Isaac Spivey, CSA Veteran
The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
November 13, 1913, Vol. 19, No. 34
Octogenarian Passed Away
Mr. Isaac Spivey aged 97 years Answers Final Summons
Mr. Isaac Spivey said to be the oldest man in Robeson or Dillon counties
passed away on the 4th instant at his home near Holmesville. Mr. Spivey was a native
of Robeson county, but shortly after the war moved to the locality 2 miles east of
Pages Mills known as Spiveys Mill. In many respects he was a remarkable man. Endowed
with more energy than is commonly allotted to man he began to work at an early age and
before the beginning of the civil war had accumulated a good estate. At the close of
the war he returned to his home and by thrift and industry soon bought order out of chaos.
He erected new buildings on his plantation cleared more acres, built fences and soon
had his lands producing more abundantly than ever. He had several thousand dollars
in cash and in order to provide labor for others who had come home from the war
penniless he began the construction of what is now known as Spivey's Mill.
For many years afterward this was one of the important gatherings places in the community.
Although nearing the age of a centenarian Mr Spivey never ceased active work. About a
year ago he was in the Herald office and when asked if he felt as strong as ever, his
reply was: "I never have been old; I can jump up and hit my heels together twice now.
Aside from a slight attack of rheumatism now and then I always feel good and my appetite
is as good as ever. I expect to live a number of years yet." Not only did he appear
vigorous physically, but advancing years had not dimmed his intellect. He conversed
freely and intelligently on current topics and appeared to show as much interest in
life as the youth who was just entering manhood's estate. In his prime he could split
more rails in a day than any other young man in the whole community, and it is said
that in the countryside athletic contests as they were practiced at the cross roads
and the country store in the days of old there was not a man in the neighborhood who
was match for him in boxing or wrestling match, although he was a man of rather small
He was the father of 18 children several of whom still survive him.
Transcribed by Mary Lewis from microfilm at the South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, SC
Submitted by Helen Moody, 12 Sept 2003.
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