Wheaten Pynes Plantation - Saluda County South Carolina SC

Wheaten Pynes Plantation – Clouds Creek – Saluda County

Special thanks to Sue Pynes Woodford-Beals for contributing the information on this page.

Basic Information

  • Location – Double-branch of Clouds Creek off the Saluda River, Saluda County (known in earlier years as both Colleton County and Edgefield County)

  • Origin of name – Named for the original owner Wheaten Pynes

  • Other spellings – Whitten, Wheatten, Wheaton, Pines

  • Current status – Original acreage has been subdivided; all land privately owned


  • 1769 – Earliest known date of existence

    Wheaten Pynes received a grant for 100 acres from King George III on July 13, 1769. (The grant misspells his name "Wheaton.") It places his land in what was then known as Colleton County. (Colleton County later became Ninety-Six District, then Edgefield County, and finally Saluda County. Learn more by visiting the SC county formation timeline and the early SC county boundary map.)

  • 1794 – Wheaten Pynes received a grant (shown here) for 365 acres (see plat) signed by SC Governor William Moultrie. (In this grant, his name is misspelled "Whitten Pines.") With this grant, there were 365 acres total – not 465.

  • 1796 – Wheaten Pynes sold 52 of the 365 acres to his son-in-law Nathan Jones on February 16, 1796 (1, pp. 397-399).

  • 1798 – Pynes sold another 100 acres on June 10, 1798 to Daniel Hartley, Sr., his brother-in-law, who was already residing on this land (Edgefield County Conveyance Book 21, pp. 180-181). In the same year, another 100 acres was sold by Wheaten Pynes to Jeremiah Gist on September 3, 1798 (1, pp. 180-181).

  • 1804 – Thomas Waters purchased 50 acres from Pynes on April 28, 1804 (Edgefield County, South Carolina: Deed Book 29, pp. 455-456). Not long after this, the Pynes moved to Laurens, Georgia while awaiting the opening of lands in Alabama where the family would eventually settle.

  • 1815 – Charles Shrirah purchased 100 acres from John Asbell. This 100 acres would have had chronological ownership of Wheaton Pynes (1794), Jeramiah Gist (1798), David Williams (?), John Asbell (?), and Charles Shrirah (1815) (1).

  • ? – House built


  • Number of acres – 100 in 1769; 365 in 1794; subdivided 1796-1804

  • Primary crop – Tobacco


  • Chronological list – Wheaton Pynes (1769-1804); Nathan Jones (1796-?); Daniel Hartley, Sr. (1798-?); Jeremiah Gist (1798-?); Thomas Waters (1804-?); David Williams (?); John Asbell (?-1815); Charles Shrirah (1815-?)


  • Number of slaves – Between 5 and 7, 1790 census


  • According to Sue Pynes Woodford-Beals, "The house I understand from family legend was a dog trot type of construction."

References & Resources

  1. Carol Wells, Edgefield County, South Carolina: Deed Books 34 and 35 (Heritage Books, 2000).

  2. Publications held by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    – Edgefield County, SC, Register of Mesne Conveyances. Conveyance books, 1786-1929
    – Edgefield County Deeds
    – South Carolina State Grants Volume 37, Page 106
    – South Carolina State Plats Volume 40, Page 320

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