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Visiting James Moseley’s homeplace

Visiting James Moseley’s homeplace

My guides Robert Ivey and John Robertson pose near where Old Hi-key’s house once stood. Near Grindals Shoals Union Co. SC

Old Union Cemetery, Union South Carolina

Old Union Cemetery, Union South Carolina

Here rest many of the founding families of Union County SC.  Included here is the Brandon family including Colonel Thomas Brandon, whose brigade James Moseley and John Foster served during the Revolution.

Civil War on the Frontier – Fort Scott, Kansas

Civil War on the Frontier – Fort Scott, Kansas

Elton and Greg at Fort Scott KS Fort Scott Kansas, home to the 2nd Kansas Battery of Light Artillery We travelled the road along the Kansas side of the Kansas/Missouri border.  We visited Baxter Springs and Fort Scott.

Jasper County Missouri

Jasper County Missouri

Jasper County was where Jarrett Foster and his family settled when they came to MO.  It is one county west of Lawrence Co. where Frederick and his family settled.  It is bordered on the west by Kansas.  These western MO counties were the scene of plenty of guerilla violence and intimidation during Bleeding Kansas and […]

Lawrence County Missouri

Lawrence County Missouri

Lawrence Co. MO was home tto Fredrick Foster and his family when they settled in MO.  Brother Jarrett settled one county further west, Jasper Co.  These were both well populated with southern famillies and were infact part of the state that seperated from the official government and sesseeded from the union.  The southern counties of […]

Grindal Shoals, Union Co. South Carolina

Grindal Shoals, Union Co. South Carolina

Approaching Grindal Shoals2a I took this picture because I recognized this must be the Pacolet River valley.  What I didn’t know is that I was standing next to James  Moseley’s homestead and that the land in the middle distance was Foster and Jasper property.

Under Construction

There has been a sleepy time of quiet satisfaction and reflection after visiting South Carolina. The blog page has been untouched by me until today. This fall Julie Anne McRae, my colleague at the AWNA and web designer extraordinare, has drastically improved the look of the page and it’s ability to display photos. The content […]

Epilogue to my visit to South Carolina

In reality my “mysterious” Fosters aren’t that much of a mystery. Not much was known about them simply because the work of hunting back and finding and promoting the records hasn’t been done – at least by anyone we in Canada have been in touch with. The Fosters of Grindal Shoals, Union County, South Carolina […]

Home

Just got in and am stretched out on my own bed trying to convince myself the last nine days was not a dream. This morning I returned to Spartanburg Library.  Brad was not there however he had left his Moseley research for me.  WOW what an extensive and complete collection of documents.  What I hadn’t […]

Farewell to the homesteads

My last visit out to Grindal Shoals proved I have become rather attached to these places.  It was hard to want to leave. I took videos to really capture a sense of the lay of the land and the sounds but they are too large to post here.  They will be edited down and posted […]

Foster, Tim: The meeting by the cornfield

Foster, Tim: The meeting by the cornfield

Tim is from a family of Fosters probably related back in Virginia.  He is a deputy sheriff and a re-enactor at Walnut Grove Plantation.  We enjoyed an animated visit out near his corn garden.  He pointed out the bronze plaque at Foster Chapel.  It’s a black church but the land was donated by an ancestor […]

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