Farris photos
From York and Chester counties, S.C.

Moses Templeton Faries
m. 1st, Elizabeth L. Horton
m. 2nd, Emeline Esther
John Robert Faries
m. 1st, Nancy E. Barber
m. 2nd, Mary J. Faries
George Templeton Faries
m. Susan Wallace
Moses Miles Farris
m. Carrie Ludusca Blanton Harrill
Hiram Lee Farris
m. Ina Sue Robertson
Sarah Frances Farris
m. James Howard Navey
The six people above are my direct line, starting with my mother, Sarah.
— Deborah B.
George Templeton Farris and Susan Wallace Farris of Smyrna. Susan was the daughter of Miles and Clementine Wallace, who were charter members of Smyrna ARP Church.
George Templeton Farris, right, with two of his sons. James Nathan Farris is on the left and Jess Farris is in the middle. Jess was born Daniel, but he was a big fan of outlaw Jesse James and decided to chage his name.
More of George and Susan's children: Standing from left, Margaret Cluny (or Clooney) Owensby, her husband, Hugh Caldwell Farris, and Dinah Farris. Seated are Joel "Joe" Owensby and his wife, Jane Farris.

Naomi Farris, daughter of George and Susan. Naomi was also called Omie. Note the thin waistline. Omie married Frank Coffee. They had two children, Donald Coffee and Hazel Coffee.

Margaret Jane Faries Robinson, her husband, Hugh David Robinson, and their family in 1901. Back row: Nancy Jane Robinson, Maggie Lee Robinson, Sarah Elizabeth Robinson, Ida Isabelle Robinson, and Robert Berry Robinson. Front row: Mary Katherine Robinson, Hugh David Robinson with William Franklin Robinson on his lap, Margaret Jane Faries Robinson with Lillian Emily Robinson on her lap, James Templeton Robinson, and Hugh Thomas Robinson. This photo was provided by their great-granddaughter, Judi Oldridge. Margaret Jane was the daughter of Nancy E. Barber Faries and John Robert Faries and the sister of George Templeton Faries. Judi's grandfather, Hugh Thomas (Tom) Robinson, said Margaret Jane was the toughest and the gentlest person at the same time. Judi asks that this photo not be reproduced for profit without her express written consent. If you would like to reproduce it, e-mail me at aburriss@comporium.net and I will put you in touch with Judi.
Susie Black Robinson, daughter of Tom Robinson and Emma Mae Black Robinson, at age 16. Susie married James M. Harris and is the mother of Judi Harris Oldridge. Do not reproduce this photo for profit without the express written consent of Susie or Judi.
Just before the Civil War, a family named Kelsey built a mansion straddling the York and Chester County lines. (What a tax mess that must have been!) The father went off to war and was killed in Virginia. One day while a fireplace mantel was being cleaned, a bag of gunpowder fell into the fire, causing an explosion that killed two Kelsey daughters and a slave girl. Their mother died shortly afterward. The house was taken over by Sherman's troops from Ohio. They scribbled stories of their victories, who was killed, etc., on the bedroom walls. After the war, the home was bought by the Clintons of Chester County. They named it Clinton Hall and turned it into a warm and gracious home where they entertained often. This photo shows the three Clinton daughters. I do not know the first name of the Faris that Bess married. Interestingly, the white paint used in the bedrooms kept fading so that the Union soldiers' stories would reappear and the Clinton girls could read them. Sadly, Clinton Hall has been torn down. This photo is from the Clinton family.
This photo and the following two were taken from a commemorative, limited edition book presented by the Yorkville Historical Society in 1998. The book, titled "Yorkville to York", was edited by Dr. J. Edward Lee, professor of history at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. The workers pictured here are, front row from left, Louise Hull Mauney, Della Merritt and Carrie Doster Heffner; and back row from left, Cephus Merritt, Oscar Merritt, Jesse Farris and John Pugh. Circa 1930s.
Marshall Whitesides, Jim Farris, John Hicks, Lamar Dixon and Richard Whitesides pose with a 1934 school bus.
York, formerly Yorkville, is known as "The White Rose City" and "The Charleston of the Upcountry". Its historic homes and quiet beauty are a magnet for visitors each August at the city's annual Summerfest festival, which began in 1983. Prior to that, the city held the Grape Festival, which celebrated the fruit produced by regional vineyards. Local beauties also were celebrated. A fun fact is that Sen. Strom Thurmond met his future wife, Nancy Moore, at the Grape Festival in the summer of 1968. Another fun part of the festival was when a group of young women known as the Grapettes would stomp the grapes in huge tubs with their bare feet. These are the Grapettes from 1975: Earlene Burgess, Kay Gaddis, Denise Farris, Sally Gettys, Nancy Mabry, Ginger Harper, Robin Philips and Patricia McCoy.