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For those who ask, I leave these up after the date of occurrence so that those interested may know that they have happened in the past and can watch for next years!


(new directions below)

The May 22 date is set for the Brunson genealogy gathering, and thanks to Caroline Krueger, we now have a location! The social hall at the Brunson Baptist Church is reserved from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 22, so if you're interested in learning about Brunson family genealogy and/or have done some work along those lines and have something to share, please make plans to be there! Also, please remember to bring any materials you have or any information you'd like to share!

I doubt very seriously that I'm going to be able to be there myself, so if you're planning to be there, please either email Caroline at ckrueger@comporium.net or call Mary Ann Sowell at 803-943-2528 or my mother, Mary Emily Pow, at 843-871-4174. (Also contact them if you need directions.) Meanwhile, please pass this info along to others in your family who might be interested!

If you're receiving this in the mail, it means I do not have an email address for you! If you do have email, it would help me a lot to have your email address so I can get information like this to you much faster. Please, if you have email, or if you have plans to do so in the future, please email me at PaulaDec63@aol.com so I can add you to my list! Thanks!

Paula Pow, (daughter of Mary Emily Webb Pow, grand-daughter of Tinye Brunson Webb, great-granddaughter of Thaddeus Walter Brunson, great-great-granddaughter of William Edgar Brunson)

Secretary for the William Edgar Brunson Family Reunion

Hi, everybody,

I got this email a few days ago from Caroline Krueger, who has worked hard to get us a place for our genealogy gathering on May 22:


I saw the pastor of the BBC at a meeting in Anderson this week end, and he gave me highway #, street names, etc. so that I can now, I think, give directions to the church so that they can be followed easily. You may want to email them to everyone (or those who respond that they are coming). My daughter Lori and I will try to arrive in Brunson a little before 9 A.M. to be sure social hall is unlocked and set up for the workshop. As soon as you have an approximate #, let me now, please.

Directions to Brunson Baptist Church Social Hall

Driving south on Highway 278, in the middle of town, turn right at the flashing caution light (the only one) onto Manker Street, go one block and see church on left. Turn onto street immediately past the church. Social hall opens onto this street.  Park on either side of the street."

So, as Caroline has instructed, if you plan to be there on May 22, please let me know so I can give her a count of how many people to look for! Hope you all have a great time and get a lot done; I wish I could be there!


Hi, everybody,

Mark your calendars! I talked with Mary Ann Sowell and my mother tonight, and it looks like the May 22 date for our Brunson research gathering is going to work best for most people. The location is still to be determined, but it will be somewhere in or around the Brunson area. We'd like EVERYBODY who is interested in doing Brunson genealogy research to come!!! Even if you haven't done any such work before but want to learn, please come! And if you have been doing some research, please any materials you already have with you that day.

Please let Mary Ann, myself, or my mother know as soon as you're able if you're planning to come that day, because we'll need to know approximately how many people to expect so we can be sure we have a large enough place to accomodate everybody.

To let us know if you're coming, you can:

EMAIL me (Paula Pow) at PaulaDec63@aol.com (or just reply to this email)

CALL me at 615-226-9971

WRITE TO me at 1212 McChesney Ave., Nashville, TN 37216

CALL my mother (Mary Emily Pow) at 843-871-4174

WRITE TO my mother (Mary Emily Pow) at 104 Dogwood Circle, Summerville, SC 29485

CALL or WRITE TO Mary Ann Sowell, phone 803-943-2528, address 904 Third St. West, Hampton, SC 29924

Courtesy of Carolyn Ramsay

Thomas Oregon Lawton, Upper St Peter's Parish & Environs.   In it he refers to tax records for several years about 1825, post Revolutionary plats, deeds dated 1804, and I believe a Judgement Roll for Hampton County.   Upper St. Peter's Parish & Environs, by Thomas Oregon Lawton,Jr., 2001, "Copies available from Thomas O. Lawton, Jr., P.O. Box 68, Garnett, SC 29922."   It contains these chapters:  Local Communities, Lawton Family, Robert Family, Thomson Family, Twentieth Century, and Appendices: Primary Sources. The latter includes (1824 tax returns, St. Peter's Parish) and slaves owned by several of the Lawtons.

Hampton County Courthouse

Hampton County Courthouse stands facing Lee Avenue, downtown Hampton. The Courthouse was built about at the time of "Reconstruction."  Hampton County was born in 1877 in a bill passed By the SC General Assembly.  Hampton was named for General Wade Hampton - general of the "Red Shirts". The section known as Hoovers Station at the time when it was surveyed.  In 1878 the original commissioners W. J. Causey, William STokes, B. F. Buckner, Southwood Smith, and John T. Morrison were empowered to designate a couty seat, provide suitable buildings to house the court and county offices.  On Dec. 23, 1879 the area was incorporated as the "Town of Hampton Courthouse."  This included measuring one mile in each direction from the courthouse. Donors of the land and materials for the courthouse, jail , etc. were Col. George Hoover, Mrs. Josephine Lewis Hoover, Major H. Mauldin, and Captain A. A. Browning. The original artesian well financed by Captain Browning still provides a part of the town water supply.

The gala celebration of the cornerstone laying by General Wade Hampton included a speach at the foot of the Hampton Oak on the courthouse square.  The original courthouse burned down. It had spiral staircase that led to the second floor which housed the courtroom. The courthouse is still old inside with some work done to the Clerk of Court section. It now boasts a Memorial on the ground to War Veterans and is celebrated each year at each memorial. A Stand outside under the Big Tree houses entertainment, speeches, and watermelon spitting contests each year during the Watermelon Festival. The Festival vendors are located around the courthouse and streetdance on Lee Avenue across from the Courthouse. This is the oldest Festival celebrated in the state.

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HAMPTON SCHOOL.  This school was established in 1910 on Mulberry Street in Hampton. Hampton Presbyterian Church now stands on this site.  There is a marker that stands on a cement and brick structure which the marker is embedded standing with the history of the school on it.  The building was of Neo-Grecian structure. It housed the Hampton High School. It was later torn down, but the bell and plaques can be seen at the Hampton Elementary School on Hoover Street in Hampton.

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This jail still stands on the same location of First Street or Hwy 601 South. It stands across from Town Hall and the Hampton Police Station. The original bars still decorate all the windows and the old stairway leads up outside to the second floor. The cells remain unchanged with huge barred doors with the original huge locks on them. The musty odors of days gone by will wilt up to your nose as you visit the cells. The jail now houses the Hampton Museum.

The jail was organized at the same time as the county courthouse and stands behind the courthouse one block away, the only building on that block.  Stately old oak trees shade the old jail in the back and to the side of the jail.

The donors of the land and materials for the jail were supplied by Col. George Hoover, Mrs. Josephine Lewis Hoover, Major H. Mauldin and Captain A. A. Browning. The area for the jail was incoroporated in December of 1879.

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The Town Clock.  The Town Clock stands in the middle of Lee Avenue in Downtown Hampton. It was erected in 1910 by the Loan and Exchange Bank of Hampton which was located to the side of the street where the bank was located and still stands. The Clock still ticks and tells time to passerbyers.

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If you are confused by some of the early 19th century script, here is an image of the written double "s" (SS).

There were documented  Gypsies in this area in the early 19th century.  I have found one probable record of Gypsies in the area.


Please Email any additions, errors, or corrections to the county coordinator.

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