Pauline Kerr Creed (1898 – 1982) Members of this family lived on West Main Street. Pauline’s grandfather, Thomas Wood, was an early brick mason and built the Ebenezer Academy building in 1860 as well worked extensively on the White Home. He is also known to have built furniture. Wallace Kerr was Postmaster of Rock Hill (1870-1873), appointed by President U. S. Grant. He was the third person buried at Laurelwood. Buena Vista Wood was Postmaster of Rock Hill from 1873-1892.
Along the Lands Ford Road states, “In the early 1870‘s the Wood family moved to West Main Street, having purchased two lots that had formerly belonged to William H. Anderson, father of the late John G. Anderson of Rock Hill. Here Grandpa Wood died in the year 1888.
Uphome, as the house was named, was at the center of the family life for many years. And that life centered around Granny. The house seemed to be elastic, since any number of visitors could be accommodated. Cousin Mattie Kerr Glass from Spartanburg would bring several of her children for a week or so in the summertime. The Woods from Chester, Eunice McConnell from Yorkville, or Cousin Minnie (Johnson) Rudisil from Charlotte came often. The whole family connection loved Granny, and Aunt Rhoda Wood‘s cooking! As Granny grew older, Aunt Rhoda devoted more of her time to waiting on her and reading to her.
Granny was exceedingly fortunate in that she had her four unmarried daughters, ―Bune, ―Pug, ―Nan, and ―Cad, with her to the end. She had her own chair in the corner of her room near the fire. In the summer she wore a white barred muslin dress and occasionally sat on the front porch. She went once a year to spend the day with Aunt Laura Owens. After Aunt Jo Johnson became ill at Cousin Carrie Heath‘s, Aunt Rhoda took Granny to visit her several times in the afternoon with Old Tom hitched to the phaeton. Except for the two visits to Piedmont Springs and an occasional trip to Yorkville or Chester, Granny never left town. The deaths of Aunt Jo[sephine] in 1911 and Uncle Foster in 1912 had their effect upon her spirit and body. She died just before Christmas in 1915, as is buried beside Grandpa Wood in Laurelwood Cemetery.”
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