Owings in Laurens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Francis Rapley Owings House / Owings
Erected 2009 by Gray Court-Owings Historical Society. (Marker Number 30-13.)
Location. 34° 37.833′ N, 82° 8.04′ W. Marker is in Owings, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker is on North Old Laurens Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4706 North Old Laurens Road, Gray Court SC 29645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gray Court Owings Consolidated High School Laurens County Training School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dials Methodist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Young’s School (approx. 5.1 miles away); Charles G. Garrett Interchange (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cherokee Boundary (1767) (approx. 5.3 miles away); Fountain Inn Rosenwald School (approx. 5.7 miles away); Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mrs. Emmie Fulmer (approx. 5.8 miles away); Snow Campaign Chapter Marker (approx. 5.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Francis Rapley Owings > SC. Genforum posting and responses on Francis Rapley Owings. (Submitted on May 6, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Gray Court-Owings Historical Society. The Gray Court-Owings Historical Society was organized in February, 2001 with fourteen dedicated members and has grown to thirty members. (Submitted on May 6, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Owings Music Hall. The Owings Music Hall was formed by a few dedicated music lovers in an effort to keep (Submitted on May 6, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Francis Rapley Owings
Francis Rapley Owings is founder of the Village of Owings in Laurens County. He is an ex-Confederate soldier, and at the age of seventy-nine still carries himself with some of the military bearing of his youth. He enjoys good health, and his long career has been a constant exemplification of public spirit, industry and good works.
He was born on a farm a mile west of his present home April 3, 1840, a son of Jonathan and Sarah (Childress) Owings. His great-grandfather, Richard Owings, was also a native of Laurens County and the son of a native Virginian of English ancestry. The grandfather, William Owings, was born in Laurens County and married a Miss Parsons. Jonathan Owings, father of the Owings business man, was born in Laurens County and married Sarah Childress, a daughter of Richard Childress, a native of South Carolina and of Dutch lineage. Richard Childress married Sarah De Jornett. There were six children in the family of Jonathan Owings and wife. All grew to mature years: Richard Leander died while a Confederate soldier; Elizabeth is deceased; Jonathan
Francis R. Owings spent three years in the Confederate army and was present in many battles but never wounded. After the war he began farming, and in 1873 established a store which became the nucleus of the present town of Owings. He was engaged in business there for many years, and is still active in affairs. He helped organize the Bank of Owings and is still on its board of officials as vice president.
In 1859, at the age of nineteen, he married Susan Abercrombie. She was born January 27, 1840, and was a daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Childress Abercrombie. Her grandmother Abercrombie was a Woods before her marriage, and her grandmother Childress was an Adams before marriage. Of the six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Owings one died at the age of two years. Those still living are Sarah Elizabeth, Eliza Jane, Susan Evaline, Wayne Marvin and George Walton. The son Wayne is a Methodist minister, while George is a physician, farmer and banker. Mr. and Mrs. Owings have given the best years of their life to the allegiance of the Methodist Church. He is a demitted member of the Masonic order. (Source: History of South Carolina, Volume 4 by Yates Snowden (1920), pgs 103-104.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,697 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on May 6, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.