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History of Society Hill, (Darlington County) South Carolina

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Biographies:

A Short Biography of Henry McIver

Henry McIver, jurist, was born at Society Hill, S.C., Sept. 25, 1826; son of Alexander M. and Mary (Hanford) McIver; grandson of John E. McIver and of Enoch Hanford, and a descendant of Roderick McIver of Scotland, who came to the Pee Dee section, S.C., shortly after 1746. Henry graduated from South Carolina college, Columbia, A.B., 1846, A.M., 1848; studied law and began practice in Cheraw, S.C., in 1848. He was married June 7, 1849, to Caroline H. Powe. He was prosecuting attorney for the state, and state solicitor, 1853-68, and during the civil war he served as an officer in the Confederate army, being twice wounded at the battle of Hawes's Shop, Va., May 28, 1864. He was associate justice of the supreme court of South Carolina, 1877-91, and was unanimously elected chief-justice, Dec. 10, 1879, which office he declined and was chosen chief justice, Dec. 1. 1891. He died in Cheraw, S.C., Jan. 12, 1903.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor




Alexander Gregg Biographical Sketch

Alexander Gregg, first bishop of Texas and 65th in succession in the American episcopate, was born at Society Hill, Darlington county, S.C., Oct. 8, 1819. He was graduated at the South Carolina college, Columbia, in 1838 and practised law at Cheraw, S.C., where in 1843 he joined the Protestant Episcopal church. He studied for the priesthood and was made a deacon June 10, 1846, and ordained a priest Dec. 19, 1847, by Bishop Gadsden. He was rector of St. David's church, Cheraw, S.C., 1846-59. He was elected bishop of the newly formed diocese of Texas in 1859 and was consecrated Oct. 13, 1859, at Richmond, Va., by Bishops Hopkins, Smith, Otey, Polk, Elliott, Green, Davis and Atkinson. He was a delegate to the first Lambeth conference in 1867, and at his suggestion two missionary jurisdictions were set off from his extensive diocese by the general convention of 1874 limiting his jurisdiction to the southern portion of the state with Galveston as the see city. This was subsequently transferred to Austin. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from South Carolina college in 1859 and from the University of the South in 1878. He was a clerical trustee of the University of the South from South Carolina, 1857-59, and a member of the board of bishops, 1859-93. He published History of Old Cheraw (1867), and in the Church Encyclopedia for 1884 a brief sketch of the Church in Texas. He died in Austin, Texas, Judy 11, 1893.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor




A Biography of John McQueen

John McQueen, representative, was born in Robeson county, N.C., in 1808; son of James McQueen. He received a good education under the tuition of an elder brother, the Rev. A. McQueen, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, 1812. He studied law, removed in early manhood to South Carolina and was admitted to the bar in 1828. He settled in practice at Bennettsville; was elected colonel of the state militia in 1833; brigadier-general in 1834, and major-general in 1835, resigning in 1845. He was a Democratic representative from South Carolina in the 30th congress as successor to Alexander D. Sims, deceased, and in the 31st-36th congresses, serving from Feb. 12, 1849, to Dec. 21, 1860, when with the other representatives from his state he resigned. He was a representative from South Carolina in the Confederate States congress, serving from Feb. 22, 1862, to Feb. 21, 1864. He died at Society Hill, S.C., Sept. 13, 1867.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor




A Short Biography of jurist McIver henry

jurist McIver henry, was born at Society Hill, S.C., Sept. 25, 1826; son of Alexander M. and Mary (Hanford) McIver; grandson of John E. McIver and of Enoch Hanford, and a descendant of Roderick McIver of Scotland, who came to the Pee Dee section, S.C., shortly after 1746. Henry graduated from South Carolina college, Columbia, A.B., 1846, A.M., 1848; studied law and began practice in Cheraw, S.C., in 1848. He was married June 7, 1849, to Caroline H. Powe. He was prosecuting attorney for the state, and state solicitor, 1853-68, and during the civil war he served as an officer in the Confederate army, being twice wounded at the battle of Hawes's Shop, Va., May 28, 1864. He was associate justice of the supreme court of South Carolina, 1877-91, and was unanimously elected chief-justice, Dec. 10, 1879, which office he declined and was chosen chief justice, Dec. 1. 1891. He died in Cheraw, S.C., Jan. 12, 1903.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor








South Carolina Facts:
Tree: cabbage palmetto
Bird: Carolina wren
Flower: yellow jessamine
Nickname: Palmetto State
Motto: Animis Opibusque Parati (Prepared in Mind and Resources)
Area (sq. mi.): 31,055
Capitol: Columbia
Admitted: 23 May 1788






Darlington County Facts:

Seat: Darlington
Established: 1785
Formed from: Cheraws District


Society Hill is situated 51 meters above sea level.



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