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Greenville County Probate Records

Greenville, SC Greenville County originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians, until 1777 when they ceded their lands to the state and English and Scotch-Irish settlers began settling. Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville. Early settlers: Arnold Russell, William Henry Lyttleton, Frederick Winter, Jesse Saxon, John Robinson, Evan Thomas, George Salmon, Wiat Anderson, John Holland, General Nathaniel Greene (1742-1786) and others.

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Tory Threatens to Hang Patriot
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
Reuben Harrison served with Colonel Richardson Owens during the Revolutionary War. He was sent from Flower Gap in Surry County, North Carolina by Colonel Owens with a letter to Colonel Benjamin Cleveland advising Cleveland when he would advance upon the Tories. Enroute, he was captured by the Tories and mistreated. They threatened to hang him. A Tory by the name of George Roberts took him into his arms and shaking him, told him that he would be hanged if he did not disclose his business. But his step-son, a young man, interceded that persuaded the Tory to release Harrison because of his youth. He had hidden the letter in the crown of his hat, and although the Tories removed it, did not see it. Therefore, Harrison was released and went on to deliver the letter to Colonel Cleveland before returning to Flower Gap.

Revolutionary War Pensions provide a great deal of personal information about the soldiers as well as battles. They are certainly worth studying and using to piece together family puzzles.

Map of Greenville County

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