230 Fox Street
City Directories and History: Collection of survey cards showing structures at the Lexington County Museum.
One of the earliest memories I have of my childhood is my Granddaddy, L. R. Corley, telling me that our family “settled up the Country”. He impressed upon my young mind how important a part that our family played in the early days before our United States of America existed. He told stories of how John George (Karle) Corley, our immigrant ancestor from Germany, arriving here around 1710, landing in Charleston and coming to the now Lexington area with a cow, a sow and board to ford the rivers and creeks. He first went to his family that preceded him to America and who had settled on Cloud’s Creek, in today’s Saluda County. After a brief stay he removed to what is the Lexington area today. His son, Laurance Corley , was my first ancestor born in America in 1742. He grew up and married Christena Blackney and gained Royal Land Grants from her father as well as those which he obtained and those of his father. Prior to the Revolutionary War, Laurance had accumulated nearly 3000 acres. He accumulated another 604 acres in 1806, which is now the Town of Lexington proper, as a State of South Carolina Land Grant. This cabin that he built in 1771 still stands on part of his original plantation. Laurance fought in the battle of Eutaw Springs in Orangeburg County. As payment for his service he received George, Jack and Trixie, confiscated from the Bull Plantation in Beaufort County. Rearing 16 children in this cabin and its additions, the last Corleyborn in it was during the Civil was my Great Grandfather, Mark Adam Corley. (Written and shared with R&R by Chuck Corley – 2017)
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