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Subject: Re: [SCYORK] info on the Wilborns of York and Chester counties, SC
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:21:20 +0000

Ji Fred, picked this up from the rootweb site and only wish the Wilborn was a first name rather than last... we have a Wilborn/Wellborn mystery woman in my husband's HUSKEY/COOPER lines from the Gaffney-York area.
I am interested in some of the jewelry I see on the auction site... is it available prior to sale and if so who would I contact??


Judy Huskey
Scaly Mountain, NC
Venice, FL

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From: Fred Powell <>

> On Aug 14, 2008, at 9:09 AM, wrote:
> From: Tag27408
> To:
> Sent: 8/14/2008 9:06:51 A.M.
> Subj: Check out RootsWeb: SCCHEST2-L [SCCHEST2] Mrs F. H. Brown (Mary
> Priscilla Johnson)
> RootsWeb: SCCHEST2-L [SCCHEST2] Mrs F. H. Brown (Mary Priscilla
> Johnson) and her parents
> Mr. Powell I am the great-grand nephew of Elizabeth McNairy, the
> mother of James Clay Wilborn
> who married Mattie Brown.
> According to census records they had 3 children but only one lived
> any length of time. James Clay
> is shown as a farmer in 1900, a lawyer in 1910, and an insurance
> agent/salesman in 1920/1930.
> I am obviously interested in your info that he was a major and
> politician.
> I would appreciate any other information you might have on them and
> in particular, anything that
> you might know about their daughter Elizabeth Brown Wilborn, born Jan
> 1897, and living with
> her parents in York in 1930.
> Thank you.
> Thomas Glascock
> ----------------------------------------------
> Hey Thomas!
> Good to hear from you! I hope that the following helps. PLEASE tell
> me what you know about the McNairys....I know nothing, yet we have a
> McNairy family living a stone's throw from my church! Who were
> Elizabeth Jean McNairy's parents? Where were they from and how are
> they connected to you?
> Yes, I knew Elizabeth Wilborn all my life! She was my grandmother's
> first cousin, and they played together often as children, went to
> Winthrop College together and in her retirement she and her husband
> built a house here in Chester at 208 Walnut St on property sold to
> them by my grandfather and grandmother who lived next door .
> Actually, James Clay Wilborn is very interesting. I understand JC
> Wilborn's parents to be James Wood Wilborn (Sept 30, 1820- June 22
> 1864 ) and Elizabeth Jean McNairy (1829-1872) both of whom were from
> Randolph County, NC. JC Wilborn was born July 14, 1856, but I'm not
> sure where (Durham I think). From my records I find that JC had a
> sister named Carrie Wilborn who married Oscar E. Cunningham. Carrie
> and Oscar had a son Clayton Carlisle Cunningham (b. Jan 21, 1886 in
> the Waxhaws and who died in Gastonia, NC on Dec 31, 1962. Clayton
> Carlisle's wife's name was Gladys Lea Sanford, but I don't know if
> they had any children. Does this tally with the information you have?
> II think it might say where JC Wilborn was born in his obit if I can
> lay my hands on that in my files. He graduated from Trinity College
> (now Duke University) in 1876 and everyone called him "Clay" I
> believe. I have a daguerreotype of his graduating class, as well as a
> silver dollar incised in Greek which was a fraternity symbol, I
> believe. He came home and his first job in the 1870s was teaching at
> "Old Pointe" School, which was attached to Ebenezer Presbyterian
> Church in the Ebenezer community (now part of Rock Hill, SC) The
> church still exists (in fact I believe this is where many of the
> Wilborns and Browns are buried) and so does the school building
> though it is a museum now.
> It was the custom for teachers to provide their own desks in the
> 1800s, but JC Wilborn's desk was actually handmade for him by the
> parents of his students. In fact, I'm selling this desk at auction at
> Lilly's Auction house in Indian Trail, NC in a couple of weeks at
> one of the two sales they're having over the Labor Day weekend. You
> can see it here. --> then click
> on "photo catalogue" >furniture> 1870s desk. There are several
> pictures + documentation there.
> JC Wilborn was very ambitious and climbed fairly high in local
> politics. He went to study law in 1879 in Statesville, NC with Judge
> RF Armfield and then practiced in Lenoir, NC where he was elected
> mayor. He returned to Rock Hill, married Martha Ann Eliza Brown (my
> great-great Aunt "Mattie"). While living here, he practiced law and
> was elected Mayor of Rock Hill, too..and then Member of the House of
> Representatives for South Carolina in 1888, and while there, was
> elected Clerk of the House. He was again elected in 1892. At some
> point they moved from Rock Hill to York (about 10-12 miles away) and
> bought a house at 216 E. Liberty St. The house was built before 1849,
> by one of the Lt Govs of SC, Robert Gadsden McCaw. The house is now
> owned by Mr. Zane Abernethy.
> Aunt Mattie (January 27, 1858-December 22, 1934) was, I understand,
> the prettiest of the Brown daughters. She was also quite talented
> artistically. In fact, you can see some of her paintings that we're
> selling also on the website. (They won't be in
> the Labor Day auction though) Growing up and seeing them in Cousin
> Elizabeth's house, I always thought they were rather nave. However
> an art historian in Atlanta who was visiting thought they were pretty
> interesting because, being painted in the 1870s, girls in that age
> learned to paint by looking at engravings in newspapers and magazines
> like the Harper's Weekly, so that when they were assigned to paint
> the Alps, for instance, they had only a grainy black and white
> engraving to go by. So I suppose that judged by that standard she
> really was quite accomplished. She really DID excel at painting
> flowers and birds. In addition to lots of paintings, we have a
> handpainted screen with four painted panels of marsh birds and
> plants that she did. That piece is exquisitely 1890s.
> Elizabeth Brown Wilborn (Jan 27, 1897-March 10 1976) was their only
> daughter and I surmise that she was a little spoiled growing up. I
> remember hearing that Elizabeth had always been very particular and
> possessive about her clothes and knew the cost of everything. I've
> got a picture of them around 1905 at the Grand Canyon, where they had
> rented a mule...Elizabeth was on the mule looking slightly peeved,
> while her father held the reins and her mother looked on. Elizabeth
> grew up something of a 'blue stocking', an old term used to describe
> overly well-educated women. She was very clever and became an
> elementary school teacher in North Carolina and was a very firm one,
> I'm sure! When the depression hit JC and Mattie faired rather badly.
> I don't know many of the details, but from letters that she wrote to
> Elizabeth, I do know that they had to take borders to make ends meet
> and that Aunt Mattie's health was not very good, and in fact she died
> in 1934. I imagine that this is when Elizabeth moved back home to
> take care of her father. Around this time I believe that she met and
> married Joseph Lindsey Miller (March 13, 1895-July 23, 1972) who was
> one of the sweetest, gentlest people I've ever known. I think he was
> a bit henpecked though because Elizabeth definitely wore the pants in
> the family, though this was a moot point since Lindsey was deaf as a
> doorpost and just smiled serenely through it all!! Elizabeth and
> LIndsey were faithful members of Purity Presbyterian Church in town
> and sat in the pew just in front of us, and woe unto me if I was
> fidgety! . Over lunch at my grandmother's house I was guaranteed
> to get 'the look' from Elizabeth, who was in her 70s at that point
> but never forgot she was a school teacher. I don't want to paint her
> too severely; she was a very educated, lovely woman and a wonderful
> cook to boot. (I'm thankful I've turned up her recipe for buttery
> angel-yeast biscuits...those are gold-standard, let me tell you.)
> Elizabeth and Lindsey never had any children. My grandmother was her
> closest living relative, besides her sister in law, Corinne Miller
> (again just a wonderful, wonderful old lady-- just as consistantly
> sweet as Elizabeth could be slightly tart-- and a dear friend of my
> Grandmother). When Elizabeth died, almost her whole estate went to my
> grandmother, and since we never seem to throw anything away, I ended
> up with most of it at my mother's death.
> grace and peace,
> Fred J Powell III
> Chester, SC
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