A piece of local history from the 1850s is auctioned today: a three-story stucco brick house, built in an octagonal shape.
It is part of the Cedar Springs Historic District designation for the National Register of Historic Places.
The home is the Frazier-Pressly House, located near Bradley in County Greenwood.
The plantation house, located on the Abbeville-Greenwood county line, is said to have been built as a residence for Captain James W. Frazier between 1852 and 1856.
on the national historic registerAccording to the Cedar Spring District National Register nomination form, in 1875 Frazier’s daughter, Tallulah, and her husband, Dr. Joseph Lowry Pressly, acquired the octagonal-shaped house. Pressly served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army, reaching the rank of major.
After his release, Pressly continued to serve the people of the Cedar Springs community as a physician and professor of medicine and dentistry. The central room on the third floor of the house served as his office.
The house has had several private owners since and has remained vacant for the past several years.
Susan Riddlehoover Deal says her family members grew up in the community of Cedar Springs and that she has family members who were born in the house.
“All my first cousins who grew up here come to the auction and we have a mini reunion,” Deal said, claiming Captain James W. Frazier would be a ship captain. Deal is not the current owner.
The Frazier-Pressly House also served as the preferred location for the Erskine Theological Seminary during its first year.
Thanks to social media, interest in his auction has been high, according to real estate agent Joan Timmerman of Keller Williams Realty at KW Greenwood Premier Properties, and auctioneer Kit Young of Lakelands Auction Services. They coordinated the presentations of the house, square footage and contents, all of which will be tendered on site today.
Personal property in the house will be sold to the highest bidders starting at 10 a.m. today and auction on the house begins at noon.
“The interest we have in this is incredible,” said Timmerman. “People want to know the history of the house and the terms and conditions. The house has been treated against termites and is sold as is. I have lived in this area since the sixth grade and have known the house for years. I had always wanted to go inside and now I have the chance.
As a real estate agent, Timmerman said the house has a lot of potential but needs a lot of work.
“You walk in and you are in awe,” said Timmerman. “There are books written on octagonal architecture.”
Young said few properties like this are on the market.
“With auctions like this on historic properties, some may just come and look, but never raise their hand for an offer,” Young said. “The sheer volume of out-of-state inquiries has been something.”
Among those interested in bidding on the house and the square footage is a Georgian woman claiming family ties to Frazier.
Claiming family tiesMoneca Simone “Moe” Reid of Atlanta, Georgia, says one of her Scottish-Irish ancestors was Captain James W. Frazier, who built the house.
“His grandson and my great-grandfather, James Christopher Frazier, married my great-grandmother, to whom he gave the English name ‘Elizabeth’, said Reid, although the family line of Captain JW Frazier to James Christopher Frazier of his family is still wanted.According to most historical records, the children of Captain JW Frazier were all girls.
“This grandson, James Christopher Frazier, son of a Frederick Frazier and Sally Ackwood Frazier, was essentially banished from his wealthy family because at the time it was illegal for a white man to marry a woman. black, ”said Reid, of the family history that has been passed down.
Reid said her great-grandmother, Elizabeth, was from the Congo and spoke French and had been trained in the use of native herbs and the capture of babies i.e. the profession of midwife.
“James Christopher (my great-grandfather) found her bathing in the Zaire River,” Reid said of the family stories he has been told. “He fell in love with her and kept her as a wife.
“My great-grandfather and great-grandmother made a commitment to each other, but there was no legally binding marriage certificate. Because it was illegal for a white man to marry a black woman, they stayed on the run. They left South Carolina and traveled through Georgia and ended up in Mississippi for a while and then Arkansas. Elizabeth lived to be 113 years old.
Reid said his maternal grandmother, Jessie “Jazerine” R. Frazier Brown Johnson was the seventh child born to James Christopher Frazier and Elizabeth.
At one point in the family’s history, Reid said his great-grandfather and great-grandmother changed the spelling of the last name to Frasure, but then returned to Frazier. .
with the story attracts interestThe Index-Journal first met Reid two years ago, after she hooked up with Bill Fitzpatrick, the current chairman of the board of the nonprofit Preservation South Carolina.
By the time Reid and Fitzpatrick first met, he had started a table book project to help preserve South Carolina’s rural churches at risk.
Fitzpatrick says it was the Frazier-Pressly house that started him on the coffee table book journey.
“To me, this house symbolizes so many things,” said Fitzpatrick. “I give a lot of lectures around the state on places at risk. I found this house in 2010 or 2011. You see it for the first time and it is from another world.
Fitzpatrick said he returned home near Greenville wondering what other places he didn’t know in South Carolina. He ended up photographing some 2,000 landmarks.
“I came across Bill’s name when I saw a photo he took in Cedar Springs and a story he posted,” Reid said. “I was researching my family and contacted him and told him I was a Frazier. I am a descendant of this land.
Reid says his goal is not to make amends but to claim a family history, if possible, if the links can be verified.
Reid said she would like to see the house and property find life as an event space or venue for television and movie projects.
During a visit to the Frazier-Pressly House on Nov. 27, Reid brought along with his younger cousin, Christopher Frazier, 47, from Los Angeles, who had never seen the property before.
“Our family is interested in buying it,” said Reid, noting that she and several family members had gathered in the Cedar Springs district in 2012 and that her grandmother, Jazerine, was 92 years old at the time. “My cousin, Chris, from Los Angeles, is named after his father.”
The Cedar Springs district, said Reid, is more than historic structures, including the associated Cedar Springs Reformed Presbyterian Church near the Frazier-Pressly House.
“I want to make sure the house is used,” Reid said. “It takes a lot of work and a lot of love, but open it up. I really want this to be a place where people can learn more about the Frazier family, especially since many are buried here, and also about les Pressly The house has too much potential to be inactive.
“My grandmother was very adamant that we knew who we were and our family history,” added Reid. “Cedar Springs ARP Church member Rod Christian told me during a return home service there that my grandmother would be proud because it is as if the prodigal son was come home.”
Reid said Chris’ mother Rose Frazier, now deceased, found a number of written correspondences between past generations of Frazier.
“Our grandmother had these great photos, of an African woman and a white man, and I didn’t know who they were until they were 15,” said Chris Frazier of Los Angeles. “These were pictures of her mother and father, James Christopher Frazier and Elizabeth. She also had a photo of the Frazier-Pressly house. What sparked it all was her passing.
Whatever the results of the auctions, Chris Frazier said he yearns for “the land and the house to work, not just sit here”.
Contact Sainte-Claire Donaghy at 864-943-2518.