Fiddle Pond Plantation Kline Barnwell County
Much of the information on this page was contributed by Michael Dyches and Wayne and Hazel Riley Pearce.
- Location Kline, Barnwell County
Located on Fiddle Pond Road off US 278
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status ?
- 1700's Earliest known date of existence
Arthur and Elizabeth Jenkins owned the property. It is not known when they purchased the plantation.
- 1800 Thomas Riley is said to have married one of the Jenkins's daughter. On May 4, 1800 he was deeded 590 acres. He paid taxes on the 590 acres and on 11 slaves.
In a deed dated October 10, 1800, Arthur Jenkins deeded another 300 acres to Thomas Riley.
- 1808 The first mention of the property by the name of Fiddle Pond was in a birth reord. It is recorded that Thomas Riley's nephew, George Owen Riley, was born May 8, 1808 at Fiddle Pond Plantation.
During the next few years Thomas Riley proceeded to purchase large tracts of land in the surrounding area.
- 1824-1830 Thomas Riley died between these years. It is not known who was owner of the plantation after Thomas' death, however, the plantation remained in the family.
- 1847 James Wilson Riley appeared to be the primary owner at Fiddle Pond Plantation. He married Emily Cleveland Myrick.
- 1861-1865 The house was burned down by William Sherman's Union troops.
- Number of acres 890 in 1800
- Primary crop Cotton
- Alphabetical list Arthur and Elizabeth Jenkins; James Wilson Riley; Thomas Riley
At least three generations of the Riley family lived at Fiddle Pond Plantation.
- Number of slaves 28 owned by Arthur Jenkins (Barnwell Census, 1800); 47 (1810 Census)