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Accession 373

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

500 pieces, .25 linear feet



Scope and Content Note

The collection contains papers relating to members of the Addison, Dunlap, Gaston, Gill, McCollough, McDowell, Strait and Wylie families as well as various other families. Included in the papers are correspondence, military orders, court orders, deeds, wills, notices, financial records, government appointments, contracts of employment, documents relating to land transactions, tax forms, and a petition of guardianship, an application for Confederate Roll of Honour, a statement of births and deaths, a list of taxable property in Chester, a deposition, an affidavit, and an editorial column. The collection is made up entirely of positive photocopies of original documents. The collection may assist in genealogical research of the above named families. Rosa Baskin Strait Guess (1892-1988) was a Winthrop graduate of the Class of 1911, was a longtime music teacher at Rock Hill High School, author, and a genealogist descended from some of the earliest families in Chester, SC including revolutionary leader Justice John Gaston (1700-1782).


The Rosa B. Guess Papers were donated to the Archives on January 19, 1981 by Mrs. Rosa B. Guess via Risher Fairey.


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Rosa B. Guess Papers - Accession 373

LC Subject Headings

Guess, Rosa Baskin Strait, 1892-1988--Archives; Addison family; Dunlap family; Gaston family; Gill family; McCullough family; McDowell family; Strait family; Wiley family; Chester (S.C.)--History; Chester (S.C.)--Genealogy