Frances Andrews

Project 1815-1


Spartanburg Dist. 4

June 10, 1937

Edited by: Elmer Turnage


"I was born in Newberry County, S. C., near Belfast, about 1854. I was a

slave of John Wallace. I was the only child, and when a small child, my

mother was sold to Joe Liggins by my old master, Bob Adams. It is said

that the old brick house where the Wallaces lived was built by a

Eichleberger, but Dr. John Simpson lived there and sold it to Mr.

Wallace. In the attic was an old skeleton which the children thought

bewitched the house. None of them would go upstairs by themselves. I

suppose old Dr. Simpson left it there. Sometimes later, it was taken out

and buried. Marse Wallace had many slaves and kept them working, but he

was not a strict master.

"I married Allen Andrews after the war. He went to the war with his

master. He was at Columbia with the Confederate troops when Sherman

burnt the place. Some of them, my husband included, was captured and

taken to Richmond Va. They escaped and walked back home, but all but

five or six fell out or died.

"My young master, Editor Bill Wallace, a son of Marse John, was a

soldier. When he was sick at home, I fanned the flies from him with a

home-made fan of peacock feathers, sewed to a long cane.

"After the war, the 'bush-whackers', called Ku Klux, rode there.

Preacher Pitts' brother was one. They went to negro houses and killed

the people. They wore caps over the head and eyes, but no long white

gowns. An old muster ground was above there about three miles, near what

is now Wadsworth school."

Source: Frances Andrews (col. 83), Newberry, S. C

Interviewer: G. Leland Summer, Newberry, S. C.

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