Near Johnsonville in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Marion at Portís Ferry / Asbury at Portís Ferry
Asbury at Portís Ferry. During his journeys in S.C. from 1801 on, Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury often used the ferry and stayed at the homes of friends nearby. In 1811, the year before Frances Portís death, Asbury “found mother Port keeping house at eighty-seven.” His last crossing was in January 1816, a few weeks before his own death.
Erected 1980 by Three Rivers Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
Location. 33° 51.583′ N, 79° 26.817′ W. Marker is near Johnsonville, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is at the intersection of Kingsburg Highway (State Highway 51) and East Trinity Road (County Road 21-909), on the left when traveling south on Kingsburg Highway. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Witherspoonís Ferry: Francis Marion Takes Command (approx. 1.5 miles away); Witherspoonís Ferry / Johnsonville (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Dunhamís Bluff: Control of the Rivers (approx. 6.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Snowís Island: Den of the Swamp Fox (approx. 6.2 miles away); Britton's Neck/Britton's Ferry (approx. 6.4 miles away); Marion's Camp at Snow's Island (approx. 6.5 miles away); Hannah (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnsonville.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Blue Savannah aka Battle of Portís Ferry. “Capt. Jesse Barfield with 200 loyalists (and possibly included in this number a small detachment of the 63rd Regiment) attempted to attack Marion, but was himself ambushed in the attempt near Blue Savannah on Brittonís Neck where Marion had retreated after his attack on Ganey. Barfieldís men fled into Little Pee Dee Swamp. Marion lost four men wounded, two horses killed. The next day, the 5th, about 60 volunteers joined Marion, bringing his force strength up to about 110. (Submitted on February 24, 2010.)
2. Journal of Rev. Francis Asbury, Biship of the Methodist Espicopal Church. (Published in 1852.) “Saturday [January 12, 1811]. reached Georgetown. I am always in fetters in this place; and were they to offer me twenty such towns as a bribe I would not visit it again; but I must do my duty without a bribe. Sabbath, 13. I preached for the people of Georgetown twice. Monday, S. Dunwody and Thomas Mason set out with us; crossing Black River we came to worthy Samuel Greenís—in pleasing manners and sincere friendship an evergreen. We visited his brother Francis and prayed in the family, exhorting the Africans. Tuesday, reached Portís ferry, and found mother Port keeping house at eighty-seven. Rafts and boats in quantities passing down the Pee Dee. Wednesday, made thirty miles to Mr. Mesomeís, where we were kindly received and politely entertained. Thursday, came early in the day to Priestís, and tarried with him two hours, and then mounted and continued forward to the widow Rollandís. Friday, came to John Martinís, Lumberton, and here I was willing to stay awhile, for the rain and cold had chilled me to the heart. Saturday, I am very unwell. Sabbath, 20. I preached here, possibly for the last time; I spoke in great weakness of body; and having offered my service and sacrifice, I must change my course, and go to Wilmington. I have but a few days to make the one hundred and eighty miles in. I am happy—my heart is pure, and my eye is single—but I am sick, and weak, and in heaviness by reason of suffering and labour. Sometimes I am ready to cry out, Lord, take me home to rest! Courage, my soul” (Submitted on February 24, 2010.)
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