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06 April 2006 - Thursday

†††† Again we got a later that expected start this morning because we had to take time to solve an electrical problem in the van.Ultimately it was narrowed down to a faulty circuit board for the 12-volt system, an issue that wasnít serious but had to be corrected at a later date.By 9:00 am we had left the campground and headed back into Anderson.We soon found the courthouse and went to work looking for information on our Bishop family ancestors.

†††† It was about 1789 when our 5th great-parents Nicholas III and Jane (Dickson) Bishop moved, withJaneís father Michael Dickson, to the newly created Pendleton County, (later to become Anderson County), that was formed as a result of the Treaty of Hopewell in 1785 by which the Cherokee's relinquished their lands to the State of South Carolina.It is believed that that Bishop family plantation was located in the area of present day Garvin Township in Anderson County; as such we were interested in finding records that would show when the last surviving family member Jane Bishop sold the plantation.After locating what we were looking for we walked over to the County Library and performed some research in the South Carolina Room.Here we were fortunate to uncover the last will of Jane Bishop, which answered many of our questions. Fred located a book by Elizabeth Ellet, entitled, The Women of the American Revolution, wherein the author tells the story of Nicholas Bishop II father of the aforementioned Nicholas III.According to the account the British authorities arrested the elderly Nicholas because at least five of his sons were bearing arms against the King.In the process they burned his home and held him captive in a jail in Camden, South Carolina.Courageous patriots Sarah McCalla and Mary Nixon eventually arranged the release of eleven prisoners of which one was Nicholas Bishop, Jr.

†††† All of this research work was making us quite hungry so Tom obtained directions to a good BBQ pork restaurant where we ate lunch.We purchased the dinner plates for $7.50 each along with two glasses of great iced tea.We had so much pork and coleslaw on the platters that we saved the other half for later.

†††† Appetites satisfied we then drove out into the countryside to look for the Nicholas Bishopís plantation.To assist us in this search we used the Topo USA mapping software from DeLorme.This resource helped us immensely to locate many of the sites we had planned to visit during the entire trip.†† From our research we were aware that the property was located along Garvinís Creek.Our mapping software showed a stream named Bishopís Branch running into the creek.This we believed was an excellent clue as to where the Bishop property was located.Soon we found a Bishopís Branch Road and followed it.Along the way we came upon a Baptist church as well as a chicken farm sporting the Bishopís Branch name.

Bishopís Branch road sign, Anderson Co., SC

Eventually we found a likely site location where we took pictures of the home that occupies the land today.††

†††† Subsequently, we drove through the historic town of Pendleton where we found the Old Stone Church out on U.S. Highway 76 between Pendleton and Clemson.The church was built in the late 1700s, and in its cemetery rest the remains of our Bishop ancestors as wells so many famous personages and denizens of the region that the church has been called "The Westminster Abbey of the Upcountry".

Old Stone Church, Pickens, Co., SC

 

Bishop family plot at the Old Stone Church

††††† We soon departed the Clemson / Pendleton area bound for McMinn County, Tennessee.To accomplish this we had to drive west into Georgia and on up into the Cherokee National Forest in the southeastern corner of Tennessee.We arrived at the Parksville Campground at around 7:30 PM.Paid $20.00 for and excellent site next to a beautiful mountain stream.It was here that we were finally able to make a campfire for the first time on the trip.

Parksville CG, Cherokee Natl. Forest, TN

†††† In planning the trip Tom had visions of relaxing in front of a campfire playing his guitar.†† Alas, this would not be the case for most of our expedition because most of our days were long and we were just ready to sleep after dinner, nor could we build a campfire due to the dry and windy conditions so prevalent during this time of the year.The campfire was so enjoyable that we didnít get into bed until 10:00 pm. We then let that stream lull us to sleep.Parksville with its mountain setting a picturesque stream rated a 4 in our book.Unfortunately just a week later, on April 13th this same campground was closed down after a 200- pound black bear killed a six-year-old girl and seriously injured her mother and two-year-old brother.Such an event is quite rare and is only the second recorded fatal attack by a black bear in the southeastern United States.

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