The Making of McCormick County
In his first book, The Making of McCormick County, Bob Edmonds chronicles the fascinating history of people living on a small slice of land in the Deep South called McCormick County, South Carolina. Using a wealth of archival sources, the author traces the evolution. He details in very human terms a historic period – times that were marked by economic, civil, social, and political blithe, progress, and upheaval.
The book begins with a chapter on the Native Americans who freely roamed the countryside, then continues the history of the area for more than two centuries – a depiction of hunters, traders, and drovers who traversed the area; the early settling in the area by hardy Scots-Irish pioneers; the Long Cane Indian Massacre and the Cherokee War; the colony of French Huguenots at New Bordeaux seeking religious freedom including ship lists and bounty lists; the Londonborough settlement of German Palatines on Hard Labor Creek with ship lists and the story of the migration of some of the German Loyalists from Londonborough to Nova Scotia; African American beginnings and influence; the American Revolution on the local scene; Dr. Moses Waddel and his famous "American Eaton" Willington Academy.
Also, the execution by fire of Jerry, a slave – the last of such executions in South Carolina; a biography of George McDuffie, the orator of Nullification; Billy Dorn’s Gold – nineteenth century South Carolina’s second largest yielding gold mine; the life of Unionist James Louis Petigru; the Confederate Revolution; and Reconstruction.
And, the story of the hanging of Samuel Banks later found to be innocent; the brutal murder of John and Catherine Harmon at Winter Seat, and the subsequent lynching of six former African-American slaves; a history of the newspapers of the county; the story of the Town of McCormick; a chapter on towns and places in the county; sketches of three prominent educators – Dr. Robert Lee Meriwether, Bertha S. Harris, and Dr. William S. Mims; and the story of colorful, master fiddler John Turnage and folk music.
The Making of McCormick County - $28
Softcover, 447 pages, 6"x9", over 100 photographs and illustrations, bibliography, notes, index, ISBN 978-0-9749976-0-9