Friday, May 25, 2012

The Lily, Southern County Histories now in Accessible Archives

The Lily, the first newspaper for women, is now available to CCU users through the subscription database Accessible Archives.

"Intemperance is the great foe to her peace and happiness. It is that above all that has made her Home desolate and beggared her offspring…"

Published in Seneca Falls, New York and edited by Amelia Bloomer, The Lily initially focused on the exclusion of women from temperance societies. While the evils of drink remained a constant during its publishing lifespan (1849-1853), The Lily eventually included articles on women’s rights and called for change in laws that were unfair to women. Many articles were authored by Elizabeth Cady Stanton under the pen name Sunflower.

Accessible Archives has also added Southern states to the American County Histories.

American County Histories (1870-1900)  provide an overview of a specific region during the latter part of the 19th century and are considered foundational records for local history and genealogical research. The Southern states now join the Histories from New England, the mid-Atlantic and some Western states. Content found in the  Histories can include crime statistics, population shifts, transportation systems, settlement patterns and religious trends. Counties indexed for South Carolina are Edgefield, Greenville, Marion, Marlboro, Old Pendleton, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg.

An excerpt from the Marion County records:

"Mr. Lowrimore gives us the name of another early settler in Britton’s Neck, by the name of James Crockett, in the following words: “Another settlement which I forgot to note was old James Crockett, an old Englishman, came and settled on Little Pee Dee, near what is known as Pawley’s Camp, the place where old Tory Pawly, hid, when old General Marion was ransacking this part of the country for the Torys; but the said Crockett obtained a warrant, and in 1734, he taken up and had granted to him a tract of land. I have had the old plat and grant in my hand many times.” This was probably the progenitor of the celebrated David Crockett, of frontier fame in the wild West, seventy-five or eighty years ago."

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