Several years ago I requested a copy of a petition executed around 1824 from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. While I was interested in it for my own family (Wessinger)research, I think the signatures, about a 100 of them, might be helpful to others looking for ancestors during that time period. The following is a transcript of that document, a copy of the original. Some of it was faded and signatures aren't always easy to read under the best circumstances:
From SC Department of Archives and History, Petition 3313:
Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Lexington District Praying they may not be injured in their fisheries in Saluda River (Circa 1824)
To the Honourable the President and the members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina
The petition of a number of inhabitants of Lexington District is intended to show your Honourable Body that a petition is about to be presented to you to open the Saluda River that fish may pass up the said River; and also to remove all obstructions in said river; by which we understand all obstructions below the Public Dam. Your Petitioners beg leave to state to your Honourable Body that a number of them have erected fish traps for several years since in said River below the Public Dam and would think it extremely hard if they were compelled to remove them merely to gratify a few individuals.
Your Petitioners have no objection for a sufficient slope, or for as much of the Public Dam to be removed as your wisdom may think proper.
We also pray your Honourable Body not to grant the prayer of the aforementioned petition, as it will do manifest injury to your petitioners by taking away the privilege of fishing and granting it to others.
Your petitioners further pray your Honorable Body to appoint commissioners to superintend the opening the said River that have no interest on the said River should you think proper to grant the prayer. We your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.
John J. Swicard
Frederic Derick (sic)
David L. Lauderman
Elijha Daniel (?)
B. F. Harris
(Illegible initials) Hanlon
Adam Cromer (?)
John Riamick (?)
Phillip Altry (?)
Colly Sauter (?)
David Riamick(Initial Amick?)
Isom Clark (Senior or Junior)
John Pruitt (?)
John W. Berry
Alex (?) Taylor