City Directories and History: The Rock Hill Herald reported on Aug. 12, 1899 – “A residence for Dr. W.R. Simpson is under construction in the Whiteville section of the city.” And the Herald furthermore on Aug. 26th stated -“Dr. W.R. Simpson has bought the house known as the Ann Starr place by the Graded School.”
“Then there was a frame cottage, painted green, next to the Moore house. This was owned either by Mrs. J. Ed Reid or by her sister in New York City, Miss Julia Campbell. Next to this rental property was the two-story house of Maj. Thomas C. Beckham, long-time magistrate of Rock Hill and a well-known veteran of the Confederate Army. His daughters lived there — Miss Fannie Beckham and Miss Amelia Beckham.
Finally, on the southwest corner of Black and Orange streets was the frame residence of Dr. and Mrs. William R. Simpson. Mrs. Simpson was Anna Ross Pride, daughter of Col. C. J. Pride and wife, Amelia (Sitgreaves) Pride. The Simpsons had four sons: William R. Simpson, Jr., Allen Jones Simpson, Cadwallader Pride Simpson, and John Sitgreaves Simpson.” [Robbins – White History Tour]
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