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Lyles Reunion

Hi Folks,

I am a descendent of one of the Liles brothers who came to South Carolina from Virginia, via North Carolina, in the 1740’s. Some of the South Carolina Lyles clan are planning a reunion October 6-8, 2000, in Winnsboro, South Carolina. We would like to invite everyone interested in reestablishing blood connections to the lines that settled here. Three brothers (Ephraim, John, and Williamson) settled both sides of the Broad River after obtaining land in the territory of the Cherokee Cession of 1755 where modern day Fairfield and Newberry Counties meet. John Liles operated a ferry at Liles Ford; Ephraim, my fifth great-grandfather, was scalped in 1761; Williamson owned land next to John in present Newberry County. Other names associated with this area are Arramanos Liles, the first white child born in Fairfield County, and Colonel Thomas Lyles.

The event will be held at the historic Feasterville Boarding House, which is rich with Lyles history. Fifteen years ago, we hosted a reunion at this site that was attended by about 200 relatives from across the US. We hope the 2000 event will surpass this in attendance. I apologize to those of you who have contacted me in years past for not following through sooner and organizing this event but life took me by the talons. I used the money that some of you sent to purchase stamps for this and future mailings.

The reunion site has numerous primitive campsites. Two flushing toilets and Porta-Johns will be available. Hotels are located nearby in Winnsboro and Newberry. Events planned for the weekend include tours to historical Lyles sites, maps and information regarding remote sites of interest to the Lyles family, information sharing, education and nightly campfires with storytelling and music. (Volunteers please contact Pelham to tell her how you can contribute!) Sunday, we will have an ecumenical service at Rock Creek Baptist Church, the old Dunker Church that was attended by our ancestors. Meal plans are to have a BBQ supper catered on Saturday and a traditional Sunday dinner. Meals are to be reserved and paid for in advance. All other meals will be on your own. We are looking into the possibility of having a vendor provide hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. for other meals. Please bring display boards and or material that other people may wish to copy. There will be a copying machine available.

Please copy this letter and pass on to potential attendees. If you are interested in attending this event or receiving further information, please complete and return the enclosed form. Reservations and payment for meals must be received no later than September 22, 2000. The suggested per person donation of $10 for the weekend will be used to cover expenses such as the PortaPots, tents, supplies and copying of materials.

We look forward to spending a fun-filled and informative reunion weekend with you.

Pelham Lyles

Directions (Closest airports Columbia, SC, & Charlotte, NC)

Historic Register properties of Feasterville Boarding House & Liberty Universalist Church are located about 5 miles south of the Chester County line on SC Hwy. 215, look for historic marker for Feasterville Boarding House.

From Winnsboro, SC Hwy. 34 west, about 12 mi. to Salem Crossroads, right (north) on SC Hwy. 215 & go about 8 mi. on 215 & look for historic marker for Feasterville Boarding House.

From Newberry, from I-26, go east on SC Hwy. 34, cross Broad River and go about 7 mi. to Salem Crossroads, turn left (north) on SC Hwy. 215, look for historic marker for Feasterville Boarding House.

From Columbia, go to Winnsboro & follow directions for SC Hwy. 34 west (above directions) OR From Columbia, take SC Hwy. 215 northwest toward Jenkinsville & after crossing Fairfield County line, go about 25 mi. & look for historic marker for Feasterville Boarding House.

From areas north of SC, follow I-77 to Exit 34 (SC Hwy. 34), just south of Winnsboro, then follow directions from Winnsboro (above).

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 6, 2000

12:00 Registration/Check-in

2:00 -5:00 Tour to Lyles Ford and Thomas Liles gravesite

7:00 Campfire, Music and Storytelling

Saturday, October 7, 2000

9:00 - 11:00 Registration

10:00 - 12:00 Speakers (TBA-Lyles History, Branches, Geneology)

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:30 Tours (guided or maps available for outlying sites, Museum, Railroad Museum, etc.)

BBQ Dinner

Sunday, October 8, 2000

10:00 Church Service at Rocky Creek Church

12:00 Lunch ( Southern Style Sunday Dinner)

1:30 Tours (guided or maps available for outlying sites, Museum, Railroad Museum, etc.)

PLEASE DETACH AND RETURN THIS PORTION OF THE FORM TO Frankie Liles, 1107 Lake Ave, Richmond, VA 23226. Questions regarding the reunion should be directed to Frankie at (804) 285-0711 or . THIS FORM AND PAYMENT FOR MEALS MUST BE RETURNED BY SEPTEMBER 22, 2000. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO PELHAM LYLES (AND MARK “FOR REUNION”).

____ # of attendees @ $10 each

____ # of campers ____ # of tenters

____ # of Sat. evening meals @ $6.50 for each person over 10 yrs. (BBQ) (age 10 and under free)

____ # of Sunday dinner meals @ $8.00

Full Name: _____________________________________

Address: _______________________________________

Phone: ( ___ ) _____________ Email: ____________

Ancestral line (for data base) _________________

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If you would like to make a donation to help cover costs or would like to volunteer to help out with the reunion, please contact Pelham Spong at (803)635-2486 or at or Laura Thomas at 1528 Hungry Hollow Rd., Winnsboro, SC 29180 or at

Thank you and look forward to seeing you in October!!




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