History of Feasterville, SC
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History of Feasterville, Fairfield Co., SC
by Mark McKee Rigsby

      The Coleman, Feaster, Mobley Family Association was formed in 1941.  The group owns and maintains the Feasterville Boarding House and Schoolhouse, the Liberty Universalist Church, the Antioch Methodist Church and family cemeteries.
      The Feasterville Historic District is in the western part of the county in the Blair mailing area.  This area is rich in history from its first settlement by the Lyles family in the 1740s.
      Originally Feasterville was called Hill's Box after the Simeon Hill family.  It was said that during elections many candidates who had run well elsewhere failed there.  "As Hill's Box goes, so goes the county," was a popular refrain.  Hill's Box earned the nickname of "Hell's Box" for so often giving candidates hell.
      The community was next named Feasterville after John Feaster, born 1768, died 1847.  Feaster, with contributions from others, built Liberty Universalist Church in 1832.  In 1840, he built the schoolhouse.  Prior to that, classes were held in the church.   During 1841 - 42, Andrew Feaster, born 1793, died 1869, supervised the building of the Boarding House for his father and by 1844 it was known as the Feasterville Female Seminary with Catherine Ladd as principal.   Prior to Mrs. Ladd's tenure, the Rev. L. F. W. Andrews, a Universalist minister, taught "the usual English and Classical Branches" from 1842 - 44.  The school was open until 1929 when a county consolidated school replaced seven rural one-teacher schools.
      After the closing of the school, the Boarding House was used as the Feasterville Community Building.  The buildings were renovated as a WPA project and the grounds were landscaped in 1937 by Mother Walker of Winthrop College.  In the 1930s and 1940s the Feasterville Demonstration Club used the first floor and the Coleman Masonic Lodge No. 97 occupied the front upstairs rooms.  The schoolhouse was used as a polling place until the 1980s.
      The Coleman Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1860 and originally met in a building on the grounds of the Boarding House complex.   It was named for Dr. Robert Williams Coleman (1822 - 1873).
      The Antioch Methodist Church was built in 1891 by William James Jenkins on land given by Mrs. Charles W. Faucette, who was Mary Ann McConnell prior to her marriage.  Jenkins also made the pulpit and the pews from wood cut on the W. J. Wolling place and dressed at his sawmill.
      The association holds a reunion each October of descendants of the three families.  Last year members celebrated the centennial birthday of the group's oldest member, Mary Bess Coleman, who is the great-granddaughter of Henry Jonathan Coleman, who was born June 27, 1793 and died Feb. 3, 1861; one of the original trustees of the Feasterville Academy.
      Her grandfather, Dr. Robert William Coleman, who was born Oct. 3, 1822 and died May 27, 1873, built a one-room schoolhouse for black students circa 1867 - 68.  It was known as St. Cecilia's and stood at the intersection of Road 99 and Road 33 in Shelton until it was torn down in the early 1970s.

Plat of Liberty Universalist Church

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The above plat reads as follows:
Scale 5 chains per inch
South Carolina
Fairfield County
                       By requst of _ M.D.C.
Colvin and Jno. A. Coleman, Trustees, I have 
resurveyed the Lot occupied by Liberty Church
situated in county and state aforesaid
on waters of Broad River and find it to 
containFive acres three Roods and 37
Perches having such form meets and 
boundaries as the above plat represents
Surveyed Aug 12-1896
                         T. M. Boulware

RECORDED: September.14, 1967 at 11:40 A.M. E.F.Connor CCCF

Liberty Universalist Church Deed

Bequest of Feasterville Female Academy

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Feasterville Female Academy Contract with Principal

Some Places on Buckhead Road
(Road S-20-31 (evidently formerly Road S-20-30))
Above sketch drawn 1953 by D.B.C.Sr., i.e. Donald B. Clayton
        Jacob Feaster Home,was occupied after his death by W.T.Mayfield who married
a daughter of Robert Fitz Coleman,who is buried in the Cemetery. It was occupied
by negroes up into the 194Os when it burned.
        The Old Cameron Home has been destroyed for a long number of years,only the
ruins being standing in the early l9OOs.
        The Feasterville Road turned north from the Blairs road as shown, crossed
Beaver Creek,passed John Feasters old Home,and than went on to Liberty Church
at Feasterville after crossing Chicken Creek near the Old Mobley Home.
        The"Egypt" road turns as shown] to the East for about 250 Yard,then swings
north and as it straightens out passes by the side of the Jadob Feaster,Robt.
F.Coleman and Henry Lyles Graveyard,in which there are a large number of Graves
with only stones as markers.
        From the point where the Feasterville Road turns off the Blairs Road,back to
highway 215 is 1.9 Miles. From that point West to Buena Visto entrance road is
.4 Miles,and to Buckhead is.8 Miles.
        Buena Vista was built by Wm Strother Lvles,and later sold to Traz.DeGraff
Feaster,whose daughter Florence sold it to Rev.Lyons who owned it when it burned.
        "Buckhead" (so called because the Buckhead Post Office was housed in it, dur
ing the early 1900s,was built by Old Major Tom Lyles (b.1785) the youngest son
of Arromanus ,the Rev Soldier. Major Tom willed it to his granddaughter Sallie
dt of Wm Strother Lyles,and she married John C Feaster,and left the place to her
adopted daughter,Augusta Salyer Crowder,who now lives in it (1953)
        The Rodd running North between Buena Vista and Buckhead is the new Road to
the Old Lee Fee Place down on the Creek (Beaver) which was owned during the Civil
War by Dr W. Preston Coleman,son of Henry J.Coleman and his wife Mary Feaster,and
who was killed in the War.
        "Buckhead" was built probably about 1824,as Major Thomas Lyles bought this
      property from William Fant and settled on it in 1821 after having been over
      in the Wateree Valley for several years after his marriage,and then back to
      his fathers place,before buying the Fant Place. (This information from
      "Edrington's Mss History of Fairfield Co.S.C.)

From Donald B. Clayton Papers

Caroliniana Library

Columbia, South Carolina

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