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Re: Records of the slaves
Posted by: Pelham Lyles (ID *****0738) Date: October 08, 2007 at 20:42:46
In Reply to: Records of the slaves by jo davis of 348

There are no central listings of slaves. Each family may have kept ledgers or Bibles listing slaves. Melrose, the huge house of Nicholas Peay was burned by Sherman's troops in Feb. of 1865 and most records were lost. I have seen a Peay bible, but it had no records of slaves. There was an African American Peay family reunion (descended from Nick and Austin F. Peay's slaves) some years ago which was written up in the State Paper (Columbia, SC). I believe the lady who organized it was a Mrs. Sutton, a school librarian in Columbia. I spoke with her about the reunion many years ago, but she has since passed away and I don't know if anyone kept up the tradition.
I am a great great grand daughter of Eliza Peay Lyles who was a sister of Nicholas of Melrose. Sorry I can not give more information. Check the State newspaper archives from about 20 - 25 years ago. John Collins, a Lyles cousin, is a news dept. editor there and may be able to help you.


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