Originally created 08/19/00

Takes offense at 'illiterate' statement

We in the genealogy world read with great interest the Aug. 14 Chronicle news story about the history of Columbia County. The "lack of a book published on Columbia County history" is true and is sorely needed.

However, I beg to differ with Barbara Seaborn on her comments about William Few: "He probably couldn't get along with the illiterates, so he eventually got fed up and went to New York to live up there."

Please, Ms. Seaborn, Mr. Few lived in the midst of Daniel Marshall, the Crawfords, the Bealles, the Ramseys, the Waltons, the Andrews, the O'Neals, the Hardwicks and the list goes on and on. Believe me, Richmond and Columbia counties both educated their citizens, including the Scotch-Irish.

Also, her comment about the Quaker settlement of Wrightsboro is off base. The records of Wrightsboro have been published in detail and we all know Wrightsboro was initially a "Quaker settlement."

Dot Jones of Thomson can certainly educate Ms. Seaborn on Wrightsboro. She is the dedicated lady behind the restoration of Wrightsboro. The Columbia County Historical Society is a handful of dedicated, hard-working people determined to preserve the history of Columbia County. They hired Ms. Seaborn to write a book on the history of the county.

After 2´ years and $6,000 (to cover only her expenses), Ms. Seaborn only produced 13 pages of manuscript. Financially, they could not continue with Ms. Seaborn. They, therefore, retained Dr. Gerald Smith, the reputable and qualified professor of Paine College, to write their book and are getting wonderful results.

I understand Ms. Seaborn is to be director of the Genealogy Department in the future new library in Columbia County. Ms. Seaborn's attitude leads one to believe she has no roots in Columbia County and probably none in the South.

Of course, Southerners encounter these kinds of attitudes on a regular basis. I hope it will not be as difficult for Ms. Seaborn to promote and gather Columbia County genealogy as it was for her to write a book on Columbia County history. After all, she will be working with the same "illiterate" families.

Dianne M. Poteat, Lincolnton


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