Contributed by Jo Church Dickerson © 1997
The petition to the Gov of Province of SC was signed by some obviously
desperate settlers in the Fork of DROWNING CREEK (now Lumber River) and
LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER. This is the area that became Hillsboro Township in
Marion County, now mostly in Dillon County, generally between present day
Lake View and Nichols, though possibly as far west as Little Pee Dee River at
NC State Line. It was this area that produced the notorious Captain Jesse
Barfield, home-grown loyalist foe of Francis Marion, Swamp Fox.
The petition is part of the Lyttelton Collection, (early royal governor of
SC) held by the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan at Ann
Arbor. The Lyttleton Papers are just a small part of their extensive
collection of documents regarding South Carolina history. Other collections
include the papers of Clinton, Gage, Greene, Sumner, officers stationed in
SC during the Revolutionary War.
I offer the petition as an example of the sort of untapped resources and
records that still await genealogists of our area.
South Carolina } To the Honourable ____________ Littleton
Craven County } Esqr. Governor and Commander in Chief in
and Over the said province of South Carolina
16 June 1757 and his honourable Council & etc...
We your Excellenciese humble petitioners in this remote part of the said
province near and about the the province Line Labouring under several
Disconvenencies and hardships as we shall lay open to your Excellenceise
Consideration for want of a Justice of the peace in the first place about
this said province Line is a harbour for all manner of ill Disposed persons
such as horse thieves Cow stealers hog stealers Sabbath Brakers Blasphemers
such as Leaves their own wives and Takes other mens wives Nay in short the
place is so settled with Rogues that an honest man Can Scarce Live among
Their Opertunity being so Great for there is no Justice in Ether province in
less than fifty or sixty miles so that when an offense is committed before
there Can be a power Got from a Justice the offender is fled and we your
humble petitioners Beg and Desires your Considerations in this matter hopeing
you will Commisionate a Justice within the fork of Drowning Creek and Little
pee Dee which will be Greatly to the advantage and Sattisfaction of all
honest Settlers Which Drury (Lime? Sims?) within the said fork is thought to
be the fittinger & person for that office of a Justice of the peace and is
our petition To your Exellency is for him to be Commisionated which will be a
means that the Lands will be settled honest persons and also that William
Pagett and Samuel Pagett be
We your Exellencies humble petitioners Desires to a scribe our selves your
Excellencies most obedient and very humble (Sevts?)
(Transcribed by Jo Church Dickerson from a copy provided by the William L.
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