City Directories and History: Robert Armstrong Ross, the long-term minister at Sharon A.R.P. church, lived here for many years and preached at the church for some fifty continuous years. When he first arrived in town, Dr. Joseph H. Saye rented a room in the house while establishing his medical practice and learning the Sharon area and its people. He later moved to York Street and constructed a modest home at 3841 York Street prior to constructing a larger on next door.
Yorkville Enquirer, December 13, 1860
Session Delegates announced, listed…
Results of election in York District for delegates to the State Convention (secession); candidates were W. B. Wilson, R. T. Allison, Samuel Rainey, Sr., A. B. Springs, A. I Barron, Cad Jones, and R. A. Ross. The editor ran a notice about Rev. Ross. Ross claimed he repeatedly refused to be nominated but some of his friends were determined to run him anyway. At a late hour (noon on Wednesday, December 5th) he found out he was nominated and then began to campaign. “He does not regard the vote cast for him—and, we suppose, properly—as any test at all of his popularity in the District.”
Yorkville Enquirer, Thursday, January 9, 1862
Board of Relief for Families of Soldiers
The legislature passed an act for relief of families of soldiers and the following persons were appointed in York for the local board of relief: A. B. Springs, Dr. William Adams, Allen Robinson, John S. Bratton, John A. Brown, Captain J. C. Phillips, William Oates, John B. Mintz, Rev. R. A. Ross and Dr. Robert Darwin
This was one of many fine homes attributed to Andy Hafner of Sharon, S.C.
Obituary of Andrew Hafner—York County’s oldest citizen died March 16, 1914 at the home of his son-in-law, Dr. S. G. Miller of Chester. He was 92 years and 4 months. Hafner was born in Catawba Co. N. C. but had lived in York County 70 years as a contractor and farmer. He was married 3 times: (1) a MissGwinn; two daughters, both died as young women; (2) Kezia Hardwick, six children: Mrs. J. B. Patrick, died at White Oak ca. 1894; R. R. and J. A. Hafner and Mrs. S. G. Miller of Chester; B. W. Hafner of Newport, Ark. and Rev. W. A. Hafner of Fort Mill; (3) Mrs. Sarah West of Newport, Ark. who died ca 1894. Hafner was deacon of Bullock Creek Presbyterian church for more than 50 years and was buried there.
– Fort Mill Times, March 19, 1914. (Information courtesy of and from: YCGHS – The Quarterly Magazine)
Leaving Yorkville about 2:30 o’clock we drove out to Sharon and thence down the Bullocks Creek road for about two miles and a half and took the left at the Maloney place. After a little Mr. Davison said said that the house to the right was the “Ross place.” By that I knew he meant that that was where the late Dr. R. A. Ross once resided. Dr. Ross has been dead thirty-five years or more. He served Sharon A. R. P. church as its pastor for fifty years and I knew him quite well. But that was the first time I ever saw the place where he lived and raised his family….. (The following is taken from A. M. Grist’s weekly column, “Just A-Rolling Along the Way,” published in the Yorkville Enquirer, May 10, 1932.)
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