City Directories and History: Click on the MORE INFORMATION link, found under the primary picture, to see an enlargeable postal map of Chester County’s Post Office locations in 1896. Enter the specific name in R&R’s search box to locate additional information on each of these locations found on R&R’s pages. (Old Postal Maps – Chester County, S.C.)
According to an article from The Lantern, I think a newspaper of Lockhart or Union SC, is an article on Thomas Thompson Byars, my GG GF, dated 1-1-1901. It reads: Sorry to hear of the death of Thomas T. Byars, 12-12-1900 of Wilkesburg, Chester County, SC, aged 64 years. For many years he kept the grist mill here, possibly before the antebellum age. He cleared and cultivated the land where the Lockhart property is now built. The spring from where he drank is where the wheel that runs the machinery of the mill is now placed. He was patriotic and regarded as a strictly honest man. During the war he offered his services to the Confederacy, but was detailed as a miller. For many years he was postmaster of Wilkesburg. The position he held at the time of his death. Thomas Byars had many children who worked at the Lockhart Mill including my G GF Joseph and GF Clarence. According to the 1900 census Clarence worked there when he was 9 years old. Submitted to R&R.com by Kenneth Byars 1.21.2020
Historian Harvey S. Teal’s Post Office Data S.C., states: “John Darby was the Postmaster at Baton Rouge which operated from 1827 – 1859.”
The Rock Hill Herald on April 8, 1903 reported, “A picnic was given last Saturday by the pupils of the Wilkesburg School.”
BIGHAM, John Mills – s/o James White and Mary Isabella (Mills) BIGHAM was (b) at Wellridge, Chester Co., S.C. 17 May 1875. (Presbyterian Minister from Chester, S.C.)
LIST OF LOCATIONS:
|Batonrouge or Baton Rouge|
|Dearburn – Dearborn|
|Leeds – The YV Enquirer reported on April 1, 1891, “The name of the station on the GC&R RR has been changed from West Chester to Leeds.”|
|Rockymount or Rocky Mount|
|Wilksburg or Wilkesburg|
|Wythes Mill – White’s Mill|
Historian Harvey S. Teal’s Post Office Data in S.C., states: “Cataba or Catawba Post Office was operated by Joseph J. McMullan, first Postmaster, operated from ca. 1834 – 1846.” Also, he recorded the Pedensville PO run by Thomas Peden from ca. 1839 – 1852.”
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