In 1792 Pincknevville Ferry on the Broad River near Bullocks Creek was built by Thomas Wood and James Bankhead bought the ferry. In 1805, Col. William Smith and later it was owned by Richard Thompson. It is possible that this Colonel Smith was the man for whom Smiths Ford was named, but documentary proof of this is lacking. In April, 1865, Jefferson Davis and a small group of Confederates crossed the ferry at Pinckneyville in their flight from Richmond following the collapse of the Confederacy. (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
LOUISE PETTUS WROTE: In 1778, Matthew Bigger was awarded a 14-year franchise on the Catawba River at the present location of Buster Boyd Bridge and Talbert (or Talbot) received the franchise for a ferry on the Broad River at the Pinckneyville Road crossing the (Pinckneyville Ferry).
The state protected the customer by establishing the rules of operation and by setting the rates. The law said that two able-bodied men must keep the ferry night as well as day. If the ferry-operator did not give responsible service then he would forfeit the fare and would pay the delayed passenger 40 shillings for the first hour delayed and 20 shillings for each hour of delay thereafter.
Not everyone had to pay. The law made an exception for the heads of state, members of the general assembly, all ministers of the gospel, all people going to church, anyone going or returning from militia muster, troops of the Continental Army and all free Indians.
In 1778, Bigger’s Ferry and Talbert’s Ferry – Pinckneyville Ferry, were allowed the same rate schedule. A foot passenger or one horse paid 1 shilling, 3 pence; a man and a horse (he had to dismount and hold the horse) were 2 shillings and 6 pence; a wagon and team was 20 shillings; black cattle, ferried or swam over were 1 shilling and 3 pence per head; and every head of sheep or hogs were 6 pence each.
In 1792 Pincknevville Ferry on the Broad River near Bullocks Creek was built by Thomas Wood and James Bankhead bought the ferry. In 1805, Col. William Smith and later it was owned by Richard Thompson. Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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