Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reed Family Sites


View Reed Family Sites in a larger map.

Do you know of locations that need to be added to this map?   Cemeteries, home sites, churches, or other sites related to our family?  If so, please leave a comment or e-mail me.  Thank you!

Sites found on this map as of August 27, 2009:

Samuel Reed Home  +33° 23' 35.39", -81° 11' 49.94" OR 33.393164, -81.197206
Hugh Reed Family Cemetery  +33° 23' 58.98", -81° 12' 17.88"
Hartzog/Reed/Waters Cemetery  33.405228, -81.180878 OR +33° 24' 18.82", -81° 10' 51.16"
Reed Cemetery on Gardenia Rd.  +33° 26' 10.85", -81° 15' 53.56" 

Julia F. Reed, James H. Reed, John W. Reed, Martha Reed, Ellen [Reed Birt] Aldrich, Cornelius & Christopher Birt, Henry Kemp
Blackville Cemetery  +33° 20' 55.14", -81° 16' 56.76" 33.348651, -81.282434
Old Red Hill Cemetery (Barnwell Baptist)  +33° 14' 38.55", -81° 22' 1.16" 33.244042, -81.366988

John William Cook Reed and wife Nan Jerusha Beard Reed, their son Harold and his wife Hattie
Hair Cemetery  +33° 20' 4.72", -81° 21' 49.55" 33.334644, -81.363763
Williston Cemetery  +33° 23' 29.23", -81° 25' 49.44" 33.391454, -81.430399
Denmark Cemetery  +33° 20' 2.40", -81° 7' 12.00" 33.334000, -81.120000 

Allied families:  Coopers, Copelands, et al.
Restland Cemetery, Bamberg  +33° 17' 37.46", -81° 2' 8.61" 33.293738, -81.035725 

Florrie Mae Reed 1888-1893, daughter of JWC & Nan Reed
Colston Branch Baptist Church  +33° 10' 9.00", -81° 4' 13.98" 33.169167, -81.070550 

Primarily Beards, family of Nan Jerusha Beard who married John William Cook Reed (James H.>John>Samuel)
Mizpah Methodist Church  +33° 7' 7.98", -81° 10' 45.00" 33.118883, -81.179167
Jeremiah Jones Family Cemetery  +33° 36' 5.62", -81° 15' 3.35" 33.601560, -81.250930
Strickland Family Cemetery  +33° 41' 52.66", -81° 6' 15.84" 33.697960, -81.104400 

Family of David Newton and Martha Cupstid Strickland, parents of Carrie Belle Strickland who married John Osborne Reed, Sr.
Lexington Memorial Cemetery  +33° 58' 47.66", -81° 16' 27.26" 33.979906, -81.274238 

John Osborne Reed, Sr. & wife Carrie Belle Strickland Reed
Healing Springs Baptist Church  +33° 23' 37.93", -81° 16' 23.39" OR 33.393870, -81.273165
Blackville Baptist Church  +33° 21' 26.72", -81° 16' 15.20" 33.357423, -81.270890

First Baptist Church, Barnwell SC  +33° 14' 42.72", -81° 21' 49.33" OR 33.245202,-81.363705 161 Allen St., Barnwell Sc 29812

Willow Swamp Baptist Church  +33° 25' 27.46", -81° 8' 13.22" OR 33.424294, -81.137005 

Reeds, Tylers, et al. 1956 Willow Swamp Rd Norway, SC 29113 (803) 263-4435

Bull Swamp Baptist Church  33° 31' 17 17.84", -80° 46' 54.25" OR 33.521623,-80.781736; 112 Purity St Orangeburg, SC 29115 

George Byron Reed, Jr., Lena Humphries Reed
Snake Branch  +33° 24' 21.60", -81° 10' 19.20" 

Mentioned in Elizabeth Boylston Reed's will; She referred to the "land on which I live containing Five Hundred acres known as the Snake Branch tract."

Sykes [Sikes] Creek/Swamp  +33° 23' 13.20", -81° 8' 9.60" 33.387000, -81.136000 

Mentioned in Samuel's Will
Rogers Branch  +33° 25' 4.80", -81° 12' 7.20" 33.418000, -81.202000 

mentioned in plat 1793 plat ref Hugh Clark

God's Acre Healing Springs  +33° 23' 30.68", -81° 16' 24.47" 33.391855, -81.273465

South Edisto River

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Hartzog Cemetery" - Hartzogs and Much More

Will Miller is undoubtedly one of my favorite in-laws. No, he didn’t marry one of my siblings, but he is related to the Hartzogs in our tree. His great-great-grandmother Anne Catherine Hartzog was sister to Henry B. Hartzog who married Rebecca Reed (daughter of Samuel and Mary). I first met him online in April 2009. Through him I’ve made even more significant contacts. The information he shares is abundant and always reliable. And this week, he has contributed the location of a cemetery I’ve been hunting for quite some time!

Will was born “about the time WWII
started,” as he says, in Denmark, SC. He lived with his grandmother in Springfield for the duration of the war. In third grade, he moved to Columbia where he lived until he entered Clemson where he graduated with a BS in Forestry in 1964. After a stint in the Air Force, he worked for the SC Forestry Commission in the Spartanburg and Greenwood areas. In the 1970s he moved to Southern Brick and continues today to work for one of its owners.

He and his wife Marie, who grew up in Mt. Pleasant, live on Lake Greenwood. They have a daughter and two granddaughters in Columbia and a daughter in Summerville with a grandson. When Will started working on genealogy in the mid 1990s, he found so much erroneous information on the internet that he resisted using it much except for e-mails. Not too long ago he subscribed to Ancestry, which he states has been a great help. Will is currently trying to rescue the cemetery near Sweden, SC, where Henry and Anne Catherine Hartzog’s parents John and Ann Margaret Felder Hartzog are buried.

When Will visited this cemetery, he was fortunate to have a friend who could unlock the gate at the road to the site. “We went down a long dirt road where the gate was and then had to go down another dirt road for a long way to get to the cemetery. Unfortunately, it started raining hard and I didn't get to do anything but walk to the cemetery though a bunch of 15-20 ft. pines to where the cemetery was. It was located in among much larger trees.”

The location of this cemetery is significant. (Click images to enlarge.)

The red marker is where the cemetery is. +33° 24' 19.16", -81° 10' 51.21" OR 33.405321, -81.180892

#1 is the Samuel Reed House. +33° 23' 35.39", -81° 11' 49.94" OR 33.393164, -81.197206

#2 is Hugh Reed’s family cemetery. +33° 23' 58.98", -81° 12' 17.88" OR 33.399717, -81.204967

#3 is the Snake Branch mentioned in Elizabeth Boylston Reed’s will as the plantation on which she lived (the one that Samuel I left to Samuel II in his will). +33° 24' 21.60", -81° 10' 19.20" OR 33.406000, -81.172000

A satellite view shows the dirt roads Will traveled. (Click to enlarge.)

This closeup shows the rows of cultivated pine trees and the clump of larger trees where the cemetery is.

Will says that this is called the Henry B. Hartzog cemetery. I have heard it referred to as the Hartzog Cemetery, too. In Barnwell County Cemeteries, Volume III, page 6, it is called the “Boylston, Crum, Eaves, Hartzog, Reed, Waters Cemetery!”

The following people are buried here:
  • Eaves, Jackson – d 22 Sep 1849, age 32 years, 9 months, 24 days; husband of Ellen Hartzog Eaves, married 18 Jul 1839
  • Eaves, Ellen E. – b. 4 Dec 1820, d. 16 Nov 1874; daughter of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog; wife of Jackson Eaves
  • Eaves, Ervin H. – b. 4 Dec 1842, d. 14 Aug 1861; son of Jackson and Ellen Eaves
  • Eaves, Furman J. – b. 4 Dec 1842, d. 16 Sep 1862; son of Jackson and Ellen Eaves Note: Ervin and Furman were twins and share a headstone. On the stone is written “Both were members of the 1st Regt S.C.V.”
  • Hartzog, Wyatt – d. 22 Jun 1862, at age 30; son of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Lavisa Isabel – b. 1 Aug 1843, d. 3 Nov 1871, daughter of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Rebecca C. – b. Dec 1798, d. 16 dec 1871 at age 73, married 10 Feb 1814; daughter of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed; wife of Henry Barnard Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Henry B. – b. 9 Jan 1791, d. 20 May 1846; son of John and Margaret Felder Hartzog; husband of Rebecca C. Reed
  • Hartzog, George F. L. – d. 9 Nov 1863 at age 23; son of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Vastine – d. 1 Sep 1834, at age 3; son of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Margaret – d. 6 sep 1819, at age 4; daughter of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Hartzog, John George Washington – d. 14 Aug 1819 at 10 months old; son of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Mary – d. 20 Oct 1817; daughter of Henry and Rebecca Reed Hartzog
  • Hartzog, Cornelius C. – d. 28 May 1864, at age 36; son of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog
  • Boylston, Joseph F. – d. 22 Jul 1846, at age 13; son of Austin and Mary Reed Boylston
  • Reed Cynthia E. – d. 17 Apr 1842, at age 8; daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Reed
  • Reed, Darling F. – d. 17 Apr 1842, at age 5; son of Samuel and Boylston Reed
  • Reed, Samuel – d. 26 may 1847, at age 52; son of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed; husband of Elizabeth Boylston
  • Reed, Elizabeth B. – d. 4 May 1853, at age 56; daughter of George and Alice Boylston, wife of Samuel Reed
  • Culler, Georgianna Reed – d. 23 Nov 1852 at age 21; daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Reed; wife of W. W. Culler
  • Waters, Jane – d. 4 Jan 1856, at age 67; daughter of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed; wife of Jonathan Thomas Waters
  • Waters, Jonathan Thomas – d. 24 Sep 1844 at age 58 years, 8 months; husband of Jane Reed Waters
  • Waters, Samuel R. – d. 6 Sep 1848 at age 13; son of Jonathan and Jane Waters
  • Babers, John Thomas – b. 27 Oct 1848, d. 12 Dec 1852; son of William and Ann Waters Babers (Ann Babers was daughter of Jonathan and Jane Reed Waters)
  • Babers, Daniel Montague, b. 28 Feb 1852, d. 7 Oct 1853, son of William and Ann Waters Babers
  • Watson, Eugenia Ann – d. 18 Aug 1853, at age 4 years, 7 months, 7 days; daughter Of B. R. and Mary Watson (Ben and Mary Watson were neighbors of the Waters, Hartzog, and Eaves families in the 1850 census. So far, I have been unable to determine any relation to our family.)
  • Crum, Rebecca Alma – b. 2 May 1866, d. 26 Sep 1868; daughter of John Wesley and Rebecca Ann Hartzog Crum (Rebecca Ann Hartzog was a daughter of Henry and Rebecca Hartzog.)
  • Graves 2, wooden head markers, no inscription
  • About 6 depressions that are possible graves
  • Barnwell County Cemeteries, Volume III, Oct 2007, Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, Aiken SC, pp. 6-7 (If you are interested in ordering these cemetery list volumes, click here for ordering information. .)
  • A list with annotations by Josie Reed (who received the list from Al Brodie). Once again, many thanks, Josie!

I am intrigued by the unmarked graves, and have spent some time speculating as to who could be buried there. There are several of our folks whose graves we have yet to find, not the least of whom are Samuel and Mary themselves. My 3gGF John and his sister Lavisa Reed Hair also come to mind. Keeping in mind that we are simply speculating, who do YOU think might be buried here? And do you suppose there’s any possible way we will ever find out for sure?

Please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts on these questions.

Many, many thanks to Will Miller for sharing his wealth of knowledge with me, especially information for this post.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Do you know Delphia Ophelia Reed?

This week I have been communicating with several descendants of Delphia Ophelia Reed. She married James Jefferson Nevils in Barnwell County. According to her tombstone, she died October 26, 1882, and is buried in the Nevils Cemetery. (Click here for a link to that cemetery.)

One of these contacts wrote to me saying that he had seen somewhere the assertion that Delphia Ophelia’s parents were Samuel and Elizabeth Boylston Reed. He said he had been unable to find any documentation supporting that and asked if I had any. That set me to searching ... and searching ... and I ultimately came up with … zero.

A quick check again this morning found 28 trees on with the name “Delphia Ophelia Reed.” Of those 28 trees, nine have Samuel and Elizabeth Boylston Reed listed as Delphia’s parents. None of these trees show a source for this detail.

What I did find was information that leads me to believe Samuel & Elizabeth Boylston Reed were NOT her parents. (You all know that I keep saying it pays to verify, verify, verify; sometimes I need to be reminded of that myself!)

In Elizabeth Boylston Reed's will, she does not name a Delphia or an Ophelia. (See this will below and click to enlarge, or click here to see it at the SCDAH website). Elizabeth does name her daughters Mary and Ann Alice and makes reference to Georgianna, a daughter who predeceased her who had married W. W. Culler. (This image came from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and is used with permission.)

I checked trees done by two of my Reed 5th cousins whose (extensive) research I trust highly, and they do not have her listed, either.

I have a copy of the Reed section in the Manning Files (which I never take as primary info); she is not listed there as Samuel & Elizabeth's daughter.

Of course, I employed one of our most powerful genealogical research tools: Extensive Googling found no documentation as to her parentage.

At this point, I am led to conclude that Delphia Ophelia was not a daughter of Samuel Reed and Elizabeth Boylston. However, I am not saying that evidence won't turn up proving that she is.

Do you have any primary evidence of who Delphia Ophelia Reed’s parents were? Please let us know by leaving a comment to this post or e-mailing me at

EDITED March 10, 2011 TO ADD:  According to "North and South Carolina Marriage Records" (compiled and edited by William Montgomery Clemens, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1927, p. 231), Samuel Reed and Elizabeth "Boilston" were married on 31 Dec 1823 in Barnwell District, SC.  

Recently I have found that a William O. Reed born in 1815 is also listed often as a son of Samuel and Elizabeth Boylston Reed.  To my knowledge, Samuel and Elizabeth did not have a son named William or a daughter named Delphia Ophelia. 

Friday, August 14, 2009

George Byron Reed IV is a great-great-great-great grandson of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed. Byron grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, graduating from Greenville High School in 1959, Furman University in 1963, Marine Command and Staff College in 1974, Army War College in 1980, Penn State in 2001. He retired from the army in 1990, from Northrop Grumman in 2002, and from the Methodist church in 2007. He and his wife Sue currently live in Alabama where he is an aerospace consultant on missile systems.

His lineage: Samuel Reed and Mary Clark; John Reed and Julia Odom; John Wiley Reed and Louvisa Clementine Hair; George Byron Reed and Rowella Hydrick; George Byron Reed II and Lena Bailey Humphries; George Byron Reed III and Sara Kiser; George Byron Reed IV.

Byron shares with us some memories of his family. Thank you, Byron!
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My grandfather, George Byron Reed II, was a preacher at the Cameron Baptist Church and at the Baptist church in North, S.C., but died in the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. He had been delivering food to sick church members. My grandmother, Lena Humphries Reed, and the two children (George Byron Reed III & Lena "T") were sick with the flu at the same time. When my Grandfather died, the family was living in the parsonage at Cameron, so my grandmother had to move into a rented room with the kids who were 5 and 7 years old.

When my grandmother left the parsonage, she knew that she would not be able to afford more than a room somewhere. She did not want to sell family keepsakes and have them end up in the hands of others around Cameron, so she built a fire in the backyard of the parsonage and burned everything that she did not give away or did not think would fit in a room with two children. So there are not many historical documents, etc., that were passed from her.

Grandmother got a job as a school teacher, then worked in a mattress factory. She never remarried and sent both kids through college in the Depression. She died in Columbia, S.C. in 1985 at age 97. She and my grandfather are buried at Bull Swamp Baptist Church near North, SC.

“T” was my father’s sister Lena Humphries Reed. She went by the name of "T" to all who knew her. She got that from my Dad when he was young and unable to pronounce her name...he called her "T" did her mother, husband and nieces and nephews.

"T" was a very modern girl to be from Cameron, S.C. of the 1920's. She went with her girlfriends to the Chicago World's Fair. She had serious asthma and went to a doctor's resort in the N.C. mountains and underwent two weeks of treatment using arsenic on her feet. The treatment was very dangerous and was outlawed many years ago, but she was completely cured and was not bothered by asthma ever again. She married Deward Gossett. They had no children, and he died in 1973. "T" retired as a school librarian. She then married W. M. Andrews who was retired in Columbia, S.C. He died in 1988. Lena died in 2003.

My father, George Byron Reed III, was born in Cameron S.C. on July 14, 1913. Cameron was at that time, a small "country town" with a railroad track down the middle.

GB, as he was known, fished in Four Hole Swamp and went with his mother each summer when she tutored math at Furman University in Greenville. He attended Furman, participated in the Glee Club, and graduated in 1934. He married Sarah Elizabeth Kiser in 1940, and they built a house at 5 Claremore Ave. in Greenville. During World War II, GB was an Army Civil Servant working at the Greenville Airport.

After college he had initial jobs at Sears, Thom McAnn shoes, and a mill in Greenville. Then about 1948, GB began working for Crane Company. Twenty years later, with a group of investors, he bought the local branch as it had evolved (Mechanical Supplies, Inc) in Greenville. That company was sold to Hajoca Inc. in 1978.

GB and Sarah had three children: George Byron, Sylvia Jean, and Robert Kiser. George Byron Reed III died August 5, 1979, and is buried beside Sarah in Manning, South Carolina.

George Byron II, III, and IV, Lena H. Reed, and GBR IV’s daughter, Samantha, all went to Furman University in Greenville, SC.

My wife of 43 years is Karon Sue Spendiff Reed. She graduated from Huntingdon College, and we met at her school in Montgomery, AL. We have three daughters: Samantha Hathorn, Kira Wild, and Anna Brown. Anna has one child, Kira has two, and Samantha has one and also three step-children.

Sue and I are very involved in church missions and went to Peru for a short-term mission trip. This is the eighth trip that I have made to the Quechua Panao region of the Andes and Sue's sixth. Sue and I are also involved in the Emmaus Community, and I am involved in Kairos prison ministry in Costa Rica and the US.
Sue & Byron Reed with three of their grandchildren

Monday, August 10, 2009

1820 Census Incomplete on

Recently, my son Ian and I went to our Richland County Public Library for a very enlightening family history seminar. We learned new ways to find information not just in the library but on line at home through their website. One of the resources available at home was Heritage Quest where can be found most of the federal censuses (although not fully indexed). The seminar leader showed how a person had been found through Heritage Quest who did not show up on an Ancestry census because the whole page was missing on Ancestry. Hmmm...

None of our Reeds can be found in’s 1820 census, so the first place I looked on Heritage Quest was the 1820 census for Barnwell County. I found them! Samuel and and his son Hugh were side by side on the same page. There’s also a John Reed further down whom I’ve yet to verify through the numbers as my 3gGF.

Looking for a link that anyone could go to without Heritage Quest, I went back to an old bookmark of the 1820 Barnwell census I had found over a year ago. Click here to see it. With the help of Heritage Quest’s page numbers (Series: M33 Roll: 119 Page: 21), I found them here on page 9A!

Upon investigation, our cousin Brenda White in Alabama (5-great granddaughter of Samuel and Mary) made some interesting discoveries. She found that Ancestry’s data is not complete. The GenWeb site’s 1820 Barnwell census has 46 pages; Ancestry only has 25 pages. Brenda went further to determine that if you add the number of persons in each column on Ancestry's 25 pages and compare that with the total summary numbers on the last page, the number of males to age 10 on Ancestry's 25 pages totals around 773, but the total on the last summary page is 1569. The total for males age 10 to 16 is around 358 but the summary page has 654.

Our cousin Josie Reed in Canada (4-g granddaughter of Samuel and Mary) wrote concerning this error: “There may be some people indexed on Ancestry whom you can’t find on the linked image. One name had caught my eye on one of the usgwarchives site because it was unusual, a “Judy Czeach” (it is probably ‘Creach’, of which there are a few others). It was on one of the pages that ancestry didn’t have (7a). A bit later I pulled up the whole index on Ancestry and there was the same name in the index. It linked to a different page, and the name couldn’t be found.”

Brenda has written to about this problem (at this link). Ancestry responded with apologies for the difficulty and said they “reported this information to our developers so that a correction can be made.” Brenda will keep us posted. Thank you, Brenda!

I encourage others to write regarding this problem. More than our Reeds are missing. Brenda found her 4-g grandfather Zeigler on the same page as our Reeds!

By the way, I checked the 1790 census on Heritage Quest and found not a single Reed in Orangeburg District. There is one Samuel Reed in South Carolina in 1790, but it's Capt. Samuel Reed in Abbeville, son of George, and not our Samuel.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Thoughts on Malcom's Mystery by Henry Singer

Henry Singer is a great-great-great-great grandson of Samuel and Mary Reed. Born in Savannah, GA, he grew up in Washington State. He and his wife Marlene taught elementary school for 30+ years and are currently enjoying retirement in Tucson, AZ.

His lineage:
Samuel Reed & Mary Clark; Hugh Reed & Jane McSpeddon; James W. Reed & Anne Tyler; James A. Reed & Gertrude Easterling; Marcus Reed & Annie Garrick; Miriam Reed & Henry Singer; Henry Singer, Jr.

Henry has done a superb job of sorting through the information we have available on Samuel, Mary, and Malcom and has submitted the following observations. Thank you, Henry, for relating your thoughts to us. This is exactly the kind of sharing I dreamed of when I started this blog.
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Thoughts on Malcom's Mystery
by Henry Singer

Having read the two versions of the Reed/Clark immigration by D. Graham Copeland and Raymond Boylston, I would like to add some of my thoughts and observations. These are just opinions and certainly subject to challenge and additional research. To begin with, I have tried to note similarities and differences in the stories and see how they match up with actual facts that we have.

I believe that most family stories have a lot of truth to them. However, as oral traditions they are subject to forgotten and/or embellished details. Both of these stories seem to be sincere attempts to relate the story of the Reed/Clark family origins in America. Yet, there are significant differences surrounding a similar theme.

We know that Malcom Clark was in South Carolina prior to April 8, 1771 where there is evidence of his first recorded land survey. The surveys mentioned run until 1774, and thereafter Malcom Clark is further noted as a Justice of the Quorum in 1775 and a Justice of the Peace in 1776. He also has a survey done for his own property in 1774. Thus, it would seem reasonable to me to state that Malcom Clark was fairly well established in South Carolina by the mid 1770s.

Looking at the Copeland and Boylston documents, we see that Copeland says Malcom Clark married in Ireland about 1750. Boylston, on the other hand, has Malcom Clark arriving in South Carolina in 1750. I tend to support the Copeland document in this area for several reasons. One is evidence of two people named Clark arriving in South Carolina on the Betty Gregg in 1768. While we cannot say for certain that this was Malcom and Hugh Clark, it does seem to fit our known timeline a little better. Malcom was clearly well educated for his time and worked as a surveyor for the English. It seems unlikely to me that he would arrive in 1750 yet have no recorded surveys for 21 years. Secondly, having an adult son, Hugh, along would seem to fit with a marriage in 1750. Hugh would have been about 20 years of age, old enough to both leave home and help with surveying in a new land. The Clarks on the Betty Gregg could have been Malcom and his wife, yet Boylston has the wife arriving in the early to mid 1780s in his account. In addition, a thirty year separation seems unlikely to me.

In another area, it does seem safe to assume that Malcom Clark died while going to meet his daughter Mary upon her arrival from Ireland. Whether Malcom died in a shipwreck or while rowing out to meet the ship carrying his daughter may never be known. My personal bias is that the Boylston story of Malcom dying in sight of his family just seems a little too romanticized. But, stranger things have happened and love is a powerful motivator. Shipwrecks, on the other hand, can be shown to have been very common. A real question, however, is who besides the daughter Mary was on the ship? Boylston suggests that Malcom Clark was going to meet his wife, his daughter Mary, and his son Hugh. Copeland suggests that Malcom was meeting his daughter Mary, her husband Samuel Reed and their family. Without a ship's record, it is hard to say for sure which is correct. What we do know is that Hugh Reed (Mary and Samuel Reed's son) says that he was born in Ireland according to the 1850 census. Combine this with a given birth date of 1783 from his tombstone and it would seem to give a little more weight to the Copeland version. It would also seem to place the range of this voyage between 1783-1786. If the notice of Malcom Clark's will in 1786 is accurate, and it took a year for the family to travel through South Carolina, then the voyage might be more closely pinpointed to 1784-1785.

Moving on, it also seems reasonable to me that Hugh Clark died at the hands of Tories/Indians. Both the Copeland and Boylston accounts suggest this. In addition, according to the "Memoirs of Tarleton Brown" by Tarleton Brown (1862) this type of acitivity was very prevalent near the end of the Revolutionary War period 1781-1785, and may have continued for sometime after. It might be worth noting that the United States of America did not actually become the nation that we know today until 1787. Tarleton Brown's stories of the discontent prevalent in South Carolina also seems to fit with Copeland's narrative which states that it took almost a year for Mary and Samuel Reed to reach the Clark land claim due to unrest and turmoil in the colony. One BIG question that I have is this. If Hugh Clark died in the early to mid 1780s at the hands of Tories, why is he listed as the owner of Malcom Clark's property in the 1792 notice of auction? Perhaps a simple answer, but I don't currently have it.

To solve some of these discrepancies will probably require the unearthing of more ship records, land records, marriage records, family lore, etc. I hope my thoughts spur additional questions, ideas, and research. Eventually, I would like to try researching Irish records if they still exist. Malcom Clark's written surveys seem to indicate a well educated man. His competent use of written English would seem to suggest that he was educated in England or what we now know as Northern Ireland. He was also hired by the Crown as a surveyor. I guess I am questioning whether Malcom is of Irish lineage or was simply an Englishman residing in the Irish colony. Clark is also generally regarded as an AngloSaxon, not Irish name. Just thought I would add more confusion to the existing "Malcom Mystery".

Happy researching,

Monday, August 03, 2009

Hugh Reed Family Cemetery

When the estate of Hugh Reed (son of Samuel and Mary) was settled in September, 1854, provision was made for a family graveyard:

"It is stated that the last named tract of 333 acres is the home place tract having thereon the family graveyard and it is recommended that in the sale of said tract two acres be reserved for said graveyard together with a right-of-way also be reserved for road leading from the Charleston Public Road to the graveyard, a distance of about 100 yard."

When the lands were sold in February, 1855, "the 333-acre tract with graveyard and R/W reserved, [were sold] to James W. Reed for $1495.00. The decree confirming said sales (which were public sales) specified the two acres be reserved as a burying-ground for the Hugh Reed family and their descendants, and same be reserved from said sale together with said Right-of-way."

The full proceedings can be found here.

In November 2008 my son Ian and I found this cemetery. It is exactly where it should be according to the provision above. However, it did require some searching in the woods to find it!

This picture was taken about halfway to the graves. The red spot through the woods (if you can even see it) is my car parked beside the road. (Click on images to enlarge.)

The Graves of Hugh Reed and Jane McSpeddon Reed

Lists for this Cemetery
To view a pdf with a list of graves in this cemetery and notes from our cousin Josie Reed, click here. Then you can print or save it by clicking on "More" in the upper left corner. Josie was given this list by Al Brodie of Wagener, South Carolina.

Our cousin Sharon Crowley has done some extensive work on with 230 memorials (graves) and 216 photos posted to date. Click here to see her list from this cemetery and here to see her entire list.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Formation of South Carolina’s Counties

Colleton, St. Bartholomew's Parish, Orangeburgh District, Winton County, Orangeburg District again, Barnwell District, Barnwell County, Bamberg County . . .

From Malcom Clark’s first plat to the present day, the land where our forebears lived has been called by many different names. Certainly useful in our quest for information on our ancestors is knowing the name of where they lived.

From the Proprietors' three counties in 1682 to the last division of Barnwell County to make Allendale County in 1919, click here to see the Maps Tracing the Formation of Counties in South Carolina at the SC Department of Archives and History website.

How Many Relatives Do You Have?

I ran across this recently and thought it would be fun to share. See why we spend so much time on genealogy?


2 Parents

4 Grandparents

8 Great Grandparents

16 GG Grandparents

32 GGG Grandparents

64 GGGG Grandparents

128 GGGGG Grandparents

256 GGGGGG Grandparents

512 GGGGGGG Grandparents

1,024 GGGGGGGG Grandparents

2,048 GGGGGGGGG Grandparents

4,096 GGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

8,192 GGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

16,184 GGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

32,768 GGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

65,036 GGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

131,072 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

262,144 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

524,288 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

1,444,576 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

2,097,152 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

From Pathways, Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Volume XVII, No. 4, 1999

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Malcom's Mystery, Part II

Some Definite Dates Surrounding This Mystery

As we ponder when Malcom Clark and Samuel and Mary Reed came to America, here are some concrete dates to think about.

This is the earliest survey done by Malcom Clark that I could find on the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH) website. (Click image to enlarge.)

This plat was written April 8, 1771, for 100 acres in Amelia Township, Berkeley County for Thomas Sabb, Jr. I found at least 14 more done by Malcom in Berkeley County, Craven County, and Orangeburg District.

The last plat surveyed by Malcom Clark that I've found to date on SCDAH's website was dated August 17, 1774.

(If you find an earlier or later one, please let me know. The site's link is in the column to the left. Remember to use all variations of "Malcom" and "Clark" you can think of! He usually spelled his name "Malcom Clark," but it is written as "Malcolm" and/or "Clarke" on some plats. These are just two of several variations found.)

On October 25 and 26, 1774, surveyor Thomas Platt wrote two plats for Malcom 's own land "in Orangeburgh District situate on the South Side of the South Fork or Prong Edistow River."

Malcom was a Justice of the Quorum* for Orangeburgh District. (page 248)

In April, 1776, Malcom Clark was nominated by the General Assembly and commissioned by President Rutledge as a Justice of the Peace for Orangeburgh District. (page 265)

Both justice references above are from The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina (by A. S. Salley, Jr., 1898, R. Lewis Berry, Printer, Orangeburg, SC). Click here to see this book in its entirety on Google Books.

*A Justice of the Quorum exercised notarial rather than judicial duties. (Constitutional History of South Carolina 1725-1775, by David Duncan Wallace, 1899, H. Wilson, printer, Abbeville, S.C)

1775 - 1783
These are the dates of the Revolutionary War. Yorktown was in 1781 when Cornwallis surrendered his army. The few battles remaining were mostly at sea (Wikipedia)

Tories continued to terrorize the Patriots for some time after the war, raiding and murdering, often disguised as Indians. (Memoirs of Tarleton Brown by Tarleton Brown, privately printed in 1862) Click here to see this book in its entirety on Google Books.

Following is a transcription of an advertisement from the Columbian Herald, Columbia, SC, on March 20, 1786

At Belleville, on the first Thursday in April,
agreeable to the last will and testament of
Malcom Clarke, Esq. Deceased,
The whole of the estate of the said
deceased, real and personal
Consisting of
Four Tracts of Land,
ONE containing 1000 acres, on
The south fork of Edisto river bound-
ing to the N.E. and S.E. on the said south
fork, said Malcom Clark, and vacant land;
on the N. and S.W. part on John Thomson’s
One other tract of 500 acres,
Bonding to the N.E. on the said south fork
Of Edisto, S.E. on lands granted to Mr.
Fisher, S.W. on vacant land, and on the
N.W. on land laid out to said Clarke.
One other tract of 500 acres,
Boudning to the N.E. on said river, S.E.
On land laid out to said Clarke, S.W. on
Vacant land.
One other tract of 250 acres,
Bounding N.W. and N.E. on land laid out
to Benjamin Farrar and Nathan Walker,
S.E. on James Lancaster and Joshua Stanly.
One negro man a prime field slave;
One horse; some wearing apparel; one set
of surveying instruments; a small collection
of books, and many small articles.
The conditions of the sale are—Cash for
all articles under three guineas; all above
credit until the first of January, giving ap-
proved bonds and security, with lawful interest
from the day of sale.
Chas. S. Myddleton, Ex’r.
N.B. Any person having demands against
said estate are desired to bring them in; and
those indebted to make immediate payment.

This transcription was an advertisement in the City Gazette, Charleston, SC, March 28, 1792.

TO-MORROW, the 29th instant,
Directly at twelve o’clock; will be preemp-
torily sold before my store,
A Very valuable P L A N T A T I O N
Containing one thousand acres, situated
on the south fork of Edisto, about seventy
eight miles from this city. There are on the
premises a good dwelling house and kitchen,
and about twenty five acres cleared.
Also, another tract of 500 acres adjoining
the same, and like it situate on the river, late
the property of Malcolm Clark, and now of
Hugh Clark his son. These lands are of a
good quality and capable of producing corn,
indgo, or rice, and laying on the river, are
convenient to get the lumber and produce to
market. Conditions—one half cash, for the
remainder two years credit giving bond
with approved security.
March 28

Other Items/Issues That Need to be Considered
  • No land records are to be found on SCDAH website for Samuel. No plats, memorials, or tax returns. What can this mean?
  • Hugh Reed (Samuel and Mary's oldest son) is listed on the 1850 census as being 65 years old and born in Ireland about 1785. Of course, we have his tombstone that states he was born October 6, 1783. The 1850 census also has John Reed (Hugh's brother) as being born in South Carolina about 1792.
  • No Samuel Reed or Hugh Clark matching ours are to be found in the 1790 census. It does show one Samuel Reed: "Capt. Saml Reed" living in Abbeville. This Captain Reed was son of George Reed. Both fought in the Revolutionary War. According to Captain Reed's Revolutionary War Record found at the National Archives, he moved from Abbeville in 1800 to Pendleton District and later to Gwinnett County, Georgia. After 1840 he moved to Alabama. He died February 3, 1843. This Samuel, son of George, is not our ancestor. Our Samuel died in 1823, as evidenced by his will.