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Carrie Lyles TRAYLOR Stewart family genealogy
Fairfield County, South Carolina

Mother of eight Carrie Lyles TRAYLOR (born 4/21/1891 - died 9/21/1980) married Joseph Beverly STEWART (and in her old age, John Stevenson); was the daughter of Confederate soldier William Henry Traylor (born 6/15/1847 - died 4/25/1920) and Alice WIX (born 5/1/1861 - died 11/18/1939); was the GRANDDAUGHTER of William E.TRAYLOR (born 1817 - probably buried in Mississippi where he died) and Nancy B. (Barrett?) Lyles (born 6/13/1812 in Fairfield - died 5/20/1895 and buried at Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Fairfield) AND OF Confederate soldier William Riley WIX (born 11/4/1830 in Chester Co.- died 2/5/1906) and Mary A. EDGE (born 6/27/1840 in Union Co.- died 10/18/1902). Robert CARTER first married William Henry TRAYLOR's sister Mary and later his widow Alice WIX Traylor: was the GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER of Arromanus Lyles II (1786 - ?) and Mary Woodward (~1788 - ?): was the GREAT GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER of Arromanus (Col.) Lyles (1748 - 1817) and his second wife Rebecca VALENTINE (~1750 - ?) AND OF Reverend William Woodward and Nancy BARRETT (~1767 - 8/10/1829) was the GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER of Ephraim Lyles, Sr. (~1720 - ~1755) and Ann Margaret LYTHER (1725 - ?) AND OF Thomas "the Regulator" Woodward (? - 5/12/1779) and Jemima COLLINS and the GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER of John after1762) and Anne (~1698 - LYLES (~1695 - ~1797) AND OF Thomas WOODWARD (b near Annapolis, Maryland) and Elizabeth SIMPSON of Fairfax county, VA.

Carrie was gentle, kind and proudly claimed descent from "Manus" LYLES (the LYLES family has been socially prominent in Fairfield County).

Carrie Lyles TRAYLOR
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In the colonial period Fairfield County was a center for the Regulator movement, which sought to bring law and order to the backcountry. During the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis made his headquarters in Winnsboro from October 1780 to January 1781; the county was also invaded by General Sherman's troops during the Civil War. Cotton production was the major economic activity of the area, but the county also produced Winnsboro Blue Granite. Some prominent residents of the county were Regulator leader Thomas Woodward (d. 1799), Revolutionary War soldier Richard Winn (1750-1818), and artist Laura Glenn Douglas (1886-1962).

Carrie's uncle Thomas Woodward (pronounced "woodard"?) TRAYLOR came back from the Civil War penniless, declared he would own a big mansion (he did, the most beautiful I have seen) with columns like one he saw, and became a banker and the largest landowner in Fairfield County (according to an obituary, newspaper article, or something I once read). Cousin Pelham LYLES Spong grew up in a home Thomas Woodward Traylor once owned in White Oak. SC.

Was Thomas Woodward TRAYLOR named after his ancestor Thomas WOODWARD, probably the most famous person in Fairfield's history? Thomas Woodward was the "Regulator" who helped make the upcountry more secure by establishing a system of justice where the state of South Carolina had not, because the only courts were far away in Charleston.

Major Thomas W. Woodward, senator from Fairfield, was the son of William T. Woodward, grandson of John Woodward (senior), and great grandson of Thomas "The Regulator" Woodward, and was a cousin of Nancy B. Lyles (1812 - 1895).

Nancy B (Baxter?) LYLES was the daughter of Arromanus LYLES II and Mary Woodward. Mary Woodward was the daughter of Reverend William "Preacher Billy" Woodward (referred to in Ederington's Chapter on Coleman's in his History of Fairfield County as certainly close kin to Major Thomas W. Woodward), and granddaughter of Thomas "The Regulator" Woodward, who was killed (the battle of Eutaw?) in the first Revolution. "Preacher Billy" Woodward was referred to as the boldest fighter of the Revolution (I suspect that love makes a man bolder than genes or hatred) in Ederinfton's history .

Nancy B. Lyles may have lived in a house across from the Feasterville boarding academy after returning from Mississippi where her husband William E. Traylor died. Her son William Henry Traylor owned land which is still owned by his descendants in Feasterville. She named one of her sons Thomas Woodward Traylor, and may have been Major Thomas W. Woodward's second cousin.

On 12/16/98 I was also told that a daughter of Aromanus II married John Tharp who made the 1820 Mills Map for Fairfield, and that a Mrs. Sharon Avery works on Lyles genealogy. Ephraim's son Rev. War Colonel Arromanus Lyles is said to have been the 1st white born in the area now known as Fairfield County. He married Miss Valentine and had 6 sons and one daughter: Epphraim, John, Valentine, James, Arromanus, Thomas, Rebecca. In 1810 Mary Ann Collins Woodard married Major Thomas Lyles (ancestor of Pelham and John Collins). Mary Ann Collins Woodward was the first Cousin of Mary Woodward, the mother of Nancy B. Lyles.

Arromanus II was the son of Rev. War Colonel Arramanus Lyles.

A William Lyles ran a ferry at Ashford Ferry (Lyles Ferry?).

I was told that: William E. Traylor and his wife Nancy B. Lyles moved to Mississippi. William E. Traylor died in Mississippi. After the Civil War Nancy B. Lyles moved back to Fairfield with her children and built a small home across Highway #215 from the Boarding House in Feasterville, where it still stands today. Her son Thomas Woodward Traylor became a SC state Senator and built a mansion in White Oak in Fairfield County in the 1890's, and also lived in Winnsboro, SC.

A librarian in the Richland County Public Library Local History Room told me that Belton E. Lyles and John Woodward Lyles were named as Confederate veterans in a 1910 Winnsboro Newspaper according to page 6 of "Farifield Family Histories" (Faifield County Publishers in Clinton, SC) #929.3FAI.

Read my genealogy notes for more detailed information

Some of the genealogy above was recorded in Fairfield County Deeds EN on page 125; in Richland County Deeds 733 on page 745, and in Richland County Mortgages 1076 on page 590.

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