Cedar Springs Church – Abbeville County, South Carolina


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The Cedar Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is a part of the Cedar Springs Historic District located in Abbeville County.

Abbeville Cedar Springs Church

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cedar Springs Church was organized between 1779 and 1780 by Dr. Thomas Clark, a seminal leader of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. For many years, the church shared a pastorate with Lower Long Cane ARP Church. The Cedar Springs farming community was prosperous during this time, and the churches had a congregation of 500 members between them.

Cedar Springs Church in Abbeville

Blake Lewis of Greenwood, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cedar Springs Church

Mark Clark of Abbeville, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Abbeville County was once considered part of South Carolina‘s frontier, and many settlers came here seeking new fortunes. In turn, the opening of our country’s western territories, from the 1820s to the 1830s, lured many Abbeville families away.

Still, many families remained in Cedar Springs and became Confederate soldiers and officers. Unfortunately, nearly half of Abbeville County’s male population was killed during the war. This had far-reaching implications as families and farms struggled to survive during the Reconstruction.

The Great Depression devastated those local farms that survived Reconstruction. The passage of time has allowed the Sumter National Forest to swallow up many traces of Abbeville and McCormick County‘s rich farming heritage.

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Special thanks to Mark Clark, an Abbeville native who currently resides in Winnsboro, for providing much of this historical information. As Mark aptly notes, “The survival of both the Cedar Springs and Lower Long Cane churches speak to how fleeting wealth can be.”

Mark attended a service at Cedar Springs Church in May 2011 and says, “The church is air-conditioned and even features a small elevator to allow the disabled to move between the sanctuary and fellowship hall. The sanctuary itself is quite cozy and pure, being devoid of stained-glass windows. The former slave balcony in the rear of the sanctuary has been closed in and converted to three small Sunday school classrooms. It wasn’t until halfway through the service that I realized Dr. Loyd Melton (the pastor) wasn’t using a microphone of any kind. The acoustics in the sanctuary are perfect! The untouched purity of the sanctuary left quite a favorable impression on me.”

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Address: Cedar Springs Road, Bradley, SC 29819

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7 Comments about Cedar Springs Church

GaryNo Gravatar says:
August 17th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Greetings,

I have about seven of my relatives in the Hughston family buried in the Cedar Springs Cemetery in Spartanburg, South Carolina, including my great, great grandfather, William Hughston, who fought in the Civil War and died in Gettysburg in 1862, and his wife, Harriet F. Hughston, who died in 1904. I have seen pictures of both of their gravestones in your cemetery.

Do you have any information about my great, great grandmother Harriet Hughston such as her maiden name and/or her death certificate that you could provide to me? I would be very appreciative to you.

Thank you for all the generous work you do at your church.

Gary

Cheryl WatsonNo Gravatar says:
March 3rd, 2014 at 9:59 am

I can not find a Joseph McBryde in our cemetery. Cedar Springs A.R.P. Church. You can find the ones of Lower Long Cane A.R.P. Church http://www.longcanearp.org/cemetery.html. Our little church has a small congregation now. The sanctuary use to be full on Sundays. Now, most are in the cemetery. We vary between 12 -22. Most at Easter. Full house at Homecoming. Lower Long Cane and sometimes Troy A.R.P. will join. Plus some of the congregation’s families and friends. Can’t find a Craig family in our Cemetery Book. There is a Margaret McDonald Morris in my book: b. Dec. 28,1823–d.Oct.30,1831. The Upper Long Cane cemetery is in Abbeville. I have never gone through it. And in Due West there is a cemetery at an A.R.P. Church. I know there are some Presslys and Fraziers there. That was what I was looking for. Hope this can help some of you. Cheryl Watson

John McBrydeNo Gravatar says:
December 3rd, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I have been looking for McBryde graves at Cedar Springs. Does anyone know if McBrydes are buried there? I visited once but could not find any. There are many old graves with no name on the stones.

David L. FrinkNo Gravatar says:
April 23rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Tracing my grandmother’s Craig family back to Abbeville, I evidently have as forebears “Ebenezer” (b.1802), his father (Samuel M., b.1773), Samuel’s father James, Jr. (b. abt. 1745, and then researchers’ confusion as to James’ parents and origin (Ireland? Scotland?). Little to no doubt here as to a Cedar Springs Church linkage … Samuel’s 10th & last child was named Alexander Porter Craig. Any chance you know of a record of my Craig line coming across the Atlantic, 1764, with Dr. Thomas Clark, from Reddrum Strenboden, near Ballybay, Ire.? Thank you for considering this.

BarbaraNo Gravatar says:
February 6th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I know someone who was baptized at Cedar Springs about 1964. Do they still have special baptisms on occasion even now? I would like to contact someone the verify the date if possible.

Mark ClarkNo Gravatar says:
October 2nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Gay,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you on this. Your best source is probably church records. The ARP church maintained extensive records on its members and their families during the historical period you mention.

The best source for this information is probably “The Due West Telescope,” which was published from 1843-1863. Erskine College in Due West, SC has these in Microfilm form that can be copied for a fee. The USC library in Columbia also has a few copies, but not quite as extensive as the Erskine library.

Hope this helps,

Mark

Gay BrownNo Gravatar says:
May 31st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I am looking for info regarding Mathew McDonald from Cedar Springs. He and his son William Thomas were Confederate Vets. Mathew (1820-1876) is buried in Upper Long Cane Cemetery. Thank you!






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