A dedication of the Patriots Monument is set for Newberry Memorial Park July 2, 2-3 p.m.
One might question why there is an American Revolution monument in Newberry with no Patriot names.
The 1840 S.C. Census was the first to have Marshals take a census of those surviving who had American Revolution military service. This account of Patriots came 49 years after the war and includes only those who survived the war and all other life terminations.
At time of the war South Carolina did not have counties. Our area, commonly called “Back Country” or “Up Country” was part of the Ninety Six district. The 1840 census lists 103 sir names from what is today the six different counties taken from the original mentioned district.
The below list is kept in order of census which shows relative location of families.
Abbeville District - Scroggins, Lockhart, Carlisle, Hall, Brown, Roberts, Teulon, Frashier, Corwill, Milford and Black.
Edgefield District - Brooks, Radford, Lowe, Lowe, Mitchell, Seigler, Burton, Nobles, Richardson, Hearn, King, Rodgers, Howle, Hammond, Eidson, Lindsey, Smith, Harris, Wise and Carter.
Laurens District- Hudgens, Burnside, Wood, Long, Freeman, Downs, Osborn, Griffin, Allen, Beasly, Farrow, Pitts, Meredith, Knight, Blakely and Finley.
Newberry District- Denson, Hays and Kelly.
Spartanburg District- Wilson, Calaham, Fowler, Wingo, Roebuck, Newman, Castleberry, Collins, Johnston, Farrar, Holme, Crockekr, Morrow, West, Parkham, Shields, Seay, Smith, O’shields, Johnson, King, Crocker, Johnson, Holt, Abbott, Belcher, Hopkins, McClure, Clement, Emerson and Walker.
Union District- Addis, Savage, Porter, Chandler, Farr, Smith, Rochester, Word, Young, Chandler, McJemkin, Evans, Bobo, Hollis, Howard, Palmer, Holder, Nance, McWherter, Morehead, Bailey, Cump and Bird.
This list while likely reliable, is incomplete. Many who gave their lives during the fight for freedom or for other reasons did not survive the 49 years after the war, while equally honored by the Patriot Monument, are in fact the countless unnamed.