The Darlington Flag Newsletter

    by Robert F. DeFee
...Newspapers are of particular importance to genealogical
    researchers interested in nineteenth century South Carolina.  South Carolina is well
    known for the almost total absence of vital statistics and marriage records during this
    time frame.  Faced with this void, many researchers turn to extant newspapers in an
    effort to discover information concerning deaths and marriages.  This publication extracts
    these notices, as well as legal notices and other interesting articles, from a variety on
    newspapers published in Florence, South Carolina.  Until 1888, the city of Florence was
    located in Darlington County.  In that year Florence County was formed from parts of
    Darlington, Clarendon, Marion, and Williamsburg Counties.  The newspapers published in
    Florence, the county seat, are a valuable resource for information from these areas of
    South Carolina.  Over one dozen newspapers were published in nineteenth century
    Florence.   Despite the apparent abundance of newspapers in Florence during the last
    century, few copies of actual newspapers survive.  This publication presents information
    from the following Florence newspapers:  Florence Pioneer, Florence Times, Farmers’
    Friend, Florence Messenger, Florence Messenger-Times Messenger, Florence Daily
    Times, and Florence Weekly Times.  The majority of the information presented is between
    1895 and 1899.  Below are two notices from the July 9, 1895 issue of the Florence Daily


Mrs. Margaret McCall died at her home near Mars Bluff at 2 o’clock this morning.  She had been in feeble health for some time but the summons came suddenly.  After only one hour’s serious sickness, she quietly passed away.  The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock at Hopewell Church, in whose cemetery many of her family sleeps.  Mrs. McCall leaves a family of seven children.


Judge C.S. McClenaghan exercising the authority within him invested, officiated in a marriage ceremony this morning.  The contracting parties were Richard Allen Jenkins and Charlotte Warley.

This publication, in combination with the two publications reviewed above, adds much to our knowledge of Florence County during the late nineteenth century.  © 2000, 218 pages, soft cover, spiral bound, indexed, Library of Congress Number 99-069775. PRICE: $20.00 plus $4.00 shipping for first book, and $1.50 for each additional book.


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