The Saylors of Saylors Crossroads,
Anderson County, South Carolina
I received this family history several weeks ago and I have reviewed this information, seen the documentation concerning the wills and testate papers. Also this information is combined from the history written by Albert Bruce Pruitt in 1976, the history of the Ashley Family written in 1986, also the research of Cheryl Ann Lowe. I have been to the Mt. Bethel Cemetery and personally seen the graves of the family members who are buried there.
There is so much family information here and I wanted to share with others who may be researching. Maybe this will give others a starting place. I have much more concerning the families of William Jasper Sr. and William Jasper Jr. and their families. If anyone has information concerning these families I would love to hear form you.
GENERATION NUMBER ONE
THE FAMILY OF LEONARD SAYLORS SR AND MARY
Leonard and Mary were both born before 1755 according to census records.Albert Bruce Pruitt wrote a history of this family and their descendants in 1976 and said it was unclear where Leonard or Mary may have been born or who their parents were. However today there seems to be a lot of new documentation that Leonard and Mary lived and owned land in North Carolina before moving to South Carolina.
Census records indicate Leonard appeared in Pendleton District South Carolina as early as 1790.Aside from census records and maybe some land records, according to the author of this history, the only South Carolina records of the couple is Leonard’s will dated October 14, 1811 and probated on October 29, 1811. The will was filed in a part of Old Pendleton District, which later became part of Anderson County.
The Estate of Leonard Saylor, Anderson County, Estates Roll 610, South Carolina Archives: Leonard started his will with his name I Leonard Saylor Senior. Leonard signed the will “L S”. After bequeathing his soul to his maker and body to dust, Leonard gave most of his belongings to his wife, Mary. She received a bay filly branded on the right shoulder with a single S; two cows and calves; all cooking and table furniture; all beds and furniture; loom and it’s furniture; house and land as long as she remains his widow; sufficient meat and bread for 1 year. Son George’s children 3 dollars each; daughter Margaret, and daughter Eve, son Abraham and son Leonard was given an equal share of the remaining estate after debts were paid.
The personal property of the estate, which was not designated in the will of Leonard’s, were sold on the Second Day of November 1811. Notable among these possessions were Thomas and Priscilla two Negro slaves appraised at one hundred dollars for the pair. Eve Faith, Leonard’s daughter, bought both of them at a price of one hundred and twenty-two dollars from the estate sale. Also there were four books written in DUTCH, appraised at one dollar each which Abraham purchased. All the children purchased different items from the estate sale.
THE CHILDREN OR LEONARD SAYLOR SR. AND MARY
1. George Saylors
2. Margaret Saylors
3. Eve Saylors married James Faith
4. Abraham Saylors
5. Leonard Saylors Jr. was born 1786 died May 14, 1856 married Sarah Johnson born Feburary 7,1793 died August 16-1881. Leonard Saylors Jr. and his descendants are buried in Mt. Bethel Church Cemetery near Saylors Cross Roads located about 12 miles south of the town of Anderson on Abbeville Highway. The location of this land is near the Abbeville county line.
THE WILL OF LEONARD SAYLOR 1811
Source of document Estate of Leonard Saylor, Anderson Co. Estates Roll 610, SC Archives
In the name of God I Leonard Saylor Senior of the State of South Carolina of Pendleton District, hereby make my last will as follows; that is first, my soul to God and my body to the dust. Secondly I give to my wife Mary my bay filly, three years old branded on the right shoulder with a single S. I also allow her two cows and calves, also all my cooking and table furniture, all my bed and furniture, my loom and all it furniture. I also allow her my house and land as long as she remains my widow. I allow her sufficient meat and bread for one year after my death. Secondly, I allow to my son George’s children, three dollars each. In the next place, I allow my daughter Margaret, my daughter Eva, my son Abraham, and my son Leonard to have an equal of the remainder of my estate, real and personal after paying of my just debts.
Lastly I allow Samuel Black Esquire to execute this my will. In witness where of I have placed my hand this the fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven, on the thirty-six year of American Independence.
Witness present and signed the will with their mark were Pivmenis Davis and John Davis
WILL WAS PROBATED OCTOBER 29, 1811
South Carolina Pendleton District by John Harris Esquire Ordinary of Pendleton District.
Personally appears before me, John Davis and being dully sworn on the Holy Evangelist of the Almighty God, make oath that day he saw Leonard Saylor sign, seal, publicly pronounce, and declare the within to contain his last will and testament that the Leonard Saylor was then of sound mind, memory, and understanding to the best of the deponents knowledge and belief. And that he John Davis did sign his name as a witness at the request of the deceased at the same time.
John Harris did appoint Samuel Black as the executor on the 29th day of October 1811. John Harris signed the document as Esquire Ordinary of Pendleton District.
GENERATION NUMBER TWO
THE FAMILY OF LEONARD SAYLORS JR. AND SARA JOHNSON
Leonard Saylors Jr. was born 1786 in North Carolina according to information he gave the census taker in 1850. Leonard’s parents were Leonard Saylors Sr. and Mary (Maiden name is unknown). Leonard may have moved with his parents to South Carolina as early as 1790. Leonard died May 14, 1856, 70 years old and a consistent member of the Baptist faith as stated on his tombstone. Leonard Saylors is buried in Mt. Bethel Church Cemetery along with his wife Sara Johnson Saylors born February 7, 1793 and died August 16, 1881, age 88 years 6 months and 9 days. Sara was a consistent member of the Baptist faith as stated on her tombstone. There are two tombstone located at Mt. Bethel with the above information inscribed in the stone located with some of their children and grandchildren who were buried in the Cemetery. Lenard is how his name is spelled on his tombstone. However, on all the testate papers filed in Anderson District, South Carolina his name is spelled Leonard. The tombstone cutter must have made a mistake with the spelling. Below are picture of the tombstones. Leonard married Sarah Johnson sometime in the period 1810-1814, judging from the ages of their children.Sarah’s parents were born in Virginia and moved to South Carolina where Sara was born.Leonard and Sarah had four daughters and five sons.
THE CHILDREN OF LEONARD AND SARAH SAYLORS
1. Nimrod Saylors born about 1815 (lived out of the state of South Carolina in 1856, according to testate papers and his wife, if he had one was never listed on any of the documents.
2. Nancy Saylors born about 1817 and married William Thomas Shaw
3. John B. Saylors born Feburary 20, 1820 and died January 25, 1867, and wife, Sarah she was born June 11, 1821 and died June 30, 1895 (Tombstone Mt. Bethel).
4. Leonard Pickney Saylors born 1821 and died 1836 (death recorded in Mount Bethel History, states he was 15 years old at death.)
5.Elizabeth Saylors born October 26, 1826 and died August 10, 1906. She married John Dove
(They lived out of the state of South Carolina in 1856, according to testate papers in
6. Anna Saylors born May 1829 and married Nicholas Callaham born May 1832 and died 1911.
7. Sarah Saylors about 1831and married George Dove (lived out of the state ofSouth
Carolina according to testate papers in 1856)
8. David Washington Saylors born December 17, 1831 and died July 18, 1865 (tombstone Mt. Bethel) wife Caroline M born 1827 who died November 3, 1905 age 78 (Tombstone Mt. Bethel for both David W and Caroline)
9. William Jasper Saylors Sr. He married Lucinda Ashley the year his father died 1856. William was born July 7, 1838 and died April 10, 1919. Lucinda was born January 24, 1835 and died November 10, 1919.
Source: The testate papers filed in Anderson, South Carolina concerning the Estate of Leonard Saylors Jr.; South Carolina Archives, Anderson County, Estates Roll 1475. Also the tombstones in Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Route 1, Belton, South Carolina, 29627.
THE CIVIL WAR
Three of Leonard Saylors Jr. sons were in the civil war.
1. David Washington Saylors private Company A 12th Regiment South Carolina Infantry; enlisted May 14, 1862, captured April 3, 1865 at Amelia Court House, released June 6, 1865 at Point Lookout, Maryland.
2. John B Saylors Private Company L Orr’s Rifles South Carolina Infantry, Captain John B Moore’s Company; enlisted July 20, 1861 for one year; private Company C 1st South Carolina State Troops on roll August first – December 1863.
3. William Jasper Saylors his record can be seen in the next chapter.
Mount Bethel Baptist Church was constituted on Saturday, February 13, 1836, and the family of Leonard Saylors Jr. lived nearby and was members of the new church.The church started out with a total membership of 35.The first burial at Mt. Bethel Cemetery was Leonard Pickney Saylors, the son of Leonard Saylors and Sara. During the churches first year children were playing on the church grounds located next to the school and Leonard Pickney Saylors who was 15 years of age developed a nose bleed and he bleed to death that day and was buried in the church cemetery.
Source: Mount Bethel Baptist Church History1836 – 1982.
FARMING WAS THEIR WAY OF LIFE
Leonard’s farm in the 1850 agriculture census
There were 80 acres of improved land, 100 acres unimproved with land value of $750 and $150 in implements. There were two horses, three cows, six cattle, five sheep, and 30 swine, with live stock value of $180. Fifty pounds of potatoes, three bales cotton, six bushels beans, eighty bushels sweet potatoes, one hundred four pounds of butter, twelve pounds of honey, $30 home manufacture, and $40 in slaughtered animals.
LEONARD SAYLORS DIES WITH NO WILL
Leonard Saylors Jr. left no will. On July 14, 1856 Herbert Hammond, Esquire Ordinary of Anderson District, appointed as administrators of the estate three of Leonard Saylors sons John B. Saylors, William J. Saylors, and David W. Saylors.
John B. Saylors (son of Leonard, the deceased) supplied a letter on July 14, 1856 to Herbert Hammond Ordinary of Anderson District requesting the estate of Leonard Saylors Jr. be sold or divided. Leonard’s estate consisted of 183 acres more or less, on the waters of Bear Creek bounded by Col. James Robinson, James Drake and others.This land was located in the Martin Township of Anderson County, which is near the Mt. Bethel Church Community.The land was appraised at $1000.00. In his letter to the court John B. Saylors list those who are entitled to receive their distributive share first Sarah Saylors, widow of the deceased, Nimrod Saylors, John Dove and his wife, Elizabeth Dove, George W. Dove and his wife, Sarah Dove. John B. Saylors, William T. Shaw and his wife, Nancy Shaw, Nicholas Callaham and his wife Anna Callaham. David W. Saylors, and William J. Saylors. The three first named live beyond the limits of this state and the remaining five reside in Anderson District.
Sara (his widow) received what was known as lot number one, containing 84 acres appraised at $376.00. The remainder known as lot number two, containing 154 acres was appraised at $752.00 and the three sons recommended the land to be sold at Anderson Court House on a credit of 12 months. Lot number 2 was bid off by John B. Armstrong, for David W. Saylors and William J. Saylors at $600.00 with that being the highest bid, on Dec. 5, 1856.
The appraisers appointed to appraise his property were James Drake, Enock H. Drake, and James Robinson. His land was appraised for $1000.00 His personal property was appraised and sold at the deceased home on October 15th 1856. The family members bought many of the items from his home and farm. Below is a list of some of the items and who purchased them.
Two beds and furniture @ 12.00 Purchased by widow Saylors
Lot of bed cloths @ 12.00 purchased by widow Saylors
One chest and cover @2.50 Purchased by Widow Saylors
One Spinning Wheel and lot of chairs @2.50 Purchased by widow Saylors
Lot of Jars and Jugs @2.50 Purchased by Isaac Saddler
Cupboard and contents @2.50; Purchased by widow Saylors
Lot of books and looking glass @2.00 Purchased by widow Saylors
Table and water vessels @1.50 Purchased by widow Saylors
Rifle gun @7.00 Purchased by John B. Saylors
2 saddlers @ 6.00 Purchased by Wm. T. Shaw
Lot of flour @ 3.50 Purchased by Widow Saylors
Mattock@ 3.35 Wm. J. Saylors
Lot of hoes and sundries @ 1.00 Purchased by Wm. J. Saylors
Road wagon @20.00 Purchased by Edward Ashely
Lot of Hogs @ 25.00 Purchased by Wm. J. Saylors
2 Sheep @2.00 Purchased by Wm. J. Saylors
Wash pot @ 2.00 Purchased by Widow Saylors
One Sorrel horse @ 50.00 Purchased by Wm. T. Shaw
3 heard of cattle @16.00 Purchased by Wm. J. Saylors
Coffee mill @ 00.20 Purchased by Widow Saylors
After Leonard Saylors Jr. died in 1856 Sarah survived until August 16, 1881 spending most of her time with her children and their families in the Mt. Bethel community. William Jasper their youngest son married Lucinda Ashley the same year that Leonard died and most probably they lived in the home with Sarah.
GENERATION NUMBER THREE
THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM JASPER AND LUCINDA ASHLEY SAYLORS
William was born July 7, 1834 the youngest of nine children and the forth son of Leonard Saylors Jr. and Sarah Johnson Saylors. In 1850 William is listed in the census as attending school during the previous year.
William, who was 22 years old, married Lucinda C. Ashley in 1856. The same year his father Leonard died.Lucinda, 21 years old, was the daughter of Edward Ashley and Elizabeth Able. The picture is of William and Lucinda made around 1910.
Lucinda was born on January 24, 1835. Her family, the Ashley’s lived in the same area that the Sailors lived and both families attended Mount Bethel Baptist Church.
Shortly after the birth of their third child, the Civil War arrived and William was going to enlist. At the insistence of his wife, the new baby was named William Jasper Junior.
THE CIVIL WAR YEARS
The great struggle came as a thunderbolt from the storm that had been brewing for some time. It was neither welcomed nor expected but the people of the South responded to the call to arms with earnestness and decision. It was South Carolina who took the initiative.The Confederacy was formed February 8,1861. The Confederates troops aimed their guns at Fort Sumter in South Carolina and fired the first shot that began the Civil War on an April morning in 1861.
Never has such patriotism and such zeal to help been shown of the South.They wiped all tears away and started to work. The women of Mount Bethel Community, just like all the other women in communities all across the South, they forgot their fears and anxiety and began to make comfortable outfits for their sons and husbands. Everything was made by hand.Women were busy with their needles, men with their rifles, both preparing for a great and common cause.Young men, as much as they disliked leaving loved ones at home, were thrilled with the war spirit and longed to reach Columbia where companies and regiments were formed.
William enlisted at the Anderson Court House, December 28, 1861. Then he was transferred to Columbia. William was placed in Company A of the 12th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers along with many of his neighbors and kinfolk from the Mount Bethel community.
This regiment was first sent to defend Charleston Harbor, which seemed almost mandatory for South Carolina troops. In the spring of 1862, the regiment was sent to Richmond as a part of Gregg’s Brigade so named for their commander General Maxcy Gregg. This brigade participated in all the battles of the Army of Northern Virginia until the surrender. The brigade is most notable mentioned for service during the first day of the Second Manassas, where about 50% of the men were killed or wounded, and during the first day of Gettysburg.General Gregg was unintentionally killed, by his own troops, at Fredricksburg. The regiment was then commanded by General Pender until Gettysburg, at which time the boys on the other side of the line wounded General Pender.After Gettysburg, General Samuel McGowan commanded the regiment. Through all these battles, William Saylors’ record is very scarce. There is one mention that he served as guard for horses of Hampton’s Leigon during Gettysburg, along with other of his regiment. Then William was captured about a week before the surrender. This happened at the Battle of Five Forks southwest of Petersburg. The generals in command were off having fried chicken, and most of the 12th Regiment was captured. William was sent to Hart’s Island in the Harbor of New York City. He was finally released in June 1865, about two months after the surrender.
During the war, in August 1862, William received a furlough to visit home. During his visit, his only daughter Sarah became sick with Dyptheria. Sarah died August 20, 1862 and William had to return to the war immediately after the funeral. Little Sallie, as Sarah was called, was buried in the Mount Bethel Cemetery near the graves of her Sailors grandparents because this was the only site available on such short notice. Because he was on furlough at this time, William most probably missed the Second Battle of Manassas where so many of his regiment and brigade were killed or wounded.
Meanwhile back home in the Mount Bethel Community, families were struggling just as they were all across the south.Most families had farms to maintain and with no men folk around to help. The women and small children had to take on the responsibilities of running the farm, tending to the farm animals and equipment, working the fields to prepare for crops, and preserving food. As you can see feeding the family became a daily struggle.Also, soon after the war had began all the seaports of the Southern States were blockaded. Everything went up enormously in price and what little dry goods and groceries that were available soon sold. There was a great scarcity in cloth and sewing notions, like needles and buttons, grain, sugar, coffee, tea, salt, soda, castor oil, paper and envelops. Then commenced the lesson of thrift, make shift and invention that developed so wonderfully during the struggle.Most families wore the same cloths for four years, thread bare and patched many times also they used thorns from the wild lemon bush for pins and buttons had to be made out of persimmon seeds; Grain had to be raised and ground into flour; people substituted parched wheat and rye for coffee; sweet potatoes, cut into tiny squares and dried in the sun were used for sugar; dried leaves of blackberry, sassafras roots, spice wood, and other herbs were used for tea; to have salt Lucinda like all of her neighbors would dig up the ground in the smokehouse, where the salt had dripped from the meat, which hung above. The dirt was put into a hopper and dipped down into a vessel then boiled, getting the sediment, which was a brown salt. Soda, too, was scarce; it had to be made by burning cloth using one-half pint of castor oil. Castor Oil also was scarce and was kept in a secret hiding place.Letters were written on any kind of paper they were able to get and envelops were made out of wall paper or any paper blank on one side. Ink was made of oak balls or walnut juice.
Then came a time when few things could be bought with Confederate money and every one bartered with everyone else. It is said that one woman swapped 30 yards of home spun cloth for one- half-pint of castor oil.
News from the army was precious and when anyone in the community received a letter from a soldier it would be sent around to all the neighbors and read so that every one might keep up with the operation of the army.
Mount Bethel Baptist Church was a source of hope and faith for the small community during the struggles, the adversity, and the sorrow that invaded the life of it members during these difficult times that were consequences brought about from this war.
Lucinda, like all the other wives, lit their homes with tallow, wax candles and even pine knots during the late evening, as the family read from their Bible and prayed to God to bring their loved ones home safely.
Lucinda’s children were just babies and she had to depend on her sisters, Millie Ashley Murdock, Lize Ashley, and Sarah Jane Ashley Mitchell to help out and occasionally they would give her food. William’s family lived nearby also, and they helped as they could. Just providing for the needs of your own family was almost all anyone could do during these difficult times.
The War ended on April 9, 1865.William was released from prison about two months later and he walked home with two of his friends. William also had a Springfield rifle he was bringing home.When the three were a little way north of Anderson, William announced he would have to sit down and rest a while.The other two men were younger and eager to get home being so close and they left William sitting. In a little while William caught up with them, before they got home. William’s family was worried that he might have been killed, since there was little word about the people who had been captured and the people from Lee’s and Johnston’s Armies had already surrendered and most were home.The family saw William coming down the road and ran to welcome him home. But he stopped them and yelled that he had lice. He told them to put out a wash pot and some clean clothes by the barn for him to use.After he washed and dressed, they burned his uniform that Lucinda had made before the war, because it was infested with lice.
While William was in the war he developed a childhood disease called the Mumps. For children the disease is uncomplicated with about a week of recovery. However, for an adult male the Mumps can be a serious illness, leaving the adult male sterile, unable to father children. William and Lucinda only had the three children even though they tried to have more children after he returned from the war.
HOW SAILORS CROSS ROADS
CAME TO BE THEIR Home
William bought the first part of the land at Saylors Crossroads, the intersection of S C highway 185 and 284, in the following way. The land was for sale at an auction. Another man outbid William. The man later met William and remarked, “You really wanted that land.” He then made a deal to trade the land to William for $400.00 and a shotgun, which William had, and the man admired. The deal was made and William owned the first part of his land. This part later went to his younger son William J. Saylors, Jr.William later bought the adjacent land across the road with the understanding that his two sons would share equally in paying for that land. This second plot was later given to William’s older son John Thomas Saylors.
THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM AND LUCINDA SAYLORS
The old house is the Saylors home place located at Saylors Cross Roads in the Mount Bethel Community. Which was the site of numerous Family Reunions over the years. William built their home at Saylors Crossroads. He started with one room then built additions, as more room was needed. In the beginning the kitchen was separate with a dirt floor. William and Lucinda began with a small family of two boys; little Sallie died as a young child. However, as you can see the family soon multiplied producing twenty-three grandchildren. Many of the grandchildren lived nearby and always filled their home with laughter and childhood amusement. They referred to William as “Pap” and Lucinda as “Mam”. The photo above was their family; Pap and Mam are in the center and he has a long white beard.John Thomas and his family are on the left side and William Jasper Jr. and his family are on the right side.This photo was taken at the home of William Jasper Jr. around 1910-1911.Cheryl Ann Lowe Haguewood, the daughter of Wayne Clark Lowe graciously shared this print. The original picture belonged to Marvin Lowe, the fourth child of Bessie Saylors.
FARMING WAS THEIR WAY OF LIFE
William was a farmer and his farm was listed as following in the agriculture census for Anderson, South Carolina.
1860 William had zero acres; perhaps he used some of the acres of his brother David Washington Saylors. There was $75. in implements, one horse, two cows, three cattle, 7 swine, with livestock value of $50. Production was seventy- five bushels corn, one bale cotton, twenty bushels beans, fifty pounds of butter, one ton hay, $10. Home manufacture, and $40 in slaughter.
By 1870, William’s farm had progressed all the way to ten whole acres improved land with value of $200 and $5 in implements. There were one horse, one cow, two cattle, four Sheep, two swine, with livestock value $114. Production fifty-two pounds of butter, $25 home manufacture, $25 in slaughter, with total value of $ 262.
Then in 1880 William is listed with 40 acres improved land, implements, $10 in building repair, $45 spent for fertilizer, livestock value of $183, and production value $772. There were two mules, two cows, two cattle, one calf, four swine, and nine chickens. Production was fifty pounds butter, fifty-two dozen eggs, and fourteen acres corn yielding one-hundred-fifty bushels, two acres cotton yielding ten bales, twenty bushels peas, twenty-five bushels sweet potatoes, and fifteen cords of wood sold for $22.
William died April 10, 1912 and was buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery. He was 78 years old and had lived about 35 years longer than his brother JB. He lived in the same area all of his adult life.
Lucinda lived long enough to receive a pension for her husband’s service in the Civil War. She received twenty-nine dollars in 1916, thirty dollars in 1917, and thirty-two dollars in 1919 or ninety-one total for the final three years of her life.
Lucinda died on November 10, 1919, and was buried beside her husband in Mt. Bethel Cemetery.
MT BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH RECORDS
The Saylors families were members of Mount Bethel Baptist Church located less than a mile from their home.The information below was recorded in the church minutes and later added to a book about the History of Mt Bethel.
He was elected a deacon in May 1876. Deacon William J. Saylors Sr., who was a member of Mt. Bethel for 49 years and a deacon for 40 years, died in April of 1912, and resolutions of respect to his memory were drawn up in the church minutes.
Source:Recorded on page 6 and 13 of the History of Mount Bethel Baptist Church 1836-1982
From the Church Minutes of Mount Bethel Baptist Church, recorded April of 1912.
In Memory of William J Saylors Sr.
Deacon W J Saylors Sr. departed this life April 10th 1912 after an illness of several months in the 78th year of his age he leaves an aged widow, two sons and a host of relatives and friends who will miss him in his church and community.
In 1855 about 57 years ago he was married to Miss Lucinda Ashley and together they have toiled and worshipped caring each others burdens and sharing each others joys and now she weeps alone waiting for the summons to call her home.
In 1853, about 59 years ago Brother Saylors joined Mt Bethel Church and was baptized by the late David Simmons of blessed memory. And in 1872 about 40 years ago was ordained as a deacon of the church which he has filled with satisfaction to the church as long as he lived, his was a sincere pure honorable and upright life and Godly conversation will not soon be forgotten. His two sons are following in his footsteps John T honored deacon of the church and the youngest son, Wm. J Jr. is the efficient clerk of the church.
On the day after his death his body was laid away in the graveyard at Mt Bethel after appropriate funeral services conducted by Rev. M. McGee and Rev. N. G. Wright. These Ministers have known him well for many years and could speak of his useful life as they did in the presence of a vast congregation to the aged widow, the sons, grandchildren and other relations. We as a church offer our heartfelt sympathy and assure them of our prayers and we also join with them in the prospect of a reunion with the loved and departed around the throne of God in Heaven.
Signed by the Deacons of the church; John N. Pennell, Ben Y. Wright, J. Robert Pruitt, Weldon Adams. Also the Pastor of Mt. Bethel the Rev. D. W. Hiott, chairman
Source: On January 27, 2002 after making an inquiry to Mount Bethel concerning their old church minutes, the secretary of Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Theresa Fleming found the resolution of respect to the memory of W J Saylors in the church minutes from 1912.She said, “the old church minutes which were recorded in old ledger books were stored in the church office”.Mrs. Fleming mailed an actual copy of the resolution written in the 1912 church minutes to the recorder of this family history, Jackie Shaw. Then I typed the following from the hand written church minutes. The only thing that was changed from the original was the full names of the deacons instead of their initials also a scanned copy of the hand written church minutes will also be included.
THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM JASPER SR
AND LUCINDA ASHELY SAYLORS
1. Sallie Saylors born January 3, 1858 and died Aug. 20, 1862.
2.John T. (Thomas) Saylors born July 3, 1859 and died April 6, 1927.
Married Christinea Murdock.
i. Lula O. Saylors May 27, 1882 – January 1, 1961. Married J. Will Pearman.
ii. Charlie Carl Saylors April 11, 1883 – November 17, 1925. Married Zula Gilmer.
iii. Jesse William Saylors December 30, 1886 – January 25, 1969. Married Nell I. Lowe
iv. Ola Jane Saylors May 11, 1889 – April 20, 1968.
v. Lessie Myrtletine Saylors March 1, 1892 – May 6, 1971. Married Charlie Ellis Branyon.
vi. Ora Belle Saylors February 15, 1895 - September 30, 1974. Married Jim C. Tribble.
vii. Eunice M. Saylors October 27, 1899 – January. Married William Guy Murdock.
viii. Selma F. Saylors September 10, 1903 – October 20, 1982.
ix. Elma Saylors September 10, 1903 – May 4, 1982. Married Harold Steve Murdock.
3. William Jasper Jr. Saylors born September 8, 1861 – December 1, 1942. Married Palmyra Kerr September 18, 1865 – May 15, 1941.
i. Emma Eugenia Saylors Shirley June 2, 1883 – June 4,1957.
ii. Leila Jeanette Saylors McKinney October 15, 1884 –
November 4, 1979.
iii. Sarah Annie L. Saylors Pruitt April 29, 1886 – September 13, 1970.
iv. Bessie Victoria Saylors Lowe January 31, 1887 – January 4, 1975.
v. Pearson Talmadge Saylors (P T) April 4, 1892 – May 22, 1965.
vi. Rachel Lucinda Saylors Hanks November 30, 1894 – November 18, 1949
vii. Lessie Palastine Saylors Hanks February 18, 1897-
viii. John Holcombe Saylors May 27, 1899 – May 12, 1979.
ix. Haynie Saylors May 27, 1899 – May 27, 1899.
x.Pearl Saylors July 15, 1901 – August 1, 1901
xi. Jasper Earl Saylors November 18, 1902 – May 22, 1962.
xii. Edward Sloan Saylors December 1, 1904 –
xiii. Ruth Caldonia Saylors Mitchell April 24, 1907 –
Source: The names and dates came from The Ashely Family compiled by Allen Lane Ashley and Julia Robertson Ashley copyrights 1985. This was the family of Lucinda Ashley Saylors and includes five generation of the family of William Jasper Sr. and Lucinda Ashley Saylors and their descendants.
WM J SAYLORS DEAD
Mr. William J Saylors, better known as Uncle Billy, died at his home near Mt. Bethel church in Martin Township Wednesday night and was buried at Mt. Bethel church on Thursday, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. NG Wright Mr. Saylors was 88 years of age and his long upright life is a thing that his descendants may well be proud of.He has an honorable record in the civil war.
The obituary for Lucinda is unavailable at the Anderson Library; all the papers for that year are not on microfilm. My hopes are a family member may have a copy of her obituary.
INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SOURCES FROM FAMILY RESEARCH PRESENTED IN THIS BOOK
Cheryl Ann Lowe Haguewood started researching her family as a young girl. Cheryls’ father, Wayne Clark Lowe, who was the third son of Bessie Saylors, supplied her with the inspiration and many stories about the past until he died in 1981. Cheryl was 26 years old when her father died. His death was almost devastating to her and in some way motivated her research to acquire all the information concerning this family She spent many years researching the Saylors family. Cheryl was unaware of the book A Family History Pruitt-Saylors by Albert Bruce Pruitt, copyright 1977.
My name is Jackie Shaw and I have compiled all the shared history concerning the Saylors family. My husband is Wendell R. Shaw and he is the son of William Roy Shaw and Mildred Saylors Shaw. Mildred was the daughter of Person Talmadge Saylors.
Mildred and Roy died in 1995 and left several boxes of family history and pictures concerning the Shaw family. All the pictures were unnamed. I have spent five years searching to find their identify. Finally this year 2002 I have identified all the old photos. For years I have stared into the faces of these pictures trying to figure out whom they belonged too.
Cheryl and I worked together many years ago. I knew she had researched the Saylors family history. I called her at the beginning of this year and asked if she would share her research with me and she did. When Cheryl gave the material to me she also shared a photo of her Saylors family. The picture of William Jasper Saylors and his children and grandchildren from 1910 or 1911 which is included in the collection of material about this family. After seeing this picture I then realized the identity of the last few picture which I had never been able to identity. The pictures I have are the same family about ten years later in time.
After seeing all the information and pictures that Cheryl had collected through the years, I called other family members to see if they had information to share.This is how I located the family history.Which I have tried to display in an easy to read and understand format along with the pictures of this family.
Source: some of the information in the above biography of William Saylors Sr. was shared by Helen McKinney from the family book of Albert Bruce Pruitt compiled in 1977 he states his sources for the material were;
1. Remembrances of Mrs. E B Pruitt, Mrs. W O McKinney, Mrs. Fred Ashley, and H L Pruitt.
2. Confederate service records S C Archives.
3. Confederate widow’s pension records S C Archives.
4.U S census: Anderson county S C 1850-1900.
5. Agriculture census Anderson county, S C 1860-1880.
6. Cemetery tombstones at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church.
7. Southern Historical Society Papers 16, 18-22 (1888)
Also other information was added that was recorded in the Mount Bethel Baptist Church History 1836-1918. This book was found in the belongings of Mildred Shaw after her death.
The Ashely Family compiled by Allen Lane Ashley and Julia Robertson Ashley copyrights 1985. This was the family of Lucinda Ashley Saylors and includes five generation of the family of William Jasper Sr. and Lucinda Ashley Saylors and their descendants. Cheryl also shared this book.
I have other information I will try to post later. The Mt. Bethel Community is about two miles from the Abbleville County Line and about 12 miles from the city of Anderson.
If there are any mistakes, corrections or addition please let me know.
Jackie Storay Shaw