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Accession 1687

Inclusive Dates

1866-1902, 1928, 1958, nd


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1500 pieces, .75 linear feet



Scope and Content Note

The Black Family Bibles consists of two bibles belonging to the Black Family and extended family of Rock Hill, SC. The Black Family Bibles contain genealogical entries that range from 1798-1909 and mainly relate to the Black Family and McFadden Family. Many items were found in the bibles that were removed including several Confederate Veteran ribbons, newspaper articles and clippings (including obituaries), church programs, correspondence, cards, locks of hair, drawings, and cross-stitch.

The bibles belonged to Lieutenant Alexander Murray Black (1837-1915) who served in Company H, 12th regiment, South Carolina Volunteers for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Alexander Murray Black is the son of Alexander Templeton Black (1798-1875) who is considered one of the leading personages in the founding of Rock Hill, SC and deed away land to help develop the downtown area. The Black family can trace their lineage in the Rock Hill, SC area to A. M. Black’s Great Grandfather Alexander Black (1733-1800) who lived in the area.


The Black Family Bibles were received from the York County Library via Jason Hyatt on August 8, 2019.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Black Family Bibles - Accession 1687

LC Subject Headings

Black family; McFadden family; Black, Alexander Templeton, 1798-1875--Family; Black, Alexander Murray, 1837-1915--Family; Confederate States of America. Army--Medals, badges, decorations, etc.; Rock Hill (S.C.)--Genealogy; York County (S.C.)--Genealogy