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Re: Austin Ford Peay/Will - Fairfield County, South Carolina
Posted by: Hope Coslett Pees (ID *****9871) Date: July 11, 2004 at 08:34:03
In Reply to: Re: Austin Ford Peay/Will - Fairfield County, South Carolina by LaRue Foster of 348

I "think" that I found that information in Fairfield County Sketches; almost all of my references and sources were lost in a 1998 Texas flood. I did not yet have all of the information on the computer (which had to be restored, so again - some information was also lost on my hard drive).

Anyway, what I DO have as a reference is:

A Fairfield Sketch Book by Juli (rest flood damaged).

Note pertaining to Martha Keziah Peay (daughter of Austin Ford Peay and Mary English):

The University of South Carolina Library has in its possession copies of letters from Martha Keziah Peay pertaining to house furnishings for a house located on Laurel Street in Columbia. "It seems that she wished her correspondents to believe that the house was being prepared for her widowed father, but in reality, as one of the later letters reveals, it was intended to be her own home after her marriage to Joseph A. Black.

The rough drafts of Miss Peay's letters and the original replies are in the possession of a granddaughter, Mrs. H. W. Desportes of Ridgeway, South Carolina. Certain pieces of the furniture are still owned by the descendants. In a letter dated September 2nd, 1830, Martha K. Peay writes: 'My Father wishes to furnish a house newly, in Columbia, the following winter--he is anxious to do it both elegantly and with as much economy as possible--which he can not do should he purchase here such articles are much higher here than in yr. city. He wishes the articles to be elegant and at the same time neat, and in the latest fashionable style."


Hope Coslett Pees
Seguin, Texas

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