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Laurens District Genealogical Society studies back country history

The Laurens District Genealogical Society met on Thursday,February 8, 2018 Laurens County Library at  7:30 p.m.
Guest speaker was Mike Becknell  from Union, SC and State President of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. He presented a video program on Alexander Cameron, an Indian agent in the back country and his relationship with the settlers and Indians during the Revolution. He was camped near the battle of the “ Canebreak.”The title of the book is “ Cameron “, A Demand for Blood, The Cherokee War of 1776.”Nadia Dean is the author of the book.


Thursday, March 8, 2018  Laurens County Library at  7:30p.m.Speaker   Alan Poore, Spartanburg CountyProgram   “The Adoption Mystery of Maggie Godfrey Hopkins Sims “He will share his genealogy on the Godfrey, Willis,Hopkins,and Sims families. Maggie Elizabeth Godfrey Sims was born June 27, 1860.

Thursday April 12, 2018    Laurens County Library at 7:30 p.m.
Speaker Dr. Pat McNeely Columbia, South Carolina ….. retired from the University of South Carolina
Program her latest book, “Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair “
The scandal started when the Washington wives refused to socialize with the wife of Andrew Jackson’s newly appointed Secretary of War ,and the President personally ordered the women to include Peggy Eaton in their social lives.When they refused, the political battles over her virtue and charter caused Jackson to dissolve his cabinet in 1831 and cost Vice President John C. Calhoun hischance to be President. The program is funded with a South Carolina Humanities grant.The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of South Carolina. It is a non profit organization that receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Our last meeting will be our annual May Picnic. Culbertson Backcountry Settlement, Gray Court, SC.Save the dates and mark your calendar February, March, April , and May.

The meetings are FREE. Call your friends and remind them of the meetings and bring a friend or two.
Look at the Laurens District Genealogical Society, South Carolina on Facebook. Thanks for that group keeping us in the news.

Oh, the Native American Cultural Class will begin Monday, February 5. It is with the Laurens County Museum and the University of SC Union in Laurens. The classes are from the “ Discovering Laurens County,” Books.  We still have a few Books to sell of Volume I and Volume II. Volume III is from 1840 to 1900. Laurens County has growth but; oh, what trouble times.The chapters are full of History and genealogy of the era. Volume III will go to print before September. Thank you, Richard Fowler, editor and all the contributing writers. Many of the writers are members of the Laurens District Genealogical Society.

Thank you, Nancy Roberts, for sharing your Mayflower ancestors and descendants with us in January.
Several members have been doing research on their Mayflower names.

Happy February …Spring is on the way.
Sarah Jane Armstrong

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