An original publication, 2001. x, 866 pp., illus., maps, charts, notes, index, 8½ x 11. Item #98
Thomas Anderson Roe, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, was a successful businessman, philanthropist, and co-founder of a national network of state policy think tanks. Family history was a lifelong hobby for him since his days as a student in London in 1948. This book is the result of that study. As he states in his preface, written prior to his death, "Over the years until around 1970, I had a special drawer where I would throw any family information that I ran across. The drawer slowly filled. In 1970, my business interests being solidified, I began research in my home county, Greenville, South Carolina, and London. This rapidly spread to other parts of the United States and Great Britain." His goal was to chart and list basic information about all of the descendants of both of his great-great-great-grandfathers Roe and Stradley. The index to this current volume contains over 15,000 entries. There are descendant charts for James Roe, John Stradley, Samuel Gibson, John Wheeler, and William Wheeler beginning in the 1700s and continuing into the late 1900s. A narrative section details the London of James Roe's and John Stradley's time from the mid-1700s until descendants departed London and arrived in Charleston and Savannah in 1817 and 1818. The section continues with their ultimate arrival in Greenville with Roes, Gibsons, and Stradleys being counted in the 1820 Greenville County census.