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Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth T. Chick Remembered in Oral History

In Voices of the Past by Caldwell Sims, a formerly enslaved man, Mr. Milo H. Evans on March 17, 1937 recounted a story called "The Pipe" on page 170 of the book. The story was about when he was a boy and would run through the fields of old Goshen Hill. Goshen Hill was a town in Union County, South Carolina.

"When I was a boy I used to like to run through the fields of old Goshen Hill Township with mt rabbit dog. About this time I was a great admirer of Capt. Jack Henderson's. He lived at Rose Cottage, the home of his aunt, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth T. Chick. Capt. Jack was a great hunter of wild game, such as quail and wild turkeys. This was in the year of 1881, I well remember because that was the year that the cotton lived all the winter and sprouted in the spring and grew and made a second crop. Capt. Jack talked to me often about that," said Mr. Milo H. Evans.

I have yet to document Capt. Jack Henderson, but it was good to know thar he was the nephew of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth T. Chick. It also good to know he lived at Rose Cottage, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth T. Chick's home. The last census she was on was the 1900 Census:

Calwell Sims, Voices of the Past (Greenville South Carolina,

Union County Historical Foundation)

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 August 2014), South Carolina > Union > ED 69 Goshen Hill Township > image 4 of 30; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

At the top of the page above on the 1900 Census is Sarah E. T. Chick, wife of Pettus Wales Chick who was deceased, living in Goshen Hill Township, Union County, SC. Sarah lived until 1902. In 1900, she is living with her nephew, John Henderson, and his wife, Laura, and their son, James W.

Right next door lives my great great grandfather, Anderson Chick and my great great grandmother, Elenia Coleman Chick with their family. The next available census is the 1880 Census. Pettus is dead here. Sarah is living with her sister, Lucy Shelton:

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2015), South Carolina > Union > Goshen Hill > ED 155 > image 12 of 35; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)

The very next family listed is Anderson Chick's mother, Eliza Eigner, and her family. The first person listed after his mother is Anderson Eigner. In the 1900 Census he went by Anderson Chick. Pettus, husband of Sarah, was his father.

Brick Wall Demolition:

In our next post, we will continue to show the family dynamics going back in time including Pettus Wales Chick's will. Do you have any questions? Ask them below or out on Facebook under this post.

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