Posts Tagged ‘South Carolina’

Slow Go on Edisto

April 28, 2015

Sugar and I are at the ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge on Edisto Island.

SugarSpotter just spotted an alligator, maybe 40 feet away. Thirty feet? I don’t know. But sufficiently far away enough, down in the wetlands in a former rice field.

I couldn’t find his head clearly, until I loaded the images on the computer, enlarged them, and applied a little Paint magic.

The area that we’re standing on, I believe now, is referred to as part of the dike. It’s wide and flat and solid ground, enough to drive a vehicle on. Y’all already saw how far apart the rice trunk gates are.




This gator didn’t move. After a sufficient number of photos, we walked on towards the wetlands.


Using the zoom feature on the camera, I shoot a heron on the far side, fishing along the bank.

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One of the best parts of today was this:


Lawton People! Here’s Your 2015 Reunion Letter!

April 19, 2015


The Lawton and Allied Families Association

135 Lamont Drive

Decatur, GA 30030

April 12, 2015

Dear Cousins,

We had a great time in Robertville last year – and we’re well along the way to restoring the wall

around the Lawton-Seabrook Cemetery at Edisto Island. I’ve been reminded again how important

Edisto is to our common heritage. We’ll meet at Edisto Island on June 12th and 13th.

The Edisto Island Presbyterian Church will be our meeting point for the reunion. It’s near oth the

Historical society offices and the Lawton-Seabrook Cemetery.

On Friday night we’ll gather at the church to renew our friendships and to discuss the plan to restore

the cemetery wall. The current owners of the land around it have cleaned it up magnificently. By

that time we hope to have a complete plan and perhaps to be along the way toward repair of the


On Saturday, Tim Drake will tell us about Victorian Era Funeral customs. Some of us may have seen

these customs growing up without realizing their origin. I’m sure it will be interesting. In the

afternoon, we’ll travel to the Lawton-Seabrook cemetery to see it – and hopefully the ongoing

restoration work. Tim is on staff at Clemson and is deeply involved in our state’s history and historical


Here are two other important matters before us:

We need to have a good and effective Email list to keep our membership informed. I expect that

90% of our mailing list has an email address. Please help us by sending me an email at:, giving me your name and current address. It’s a huge help! We also have a

google spreadsheet that you can use to sign up. Instructions are on the registration form.

Third, we need some help. Mary Catherine Plowden has served faithfully as our Treasurer since

  1. Now it’s time for someone else to take this responsibility. About 95% of the work is in May and

June around reunion time. Please let me know if you can help out. It would be great to announce

the name of the new treasurer at the meeting – rather than beating the bushes for volunteers.

Finally, note that the attachments to this letter have some information on accommodations on

Edisto Island. It’s a resort area, so you should book a room early. But our contact can get

you a “weekend” booking without having to pay for a whole week.

I look forward to meeting each of you in June. Let me know what we can do to make your time

enjoyable. Send me an email –

Your cousin and friend,


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Linked By Lengnicks: Lewis Wood Lengnick

March 11, 2015



Lengnick, Lewis Wood    (card 1/1)

BG   April 27, 1981     p. 12

Best copy available.



Lewis Wood Lengnick, 74

died Friday at LaJolla, Calif.

Mr. Lengnick was born Jan.

15, 1907 in Aiken, a son of the

late Emil E. and Lena Wood

Lengnick. He was retired

president of Hawaiian

Electric Co. in Honolulu.

Surviving are his wife, Polly

Barr Lengnick of Austin,

Texas; and a brother, C.

Alfred Lengnick of Beaufort.


Linked By Lengnicks: Emilie Guerard Lengnick

March 11, 2015




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Lengnick, Emilie                (card 1/1)

BG          March 3, 1966    p. 2


Funeral services for Miss

Emilie Guerard Lengnick of

1411 Bay St., were Wednesday

at 3 p.m. at St. Helena Pro-

testant Episcopal Church with

the Rev. John W. Hardy office-

ating. Burial was in the church

cemetery directed by Morrall

Funeral Home.

Miss Lengnick died Monday

at Charleston.

She was a graduate of the

University of South Carolina

and was a member of Alpha

Delta Pi Sorority. She was a

member of St. Helena Church.

Surviving are: her parents,

Mr. and Mrs. C. Alfred Leng-

nick of Beaufort; two sister,

Mrs. Colden R. Battey Jr., of

Beaufort and Mrs. Coming Ball

Gibbs Jr., of Charleston.

Clever reader and commenter Linda Smith grew up and around Beaufort. On this previous post about Georgia On My Mind, she said that she knew Emily Lengnick and believed that Emily’s father’s name was Alfred.

Good job, Linda! This obituary confirms what you remembered back in 1964.

Linked By Lengnicks: Lena Wood Lengnick

March 4, 2015

Edward Jr.’s parents were Emil Edward and Pauline (Lena) Wood Lengnick.

Lena presented a paper to the Clover Club, and you can find a copy of her work, “Beaufort Memoirs” at the Beaufort District Collection in the Beaufort County Library in Beaufort. I’ve published bits from it here on the blog.

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Lengnick, Lena Wood (Mrs. E. E.) (card 1/1)

BG          October 12, 1961              p. 2

Rites Set Tomorrow

For Mrs. Lengnick

Funeral services for Mrs. E.

E. (Lena Wood) Lengnick, 81,

who died Sunday in Savannah,

will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow

from the Carteret Street Metho-

dist Church, conducted by the

Rev. R. S. Kaney and the Rev.

John W. Hardy of the Episco-

pal Church. Burial will be in

the St. Helena Churchyard.

A native of Aiken, she mov-

ed to Beaufort inn 1904 and was

active in the Methodist Church,

the Clover Club, and a garden

club. The late Mr. Lengnick died

in 1942. He was a businessman.

Surviving are two sons, L. W.

Lengnick of Honolulu, Hawaii,

and C. Alfred Lengnick of

Beaufort; a sister, Mrs. Susie

A. Brigham of Augusta, Ga.;

three granddaughters, two

great-granddaughters, two great

grandsons, two nephews and

three nieces.

Morrall Funeral Home is in

charge of funeral arrangements.





Linked by Lengnicks

February 28, 2015

If you’ve been following the story of Georgia Bateson, an orphan of Savannah, you’ll know that we’ve been solving her life story from 1870-1956. We learned that she married Albert Carl Lengnick.

So now we want to know more about the Lengnicks, a Beaufort family who was originally from Germany.

I found several old obituaries in the obituary card file at the Beaufort County Library in the Beaufort District Collection.

Georgia and her husband moved away from Beaufort, but he still had Lengnick family in the area.

I’ll start with this obituary for his nephew. When we found the Lengnick plot at St. Helena’s churchyard, I wondered why he died so young.






Lengnick, Edward E., Jr.

BG     P.4     September 17, 1925





Beaufort Boy, Very Popular at

Key West, Fla., Where He

Worked, Left Dispondent



Key West, Fla., Sept 17.—(Spe-

cial.)—Edward E. Lengnick, Jr., age

22, employed as solicitor in sales de-

partment of the Key West Electric

Company, committed suicide here at

8 o’clock on Monday morning, by

shooting himself in the head at his

room in the Kweco Inn, where he had

been residing along with other em-

ploys of the company since coming

to Key West about two years ago.

Lengnick left a note which read:

“Something is and has been eating

my heart and soul away for some

time. Life has become unbearable

and I am unable to stand the mental

agony any longer. Edward, Jr.”

No other apparent reason was

given for the act.

Young Lengnick was quite popu-

lar in this community and was held

in high esteem by his associates and

many other acquaintances.


Young Lengnick, son of Mr. and

Mrs. E. E. Lengnick, this city, was

buried here in St. Helena’s church-

yard Wednesday afternoon at 5





Lengnick, Edward, Jr.

BG    P.4      September 24, 1925





Just a tribute to this dear young

fellow who has left so many friends

to mourn his loss.

A general favorite from his baby-

hood he indeed leaves a void among

the young people with whom he was

associated so closely, and also to his

older friends who held him so dear.

Although making his home in an-

other place since manhood, his visits

were always occasions of pleasure to

Beaufortonians, and Edward was

always a welcome guest; his cordial

manner and charming personality en-

dearing him to all with whom he

came in contact.

Graduating at the Beaufort High

School, he was selected president and

valedictorian of the class of 1918, and

a bright and promising future seemed

assured. But his health became im-

paired while a student at the Georgia

School of Technology, and, when he

returned home a sick boy, it was re-

alized he was no longer his buoyant,

cheerful self. From that time on-

ward, he made a brave fight against

heavy odds; but the conflict was too

long and too hard, and on the 17th

of September he left this painful life

to enter the rest of Paradise where he

longed to be.

His remains were brought to Beau-

fort and laid to rest in the church-

yard of old St. Helena’s, of which he

was a member from childhood. The

services in the church were conducted

by the rector, Rev. Maynard Marshall,

assisted by the Rev. Mr. Kirkland of

the Methodist church. The pallbear-

ers were selected from his friends, all

in the height of young manhood, who

tenderly laid their comrade to rest

under quantities of flowers sent to

his bereaved family, to whom the

sympathy of an entire community is


There in the family burial lot he

sleeps his last long sleep, while we,

secure in the thought that we can

never drift beyond God’s love and

care, know that—

“All Souls are Thine: we must not say

That those are dead who pass away

From this our world of flesh set free

We know them living unto Thee.”





Good night, Edward. We’re here, and we’re thinking about you.


Georgia On My Mind

January 11, 2015

And by that I mean Georgia Agnes Bateson.

All because a gentleman commented on the blog.

The Rev. Christopher Bateson is my great, great, great, Grandfather. I have be working on the family history for a number of years. have a letter from Thomas Bateson, of Savannah,Ga. written to his uncle Henry in England on April 23, 1873, on the business stationary.
In this letter he says he has taken over the business from his father, and that he has three children, Alice, Georgina Agnes, and Thomas Remington.
I am trying to find out more about this branch of the family. I am visiting in Florida this winter and am planning a trip to Savannah.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

Once I found out that Georgia’s middle names was Agnes and that she married a Lengnick, her married name sounded familiar. I racked my little brain until I realized that I had copied parts of a paper “Beaufort Memoirs” written by a woman named Lena Wood Lengnick, and published them here on the blog. Plus, it helps to have a search bar on the blog, since I use the blog for my scrapbook and external brain.

Then I found Georgia on another person’s tree. She’s mjlintexas, and she had the photo of Georgia.

She also had other photos of people in Georgia’s family, like Georgia’s husband Albert, and photos of houses, like Georgia’s husband’s brother Emil’s house. And Emil? Just happened to marry Lena Wood Lengnick, so Lena and Georgia were sisters-in-law.

Sugar found Emil and Lena’s house in one of his books, so that means…

Off to Beaufort!

Soon we’re at the St. Helena Episcopal Church where Georgia’s grandparents Daniel and Agnes Mann and some of her aunts and uncles are buried. We’ve visited them before.

Our interest today is the Lengnick family.

















While we are leaving the churchyard, the clock starts to chime the hour.





I stand on tippy toes and photograph the Mann family plot right at the corner. Daniel has the flag and the headstone. We don’t know on which side of him is buried his wife Agnes.



Further along North Street is the Emil Edward Lengnick house. It’s BIG. He must have done well.

It’s an inn now.

We park across the street in a parking area that probably belongs to the house that fronts on Bay, which is one block over. So basically the Lengnick house faced the back of another house.



The story is that the house was situated with the entrance at an angle to gather the bay breezes.







Sugar is feeling bold and walks all around the house. I follow him, of course. I’m bold in numbers like that.




We’re only one block off the bay. I took this shot from the back corner of the house to see if I could see the water.







As we get back to the van, I realize that the house is front of us is the Scheper house. Georgia’s mother Martha Mann Bateson had a sister Louisa, who married a Scheper. So Georgia had a sister-in-law and an aunt who were neighbors, and surely she visited with both.





Good-bye, Lengnick house. We’ve got to go to Georgia. Savannah, that is…

Two days later, we’re at Georgia Historical, and we find in the newspaper extracts this item:

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SMN August 12, 1891: 8/4 – A. C. Lengnick, with S. Guckenheimer &

Sons, left yesterday for Beaufort, where he will marry to-day,

at the St. Helena Episcopal Church, Miss Georgia Bateson. They 

will pass through Savannah to-night enroute to Asheville, where

they will spend two weeks at the Battery Park.

SMN August 13, 1891: 8/3 – Albert C. Lengnick of this city and

Miss Georgia A. Bateson, daughter of the late Thomas Bateson of

Savannah, were married at the St. Helena Episcopal Church in 

Beaufort, S.C., yesterday. Mr. Lengnick is with S. Guckenheimer

& Sons.

So here’s my best guess. Since Georgia is getting married in Beaufort at the St. Helena Episcopal Church, I’m guessing that she and her sister Alice have been living in Beaufort instead of Savannah after their parents died, most probably with their grandmother Agnes Mann.

I really thought there would be no more mention of the Bateson family in the Savannah records after Thomas Remington Bateson died in 1879 and the girls were living at the Episcopal Orphan Home in 1880.

I might just have to go back to see.


The Beaufort Tour of Homes

January 7, 2015

Sugar and I have always wanted to go on a tour of homes. We finally had a chance to get together and go to the Beaufort Tour of historic homes. We’re only interested on one house in the three day event.

Perhaps you have guessed that it’s one of Sugar’s relatives…

Do you remember Dr. George Mosse Stoney? He had two houses in Beaufort, apparently, and the one became the Sea Island Hotel that was occupied by Federal troops early in the war.

Sugar purchased the tickets, and we got these cool bracelets to wear.


We practice our fist bump so we can look cool. Clearly we need more practice.


We head over to the Riverfront Park, because Lunch, I love you.



We were too early for lunch so we went to Common Grounds coffee shop.


We putzed around, enjoying the day, while we waited for Plums to open. I personally like to sit on the patio, as long as it’s not too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. I’m easy to please like that.





We stopped in the art gallery which is housed in Agnes and Daniel Mann’s house. The historical societies call it the Saltus House. We have renamed it the Mann House, and we like to stop in to say hello to Agnes’s walls, floors, and ceilings. (Secretly I have a crush on Agnes Mann.)










We have to don protective booties before we can walk through the house. Sadly, for us and you fine blog readers, no photography is allowed inside the house. Insurance issues, and privacy issues, and other issue-y stuff like that.












An old set of steps no longer used that lead from the house to the river.




























Dr. George Mosse Stoney (1795-1854) and Sarah Woodward Barnwell raised six children on this property, which included three outbuildings: a kitchen, a stable, and servants' quarters. This Federal-style home was remodeled in 1838 with a Greek Revival two-story addition facing the river. The Union Army occupied the home in November, 1861 and remained until 1865. It was sold to Austrian emigrant Anne Pollitzer in 1869 and remained in her family for five generations. HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION

Dr. George Mosse Stoney (1795-1854) and Sarah Woodward Barnwell raised six children on this property, which included three outbuildings: a kitchen, a stable, and servants’ quarters. This Federal-style home was remodeled in 1838 with a Greek Revival two-story addition facing the river. The Union Army occupied the home in November, 1861 and remained until 1865. It was sold to Austrian emigrant Anne Pollitzer in 1869 and remained in her family for five generations. HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION





Finally! We got it right!

The Gold Mine in the Closet: A Bluffton Postcard

December 7, 2014

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The Gold Mine in the Closet: Samuel Hopkins Adams

November 25, 2014

Sugar said that a famous author named Samuel Hopkins Adams would rent the house that his grandfather built.  He rented it in the wintertime, which is what we call a snowbird.

Honestly, a famous author?  Who just happened to live in your step-grandmother’s house?

This particular house was built in 1937-1938, overlooking Battery Creek.

After Sugar’s grandfather died, the house stayed occupied by Sugar’s step-grandmother.  She took a job during the winter months up north at a college, and rented her house out to Samuel Hopkins Adams.


While we were collecting obituaries at the Beaufort County Library’s Beaufort District Collection, we found the obituary for Samuel Hopkins Adams.




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He wasn’t just a children’s book author. He also was a newspaperman who wrote a series of articles for Collier’s magazine which were largely responsible for the enactment of the pure food and drug act.

What does this have to do with the gold mine in the closet?


This book in particular as mentioned in the obituary…





Inscribed for Lawton Bateson,

With the compliments of the author.

Samuel Hopkins Adams

May 1st, 1957