I was looking at the online index of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History earlier this week. I found Thomas Donaldson, Thomas Donaldson Jr and William Donaldson listed on a petition on 22 November 1811 opposing the building of a ferry from James Kinman’s plantation across the Saluda to Abbeville. I found several other familiar names listed on the petition: the same names that are listed in Thomas Sr. estate record.
The reason for the opposition was that there was a public bridge (Maxwell’s Bridge ) 3 miles downstream. The neighbors deemed a ferry unnecessary. The resolution must have passed the General Assembly because Kinman’s Ferry is on the Mills Atlas of 1825.
I wonder if the opposition/ in favor of bridges and ferries is similar to how some people feel about the building of housing developments and urban sprawl? What ever the feelings of the people were back in 1811, it makes them more human to me today.
Source:” Inhabitants of Abbeville District, Petition That a Ferry May Not Be Established Across the Saluda River on the Plantation of James Kinman ” (4 Pages). SCDAH