I am quoting a letter I received from Mrs. Annie Mae Buice Rector, her father was a grandson of James Edward Buice. This information was furnished to her by her father.
'Our great-grandfather, James Edward Buice, was born in Italy according to our information. He was sent to Eton College in England and to Kings College in Cambridge (about 40 miles from London)(Evidently his people were very wealthy)
While in Eton he met Dexter Converse, originally from Italy, but now living in Boston. Later they both went to Cambridge and his brother joined them; his brother majoring in literature and fine arts. He graduated, became a professor and later founded Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.
James Edward Buice was advised by Dexter Converse to come to America, because there was a need for textile mills. (The Converse Family had already established several mills in the north) in and around Spartanburg, S.C. James Edward Buice and Dexter Converse started Converse Mill, Clifton No.1 and 2 mills, Glendale, Spartan Mills and one at Fingerville with a Mr. Joseph E. Finger, as shareholders.He and his wife ived in Fingerville and Glendale. They had the following children: Bob Buice, James Ervin Buice,Sam and Asberry.The girls were Mattie, Nancy, Julie and Susie. They all lived around Spartanburg.
JAMES EDWARD BUICE:Annie Mae's father, born in Fingerville, m. Lulla Humphreys in 1900. Lula was from Seneca, S.C. A daughter born 1901, died infancy, Annie Mae born 1903, William Garrison, born 1911, Woodrow Wilson born and died 1913, Rosalie, born 1906. more...