Reesor, Epps, Klein and Swope families papers
This collection contains the family papers of the Reesor, Epps, Klein and Swope families of Conway, South Carolina.
The first series consists of family records including legal, financial, professional, educational, and birth records of the families. They are accompanied by genealogical research, memoir writings, and baby books.
The second series contains extensive correspondence of various members of the family from the late 19th through late 20th centuries. Most of these are letters, but there are also cards, postcards, and telegrams.
The clippings and ephemera series features clippings, programs, pamphlets, and business/calling cards of family members. Of note are clippings of Annette Reesor's articles for newspapers written from the 1960s-1980s.
The photographs series contains family photographs starting in the late 19th century. They are arranged in chronological groups; some are labeled. There is also a wrapped photo album of the wedding of Agnes Reesor and Fred Swope.
- Majority of material found within 1907-1985
- Reesor (Family : Conway, S.C.) (Family)
- Epps (Family : Conway, S.C.) (Family)
- Klein (Family : Walterboro, S.C.) (Family)
- Swope (Family : Conway, S.C.) (Family)
Language of Material
Materials are in English.
This collection is open for research.
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The Reesor, Epps, Klein and Swope families are representative of the intermarriages between Jewish South Carolinians and their gentile neighbors. James Jacob Klein immigrated to South Carolina, became a merchant, and married Caroline Silverman; they settled in Walterboro. Their daughter Agnes (nicknamed Day) married gentile pharmacist Charles J. Epps of Conway but did not convert to Christianity. Their children were Florence, Annette (Dickie), and Charles K. Epps. Florence became the first speech therapist in South Carolina. Annette married Delbert A. (Red) Reesor and had twins, Judith and Thomas, and a younger daughter named Agnes. Agnes married Fred Swope and became the mother of Caroline Swope, the donor of this collection. The family had long associations with Conway and Myrtle Beach.
5.0 linear feet (11 document boxes, 1 scrapbook, 1 photograph album, 1 oversize folder)
Assorted family papers of the Reesor, Epps, Klein and Swope families of Walterboro and Conway, South Carolina. Materials consist of family records, extensive correspondence, clippings, family photographs, and ephemera.
- Records, 1909-1995
- Correspondence, 1892-1999
- Clippings and ephemera, 1861-2007
- Photographs, approximately 1880s-1990s
Materials donated 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022 by Caroline T. Swope.
Processed by Lauren Bickel, June 2023.
- Conway (S.C.) -- Social life and customs
- Epps family
- Interfaith families -- South Carolina
- Jewish families -- South Carolina
- Klein family
- Myrtle Beach (S.C.)
- Reesor family
- Swope family
- baby books
- black-and-white photographs
- business cards
- clippings (information artifacts)
- color photographs
- family papers
- financial records
- genealogies (histories)
- school records
- visiting cards
- wedding albums
- Inventory of the Reesor, Epps, Klein and Swope Families Papers, 1861-2007 (bulk 1907-1985)
- Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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