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ELIJAH CLARK, Pacolet Valley, SC and Georgia-Clark's on Pacolet River
Posted by: Mildred Clark (ID *****4279) Date: August 26, 2010 at 10:58:21
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Elijah Clark, described as the "Daniel boone of Spartanburg," is said to have led a large company of settlers in 1755 into the Pacolet Valley. A community developed from their settlement about Grindal Shoals, and was in what is now Union county, although its fringes extended up the river toward "Hurricane Shoals" (now Clifton). Clark soon moved on into Georgia and settled there.
Source: "A History of Spartanburg County, Spartanburg, SC", author?, Bond & White, 1940, 318 pp - Heritage Quest. page 15
(note: Elijah Clark was later involved with a land scandal in Georgia).
"Migrations into Spartanburg Co." by Frank Scott (on-line)

The earliest groups of settlers in Spartanburg County were able-bodied pioneers who moved inland from Charleston, Indian traders, such as John Parris, followed the edge of the mountains from Virginia to Carolina. Mostly we are familiar with them since a number of streams and place names bear witcness to their having lived here. Ferguson creek, Lawson's Fork, Tyger River, Motlow, Ben's Creek (Paris Mountain in Greenville County) are among those streams and places that bear the names of the earliest settlers.

...the area was finally opened to permanent settlement. It was at this time between 1765 and 1770 that thousands of pioneers moved along the "big Road" into the county.

"Basically, the families from Pennsylvania that came were Presbyterians." (from PA and VA), mostly from VA) They settled and built Shiloh Presbyterian Church near old Fort Prince on Fairforest Creek west of the present-day city of Spartanburg near the small town of Duncan. The Moore's, Bomers, Andersons, Montgomeries, etc. were the families that settled in that area. "History of Grindal Shoals" (Grindal Shoals, Union Co, SC) by Rev. J. D. Bailey, gives information of those families that settled along the Pacolett River--Clark, Fowler, Hampton, Henderson, Littlejohn, Kuckolls, Potter, Wood and others.

Does anyone have information about any of these Clark's?
Mildred Clark

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