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Newberry County, South Carolina

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  • Samuel Cannon (1735 - 1791)
    DAR Ancestor #: A018904From : trees...he is listed on my tree. Samuel born Antrim Ireland....His wife is listed as buried here.S/O John Cannon 1712-1763 who had two wives Mary? and Ann? Jo...
  • James Presley Spearman (1847 - 1934)
    Biography== James Presley Spearman was born in 1847 in Newberry County, South Carolina. His parents were James Smith Spearman and Elmina Spearman . James married Winnie W Boazman in 1870. Together they...
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    Margaret Spearman (1794 - 1882)
    Biography== Margaret Spearman was born in 1796. Her parents were John Worthington and Elizabeth Worthington . Margaret married Francis "Frank" Spearman . She died in 1882. * Reference: Ancestry Genealo...
  • Leon D. "Doc" Grainger (1914 - 1992)
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    Susannah Chandler (1734 - 1808)
    Biography== Susannah Chandler was born on March 2, 1734, in Goochland County, Virginia, United States of America. Her parents were John Harvey Alderson and Mary Jane Alderson . Susannah married James C...

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Newberry County was formed from Ninety-Six District in 1785. Prior to its formal founding, the area was the site of several American Revolutionary War battles: Williams' Plantation, Dec. 31, 1780; Mud Lick, March 2, 1781; and Bush River, May 1781.The town of Newberry was founded in 1789 as the county seat and was sometimes called Newberry Courthouse for that reason.

Originally settled by yeomen farmers, in the nineteenth century numerous plantations were established for the cultivation of short-staple cotton. Its processing had been made profitable by invention of the cotton gin. Cotton was the primary crop grown in Newberry County before the American Civil War.

The Civil War interrupted growth in the county; the warfare and loss of lives of many southern men disrupted the state economy. The first cotton mills were constructed in the county in the 1880s, and quickly became an important part of the economy and a source of jobs. With the mechanization of agriculture in the early 20th century, labor needs were reduced.

Since the 1970s the population of Newberry County has been growing due to increasing local economic prosperity.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Chappells
  • Helena
  • Jalapa
  • Kinards (part)
  • Little Mountain
  • Newberry (County Seat)
  • Peak
  • Pomaria
  • Prosperity
  • Silverstreet
  • Whitmire



Genealogy Trails

Sumter National Forest (part)

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places