City Directories and History: The Colvin apartments have an interesting history. “Know all men by these presents that I , Matthew Williams of Chester district in the State of South Carolina, in consideration of three hundred dollars to me paid by John Rosborough, John McKee, Jordan Bennett, John Douglas, John Walker, Samuel McAliley and William D. Henry, commissions of public buildings for Chester district, (a certain lot) purchased on April 1, 1842, at the sale of lots belonging to the estate of General Henry Bradley.”
Mrs. Catherine Bradley Hood in the history she wrote of her family and friends says: “James Pagan is now sheriff of Chester county and is living in the new jail which is a handsome square brick building with eight large rooms ,four on the first floor and the same on the second floor. The third story is cut off from all intercourse hand has a stairway that leads up from the cook yard fro the transferring of prisoners to the cells on the third floor which is used entirely for the accommodation of prisoners. The other part of the jail is reserved as a home for the sheriff’s family.”
In 1914 the new jail was built on McAliley street. After the completion of the new building, Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Colvin purchased the old jail on Center street and converted it into six attractive apartments. Old Home of Chester, SC by Mrs. John G. White
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on March 25, 1891 -“Mrs. M.E. McKoy has purchased the Jordan Bennett property lately owned by W.A. Sanders, Esq.”
“On what was then called the old Pinckney road was Matthew Williams’ blacksmith shop, close to the present jail, and near it a small house in which was for a while the village school. Further on and at the forks of the road was the residence of Jordan Bennett, the silversmith, the home of John Bradley being nearly opposite. Beyond these, the forests began.”
(Information in part from: Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982 – Joshua Hilary Hudson’s Recollections)
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