2005 PEDEN REUNION
FAIRVIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
P.O. BOX 1664
FOUNTAIN INN, SOUTH CAROLINA 29644
The Fifty First Peden Reunion will be held at Fairview Presbyterian Church on Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th, 2005. Old Fairview Church is an ideal place to meet and celebrate our family reunion. We usually have Pedens and Padens from all over the country to attend, many who have never been here. They see the tombstones of their ancestors, visit where they lived and worshipped, experience history that affected our ancestor’s lives, and leave feeling great pride in the moral, patriotic, and loyal character of our Peden fore bearers!
John and Peggy McDill Peden and several of their children landed in Charlestown, Carolina in 1773 on a ship loaded with immigrants from Ireland and all their earthly possessions. Each family had a land grant from the King of England for not less than 100 acres of land in what is now the Nazareth section of Spartanburg County. All the men and older boys soon went north in their covered wagons to join George Washington’s army and fought with him through the entire Revolutionary War. Each of the Peden men was given 500 acres of land in this community (Fairview) as payment for their service to the new country. They were also given an option to buy additional land for the ridiculous price of seventy-five cents per 100 acres.
One of the first things these families did upon arriving in this place was to build a church, Fairview Presbyterian Church. The name Fairview came from the old stone church in Antrim County, Ireland, which was named Fairview. The first church here was a log building across the road from the present church. The present building is the fourth building to house the church, and construction was completed in 1858. It was built with funds left to the church in the will of David Morton, Esq. who left half of his estate to Fairview Presbyterian Church when he died in 1848.
The Sunday School started in 1884 under the direction of Rev. C. B. Stewart. Rev. Stewart’s son, Dr. H. B. Stewart, was the first superintendent and stayed in that position for 63 years from 1884 until his death in 1947. The present Sunday School Wing was added to the church in 1949, and the Office complex and Historical Building were dedicated in 1986 at the celebration of the bi-centennial or 200th anniversary of the church.
The Peden Reunion was held for the first time in 1899. It was decided to have it every 10 years. It was held again in 1909, but postponed in 1919 because of World War I. It was not held again until 1955, and has been held every year since that time. We have as many as 400 attending at times when prominent family members such as General William Westmoreland and the late U. S. Senator, John Stennis were the featured speakers.
Slaves built the back portion of the rock wall surrounding Fairview Church Cemetery about 1850. The Front Wall with cement cap was built by the CCC boys (Civilian Conservation Corp.) about 1933. A new cement cap was put on in the 1990’s. The oldest marked grave is that of a 16-year-old young lady buried in 1794. There are about 750 graves in all in the cemetery. There are 11 Revolutionary War soldiers buried here and 46 War Between The States soldiers. The men at Fairview have always been a patriotic group, and veterans of every war in the nation’s history are buried here, except for those of the Gulf Wars, who are still living.
SATURDAY ACTIVITIES JULY 16, 2005
Tour 8:00 am
According to Jackie Peden, our Tour Coordinator, this year we will visit Cowpens Revolutionary War Park and the Revolutionary War Park in Kings Mountain, NC.
On Saturday morning we need to leave the church promptly at 8:00 am. Lunch will be on your own at a fast food. We will travel by Van and private cars as we did last year. There is no charge for this tour, however, at the end of the trip we will take up a collection for those on the vans to cover the cost of gas, and as you know, the price keeps going up.
ALSO at Fairview Church, Saturday morning (7:30-8:00am), maps will be distributed to those who do not wish to go to the Revolutionary Parks and would prefer to visit other Peden associated cemeteries on their own. The maps will have directions to: Thomas Peden Family Cemetery near Woodruff, SC, John and Peggy McDill Peden Cemetery and Old Catholic Presbyterian Church near Chester, SC.( The latter two historic cemeteries, near Chester SC, are only 4 to 5 miles apart. There are almost as many Pedens buried at Old Catholic Presbyterian Church as at Fairview Church., as well as many associated families related to the Pedens).
Peden Monument 5:00pm
If it can be organized,we plan to go into the Peden Monument in the cemetery on Saturday afternoon around five o’clock. Articles are supposed to be included inside the monument. This is a maybe, because it may not all come together by that time. We do not want to do this on a Sunday.
Saturday Evening Meal 7:00 pm
The Saturday evening meal will be in the Social Hall across the road from Fairview Presbyterian Church. This will be a make your own sandwich type supper. The cost for the supper will be $6.00 per person, payable in advance. We must have at least 40 people for the supper or it will be a no-go. All money must be received by July 8, 2005. If we do not get 40 people for supper, the money will be refunded to you before you leave the reunion.
This is not just for out of town people—this is also for local people. What better time to get acquainted with cousins, share your Peden/Paden keepsakes, pictures, and research, than at a Saturday night supper!
Note: It is of utmost importance that you get your reservation in on time. The caterer must be notified.
Please complete and return the following form.
For Saturday Tour and/or Supper send reservations send to:
James H. Rodgers
2244 Fairview Road
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Tour: How many ? __________
Tour is free—a collection will be taken at the
end of the trip to pay for gas for Vans.
Supper:$6.00 x How Many? _______
Children under six will be free.
Total Enclosed $____________
State: ______________________ Zip:_____________
Your E-Mail ______________________________________
SUNDAY ACTIVITIES JULY 17, 2005
Registration (In front of Church)
Please register to receive your
Identification Ribbon – House Of : (Child
of John and Peggy you descend from), and
to update contact info.
Formal Meeting, Reports, and Speaker
Our speaker this year is the Rev. Jim
O’Brien, Pastor of Reedy River
Presbyterian Church, Conestee, S.C. His
subjects will be: Alexander Peden - “The
Prophet”, and 17th Century History.
Immediately after service Dwayne Shell,
photographer, will be taking a group
picture at the Church that will be
available for purchase.
Lunch (Social Hall)
Bring food to share at a picnic lunch
served on the grounds.
Historical Building will open.
Pedens of America’and ‘History of
Fairview Presbyterian Church’ books will
be available for purchase.
We look forward to having a great reunion this year, and to meeting cousins we have never met before .We hope that many of you will be able to attend. There are several nice motels, restaurants, and shopping centers within five miles of the church. Local residents are usually available to answer and show visitors around the church and community.
James H. Rodgers, Jr.
Peden Clan Officers:
Chief John Calvin Peden, Gastonia, NC
President James H. Rodgers, Jr., Fountain Inn, SC
V President Clark Peden, Fountain Inn, SC
Secretary Jackie Peden, Fountain Inn, SC
Treasurer Henry B. Peden, II, Fountain Inn, SC
Historian W. Scipio Peden, Jr., Pelzer, SC
Simpsonville, SC, all at Exit 27 on I-385, and within 5 miles of Fairview Presbyterian Church.
Palmetto Inn, Simpsonville, SC 800-850-7836
Comfort Inn, Simpsonville, SC (864) 963- 2777
Holiday Inn Express, Simpsonville, SC (864) 962-8500
Hampton Inn, Simpsonville, SC (864) 963-9292
Days Inn, Simpsonville, SC (864) 963-7701
W. S. Peden, Jr. Phone: (864) 243-5255
James H. Rodgers Phone: (864) 862-4086
PROPOSED FAMILY LIFE CENTER
The members of Fairview Presbyterian Church are in the process of a Building Fund for the purpose of building a Family Life Center on the grounds behind the church. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Building Fund as a Memorial to Family Members or to donate to this fund would be greatly appreciated.
Please, send your donations to:
Fairview Presbyterian Church
P. O. Box 1664 Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644
We have already raised some funds but this undertaking will cost considerably more than we have on hand.
Thank you very much. – Building Committee
BOOKS: If you are unable to attend the reunion and would like to purchase a copy of Fairview Presbyterian Church History Book by Mary Lou Stewart Garrett, you may do so by sending a request to the church address (P. O. Box 1664) along with a check for $25.00. It will be mailed to you.
If you don’t have a “Pedens of America” book, you can purchase one at the reunion for $32.00. You may order by mail for $35.00. Please send requests to W. S. Peden, Jr., 521 McKelvey Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.
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