One theory behind the name Due West

Dated: 03/27/2012

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 Due West?  Do What?  Where’d that name come from?

 

Well to story behind the town Due West, SC’s name is still a mystery today that possibly begins back around 1750 with a colonial era landmark about 5 or 6 miles northwest of the present day town.

The locals at that time referred to that area as Dewises Corner where the Indians and the Whites met to decide upon a boundary line in 1766.

Now, Dewises Corner may have been derived from a man who worked with the Indians named David Dowey.  Well if Dowey is pronounced Do-wey, especially with a thick and raw Irish accent, one could surmise a translation and eventual evolution to one or more of the following; Dewes, Dewises, Dewett, DeWitt, Due West, etc.

Well so you may ask, when did the town move?  Well it didn’t.  There is no proof that a town, trading post, etc ever existed at Dewises Corner.  Dewises, or DeWitt’s Corner, was  nothing more than a place where the old wagon road crossed a creek called Corner Creek into Indian Territory.

Well eventually the Scotch-Irish started a congregation in the area where the town now is.  The church was referred to as the congregation at Due West Corner.  Later as the town developed around the church a charter for the town was given and the name Due West settled upon in 1857.

BUT, this is only 1 of many theories!  For more details, may I suggest reading, “A Place Called Due West The Home of Erskine College” by Lowry Ware?

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Marty Patterson

Started my real estate career fresh out of college with my first real estate purchase of 17 units. I'm hooked. I love real estate investing! Since that time I have ventured through some dozen other pe....

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