* Raymond Leslie Prince & my family*

Updated October 23, 2007


My Surnames:ABERCROMBIE, ALEXANDER, ANDERSON, ARMSTRONG, AUSTIN, AVENT, BABB, BARNETT, BARRY, BATCHELDER, BEARDON or BEARDEN, BRASWELL, BROCK, CAMP, CHAPMAN, CHEEK, COCKRELL, COFER, COOPER, COX, ELLIS, ELLISON, EWING or EWIN, FANT, FERGUSON, FOULK, FULLER, GARNER, GOOLSBY, HAWKINS, HENDERSON, HENRY, HERRIN, HOPKINS, HUSSEY, IVEY, JENKINS, JOHNSON, KEENE, KELLETT, LEA, LIPSCOMB, LITTLEJOHN, LITTLETON, MAHAFFEY, MASON, McCOOL, MILLER, MOORE, MURRAY, NELSON, O'CONNOR, PENQUITE, PINSON, PRINCE, RAMEY, RAY, SAMMONS or SALMON or SAMMON, SHAW, SMITH, SPENCER, STEWART, SUMMERAL or SUMEREL, THRONE, WALKER, WHITE, WILBERFOSS, WINES, WINN, WOOD, YATE.

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Raymond Leslie Prince
121 Indian Ridge Drive
Laurens, South Carolina 29360
A-United States
(864) 575-2675
eagle80@prtcnet.com

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  • Stewart Chapman Babb & Maude Chapman Babb (41 KB)
    My grandfather Stewart and his mother Maude, daughter of John T. Chapman and Mary J. (Smith) Chapman.
  • Tyger River, Union County, SC. (124 KB)
    This was taken from the South bank of the river on land once belonging to Daniel Prince's (d abt. 1794).
  • Jesse Pinson Jr. 2nd Lieut Co A Holcombe's Leg CSA (86 KB)
    Jesse was my 3'rd great grandfather's brother. He married Mary Permelia Walker. They lived in the Roebuck area of Spartanburg and are buried there at Bethlehem Bapt. Church, Spartanburg County, SC. Jesse was promoted to 2nd Lieut. before being killed in battle during the last seige on Petersburg, VA, Dec. 5, 1864. His picture and coat were kept by Mary's sister and then sold years ago. They are now owned by a doctor in Tennessee, who I have corresponded with. I hope to, at sometime, have the coat and picture displayed in Spartanburg.
  • Mourning Bearden Smith 1763-1842 Spartanburg, SC (104 KB)
    Wife of Maj. William Smith, Smith Family Cemetery: Sacred to the Memory of MOURNING SMITH w/o Maj. William Smith Who departed this life Oct. 2nd 1842 Aged 79 Yrs 3 Mos And 17 Ds She was an old and steadfast member of the Baptist Church, was eminently distinguished for observance of Christian duties, And her disenterseted benevolence secured the warm affections of all aquainted with her. Blessed are the dead who die in the LORD
  • Tyger River, Homesite 2, NW chimney from inside (248 KB)
    This homesite is in the approximate location of what I think is either Edward Prince of James Johnson's early 1800's home. The bricks are handmade and are consistent with those I found at another site with the year 1842 inscribed into one.
  • Ruby (Nelson) Babb as a child, my grandmother (45 KB)
    Grandma Babb was the only ancestor I had while I was a teen. She married Stewart Chapman Babb and they lived in the Barksdale area of Laurens, SC. They had 6 sons and 6 daughters.
  • Marry (Polly) Barry Smith, 1796-1843 Spart., SC (160 KB)
    Wife of Col. Isaac Smith, Smith Family Cemetery: Sacred to the Memory of POLLY M. w/o Col. Isaac Smith Who was born May 12, 1796, and died June 11, 1843. Aged 47 yrs and 29 ds. The deceased lived and died a devoted and exempla- ry member of the Presbyte- rian Church.
  • Tyger River, Homesite 2, S to N two chimneys (197 KB)
    This homesite is in the approximate location of what I think is either Edward Prince of James Johnson's early 1800's home. The bricks are handmade and are consistent with those I found at another site with the year 1842 inscribed into one.
  • William Adolphus Nelson, Lydia Sumeral & children (20 KB)
    William Adolphus Nelson, son of Henry Tilman Nelson and Jane (Ross or Fuller?) Nelson, and Mary Lydia Elizabeth (Sumeral) Nelson, daughter of, William Franklin Sumeral and Talitha G. (Moore) Sumeral. Pictured are Wm and Lydia and their children; Claude Piece, Lola Bell, Velma Pearl, Marie, Flora, Jessie Mae, Gertrude Faye, Annie Ruth, (and not pictured, Margie, Ruby, and Beatrice Adolpha). William and Mary Lydia are buried at Beulah Bapt. Church, in the Greenpond area of Laurens County, SC.
  • Medical bag of Dr. Martin Pinson, 3rd grt grfather (27 KB)
    This medical bag is in the possession of Van Stevens of Ormond Beach, FL. My family visited them in June of 2004 and took this photo. The bag is in very good shape, considering it spent years in dry storage in an environment that was hostile to leather. The medical contents were intact and were very interesting to look at. Van is considering donating it to a place where the family can see it and it will be taken care of in the future.
  • Tyger River, Sparks Creek, Union, SC (281 KB)
    This is the head of the creek, Sparks Creek. It ran through the land of Joseph Prince and the families of Putman, Barnett, Johnson, Ray and other Prince families. Joseph married Milly Putman a widow of Abel Putman and daughter of Isaac Barnett. Her first husband, Abel died and their three children are listed on several land transactions. The children later granted their rights to this land to Joseph Prince. I searched this creek from head to mouth and could not find any signs of a homesite, but a thunderstorm drove me away before finishing my search on each bank. I plan to return soon. The land is currently US Forest Land, Sumter National Forest.
  • Tench Carson Spencer, my 2'nd great grandfather (20 KB)
    Tench Carson Spencer, son of Wiliam Toney Spencer and Elizabeth Sammons, married Frances Ellen Miller, daughter of Tilman S. Miller and Sarah C. Wines. All of these families moved into Pickens County during the mid 1800's and lived around the Crosswell area of Easley, SC. They are all buried at George's Creek Bapt. Church, Pickens County, SC. Tench was a cabinet maker and is said to have also made wooden caskets. He is also pictured in a group picture at Crosswell School, but it is not known what affiliation he had with the school. He is spoken of very highly by his grandson, my great uncle Raymond L Pinson.
  • Medical Bag of Dr. Martin Pinson (contents 1) (100 KB)
    This medical bag is in the possession of Van Stevens of Ormond Beach, FL. My family visited them in June of 2004 and took this photo. The bag is in very good shape, considering it spent years in dry storage in an environment that was hostile to leather. The medical contents were intact and were very interesting to look at. Van is considering donating it to a place where the family can see it and it will be taken care of in the future.
  • Tyger River, Sparks Creek Falls, Union, SC (261 KB)
    This is the head of the creek, Sparks Creek. It ran through the land of Joseph Prince and the families of Putman, Barnett, Johnson, Ray and other Prince families. Joseph married Milly Putman a widow of Abel Putman and daughter of Isaac Barnett. Her first husband, Abel died and their three children are listed on several land transactions. The children later granted their rights to this land to Joseph Prince. I searched this creek from head to mouth and could not find any signs of a homesite, but a thunderstorm drove me away before finishing my search on each bank. I plan to return soon. The land is currently US Forest Land, Sumter National Forest.
  • James L Prince of Laurens, SC, my grandfather (28 KB)
    My grandfather was in the National Guard and served in Texas as a part of The Traynham Guards, who were sent there to guard against Pancho Villa. He was then stationed at Thicketty Creek Bridge, between Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, SC, where my grandmother met him and would bring him water. He later served his country during WWI in France, in Co. D, 118th Infantry, 30th Division, a part of The Old Hickory Division, against the Germans. He finished his time as a rifle range instructor at Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1918. He joined the Police force of Laurens, SC, and became the Chief of Police in the late 1940's.
  • Medical bag of Dr. Martin Pinson (contents 2) (76 KB)
    This medical bag is in the possession of Van Stevens of Ormond Beach, FL. My family visited them in June of 2004 and took this photo. The bag is in very good shape, considering it spent years in dry storage in an environment that was hostile to leather. The medical contents were intact and were very interesting to look at. Van is considering donating it to a place where the family can see it and it will be taken care of in the future.
  • Tyger River, Sparks Creek, Homesite 1, Union, SC (214 KB)
    This site located at upper end of creek on a bluff. Not much left of the site, but a pile of rocks and bricks from the chimney and foundation. I found two bricks here that were scribed while wet. One had the initials "Wm" the other, "1842". I believe this may have been the home of Wm Murphy, but it's just speculation. I think it is too far upstream to be that of Joseph Prince.
  • Grace Gladys (Pinson) Prince, my grandmother (32 KB)
    My grandmother, wife of James Leslie Prince of Laurens, South Carolina. She is sitting at her grandfather's store and I believe this to have been taken at the time of his death in 1921, or her great grandmothers in 1917. No one knows who the small child is, it is assumed to be a cousin. This store was in the Thicketty Creek area of Cherokee County, SC. Where her parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and her first infant are buried at Beaverdam Bapt. Church.
  • Medical bag of Dr. Martin Pinson (contents 3) (93 KB)
    This medical bag is in the possession of Van Stevens of Ormond Beach, FL. My family visited them in June of 2004 and took this photo. The bag is in very good shape, considering it spent years in dry storage in an environment that was hostile to leather. The medical contents were intact and were very interesting to look at. Van is considering donating it to a place where the family can see it and it will be taken care of in the future.
  • Tyger River, Sparks Creek 2, Union, SC (235 KB)
    This site located at upper end of creek on a bluff. Not much left of the site, but a pile of rocks and bricks from the chimney and foundation. I found two bricks here that were scribed while wet. One had the initials "Wm" the other, "1842". I believe this may have been the home of Wm Murphy, but it's just speculation. I think it is too far upstream to be that of Joseph Prince.
  • John T. Chapman & Mary J. (Smith) Chapman & family (69 KB)
    This family lived in southern Greenville County, South Carolina, in the late 1800's. John T. & Mary J are in the middle. To Mary's left, the second man is my great grandfather Martin Elmore Babb and his wife, Maude Chapman. The eldest child in front of them is my grandfather, Stewart Chapman Babb.
  • Pinson (Smith), Mary Calpernia, 2nd grt grndmother (57 KB)
    Mary is daughter of Captain Samuel F. Smith and Mary Calpernia Littlejohn. Lived in Thickety Creek area of Cherokee County, SC. Married to Jesse Pinson, son of Dr. Martin Pinson and Nancy Pinson.
  • Melmirth Babb, my 3rd great grandfather. (37 KB)
    Melmirth married Susanah Mahulda Cheek and fought for CSA in SC 6th Cav. Reg. Co. A and 9th Res. Co. A. Lost his arm during the war. Buried at Rabon Creek Baptist Church, Laurens County, South Carolina.
  • Martin Elmore Babb, my great grandfather (22 KB)
    Martin Elmore Babb married Maude Chapman. They are the couple described in the first photo of the John T Chapman family group. They lived in southern Greenville and Anderson Counties, SC. Both are buried at Oak Hill Meth. Church, Greenville County, SC.
  • Capt. Samuel F. Smith, CSA (449 KB)
    Capt. Company I, 13th SC Infantry Regiment, CSA. Lived in Pauline area during his youth and married and lived his adult life in the Thicketty area of Cherokee County, SC.
  • Maj. William Smith, 1744-1831 Spartanburg, SC (129 KB)
    Smith Family Cemetery: Sacred to the Memory of MAJ. WILLIAM SMITH Who departed this life June 23, 1831 Aged 86 Yrs 9 Mos And 3 Ds. He emigrated from the state of Pennsylvania with his Father when a boy, and was one of the first settlers of Spartanburg District where he afterwards always resided. He took an active part in stimulating the people of this section of the country to resist the oppressions of Great Britain; And served himself as a Captain during the war of the Revolution. After the organization of the Government he was appointed Judge of the County court was afterwards elected to Congress from Pinckney district and subsequently served for near twenty years as Senator from Spartanburg district in the state legislature. It may emphatically said of him that he was an Honest Man and a Patriot.
  • Susanah Mahulda Cheek Babb, my 3rd grt grandmother (27 KB)
    Susanah married Melmirth Babb. Buried at Rabon Creek Baptist Church, Laurens County, South Carolina.
  • Capt. Samuel F. Smith, CSA Cemetery Marker (342 KB)
    Buried in family cemetery just off Highway 29, south of Gaffney, a couple hundred yards south of Beaverdam Bapt Church. (The old church site.)
  • Col. Isaac Smith, 1784-1857 Spartanburg, SC (120 KB)
    Smith Family Cemetery: Sacred to the Memory of Col. ISAAC SMITH Who was born Oct. 31, 1784 And died Oct. 8, 1857 Aged 72 years 11 mos and 7 ds. The deceased during his life enjoyed many marked evidences of the confidence of his fellow citizens, hav- ing represented Spartan- burg District for several years, both in the House of Representatives, and in the Senate of South Carolina.
  • Mary Calpernia Littlejohn Smith (506 KB)
    Wife of Capt. Samuel F. Smith. Lived her life in the Thicketty Creek area of Cherokee County, SC.
 

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