Lowndesville in Abbeville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This town, established in 1823, grew up around a store owned by Matthew Young (1803-1876), who was also postmaster 1831-43. It was first called Pressly's Station, for the post office opened in 1823 with David Pressly (1764-1834) as postmaster. The town was renamed Rocky River in 1831 and then Lowndesville in 1836 for William Lowndes (1782-1822), U.S. Congressman 1811-22.
Lowndesville, incorporated in 1839, had about 150 inhabitants for most of its history. Cotton was the major crop in the area, with bales ginned here and shipped by the Charleston & Western Railway. In 1890 the town included a hotel, nine general stores, a grocery, a dry goods store, a drugstore, a stable, and three saw mills.
Erected 2006 by Town of Lowndesville in Memory of Capt. Herman Arnette Carlisle. (Marker Number 1-12.)
Location. 34° 12.627′ N, 82° 38.71′ W. Marker is in Lowndesville, South Carolina, in Abbeville County. Marker is on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located across the street from the Lowndesville Post Office and beside the old bank building. Marker is in this post office area: Lowndesville SC 29659, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker Lowndesville Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harpers Ferry Drowning (approx. ¼ mile away); W.D. Nixon Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bartlett Tucker Family Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Battle of Cherokee Ford (approx. 6.1 miles away in Georgia); Good Hope Church (approx. 6.5 miles away); Moffettsville / Moffettsville Postmaster Appointments (approx. 6.6 miles away); Old Iva Depot Mural (approx. 6.6 miles away); 1965 (approx. 6.7 miles away); Iva Veterans Monument (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lowndesville.
Regarding Lowndesville. Lowndesville is nicknamed the "Town of Seven Hills." The selection of William Lowndes as the town's namesake was made at the request of Abbeville native Landgon Cheves.
In addition to Lowndes, Lowndesville was also the home of two other U.S. Representatives from Abbeville: Asbury Churchwell Latimer and Edward Cook Mann. Their biographies are below.
The town itself is in the shape of the letter "L" with points to the north and east. At the bend, on a hill overlooking the town, sits Providence Presbyterian Church, a striking white structure with a tall steeple. Behind the church is an old cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Lowndesville. Lowndesville is a town in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States.
2. William Lowndes. William Jones Lowndes (1782 – 1822) was an American lawyer, planter, and statesman from South Carolina who was the son of Rawlins Lowndes, an American Revolutionary War leader from South Carolina.
3. William Jones Lowndes 1782 - 1822. As recalled by Mary Catherine Brisbane Hickox.
4. Edward Coke Mann. Edward Coke Mann (November 21, 1880–November 11, 1931) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina. Born in Lowndesville, South Carolina, Mann attended the common schools and was graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, in 1901.
5. Charleston & Western Carolina Railway. In 1894, the South Carolina legislature forced the financially ailing Central of Georgia to give up its railroad properties in that state.
6. Asbury Latimer. Asbury Churchwell Latimer (July 31, 1851 - February 20, 1908) was a United States Representative and Senator from South Carolina. Born near Lowndesville, South Carolina, he attended the common schools, engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in 1880 moved to Belton, South Carolina and devoted his time to farming.
7. Langdon Cheves. Langdon Cheves (September 17, 1776 – June 26, 1857) was an American politician and a president of the Second Bank of the United States. It was Cheeves who suggested renaming his hometown of Rocky River Lowndesville, after Congressman William Lowndes.
1. William Lowndes (1782-1822)
William Lowndes, (brother of Thomas Lowndes), a Representative from South Carolina; born on “Horseshoe” plantation, near Jacksonborough, St. Bartholomew’s parish, South Carolina, February 11, 1782; pursued classical studies in England and at home; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1804 and commenced practice in Charleston, S.C.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1804-1808; captain of militia in 1807; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, until May 8, 1822, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Fifteenth Congress); nominated by the general assembly of South Carolina for the office of President of
William Lowndes was part of a short-lived but influential political dynasty. His father was Rawlins Lowndes, the 32nd Governor of South Carolina (March 6, 1778 – January 9, 1779). The elder Lowndes has been born on the island of St. Kitt, West Indies on January 6, 1721. His first political office was a provost marshall for South Carolina (1742-1752). He was first elected to the colonial legislature in 1749. During the Revolution, Lowndes was a strong supporter of the Revolution. He served in the First and Second Provincial Congresses and (after the war) the First and Second General Assemblies.
In 1778, Lowndes was elected President of South Carolina by the General Assembly (as the title of chief executive was known at the time). He quickly changed the title to governor and was the last person to use the title "president of South Carolina." He served one term and was reelected to the General Assembly where he remained until 1790. Lowndes was also intendant (mayor) of Charleston from September 1788 to September 1789. Lowndes died in 1790 and was buried in Charleston.
His two sons, the aforementioned William, and Thomas Lowndes, continued in politics. Thomas served in the state house of
2. Asbury Churchwell Latimer (1851-1908)
Asbury Churchwell Latimer, a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina; born near Lowndesville, Abbeville County, S.C., July 31, 1851; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Belton, Anderson County, S.C., in 1880 and devoted his time to farming; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1903); did not seek renomination in 1902, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1903, until his death; during his service in the Senate was appointed in 1907 a member of the United States Immigration Commission; died in Washington, D.C., February 20, 1908; interment in Belton Cemetery, Belton, S.C. (Source: Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress.)
3. Asbury Churchwell Latmer
Of South Carolina's representatives in national life and affairs a distinguished
The late Senator Latimer, whose home for many years was at Belton, where Mrs. Latimer still lives, was born in Abbeville County, near Lowndesville, July 31, 1851, son of Clement T. and Frances Beulah (Young) Latimer. His grandfather, Dr. James Latimer came from Charles County, Maryland, to South Carolina about 1800 and practiced medicine for many years in Abbeville County. Senator Latimer's father was a farmer and devoted his time to his farm interests until his death in 1876. His wife, who died in 1874, was also a native of Abbeville County and a daughter of a prominent farmer and citizen, William Young.
Asbury Churchwell Latimer grew up on his farm near Lowndesville, made good use of the opportunities of the common schools and the Lowndesville Academy, and his youth and early manhood were spent in the period of the war and reconstruction, when the entire state suffered and so many normal opportunities were denied. He first took an active interest in politics in 1876, when the campaign for restoration of white government
Senator Latimer removed to Belton in 1880. He always retained large and important farm interests, and was also active in business affairs. Several times he was chairman of democratic committees, but only reluctantly came into politics as a candidate. In 1800 he was urged by numerous friends to accept the nomination for lieutenant governor on the ticket headed by Ben R. Tillman. He declined this honor. In 1892 he was elected a member of Congress, and served continuously for ten years. In 1903 he was elected United States Senator and he served until his death, about a year before the end of his term.
Senator Latimer is remembered in South Carolina politics as a man of high principles, of sound views, an effective student and worker, and his services were of a quality which entitle him to a high place among the state's public leaders. At the age of ten years he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and for many years was an official member of the church and also interested in Sunday school
June 26, 1877, he married Miss Sarah Alice Brown, daughter of the late William Carroll Brown, of Belton, whose life record is sketched elsewhere. Mr. and Mrs. Latimer had five children: William Carroll Latimer, an attorney at law of Atlanta, Georgia; Mamie Brown, who married Luther Martin Heard, of Elberton, Georgia; Anna Beulah, who married Grange S. Cuthbert, of Summerville, South Carolina; Olive Young, who married James H. Pallen, of Washington, District of Columbia; and Miss Sarah Alice Latimer. Mrs. Latimer, who lives at Belton, has traveled extensively, has been distinguished by an unusual ability in handling business affairs, is prominent in socal life, and for several years has given much of her personal attention to the management of her extensive farming interests. (Source: History of South Carolina, Vol III by Yates Snowden, pgs 169-170.)
4. Edward Coke Mann (1880-1931)
Edward Coke Mann, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Lowndesville, Abbeville County, S.C., November 21, 1880; attended the common schools and was graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., in 1901; taught school one year and was connected with a tobacco company for four years; was graduated from the law department of the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1906 and commenced practice in St. Matthews, Calhoun County, S.C.; solicitor of the first circuit of South Carolina 1916-1919; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Asbury Francis Lever and served from October 7, 1919, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful for renomination in 1920; practiced law in Orangeburg, S.C.; appointed master in equity for Orangeburg County in November 1923; reappointed in November 1927 and served until his death; was accidentally killed November 11, 1931, near Rowesville, S.C., while on a hunting trip; interment in Sunnyside Cemetery, Orangeburg, S.C. (Source: Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress.)
5. Hon. Edward Coke Mann
When after nearly twenty years of consecutive service the veteran Congressman A.F. Lever resigned his seat in August, 1919, as representative of the Seventh South Carolina District, to take his place as a member of the Farm Loan Board, a special election was required to give the Seventh District its proper representation, and in that election, held October 7, 1919, the choice of the voters fell upon Edward Coke Mann, who at that time was solicitor of the First Circuit. Mr. Mann, who took his seat in Congress a few weeks after election, went to Washington possessed of the very highest qualifications for his responsibilities.
He is a lawyer by profession, and during his practice at St. Matthews has distinguished himself as a thinker and debater in public questions.
He was born at Lowndesville, Abbeville County, November 21, 1880, son of Rev. Coke D. and Eliza J. Mann. His father was for many years an active member of the South Carolina Methodist Conference, and the itinerant ministry required his residence in many towns of the state. In these towns Edward Coke Mann acquired his education, and later won a scholarship in Berkeley County at The Citadel at Charleston. He entered this
The first year he practiced at Darlington as a partner with Solicitor J. Monroe Spears, later was a member of the firm McLauchlin, Tatum & Mann at Bishopville, and upon the creation of Calhoun County in 1908 established his home and offices at St. Matthews. He gave all his time to his private clientage and to building up a sound reputation as an able lawyer until 1916, when he became a candidate for solicitor of the First Circuit and was elected. He made a splendid record as a prosecuting attorney for three years before he entered Congress.
Mr. Mann married Miss Mary McEachern, of Laurinburg, North Carolina, in 1908. Their one son, Edward, Jr., was born in 1911. (Source: History of South Carolina Vol IV by Yates Snowden, pg 298.)
6. Langdon Cheeves (1776-1857)
Langdon Cheeves, a Representative from South Carolina; born September 17, 1776, in Bulltown Fort, near Rocky River, Ninety-sixth District (now Abbeville County), S.C., where the settlers had taken refuge from the onslaught of the Cherokee Indians; received his early education at his home and Andrew Weed’s School near Abbeville, S.C.; joined his father in Charleston, S.C., in 1786 and continued his schooling in that city; studied law; was admitted to the bar October 14, 1797, and commenced practice in Charleston; city alderman in 1802; member of the State house of representatives 1802-1804 and 1806-1808; elected attorney general of the State in 1808; elected as a Republican to the Eleventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert Marion, having previously been elected to the Twelfth Congress; reelected to the Thirteenth Congress, and served from December 31, 1810, to March 3, 1815; succeeded Henry Clay as Speaker of the House of Representatives during the second session of the Thirteenth Congress; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Twelfth Congress), Committee on the Naval Establishment (Twelfth Congress); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress and also the position of Secretary of the Treasury tendered by President Madison; resumed the practice of law; elected associate justice of law and appeal in December 1816;
7. The Fire of 1919
On February 14, 1919, Lowndesville was struck by a great fire which destroyed seven residences and nearly all of the business district. Most were never rebuilt and the town remained largely unchanged after the fire. Subsequent soil erosion and a destructive boil weevil invasion.
8. Drowning at Harper's Ferry
Harper's Ferry crossed the Savannah River at Lowndesville. On April 4, 1920 (Easter Sunday), a cable on the Georgia side of the river broke and ten young people perished. The bodies of nine were recovered and are buried under a single headstone at Providence Presbyterian Church (shown below).
The names is the deceased are:
Lollie S. Waters Nov 6, 1899
Alice Meschine Aug 7, 1906
Charlie Meschine Feb 4, 1904*
Albert Sutherland June 27, 1904
Robert Manning June 12, 1900
Inez Manning May 23, 1897
Annie Manning Mar 18, 1904
Allie Bradshaw Dec 28, 1907
Lucy Bradshaw May 14, 1903
* The body of Charlie Meschine was never found.
9. Marker Style
The marker shown reflects the third style of South Carolina Historical Markers. It is currently in use and has been since 1996. The original design was cast aluminum and crowned with a bas relief of the state flag surrounded by an inverted triangle. The markers were painted silver with black lettering.
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