A look at better days in the Palmetto State

George the Third, By the Grace of God… The Land Grant.

Of course the original Kings Grant wasn’t found in the home. It’s housed in the South Carolina archives. Here is a scan of a photocopy of the grant. The faults on the document are those of the State Archives.

Ralph’s father was William Smith, who immigrated from Yorkshire, England to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1684. Ralph left Pennsylvania and came to South Carolina with his son, “William 1751” in the early 1760’s. This and possibly other grants allowed him to settle on a satisfactory plantation he called “New Garden”. All Patriots should appreciate the grants were received just a couple years before the Revolution broke out.

“New Garden” is approximately two miles from the homeplace, and Ralph lies peacefully in the Smith Cemetery beside his son William, sheltered beneath a D.A.R. monument.

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Palmetto Pathos is an examination of a Southern family in Spartanburg County, SC from their arrival in the 1750's to the present. We post images of photos, letters, and minutiae that accumulated as a family has stayed in one place over the past two hundred and fifty years.


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