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Fort Mill South Carolina Historical Articles

These articles were written by local historian Louise Pettus, sponsored by the old Fort Mill Downtown Association. Articles printed courtesy of Fort Mill Times.

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  • July 2006 - John Rooker rewarded Revolutionary War veteran’s pensions
  • June 2006 - How India Hook Road in Rock Hill got its name
  • April 2006 - William Pettus declared ineligible to serve
  • March 15, 2006 - Unity Church Cemetary dates to 1788
  • February 15, 2006 - A.B. Springs in the winter of 1867-'68 (2nd installment)
  • January 19, 2006 - A.B. Springs in the winter of 1867-'68

  • December 15, 2005 - There were knights to remember in the 1860s
  • November 17, 2005 - Sutton v. Jackson: Who really owned the land?
  • October 20, 2005 - Hamilton made a mark at Gold Hill Academy
  • September 22, 2005 - In 1892 Fort Mill hosts a huge wedding
  • August, 2005 - Old Unity Cemetery
  • July 28, 2005 - York County has peaches and grapes
  • June 30, 2005 - Thomas "Kanawah" Spratt and how he came to befriend the Catawbas
  • May 26, 2005 - The Soldier's Relief Board during the Civil War
  • April 28, 2005 - Fort Mill and the Red Shirts
  • February 24, 2005 - Elliott White Springs, "warbird"

  • October 28, 2004 - The Doby family leaves its mark on the Fort Mill area
  • August, 2004 - Confederate Park
  • July 29, 2004 - Church historians face difficulties when pinpointing dates
  • June 24, 2004 - Banks set up school in Fort Mill
  • May 6, 2004 - Elliott Springs Wrote Fiction
  • March 25, 2004 - Elliott Springs And "Loretto"
  • February 26, 2004 - Col. Springs Builds His Office
  • January 29, 2004 - T.D. Spratt Records History

  • October 30, 2003 - The Rev. Lee Is At Home Here
  • September 25, 2003 - Who was Tom Hall To Deserve A Whole Street?
  • August 28, 2003 - White Brothers Battle In War
  • July 31, 2003 - Francis Mack Was A Soldier And Educator In Fort Mill
  • June 26, 2003 - If Fort Mill Had A Founder, It Would Be William White
  • May 29, 2003 - Honoring Fort Mill's Heroes


    Additional Undated Articles
  • 1941 Army Maneuvers
  • Squire Bailes--The Marriage Man
  • Cannons In The Catawba?-What Happened?
  • Catawba Bridge
  • Catawba Indians In The Revolutionary War
  • Writing Church History
  • Floods Of 1928 And 1929 Bring Lawsuits
  • State Vs. Sutton And Hayworth
  • Springs' Model Mill Village, 1937
  • T. D. Spratt & Fort Mill Wild Life
  • Weddings Of A Century Ago
  • Peter Harris, Catawba Indian

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    Historian Louise Pettus

    Ms. Louise Pettus is a world-renowned historian. She has written numerous articles on Fort Mill's history, and currently is a contributing writer of history articles for Carolina Gateway News and Sun City Carolina Lakes Magazine in Indian Land, SC.

    Upon speaking with her recently about her biography, Ms. Pettus quoted: "I could have added my five years managing the family cotton gin in the fall, and attending USC, where I had a graduate-work scholarship in the South Caroliniana Library. I benefitted from the experience for the rest of my life. There I learned how to research and now, with computer help, I don't have to travel to reach my sources but just take Google as the fastest train or plane imaginable."

  • Born in Indian Land, SC
  • B. A. in History from Winthrop College, 1946
  • M. A. in History from USC, 1954
  • Twenty five years teaching experience in colleges; eleven years in secondary schools
  • Author of nine books - all based on local history
  • Recipient of many awards, including "Who's Who in the World" in 2010

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