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Growing Up in History

James S. Humphreys

in Francis Butler Simkins

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032658
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032658.003.0002
Growing Up in History

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Francis Butler Simkins was born in 1897 in Edgefield, South Carolina. Although he was born into near-poverty, his family belonged to Edgefield royalty. Historically, the Simkins clan was “one of Edgefield's oldest, wealthiest, most illustrious, and most influential families.” Francis' eccentric behavior may be attributed to the influence of his mother. Sallie Simkins admired the works of Shakespeare, and editors of the Charleston News and Courier printed stories she wrote in the pages of their newspaper. Sallie also fulfilled the role of the keeper and chronicler of Edgefield's history. Old graveyards, abandoned homes, and brush-covered gardens became her haunts, as she attempted to uncover as much of the village's history as she could. Even family outings became history lessons. The Simkinses took excursions to Cedar Fields, the land once owned by their most famous forebear, Arthur Simkins.

Keywords: Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians; Sallie Simkins; family life

Chapter.  7797 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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