An African American History Site – Mr. McElduff requests a pension.
City Directories and History: The 1896 postal map of York County shows an active PO at Lesslie, as well as close by at Roddey’s (Station), S.C.
The Herald reported on April 25, 1896 – “Among the applicants for Confederate pensions last Monday was an old negro names Moses McElduff, from Lesslie Station in the Catawba Township. He lost a leg at Fort Sumter and for the past ten years has been living on the plantation of Mr. W.S. Leslie, who kindly took enough interest in him to bring him to Yorkville and lay his case before the board. The board has not taken any action, but some of the membership think he is certainly entitled to the most favorable consideration.” (Information taken from the Yorkville Enquirer.)
The Herald reported on Nov. 29, 1888 that petitions have been forwarded to the Post Office Dept. in Washington for the establishment of post offices on the 3 CCC railroad at Lessley’s (Lesslie), four miles east of Rock Hill, and at Catawba Junction.
The RH Herald reported on June 10, 1899 – “Rafe Keenan, the well known African American blacksmith at Lesslie, was burned seriously at his smith yesterday. The paper reported on June 14, the death of Mr. Keenan.”
The Herald reported on Dec. 23, 1899 – “The store of Mr. J.H. Hayes at Lesslie was entered on Wednesday night and money and several pairs of pants were taken.”
The Rock Hill Record on Feb. 4, 1909 – “Mr. T.F. Lesslie was in Rock Hill and listed for sale the plantation known as the D.T. Lesslie homeplace. It is listed for sale by the real estate dept. of the People’s Bank and Trust.” (David Taylor Lesslie)
Open the MORE INFORMATION link (found under the primary picture), to view an enlargeable, 1896 Postal Map of York County, S.C.
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