Kingville, Kingsville

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  1. That’s really interesting. I didn’t know so much of lower Richland was sold to blacks back in the day. A black family at our church has lived in the Hopkins area for several generations (I believe). Maybe they are descended for people who got the land back then.

  2. That top picture, the shed, reminds me a lot of a peach shed that used to stand on SC 296 just west of Reidville. The shed was at a point, if I recall, where the road veered left, and made a great visual statement. In the time I recall, that entire area was thick with beautiful peach orchards. Oh how I miss those days! Spartanburg County had some remarkable orchards.

  3. A few years ago, I transcribed the 1903 diary of my great-grandfather. It’s his first year in Congress, the year of the huge flood of the Pacolet River, and other stuff. Currently, I’m adding hyperlinks, and I’m including this page of yours because he mentions Kingville a few times: he and friends went fishing somewhere between there and Gadsden.

    1. Robert, if you click on the photo you’ll see a caption that shows that it is from the Palmetto Leader newspaper, circa 1917.

  4. I was born approximately one mile north of Kingville and spent many hours walking the Southern railroad tracks which extended to the northern US. I attended elementary school (a two room building housing grades (1-6)) at Stoney Hill elementary before going to high school at Webber, HS, Eastover, SC. Life was very simple.

    1. Hey Oliver, would you happen to know where those ruin foundations are located that Tom took photos of? I am familiar with the topography of the area, if you know, could u point me to them using the intersection of king ills Rd and griffin creek road. Say we are at the intersection facing or looking toward the tracks. Thanks

      1. Kanayo, sorry I hadn’t responded. The time leading up the Christmas is crazy for me. I found the ruins just northwest of the intersection of Kingville Road with Griffins Creek Road. There is a little spur road that heads towards the track, and it’s just south of that road. Here’s a Google Maps link. https://goo.gl/maps/

        Also, this historical marker is before you get to the corner with the ruins. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=43643

        1. Thanks so much Tom, I really appreciate it. Such a rich history for a place that we here nothing about. Many many letters from the era mention Kingsville. Thanks a million.

  5. The Joyner’s owned 3000 acres from west of Griffen Creek to Joe’s Branch . I am trying to locate Joe’s branch off one of the other creeks.
    I been told Absolom Joyner donated the land for the church on fork church rd.. My grandmother had two uncles that died in infancy in the Joyner cemetery that shows up on Bluff rd. on several maps. Peter Seymour Rd. was named after her Uncle’s Saxby Joyner’s kid (her cousin) even though she did not like his practices.

  6. excerpt from Carolana.com…http://www.carolana.com/SC/Transportation/railroads/sc_rrs_sc.html
    Of special interest was the establishment in 1856 of night accommodations between Charleston and Columbia. In making the announcement on April 22nd, the Daily Carolina Times of Columbia stated that the cars would be fitted up expressly for the accommodation of night travelers, and further comments that “this will be a very desirable acquisition to the road, as it is extremely irksome to persons in delicate health to sit up all night, and even those more robust feel the effects of a night trip to Charleston, on the following day.” Night service was also established between Charleston and Augusta, and between Augusta and Kingsville by way of Branchville.

  7. All I knew about Kingsville before tonight is that Mary Boykin Chesnut, on her way from Charleston South Carolina to Camden South Carolina, met her husband, US Senator James Chesnut returning from Washington DC to in Kingsville. The date was AFTER November 10th 1860, after the senator resigned his seat upon South Carolina’s secession from the union. This information is in Mary Boykin Chesnut: a biography edited by Elisabeth Muhlenfeld, Louisiana State University press, 1992 paperback version, page 96. It is possible that there is more information about Kingsville in Vann Woodward’s Mary Chestnuts’ Civil War, A now classic Historical work.
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  8. Really appreciate this work! Most of the world still doesn’t know about Kingsville; best part of your work for me is the history you gave us on Sherman’s doings and the Civil War function of the town. Based on the Carolana railroad map for 1960, I thought the town might be between Gadsden and Ft. motte, but opened a few inconclusive sites before I found yours. Was re-reading Chesnut book and wanted to know where the town was. Roadside thoughts.com was asking if anyone knew where it was so I forwarded your site address to them. Love it when I come across sites that evidence an interest in our history…Thanks!

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