City Directories and History: 1908 – J.A. Robbins, 1917 – Benjamin Meredith, 1920 – Williams and Company, W.B. Meridith, 1926 – A. W. Greene, 1933 – NA, 1946 – NA, 1963 – NA
A beautiful residential site sandwiched between the James S. White home and the Rock Hill Depot complex, this site eventually became a commercial area next to Good Motor Company, later Good KIA, where multiple businesses changed hands in the early 20th century.
The White property just to the east of Mrs. Roach’s White Street lot was sold on July 19, 1869, by Mary E. White and others to J. C. Hoke and T. J. Wagner, probably on speculation. The price was $500.111 The back line of the lot abutted the property of Captain A. E. Hutchison, his homeplace tract. Hoke and Wagner built a large residence on the lot, and on September 10, 1872, they sold the house and lot to John S. Cureton of Lancaster County, S. C., for $2,500.112 This was a 1-acre lot. Then, on September 2, 1873, Cureton sold to Alexander Williford, for $2,500.113 Williford was a dealer in horses, a mill owner, and a planter. He was married to John Ratterree’s sister, Mary Maybin Ratterree. It appears that the Willifords occupied this house until 1881, when they removed to Winnsboro, S. C., following the tragic death of their son Churchill.
Alexander Williford sold his house and lot to James Lorraine Walker of Rock Hill on November 1, 1881, for $2,000.114 Mr. Williford took a loss in the deal, so anxious was he to leave Rock Hill and its people forever. After the death of Lorraine Walker, his heirs sold the property to Emma J. Erwin for $1,694 in 1883.115 In January, 1884, Emma J. Erwin sold the place to W. S. Creighton for $1,700.116 As the result of some type of financial squabbling involving several individuals and institutions, the house and lot on White Street came into the hands of Major John R. London, who signed over his rights in the property to Anna (Hope) Mobley, wife of Captain Frel Mobley.117 This took place in 1898. The writer had not followed the chain of title after that date.
[Information provided via Along the Land’s Ford Road – Vol. I, 2008 by William B. White, Jr.]
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