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Re: [SC] Barnwell County
In Response To: [SC] Barnwell County ()
Theresa, Felice and S. Bell, I have some family from Barnwell. As S. Bell referred to re: county line changes, some of my family is from Barnwell, parts of which later became Bamberg County and from Orangeburg County, parts of which were formed from Barnwell. Oy!
Felice, I am familar with some of your names--but not many details. PLEASANT is very much a Lowcountry, SC name--I know many from Wadmalaw and Sapolo Islands, so perhaps (?!) your research may lead more coastal at some point. There was a slaveholding family in the area named, BELLINGER. I believe they owned Poco Sabo Plantation (and perhaps others?) in Green Pond. Lastly, (is it 'OWENS' with an 's' on the end?), there was at least a population of OWENS Free People of Color (FPOC) in Barnwell. And in the book South Carolina Negroes, 1877-1900 by George Brown Tindall there is mention of: "One of the well-to-do Negroes was Joseph Alexander Owens, described as "the largest property holder and most successful colored man in Barnwell County."" There are also lots (!) of Owens in Laurens County and some in today's Orangeburg County.
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