Posted By:jerold patterson
Subject:From Level Land to the Saluda River, An Eastern Shore Look Alike
Post Date:April 26, 2006 at 13:11:50
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Forum:Anderson County, SC Genealogy Forum
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A few families found on the Eastern Shore, i.e. Maryland and Delaware, before 1800 include the following: Lawrence; McGee/Magee; Bailey; Bowen; Bowie; Brock; Calhoun; Ford; Greer; Hammond; Hopkins; Kerr; Low/Lowe; McPherson; Newton; Pepper; Phillips; Pruitt; Reed; Riley; Roach; Robins; Rogers; Todd; Ward; Waters; West; and so many more common surnames that it would be useless to name them because they could have been from anywhere. However, the southeastern portion of Anderson County (plus northeastern Abbeville County) has more than its share of commonalities. Research into the earliest settlers of Broad Mouth, Barkers, and Hencoop Creeks showed an even stronger influence. Dr. Oliphant settled on Hencoop Creek before 1785 and the Oliphants were from either Berkeley County, South Carolina, or Eastern Shore Maryland. John Maxwell arrived shortly thereafter, another potential Marylander. Blake Mauldin and Philemon Waters followed. They could have been from the "low country" of South Carolina, but families of the same name arrived in Maryland before Charles Town, Charleston was firmly settled. This native South Carolinian has no intent in upsetting any apple carts, just trying to stretch the envelop a LITTLE, another early Maryland family. If you decide to investigate further, don't expect to find Eastern Shore families moving directly to Anderson. Most moved to central or eastern North carolina before moving to South Carolina. After all, the had to either go north to Baltimore and then travel south or sail across the Chesapeake Bay before there were steamboats.