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Accession 1488

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

Collection Size

70,000 pieces, 35.00 linear feet



Historical Note

William Boyce White, Jr. is a Rock Hill native and taught at the Winthrop Training School (WTS) from 1958-1965 and taught at Rock Hill High School following the closing of the high school portion of the WTS. He also taught in Clover before coming to Winthrop. Mr. White is author and historian and was the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill from 1945 until he moved to Virginia.

Scope and Content Note

The William Boyce White, Jr. Papers consist of his genealogical research as well as his research concerning the history of York County and the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. The papers also include records and manuscripts relating to several of his published works. His local history interests include the families and businesses on Main Street, Rock Hill; Colonel William Hill; the Catawba River; the Catawba Indian Nation; Rock Hill and York County schools; historic homes (including photographs, many of which were used by Elizabeth Reed in her long running series on historic homes in the Rock Hill Evening Herald), local churches; as well as local history regarding Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Blackstocks, and York County in general. Of particular interest is a copy of the Indian Land Chronicle dated January 21, 1859. Only three (3) copies of the Chronicle are known to exist in the state of South Carolina. The genealogical and family history research conducted by Mr. White covers many of the prominent names of York County in particular and South Carolina in general. Please see Appendix XX for a list of family names covered by Mr. White’s research. The family history files vary in content from extensive information including local government records, census materials, family charts and correspondence to other files that contain only an item or two.

The genealogical research conducted by Mr. White covers many of the prominent names of York County and of South Carolina in general. Below is a list of the prominent family names covered in Mr. White’s research:

Anderson; Bankhead; Barringer; Bell; Black; Button; Campbell; Carpenter; Coffey; Cowan; Crawford; Culp; Davis; Fennell; Fewell; Graham; Hanna; Hayes; Hill; Hutchison; Irwin/ Erwin; Johnson; Lee; Martin; Massey; McClain; McConnell; McCullough; McFadden; Miller; Mobley; Morrow; Neely; Neil; Patton; Pettus; Plexico/Plaxco; Rives; Robinson; Roddey; Setzer; Stephenson; Strait; Sturgis; Sutton; Templeton; Waggoner; Wallace; Wherry; White; Williams; Williamson; Workman; Wylie.


The William Boyce White, Jr. Papers were donated to the Archives on June 3, 2014 by William Boyce White, Jr.


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

William Boyce White, Jr. Papers - Accession 1488

LC Subject Headings

White, William B., Jr. (William Boyce), 1929-2016; White, William B., Jr. (William Boyce), 1929-2016--Authorship; Railroad stations--South Carolina--Rock Hill--History; Hill, William, 1741-1816; Catawba River (N.C. and S.C.)--History; Catawba Indians--History; Schools--South Carolina--York County--History; Historic buildings--South Carolina--York County; Church buildings--South Carolina--York County; Rock Hill (S.C.)--History; York County (S.C.)--History; York County (S.C.)--Genealogy; York County (S.C.)—Newspapers--Specimens; South Carolina--Genealogy