Among the prominent early settlers of the County and Village were the
following: Baylis Earle, Col. Jno B. Earle, Gen. John Earle, Maj. Gowen,
Judge Pendleton, Judge Jas Harrison, Hon. Elias Earle, Hon. Saml Earle, Col.
Harry Wood, John Foster, Philemon Bradford, Judge Thomas Edwards, Gen.
Blassingame, Capt Jeremiah Cleveland, Vardry McBee, Gov. B.F. Perry, Gov. J.
Alston, Gov. Middleton, Chance W. Thompson, Hon Joel R. Poinsett, Judge
Gantt, Prof. Dickson, Drl. Wm. Butler, Maj Thos Lowndes, Col. Jno Thomas,
John Wickliff, Robt Maxwell, Jno Kilgore, Wm.Young, Squire Salmon, Wm.
Goodlett, Maj. Benson, Col. Thurston, Saml. Townes, Col. G. Walker, Capt.
Robt Anderson, Col. Wm. Toney.
In present generations, Greenville was the birthplace of "Shoeless"
Joe Jackson, Noble Prize winner Charles Townes,
and Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson.
brick Court House was built in 1826. The first frame house was built by
Judge Pendelton on the Grove.
Col. Clevland and F.F. Beattie were the first successful merchants of the
Dr.Richard Harrison was the first practicing physician in the County. Col.
Tandy Walker, Judge Earle and Capt. Wm. Choice were the first lawyers.
Teachers' Association was organized in 1881 by a leading citizen, Hugh S.
Thompson, elected State superintendent of education on the Hampton ticket in
woman to serve as a mill president in South Carolina, and possibly in the
United States, is Mrs. Mary Putnam Gridley. Her grandfather, George Putnam,
bequeathed her in 1889 the old mill at Batesville, Greenville County, which
had been established soon after 1816 by William Bates of Rhode Island. For
25 years Mrs. Gridley successfully operated the plant.
In February, 2005, Greenville County Council ended a
19-year chapter that had both split and united residents by creating a
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 7 to 5 vote of the council ended a long
and often heated debate over adding this as a paid holiday for county
The Dark Corner. The infamous Dark Corner of upper
Greenville County, located in the mountainous regions of Highlands and
Glassy Mountain townships, was a haven for outlaws, Civil War deserters, and
the center of the illegal distilling of whiskey and beer for generations.
The treturious terrain made the area almost impossible to patrol by local
law enforcers. Revenuers and lawmen made careers of patrolling the steep
mountains and dark valleys searching for illegal moonshine stills and trying
to apprehend those who sought refuse from the law.
The reputation of the Dark Corner is clouded by these tales of moonshiners,
Revenuers, and Lawlessness, but the majority of inhabitants were hard
working, dedicated individuals who stood by their beliefs. Incorrectly the
Dark Corner is often thought to have derived it's name from these legends,
but factually it is a political tag. Preceeding the War between the States,
the states Rights Advocates attempted to gain support in the strongly
Unionist Greenville County. Unionist Benjamin F. PERRY and
his supporters held strong against States Rights groups, but support
dwindled as the political climate changed. States Rights groups referred
that area of the County with it's unyielding Unionist beliefs as the