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Mrs. Abigail DuIant of Bishoiville,
Now PIast Century Mark, has Lived
Through Anxieties or Five Wars.
'The State.
Biklol)villC, Oct. 21.-This city has
-the distinction of being the home of
a remarkable centenarian, Mrs. Abi
gall 'Dulant, who has lived in this
coinrunfty all her life, celebrated the
100th anniversary of he birth July
3, 1922. The 101st year of her life
found ler in good health, self-reliant,
vigorous 'for hdr years and with the
fine intellect and keen interest In af
fairs that has always marked her.
Mrs. DuRant is the daughter of
.James Remlert, who was of French
liiguenot stock. She was born on her
father's plantation nearthis place. A
large part of this beautiful plantation,
which contained more than 5,000 acres
was inherited thy her and has been in
her lpossession for over 67 years. -Mrs.
DIuiiant was married 81 yearis ago. Her
husband was John 0. OF1'u1an t. grand
son of Henry DuRant of the American
Revolution. 'Irs. Iiuiflant, has lived
through the anxieties and sorrows of
five wars. - She had relatives constant
ly in peril during the Indian war in
Florida lin 1832. When the Palmetto
regiment marched to the Mexican war,
Ca leb 'Rembert, her only brother, was I
on1e of its brave volun1teers. She never
saw him again, as lie died from ldis
ease and was burled in the City of
.\lexico during -tie siege of that strong
hold. To the Confederate war went
her .husbaimnd and two sons, David and
Jamn's. This great war took its dead
ly foil, too, as James died from dis
oase in the Confederate hospital at
Charlottesville, Va. Then came the
Span1.-h-American war and the anxie
tie,; comnne cted with the peri-l to her
grandsons engaged in It. And finally
the World war, in which were engag
ed many grandsons and great-grand
sons, on, great-grandson, Ilugh Mer
ritt, having made the supreme sacri
Nat'urally the IConfederate war made
the greatest imlpresston upon 'her, and
she talks most Interestingly of her
experiences.' 'Like so many otherI
brave Southern women, during that
period she worked unceasingly to keep
the lantation going, to care for the
young children at home and to cheer
and aid loved ones in the field.
Fiemnst have realized that the end,
o' tihe Confederacy was near, when
one Saturday night in March, 1865,
while. she and her flive young daugh
ers were seated at the sujm'er table,
there rushed into the room, entirely
ticxpectedly, more than a dozen Un
lon .soldiers. They ransacked- the
louse and made merry with brandy I
n hich they found. They formed part
Af Sherman's army, camped a few
Iiles away.
On the Sunday following hundreds
f 'Federal soldiers pillaged her place.
Th'ey took horses, cured meats, chick
Mn9 and everything to eat that they
lould -find. They 'burned the barns
Ind Outbuildings and the gin with
bundreds of -bales of cotton, but they
left her .home stognding. For a weqk,
i1he says, nothing was cooked in the
'1)ig house," for the soldiers would
ltaid around the stove while the food
was being prepared and would eat it
I fast as it .was cooked, so she had
to Stop trying to prepare anything.
]'he only food which she and her
oung Ohildren had during that thne
xas brought to them secretly by faith
ul negro slaves, iShe (id not go to
xed for a week, ibut 3ust slept rpr a
ew minutes at a time, day or night,
a chairs.
During this week oflicers interview-!
-d her constantly, trying to get infor
nation as to the whereabouts of the
lien of her family and threatening to
burn her home if this information
vas not given. Sometimes they would
hlke )creparations to carry out 4lheir
threats by .pulling brands from the
[lreplace and would boast of having
burned Columbia. .\Vith brave calm
Iless, whicli she still evidences, she
told them 'that she (lid not know where
her mncii folk were and that if she did
he would no6t tell.
Probably, no one else in South Caro
iina has lived through as much his
tory as Mrs. Du'Rant. She was born
the year after the death of the great
Napoleon, when the world had been
recently torn with wars, and she lived
to see, nearly 100 years later, pradti
2ally the entire world in arms again.
As a girl and young woman, she
lieard constantly of the great political
[luestlons that were beginning to di
vide the 'North and South. She re
3alls vividly wien nullification was a
vital .issue and South Carolina pre
pared to resist forcibly the tariff laws
of the nation, and she, with other
South Carolinians, took 3)ride in the
debates of the great Calhoun and
Webster. She. remembers, too, the in
tense interest of that day In the ques
tion of free and slave states, and howl
this finally -brought on the Confeder
ate var, with the great changes that!
it wrought in the So1th.
Mrs. -DuRant has seven children now I
living: Mrs. Jane Reames, iishop
'ille; Mrs. Ellen Dixon, Not-folk; Mrs.
4atilda Flowers, Sumter; Mrs. Aman
[a Merritt, Carlisle; Mrs. Blandina
)Ixon, Camden; Mrs. Olivia Shaw,
31shopvillc; Oliver DuiRant, Bishop
'She 'has outlived the following chil
Iren: 'Mrs. Elizabeth McLeod, Charles
tembert IDurant, James A. DuRant,
at, James A. DuRant, 2nd, A. 'C. Du
ant and 'David Ili. Dultant.
Mrs. DuRan't has 228 living descend
tmts, including 42 grandchildren, 139
;reat-igrandehil(dren and 38 great
The Tienry DuRant chapter of the
). A. 'R of this city, which includes
n its ieibershhD 19 of her descend-1
Lnts, recently presented to her a book
:ontaining the names of all of her
lescendants. On her 100th birthday
;reat numbers oX her des-.ndints and,
ier friends and ac. 4,%!ntances gath
red at her home to nonlgiratu-'ate her
ad she also receiveI i-ny letters
nd telegrams from po.nts Ql-oughout
he United States. 'Irs. 'DuRant has
vent the last 28 years of her life at
he ohme of her youngest daughter,
Irs. W. R. Shaw, of this city.
f the Owineiship, Management, Vjr.
(cu1lation, lte., Required by the Act
of Congress of August 21, 1912.
Of The 'Laurens Advertiser, publish
d weekly at Laurens, S. C., for Oct.
I, 1922.
state of South Carolina,
'ounty of Laurens.
Before me, a notary public in and
or the State and county aforesaid,
)ersonally appeared Alison Lee, who,
maving bean duly sworn according to
aw, deposes and says that -ie Is the
%ditor of the 1Laurens Advertiser, aid
hat the following is, to the :best of his
<nowledge and helief, a true state
nent of the ownership, management,
tc., of the aforesaid publication for
lie date shown in the above caption,
:equired by the Act of August 24, 1922,
-Ibodied in section 443, Postal Laws
md Regulations, printed on the re
rerse of this form, to wit:
E. That the names and addresses
)f the publisher, editor, managing edi
or, and business managers -are:
Publisher, Advertiser Printing Co.,
baurens, 1S. C.
Editor, Alison Lee, 'Laurens, S. C.
Managing Editor, None.
Business Manager, Alison Lee, Lau
mens, S. C.
2. That the owners are:
Arthur 'Lee, Greenwood, S. C.
Alison L~ee, Laurens. S. C.
3. That the known bondholders,
nortgagees, and other security hold
mrs owning or holding 1 per cent or
nore of total amount of ibonds, mort
;ages, or other securities are: None.
4. That the two paragraphs next
ibove, giving the names of the own
rs, stockholders, and security -hold
ers, if any, contain not only the list
A1 stockholders and security holders
as they appear upon the books of tihe
,ompany 'but also, in cases where the
stockholder or security holder appears
pon the books of the convpjany as
rustee or in any other fiduciary rela
ion, the name of the person or cor
p)oration for iwhom such trustee is act
ing, is given' also that the said two
p)aragraphs contain statements em
)racing aillant's full knowledge and
)eiief as to the circumstances and
:onditions under which stockholders
Ind security holders w'ho do not ap
pear upon the books of the company
as trustees, hold stock and securities
In a capacity other than that of a
bona ilde owner; and this affmant has
no reason to ibelieve that any other
person, associatio.n, or corporation has
any interest direct or indirect in the
iald stock,'bonds, or other securities
than as so stated by him.
:Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 21st day of October, 1922.
Lawrence G. Roff,
Notary Public.
State of -South Carolina,
County of Liaurens.
A. 'L. Putnam et al, Plaintiff,
.ianes Waldrop ald Carrol Waldrop,
Pursuant to a Decree of the Court
in the above stated case, I will sell at
public outcry to the highest bidder, at
Laurens, V1. H., S. C., on Salesday In
November next, being 1lona(ly the 6th
day of the month, during the legal
hours for such sales, the following de
s'cribed property, to wit:
All that tract, piece or parcel of
land lying, being and situate in the
County of Laurens, in the State of
South ICarolina, containing forty-four
(44) acres, more or less, bounded on
the north sby lands of M0. G. IBranlett,
on the east by lands of 'L. M'. Burns,
south by ;ands of Sam Garrett, and on
the west 1 lands of Austin lramlett.
Terms o' Sale: Cash. Purchaser to
pay for papers and stamps. If the
terms of sale are not comlplied with,
the land to be re-sold oil same or some
ubslequent Salesday on same teris,
it risk of former purchaser.
C. C. C. '. and G. 0.
h)ted October 2, 1922. 14-S"t-A
lhe Quliile That Does Not Affect
the iead
3ecause of its tonic and laxative ef
(Tablets) can be taken by anyone
without catusing nervousness or ring
ng in the head. E. W. GROVE'S sig
kature on box. 300.
An ugly cut ?
is antiseptic and
Opening Tuesday
Sweet Potato Storage House
We are glad to announce that our new Potato Storage House
will be opened Tuesday, October 24th, and ready for business.
Crates are now ready for distribution to be sold to the farmers at
cost, and all Potatoes must be stored in crates.
Only No. 1 grades will be received for sale. All others will be
received and must be packed in crates.
Crates 12 12-c a Piece
We have a new house put up under expert supervision and will be run by
people who know the business, a man being left in charge on the ground night
and day while the potatoes are in the warehouse.
We Assure Absolute Satisfaction
Call Clinton 13 or 213
Sweet Potato Storage House
At the Ice Factory Clinton, S. C.
The Season's Newest Goods
Bought at Almost Half Price-Going Same Way
We bought in New York $25,000.00 worth of Coats and Dresses at almost 50 per
cent on the dollar---the greatest buy we have ever been able to make, which will go on sale
Thursday Morning, October 26th
We want you to come in and look through one of the biggest and best lines of Coats
and Dresses you have ever had the pleastire of looking through in the city of Laurens.
You be the judge.
Every garment the highest class, and price less than you can buy the goods for. It
makes no difference how small 6r large you are, we can fit you. We look out for all.
We appeal to you to take no chance in putting off coming to Batson's, as you will
have to see for yourself the quality, workmanship, style and price before you can realize
what you can buy for your money. Any garment will be held upon a small deposit, if
more convenient to you. We want you to share in this great feast of bargains in dresses
and coats.
,,terprisp pational Bank Bv.lding Laurens, South Carolina
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