Our family, as I referred to in my note to you, began in Simpsonville, S.C., where my great-grandfather, William Perry Gresham, begat eleven children with Carolyn E. Jones. William Perry Gresham was a Captain with the Hampton Legion and fought in the civil war, was present at Appomattox, when General Lee surrendered the Confererate forces. He returned to Simpsonville, S.C., following the war to begin a career in the grocery business. Born March 3, 1834, he died on October 25, 1910.
Fife Plantation, an old rice plantation, across the Savannah River from Savannah, lies in Jasper County.
The Legend of Fife
Just across the Savannah River far from the city clamor
My heart tells me we are on a great adventure
Of Georgian ancestry, people who toiled long in the sun
Not to be lain with grandeur within the walls of Bonaventure.
Of peoples like Heyward, slaves of sweat and triumph
In Jasper County, memorable testament to this life
Of rice grown, sacked and shipped for consumption
From the prominence once known as the Plantation Fife.
On this evening, you honor our descendents, Linn and Glen
Giving of yourselves in this cool evening air
For our families, we thank you all
Our hands grasped in hospitality, grace and flair.
For the Gresham family, who's ancestry is rooted in Simpsonville
We proudly offer you our fondest appreciation
May God bless you, your families and friends
For this kindness shown in the south of our nation.
The South Carolina sky never seemed so near
For each of you have brought forth to us friendship and love
Which brightens our soul in this night
As do the stars in the South Carolina heavens above.
In gratitude to: Catherine, Ruth, Matt, Brian, Carolyn & Josh
Bill, Jane, Alex & Julie, Linn Gresham, Glen Zittrouer
February 23, 2008
William Perry Gresham, Jr.
(great-grandson of Captain William Perry Gresham, CSA, Simpsonville, S.C.)
Copyright ©2008, Bill Gresham. These documents may be freely used for private purposes, and included in your own genealogy. However, this document is copyrighted and may not be sold, nor given to anyone who may attempt to derive profit from same.
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