The next family to be notices is the Ellerbe family. Two brothers, Thomas and John Ellerbe, came
to South Carolina about 1740. Thomas Ellerbe applied to the Council for lands, about which he had
some trouble, and Bishop Gregg says, on page 63: "Mr. Elerby was doubtless successful in the end, as
he remained in that neighborhood and became the owner of extensive landed possessions, a large portion
of which has remained in the family to the present day." And in a note to this, Gregg says:
" The mill site referring to in the petition of Thomas Elerby was, doubtless, that on Juniper Creek,
of which some signs yet remain, near the road leading from Cheraw to Society Hill. A grist and
sawmill, at all events, were there, and in successful operation sometime before the Revolution"
Resuming the text, Bishop Gregg further says: "John Elerby, a brother of Thomas, came with him
to Pee Dee and settled on the east side of the river. He either returned to Virginia or removed
elsewhere at an early period. Thomas Elerby married Obedience Gillespie, had two sons, Thomas
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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