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Thomas Miles and Sarah Farrow:  Thomas Miles (B: 1739) is found in the Spartanburg/Old Ninety-Six District in 1767 when he married Sarah Farrow (B:1752). He fought at the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War, 17 Jan 1781, serving in Colonel Roebuck's Regiment. His land was located on the Tyger River about three miles above Blackstock's Ford. Thomas' brother-in-law John Farrow spent two months at Blackstock's Ford during his second tour of duty during the Revolutionary War. Thomas' death was documented in the records of New Hope Baptist Church:  "9th Oct, 1837 Thos Miles departed this life in the 97th or 98th year of his age."

Landon Miles is named in honor of Sarah's brother, Landon Farrow. The "Farrow Boys"  brothers, Cpt. Thomas, John, Landon, and Samuel all fought in the Revolutionary War. Farrow's Station, (Landon Farrow's home) was an outpost of the Spartan regiment and is within sight of Musgrove's Mill. Patriot forces fought with British Loyalists at the Battle of Musgrove's Mill on 19 Aug 1780. 

Thomas and Sarah had as many as 12 children. Accounts vary but most appear to have been born in Cross Anchor. Landon Miles and his family were among the original members of New Hope Baptist Church. New Hope was established in Cross Anchor on 5 Feb 1804 by Spencer Bobo. Rev. Spencer Bobo married Jane Farrow 04 Aug 1790.  (Jane, Sarah, Mary, the "Farrow Boys" and the youngest William were the children of John Thomas Farrow and Rosannah Waters.) Spencer and Jane had one child which died in infancy.  In his will dated 19 Feb 1816, Rev. Bobo appoints Landon Miles as manager of New Hope Baptist Church.  Landon served as deacon of New Hope church until his death in 1858. Landon and Sarah Martin's son Wiley married Rev. Bobo's second cousin, Rebecca Savannah Bobo on 24 Dec 1833.  Rebecca's is the daughter of Tillman Bobo and Beluah Yarbrough.  Rev. Spencer Bobo's third cousin and Rebecca Bobo's niece, Martha Bobo married Isaac Preston Miles, son of Isaac Miles and Mary Tinsley.  The Tinsleys owned land adjacent to the Thomas Miles property.

One of the early pastors of Cedar Shoals Baptist Church in present day Enoree, South Carolina was the grandson of Thomas and Sarah.  Rev. Miles Rainwater (B: 1787 to Nancy Ann Miles and James Rainwater) died unexpectedly in 1826 at age 38, leaving 9 children.  Rev. Bobo's will of 1816 appoints Miles Rainwater as manager of Cedar Shoals.  The history of Cedar Shoals Baptist Chruch by Tracy Morrow Mackall states "On May 24, 1817, Miles Rainwater, a young member of the church, was ordained as a minister and became pastor.  He was greatly admired and successful, though he had limited educational opportunities.  He farmed while he was pastor in order to make a living."   Two of the Rainwater daughters, Sarah Sally Rainwater (B: 1808) and Mary Polly Rainwater (B: 1810) married Rebecca Bobo's brothers; Levingston Bobo (Sarah) and another Spencer Bobo (Mary).  Rev. Rainwater along with Mary Polly Miles Kelly and Daniel Martin Miles, (two of Landon Miles and Sarah Martin's children) are buried at Cedar Shoals.  Edward Kelly, husband of Mary Polly Miles, is buried in the Miles Family Cemetery.

Daniel Martin Miles and Nancy Stroud had 9 children. Two of their sons,  M. D. Miles and C. P. (Charles Pinckney) Miles became local physicians.  Dr. C. P. Miles served in the Civil War.  A photo of another son's home, Daniel Miles (B: 1852) still exists and is shown here.  His property near Enoree is listed as D. Miles on the 1869 Spartanburg County map (see below). A vacant lot is all that remains where Daniel's home once stood.

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Cedar Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery, Enoree, SC (Miles Family Enclosure)
Cedar Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery, Enoree, SC (Miles Family Enclosure)
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Farrow's Station:

GPS: 34.60420°N 81.85414°W

Directions:  Farrow's Station is reached by going about 1.5 miles north on SC hiway 56 from the bridge over the river, then turn left on to Horseshoe Falls Road and go south about .85 mile.  The site is about 80 yards to the left of the road.

One of the local Patriot militia outposts of the Spartan Regiment was Farrow's Station, which was the home of Landon Farrow, located on the north side of the Enoree River within sight of Musgrove Mill.  William H. Miles, son of Thomas Miles and Sarah Farrow recounts this story told by his aunt, Rachel Walker Farrow, Landon's wife.  Lt. Thomas Farrow and a small party of men were surprised at Farrow's Station at sundown by Tories who surrounded the house. The Patriots barricaded the doors and carried on a gun battle with the attackers until about midnight, killing at least one Tory.  After an unsuccessful attempt to burn the house, a truce was made and the Loyalists finally agreed to leave on the condition that the fort's defenders would supply them with arms and ammunition.  However, Lt. Farrow and the Tories got into an argument over whether a pistol should be handed out butt first or barrel first.  Rached Farrow ended the argument by carrying the weapon out and delivered it .  With this done, the Tories departed.

Note:  An old house foundation has been found at this location.  In addition, Revolutionary War items have been discovered around the foundation.  It is within sight of the old home of the Musgrove's.  The land drops in elevation from this site to the mill, which would make the mill visible from Farrow's Station.  This site is in Spartanburg County.

 

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ROSANNAH WATERS FARROW.
 
Article printed in The American Monthly Magazine, 1901 which is a publication of D.A.R. by Mrs. Fred B. Gordon

Rosannah Waters Farrow was a descendant of Edward Waters, one of the oldest members of the Virginia Company. He was in the service of Lieutenant George Somers, went to Virginia with him, was a member of the council, and went to the West Indies for supplies. After his return he was made captain, burgess and justice. She was the daughter of Philemon and Sarah Bordroyne Waters and the sister of Colonel Philemon Waters, who was a close friend of George Washington and the one who fired the first shot at the battle of Fort Necessity - Washington's first regular conflict. Living quietly in her old colonial home at Winchester, Virginia, Rosannah grew to womanhood and ere long plighted her troth to one John Farrow, whose name she was destined to distinguish. Led by the spirit of emigration, John Farrow, with his wife and several children, left the fertile valleys of old Virginia and drifted southward to the hills of South Carolina, settling in the Ninety-sixth district, of which Spartanburg was then a part, on the banks of the Enoree, about five miles above Musgrove's Mill. Hardly had they arrived before Mr. Farrow was called on business to Virginia and while returning was stricken with small- pox and died. Left thus, the mother had the entire care of bringing tip in the paths of honor her eight children.

At this time, the southern colonists, aroused by the fearful struggle for independence and devotion to their country, were led to take up arms. Rosannah Farrow, a warm patriot herself, proudly gave her five sons, Samuel, John, Laudon [Landon], William and Thomas to fight for liberty, and although the oldest was not yet twenty-one years of age, he was put in command of a cavalry company and led the youngest, a mere lad. Thus the mother, whose lot had been cast heretofore among scenes of quiet, peace and prosperity, was left unprotected and surrounded by Tory neighbors, treacherous and cruel. Often they were forced to go without food and to hide themselves among the woods and swamps and the rocky coves of the Enoree. During the summer of 1780 her sons were in active service. The four older belonged to the company engaged in scouting and skirmishing.  Fierce encounters took place and the prisoners were generally shot without mercy. It was one night during this memorable summer that Mrs. Farrow was aroused by a loud "Hallo" at her gate. Hastily dressing herself and securing a pistol, she appeared in the doorway. "A friend, my lady, with a message. Three of your sons have been captured in an encounter with the enemy and are confined in the jail at Ninety Six, the British post. It's an unlucky thing, but Colonel Cruger is anxious to secure the return' of some of his red-coats that Colonel Williams captured at Musgrove's Mill, and he sends word that he will give one rebel for two British soldiers, if the trade is made in a hurry. He wants to retreat from Ninety Six and will shoot or hang our boys when he does." Endowed with the same courage and valor as her famous brother, Colonel Philemon Waters, Rosannah Farrow proved herself a heroine ready to act. Giving directions to her poor, defenseless girls, she seized a rifle and going to the stable caught and saddled an unbroken black colt, the only horse left. With a prayer to kind Heaven to shield her daughters she galloped into the darkness. Towards Colonel Williams's camp, in a sequestered valley near the Fair Forrest river, lay Mrs. Farrow's course.  Her path was through a lonely wilderness, inhabited only by a few hunters and scattered families of Indians. On she rode, in her excitement, her raven hair flowing to the winds, her black eyes flashing, and leaving undecided those whom she passed as to whether she was woman or phantom. Williams gladly granted her six British soldiers and a guard, the "Farrow boys" being too valuable to lose. Before day-break of the second night of her ride, without losing a single hour, she dashed up to the camp of Colonel Cruger and on bended knees implored him to give up her boys. To this eloquence he grimly replied: "Well, you are just in time for I ordered those rebellious youngsters of yours to be shot at sun-rise, but I guess you can take the rebels." With eyes flashing with indignation she retorted, "I have given you two for one, Colonel Cruger, but understand I consider it the best trade I ever made, for rest assured hereafter the Farrow boys will whip you four to one." Her sons were worthy of such a mother in times of peace, as well as in war; they proved themselves the same brave boys that she had called them.

Samuel lived to represent Pinckney district in congress, and a portrait of him still hangs in the Capitol at Washington. showing the sabre scar on his face made at the battle of Musgrove's Mill. He was also lieutenant-governor of South Carolina a number of times, As long as Rosannah Farrow lived she was admired and loved, and it is said that years after the eyes of the British soldiers flashed with pleasure when they talked of this South Carolina daughter. History will cherish the memory of one whose devotion to country prompted her to deeds of heroism during “those times which tried men’s souls.”



 

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South Carolina Districts 1769-1784




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South Carolina Map 1779




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South Carolina Districts and Counties 1785

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1869 Spartanburg County Map