Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

June 28-July 4~

June 28~
  My paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) would be celebrating his 191st birthday on this day.  Alpheus was born in the Sumter District area of South Carolina to Jessie Hinton Baker (1795-1866) and Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1795-1839).

My maternal Great Great Grandparents, William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980) were married 101 years ago most likely in the Columbia, Richland, South Carolina area.  William was 20 and Beulah 17 when, as the family story goes, they eloped due to Beulah's family being against the marriage. They became the parents of 12 children.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 25-Springbank Plantation

   This week's blog post prompt for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow is Homestead.
In 1807, my maternal 4th Great Grandfather, William Smith (1775-1830) bought Spring Bank Plantation in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The land passed to his son, my 3rd Great Grandfather, Henry John Smith (1807-1849) upon his death.        The land stayed in family hands until after the civil war. It lay abandoned and in disrepair until it was bought and restructured by the Hadden family in 1930. A fire destroyed the home in 1947 and was rebuilt, it is said, using the original plans. 

 Entrance to Springbank

 Additions and changes have been made throughout the years.
Springbank as it is today.

 Part of the original log home built on the property. It has been expanded and is currently lived in.

The original logs can still be seen inside.

The old stables have been turned into guest rooms.

An outbuilding still stands on the property. It is thought that it may have served as a kitchen at some point.

Several large oaks continue to grow around the property. Many most likely were there when my ancestors walked the land.

This brick wall is behind the main house. The handmade bricks were most likely produced by the slaves who once lived on Springbank plantation.

Behind the brick wall and several yards down a small path is a cemetery. This is the burial place for many of the enslaved people of Springbank Plantation.  Efforts have been made to find and mark the graves. Names and dates are unknown.

 Walking the property was a special experience knowing that I was where my people once lived, loved and died. 
Many changes have been made to Springbank since my ancestors lived there. It is now a retreat for those looking for peace and rest away from the world. 

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

June 21-27

One of those empty calendar weeks.  Time for more research!

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