“Roots and Recall is following a tradition of preserving homeplace names – info …….”
Last week, I came across a statement by antebellum author, Mr. Wm. Gilmore Simms, a distinguished S.C. writer, who wrote the following in 1845: “Perhaps no subject could be found more interesting to the general reader than to inquire into the origin of those names of places with which he is most familiar……” What a bold statement to write in his magazine some fifteen year before the War of Northern Aggression! At that period in our county’s history, he astutely recognized that preserving S.C. names and places was a worthy task, one that shouldn’t be forgotten. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a computer to easily record and share them. But it seems fairly certain, that Claude H. Neuffer, (Head of the English Dept. – Un. of S.C.), and the editor of the magazine, Names in S.C., may have also read the author’s remarks. Did this influence and perhaps stimulate the beginnings of his magazine? We don’t know the answer but the two authors were true kindred spirits and Neuffer’s magazine did successfully capture thousands of place names worthy of preserving.
So, R&R seems to simply be the “modern” platform to facilitate the dream of William Gilmore Simms and continue sharing and building on the life-time of work conducted by Mr. Neuffer. It seems Mr. Simms family also loves the preservation of history. If you have not viewed the excellent documentary film produced by Felicia Furman, his great-gran-daughter, take time do do so at:https://www.rootsandrecall.com/videos/ (Look for the title – Shared History)
Random R&R: (Someone recently requested that they would like to see more about R&R, not just random pages of historic sites. So here goes!)
The extraordinary amount of information being offered R&R is most appreciated and we hope you will continue looking upon the website favorably. One large collection of items donated recently, included massive amounts of information on banking. One of the more interesting pieces found in the collection, however didn’t address banking but rather invention. An envelope we opened dealt with the invention of a one-row cotton picker by Mr. Neil of York County, S.C. The image on display, is of his invention, has anyone ever seen such a machine and was it ever commercially produced? Other recent donations included materials on the Gov. Richards home at Liberty Hill, S.C. and data on the Gaston family in Chester, S.C.
But perhaps the most exciting item of note are the Heritage Land Plats donated to R&R for display. This extraordinary compilation of 19th century plats from four counties in upcountry S.C. are a treasure of data on perhaps a thousand families. Watch for much more on this collections next week!
R&R Follow-up: We would be remiss in not acknowledging the