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“There is a section of Fairfield County about five miles southwest of Winnsboro which is known as the Greenbriar Community. This name is derived from the fact that in the 1850 s a Mr. Curlee donated land for the building of a Methodist Church here, and the people in deciding on a name for their church chose Greenbriar because of the excessive growth of this evergreen, which seemed to confine itself to the vicinity. This plant was handsome and decorative, thus often taking the place of mistletoe and holly as a Christmas decoration.” (Information for this name origin was received from Hayne McMeekin of Winnsboro.)
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
“McMeekin’s P.O., located at or near the residence of General Thomas McMeekin, near Ebenezer ARP Church, was serving the community as a post office by 1837. General McMeekin’s plantation house which is included in Bolick’s – A Fairfield Sketchbook, was located on secondary road 247 and is currently the site of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. McMeekin’s P.O. continued beyond the death of General McMeekin in 1847 until at least 1854 but ceased to exist by 1865.”
Another early post office location was Thompson’s P.O. located south of the present community of Jenkinsville, Thompson’s P.O. also operating in the 1830’s was undoubtedly named for the Thompson family who had substantial holdings of land in the area. John A. Martin was listed as postmaster in 1851. Colton’s 1854 map of South Carolina places Thompson’s P.O. approximately five miles southeast of McMeekin’s P.O. Thompson’s P.O. was not included in the 1865 postwar list of South Carolina post offices.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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