alexander Abner WALKER [b: Sep 21, 1803 VA d: Jan 03, 1862 Edgefield, SC]. She is buried at Hollingsworth - Walker Cem, Edgefield SC and is the gggg grandmother of my ex-husband.
  • Jane (BEARDEN) SHERIFF ca1819-aft. 1850 (48 KB)
    Jane (BEARDEN) SHERIFF (ca 1819 GA - Aft. 1850) was the wife of Abel SHERIFF, Jr and the mother of Susannah (SHERIFF) FERGUSON. Jane is my gggg grandmother.
  • Hattie Elizabeth FORE & friend (110 KB)
    Hattie Elizabeth (FORE) TREADWAY is my gg g'ma. She appears here with an unnamed friend. Hattie was b. 1888 in Buncombe Co., NC and died in 1972 in Union, SC. She married Hezekiah Manuel TREADWAY (1891-1965) in 1911 although he deserted the family in 1924. She was the daughter of Susan Louisa MINTZ and Joseph Donahue FORE.
  • Anne (SMITH) SHIER 1805-1878 (68 KB)
    Anne SMITH m. Samuel SHIER in 1825 in Odelltown, St. Jean, Quebec. Samuel was of Palatinate stock and had recently come from Court Matrix, Limerick, Ireland. Anne was b. in 1805 in Ireland and died June 25, 1878 in Ontario. She had 10 sons and 4 daughters. The first five of her children were b. in Quebec. The family moved to Brock Twp, Ontario in 1831. Her parents are unknown to me. She is my gggg g'ma. Her husband and daughter are also pictured at this site.
  • Nancy E. SHERIFF [bca 1852] (37 KB)
    This picture is of Nancy E. SHERIFF (bca 1852), the sister of Susannah (SHERIFF) FERGUSON.
  • Samuel SHIER 1796-1878 (51 KB)
    Samuel SHIER was b. Oct 09, 1796 in Court Matrix, Co. Limerick, Ireland. His parents were Nicholas SHIER, Jr. and Catherine CRONSBERRY. Samuel was a 4th generation Palatinate in Ireland. In 1822, he settled near Odelltown, in La Prairie Co., Quebec and married Anne SMITH. In 1831, they resettled to Brock Twp, Ontario, Canada and joined many SHIER relations there. Samuel died March 09, 1878. He is my gggg g'pa. His wife and daughter are also pictured at this site.
  • Lucinda (SHIER) JOHNSON b. 1834 (56 KB)
    Lucinda was b. Feb 04, 1834 in Brock Twp, Ontario, the 2nd daughter and 6th (of 14) child of Samuel and Anne (SMITH) SHIER. She m. John Grant JOHNSON of Guysborourgh, Nova Scotia, in 1856. I descend from their son, William. When Lucinda died is unknown to me. She is my ggg g'ma. Her granddaughter, Barbara (JOHNSON) SCALES is also pictured at this site.
  • Thomas Joseph MINTZ (1834-1874) (304 KB)
    My ggg g'pa, Thomas Joseph MINTZ, served in Company I, 34th North Carolina Infantry CSA. A wound suffered in the war caused his early death a decade after the war. About 1858, he m. Annie STEADMAN (1840-1934), d/o Elias J. STEADMAN (1815-aft.1870) & Mary THORNE (1816-ca1863). He's the grandson of William MINTZ, Sr. & Susannah. The name of Thomas' father (Bef. 1755-bet. 1820-1830) is unknown, but his mother is Susannah ___(1769-bet. 1850-1860). Thomas' daughter is also pictured at this site.
  • Susan Louisa (MINTZ) FORE (1861-1937) (27 KB)
    My gg g'ma, Susan Louisa MINTZ, is the d/o Thomas Joseph MINTZ (1834-1874) & Annie STEADMAN (1840-1934). On 5 Feb 1882, she m. Joseph Donahue FORE, s/o Jimmie Dore FORE & Lizzie HENDRIX. Susan died in Candler, Buncombe Co., NC and is buried at Rosemont Cemetary in Union, SC. Her father, husband and daughters are also pictured at this site.
  • JW or TW SHEALY, postcard from 1907 (23 KB)
    This postcard is addressed to Lawrence Mays RIVERS of Newberry, SC. I am unsure of the relation to Mr. SHEALY, but LMR's mother and stepmother/aunt [the two ladies were half sisters, Ella Jane "Janie" and Laura Rodella "Laurie," daughters of Emmanuel "Andrew"] were both SHEALYs out of Lexington, SC. I would very much like help placing him.
  • Reverse of 1907 SHEALY postcard (476 KB)
    Postcard from JW or TW SHEALY in AL to LM RIVERS in Newberry, SC.
 

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