Well, I arrived one hour and a half before my presentation to find the Hughes (Main) Library was not open yet. I had wanted to locate the cemetery where J. K Vance (b. 1818) and Burwell Chick (1776-1847) are buried. James Kincaid Vance was the former slave owner and half brother to my great great grandfather Beverly Vance. Burwell Chick is the father of Pettus Wales Chick, the slave owner of my great great grandfather, Anderson Chick.
I have traced these men and their families extensively and documented the oral history that was shared with me by family members. It is just mind boggling that two different branches of my family from Abbeville, Laurens, Newberry, and Union Counties are linked to these two men.
Sitting in the empty parking lot of the library, I was able to search Google for J. K. Vance, a former South Carolina state representative, to find the name of the cemetery, Springwood. I put Springwood in the GPS and discovered it was only a few blocks away.
|Beverly Weinstein, Librarian Assistant. Greenville County Library System - Hughes Main Branch, South Carolina Room|