A History of Lynches Forks and Extended Areas on Big and Little
A new book on the history of the Kershaw,
Lancaster, Lee and Chesterfield areas of Darlington
County has been published by Lon D. Outen.
This book should be of interest to
historians, Native American enthusiasts, American Revolutionary enthusiasts,
War Between the States enthusiasts, genealogists, gold mining interest, railroad
enthusiasts, ghost’s buffs, and local history buffs. This area was affected by two wars,
Revolutionary and the War Between the States. Lynches River
The area included in the book is Lynches Fork and surrounding areas in Kershaw,
, Chesterfield , Lee, and Lancaster . The book includes historical places such as Kelly’s
Bridge, Tillers Ferry, McBee (McKay), Bethune (Lynchwood), Kershaw (Welsh’s
Station), Jefferson (Millersville), the Haile Gold Mine and the Brewer Gold
Mine. It describes the history of
the gold mines in Darlington Counties ,
and Chesterfield from discovery to there demise. Kershaw Counties
Navigation on Big Lynches is discussed as it impacted
Darlington, , and Chesterfield from transportation of barges,
rafts, boats, and steamboat hulls. Kershaw Counties
The book begins with unusual land and rock formations, bays, and caves. It includes the period of Ancient Americans to the Natives Americans and early explorers. In the Colonial period religion, taverns, mills, Meeting Houses and churches are discussed. The Revolutionary War discusses the area known for Patriot support and Tory accounts terrorizing local families on Big Lynches, along with skirmishes and the
of Hanging Rock. Battle
Settlers brought with them their religions and established Meeting Houses. Churches began to appear in the late 18th Century. Some of the earlier churches include
and Gum Branch Church . Flat Creek Church
The Antebellum Period includes plantations in and near the Forks area and identification of families living in the area. Lynches Fork rice planations were found on both Big and Little Lynches. Sherman’s Army came through the Forks area, affecting the Tillers Ferry area, Kelly’s Bridge area and Young’s Bridge area. Union Troops caused devastation in these areas and some accounts from families are included.
A brief description of the Reconstruction period and a section on nearby communities are included. The formation of the railroads including the Three C’s, C. M. &C., and SAL including mining and logging railroads in the area are listed. Discussed are the timber, turpentine, logging, and lumber businesses from Colonial times to the early 1900’s. Large sawmill operations, rock quarries, cotton gins, grist, flour, and corn mills are also listed.
Sharecropping and tenant farming was large in and near the Forks area until the building of the cotton mills.
A listing of bridges, branches, creeks, road, fords, ferries, muster grounds, churches (pre-1900), post offices, houses (pre-1900), schools, doctors and dentists, leaders and officials, faith healers, treasure and ghost stories, and some cemeteries are in the book.
There is a section is devoted to the Sistare Family, a family of ship captains, whalers, merchants, and their role in the import and export business, and their migration to South Carolina from Connecticut and Spain.
The cost of the book is $35.00.