City Directories and History: 1908 – Claudia Key 1940 – Claudia L. Key, 1958 – Lawson C. Horner, 1978 – Annie S. Horner
Modified heavily in the 1950’s this lovely home was originally built for the son of Robert Henry Stringfellow,
Thornton Stringfellow in circa 1885. However, Mrs. Claudia Key, the widow of J.T. Key, was the long-term owner of this home and most likely removed some of the homes original Italianate features. Additional Sims-Key family members also resided here including Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Randolph Sims who operated the Sims and Carter Company on Gadsden Street. The Randolph “Randy” Ligon family also lived here in the 1990’s.
Informative link: Italianate Architecture
James Turner Kee (or Key). Married Claudia Sims, daughter of William Randolph Sims and his wife, Hattie Bratton Erwin.* Issue:
a. Claudia Key. Married James Ferguson Wherry II of Chester County, S.C.
b. Letitia Key. Married Henry Radcliffe Sims of Orangeburg, S.C., member of the Senate of South Carolina and president of Winthrop College, Rock Hill, S.C. He was also a proprietor, editor and publisher of the Orangeburg Times & Democrat No issue. (He had a twin brother, Hugo Sims, who shared ownership of the Orangeburg newspaper.)
Information from: The Bulletin – A publication of the Chester District Genealogical Society
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