This website is dedicated to the memory of Ephraim LYLES (killed by Indians about 1755). Ephraim was the first man of his noble race born in Fairfield County, South Carolina and an adventurous, kind, and loving father. His eight children (one of whom was soldier of the Revolution Colonel Arromanus LYLES) have been the forefathers of distinguished leaders who have prominently served Fairfield County, the State of South Carolina, the Confederate States of America, and the cause of civilization and humanity. Many of Ephraim's brave and gallant descendants have boldly sacrificed their lives in defense of our security and freedom from imperialsim, a war not yet won.
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.
From "Mills' Statistics" : "The first settlement of Fairfield District took place about the year 1745. Colonel John Lyles and his brother, Ephraim , were among the first settlers. They located at the mouth of Beaver Creek, on Broad River. Ephraim Lyles was killed by Indians in his own house; but by a wonderful interposition of Povidence, the Indians went off and left Lyles' seven or eight children and his wife in it, after killing a Negro on the outside. The Lyles were native of Brunswick, Va., but moved to this county from Buis County, (?) N.C."
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 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 think I once read (was he named after or related to Thomas WOODWARD, the Fairfield County "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?). Pelham LYLES Spong may have grown up in a home Thomas Woodward Traylor once owned in White Oak. SC.
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 is said to have been a cousin of Nancy B. Lyles (1812 - 1895). who may have been the daughter of Mary Woodward, granddaughter 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 great granddaughter of Thomas "The Regulator" Woodward.
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.
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