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R. M. EICHELBERGER
]fc Laurens, South Carolina 4?
WHO WAS LAURENS COUNTY NAMED FOR?
It Seems That Doubt Still Remains in the Minds of
Some as to Whether It was John or Henry Laurens.
Named After Henry Laurens.
The utterance of Congressman Jos.
T. Johnson, at the ceremonies incident
upon the laying of the cornerstone of
the remodeled court house seveaal
weeks ago, that it was not known
whether the county of Laurens was
named after Henry or John Laurens
has again brought up a discussion
which seems to have been definitely
settled by the exchange of correspond
ence carried on by the late *'<>1. T. li.
Crews, when edier of The Laurens
villo Herald, and the editor of the
News and Courier. The correspond
ence as carried on by these two pa
pers has been furnished by .Mr. C. D.
Darksdale, son of Dr. John A. Marks
dale who was a relative of Maj. Jona
than Downs spoken of by Mr. John
son as the man who proposed Laurens
as the name of the county. These pa
pers go to show beyond a reasonable
doubt that the county was named for
The Cllni Ihg that dates further back
than any wj s taken from the Laurens*
vlllo Herald, which had taken it from
l.ho News and Courier. This was writ
ten by Dr. John A. Bnrksdale in 1887
following*a question by the News and
Courier as to who the county was
named for. It is as follows:
THE NAME OF LAUltEXS.
A Condensed History of Hie Oriuhi
of the Xaiiie of Laurens County.
"To the Editor of The News and Cour
ier: Answering the question in the
head lines of a communication in your
columns of 5th inst: "Who can tell
from whom the town and county of
Laurens received its name?" I sub
mit the following: On page 604, of
"Mill's Statis'.ies of South Carolina.*'
published In IS2G, you will find thai
"The name of this District was given
in honor of that great patriot. Henry
Laurens." On page C09, of the same
book, occurs the following: "iminenl
men?Major Jonathan Downs and
John Hunter distinguished themselves
during the Revolution?the first in
the Held, the last in the councils of
Iiis country," etc.
These men were probably both in
the General Assembly of the State, or
when Laurens (a part of the old
Ninety-Six district) was made a sepa
rate judicial district, and when it was
proposed to call the district Downs,
in honor of Major D^wns, he declined,
and proposed the name of his friend,
Henry Laurens. The writer of this
remembers the widow of Maj. Downs,
and has a distinct recollection of hear
ing her statement of these facts, cor
roborated by many others who also
knew them, among them the lato
Charles Allen, who died about the
year 1853, at the advanced age of 95.
Many now living will remember this
man. who was himself repeatedly
elected a representative rrom Laurens
to the Legislature.
Henry Laurens was known to Major
Downs before the war. while the
former was a leading merchant in
Charleston. It is matter of history,
however, that he retired from mercan
tile pursuits some years before the
war, and became to be regarded one
of the most sagacious statesmen of
bis time; was s?nt to the Congress of
the Confederation from South Caro
lina, elected |(g president, ami :-: rved
two \va>'s before lie was sen; by Con
gress l-mister f. Holland, as stalid
by j our cot i? upoiuh nt.
The <p."siioii is asked, "When and
by whom ti.e counties were named?''
It is dIUlcuH to say who proposed (Ii!
names.. VVe find In Volume ! of
Ramsey, pan. ? To thai under an Act
called the Circuit Court Act I' fore
the war-?"District Courts wore tali
lished :;t Beaufort, Georgetown, Che
raw, Cnmdcn, Ornngoburg and Ninety
Six. Aftor the war twen'y-l? judi
cial districts were made and tin mod,
r's everybody knows:. Th( origin of
the names of most of these can lie
easily traced, hut as to who proposed
them wo may not know most proba
bly representatives from the different
districts, as in the case of Laurens.
rnd they were adopted by the c moral
"Laurens, S. C, Nov. 7, 1887."
However, the question Boems to havo
come ui> again in l!Ui? when Mr. L. A.
McCo'rd suggested that a monument
be raised to the memory and in honor
of "John Laurens" for whom Mr. Mc
Cord stated the county was named.
Col Crews on Information given by Dr.
Darksdale, corrected the Impression
in the following editorial:
Renn I.aureus. Instead of John ( au
"There has been some discussion, In
tlm> past, as to whether this county
(formerly and for many years, called
District,) was named for John or Hen
ry Laurens ,two revolutionary heroes;
but it has been definitely settled thai
this county was named foi th" latter,
Seeing a patriotic proposition pub
lished In tltis newspaper a couple of
weeks since, over the signature of Mr.
I-. A. McOord, to erect a monument on
the public square to the memory and
in honor of "John" Laurens,?-for
whom the author of the s^d proposi
tion, Mr. M< (Ord, stated that this conn-I
ty was named?Dr. John A. Harksdale,
while not disapproving the proposi
tion, called our attention to the fact
that it was Henry (and not John) Lnu
rons for whom this county was named j
Dr. Harksdale further stated that Jon
athan Downs?n blood relation of the
Doctor s was one id' the Commission
ers appointed soon after the close of
the American Revolution to lay off and
name the several subdivisions of the
State, then called Districts; that in
(lie course Of procedure in the Con
vention, when it came to name this
county, some member oT the Coin
mission moved that it he called Downs
District, in honor of Jonathan Downs.
To this Mr. Downs objected, and moved
to amend by offering as a substitute!
tlie name of Laurens, in honor of lien
ry Laurens - and it was so done.
The foregoing facts may not he sup
ported by written history, but their
truth is well authenticated by unques
tioned tradition as handed down
through the lineal descendants of Jon
athan Downs, a native of this county,
who. after the Revolution, held high
Official civic position in the State and
Nation, and was a distinguished pa
triot, during the long struggle for the
Independence ol the Colonies."
Tho next day the News and Courier
commented on the suggestion of Mr,
McCord, staling that the opinion that
tl:e county was named after Henry
Laurens was based only on documen
tary evidence. That this opinion was
merely based on documentary evidence
was denied by Col. Crews the next
week. The editorial of the News and
('ourier is as follows:
A Monument to the l.aureiis's.
"A? few weeks ago Mr. Luther A.
McCord, of I.aureus, made the very
inteicsting suggestion that the peo
ple of his city ere *r on the public
square a monument in honor of John
1.aureus, the brilliant young soldier
and diplomat of the Revolution. Mr.
Met ord's impression was that the
COUIlty and city of I.aureus were nam
ed in honor of the younger Laurens,
hut John A. Harksdale. a venerable
and beloved citizen of the town, and
a relative of Major Jonathan Downs,
the Revolutionary patriot who was of
iho commission that laid out 'he coun
ty in the latter part of the Eighteenth
Century, is of tho opinion that the
name was given in honor of Henry
Laurens. the father of John. Although
this opinion does not rest on documen
tary evidence, it Is highly probable
that Dr. Harksdale is correct.
At any rate it would he a very hap
py consummation if the monument
should he built, and it would be well
to make it a memorial to both of tin
Laurcns's who in different ways wero
equally distinguished for their lofty
patriotism and eminent services to
their struggling country, it would be
an especially line thing for Latin in
people to build it because it would
slgnnllx.e and testify to the unity <>!'
all South Carolinians. The Laurens'ti
iso far as WC know. Were in no way
espech'Hy associated with the county
Kipd city w hich bear their ;: line. Tbe>
were CharlcKlpnla.ns hut (hoy belong'
od to South Carolina in the same wa>
that the Pondleton man who.-.' .dntuo
j is erected in Marlon Square, Ohm
, ton. belong* J to (lie St ito.
j What would he more filling r?ud
I more us lul a - a 1", son to all our
j people limn a :;n i unn :i; to these < m
Inonl patriots, r ?; ? ?ntalIv ? of t!.?
Low Country In Revolutionary Una
built in a flourishing l';> Country city
and teaching thai the people of South
Carolina are One in spirit and in as
Col. Crew:- in I'epl.v to the statement
that the evidence was merely docu
Therefore it would seem that from
the very hi si authority Laurens coun
ty was named after the illustrious
Henry Laurens and not for his equally
illustrious Bon, John Laurens. The
evidence seems to he conclusive that
Col. Crews and Dr. John A. Rarks'dale
were correct in tholl" vi w of the mat
ter. Mills Statistics of South Caroli
na, on Which the argument is based,
was compiled by Hoheit Mills, an en
gineer and orChltect. in 1820 and tho
part that deals with the history of
Laurens county was written by some
one Hu n a resident of the county an.!
one who must have boon familiar with
the history of the county slnco the
Revolution. Who lb:-- was not stat
ed in th ) book, 'i he !>' oh i now own
ed by Mr. C D. Bl !. iii1 and was
kindly loaned as a reference for this
"The Charleston News and Courier,
In speaking of the proposition to
erect a monument to Henry Laurens,
the man in whose honor the county of
Laurens was named says that "al
though this opinion does not roBt on
documentary evidence, it is highly
probable that Dr Darksdale is cor
rect" in stating that the county was
named in honor of Henry Laurens. in
stead of John Laurens.
If the editor of the News and Cour
ier will consult "Mill's Statistics of
South Carolina," he will observe on
page ?04, that the author states, that
"the name ot this District was given
in honor of that great patriot; Henry
Laurens." If this isn't "documentary
evidence," the News and Courier might
possibly lind convincing proof niuoug !
the same records in which it discov
ered that Charleston county is the
original territory embraced in the Oar
den of I V.t n.
Weber's School History might pos
sibly assist the editor in Iiis search for
historical facta concerning Lau tens
county, as that publication is the only
history in which we have over s'e n
the statement thai the original name
of Laurens county was "Craven." lin
der the Royal government, the Ijrvl
tory now comprising Laurens county
was a portion of the large territory
then embraced under the name of
"Cravon" county, and reached from the"
seacoast to the mountains. After ihe
Revolution, the State was divided into
Districts, ami Laurens was placed in
what was then known as Ninety Six
District. It was previous to this time,
however, thai Maj. Downs declined the
honor of having Hie name of "Craven"
changed to Downs county, and sug
gested the name of Lnurons, in honor
of bis patriot-friend, Henry Laurens.
V.'e think tho News and Courier
ought to be satisfied that the claim
that Laurens was named in honor of
Henry Laurens. instead of .lohn Lau
rens, is not legendary, but "documen
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