William Holden Gore, Sr

William Holden Gore, Sr

Pireway, Columbus County, North Carolina, USA
Death 30 Oct 1828 (aged 75)
Little River, Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 62116470 · View Source
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William Gore was a key figure in the establishment of the Little River area of South Carolina. He settled there around 1800 and became a prominent political figure. Having served in the militia of the area during the American revolution, he served as a justice of the peace (1809), commissioner of free schools (1811), and was elected to the state House of representatives in 1811.

William obtained a land grant in 1821 for 770 acres, land that included all of present-day Little River and the Cypress Bay Golf Course, where his grave is located. As the years went by, he acquired more and more land in the area. His father Joshua had left him some land in the Pireway section of Columbus County, North Carolina, and he added to it also. When William died, he bequeathed more than four thousand acres of land to his heirs. His grave is clearly marked in a beautiful corner of the Cypress Bay Golf Course, along side his wife Mary Simmons.

He was apparently a man of high esteem, as evidenced by various court documents. One instance is in his will, indicating 17 notes of "doubtful" status. He apparently had the habit of lending money or material to those in need, without knowing if the money or property would be repaid. Another instance records his testimony regarding ownership of a slave named Chloe and her children in Horry County Deed Records, Book B1, page 132:

"We, Edward Conner and James G. Cochran, arbitrators indifferenty chosen by John Bessent and Stephen B. Daniell, to hear and determine a case of certain negroes, namely Chloe and her children and having heard the evidence of William Gore setting forth fully that said Stephen hath bargained with the said John in his presence and by the papers produced to us, it clearly appears that the said John hath paid up fully his contract and said negroes are the property of John Bessent. 28 march 1816. Edward Conner & James G. Cochran. I agree, Stephen B. Daniell."

President George Washington visited the Little River area on April 27, 1791, staying at the home of William's friend James G. Cochran. Undoubtedly William was afforded the opportunity to meet the first president of the newly formed United States.

William Gore was honored at DAR ceremony on May 23, 1993 at his grave site, "to pay homage and respect to a Revolutionary War patriot and leader of this area of our early nation."

SOURCE: "The Descendants of Joshua Gore" by B. Otis Prince, Columbus Co Library, Whiteville NC

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