20 May 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: The Homes I've Lived In


Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:
For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  Read Linda Stufflebean's blog post, "Homes In Which I've Lived" on her Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

2)  This week, please list the homes in which you have resided (not just visited) from your birth until the present.

3)  Share your list in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please provide a link to your list as a comment to this post.

When I was born, my parents were living on Wilmont Street in Anderson, South Carolina.  At some point, we also lived on Marlon Avenue, also in Anderson.  I do not remember either of those homes. We also lived at 507 Wellington Street, then moved over to 508 Wellington Street, both in Anderson, SC.  I vaguely remember 507 Wellington Street. I remember 508 very well.  During the summer of 1978, my daddy bought land on Martin Road in Starr, South Carolina.  I started 8th grade in a totally different school district from my first seven years of school. It was like a whole other world.  This is where I lived until I moved off to college and then got married (1984).  

Our First Home ©1984 David E. McClendon, Sr.

Our first home together was on East Green Street in Iva, South Carolina.  Once I conceived the first McClendon-branded grandchild, we moved to Poplar Street in Iva, practically in the backyard of McClendon Manor, the home of David's parents.  After David's daddy died, we moved to Anderson to Country Club Lane, then to B Street, also in Anderson.  After that, we moved to my daddy's property on Martin Road in Starr. We were there until we moved for a job to Grace Street in Greenwood, South Carolina (1993).  When that job played out, we moved back to Anderson, to a house on Power Street.  After Power Street, we moved to Lari Lane and then Tabitha Court, both in the same complex.  Then, it was back to Starr for us.

We bought our first house. It was on Sanford Road in Starr, South Carolina. We lived there from 1996 until 2004, which was when we moved out here to Texas. We have lived in this same house almost 13 years now. This is the longest that I have ever lived in any one house, either with my parents or as a married woman. 

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  1. Wow! Can't wrap my mind around that much moving. From my birth I've lived in six houses in two cities. One for almost thirty years. We are on Pete's old home place now. Been here about nineteen years.

    1. I think it is cool when people stay in the same place for decades, especially when it is an old family homestead.
      I don't know why the early moves happened, but when we moved from 507 to 508, it was because it was a bigger house and my parents had 4 kids by that point. It had a great yard, too. We were in that house for about 8 years.

      The reason we moved from Wellington St. to Martin Road in Starr is because we needed to get to a safe school district. Until this point, my parents had been renters. Daddy bought land in a different school district. To avoid me going to the rapiest school in the county, he initially enrolled me in a private school, but he had three more kids getting ready to start middle school, too. He could barely afford to pay my tuition, even with working double shifts. Daddy did the best he could to make sure I was safe at school. It was cheaper to move than to put all four of us in that private school. So, that's what he did. My mother still lives there on that property. Daddy died there back on 9 December 2012. So, my mother's been there nearly 40 years.

      Many moves that we have made as a couple were due to financial situations. Rents were going up to prices we couldn't afford, so we would move to get a cheaper rent. One move was for a job. The very first move, though, was because my father-in-law wanted his new grand-baby right there within site of his house, where he only had to walk down the hill to come visit. :) The only house that we've ever owned was the house that we left in South Carolina when we moved here. This long-distance move was because our family was threatened. Turns out, the threat came with us, but that's another story entirely.

      I guess at this point, I have a restless spirit. Though I am horrible with change, I can't sit still. I like the adventure a new place offers. I've about pictured out this current town, but it looks like this is where we'll be buried eventually unless something really big happens.

      How wonderful it is that you live on land with so much family history!

      Have a blessed day. :)


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