In 1870, Bailes Brannon (30) and his wife Sopha (26) lived with their children Arch (7) and Milly (2) in Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Bailes and Sopha could not read or write. Bailes was a farmer. All the family were born in South Carolina. Campobello is derived from Italian meaning beautiful field. In the same year, 1870, a white man named Augustus Brannon (26) is farming land in Campobello. And another named Clements Brannon. It is possible that Bailes and Sopha worked for the Brannon family prior to emancipation.
In 1880, Campobello had a population of 99 people.
The family of Bailes Brannon had grown by 1880 and included John A (Arch?) age 14, Ella (Milly?) age 11, Pinkney age 9, Mary age 7, Martha age 4 and mother-in-law Milly Brannon age 65. No-one in the family can read or write. Bailes and Sophia's parents were all born in South Carolina. Bailes and his son John A are described as farm labourers in this Census. The family were living in Spartanburg Township. Spartanburg is 22 miles from Campobello. In 1880, the town of Spartanburg had a population of 3,253. This must have been a huge change for the family, moving from a rural area into the county seat.
I don't know what happened to the family after 1880. Maybe they migrated North? A first search through the marriage and death records for the children did not yield any likely matches. Neither could I find a death record in South Carolina for Milly, Sophia or Bailes Brannon. If you have found this family I would love to hear from you.
Original Census Records 1870 & 1880 at ancestry.com
South Carolina Death Records originals at ancestry.com
Wikipedia for local history of Campobello and Spartanburg
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