City Directories and History: THAYER-LYNAH HOUSE
Constructed circa 1881
“Francis J. Pelzer, a rising capitalist in postbellum Charleston, owned this site sometime before transferring it to William Thayer by 1881. Thayer subsequently built this house. After Thayer’s death the property transferred to Arthur Lynah, who owned it until after World War I. An original late-nineteenth-century wooden fence, consisting of simple pickets between columnar posts, surrounds the property. This type of fence, formerly the most common in Charleston’s uptown neighborhoods, has generally disappeared.”
Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
It was the entrepreneur, Francis J. Pelzer, a major factor in Charleston who also had his financial hands in the local ironworks, cotton pressing, and warehouse business. But perhaps his most influential dealings were in association with other Charleston business associates in the development of the Pelzer Cotton Mills in Pelzer, S.C.
Other sources of interest: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61 and the Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917 The HCF may also have additional data at: Past Perfect and further research can be uncovered at: Charleston 1861 Census Schedule or The Charleston City Guide of 1872
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